A Catechist’s Self-Assessment

With the end of most religious education program years occurring, this is a good time for catechists to do a little bit of self assessment. Feel free to use the following by yourself, with a peer or group of peers, or with your DRE.

1 = poor/I disagree

2 = fair/I somewhat disagree

3 = good/I somewhat agree

4 = excellent/I agree

I became more aware of my vocation as a catechist 1 2 3 4
I took time to deepen my own understanding of the teachings of the Church 1 2 3 4
I faithfully practiced my faith, participating in the life of the Church 1 2 3 4
I paid attention to my own spiritual life and sought to grow spiritually 1 2 3 4
I dedicated adequate time to planning my lessons 1 2 3 4
I was welcoming to my students 1 2 3 4
I got to know my student’s names quickly 1 2 3 4
I became very familiar with the textbook/resources I was using 1 2 3 4
I covered the material that I was responsible to cover 1 2 3 4
I was prepared for my classes (materials, equipment, etc.) 1 2 3 4
I used a variety of activities to keep the students engaged 1 2 3 4
I made adjustments for various learning styles/special needs in my classroom 1 2 3 4
I prepared my learning environment 1 2 3 4
I kept my students engaged in the learning process 1 2 3 4
I included opportunities for prayer in each session 1 2 3 4
I became a more effective prayer leader 1 2 3 4
I effectively handled discipline challenges 1 2 3 4
I tried new things to stretch myself and widen my “repertoire” 1 2 3 4
I kept a good sense of humor 1 2 3 4
I included Scripture in my sessions 1 2 3 4
I integrated technology in my sessions (CD, DVD, VCR, computer, PowerPoint, etc.) 1 2 3 4
I facilitated effective class discussions when appropriate 1 2 3 4
I effectively assessed the progress of my students 1 2 3 4
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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.

6 Comments on A Catechist’s Self-Assessment

  1. Thank you so much for this resource! I always try to come up with some kind of assessment tool for the PCLs in our diocese, and it is delightful not to have to “re-invent the wheel” each time!


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