Teaching Students to Ask their Own Questions

make-just-one-change-book coverConnecting with students, and teens in specific, is always a challenge for anyone. Here is a book that proposes a unique and simple technique which could change all this. It´s all about the art and benefit of teaching students to ask their own questions. It is especially helpful in a classroom setting, though applications abound. Enjoy!

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Book Review: 3 Essential Saint Books

ablaze teenager saintsWhether they realize it or not, teens imitate others on how to live their life. So it’s essential to tell teens about the lives of exemplary and holy men and women: the saints. But I’ve always striven to tell them about YOUNG saints, teenagers just like them. This post is a review of three books that contain a unique collection of brief life stories of YOUNG saints.
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How to Make Your Own Mentoring Guidesheets

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A “mentoring guidesheet” is a one-page, theme-centered, creative questionnaire that teens first fill out and subsequently use to guide their conversation in one-on-one mentoring or group discussions. This article explains how to make them.

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Connecting with Teens’ Questions at Camp

?????????????????????????????????Have you ever given a talk or prepared an activity that does not really engage your teen audience? Have you ever felt that your teens at camp (or at home!) are not interested in what you have to say to them? It may be that you are simply not connecting with what those teens are looking for, and need. This blog post is about an idea that helped me connect with my teens at camp: helping teens to ask questions. Continue reading

Preparing a Passover for Catholic Youth: Guide, Norms and Resources

Seder Meal TableWhat if we could help young people understand the roots of the Mass through an experience of the Passover Seder meal? In this article: my experience, some Church guidelines, a booklet guide to download and use, and related practical ideas.

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“Choose Your Experience”: Teens Design their own Lenten Retreat

Lenten Retreat Flyer 2012

What if we let teens design their own retreat? Would this engage them more? This is my experience of helping teens choose their experiences so as to live out a great Lenten retreat. Included are tips and downloads for your own retreats.

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Reverse Mentoring: Tools for Consultation & Feedback

Reverse mentoring keeps us in touch with the world of teenagers, and it takes their ideas into account. This article also offers practical tools, examples and motivation for helping youth mentors/ministers, and parents, more effectively reach today´s young people.

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Book Review: No Props-Great Games with No Equipment

No Props CoverThere are lots of youth ministry activity books out there. Which ones should you buy? Here is one that focuses on popular group games, and with NO props! It’s one of my favorites and it´s been a life saver quite a few times!
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How Families Raise their Teens: Interview w/the Sanchez Family

The Sanchez FamilyAre you looking for ways to raise your teenagers? Would it help to read about what other Christian families are doing successfully to raise their teenagers? I hope this interview with the Sanchez family from Texas will help inspire hope, motivation and some ideas!

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