Post Primary Religious Education In-Service

The second Post-Primary R.E. in-service was held last Friday, February 12th, in the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Killarney.  Up to thirty R.E. teachers attended and afterwards expressed great satisfaction with the input and resources they received on the day.

Picture: Tomás Kenny (Post-Primary Diocesan Advisor for R.E.), Paula Finnegan (P.D.S.T. Facilitator) and Gary Carley (P.D.S.T. Coordinator)

The first session was led by Mr. Gary Garley of the Professional Development Services for Teachers (P.D.S.T.)  Gary’s session focused on interactive methodologies when teaching R.E. and he also paid particular attention to preparing students for the Junior Certificate journal work.  He also highlighted how the various interactive methods could be adapted to working on the journal.  The teachers were very interested in the section on the journal as this topic is worth 20 percent of the overall Junior Certificate mark.  Gary provided all the teachers with interactive methodology boards.

Picture: Noreen Barrett (Castleisland Community College) and Marie-Rose O’ Brien (Scoil Phobail Slaibh Luachra, Rathmore)

Ms. Paula Finnegan, also from the P.D.S.T., facilitated session two which was entitled ‘Teaching Section 5 of the Junior Certificate Paper.’  Section Five is an extended response style question which can be difficult for some students.  In this session, Paula examined the different topics explored in this section of the paper throughout the past number of years and offered practical tips on ways students can improve in this area of the paper.

Picture: Mary O’ Donoghue (St. Michael’s Listowel), Veronica Hunt (Mercy Mounthawk) and Niamh O’ Keeffe (St. Michael’s Listowel)

Session three was led be Ms. Marie Murphy, Chaplain at Scoil Phobail Bhéara, Castletownbere.  Marie’s session concentrated on ‘Teaching Transition Year R.E.’  Marie provided a wealth of ideas and resources throughout this session.  The focus was on active group and individual work and she drew on the Leaving Certificate Applied R.E. Programme, Whycare, and other such sources.

Picture: Joan O’ Shea (St. Joseph’s Presentation, Castleisland), Mairéad Lane Cronin (St. Patricks, Castleisland) and Margaret Fitzgerald (Boherbue Comprehensive)

The final session on the day was facilitated again by Ms. Paula Finnegan.  This session explored different ways to approach the important topic of morality and moral issues in senior cycle RE (non exam based). Paula looked at ways to incorporate different teaching methodologies and offer guidelines for ways to approach a number of different moral issues in the classroom.

Resources and materials from the above workshops will be forwarded to all the R.E. teachers over the coming week.