As you probably already know, when I teach class, I like to bring in lots of variety for the kids to make the session very engaging. What’s funny is that, I sometimes end up getting them stirred up! Indeed, sometimes, I am my own worst enemy! When I show a video clip, play a contemporary song, or do a game or activity, their level of energy increases as does the need for me to keep them in line. For our last session, they were on their best behavior during one segment of the session: while we read from the text book, which is, of course, not exactly the most creative and engaging part of class. That does not mean that this was the most effective moment of that session. Quiet students does not necessarily equal attentive or engaged students…for all I know, some of them may just have “zoned out” while we were reading. Anyway, my point is that sometimes, a little voice in me says, “just read from the text for the whole period…look how quiet they are!” However, I would much rather expend the energy to vary their learning experiences even if it means cranking up their energy level at times. I’d rather have them enthusiastic and engaged than lulled.
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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.