Catholic Education A crosstheCurriculum How to give Catholic identity to all subjects Web Edition
Introduction • Assistant Principal of Curriculum at St. Charles Catholic High School • Contributing Writer and Consultant to Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division
What does it mean to do Catholic education across the curriculum? • Understanding your role as a teacher in a Catholic school can be as subtle and at the same time be as significant as the difference that you see in the picture. • Doing Catholic education across the curriculum is an old way of thinking that has come back in a new way.
Part I Understanding the Curriculum as SACRED
Catholic Education Across the Curriculum Invites you to approach education from Spirit not ego.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. (John 1:1&3)
Catholic education understands that the mystery of God is being revealed in its curriculum.
Through the study of each of our disciplines we encounter the mystery of God.
Each of us are invited to do “Catholic education” across the curriculum.
As Catholic educators we are invited to help our students see… their relationship with the world, their relationship with others, and their purpose in life as sacred endeavors.
Part II The Invitation to Each Teacher in a Catholic School
Does this mean I have to add teaching religion to my curriculum? • No! • That is the job of the religion / theology teachers of your school. • They are the “catechist” of the school.
Broken Escalator • What Happens when the escalator brakes? Search UTube
We can support each other in our mission as a Catholic school. • A CATECHIST is someone who’s teaching is specific to the topics of religion/theology, • Bible, doctrine, moral law, prayers, sacraments
Doing Catholiceducation across the curriculum has a broader application so as to support the mission of a Catholic school.
Catechesis • Catechesis is from a Greek word meaning “to echo,” • as in to echo the specific teachings and practices of the Catholic faith.
Doing Catholic education across the curriculum supports the “religious education” of the school. • Religious is from a Latin word meaning “to bind or tie together,” • as in to unite together in order to make stronger, • as opposed to all wondering aimlessly without purpose or meaning. • Education comes from a Latin word meaning “to lead out.”
Supporting Catholicreligious education means… • As Catholic school teachers we use the virtues and values of the Catholic faith • to lead students out • in a way that unites them to their greater purpose – God, Church, Mission.
What is the First Article of Faith? • God created everything seen and unseen. • Using faith and reason, creation is the worlds first religious educator. • “Creation is revealed as the first step towards this covenant, the first and universal witness to God's all-powerful love.” CCC 288
Pre-Modern • The pre-modern had a one world view under God’s creation of the seen and the unseen. • The world was a manifestation of God’s Spirit. • “Teachers” are religious leaders of the community.
Modern • Modernity proposes a split between • the spiritual and material world • Spirit becomes the ghost in the machine, i.e. Wizard of Oz. • the human and natural world. • The natural world is something that humans must enforce its control over. • The natural world’s role as sacred revelation is diminished. • The natural world becomes the “wild”-erness rather than the sacred home of humans.
Post-Modern • Because of the Judeo-Christian commitment to faith and reason • and science’s move away from the Newtonian mechanistic view, • there has been a reconciliation between religion and science / faith and reason / sacred and secular literature / religious ritual and the arts.
As Catholic educators we are invited to… - disturb, - expand, - transform, and - grow our students so that they may become aware of their relationship to the world, each other, and their purpose.
The Call to be a Religious Educator in a Catholic School Goes beyond being an instructor. It is a call to be a “Teacher.” • What does Mary Magdalene call Jesus after the resurrection?
The Invitation to Be a Catholic Educator • Uses learning to transform the person, instead of simply transmitting information.
The Invitation to Be a Catholic Educator • Is focused on teaching the students NOT a subject.
The Invitation to Be a Catholic Educator Understands the world as a communion of subjects rather than as a collection of objects.
The Invitation to Be a Catholic Educator Sees learning as a dynamic co-creative process rather than as a passive collection of information.
Part III Bringing Catholic Education Into Your Curriculum: Helping Students to See with Their Spirit
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Three Areas Where You Introduce Catholic EducationInto Your Curriculum • Cosmic Awareness • Social Awareness • Spiritual Awareness
First: Cosmic Awareness /Understanding the World Around Us • To call students into awareness of their relationship to the world. • (How) Does your curriculum awaken your students to their relationship to the world around them?
Second: Social Awareness • To call students into awareness of their relationships with other people. • (How) Does your curriculum awaken your students to their relationships with other people?
Third: Spiritual Awareness • To call students into awareness of their purpose for being. • (How) Does your curriculum awaken your students to their purpose?
Catholic Curriculum Design • Incorporate religious education questions and discussion into lesson components. • Big Idea or Essential Questions • Discussion points for Catholicity connection • Assessments • Design questions to assess understanding your disciplines concepts, content, or skills while at the same time making the Catholicity connection.
Sample Social Studies Lesson on Egypt • Essential question: Is the U.S. the Egypt of our day? (Compare and contrast theocracy to democracy?) • Catholicity Discussion: What is the role of religion in government? • Assessment: Compare and contrast Egypt’s theocracy and the U.S. democracy.
Sample Essay • This student relates types of numbers to an understanding of God’s creation.
Check out a school system that has a well developed Catholic curriculum - Saskatchewan Catholic Curriculum Online. • http://www.saskschools.ca/curr_content/cco/