January 5, 2017

Dear Religion Teacher / Chaplain,

January Resources
The January Resources have been updated and are avialable for viewing here, where you will find ideas to support your planning for the weeks ahead.
TESTeach Blendspace Codes
Wishing the Second Year students of the Catholic Institute of Education, DCU (formerly Mater Dei) every joy as they embark on their teaching placements next week.
TESTeach, formerly known as Blendspace, is a brilliant platform for preparing/storing module and lesson material.
I shared two blendspace 'lessons' with the TP group to support their planning some time ago, but perhaps some of the content may be of use to you also? Take a look and see:
Huffington Post - Please read in advance
Perhaps time before the break did not permit for a look back on 2016 with your students. If you plan to do so next week, perhaps some of the items raised in this Huffington Post article are worth exploring: 33 Moments in 2016 That Proved Religion Can Be a Force for Good, but be sure to read this in advance to decide for yourself.
Pope Francis
Updated from a few years ago, these principles from Pope Francis can challenge us as we welcome the possibilities of 2017: New Year's Resolutions by Pope Francis 
Take a look a this striking image from Twitter: Hope is needed to rebuild... & from Catholic News Service: "New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred or selfishness" 
Wishing you a wonderful term and every blessing for 2017.
Kind regards,