Thanks to the folks who shared some excellent advice for catechists of primary age children last week! This week, we turn our attention to those who teach children in grades 4, 5, and 6 – the intermediate grades. What works? What doesn’t work? What approaches are most effective? What skills, techniques, and strategies are needed?
Allow me to begin since I taught 4th graders last year!
My advice? Don’t “baby” this age group. They have enormous amounts of energy and enthusiasm and their capacity to learn is exploding. Feed off of their energy and have fun with them. Give them lots to do and keep expectations high. Use their willingness to participate to your advantage for lots of engaging activities.