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Thursday, December 1, 2022

10 Ideas for Getting Started

G. JOHNSON I’ve been a catechist for 11 years. I remember how each first session used to bring me a lot of anxiety because I...

More Than Math!

How Catechists Teach Differently Than Any Other Kind of Teacher Jared Dees When I first started out as a religious educator, I used to be envious...

“Flipped” Catechesis

An app that helps parents and catechists stay in touch SARA JONCKHEERE In 2017 the Archbishop of Detroit, Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, issued his pastoral...

YouTube Videos in Today’s Classroom

Tips for sharing safe, distraction-free video content ANNABEL DOTZMAN In our ever-changing world, technology continues to develop at a record pace. If we stop for a...

Advice From A Master Catechist: When the Lesson Plan Says “Discuss”

Question: I need some tips for when it is time to hold a group discussion. Can you offer some ideas for alternatives to Q...

Quit the Monologue

Question: I’d like to stop monopolizing the lessons I offer. Ideally, I want my classes to have better student participation. Any ideas for help?...

6 Principles for Managing Successful Faith Formation Sessions

"Why? What did I do wrong?" asked James as I, a frustrated new catechist, banished him to the hall for bad behavior.

Getting Class Started: From Chatter to Lesson

LEE DANESCO You can direct pre-class enthusiasm into the faith-sharing experience of the day through activity. Here are some creative ways to move from chatter...

Classroom and Office Organization Strategies

Get organized with tips from those in the field LISANNE V. JENSEN Endless options exist for organizing a space: storage bins, shelves, bookcases, cabinets...

May I have your attention please?

LEE DANESCO It happens with frustrating frequency. You come to class packing a solid, well-prepared teaching plan only to be met by disappointing student indifference....