All too often a teacher’s relation to a student is one of giving counsel with little or no interaction. Often there is no explanation of the reasons why there are commandments, rules, and standards. The teacher becomes just a talking head.
…In your classroom, you can teach by the power of the Spirit. Such communication begins by your encouraging each one you teach to participate rather than being a passive listener. In this way you can assess their understanding of what is taught, create a feeling of ownership, and also learn from them. More importantly their decision to participate is an exercise in agency that permits the Holy Ghost to communicate a personalized message suited to their individual needs. Creating an atmosphere of participation enhances the probability that the Spirit will teach more important lessons than you can communicate.
That participation will bring into their lives the direction of the Spirit. When you encourage students to raise their hand to respond to a question, while they may not realize it, they signify to the Holy Ghost their willingness to learn. That use of moral agency will allow that Spirit to motivate and give them more powerful guidance during your time together. Participation allows individuals to experience being led by the Spirit. They learn to recognize and feel what spiritual guidance is.
Elder Richard G. Scott, “To Learn and To Teach More Effectively.” BYU Campus Education Week Devotional, August 21, 2007