Jared Dees, Creator of The Religion Teacher

Jared Dees is the creator of The Religion Teacher and has worked in catechetical ministry for over ten years. He is the Digital Publishing Specialist at Ave Maria Press and the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator.

Practicing Penance: A First Reconciliation Activity

First Reconciliation Activity: Examination of Conscience Box

One of my biggest goals this year for my second grade students was to encourage them to feel comfortable going to confession and communion for the first time. Even seasoned veterans have a hard time remembering what to do during the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I wanted to come up with a a fun First Reconciliation [...]

Teaching with the Joy of the Gospel

Teaching with the Joy of the Gospel

Some teachers and catechists walk around with so much joy. You know the people I’m talking about, right? They’re always smiling. They’re good listeners and they always put a positive spin on things. They never complain. They get excited when they talk about their lesson plans or activities. They’re humble. They want to know about [...]

The Liturgy of the Eucharist Lesson Plan

Liturgy of the Eucharist

This is part 2 of a lesson I recently shared: The Liturgy of the Word Lesson Plan. In this short lesson, I wanted to introduce my second grade students to the importance of the words we pray during the Liturgy of the Eucharist and to help them understand the meaning of transubstantiation (without actually introducing [...]

The Liturgy of the Word Lesson Plan

Liturgy of the Word Lesson Plan Hook

I realized as I was teaching one of the final lessons of the year this week that I don’t share what I actually do in class often enough. I make a lot of suggestions based on what works for me, but it has been awhile since I shared a full lesson plan that I have [...]

Become a Member of The Religion Teacher

The Religion Teacher Logo

The Religion Teacher membership website is finally available! It has been more than a year-long process to get these resources up and available for you to use in class and for you to use for personal growth. I’m excited, today, to open things up for everyone to see. Check out The Religion Teacher Membership website! [...]

If You Can’t Change What They Think, Change What They Feel

Change How They Feel

When I was a high school theology teacher, there were two incredibly intelligent students that, I have to admit, were a challenge to teach. Ben and Jerry (not their real names) were smarter than me and they liked to show it. Any chance they got, they would question what I was teaching with counter-arguments and [...]

Catholic Confirmation Activities that Excite and Engage

Catholic Confirmation Activities

This list of Catholic Confirmation activities will help you get your students excited and engaged in the sacramental preparation process. The Sacrament of Confirmation is a critical sacrament in the life of young Catholics and should be a positive and transformative experience that they carry with them for the rest of their lives. Consider using [...]

Sacrament of Baptism Activities

Sacrament of Baptism Activities

This is a collection of activities to use with young people to help them learn about the Sacrament of Baptism. These Baptism activities are designed for kids who have already been baptized and are meant to help children gain a deeper understanding of their vocation and identity as baptized Christians. General Sacrament of Baptism Activities [...]

Our Father Activity: Pray It and Have Fun Too

Our Father Activity

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 [...]

“Holiday Hints” Christmas Game

Christmas Game

This is a guest post by Mary Kate Warner of Christianity Cove. Have a blessed Advent and merry Christmas! This Christmas game will help students learn the key elements of the Christmas/Nativity Story. Game Materials Post-It Notes (one note per student) Scotch Tape Thick Black Marker Christmas Game Overview A student will have a note [...]