Category Archives: Classroom

Inclusivity and Gratitude

Lectionary-based catechesis has its pluses and minuses. I think is important to immerse students in the Bible, especially the Gospels. When we were teaching according to a textbook-based curriculum, I used to do a ten- to fifteen-minute Gospel reflection. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Prayer before the Lesson

Last week, I briefly discussed the usual arrangement of our class altar. Now, I’d like to briefly describe the structure of our opening prayer. One of the guiding principles here is to stick with the traditions of the Church as … Continue reading

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The Class Altar

This past Sunday was, of course, Catechetical Sunday, and as always in our parish, the first day of class for our K-8 Religious Education students. Our first day of the year format allows only about 20 minutes of classroom time, … Continue reading

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Repetitio est mater studiorum

I was working my way through an interesting article by John B. Buescher, Ars Memoriæ. (If you follow the link, be aware he gets pretty polemic.) He lays his cards on the table from the start: In the 1960s, contrary … Continue reading

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