For the Bookshelf: How to Think Theologically

For the Bookshelf: How to Think Theologically

While many persons might consider theological reflection to be a practice best suited for religious scholars, Howard Stone and James Duke, in How To Think Theologically, present the case that all Christians should be theologians.

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Bad Teaching

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Polemics against bad teaching and poor education are a staple in social science, philosophy, and education literature. I suspect for two reasons: first, they are effective in getting readers riled up,…

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The Hawthorne Effect

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I remember a playful experiment using the Hawthorne effect I conducted when I was a school principle. There was a kindergarten teacher that I thought would make a great first…

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Updated Curriculum Charts

By Sharon Ely Pearson, Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing Incorporated / Morehouse Education Resources

I always tell congregations that right after Easter is the time to begin evaluating the current programmatic year, especially if a church seeks to discern…

Can You Pass This C.E. Test?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Throwing out some old files and materials  I stumbled across an old final exam from a course I offered over two decades ago when I was teaching adjunctively. Reviewing the course…

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What Are Seminarians Like These Days?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I recently received a surprise call from a former professor of mine. He was gracious and kind to call me to congratulate me on the new job. A former dean himself,…

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Experience and Learning

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

A couple of educators I know are high on what they call “experiential learning.” They try to be “creative” in the use of “interactive” learning methods in their teaching: skits, simulations,…

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The Benefits of Planning for Teaching

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

One of the most frustrating things for congregational educators is the little spoken dirty little secret about their teachers and planning. That secret being that most volunteer church educators, Sunday school…

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Helping Learners Grow As Learners

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

While learning itself is a natural innate human ability, becoming a good learner is not. In whatever context of learning, whether in a graduate studies classroom, university, or a Sunday school…

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Creating a Killer Course

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

For some years I worked with a group of teachers who were motivated, and committed, to improving their courses and their classroom teaching performance. These teachers had been in a teacher…

Are You a Positive Listener?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Research tells us that between 75% to 80% of the communication flow in most classrooms is from the teacher to the students. While sharing information and directing instruction is a necessary…

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For the Bookshelf: How Learning Works

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

July 6, 2015—At a recent consultation with a university faculty, I was once again struck at how helpful it is to review “the basics” of the…

Releasing the Laity

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

One of the courses I taught at seminary went by the clumsy title of “Developing Lay Leadership in the Congregation.” I always thought it one of the most important courses I…

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Does Your Church Need a Children’s Ministry Missions Statement?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I have been surveying mission statements of children’s ministries in preparation for some new courses (the majority of congregations surveyed don’t have one). I have been intrigued by the use of…

What Church Educators Can Learn from Infomercials

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I’m a fan of late night infomercials. Given I am a bit of an insomniac that shouldn’t be a surprise. I got hooked when I saw the first  Pocket Fisherman  infomercial…

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