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Monday, May 17, 2021

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...

“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...

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.

Two by Two

How to Pair Students Effectively in Religious Education JARED DEES “Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two …” (Mark 6:7) “The Lord...

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...

Leading DRE: 3 Summer-Break Planning Strategies

Before you Pause, Look Back and Look Forward DEANNA BARTALINI The catechetical year is winding down. You’ve made it through whirlwind months of working on...

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...

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...

Your Space: Called to Be Saints

The learning area needs to inspire and engage your students. Here is an idea for how to decorate and arrange your learning space and prayer table for October.

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...