The Catechist's Toolbox: How to Thrive as a Religious Education Teacher : Skills, Tips, and Practical Advice You Can Use Today

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Loyola Press, Jun 1, 2010 - Education - 152 pages
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Each year, roughly one-third of the more than five hundred thousand volunteer catechists in Catholic parishes are new to the job. Most of these catechists receive little formal training for their work, yet it is vitally important that they know how to prepare a lesson, lead a discussion, supervise children, apply discipline, and help kids grow in the faith.
The Catechist's Toolbox is an invaluable collection of methodologies, techniques, and tips that provide on-the-job training for any new catechist. Master teacher Joe Paprocki shares the wisdom he has gleaned in two decades as a catechist, religious educator, and high school teacher. Employing the metaphor of a homeowner's toolbox, Paprocki explains what every catechist must know and do to develop the skills he or she will need in order to thrive as a religion teacher for many years to come.
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In addition to the wealth of suggestions in The Catechist's Toolbox, readers can get specific answers to their questions about catechesis and other faith-related topics by visiting Joe's blog, Catechist's Journey, atwww.catechistsjourney.com.
 

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Contents

Shoptalk The Language of Catechesis
xiii
Blueprints Planning and preparation
xix
Socket and Wrench Set Finding Activities That Fit
3
Color Charts Selecting Learning Activities
7
Different Types of Wood Adapting to Learning Styles Special Needs and Diversity
15
Drop Cloths Preparing for Things That Can Go Wrong
25
Applying Primer Preparing the Learning Environment
33
Spotlights Shifting the Focus onto Learners
41
Instruction Manuals Using Textbooks and Catechist Manuals
79
Samples and Illustrations Looking to the Bible for vision
85
Power Tools Using Technology
91
Scrapers Using Questions to Get beneath the Surface
99
Tape Measures Assessing progress
105
Apprenticeship Teaching and Learning by Doing
113
Looking for Results
121
A Guided Reflection
122

Extension Cords Plugging into the Power of Prayer
47
Sandpaper Smoothing Out Discipline problems
61
Furniture polish Polishing Your Technique
71
Reliable Catholic Web Sites
124
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About the author (2010)

Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at the high school, college, and general-adult levels. He is the author of several books, including the best sellers The Catechist's Toolbox and A Well-Built Faith. Joe, who is currently an eighth-grade catechist, blogs about his catechetical experiences atwww.catechistsjourney.com.

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