Catechists in Action – Nick Teaches His Lesson, Part 3

In our last episode (I love saying that!), 5th grade catechist Nick projected an image of the Last Supper and then had the kids draw their own image. In this segment, watch for the following:

  • Nick describes his own drawing and uses some self-deprecating humor designed to put those who are not good drawers at ease.
  • Nick invites the children to share their drawings if they wish and to describe what they emphasized. Unfortunately, most kids chose not to share their picture but they did describe them. This begs the question: do you give kids a choice to share in a situation like this or just direct them to do it? What are your thoughts?
  • Nick responds and affirms as each of the kids report on their drawing.
  • Having completed the drawing activity, it’s now back to reading aloud from the text book. Notice how Nick broke this up so it wasn’t a long stretch of time spent simply reading from the book.



  • As surfaced ab ove, do you give kids a choice to share things like drawings or do you simply direct each child to do so and not give a choice?
  • How do you/can you utilize drawing and art in your lessons?
  • How do you/can you break up segments of reading aloud from the text book?
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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

1 Comment

  1. How do you/can you utilize drawing and art in your lessons?

    Frequent drawing on the board and the use of art is indispensable for teaching kids. I draw often and badly, and regularly distribute handouts of fine art to energize discussion of Catholic themes.

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