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Teaching Religion:
Creative Strategies and Best Practices


Course designed by Jane E. Ayer, theology teacher at Notre Dame Academy and former Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office. Video features Dr. Thomas H. Groome and master teachers; articles by Jane E. Ayer and Melinda Brown Donovan.

Focused on the elementary and junior high catechist and religious educator, this course explores teaching as a vocation, the various types of learners, and different approaches to presenting religious education material.  It is not dependent on any catechetical textbook series.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.

Special Features:

  • Two articles by Jane E. Ayer; one article by Melinda Brown Donovan;
  • Handouts by Dr. Thomas H. Groome to accompany his video; handout by Jane E. Ayer, "Guided Meditation for Children;"
  • Three videos with presentations by Dr. Thomas H. Groome or Dr. Thomas H. Groome in conversation with master religious educators;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • PowerPoint presentation on multiple intelligences and religious education designed by Jane E. Ayer;
  • Weekly study guide with questions for reflection and discussion;

All Crossroads courses and workshops include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/ 7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • Site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Week 1: Teaching as a Vocation and Modeling Jesus' Pedagogy
Week 2: Pedagogical Models and Being a Reflective Teacher
Week 3: Honoring the Senses and the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Week 4: Creating Sacred Space and Ways of Praying

Additional Materials Needed:
All materials provided in the course.

Time Commitment:
A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Fee: $50

Content Scholars: Jane E. Ayer, Dr. Thomas H. Groome, Melinda Brown Donovan