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Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by zm2010, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. I have finalised my 10 mins talk but was still hoping for some pointers about the importance of RE in the curriculum and a discussion of some of the current issues facing RE teachers.

    Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Be confident

    Be happy

    Be passionate about your subject

    Current issues:

    * Ebacc and RE (MASSIVE ISSUE!)
    * Government white paper on education (most of which is now enacted / soon to be enacted in legislation)

    It's worth finding something you are genuinely interested in too, like gender and education, poverty and attainment etc etc.

    You'll be great - it's just scary because it's unknown!
  3. RE and the ebac might be useful - have a look at some of the thread on here about it and you'll hear lots of views and ideas about the importance of RE in the curriculum.
    Why you want to teach RE really has to come from you - why do you want to teach it? why have you studied it over another subject??
    My personal opinion about RE resources are that they are best when you have created them yourself - your ideas, motivation and love for the topic will best come through when they are your own. However there's nothing wrong with borrowing other people's ideas for activities!! In terms of the availability of resources - we are one of the luckiest subjects there is! There is a wealth of materials out there that can be used and manipulated to get important messages from our subject across. You'll be surprised how nicking a friends holiday photograph can create a fascinating starter activity, or a snippet from a newspaper article can have students gripped on a contemporary issue. Not to mention to purpose made RE resources!

    Good luck, I'd say looking on here for ideas is the perfect starting point!
  4. I know you said you'd sorted your talk about the artefact..... but just a quick pointer incase you've missed it out - I would strongly urge you to talk about ensuring there is sensitivity towards artefacts when using them in the classroom, and making sure students are aware of how precious they are to the religious believer - explaining how they're used and treated in context. There is nothing worse and more disrespectful than showing kids artefacts and having them manhandled carelessly!!!xx
  5. Thanks for all the information. I have scribbled some things down but was still hoping for some general pointers that would sound really good on the Interview day. The thing I am worried about is my degree is not RE but I am currently doing a online booster course.

    Thanks for the point about the artefact-as that is something which is really important.
  6. what do you mean by general pointers? It seems as though you want general pointers on something specific?
  7. One thing I am worried about is sounding to cheesy when it comes to answering question like what are your reasons for wanting to teach RE. Is there anything in particular that PGCE Interviewers like hearing or is there anything i should avoid saying?

    This is my first interview so just getting a little anxious. Is it common for questions to be asked about an individuals knowledge of a particular religion? I was informed that some PGCE providers will do that to test certain candidates who haven't got a RE degree.
  8. I think it would be unfair of them to put you on the spot with asubject specific question. Before teaching I had studied A Level Philosophy and Ethics, and then did a degree in Theology and Philosophy, but my knowledge of different religions was limited. I had never studied Sikhism before, and new next to nothing about Islam. The university tutor was very realistic about people having different specialisms, and it's not uncommon for people to have to do 'top--up' courses.
    If you were asked about something specific, I would be honest and say something like "My subject knowledge on x,y and z isnt brilliant, and will be something I have to work at (perhaps explain what you have already done to improve KS3 subject knowledge). I feel my strengths are x and y and hopefully i will be able to add to x area of the curriculum" .....hope that makes sense!?
    Again, in terms of why you want to teach RE, just be honest and give 2-3 reasons why you want to - if they're genuine reasons they wont seem cheesey, rather passionate!
  9. Thanks for the advice and that is how I will answer the question regarding RE knowledge as I am making attempts to improve gaps in my knowledge.

    Are there any common questions that always come up in RE interviews apart from the obvious ones like, Why do you want to teach RE?, How do children learn?, Whats the importance of RE? etc etc
  10. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    I don't know any common questions but I do know that there are always a few questions that catch you unprepared in interviews. for these (and for all the interview process) the only thing to do is to be well rested and have some good strategies for dealing with stress.

    Think about basics such as getting everything ready the night before, half a dozen 'key selling points' - things you want to make sure you tell them - on a card in your bag, directions printed out and in your bag, clothes on a hanger ready, bag by the door, good sleep, early start in the morning so you aren't in a rush, nutritious breakfast, a bit of exercise /meditation / what ever makes you feel strong and confident and ready for the day before you go out, set out good and early, and if you can manage to, try to really enjoy the interview. Be calm and listen well. Don't answer a question for more than a couple of minutes - you might then ask, 'does that answer your question' - and let your love of/ interest in RE really shine through.

    Best wishes and good luck

  11. Thanks for all the tips and pointers. I have already started making little notes of things that I know that I must bring up in the interview.

    If the question came up regarding what are the current educational issues in RE, then apart from RE and the baccalaureate issue which is something I am distinctly aware of, are there any other major educational issues that i could bring up?

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