virtual young women's lessons: 5 teaching tips

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐ŸซI just taught a virtual YW lesson for my fellow YW + want to help you with yours. Here are simple tips from a YW (me!) ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป‍♀️ to incorporate in your next lesson!

1. Keep It Short & Sweet ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿ’ปI spend around 12-33 hours on video calls a week between virtual school, church and extracurriculars, and I think I'm no exception.๐Ÿ˜Œ It is such a blessing that we have technology to meet virtually, but it also makes it very easy for people to get "Zoomed-out." ๐Ÿฅต

Quality over quantity, right? Everyone, no matter the type of call, will appreciate a lesson being straight and to the point. ๐Ÿ™

2. Slideshow Magic ๐Ÿช„ 

I think I’m pretty patient & mature, but on Zoom my attention span goes ๐Ÿ“‰. A pretty slideshow will keep listeners curious and engaged. In this day & age, it’s easier than ever to pull that off.  

๐Ÿ’ป There are SO many platforms that have templates & resources to help you make a super slideshow without experience in design. Some examples are PPT, Slides, Keynote & Visme.

๐Ÿž All you need to easily create a killer slideshow is a good template & photos. The Church Media Library has TONS of photos & paintings free for church use. 

3.Videos Rock ๐Ÿ˜Ž

๐ŸŽฌYou will grab + keep attention with videos, so use them as much as you can! Start a lesson with a fun youth video. Instead of reading a Church quote, watch a clip of it. Instead of reading a conference story, use their videos. ๐Ÿ“ฝ

You can find Church videos here. General Conference videos can be trimmed to a specific segment on the Gospel Media app or in Google Slides. ✂️ I like to search keywords on churchofjesuschrist.org. ๐Ÿ”Ž The Church also filters videos by the YW lesson topics! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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4. Break out!

Anything to mix up video calls is a good thing, and this is another tool for your arsenal. Breakout rooms allow smaller discussions. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

You could assign groups scriptures and have them read & discuss it before sharing findings with the whole class ๐Ÿ“–, allow people to share experiences in a more comfortable setting๐Ÿ—ฃ, or collaborate in a lesson activity. ๐Ÿ’ฌ

You can make breakout groups randomly, manually, or in a CSV file beforehand. It's hard to know who's going to show up in advance, but it's nice to make good groups of leaders, separated friends, etc. ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜‚

5. Think Outside the Zoom ๐Ÿ“ฆ

Make video calls interactive! Utilize resources online like Jamboards, Kahoot (trivia & polls), Peardeck, etc. ✨

You could even share a Google Slide with the class (to edit) to do interactive activities in real time. (Ex: sort parts of a scripture in order, put together puzzle pieces of an image, fill out a table/chart). ๐Ÿงฉ

Bringing the lesson to life will be appreciated as well. Send out a notes page people can print & write on๐Ÿ“, utilize scavenger hunts, play stop the reader and have object lessons. 

Just like you would in person, which is the point of these simple tips! I hope that they help you as you serve and teach your YW! ๐Ÿ’›

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Thank YOU for all you do to serve the youth of the Church! You are doing amazing! ❤❤

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