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Teaching Religion

I really enjoy teaching religion and I hope to teach in a Catholic school in the future. Religion is a subject where it is important to not only engage the minds of students, but also their hearts and lives.

The aims of religion should include;

  • A deeper relationship with God
  • An understanding of Catholic and other faiths
  • Participation in life of Catholic Community
  • A healthy interaction between life, faith and culture

An important point to remember is to connect the themes being taught to the students’ lives. Make it relevant to their lives.

There are also a range of strategies/activities that can be used to engage the students in religion lessons.

YouTube Clips

There are a range of useful YouTube clips, like the one below, which can be used as a tool to help students to gain a greater understanding of the story/concept being taught as they bring the story to life and allow students to visualise.  

Godly Play/ Exploring Scripture

Godly play/exploring scripture is a way of telling Bible stories using simple materials. A script is provided for the teacher to read while moving materials which take the form of the characters in the story. The teacher becomes the story teller as the students listen to the story and watch the materials. When the story is finished, the story is explored using a variety of “I wonder…?” questions.

I first experienced godly play/exploring scripture as a student teacher and I found that it worked really well. I sat on the classroom floor with the students in a circle. The students were encapsulated by the story and demonstrated a great understanding in the activities that followed.

My second experience was at university where the lecturer used the materials to tell a parable to a class of university students. Godly play/exploring scripture was equally effective as it was on the students.

After the story and the wondering statements, activities may be set up in order for the students to respond to the story. The activities may include;

  • Painting
  • Writing a rap song
  • Recreating the story using play dough
  • Using the materials used by the teacher
  • Creating  a powerpoint presentation of the story
  • Writing a prayer
  • Drawing freeze frames of the story

Create your own materials for Godly Play/Exploring Scripture using wooden pegs/dolls, felt as clothes and underlay and gold wire to tie around the figures/wings for angels;

You can also order ready made wooden materials. This is a great website for 2D parable materials:

Be creative in your next religion lesson, you might just be surprised at what your students give back to you!

How do you engage your students in religion lessons?

Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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January 22, 2012 · 10:22 PM

Teaching Strategies & Resources

The NSW Institute of Teachers’ Professional Teaching Standards includes:

Element 4; Aspect 4.1.5 – Use a range of teaching strategies and resources including ICT and other technologies to foster interest and support learning.

In order to be the best teachers we can be we need to reconsider our methodology. As educators in the 21st century, we need to learn to communicate in the language and style of our students.

This DOES NOT mean changing what is important or redefining good thinking skills.

It means that teachers today need to be adapting materials to students of the 21st century. This way of thinking can be applied to all subjects. It is no longer a question of whether to use ICT and other technologies, but how to incorporate them in order to benefit our students.

There is no reason that a generation can memorise over 100 Pokemon cards and yet cannot learn their multiplication tables or fractions in maths and how power stations work in science.

It simply depends on how it is presented.

If we want to reach every single one of our students, we need to change. It is easy to shrug a shoulder and stick to the usual routines, but is that the kind of teacher you want to be?

ICT and other technologies can BRING CONCEPTS TO LIFE and ENGAGE STUDENTS, which leads to GREATER UNDERSTANDING.

It’s all about being the best teachers we can be for our students and helping them reach their full potential.

I have created the following ICT resources about perimeter and area, with the help of my sisters. It is resources like these that can foster interest and support learning. It doesn’t need to be time consuming, the following are easy to create and can be kept for future use.

IWB RESOURCE – PERIMETER (click on the images to enlarge)

PHOTOPEACH – PERIMETER AND AREA (click on the image)

 

Click here to start using PhotoPeach.

VIDEO – AREA

GO ANIMATE – PERIMETER AND AREA  (click on the image)

Click here to learn about GoAnimate for schools and educators.

These resources can be placed on a class blog where students can freely access them to reinforce their learning independently and in a fun way. Homework activities can also be designed to incorporate revision using these resources on the blog.

Get creative and share your ideas, you just might be surprised with what you can come up with!

References

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon. 9 (5).

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