This teachers workshop shows how to effectively use the meditation teaching method in the classroom. When the Risen Christ appears to Mary Magdalene in the garden she realizes that in some miraculous way, He still lives. We will present a meditation video to help students feel Mary’s emotions so that they, too, may share in her joy. Identifying with Mary’s experience will strengthen the students’ faith at this time in history, when belief in the Resurrection is under fierce assault.Continue reading Teachers Workshop: Meditation Teaching Method Part I
Why and when should teachers embellish a parable?
Learning intensifies when students engage in deeper analysis of a bible story. That is because the struggle involved in this teaching method inspires them to “own” the message of the parable. Studies show that it is the mind’s struggle to understand and create that is the learning process. Struggling causes emotions that change the brain chemistry. It excites the brain of the person who is struggling, which makes it more accepting of ideas and concepts.
I find crafting good questions to be the hardest part of developing a lesson plan. However, I persevere because I want to see that sparkle of curiosity in the eyes of my students. Captivating questions lead students further into that wondrous world we call the Kingdom of God on Earth.