Teaching Jr High & High School Youth – What’s Your Advice?

Here’s what Bernie has to say about teaching junior high and high school youth:

I am starting my sixth year of teaching 7th graders and last year I was surprised to realize how much my students enjoyed a bit of quiet time to encounter God. With their heavy schedules of school, sports, choir, and other extra curriculars, some of these children are constantly on the run. Towards the end of class, I tried to incorporate a guided reflection into most of our lessons and when I missed a week, the children were asking where their reflection was. I am very grateful that our text from Loyola Press offers some guided reflections and also have used some that Joe has provided in this blog.

What’s your advice? I’m collecting the wisdom of veteran catechists and will be including the best of the best in my Webinar “Getting Started as a Catechist – Teaching Junior High and High School Youth” on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at 7:00 PM (CT)

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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