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Flex Class: Comparative World Religions 9-12

This course will introduce different types of religions, their beliefs, and their histories.
Blake McCabe, NY Certified Educator
119 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
Class
No live meetings
Over 6 weeks
9-12
year olds
2-10
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific

Mon, Jan 9, 2023

Jan 9 – Mar 6, 2023 (6 weeks)
Flexible Time
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Description

Class Experience

Students will learn about the origins and beliefs of a variety of world religions, both ancient and modern. This will both increase their knowledge and their cultural sensitivity to those with different religious beliefs.
I am a certified social studies teacher for NY, grades 5-12, and an experienced Educator, Coordinator, and Supervisor with 7+ years of administration, management and customer service experience, 5+ years of teaching, student advisement and project development, and 2+ years working with international students, qualitative research, and course development. I hold a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology from Binghamton University, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology/Anthropology and Music from Mansfield University, in addition to a TEFL certification. I am also a course complete PhD student in Anthropology, studying the intersection of politics and religion. I also hold a General Class Amateur Radio License with 13wpm Morse Code.

My anthropological training in academia includes learning about human evolution, race and racism, colonialism, cultural diversity, cultural awareness and education, bias, reflexivity, impacts of academic research on minority groups, and research ethics. I am also the Educational Coordinator and Lead Teacher of a Sunday school and a substitute teacher in 5 local school districts. I give talks on issues of religion, politics, and race issues, and have taught classes related to this topic previously. I conducted a thesis paper for my undergraduate on conflicts international students faced, which discussed issues of race, religion, language, cultural misunderstandings, and xenophobia. My Master's research focused on immigration issues, racism towards immigrants from Ethiopia in Israel, and conflict between religious sects. I also run a group that addresses issues of race, religion, politics, and teaches cultural awareness and diversity through education of traditions, history, and music from around the world.
Some small research assignments and responses via video and discussion posts.

In addition to the lecture videos, each week will have Nearpod slides. These include additional videos, notes, and activities. Students will complete these activities each week, which I will be able to see and provide feedback on. These include open-ended question responses, polls, quizzes, Virtual Reality tours, match sets, and drawings.
The students need access to regular Youtube. Some of the videos may not play in the kid's version of Youtube.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
informal assessments based on completion of activities via Nearpods and in the outschool classroom. I can provide formal grades for homeschool students if requested.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This class will teach about religions that include animal and human sacrifice and a multitude of ritual practices that could be unnerving for the Western mind. No graphic imagery will be used directly in this course, but discussion of such topics will take place. This class uses Nearpod, which is an approved 3rd party tool and is 2D compliant. All videos will be through Nearpod, but some are from youtube and embedded.
Sources for this class include: Research from Emile Durkheim, E. B. Tylor, Henry Morgan and other sociologists and anthropologists who focused on religion, PEW Research Center, Crash Course, National Geographic, United Religions Initiative, PBS, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Cayuga Nations, Skä•noñh Center- Great Law of Peace Center, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, An Introduction to Native North America (Mark Sutton), The Buddhist Centre, Oxford Acadamy, Sikhs.org, Paul Thebert, History Channel, History.com,  Hinduism Today, uri.org, jivamuktiyoga.com, beliefnet.com, ABC News, Smithsonian, OMF International, Ryan Churchward, Nearpod Lesson Plans, Summit Ministries, JTV, Sefaria, Jewish Virtual Library, Bim Bam, Penn Today, Anywhere Cuba, About Santeria, MyJewishLearning, Business Insider, Refinery29, Viceland, Now This World, Ted-Ed, The Big Myth, Ethnographic research from my master's thesis and dissertation work, and online documentaries on Santeria and NeoPaganism (including Irish documentary film "Sacred Sites: Oracles" of Tile Films Ltd. for the Smithsonian Channel (2016))

Teacher

Blake McCabe, NY Certified Educator
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Lives in the United States
ACE Educator, NY Certified Social Studies Teacher Grades 5-12, Nearpod Certified Educator, Anthropologist, Music Teacher, Amateur Radio Operator
119 total reviews
174 completed classes

About Me

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