Welcome to the coloured glass classroom! We hope to provide you with lots of creative ideas and resource links to help you engage the young people in your religious and Christian education classes. This blog is sponsored by the Anglican Schools Commission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

27 October 2015

Teaching Resources on Human Traffiking

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans has developed some teaching resources focussing on this topic.

"This educational resource has been prepared for secondary school teachers to assist in educating and raising consciousness about the issue of human trafficking."

The resource has five aims:
  • To educate and raise consciousness about human trafficking
  • To provide a process for teaching about human trafficking
  • To invite reflection on the issue of human trafficking
  • To encourage action to address the issue of human trafficking
  • To invite transformation in attitude on the issue of human trafficking

There are links to a large range of resources and information in these recources. They are worth checking out.

20 October 2015

What is Anglican anyway?

Ever wondered what Anglicans are really about? Here are five short videos of Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, based on his Synod Address for 2015, each dealing with a different aspect of Anglican identity.  There are questions to provoke conversation for each video. 

These videos could be useful for exploring Anglicanism with senior students or even as a resource to get yourself thinking about the different aspects of Anglican Christianity. A lot will depend on your students inclination to learn about this material and how you  provide scaffolding for them to access it.

These are all courtesy of the Formed Faith website.

15 October 2015

Australians Together

"Australians Together is a fresh approach to building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians that seeks to plant a seed in peoples’ hearts and minds; the idea that Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians can live in respectful, peer relationships with each other.Importantly, Australians Together is not about fixing problems; it is about shifting our approach to one another in order to build positive, healthy relationships marked by humility, respect and love."

Although this free resource has been designed for churches there may be many sections that could be useful in the religious education classroom. There are videos, stories and other resources.

8 October 2015

Transforming Service Conference

April 14-16 2016 - Brisbane

This is an invitation to educators involved in leading or organising service learning activities in Australian schools. The Transforming Service Conference will bring together Service Learning Professional from all over Australia to share a national picture of service learning activities and to.work together on advancing the understanding of service learning and the foundations which underpin service encounters.

The Transforming Service Conference is an ecumenical initiative that recognises the rich variety of approaches to service across Australian faith-based school. The conference will focus particularly on secondary schools but recognises that many schools adopt a whole-of school approach to service learning. International; and cross-cultural service encounters will be a focus of discussion, alongside local endeavours.

@transformserve  #tscon16

Registrations Open Term 4 2015
Venue: Australian Catholic University Leadership Centre, Elizabeth St, Brisbane

6 October 2015

Religious educator? Educate yourself

The Centre for Public Christianity has a website that would be a useful resource for religious educators in Australia particularly if they were hoping to extend their own knowledge of the Christian faith.

From their website:

The Centre for Public Christianity (CPX) is a not-for-profit media company that offers a Christian perspective on contemporary life. We seek to promote the public understanding of the Christian faith by engaging mainstream media and the general public with high quality and well-researched print, video and audio material about the relevance of Christianity in the 21st century.

There are articles and resources on many relevant topics including: big questions, world religions, science and faith, society and politics, history, the arts, ethics and lives of faith.

Many of these articles would be suitable for engaging students in the senior years and for educators to learn more about their area of expertise.

2 October 2015

Moving Making as Bible Engagement

Need a way to get students interacting with the Biblical text that is engaging both in terms of content and strategy?

Okay, we’ll get to that.  First off, have you seen that app that is gaining great popularity amongst phone users called Vine?  This app allows users to create a six or seven second video that can be uploaded to other suers of the app or through Twitter. 

People are using this app to make videos that are everything from comedy skits to social comments to fake trailers for films to ...whatever you can think of.  If you google “best Vines compilation” you’ll be able to watch numerous examples to get an idea.

The point for us as teachers is that the idea of a seven second video as an interesting way to communicate has now become accepted amongst secondary students.  So....

The next time you want students to engage with a story from the Bible why not have students:

  • Examine the Bible story and identify the “story beats” as a F&TV teacher would say. 

For instance, Noah’s Ark? 
a.    People are being pretty bad and God is upset
b.    God picks Noah  and gives him instructions
c.    Noah builds the ark and his neighbours pick on him
d.    Noah loads the animals into the ark
e.    Rain starts and the flood ensues
f.     The ark is safe for forty days
g.    Noah receives the message that land has appeared again
h.    God makes a promise to Noah
  • Divide your class into groups, one per story beat.
  • Have students create a ‘vine’ for their story beat.  It might be one that

a.    Captures the emotion of their part of the story, or
b.    Actually recreates their part of the story
  • Now re-read the story acting as a narrator and play each vine at the appropriate moment on the class data projector so that all can see.You can use the app to do this though you don’t need to if that would be a problem.  If it is then students can film with their normal phone cameras and message the video footage to you, or alternately, just plug each phone in to the class technology at the appropriate moment.  Or you can collect the video footage, assemble it together with Windows Movie Maker or iMovie  in a minute or two and play it next lesson with your narration.

 Guest Poster: Jonathan Sargeant