31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator

31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator

31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator

31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator


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Creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, Jared Dees shares practical, easy-to-use teaching strategies and exercises for spiritual growth in his book 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator. These components are designed to improve the effectiveness of any busy religious educator.

Volunteer catechists and professional religion teachers are responsible for two unique and challenging tasks: sharing (and assessing) information and the spiritual formation of their students. This succinct, practical resource helps busy catechists and religion teachers with both tasks and is designed for use either over consecutive days in one month, or by specific themes that encourage personal improvement in areas of discipleship, service, leadership, and overall teaching. Each of the thirty-one days includes a clear title that gives the lesson theme, a quotation from Scripture, an introduction to the exercise, step-by-step actions to take for the day, and spiritual enrichment ideas for the educator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594713859
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 920,612
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jared Dees is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which provides practical resources and effective teaching strategies to religious educators. He is respected graduate of the Alliance for Catholic Education program at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned master’s degrees in education and theology. Dees has served as a Catholic school religion teacher and now volunteer catechist for more than a decade. He is the content marketing manager at Ave Maria Press and the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator; To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach; and Praying the Angelus. His articles have appeared in Momentum, CATECHIST, Catechetical Leader, and on numerous websites. Dees lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and four children.
Joe Paprocki, younger brother of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, has been active in pastoral ministry for over thirty years. He is the best-selling author of many resources for professional and volunteer catechists, including The Catechist's Toolbox.

Table of Contents

Foreword Joe Paprocki xi

Introduction xv

Part I Become a Better Disciple 1

Day 1 Recall Your Calling as a Religious Educator 3

Day 2 Recognize Your Relationship with Christ 9

Day 3 Imitate One of the Best Teachers in Your Life 13

Day 4 Spend Time Reading the Scriptures 17

Day 5 Spend Time Reading the Writings of a Saint 23

Day 6 Learn Something from Your Students 28

Day 7 Improve One Prayer Habit 32

Part II Become a Better Servant 37

Day 8 Identify Your Students' Top Needs 39

Day 9 Identify Your Students' Biggest Strengths 44

Day 10 Get to Know a Student before or after Class 49

Day 11 Write a Note of Praise to a Student Who Struggles 54

Day 12 Compliment a Parent about Their Child 59

Day 13 Pray for Your Students 64

Part III Become a Better Leader 69

Day 14 Eliminate the Time-Wasters 71

Day 15 Update Your Classroom Procedures 76

Day 16 Update Your Classroom Rules 81

Day 17 Articulate the Vision for Your Classroom 86

Day 18 Practice Giving Positive, Constructive Feedback 91

Day 19 Give Students Ownership over Certain Tasks 96

Part IV Become a Better Teacher 101

Day 20 Write Out Why the Lesson Is Important 103

Day 21 Draft or Edit Student Learning Objectives 109

Day 22 Assess Without a Test 115

Day 23 Simplify Your Lesson 120

Day 24 Tell a Story in Class 124

Day 25 Change the Way Your Students Read Their Textbook 129

Day 26 Plan and Assign a Project 134

Day 27 Incorporate Music into Your Day 140

Day 28 Liberate Students from Their Chairs 145

Day 29 Review a Lesson from the Past 149

Day 30 Visualize a Lesson in Action 154

Day 31 Become a Witness 159

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