Momentum

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, April/May

ART, Wonder and the Religious Dimension of the Child
"Through his 'artistic creativity' man appears more than ever 'in the image of God, ' and he accomplishes this task above all in shaping the wondrous 'material' of his own humanity and then exercising creative dominion over the universe which surrounds...
Building the Builders: Faith Formation in Virtue
RESOURCES READY TO USENew from the NCEA BookshelfBuilding the Builders: Faith Formation in VirtuePatricia Heleze Earl, IHM, Ph.D.This publication is designed to assist administrators, teachers and catechists in deepening their understanding about virtue...
Catholic Youth Raising Thousands of Service Hours in Honor of Pope Benedict XVI
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS FOR POPE BENEDICTA gift of public service from U.S. Catholic youth and studentsOnline pledge form will gather information about the number of participants, the total hours volunteered and the kind of service providedThousands of Catholic...
Cherishing the Role of Imagination
A message from Karen M. Ristau, NCEA PresidentSarah Berg, one of the central characters in Richard Russo's novel, "Bridge of Sighs" (2007), regularly turns to art, drawing her way to answer life's questions. "She never went anywhere without her sketch...
CREAtinG tiME AnD SPACE FOR PRAYER
Instead of being the last thing on our "To Do" list, prayer needs to occupy a priority in our daily livesCatholic Identity is a topic of continued interest as well as concern as we seek to provide quality Catholic education in our schools, holding fast...
Does Including the Arts Make a Difference?
The arts touch the sensitive aspects of humanityIn today's jargon, when someone says something that has an obvious answer, the quirky quick reply is "Duh?" Althrough simple in structure, this single syllable can speak volumes. A statement that may evoke...
Learning through the Arts in Lexington's Catholic Schools
Knights of Columbus McGivney grant helps Diocese of Lexington expand emphasis on arts in urban schoolsAs the superintendent and staff looked at the opportunities available to the students in Catholic schools within the Diocese of Lexington, the need...
Media Spotlight Shone on Catholic Schools Week 2008
Activities for Catholic Schools Week 2008 ended up lighting the way in more ways than were imaged when the week's theme was selected more than a year ago. The theme for this year's observance was "Catholic Schools Light die Way, to represent the special...
NCEA Honors Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Education
Five awards presented during Indianapolis conventionDuring the annual NCEA convention in Indianapolis, the association honored five individual who have made outstanding contributions to Catholic education. Four NCEA awards were presented during convention...
Planning for Masses with Youth
Planning the music for Mass can be a great learning experience and a chance for youth to take ownership for prayerful execution of musicThe start of any school year brings with it new opportunities for Masses in Catholic schools and youth ministry in...
Presidential Choice Initiatives and Faith-Based Schools
The signature education policy of the Bush presidency is the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The goal of NCLB is to improve teaching and learning for all children to enable them to meet challenging academic content and performance standards in order...
Proclaiming Social Justice through the Arts
Teaching to the whole child means that faith formation and learning are connected. Art integration is an ideal method to integrate the spiritual, academic and social learning goalsSeven women gathered around a small classroom table, sitting in chairs...
School and Parish Choirs Lead the Way in Musical Excellence
Catholic school and parish vocal musicians, music teachers and conductors are experiencing a renewed dedication to the treasured beauty and tradition of the great music of the churchThousands of school and parish choral singers evoking the sound of great...
Second Life: Avatars, Learning Experiences and More
Second Life learning offers opportunities to create experiences that are richer than text-driven teaching and learningThe wide world of virtual opportunities continues to expand in leaps and bounds. Many Catholic educators remain skeptical about the...
STRIKE UP THE BAND ...in Your School: Learning Music through Performance
The arts are best learned through hands-on experiences. What better way is there, other than singing, than to place an instrument in the hands of a beginning performer?The Sacred Heart School Band in East Providence, Rhode Island, just gave its first...
Ten Ways to Help Students Become Enthusiastic Learners through Music
Because music is such a heart and mind opener, it has been proven to facilitate learningMake learning fun by using music. Because music is such a heart and mind opener, it has been proven that music actually facilitates learning. Early childhood educators...
The Dark Side of BLOGGING
Blogging may be an avenue for people to share their stories, but it also has become a powerful and invasive weapon providing bullies and stalkers the opportunity to follow victims into their homesEvery magazine today seems to broadcast the wonders of...
The Joy of Yes!
Even if you have covered vocations in your classroom, consider how a lesson on the "Pink Sisters" can help your students learn more about their faith. Or if you are wondering how to present the topic of religious vocations, this article is a good place...
The Power of the Cymbals
My son is a member of his high school band. At first Michael played the bells and we would strain to hear the lilting notes as the timpani and shining sousaphones held forth. Now he plays the cymbals and there's no mistaking their clash and clang as...
The Red-Haired Boy
(Nof to be confused with Charles Shultz's red-haired girl from his wonderful cartoons.)On a Friday afternoon in September, I watched a number of smiling children bounding off the yellow school bus after a day at school. Their khaki slacks and navy polo...
What Are You Doing This Summer?
Take advantage of these NCEA summer seminars to become a more proficient educator. Visit the NCEA Web site-www.ncea.org-to learn more about these professional development opportunities.Education Law SymposiumJuly 10-13Brown Hotel, Louisville, KentuckySponsored...
Writing Is Everyone's Business
Today math teachers are called upon to teach students how to write and explain math problems in words. That's one benefit of writing across curriculum.At one time math teaching consisted of instructing arithmetic, algebra, jeometry and trigonometry....