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  • Make Every Minute Count

    by Janet Schaeffler, OP

    Ten minutes left—and you’ve run out of things to do. Preparing for the extra moments that occur for your students is easy: that review game that’s fun, the discussion you never quite finished, the story about Mother Seton you’… read more

  • Create An Engaging Comeback Class

    by Lee Danesco

    Capturing your students’ attention after a long and exciting mid-year break is an unavoidable— but essential—January teaching challenge.   You can encourage students to re-connect with the year’s teaching themes by reviewing an … read more

  • PhotoSpeak

    by Tim Welch

    RTJ’s Creative Catechist   Technology & you October 2012 page 33 Photospeak (iOS and Android) For a number of creative uses, take a photo, drawing, or even a photo of a drawing, and animate the face. Then add a voice to engage your… read more

  • We all have worth

    by Char C. Wenc

    How well we manage our classroom is a good indicator of how well we will do in our ministry as a catechist. Our role has four parts: 1. We educate. As catechists we teach children about our faith.2. We facilitate. Our careful planning makes learning… read more

  • 7 ways to capture and hold their attention

    by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND

    A second-grade teacher once gave a marvelous lesson on the Eucharist. Sadly, it was wasted on half the children because they continued to work on an activity sheet distributed before class. As this teacher soon learned, it is imperative to have the children&… read more

  • Time to take stock!

    by Mia Crosthwaite

    Here you are in the middle of the year and perhaps feeling discouraged about your teaching efforts so far.  You might even be asking, "Is any of this worth it?" and "What am I really accomplishing?" If you are struggling with these questions, this is… read more

  • Simple ways to prevent problems

    by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND

    The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true for religion classes. Here are steps you can take to forestall discipline problems within your class. 1.     Create a good atmosphere Children … read more

  • When the problem is not behavior

    by Henry Fiore Jr.

    Catechists, like classroom teachers, are encountering more and more children who have difficulty learning in the “traditional” manner. This is often the result of ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Children in your class who… read more

  • A space to grow holy

    by Jere Allen

    You’ve survived the hectic beginning-of-the-year! Now it’s time to think about ways to make your classroom a holy space that will help those you teach experience God in new ways. Having a prayer space in your teaching area is the first and most important thing… read more

  • Reflections from a catechist

    by Margaret Peterson

    Back in the early 1960s, it was impossible to obtain nuns to staff the school for religious education, so the people of the parish had to try to fill in. There was only one requirement—a car. If you didn’t have a car, you cared for the children … read more

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