Information for Teachers

Lord Jesus Christ, to Thee I cry:  hear me, Thine unworthy servant!  Enlighten my mind; grant that I may truly and clearly describe Thy Way into the Kingdom of Glory which Thou in Thy mercy hast granted us!  Grant that those who read and listen to my words may be filled with Thy love, enlightened by Thy knowledge and made strong by Thy power.  Warm our hearts with Thy Spirit and we shall joyfully and fervently go the way that Thou hast shown us.  Amen.

 

Sunday School Curriculum

We teach the official curriculum offered by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, with supplementation from other Orthodox Christian and Christian sources.  If you are at all concerned about the appropriateness of outside supplementation, please speak with the Sunday School Director or with Fr. Vasileios.

Various approved supplemental materials are already available for your use in the Sunday School closet upstairs and in the conference room library.

If you need for us to order more materials for your class, please contact sundayschool@transfiguration.org

 

Substitute Teachers

We have an approved list of substitute teachers available to teach your class if you and your co-teacher are unable to teach on a particular date.  Please email sundayschool@transfiguration.org if you are unable to teach, and we’ll arrange for a replacement.  Advance notice is appreciated when possible.

When requesting a substitute, please be prepared to offer a lesson plan so that your students will continue to receive a continuous and beneficial curriculum.

 

Syllabus

On the first day of school, teachers should pass out a syllabus sheet.  This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to present the material you’ll be teaching, to offer  your contact information and to request contact information and assistance from parents.

 

E-mail Communications

Please send weekly or monthly e-mails to the parents of your students!  Let them know what you’ve been doing in class and how they can reinforce these lessons at home.  As Sunday School teachers, we can offer only about 30 hours of instruction in the classroom; our students will learn the Faith at home.  The more we remind and encourage parents to participate in the religious eduation of their children, the better!

 

Class Length

Classes are intended to be roughly 45 minutes long.

 

Opening Prayers

Please bear in mind that your students arrive in class directly after receiving Holy Communion.  Each class should begin with a prayer, both giving thanks for Holy Communion and in preparation for study.

 

Useful Websites

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Department of Religious Education

Department of Religious Education Bible Resource Page

Orthodox Church of America’s Department of Religious Education “HUB”

Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese’s Department of Christian Education

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