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Teaching RE for a term - Basic advice needed!

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by Higgy3k, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Hi all.

    I'm an NQT who qualified as a Geography teacher. I've been asked to teach two RE classes (One KS 3 and one KS 4) until the end of term.

    I'm getting myself familiar with the syllabus, and my general religious and philosophical knowledge is reasonably sound.

    I was just wondering if there were any (mainly religious) Faux Pas that I should be aware of?
    For instance, I'm aware that it's necessary to say "peace be upon him" after mentioning the Prophet Mohammed PBOH.

    The school is multifaith with a high percentage of EAL students.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Hi all.

    I'm an NQT who qualified as a Geography teacher. I've been asked to teach two RE classes (One KS 3 and one KS 4) until the end of term.

    I'm getting myself familiar with the syllabus, and my general religious and philosophical knowledge is reasonably sound.

    I was just wondering if there were any (mainly religious) Faux Pas that I should be aware of?
    For instance, I'm aware that it's necessary to say "peace be upon him" after mentioning the Prophet Mohammed PBOH.

    The school is multifaith with a high percentage of EAL students.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  3. Imho there are two basic ways to teach RE - the first is to treat it as though every religion is 'the real one' - eg. subjectively (Jesus rose from the dead; Moses wrote the Torah) - and the second is to treat it objectively (Christians believe, Muslims believe). It is necessary to be aware of your own upbringing / religious beliefs, as they are usually so ingrained that if, for eg. you were brought up Christian, you might automatically make statements like 'Christians go to heaven' as a fact, whereas you might say of another religion that 'Hindus believe they are reincarnated'. It's important to treat each religion in the same way. If you treat them all objectively, then you don't actually need to follow the 'Mohammed pbuh' route, but you can explain why a Moslem would say this.
    Otherwise, the only real things are the need to treat all the religions you cover with the same respect for beliefs, holy books (never put a Q'ran on the floor, and don't let the kids maltreat any of the bibles you may be using either). Ditto the various religious artefacts you may use. For the most part they may be curiosities to the students, but by equating them with something the child holds precious it's easier for them to understand these are to be treated with respect because they are symbols of something greater/holy...
    KS4 works best with the objective approach anyway, as they have to be analytical in their GCSE work as well as having their own (informed) opinion. K3 can work very well 'subjectively' as their imagination and empathy can be engaged by treating the religion you are working with as 'this is the real deal'...... as it is for someone!
    You will undoubtedly be asked whether you are religious, or if you are a Christian or believe in God etc., so be prepared for this one.
    RE is a superb subject to teach - enjoy it. And remember that if you are not an expert on a particular religion, there may well be one in the class you are teaching...... if they are willing to share then use the students as resources.
     
  4. I affirm what RevBev says. If you believe it is necessary to say pbuh, then you'd need to say Jesus Christ, Lord Krishna and spell God G-d. This are affirmations of faith and if you are not an adherent to the faith, you don't need to use them. You just need to highlight what believers say and do. I do find it unnecessary, as a Jewish person, to see worksheets using G-d. Even our Jewish Chronicle newspaper doesn't write God with a hyphen.
     
  5. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    What’s the best way to
    approach teaching RE?</font>[/b]



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    </font>The following list of resources &ndash; with web addresses - has been compiled
    in response to a request on the Forum for help in finding the best approach to RE.
    </font>[/i][/b]


    Since I have put up many resources which may be helpful I
    have scanned through them and pulled some out which may be useful. I hope this
    helps. </font>


    Regarding RevBev&rsquo;s outline below, I use the first approach,
    teaching each religion not just &lsquo;as if it was real&rsquo; but as far as I can I give
    it the respect and depth that I would like to see if someone was teaching my own religion. (Since I have a personal
    belief which is pluralist, viewing all religions to be ways of approaching the
    Truth, this is not a problem.)</font>


    If there are any members of that religion in my classes I
    encourage them to take a lead in some way and contribute to the lessons from
    time to time.</font>



    I've scanned through my resources to pull out some that might be
    useful and grouped them. The first ones are slide shows, mostly, which help give
    a sense of what RE is all about.</font>[/b]

    [/b]
    Still far from satisfied but this is probably my favourite
    intro to religion resource yet.</font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/What-is-Religion-an-approach-for-all-ages-6081585/


