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A bit out of my depth...

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by SEBREGIS, Nov 18, 2018.


    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    I'm a non specialist, being asked to do a lot of RS. Not only to deliver the lessons, but write the SOW and put together the resources. Which is kind of like handing someone a copy of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle and telling them to teach British history.

    Is there anyone out there who might be willing to give me a bit of mentoring? I'm happy to do the work but I'm not sure whether I have a snake, an elephant or a tree, if you know what I mean. For instance, I'm doing a lesson on how faith can affect peoples lives, and going back to familiar ground, which is Church resistance to the Nazi party. I have no idea if this is a good approach, bad approach or - what!

  2. Mathsteach2

    Mathsteach2 Established commenter

    Are you a spiritual person, SEBREGIS? It seems some posters here do not think it is the responsibility of RE teachers to develop the spirituality of their students. A good discussion should ensue if you asked them whether or not they believed in the supernatural!

    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    I am. I was raised Catholic, but my father was more multi-faith and so our hallway had a cross, a Krishna and a brass statue of Ganesha. I’m not trying to convert anyone but I have said that I’d like the students to think about bigger issues and perhaps find something in religion for themselves, even if that’s more a sense of well being than religion. But being a history teacher / fokelorist it’s easier to move towards facts and stories.
  4. Mathsteach2

    Mathsteach2 Established commenter

    It appears to me that you have a very sound basis from which to conduct your lessons, SEBREGIS, and if storytelling is your skill you are away.
    However as a teenager I had a history teacher who did nothing else except talk at the front. Not today though and after your brief story, one per lesson, and each one from a different religion of course. We are not proselytising. Divide the class into small discussion groups. Choose a theme, eg What happens to us when we die. Try to hold a plenary, even if left to the next lesson.
  5. jerseyperson

    jerseyperson New commenter

    Hi Sebregis. I'm happy to mentor you, if you still need someone. I'm a Head of RS with around 15 years experience. Message me your e-mail.
  6. occold25

    occold25 New commenter

    I have a lesson on how faith could affect people's actions that I could give to you if you are interested? It uses the case study of Desmond Doss.

    (All resources/powerpoint with instructions would be included)
  7. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Best if you should message @SEBREGIS from your school email address instead. I imply nothing by this advice but it is good practice to avoid email addresses falling into the hands of phishers.

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