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Thursday, April 18, 2019

It’s OK to Put Down the Phone — honoring silence

Breaking the Addiction to Technology Within Catechesis MICHAEL ST. PIERRE I can still remember the Confirmation class I taught years ago. There I was, with 15...

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...

Teacher: “I don’t know how to handle student conflicts or fights.”

Sometimes we are at odds with others-and so are our students. As Catholic educators, we might not want to call it "fighting"; that goes...

Advice from a Master Catechist: Mid-Year Slump, Faith Crisis, or Both?

It’s midyear, and I’m facing a personal slump. I don’t want to be a quitter and inconvenience the DRE or the children by giving...

Teacher: “I don’t think I’m reaching some of the students.”

Whatever grade you teach, you may have a student that you feel you never quite reach. You notice the child's constant distracted look or...

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.

Easy-to-Use Engagement Tools 

Get feedback within groups or classrooms  SR. CAROLINE CERVENY, SSJ-TOSF  Two digital tools will engage your students or parents in responding to you when you want...

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...

Create a Portable Prayer Corner

I first taught religion on Saturday mornings at St. Lucy's, a mission church. My "classroom" was the kitchen. The room was equipped with folding...

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...