Here’s a great story from Tim:
During Lent this past year I planned a guided meditation for my seventh and eighth graders. I was really impressed with the responses I got back from the students, as I only received one negative response! Unfortunately the meditation did not last as long as I would have wanted it to. Thankfully, my DRE had our Living Stations props nearby – so we each took turns carrying the cross through the church hall. Still with time remaining, we had the children seated in church. Big mistake! Despite the fact there were two catechists present – it was more like herding cattle for the final 20 minutes of class as the students did not treat church the way it was intended!
Learned two lessons that will help me in the future….plan longer lessons, its better to run out of time than to have too much time left over – and it gave me the opportunity to build a lesson plan for proper church behavior – outside of the Mass!
What’s your story? Our topic for Week Four is “Oopsies! I Goofed!” Share a brief story (click here) – just one or two paragraphs – describing a time when your lesson plan didn’t quite work out as you planned and what you learned from the experience. Then, return each day this week to read others’ stories and to comment on them if you wish. You can also go back and comment on stories from previous weeks. I look forward to hearing from you!
- Week One: How Did I Get Into This?
- Week Two: Kids Say/Do the Darndest Things
- Week Three: Touching the Sacred