Faithful Citizen: Living Responsibly in a Global Society
The questions in the mind of any good newspaper reporter are also good questions for any teacher leading adult education church. These questions are:
Who are the teachers and learners?
What is to be taught and learned?
When will the learning take place?
Where will the learning take place?
How will the learning take place?
Why is this class important? What is the need that it is addressing?
These questions, it is hoped, will stimulate any teacher as she or he approaches this curriculum.
It's important to begin at the end. Why is your church or organization using this curriculum? What is the need that it hopes to address? Do volunteers in your programs need deeper theological and spiritual equipping? Is your congregation considering any new outreach program which this curriculum may nurture and stimulate?
We suggest that you purchase and read the study guide for all six classes and that you read all six of these sessions as preparation for teaching. The six sessions have been designed to work together. The sessions can be read quickly and easily by reading the highlighted portion and the short report you will find in the boxes in each lesson. A complete reading of the entire curriculum is highly recommended.
Once you have gained an overview of entire curriculum then the following ten questions apply to the teaching and learning dynamics of each of the six sessions.
Thoughtfully read the material for the particular session for which you are preparing.
Go online and watch all of the film clips for the session.
Review the suggested study guide for each session.
What are the additional key issues and questions which the material raises for you which are not included in the suggested study guide? Add those items to your teaching plan.
Think through how much time you have for each session. Calculate, based upon your reading of the session, whether or not you should split the session into two classes.
The curriculum is dependent upon WiFi capabilities. What are your local IT capacities? Can you view the film vignettes during class time? Before the actual day of the class, test this capacity to make sure it works.
What is the configuration of the room you are using for this class? Will the participants be comfortable? What should each student have or bring to each session? What paper handouts would you want to copy for each lesson?
What will be the cost of the entire program?
Are there specific people that you would like to invite the class who could give personal testimony or expertise about the issues discussed? Think through the amount of time you will want this person to take during the class.
How will you lead this class? Will you use lecture, presentation, small groups? Will you give homework?