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    </font>This one was the best I could do last summer &ndash; wishing to
    support non-specialists and offer a way into teaching RE. Now I&rsquo;m not too keen
    on it but when will I get time to improve on it I don&rsquo;t know.</font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Exploring-Religion-Introduction-Conversation-6103427/


    These slide shows
    explore religion and include some of the ideas found in the above one. </font>


    I am still working on this series &ndash; when I get time &ndash; as I
    think it is impossible to cover all the aspects
    I wish to include in one slide show.</font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Exploring-Religion-slide-shows-6090843/


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    </font>[/b]


    <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">

    </font>the Reflections on Life series are my most popular resources &ndash;
    and I start with Part 2 &ndash; because it is my own favourite. But the Part 1 should
    technically come first.</font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Reflections-On-Life-part-2-InterFaith-with-music-6079804/


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    </font>I think this is the first in the series, lots of teachers use
    it to de-stress.</font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/-reflection-on-life-6011196/



    </font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Extended-Reflection-on-life-6012431/


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    </font>This one covers several of the issues which threaten the
    peace and security of humankind &ndash; year 9 upwards!</font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Reflctns-on-Lf-no-commentary-peace-war-glbl-wrmg-6062005/


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    </font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Reflections-on-Life-with-commentary-6060765/


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    </font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Religious-Education-DurgaMata-s-approach-6165596/


    <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">

    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/What-is-Religion-an-approach-by-DurgaMata-6068862/


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    </font>[/b]


    My long poem which did succeed in engaging a difficult
    atheist-dominated GCSE year with the God question.</font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/What-Amazes-You-Most-life-nature-God-poem-6068233/


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    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Twenty-World-Views-6069551/



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    </font>
    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Issues-of-Identity-What-s-in-a-Name-6089131/

    <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">

    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Two-stores-about-Time-Travel-by-year-9-girls-6073671/


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Love-and-money-a-Valentine-s-Day-reflection-6179132/

    <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">

    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/choices-friends-gangs-consequences-a-true-story-6116666/


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-boy-is-bullied-spirituality-at-work-in-school-6074471/


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Teacher-Suicide-rates-soar-dealing-with-stress-6106933/


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/How-To-Meditate-exercises-to-de-stress-6113573/


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Why-Does-A-Mother-Hit-Her-Child-Reflections-6117015/


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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/A-reflection-meditation-exercise-for-oneness-6103719/requestAction/update/


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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/places-of-worship-6078705/


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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Heaven-and-Hell-a-story-and-more-readings-6087900/


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    </font>[/b]


    <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">

    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Poems4-Crtive-Imagn-Wrdswth-s-Daffs-youtube-vids-6076115/


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/positive-and-inspiring-quotations-and-poems-6107787/


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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/War-poems-old-and-mostly-post-WW2-6138175/


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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Lots-of-quotations-from-Native-American-sources-6080842/



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    </font>Great poem in its own right, celebrating diversity. It is a
    song and to get the music and CD send me a pm.</font>


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Lyrics-for-God-s-Colours-6062173/



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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/chartere23-Holy-Quible-Important-texts-for-GCSE-6114570/



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    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Different-ways-of-being-Christian-views-of-Bible-6070106/



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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Love-and-Forgiveness-6195078/



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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Mother-Teresa-a-range-of-resources-6135405/


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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Christian-Theology-and-the-God-question-6075038/



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    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Resources-for-teaching-Hinduism-Hinduism-Day-6072279/


    <font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Sri-Ramakrishna-and-models-of-God-6075415/



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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Activities-worksheets-homeworks-on-Buddhism-6080141/


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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Siddhartha-Becomes-the-Buddha-photos-youtube-links-6069055/



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    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Interfaith-Eid-Assembly-article-from-REToday-2009-6071457/



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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Five-Pillars-of-Islam-especially-Zakat-6088905/



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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Rabia-Basri-example-of-Woman-Muslim-saint-6175841/



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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Names-of-Allah-the-99-Beautiful-Names-6077020/



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    </font>https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/poems-about-God-from-students-Atheism-and-Islam-6078637/



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    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Resources-for-teaching-Sikhism-Sikhism-Day-6073702/



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    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Sue-Phillips-and-the-Theatre-of-Learning-6068268/



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    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/shoe-project-spiritual-journey-Shoe-box-sharing-6090842/requestAction/update/


    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Wedding-Season-6082342/
     

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