Every so often, a catechist will tell me about the challenges and difficulties he or she is having with the class one is teaching for faith formation. One of the first questions I ask is, “What’s your class size?” Too often, the reply is 20 or more participants! That may not sound like a lot; however, it is important to remember that most catechists are not professionally trained teachers, and handling a group of that size can be challenging even for a professional. The ideal maximum is 15 and, in general, the smaller the class size, the better.
With that in mind, please take a moment to participate in this poll question about class size in parish religious education.