Strategies for Reshaping Practice: The habits of the classroom #25

Make connections with the wider world

Teaching can have an outward focus, engaging with the local community and the world, bringing the wider world into the classroom or taking the learner out. Teachers can invite visitors in to be interviewed or invite church musicians into a music class. Teachers can relate learning to wider issues of faith and values relating to what is going on society. For example, teaching about integrity in science and writing up experiments truthfully can relate to integrity or lack of integrity shown in current events. Insights learned in the classroom can be applied to society; for example, thinking of people as whole, not just bodies or minds or spirits.

  • Teachers can invite members of the local church community in to share what the church does in the local community as part of a serving the community topic. Teachers can arrange for students to cook for the elderly and invite members of the community into the school to be served. People can be interviewed about faith in religious education.
  • Teachers can use case studies in history of real situations, such as child workers on cocoa farms, as a way of drawing parallels between campaigns for change in the past and campaigns today. Teachers can arrange for learners to interview members of their family and friends about their likes and dislikes for modern foreign languages so that they can reflect the thoughts, feelings and choices of people in the community, rather than just their own preferences and opinions.

Examples such as this show the role faith can play across the curriculum and how it can be related to life.