FASTLY - Faith & Science Teaching

Training Materials: Training Session 3: Introduction to Teaching FASTly

Training Session 3: Introduction to Teaching FASTly

: 75 Minutes

The teachFASTly resources are about making richer connections between faith and science in the classroom that move beyond a narrow focus on a few controversial issues. Sessions 1 and 2 focused on some key aspects of the thinking behind the teachFASTly resources. This session engages more directly with some of the activities included in the resources. This session is intended to help participants to think about the activities in relation to the larger approach they are meant to model. This leader guide includes the information needed to lead the session.


  • Participants will practice navigating the teachFASTly resources.
  • Participants will analyze an activity from the teachFASTly resources.
  • Participants will understand how the teachFASTly activities relate to faith and to pedagogical strategies.

Preparing the Session

Before leading this session it is strongly recommended that you read at least the following brief pages from

Teaching FASTly?

Seeing, Engaging, Reshaping

Discovering Multiple Intersections

The short articles in the Insights section of the site will broaden your understanding of the thinking behind the resources. The three articles linked above are a minimal starting point and explain the key concepts informing the site. Browse a selection of the FASTly teaching activities, noticing that different Activity Maps have different emphases and strategies, and avoid basing your sense of the site only on quick impressions.

You will need: the presentation slides in Introduction to teaching FASTly and a copy of Analyzing Activities for each group of three participants. You can also download a script and session outline to use with these activities. Participants will need internet access for this session. Be sure ahead of time that you are familiar with how to navigate on to all of the activities listed on Analyzing Activities.

If there is time, have participants investigate more than one teaching activity. You can also adapt and use this activity more than once at department meetings, adding time to discuss practical follow through.