I am a catechist at my local parish. I am a university student and I have no kids of my own (unmarried).
I was teaching this morning and my hour with the kids was... well someone might have taken something away from it... oh, who am I kidding? It was a disaster!
I started out finding out that the other catechist who shares the position with me was away. I was supposed to lead this week so I was ready but we still have a class of 23 and I am not yet a teacher. It is hard to supervise 23 kids.
So first I notice that two boys who were told to split up by my co-catechist last week were sitting together. Not wanting to seem undisciplined, I reminded them, and two moved to the front of the room.
From that moment on, I was constantly interrupted to answer questions about...Q: "how do we know that Jesus was God and that he really preformed miracles and lived?" Me: :eek: A: "The Church and the Bible tell us. They are historically accurate" Q: "How do we know?" (I'm supposed to whip out proof of their accuracy?) "Well I don't have the documents here" I explained. "But I assure you they exist"
I also asked why such questions were being asked: "who here doesn't believe?" I thought I could pinpoint who needed help to understand. About a quarter of the class (all male) raised their hands. "Why don't you believe?" "Well you can't prove it"
I also got Q: "Jesus doesn't make sense. How could God(Father) send God(Son) to earth using God(Holy Spirit)?" A: "The immaculate conception is not something we can explain scientifically. Some of your questions don't have answers! The best scientists in the world can't explain it!" I even had to explain the Trinity ("Wait... One God in two people" "No. one God in Three people") We covered the Trinity (A whole hour) less than a month ago.
Another, Me: "Nobody's perfect. Every human makes mistakes. God only is perfect." Them: "But Jesus was human" Me: "Jesus was fully man and God, so He didn't sin because God Himself (by His nature) determines what's right and wrong." Them: "But you said no human is perfect" Me: "That's right. No one but Jesus" Them: "You're contradicting yourself" One boy grabbed a bible and tried to find proof that Jesus wasn't perfect. He claimed to find proof to. Something about bread and how Jesus didn't take it. I don't know. He wouldn't tell me what book let alone what chapter.
Yet again: "God couldn't have existed always!"
Sigh. All these questions. And they're ten and eleven years old! I tried to explain that A) Some things you just have to take on faith B) You are not ready for explanation of the questions that do have answers. I applaud them for curiosity but this is ridiculous coming out of a grade 5!
How do I discipline them the only way I'm allowed (sending them out to the hall) without making it seem like I'm avoiding questions I don't have the answers to? There are a number of them who believe and I don't want them thinking their catechist doesn't.
They may have just been trying to cause trouble, but if they really are questioning, they need answers for questions that can be answered (told them to go to their parents as I am only with them an hour a week). I get the impression they are not well taught at all at home and I hope I don't seen judgmental of the parents. I can only teach so much.
It took all my efforts not to run screaming from the room. The Holy Spirit inspired me by making me recall how that might shake the faith of my other students.
Is it normal for kids this age to ask these questions?:confused:
I want to be a teacher, and I will hopefully be able to homeschool any kids I have in the future. Am I a bad teacher?:blush: How can I improve?
Any advice, prayers, and consolation would be welcome and appreciated.