Catechists in Action – Len Astrowski’s Students Offer Him Feedback

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 7th grade catechist Len Astrowski gets to hear what his students like about him! Watch for the following:

  • kids respond immediately, commenting that he is friendly, answers all their questions, is very caring, prays for their needs, etc.
  • Len welcomes the opportunity for the kids to give him constructive criticism (almost falls down!) and then promises he won’t hold anything against them.
  • one girl says he could give less homework which reminds Len that he had indeed given them homework the previous week!
  • Len immediately shifts to collecting homework from those who completed their assignment.
  • Len regains control of his class!


About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
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

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