Read the article ‘Students take charge of faith education’ and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. What sort of secondary student would make a good student Scripture teacher?
2. Why would secondary students benefit from teaching religious education?
3. Why do you think primary students could relate to secondary student teachers more than adult teachers? In what ways?
4. What skills do you think secondary students would gain teaching RE?
5. What do you want to do for a career? Why would getting experience in your future field help you?
1. Break up into groups of three or four and plan an RE lesson to teach your class. Plan a fun way to present the lesson to your class. Then think of a way for the students to engage with the topic: lead a class discussion, a fun activity or craft.
Maybe each week one or two groups could have time to present their lesson to the class?! After your group teaches their lesson, you can write a reflection about what you learned.
2. Become a student teacher! Why not speak to your teacher or principal about starting a student- teacher RE program at your school? Older students could teach a lesson in a younger grade's class either monthly, bi-weekly or even once a week. It would be a great way for older students to mentor younger students and get them excited about their faith while teaching older students valuable public speaking, organisational and career skills.
For younger students
On a piece of paper, draw a bridge. Then illustrate how the secondary school RE teachers are a bridge between primary school students and their Catholic faith.
When students are finished, each student can present their drawing to the class.