As a teacher I am by occupation lead to read quite a variety of books.
Occasionally I come across, quite coincidentally, recurrent themes that present themselves in a short space of time.
Recently the virtue of charity has cropped up time and time again in quite diverse sources. These are great opportunities to reflect upon our own teaching practice and weigh our hearts, so to speak, as a measure of how often we practice charity in our work. Continue reading “Action speaks louder than words”
Internationally World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October. However, because of school holidays, here in Australia it is celebrated on the last Friday in October of each year.
As this is a teacher blog, here is just a quick reminder, on World Teacher day Australia, why the work you do is important. Keep going! Continue reading “World Teachers’ Day”
Sometimes it takes just a single quote from an author you admire to get your mind working actively on the subject of what you do as a teacher.
Amid the everyday routine, we are bound to forget the importance of what we do. It is good practice to keep a notebook (like a commonplace book) on you when reading great literature, to jot down those stand-out comments that are worth going back to.
With this in mind, here are three interesting and provocative quotes to think about this week… Continue reading “Great literary minds on education.”
One of the challenges that teachers face is getting students to understand what is best for them.
Character development, more than anything else, should be the underlying current that carries everything else we do in the classroom towards that one goal. Continue reading “How to Have a Good Time by Archbishop Fulton Sheen”
“Hence the true Christian, product of Christian education, is the supernatural man who thinks, judges and acts constantly and consistently in accordance with right reason illumined by the supernatural light of the example and teaching of Christ; in other words, to use the current term, the true and finished man of character.” Pope Pius XI Continue reading “Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Results of Good Teaching”
“It is necessary that all the teaching and the whole organisation of the school, and its teachers, syllabus and text-books in every branch, be regulated by the Christian spirit, under the direction and maternal supervision of the Church; so that Religion may be in very truth the foundation and crown of the youth’s entire training; and this in every grade of school, not only the elementary, but the intermediate and the higher institutions of learning as well. ” Pope Pius XI Continue reading “Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Cooperation”
“Perfect schools are the result not so much of good methods as of good teachers, teachers who are thoroughly prepared and well-grounded in the matter they have to teach; who possess the intellectual and moral qualifications required by their important office; who cherish a pure and holy love for the youths confided to them, because they love Jesus Christ and His Church, of which these are the children of predilection; and who have therefore sincerely at heart the true good of family and country. “ Pope Pius XI Continue reading “Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Teaching Efficiency”
“Christian education takes in the whole aggregate of human life, physical and spiritual, intellectual and moral, individual, domestic and social, not with a view of reducing it in any way, but in order to elevate, regulate and perfect it, in accordance with the example and teaching of Christ.” Pope Pius XI Continue reading “Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Classroom Management”
“May no one be less good for having come within my influence. No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow-traveller in our journey toward Eternal Life” Continue reading “Self-Examination for Catholic Teachers: Teaching Personality”
Here is the final article of three, on an understanding of what education is. These posts originate in notes I had previously written during a professional development conference.
As mentioned in part one the notes are based on the spiritual writings of Fr. Edward Leen CSSP. Continue reading “Fr. Edward Leen CSSP: What is Education? (Part Three)”