Teaching Secondary RE by Anonymous

Name: Anonymous

Sector:  Secondary
Subject: RE
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Teaching Secondary RE

  1. Be passionate: the pupils will feed off of that, those ‘disengaged’ pupils will lift their heads if they hear your passion.
  2. Stay calm: you are going to hear and read things that shock you in a bad way, stay calm and explain any misunderstandings with pupils patiently, it’s your job.
  3. Celebrate: you are also going to hear things that shock you in a good way, pupils will surprise you, they have a much deeper understanding than you could ever imagine.
  4. Answer ‘that’ question: your chosen subject will have you justifying your subject to pupils, parents and sometimes staff. Be ready to do it at any moment.
  5. Feel privileged: one of the few places pupils can truly share ideas and thoughts is in RE, it’s a privilege that you hear these things, it’s not always easy for them.

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