Our children today are exposed to formal and informal learning experiences in their daily lives. On the faith side, they are nurtured by their families and the faith communities they are part of. When they are in your classroom, you are engaging them in learning something about their faith tradition – prayers, saints, and more!
The real question is how they can continue their learning outside of class while being engaged in what you want them to be engaged in. How do you control what they learn outside of school?
Well, the simple answer is you can’t.
That said, the beauty of learning is that not everything about it has to be school-related in order for it to happen.
However, you can encourage your families and/or students to engage with you in the following:
- Watch a video related to a faith topic that relates to what you are teaching in your classroom. Many of these videos are in the Digital Catechesis Video Library. You can incorporate interactive questions using Educanon or Edpuzzle. Using digital tools allows you to expand faith learning to the families of the children you are involved with.
- Create a study group. How? Get on your Google+ account and create a Google Community. Engage your families in learning something about their faith via a video, a question, or . Here are 10 Basic Steps to create a community. For Google Plus, your students must be at least 13 years old. Engage them in an online conversation while away from class.
- Use social media to gather information. Interview someone or create a poll, and post in Twitter. Kids can do their social media apps in the comfort of their home and not know they’re still in class!
- Use Remind for announcements and more.
- Explore the Parallel Bible App. Refer your families to the Gospel Sunday Reading (See http://usccb.org/ for the reference) and invite your families to choose a phrase or sentence that is important to them from the Sunday Gospel and to choose an image that represents that Scripture passage. Invite them to post the image using the Parallel Bible App.
After you have involved your class in learning outside the classroom, you are invited to come back to this post to share your story. We would love to hear from you! Of course, additional suggestions are more than welcomed.