Welcome to the first segment of Catechists in Action as we watch fifth-grade catechist Nick Yonto prepare for and teach his lesson. In this segment, watch for the following things:
- Nick arrives 30 minutes before his class begins. Like most catechists, he has had a very busy day, working his full-time job, commuting over an hour to get home, and grabbing a quick bite to eat before flying out the door to get to the parish. His DRE requires catechists to be present 30 minutes before teaching the lesson so that the catechists can prepare and center themselves.
- Nick goes through all of the unglamorous things that catechists do to get ready for class: checking his mailbox for missives from the DRE, hiking down hallways and stairwells to get to his classroom, taking chairs off of desks, arranging materials, reviewing his lesson plan, and getting the prayer center ready.
- Observe how calm Nick is. Despite rushing through a very hectic day, the fact that he arrives early and has time to get his room, his lesson, and himself ready, he is able to maintain an attitude of calm so that when students begin arriving, they will be greeted by a catechist who is wholly present to them and not distracted.
- What kind of preparations do you go through to get your yourself and your learning environment ready?
- How early do you arrive for your lessons?
- What part of your routine is similar to Nick’s? What part is different?