31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator

Author: Jared Dees
Foreword by: Joe Paprocki

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: May 21, 2013

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Creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, Jared Dees shares practical, easy-to-use teaching strategies and exercises for spiritual growth in his book 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator. These components are designed to improve the effectiveness of any busy religious educator.

Volunteer catechists and professional religion teachers are responsible for two unique and challenging tasks: sharing (and assessing) information and the spiritual formation of their students. This succinct, practical resource helps busy catechists and religion teachers with both tasks and is designed for use either over consecutive days in one month, or by specific themes that encourage personal improvement in areas of discipleship, service, leadership, and overall teaching. Each of the thirty-one days includes a clear title that gives the lesson theme, a quotation from Scripture, an introduction to the exercise, step-by-step actions to take for the day, and spiritual enrichment ideas for the educator.

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Pages: 192

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781594713842

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Valuable insights, tips, and advice.”

    “Jared Dees is one of the most innovative catechists writing today. He brings his considerable knowledge and experience to bear in 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator. Even the most veteran catechists are sure to find valuable insights, tips, and advice to help them in their ministry.”

    Jonathan Sullivan
    Director of Catechetical Services
    Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

  • “An exciting and superbly practical field guide.”

    “Jared Dees has created an exciting and superbly practical field guide for those who love the Catholic faith and have a passion for effective teaching.”

    Lisa Mladinich
    Author of Be an Amazing Catechist

  • “You won't be disappointed.”

    “You won’t be disappointed. Dees has taken our basic desire to improve, combined it with the essentials of good teaching, mingled in the core elements of a good spiritual life and added a dose of servant leadership to create a self-help book for both initial teachers and long-time catechists. It’s an easy read with practical exercises to maximize your potential for success.”

    Leland Nagel
    Executive Director
    National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

  • “Jared Dees is one of the most gifted catechetical leaders of our time.”

    “Jared Dees is one of the most gifted young catechetical leaders of our time. 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator—full of inspiration and practical insight—is a wonderful gift to the Church.”

    Rev. Timothy R. Scully, C.S.C.
    Alliance for Catholic Education
    University of Notre Dame

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