Getting Student's Attention

Save Your Voice and Your Sanity: 3 Ways to Effectively Get Students’ Attention

The class mumbles with whispering for a few moments. It grows to a murmur and before you know it, they are nearly shouting to the people next to them. How do you get their attention? How do you snap them out of discussion mode and back to listening mode without raising your voice? I've used a lot of different tactics over the years. Some work better than others. I will tell you that the thing that works the least is shouting. Raising … [Continue Reading]

Church Lesson Plan

What is the Church? Lesson Plan

One of my favorite lessons to teach students of all ages is the distinction between a church as a building and the Church as a people. We use the word "church" in so many different ways, but it is so important that our young people know that the real meaning of the Church refers to the People of God not just a place we go or a thing we do on Sundays. I thought you might like to see a recent lesson plan I used to teach about the meaning of the … [Continue Reading]

Our Father Activity

Our Father Activity: Pray It and Have Fun Too

I spent a couple of days in prayer at a monastery not long ago and when I got back and told my students about the experience and the life of a monk, they're response was a little disheartening. "How boring!" one student exclaimed. "ALL day long? They just pray all day long?" asked another student with a confused look on her face. Let's admit it. Prayer can be boring and if we're not careful, our students will only think of prayer as a boring … [Continue Reading]

Parable Activities and Worksheets

Six Activities to Help Teach about the Parables

"The disciples approached him and said, 'Why do you speak to [the crowds] in parables?' He said to them in reply, 'Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.'" Matthew 13:10-11 When Jesus spoke to the crowds (the group of people who had not yet decided to become his disciples), he shared stories to express symbolically who and what God and his kingdom are … [Continue Reading]

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The Religion Teacher Turns Six (and a Birthday Giveaway)

March 12th marked the sixth birthday of The Religion Teacher. It is hard to believe it has been that long and it's incredible to think about how far we've come. I remember sitting in the living room of a rented home in South Bend, Indiana six years ago ready to hit the publish button on the first blogpost of The Religion Teacher. Back then I didn't really know what a blog was. I knew people had them and marketing podcasts I listened to said … [Continue Reading]

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Parable Activities and Worksheets

Six Activities to Help Teach about the Parables

"The disciples approached him and said, 'Why do you speak to [the crowds] in parables?' He said to them in reply, 'Because knowledge of the mysteries of the … [Continue Reading]

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Parable Activities and Worksheets

Six Activities to Help Teach about the Parables

"The disciples approached him and said, 'Why do you speak to [the crowds] in parables?' He said to them in reply, 'Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to … [Continue Reading]

Getting Student's Attention

Save Your Voice and Your Sanity: 3 Ways to Effectively Get Students’ Attention

The class mumbles with whispering for a few moments. It grows to a murmur and before you know it, they are nearly shouting to the people next to them. How do you get their attention? How do you snap them out … [Continue Reading]

Ascension Worksheets

Ascension of the Lord Worksheets

Help students explore the meaning of the Ascension of the Lord with a couple of worksheets from The Religion Teacher membership website and The Religion Teacher's Rosary Activity Pack. A good … [Continue Reading]

Communicate with Parents (Get it on the Calendar)

A Surefire Way to Effectively Communicate with Parents

In order to really make an impact on the faith lives of our students, we have to be intentional about building bridges between us as religious educator and our students' parents. We cannot sit back and wait for … [Continue Reading]

trt-sixth-birthday

The Religion Teacher Turns Six (and a Birthday Giveaway)

March 12th marked the sixth birthday of The Religion Teacher. It is hard to believe it has been that long and it's incredible to think about how far we've come. I remember sitting in the living room of a … [Continue Reading]

Transfiguration Activities & Worksheets

Transfiguration Activities & Worksheets

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth … [Continue Reading]

Beatitude Activity Ideas

Beatitudes Activities: 11 Teaching Ideas for Religious Educators

One of the most commonly requested topics from teachers, catechists, and fans of The Religion Teacher has been the Beatitudes. I cannot believe this is the first time I've ever written or created something … [Continue Reading]