In two weeks (we have no class this coming Monday), the 8th graders will be given their Confirmation Test/Assessment. As I’ve been explaining to them, this is not a pass or fail proposition, but rather, an assessment of each student’s grasp of the basic content of the Catholic faith. For those who do not do well on the assessment, my aide and I will design some steps to take to assist them in grasping the concepts. The goal is for every student to be able to love the Lord God with their whole heart, soul, MIND, and strength!
I’m thinking about presenting the assessment within a prayerful context to further remove the idea that this is a “final exam.” I haven’t figured this out yet, but I thought I would begin the session with a further explanation of just what we are doing and then lead them in a brief meditation that sets a prayerful mood and allows them to encounter Jesus for the purpose of talking with him about knowing their faith. I would then, without too much disruption of the prayerful mood, quietly distribute the assessment and have the students work on it while I continue to play some instrumental music very quietly in the background. When they are done, I will encourage them to put their head down and once again spend time with Jesus, talking with him about where they are at in their commitment to follow him.
I need to further develop the idea. If anyone has done something like this before, I’d love to hear about it.