Working with eighth graders, I find that there seems to be no happy medium when it comes to their energy level. I can have them simply read from the text, which gets boring and makes them lethargic, or I can engage them in activities (my preference), which gets them overly excited and creates discipline problems! Sometimes, I feel like my own worst enemy: I get the kids engaged, and then I’m doing all I can to contain their exuberance. Frankly, I prefer that over lethargy. I would much rather have myself worn out by the end of class than have the kids feeling that religious education is boring. To me, the words boring and gospel are wholly incompatible. It is unacceptable to have young people equate being bored with learning about the Creator of the universe!