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Beyond the Catechist's Toolbox: Catechesis That Not Only Informs, but Transforms based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Creative catechesis Any director of religious education or catechist who picks up this book already has the spirit Paprocki encourages: “to engage those you teach and help them encounter God’s presence in their lives.” The general how-to takes the form of a 75-minute session to be integrated with texts used in individual parishes. Each religious education class is presented in four main steps: engage (10 minutes), explore (25 minutes), reflect (10 minutes), and respond (10 minutes). The explore step focuses on what Paprocki calls “the big idea,” which has been introduced in the engage step. Prayer, silence, and reading from scripture are the preliminaries. The meat of the lesson is examined by reading from the textbook, an exercise students often find boring. Paprocki starts with a “ball toss” game that takes the anxiety out of reading aloud. For those in fourth grade and above, large amounts of text can be handled through paired interviews, graphic organizers, and clue cards. The author closes his explanation of the explore step with lists of reinforcement activities for primary, intermediate, and junior and senior high school levels. All the ideas in Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox are simple, and instructions are clear. Though this resource is designed for catechists, it has much to offer to parents and Catholic school teachers as well.