Catechists in Action: Nick Concludes His Lesson

In this segment of Catechists in Action, fifth-grade catechist Nick Yonto wraps up his lesson on the Eucharist. Watch for the following as Nick:

  • invites the children to remember the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus and prods them to re-construct the story.
  • emphasizes how Jesus is recognized in the breaking of the bread and links the discussion to the BIG IDEA of his class: Eucharist.
  • invites the children imagine they were one of the disciples on the road to emmaus.
  • makes space for his aide to join in as a co-teacher.
  • has the children read from the text book one last time and has the children add the words REAL PRESENCE to their vocabulary list.

Questions

  • How do you integrate story-telling into your lessons?
  • How do you help your learners to use their imaginations to enter into the story?
  • How can you/do you utilize an aide in your lessons? Do you have a co-catechist? How does that work?
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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 www.catechistsjourney.com.

2 Comments on Catechists in Action: Nick Concludes His Lesson

  1. How do you integrate story-telling into your lessons?

    90% of our catechetical year is basically a series of Bible stories told, drawn, acted out, and read from the Bible, with Catholic themes emphasized during discussion.

    How do you help your learners to use their imaginations to enter into the story?

    I get the kids to tell as much of the stories as they can. In many cases they can tell entire stories on their own.

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