At the end of the first year of implementing the new “Come, Follow Me” curriculum for LDS youths, I distributed a report card so the kids could tell us how we’re doing.
The following week, they brought them back — some stuffed into the cover of their scriptures untouched, most filled out thoughtfully and one with a handwritten, full-page addendum of suggestions for better implementation.
I plan to share the feedback with other youth teachers in our ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a teacher training session, but I thought I’d share some results here as well.
The list suggests that Jesus Christ “loved them, prayed for them and continually served them.” So my first question was, “Do your teachers love and serve you?”
Following that same format, other questions were:
• Do your teachers know you and your potential?
• From your perspective, were teachers prepared to teach?
• Did your teachers use scriptures to teach and testify?
• Did your teachers' questions help you in class?
• Did your teachers trust you enough to contribute?
• Did your teachers invite you to act on what you learned?
• How have your teachers been good examples to you?
Other questions asked how the “Come, Follow Me” lessons have helped them outside of class in the realms of strengthening family, preparing them spiritually, helping them counsel together, minister to other youths and teach the gospel.
I also asked the teens’ opinions on the 12 monthly themes and repeating the same topics in the same order during the coming year, which received positive feedback.
Then, for the rest of Sunday School class time, we went through the 12 monthly themes and each of the older kids picked a topic to share something they learned last year with the younger kids who were joining our class that day (the room was packed). Our Sunday School journals were invaluable at that moment as each student shared a one-minute overview of a memorable quote or list of notes he or she recorded last year on the topics of the Godhead, the plan of salvation, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, etc. Their impromptu presentations were especially effective when they ended with an “I believe ” statement.
In the margins of the anonymous report card, the students also scribbled a list of ideas for a new year of resolutions and areas of improvement for them personally and as a class. From what I can decipher, they personally commit to be more compassionate, more patient, more studious with their scriptures, more positive and more grateful.
Together they hoped to have more unity outside of church, honest adherence to principles taught in “For the Strength of Youth” and missionary moments that might recruit more boys to church (since the ratio of girls to boys in our ward is about 6:1).
As far as grades go, there were more A’s than any other mark. Points seemed to be docked mostly for personal applications of the lessons at home and with opportunities to strengthen their families.
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