"Practical resources for religious educators." That has always been the focus of The Religion Teacher. When a catechist or religion teacher shows up at this website, they are going to find something practical, something immediately usable and effective in the classroom. It is my hope that with each resource you find and use here, you are able to make a lasting impact on the students you serve. I have a lofty vision for this website. I want … [Continue Reading]
From Advent 2015 to the end of the liturgical year in 2016, the Catholic Church is celebrating a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis is encouraging the entire Church to meditate on God's mercy in their lives and to share that mercy with others. The following resources may help you in planning your Year of Mercy activities in your classroom this year. Activities about the Year of Mercy The Year of Mercy Website (Vatican) USCCB Year of Mercy … [Continue Reading]
TEACHER'S PRAYER Heavenly Father, Enable me to teach WISDOM, For I help to shape the mind. Equip me to teach with TRUTH, For I help to shape the conscience. Encourage me to teach with VISION, For I help to shape the future. Empower me to teach with LOVE, For I help to shape the world. AMEN. Adelaida (Adelle), a member of The Religion Teacher, shared this wonderful teacher's prayer with me. I found it to be such a great … [Continue Reading]
The Holy Spirit is often the most difficult person of the Trinity to explain to young people. They have seen plenty of art work depicting God the Son. They are at least able to wrap their minds around God the Father, even if their concept of him is as an old man with a white beard. Teaching about the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is a little bit more challenging. My co-catechist, Tim Will from the Alliance for Catholic Education, came up … [Continue Reading]
It is time to return to the classroom! Are you ready? I always find that it is a little bit difficult to get back into the swing of things. It's hard to jump right back in and pick up the momentum where you left off the year before. I know that I've personally made many repeated mistakes year after year during the first few days of class. I hope this list of no-no's will help guide you away from the pitfalls so many of us fall into during … [Continue Reading]
New Worksheets for the Year of Mercy!
"It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy." Pope Francis Misericordiae Vultus Help Your Students Experience the Year of Mercy in a Profound Way During this Jubilee … [Learn More]