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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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Should WSU Become A Smoke-Free Campus? Yes Please!

What say ye?  Should WSU illimate smoking and the use of tabacco?  I believe that they should.  This subject has been a concern for students for many years, and now it has come to the attention of the administration. 

There is currrently a law in the state of Utah that plainly states that smoking is not allowing within 25 feet of a public building.  Secondhand smoke is harmful and the majority of WSU students are sick of inhaling the polluted air.  Below there is a picture published by the American Cancer Society.

Smoking is very glamorous? ? NO!  It isn’t.  There was a debate about students opinons on Thursday the 10th.  Administration is in the process of resolving the issue.  Whether that means building designated smoking areas on campus or completely banning it.   Whatever the final decision is, I am glad that awareness has been raised and that students can voice there opinion and actually see results.  WSU takes care of their students and does there best to keep everyone happy.  Below there is another great picture that represents my feelings.

The majority of smokers want to quit.  Smoking is a personal decision, but for a college that promotes and teaches higher education I would argue that smoking should be banned.

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Move Along to Weber State

As many of you may know I was basically born in the wilderness and raised with wildcats! Aka, Weber State Wildcats. hahaah. don’t laugh too hard I have more jokes coming!  I have another sweet video I found on youtube 🙂  Check it out….

Come to Weber 🙂

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There is Beauty All Around

I must admit, I love living where I do 🙂 Utah has all four seasons and we get to enjoy all of them!  Lately I have been carrying my camera around with me so that I can take pictures of the scenery and mountains that surrounds me.  I would recommend doing this to anyone, you’ll be surprised at how many times you’ll pass something beautiful and not even recognize it.  Here are some pictures that I took when I took a moment to stop and soak up the scene!

Aren’t those good looking pics?  I like the one of Ben Lomand because I live right under it.  Last summer my buddies and I actually hiked to the hop and slept over on top!  The other picture I took while I was going to class one day at Weber State University.  Weber State has an eye catching campus.  It is right beneath the mountains and the view is gorgeous.  I have been trying to take more time to appreciate all the beauty that is around us!  Enjoy life 🙂 You only have one!

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Get into Weber with Parker and Steve!

This is a funny little video that my good bud Stephen Gordon and I made this summer after an Orientation at Weber State University.  We basically walked around campus with a video camera and spilled all the beans about WSU.  It is a great school and I think if you watch this video you will really want to be a Wildcat!

Enjoy??? !!! Look down. Look back up. Now look back at me. Are you bleeding Purple yet ? haha. Go Weber!

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