Create a Learning Atmosphere

Principles and Methods of Teaching


How can I create an environment that encourages gospel learning?

As a gospel teacher, you should do all you can to create an atmosphere that contributes to learning. Preparing a comfortable and inviting classroom is important to encouraging learning. Helping class members respect you and each other will also contribute to a learning atmosphere.

One of the most important things you can do is to promote reverence. Begin by being a good example of reverent behavior. Set limits that define what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable in your class. If you teach children, take time to explain clearly what reverent behavior is. Using music in the lessons you teach will help learners feel reverent.

If you have students who disrupt your lessons, seek to understand why they are being disruptive and pray for the Spirit’s guidance. Try to help the person participate in positive ways, and if necessary speak privately with the person. As you seek to resolve the problem, do all you can to show the person you care about him or her.

Scriptures to study

Proverbs 15:1; Mosiah 18:21; Alma 1:26; Doctrine and Covenants 121:41–44

Things you can do

  • Make sure the classroom is neat and organized.
  • Encourage learners to respect you and each other by inviting them to listen to others, speak in turn, and respond positively to others’ comments.
  • To encourage reverence, prepare your lessons carefully so that there is little confusion and you can vary your lesson as necessary to restore a reverent atmosphere.
  • When learners are disruptive, move closer to them or invite them to participate in the lesson.
  • For more things you can do, read “Managing Classroom Behavior.”