In today's classroom, religious diversity is common. Even within your own culture, students might have different value systems according to religious belief.
Christmas is coming closer and during your English course you have been working with traditions comparing ways of celebrating. You have, together with some of your students, planned to 'play Christmas' exchanging little gifts and a meal with typical Christmas food. Your English class seem to look forward to this.
All of a sudden a student reacts very harshly and starts to shout at you. The student accuses you of being an ignorant racist and that there are Muslims and Jehovah's Witnesses in the class.
Do you know which different religions are represented in your class and what special festivals and events they celebrate?
Have you used 'religious beliefs and festivals' as a topic for general discussion in the class?
How can you use the religious diversity in your class as a resource to develop learning?