In this age of fast-action video games and immediate entertainment and information, keeping kids focused during religion class can be a challenge. We need techniques that keep the kids engaged. I have found the following techniques helpful.
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We are surrounded by our digital tools: mobile phones, tablets, and so much more! Digital tools are a part of our everyday lives.
In many schools, there is the BYOD option (Bring Your Own Device). In fact, many of your students likely have these digital tools in their pockets or backpacks. Their “gadgets” await your catechetical and technological creativity.
Here are three easy-breezy things you can do to become a digital catechist.
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To notify parents of positive behavior seen in the classroom, at the beginning of the year I purchase teacher postcards and address one to each student. During the year when I observe examples of positive behavior, I write notes to the students and parents and drop them in the mail. At some time during the year everyone gets a good news postcard. The children love receiving the mail, and positive classroom behavior is reinforced.
Connie Carver is a teacher at St. Charles Borromeo School, Parma, OH
—Melanie, fourth-grade catechist
-- R.V., New Jersey
The fifth graders were called forth from the pews after the homily. As catechists called names, the children went to the pastor and received a Bible. When each child had a copy of the Sacred Scriptures, the pastor invited the children to face the assembly. He asked several questions about how they would treat God’s Word. He then encouraged the assembly to extend our hands and join him in blessing the Bibles and the children.
As the children returned quietly to their places, I couldn’t help but think, “What will happen to these Bibles now? How will catechists help the kids ‘get into’ the Scriptures?”
Here are some strategies for working with the Bible in your classroom and enabling your students to recognize God’s Word as a lifelong resource for growing in faith.
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The first year I taught, I came up with the idea of Holy Flash Facts. After I plan a lesson, I take 12 index cards—the 4” x 6” size—and write a question on the “front” and the answer on the “back” of each one. All questions relate to things the students learned in the lesson just presented. Then I use these Holy Flash Facts as a review exercise at the end of class and the beginning of the next class, before moving on to the next lesson. Each week, I include past Holy Flash Facts so there is a steady stream of review progressing throughout the year. I keep a collective score so that the class works together to get as many right as possible as a group (students do not compete against each other). During the next-to-the-last class before the end of the year, I use all the Holy Flash Facts as a full-year review. The students have a great time working together and coaching one another to get as many Holy Flash Facts correct as possible and so to always be topping their previous score. It’s a great way to learn, to review and to build community.
by Dave Baudry and Marc Puechner
Faith formation, especially for young people, has always been about meeting them where they are. Kids today use technology, in particular social networking, to communicate and build communities with one another.
Here are some ways you can incorporate technology into your formation programs.
by Lee Danesco
Calling the student roll is a well-established
method for simultaneously counting heads
and bringing a classroom to order.
This simple act of taking attendance also can
be crafted to prompt awareness of and
conversation about the presence of Jesus
in our daily lives.
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