Lights! Camera! Action!

teaching fourth grade

I’ve decided that I’m going to produce a video starring my fourth-grade class. Later this month, we have an open house for parents to attend part of their children’s class. I thought it would be a nice idea to film the students over the next couple of weeks as they do mini-demonstrations on the Ten Commandments and then show the video to the parents who attend the open house.

Last year, I put together Two-Minute Drills for the Ten Commandments. I’m going to do a variation of those, inviting the kids to work in pairs, doing a short demonstration that teaches us about each of the Commandments. I’m working on “scripts” right now and will share them with you when I’m done. The kids will rehearse and then be filmed so the repetition will help to reinforce the lesson of each Commandment. Finally, showing the video as a whole to the parents will serve as a review for the kids.

Of course to protect the privacy of my students, I won’t be sharing the video with you; it will only be for their parents to view. Now, where’s my director’s chair?

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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

6 Comments on Lights! Camera! Action!

    • William, yes, our DRE plans it so that it dovetails with Catholic Schools Week each January since the parish refers to the RE program as the School of Religious Education.

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