I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lent in our classroom

What have we been up to in religion class these past few days?

Well, see for yourself:

Prayer Doodling in 6th grade - It's a way to keep up with the daily Gospel readings by reacting with striking/memorable words and images on paper. Most students have been responding well...

This was part of a pass-the-paper activity, where students sat in a circle and 5 prompts about prayer were passed around. This was to activate prior knowledge and also get them thinking about how this pillar of Lent (along with fasting and almsgiving) takes on special significance during this season.

40 days of being grateful - each student had the opportunity to write down 2 people/things (on 2 separate post-its) for which s/he is grateful. The result? A colorful reminder of God's grace and presence in our lives.

Fasting is tricky, so students watched some videos, read an article, and discussed about it before being able to rotate around the room to different stations with butcher paper on which they responded to questions and prompts about fasting. This particular poster was questions that still remain after our class...it's probably the hardest pillar for most people to wrap their heads around.

So this, my friends, is what we've been doing - learning about the 3 pillars of Lent: fasting, praying, and almsgiving. We've also tied in a lesson for each grade level surrounding our Archdiocesan participation in the CRS Operation Rice Bowl project. 6th grade focused on Malawi, 7th grade on the Philippines, and 8th grade on Guatemala. Though I altered the lesson plans a little (to adapt to time constraints), they are pretty solid (and free!). The videos are helpful in making the stories real to the students.

So, how have you been spending your Lent...?

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