Children and Youth Leaders: Resources

 

12 Tips for Working with Children and Youth with Special Needs

This list was generated by a parent of a child with high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome… you might find some of her ideas especially helpful when managing your Religious Education classroom or Youth Group session. 1.    Be flexible. Depending on the day and topic, you may need to change your approach. 2.    If you do not...

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Games for Community Building in RE Classes

Need some ideas to fill out your lesson plan? There are board games and other games available on the shelves behind the curtain in the Young Room.  In addition, here are some games that can be played with children of mixed ages in small or large groups.  Anyone can lead these games! If there are...

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Guidelines for Teachers

(An excerpt from the Teacher Orientation Handbook by Pat Ellenwood, DRE, Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, MA) Behavior problems in the classroom may present the most frequent test of our abilities to put ideals into practice. In the past, some teams have offered snacks or treats as a bribe for good behavior. This is...

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Multiple Intelligences and the RE Classroom

By Dan Harper, excerpt from Manual for Sunday school teachers, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 2010-2011 (adapted) For many years, educators recognize that individuals differ in the ways they find it easiest to learn, and we say that people have different learning styles. Howard Gardner, a psychologist at the Harvard School of Education, has...

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Back-up Activities for Teachers

By Dan Harper, excerpt from Manual for Sunday school teachers, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 2010-2011 Sometimes even the most experienced teachers find that the session they had planned just doesn't work out. No one knows why this happens -- maybe it's something in the water supply, or Mars is retrograde, or all the...

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Terrific Tips for Top-notch Teachers

Tip #1: If I want them to HEAR it, I talk; If I want them to LEARN it, they talk. We remember 10% of what we read; We remember 20% of what we hear; We remember 30% of what we see; We remember 50% of what we see and hear; We remember 80% of what...

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