When catechists ask me what is the most important advice I can offer to increase their effectiveness, I answer in three words: Plan! Plan! Plan! We tend to think that 95 percent of the task of teaching takes place in the classroom. Not so. As a student teacher back in college, I was taught (and I continue to firmly believe) that planning and preparation make up about 70 percent of the task of teaching. The more carefully and thoroughly you plan and prepare, the more successful and effective you will be as a catechist. I know it’s not easy. Catechists have full-time jobs, are raising kids of their own, and have multiple commitments in the parish and community. However, I guarantee that if you devote a significant amount of time to planning and preparation, you will see significant results. How do you plan and prepare for your lessons? What works for you?
Planning and Preparation
December 21, 2006
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