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26 September 2018

Christian Character and Godly Wisdom in 5 Minutes

Just because it is called a Jellytelly 5 Minute Family Devotional does not mean that you can’t use these fabulous resources in your classroom.
Character Quest with Clive and Ian is a great way to introduce important character traits from the Bible.

Explore 12 character traits in this series. Each episode includes a Bible verse, discussion questions and a prayer prompt.

Now although these devotionals may seem to be suited to younger students, I would encourage you to think about using these with older primary students as well. There is great wisdom and helpful content in each episode.

The Fruit of the Spirit – 5 Minute Family Devotional is also worth considering as a useful resource for your classes.
These super videos can be a fabulous way to get your class talking and exploring faith and life!

There are so many helpful and relevant resources on Jellytelly. It is worth taking time to explore and enjoy!

17 September 2018

Eric Liddell - Runner, Rugby Player, Missionary and so Much More

You may have heard that there was a rather unpleasant clash between fans and the Wallabies after Australia’s loss to Argentina on Saturday night. I saw that as a powerful teaching moment to share in class.

I was interested because it made me think of an extraordinary ‘rugby’ story that I think is worth sharing with any fan and definitely your students.

Eric Liddell was not only a runner, he was also an extraordinary rugby player. He was selected to represent Scotland and in 1922 Scotland played Wales at Arms Park, Cardiff. (Yes – I have been to that original ground to watch Wales play!) The Scots had not won a game against the Welsh since 1890! As the final whistle blew, The Scots had won, eleven points to eight. The losing Welsh team players were so impressed by Eric Liddell and the other Scottish winger, Leslie Gracie, that they scooped them up on to their shoulders and paraded them around the park. The Welsh and Scottish fans cheered together.

Eric Liddell certainly inspired many people throughout his amazing life.

To help you develop a fabulous Unit of Work based on the life of this hero, may I suggest you have a look at the book, Eric Liddell – Something Greater Than Gold by Janet and Geoff Benge. Not only is there a great book to read to your students but there is also a Unit Study Curriculum Guide by the same authors.

I bought mine from Koorong.

This book is from a series called Christian Heroes: Now and Then.

The Unit Study will provide you with guidelines and links for:
*     Key Bible verses
*     How to set up a ‘Display Corner’
*     Chapter Questions, including open-ended questions requiring interpretation or opinion
*     Essay Questions
*     Creative Writing
*     Hand-on Projects
*     Audio/Visual Projects
*     Art projects
*     Community Links
*     Geographical Context – mapping
*     Mission – Missionaries – Christianity and World Religions
*     History – Chinese History, Sino-Japanese War, World War II, Modern and Ancient Olympic Games
*     Sport

If you were to choose to study Eric Liddell with your students, I would suggest that you watch ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘On Wings of Eagles’. Both are powerful movies.

If you are looking for greater depth, try the Eric Liddell Centre. There is so much information available about this Christian hero - you only need look!

6 September 2018

If the World was only 100 People?

What is your responsibility?
Shared humanity - Social Justice as an Anglican!

Perhaps you are looking at developing service programmes in your school or just want to open up some of the Big Questions in life? How do we make the world a better place? Do we have a responsibility to others? What is our role? Does it make a difference if we are Christians?

Try introducing your students to The 100 Person Village. It is a way to help students understand how the world is constructed and organised, using numbers children can relate to and understand.

There are quite a few versions of this concept on line – explore and find one that works for you and your students.

Sue Roffey, in her book, Circle Solutions for Student Wellbeing, recommends using these videos when exploring concepts of connections and belonging.

After you watch the video, you may wish to use Sue’s questions to spark a discussion.

*     What did the film make you feel about your own situation?
*     What do you think is the most powerful of these statements?
*     What is open to change and what is not?
*     If you could change one thing, what would it be and why?
*     Do those with everything have a responsibility to help those with nothing?

The Office of International Programs at the University of Southern Maine, on their page – ‘If The World Were a Village of 100’ reports that in the Village of 100

o   48 can't speak or act according to their faith and conscience due to harassment, imprisonment, torture or death
o   20 live in fear of death by bombardment, armed attack, landmines, or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups
o   12 are unable to read
o   92 do not have the internet
o   43 do not have basic sanitation
o   80 live in substandard housing

And as for religion
o   33 are Christian
o   21 are Muslims
o   13 are Hindus
o   6 are Buddhists
o   1 is Sikhs
o   1 is Jewish
o   11 practice other religions
o   11 are non-religious
o   3 are Atheists

Perhaps you could link this to the Shared Syllabus

Strand: Christian Living found in the Shared Syllabus

3:5 – investigate how our society is affected by discrimination and prejudice
3:7 – investigate what makes a ‘fair’ and ‘just’ decision
4:5 – consider what the Anglican Church has to show me about human rights, animal rights and our environment
5:1 – explore Christian living through the concept of Social Justice
5:2 – explore spiritual and material poverty and their impact
5:3 – explore humility in a world of self
5:8 – explore the individual’s responsibility to stand up for what is right and honourable
6:1 – reflect on how the role model of Jesus is an example for Christian living
6:2 – appreciate the equal value of all humans according to the example of Jesus
6:4 – appreciate that the Bible has an ethical framework that can be applied to modern ethical dilemmas

Strand: The Bible and Christian Belief

4.3 – reflect on how seeing the world a particular way might change the way you live
7.6 – investigate how Christian ethics are developed
8.6 – consider what they believe about contemporary ethical issues and how they arrived at those beliefs

The 100 People Village might be a great provocation for a PYP Unit of Inquiry using a range of the Transdisciplinary Themes: How We Organise Ourselves, How the World Works, Sharing the Planet or Where We Are in Place and Time. Try looking at the interconnectedness of systems and communities through a Christian lens and challenge your students to look at societal decision-making while reflecting Christian character and Godly wisdom.

"If the world were 100 people," the video asks, "would we all fight harder for equality?"