So last evening’s class was kind of a mixed bag. The main focus was on the “Ten Commandments Two-Minute Drills” that I wrote about yesterday. Here’s the scoop:
- All ten students were present and in good spirits.
- During opening prayer, one of the boys prayed for Brian Campbell, Blackhawks’ defenseman, who suffered a broken collar bone and cracked ribs as a result of a vicious hit by Alex Ovechkin on Sunday. I thought that was pretty cool.
- We spent the first 20 minutes or so reviewing their confirmation exam. I had the student with the highest score lead the review and he did a very nice job.
- I then assigned the Ten Commandments Two-Minute Drills and met with each student to go over their presentation. This took about 10 minutes.
- The presentations were a lot of fun. I had fun. The kids had fun. I just don’t know how effective the presentations were and that’s why I call it a mixed bag.
- If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I am not a big advocate of FUN being the primary goal of catechesis. (I’m such a crumudgeon!) I think of FUN as a fringe benefit. My goal is to be ENGAGING, which most often translates into FUN.
- The problem was that I think a lot of the message got lost, namely because I entrusted the kids with reading the entire scripts and, in most cases, they are just not very good readers! They mumble, read too fast or too slow, and as a result, I feel like we never quite hit the nail on the head.
- Perhaps a better way to do these Two-Minute Drills is to have the kids conduct the activities (which they did nicely) but have me/the catechist do the summary on each one in order to drive the point home.
- Each of the activities took more than two minutes, of course (that’s just a catchy title) and we were a bit rushed to complete the tenth commandment, however, we got them all in.
So, all in all, it was good to see the kids so engaged and interacting and having fun and taking ownership. It was a little frustrating feeling as though we continually missed the mark just by a little and, again, if you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that I don’t like to miss the mark! 🙂