Inductive Model

The Inductive Model of teaching “is an active, engaging model of instruction that encourages students’ development of critical-thinking skills as they explore and learn concepts in the academic content areas and the facts associated with these concepts” (Teaching Models, p. 186).  To simplify, it is like funneling and channeling the concept from broad to narrow.  To start out the teacher gives many examples and by the end the students have crystalized the concept by the process of elimination and through reason.

I plan to use this model when introducing my students to the first prophet in the Book of Mormon, Lehi.  I will start by showing many paintings of prophets from the Old Testament and have them look for similarities.  Students will begin to narrow down from the pictures what exactly a prophet does.  I will then use Lehi’s specific example in 1 Nephi 1:18-20 and show that Lehi is just like other prophets that came before him.  Prophets teach, warn, denounce sin, and testify of Christ.

Once students can clearly see this doctrine (concept) I will invite them to take home a copy of “The Living Christ” and “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” to see how prophets today are doing exactly what Lehi and the prophets before him did–teach, warn, denounce sin, and testify of Christ.  This model strengthens critical thinking skills and provides deeper understanding.

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