What's In a Catechist's Toolbox?

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I have a new book being published by Loyola Press titled The Catechist’s Toolbox: How to Thrive As a Religious Education Teacher. Here is the table of contents so that you can see what I personally feel belongs in each catechist’s toolbox:

  1. Shop-talk: The Language Of Catechesis
  2. Blueprints – Planning and Preparation
  3. Socket and Wrench Set – Finding Activities That Fit
  4. Color Charts – Selecting Learning Activities
  5. Different Types of Wood – Adapting to Learning Styles, Special Needs, and Diversity
  6. Drop Cloths – Preparing for Things That Can Go Wrong
  7. Applying Primer – Preparing the Learning Environment
  8. Spotlights – Shifting the Focus onto Learners
  9. Extension Cords – Plugging into the Power of Prayer
  10. Sandpaper – Smoothing Out Discipline Problems
  11. Furniture Polish  – Polishing Your Technique
  12. Instruction Manuals – Using Textbooks And Catechist Manuals
  13. Samples and Illustrations – Looking to the Bible for Vision
  14. Power Tools – Using Technology
  15. Scrapers – Using Questions To Get Beneath The Surface
  16. Tape Measures – Assessing Progress
  17. Apprenticeship – Teaching And Learning By Doing

The book will actually be available in a few weeks but I’m told that orders can be placed through customer service at Loyola Press ($9.95 ea. or $5 ea. for orders of 10 or more) – 800-621-1008.

More to come in the days and weeks ahead!

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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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