4’R-ing An Inspired Pattern for Learning
My husband I are serving at the MTC in the Japanese branch. Last Tuesday evening, I felt impressed to bring all the 1st Quarter Lessons (all in one binder) from the Family School to the MTC. I thought I might show some of my friends the results of the great work we are involve in here at the American Heritage Family School. It was a “Devotional Night” and we were given the wonderful opportunity of being taught at the feet of one of the Lord’s apostles, Elder Bednar.
Elder Bednar began his talk by asking the Elders and Sisters if they had listened to General Conference more intently than they had in the past. He commented that each missionary probably felt a greater desire to listen and stay awake than ever before! (He was right!) Elder Bednar proceeded to tell us that he felt impressed to teach us how he studies the General Conference talks. I love to read the talks, but as for studying them…I became VERY interested in what he had to teach me.
As his talk unfolded I felt a great feeling joy grow inside me. As I listened and pondered, I became aware that the way Elder Bednar studies and learns is very much related to the way our children are taught and encouraged to learn here at American Heritage and through the Family School. As I sat there, I felt prompted to open my notebook and there it was! The pattern he was teaching us was plain to see in each of our lessons!
Today as I began my gospel study I felt prompted to go to the church’s website to their teaching page. At the top of the page I found a quote in big letters which summed up Elder Bednar’s teachings about how he studies. It says:
“We teach key doctrine, invite learners to do the work God has for them, and then promise that blessings will surely come.”
—Russell T. Osguthorpe, Ensign, November 2009
This is how Elder Bednar explained the way he studies:
1. He begins by reading or searching the talk. (In our curriculum we call this section of the lesson, RESEARCH. We are gathering information.)
2. Next, he reads to see if he can discover any key doctrines and principles of the gospel. (In our curriculum we call this portion of our lesson REASON. It is where we are using our reasoning skills to find a doctrine, a truth, or a principle of the gospel.)
3. Next he searches for any invitation the speaker is extending. (In our curriculum we call this portion of our lessons RELATE. We ask, “What are we being invited to change, or how might this gospel principle apply to us, individually and as a family? The RECORD section where we extend invitations to the children to personally to act or respond to the knowledge they have received.)
4. Lastly, Elder Bednar looks for the promised blessings h can receive as he takes action on what he has learned. (This is found in the REVIEW AND TESTIMONY section of our curriculum. At the conclusion of each lesson it says, “Let’s review the principles we’ve discovered today in our activities. As directed by the Spirit share your testimony of the principles you have taught.)
I believe that this method of teaching and learning is one of the most important reasons why American Heritage is so successful and why our work in the Family School is so critical. We are following the pattern set by our leaders as we study the knowledge of the universe, teach the doctrines and principles of the gospel, invite our students to apply them, and share the promised blessings in each and every lesson.
To learn more about 4’R-ing Method click here http://latterdaylearning.org/mission-methods/
Written by Jane Mack