I let the cat out of the bag during my last Webinar but it is true…I am moving from 8th grade to 4th grade this year!
I saw in our DRE’s spring newsletter that she was in search of a 4th grade catechist. I became intrigued by the idea of teaching a new grade (I’ve never taught 4th graders in my life!) and a new topic (the focus of 4th grade is on Morality and the Ten Commandments). I realized that the 8th grade class in the coming year is much smaller, so the fact that I would be moving would only increase class size for the other 8th grade catechists from 10 to 13 (and one with 14). After talking to Arlene (the DRE) and a few friends and colleagues, I decided to make the move!
Now I can relate even better to all of you who are doing something brand new and are scared to death! OK, I’m not scared to death, but I am nervous about working with such a different age group. On the other hand, I’m excited and energized by the new challenge.
This will give me a whole new set of thoughts, ideas, and experiences to share on my blog in the coming year. Of course, all of my experiences as an 8th grade catechist can still be found by exploring the categories on the right hand side of my blog home page (especially those that deal with Confirmation).
Any tips out there for teaching 4th graders? 🙂