Workshop

Using Sophia SketchPad to Teach about Marriage

What You'll Get with this Workshop


  • 45-Minute Session
  • Explore teaching strategies with a master teacher
  • Classroom-ready lesson plans
  • Instant, easy access — no expiration!
  • Receive a professional development certificate

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Workshop Overview


In this 45-minute recorded webinar, Catholic school teachers and parish catechists will learn about the nature of marrige and how to transform the Sophia SketchPad video on marriage into a remarkable learning experience in your religion class. You will delve into questions such as:

  • Why is Christian marriage a Sacrament?
     
  • How should you present Church teaching on divorce, especially if you have students whose parents are divorced? 
     
  • What are some sensitive ways to address the issues of gay marriage and same-sex attraction?
     
  • How can tough questions from the most skeptical students be handled with grace?

You will also receive:

SketchPad Video Viewing Guide: Perfect for Catholic schools, parishes, and homeschooling parents, this guide includes pre-viewing activities, post-viewing discussion questions, and a fill-in-the-blank activity.

Video Script: Allows your visual learners to read along and/or refer back to the script while completing the viewer's guide.

Background Reading: Short essay on Marriage to increase background knowledge of this Sacrament.

Three-Day Lesson Plan on Marriage: Explore how the love between spouses mirrors the divine love of the Blessed Trinity. Includes readings, warm-ups, activities, assessments, and a complete answer key. The lesson also includes an introduction and application of Theology of the Body and the Theological Virtues.

Recorded Webinar: Join master teacher Jose Gonzaelz to learn simple but effective teaching techniques for explaining and engage your students with the Sacrament of Marriage.

Certificate of Completion: You may request your professional development certificate by visiting this link.

Sophia Institute for Teachers is an independent, non-profit organization. Participants at our programs receive certificates stating the number of hours at each workshop and as proof of attendance. Each diocese will determine if/how these hours can be applied toward on-going teacher or catechist certification requirements. If you need official verification that attendance at our program will satisfy your requirements, please check with your principal and/or the appropriate person in your diocese.

Your Presenters


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Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry.  Jose has led over 250 of our workshops in over 45 dioceses, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.

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