by Jennifer Fitz
Copyright: August 1, 2013
For catechists, sometimes learning to manage the class can be as critical as the lessons themselves. Classroom Management for Catechists provides detailed, step-by-step methods for catechists on how to manage classroom behavior with love and grace. Catechists learn the time-tested methods for classroom discipline used by professional educators, but applied specifically to the particular challenges of the parish religious education setting.
I wouldn’t be much of a blogger if I didn’t like to write free stuff. Here are links to a few things I’ve done that you can download at no charge, share and enjoy.
If you’ve read Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell, you probably agree it’s a must-read for any Catholic who cares about evangelization. This is the link to the discussion guide published by CatholicMom.com for the 2013 Lawn Chair Catechism. The guide includes a chapter-by-chapter summary and questions for reflection and discussion.
Need to give a talk on classroom management to the catechists in your parish? I put together this pamphlet to serve as a set of talking points for just such a short course. You can print both sides (instructions here) or print just the front side and put whatever you like on the back.
If I my spiritual life were evaluated on an elementary school report card, I’d get an N for “Needs Improvement.” I originally wrote the Lord You Know I Love You retreat for use by a local chapter of the Catholic Council of Women in February, 2013. I’ve since revised the original workbook to make it suitable for general use and to clean up a few typos. The retreat walks you through the Great Commandment using the four ways of loving God — heart, soul, mind, and strength — as the basis for self-examination. If you wish to discern on behalf of a ministry or apostolate, or evaluate your work as a catechist or faith-formation leader, there are sections in each chapter tailored to those contexts.
Beta-editors needed! I’ve found most of the typos, but there may still be a few hiding. Please contact me so I can revise accordingly. Thanks!
Making Friends: A Handout for Parish Mixers
People frequently ask, “How do I make friends at my parish?” The following document is based on a retreat I wrote for a Catholic organization. I’ve adapted it to make it suitable for any Catholic parish or group to use. What you’ll need to do:
1. Plan a social event, or a fellowship time during a scheduled activity.
2. Let everyone know that making a friend is one of the assigned activities for today. Catholics are shy. You have to kick them a little to get them to socialize.
3. Distribute the handout.
4. Mingle and actively introduce shy persons to one another. Get them warmed up, then back away and let them make friends.
Have fun with it. You can use this activity as many times as you like, or until everyone in your parish or organization knows every other person. So: As many times as you like.