“A Discerning Believer formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living”.
Catholic Graduate Expectation #1, “A Discerning Believer” correlates with the OCT Standard of Practice “Professional Knowledge.” This correlation exists because as a practicing Catholic, and a schoolteacher, I actively practice my faith through God’s word and reflection. As teachers, we are required to acquire and maintain a level of knowledge that we can impart unto our students in the classroom. From a social constructivist perspective, the more knowledge of faith that a teacher possesses, the more a teacher can successfully provide support and encouragement to students.
As someone who is deeply immersed in music ministry, it is important that I make myself aware of the liturgical seasons, weekly themes, psalm content, and music selections, and interpret them in a way that the congregation will find meaningful. If we are comparing a church to a school, the congregation could be considered a student body, and the teacher a fellow parish minister. In other words, Catholic teachers must educate themselves on the richness and vastness of Scripture. In better understanding it, teachers can celebrate the sacred mystery of God’s presence, and in turn make it more accessible for students.
I have attached the “Original Sin” assignment from Module #3, because this chart compares and contrasts the two stories of Genesis. It is a study of Scripture as well as a reflection of how the Creation stories relate to our Catholic faith. I believe that this research-based assignment is fitting for both CGE #1 as well as OCT’s “Professional Knowledge.” Scripture is vast and can offer new insight every time we choose to approach it. It is vital that teachers have a strong knowledge in a variety of content, including religion.