I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

We're (Still) Tuesday People...

Today was the first "solid" class I've had with my second 6th grade period in quite some time.

And I think I know why.

While the content/style of the lessons was the same - we're doing Family Life right now - the delivery was different. I think they could tell I was passionate about the subject: aging & dying. And, being a class that has faced a lot of death, from classmates to teachers to elderly relatives, they were genuinely interested in the topic and had many good questions, connections, and reflections.

It was incredible.

Oh, and we started watching "Tuesdays With Morrie" today too - which just makes everything better. We're not yet 10 minutes into the film, but the 6th graders are already eager to see what happens to Morrie next.

A good class indeed.

Here's an article worth reading from America Magazine: Truth & Truthiness: What Catholic Catechists Can Learn from Colbert - the point being that effective catechesis requires a few elements that Mr. Colbert does well, namely "delight, instruct, and persuade". It's definitely worth the read when you have a chance - aside from the many great points it makes, it serves as a reminder that catechists are ministers to those we teach and that we need to reach the hearts of our students before we can reach their minds. Plus, if that wasn't enough, it's written by an ACE grad.

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