Catholic Curriculum DesignReligious Education A the Curriculum How to Promote Your Catholic Mission/Identity In All Subjects
Contributing Writer and Consultant to Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division
Essential Question/Big Idea How can math help you get to Heaven? / Your school’s Catholic identity can improve the rigor of each course in your school’s curriculum.
Presentation Objective You will be able to apply Catholic Curriculum Design upon returning to your school in order to improve your school’s Catholic identity while improving your school’s curriculum rigor.
Our Present Design? Six Secular Classes Vs. One Religion Class
Defining Characteristics of a Catholic School • Centered in the Person of Jesus Christ • Contributing to the Evangelizing Mission of the Church • Distinguished by Excellence • Committed to Educating the Whole Child • Steeped in the Catholic Worldview • Sustained by Gospel Witness • Shaped by Communion and Community • Accessible to All Students • Established by the Expressed Authority of the Bishop
Benchmark 2.5 Faculty use the lenses of scripture and the Catholic intellectual tradition in all subjects to help students think critically and ethically about the world around them.
Benchmark 7.2 Standards are adopted across the curriculum, and include integration of the religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical dimensions of learning in all subjects.
What does it mean to do Catholic Curriculum Design? • 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 Curriculum Design is an old way of thinking that has come back in a new way.
It’s important to see the “both/and” instead of the “either/or.”
Catholic Curriculum Design … is designing a learning experience in light of the Gospel that invites discovery, challenges assumptions of learners, and motivates action as it applies to the revelation of God’s creation.
Part II Understanding the Curriculum as SACRED (Sacred Secular)
The word that describes my mission as a teacher/administrator is….
Catholic Curriculum Design 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)
Did you know that the theory for the Big Bang was first proposed by a Fr. George Lemaitra, a Catholic priest and a professor of physics?
…the whole universe together participates in the divine goodness more perfectly, and represents it better than any single creature whatever. Summa Theologica Question 47 Article 1
Catholic education understands that the mystery of God is being revealed in its 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 III Creating Catholic Curriculum Design: Helping Students to See with Their Spirit
Step 1: Teachers and students are called to reflect on the sacred dimension of their curriculum.
Step 2: Go deeper. Develop essential questions and big ideas for lesson design and assessment.
Develop Essential Questions and Big Ideas That: • Are thought provoking • Focus instruction and organize student learning • Push students to higher levels of thinking. • Help students make connections beyond the content being studied.
Teaching the Essential Question and Big Ideas • Teach students the essential questions and big idea before you begin the unit. • “Mental Velcro”
Why Essential Questions? Multiplication Essential: How is multiplication used in our daily life? Catholicity: What would happen if God did not create multiplication? FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT
Without Essential Questions… Multiplication FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT FACT
Three Categories of Catholic Curriculum • Word • Works • Worship
Sacred Word Questions • Word type questions have to do with beliefs. • Who is God? • What is creation? • Why did God create us? • What is the meaning and purpose of life?