Catechists In Action #3 – Dan Talks About Advent/Christmas Preparations and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

In this segment of Catechists in Action, we watch as 7th grade catechist Dan Ward talks with his students about preparing for Christmas and the coming of Christ and about preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation the following week. Watch for the following as Dan:

  • multi-tasks: teaching while also distributing materials
  • pauses and shushes students when they get innattentive
  • gives the students a writing activity to do but creates a sense of urgency by giving them only 3 minutes
  • continues the sense of urgency by counting down the time
  • talks with great enthusiasm in his voice and walks around constantly as he teaches, keeping a sense of energy throughout
  • engages the students in conversation about preparations for Christmas
  • shifts to talk about preparing for the coming of Jesus
  • makes constant eye contact with his students
  • introduces the “super-awesome opportunity” to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation next week to prepare for the coming of Christ

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4x-j74SuAQ

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

1 Comment on Catechists In Action #3 – Dan Talks About Advent/Christmas Preparations and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

  1. Excellent introduction to the spiritual preparation for Christmas. The instructor did not waste time. Kept the lesson moving.

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