D5 – Serving the Other
Presenter: Jenna Dearlove, Mary Bechberger (London)
Audience: Alt-Spec Ed.
Description: Witness how a classroom is facilitated that promotes a truly inclusive learning environment. In the HRE 4O mentorship class students on the pathway to a Certificate of Accomplishment are partnered with credit-bearing peers that take on the role of a “mentor”. The grade 12 open religious studies curriculum is taught to the entire class through hands-on activities, games, skits, crafts, and more. Mentors assist their partner each lesson by providing one-on-one support. Throughout the course students grow in faith while building skills, confidence, friendships, and character. By “serving the other”, students are given the opportunity to discover and celebrate the human dignity that unites us all.