topic four – a way of life
teacher's notes - general approach
Through the previous topics, some pupils may have come to a realization
that there are things which they want to change in their lives in
order to gain more self-respect. However, this can be very difficult.
The aim of this topic is to give some help to those who want to
make the first step in such changes. Also, since personal change
is one way that everyone can attain inner growth and maturity, other
members of the class should be encouraged to try it too.
Self respect involves being "comfortable with oneself"
- having a clear conscience. This comes from being honest about
one's mistakes and then deciding to put things right, thus beginning
the process of change. The poem Hello Light comes from the experience
of turning one's back on the past. This needs to be followed by
a consideration of how to keep on the newly-chosen path.
The approach is one of experimentation with new ideas and, perhaps
for some, a new way of life. The resource sheets for this and the
previous topic are true case studies on which the class can draw.
There is also a simplified version of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics
Anonymous which actually sets out a method of living for the whole
of one's life.
For this work it is important that no one feels that their privacy
is threatened. It may even be right to suggest that the work on
worksheet 11 pages 23 & 24 goes home
with them and does not appear on their file unless they wish it
to. There may also be those who want further help along this path,
and sensitivity will be needed.
A visit from someone who is recovering from addiction and has found
a faith through the experience would also be a chance for the class
to ask questions that arise in their minds.
For this topic worksheets 10 & 11
pages 22, 23 & 24 will be needed as well as resource
sheets 3 & 4 on pages 25 and 26.
Give everyone a copy of Hello Light on worksheet
10 page 22 and have it read aloud to the class. Let them do
some art work or some original writing, or act out what this poem
evokes for them.