Teaching advice and tips:
- Advice for creating a smoothly running classroom.
- Edutopia - Advice, techniques and professional development as a catechist or teacher. Many free downloads and handouts available.
- What is your learning style? Teachers teach most readily the way they learn. Becoming aware of your own style also makes you more aware of the need to vary the mode of instruction for different styles. This quick quiz will help.
- How to build an engaging lesson plan.
- Thinking in terms of SWBAT - Jared Dees
- Rule of three - how to focus a lesson
- Round up of student engagement strategies.
- Three ways to keep kids actively engaged
- Using a lesson hook
- Seven Scaffolding Strategies
- Charts are a great way to help kids see a process, procedure, system or sequence. They are most important for visual learners, but all can benefit.
- How to keep kids from getting bored - engaging lesson planning.
- Creative ways to use the textbook.
- Religion Teacher's Guide to Lesson Planning which includes a great compilation of classroom activities and strategies
- Dees - How to help students encounter Christ in the classroom
- Smart Classroom Management - Short articles with excellent tips. You can also subscribe to receive them weekly ( free).
- How to teach effectively
- How to deal with student boredom
- More tips for combating boredom in class
- Bloom's Taxonomy ala Seinfeld; a flip using this video
- How to assess what kids have learned in 72 creative ways
- Exit cards - a good 'formative assessment' for the end of a lesson
- Quick Self-Assessment Tools you can use with your students, so they can tell you what they have learned.
- Ways of eliciting student feedback.
- Involving kids in their own learning - using a K-W-L chart
- The importance of active learning and struggle in retaining concepts and information
- Evangelizing Catechesis - including the kerygma in every lesson plan
Online Teaching Tips and Techniques
- Assessment. How do we know that kids know something? Some of these points can apply to RE.
- Four Key Aspects of Online Teaching. Many of you have reported that you have discovered many of these through your own experience.
- How to build an online learning community. Some of these tips can work in your RE learning group.
Getting the Year Started
Homework and Take Home Strategies
Homework should meet one of these goals: a) to preview what will happen during the lesson; or b) to review and reinforce what was taught; and/or c) to spark family discussion at home.
Games and Class Activities
- Review Games to use in the classroom.
- Making your own Jeopardy game online. We also have a Jeopardy game that hooks into a monitor and can be modified for class review.
- This site gives you free craft templates, Bingo games, etc.
- Different short classroom games to play. You can use these to warm up the groups, or adapt to use to teach an idea or concept.
- Paper Dali - a very useful blog with games, activities and coloring sheets.
- Game Based Activities and Assessments - A long catalog of web based resources, along with some advice about how to successfully integrate games in learning.
- Complex coloring pages are all the rage. Here are some that might be useful.
- Good ideas are available from Catholic Playground.
- Breakout is a wonderful classroom game system. Create a series of locked boxes that correspond to puzzles that have be solved using teamwork. Read about it in action here.
- Kinesthetic (movement) techniques to engage students from Jared Dees
- A collection of review games from Jared Dees
- A collection of games to play in the classroom - many good for primary and intermediate
- A large collection of classroom games - some with video tutorials
- The Unfair Game - a good review game with a twist.
Special Education Resources:
- Fire Drill Social Story - helps special needs students understand and cope with a fire drill
- 49 phrases to use to calm an anxious child - Not all can be used in class, but several are good to have in the back of your mind to use when needed
- Everyone is different - an intro to autism that can be shown to kids fourth or fifth grade and above.
- Supporting students with dyspraxia in the classroom.