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Thrown a Curveball

December 9, 2010

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This past Monday, as I prepared to teach my lesson on the Sacraments of Initiation using Learning Stations, I was thrown a curveball. As I entered my classroom to get things set up, I saw that the school teacher who uses that room each day had decided to totally re-arrange the classroom! Yikes! I had […]

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From the Mouths of “Babes”

November 5, 2010

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The following is from 5th grade catechist, Bob, from Lemont, IL. Enjoy! During class last evening, we were gathered around our prayer table practicing our required prayers for 5th grade.  I asked the class what other prayer they would like to practice that we have not done as a class yet.  One of the students […]

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How Old Do They Think I Am?

October 10, 2010

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During last week’s class, as the kids were playing with the Play-Doh I had set out for them, I commented that, when I was a kid, I loved playing with Play-Doh. One of the boys asked, most sincerely without being a smart-aleck, “They had Play-Doh back then?” Ugh! 

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Testing the 4th Grade Waters

September 15, 2010

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As part of my lesson this past Monday, I wanted to emphasize how human beings are the greatest part of God’s creation and I wanted to incorporate the use of the Internet in my classes for the first time. I located a brief YouTube video that shows images of babies growing in the womb. I […]

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7 + 7 = 14

August 31, 2010

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I enjoyed our catechist meeting last night, especially getting the chance to meet my aide and my fellow 4th-grade catechists. It was also nice to see the 8th grade catechists with whom I teamed these past several years. They needled me about leaving their team and we had a good laugh about it. My aide […]

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One Word That Describes How You Feel About Teaching This Year

August 16, 2010

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At my recent workshop in Dallas, I asked the crowd of catechists to think of one word that describes how they feel about the upcoming catechetical year. As expected, the responses ran the gamut. Here’s a small sampling: excited privilege challenge anxious called scared opportunity growth curious faith What one word best describes how YOU […]

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Please Indulge Me!

June 9, 2010

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From the Mouths of Babes

May 12, 2010

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This video was just brought to my attention…it is absolutely priceless!

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RCIA Catechists: Getting the Newly Initiated to “Come Back” for Mystagogia

May 7, 2010

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I had a nice discussion last evening with some RCIA coordinators, catechists, and sponsors, who were lamenting how difficult it is to get the newly initiated to return for sessions following the Easter Vigil. (Sounds very similar to the struggle we have getting kids to come back after Confirmation, eh?) The Easter season is to […]

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This is the Day the Lord Has Made…

April 29, 2010

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You may recall from some of my previous posts, that this year, I began each religious education class by inviting the 8th graders to stand and respond “Let us rejoice and be glad!” to my invocation of “This is the day the Lord has made.” This became a very joyful part of our class and […]

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