For the Bookshelf: Exploring Spirituality, An Ecumencial Reader

For the Bookshelf: Exploring Spirituality, An Ecumencial Reader

Exploring Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader, edited by Kenneth J. Collins, is a collection of twenty-four essays in which Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Methodist writers describe the unique forms of spirituality that have emerged from their traditions.

Implement prayer into your teaching

I remember congratulating a young man on his first sermon.

The topic was prayer and he did very well for his first effort.

Responding to my compliment on his performance, he replied, “Thanks, but I couldn’t go wrong on this…

Creating Courses That “Kill”

For some years I worked with a group of teachers who were motivated, and committed, to improve their courses and their classroom teaching performance.

These teachers had been in a teacher in-service seminar I gave some years previously (almost a…

Keep your learners attention with these eight ways

Much of what we do by way of teaching takes the form of classroom instruction.

It’s a pedagogy that is highly dependent on teacher performance. So much so that we can identify around 49 specific instructional acts that are teacher-specific.

Humans and Their Brains

Adam Kieper wrote a review of Michael Gazzanig’s book, Human titled, The Synapse and the Soul.

It appeared in The Wall Street Journal (July 8, 2008).

He begins, interestingly, with philosophical questions:

What is it that makes us human – that sets…

Perennial Principles About Learning You Should Know

As educators, we are sometimes prone to “miss the forest for the trees” when preparing a course or a lesson.

 

That is, we often focus on the immediacy of crafting a lesson outline, selecting learning methods, creating teaching resources,…

Help students understand the “point” you’re making with this

How do you help students to get the point you’re trying to teach? More often than not, most of us try the direct approach: “Just tell them!” But a paradox in learning is that often students do not learn what…

For the Bookshelf: It Takes More than Love

Like most pastors, prior to weddings, I meet with a couple several times.

Early in my ministry, I used a premarital survey that assessed people’s values and feelings and then highlighted various areas, like money, communication, or sex, that might…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Show us your moves

No, this isn’t about dancing.

The “moves” I’m referring to is movement in your teaching process.

A great communicator once said that how you communicate is just as important as what you say.

In terms of teaching…

Unfortunately, learning is not an outcome of teaching

The counter-intuitive notion that learning is not an outcome of teaching can be a challenging concept.

This is natural, for several reasons.

First, due to our experiences, we tend to naturally associate teaching with learning.

Second, despite the logical connection…

Self defeating behaviors in leaders

On any given day we may read about a leader, in corporations, government, business, or religious institutions, who has lost a job, prestige, reputation, or respect due to self-defeating behavior.

A common first response upon reading these instances is, “What…

Love Those Classics

Every once in a while, at my former church, we’d break out the old (and I mean old) hymnbooks for a Wednesday evening hymn sing.

People would call out the numbers of their favorite hymns to the song leader and…

Knowing When To Fold ‘Em: The Plight of Second Chair Leaders

Congregational staff who occupy the “second chair” often find themselves in a precarious position related to the prospects of their tenure.

Sometimes circumstances dictate this, but also, the relationship with the senior pastor can be a major factor, or, simply…

The Spiritual Roles of the Christian Teacher

Teaching is one of the primary functions in the Church, both in importance and necessity. In the early church, the function and calling of teaching was indistinguishable from that of Pastor. But in our age of specialization the role of…

Education by Israel Galindo

What you should know about Effective Learning groups

We have all experienced effective and non-effective learning groups.

Why is it that some are effective and others are not?

I would argue that learning experiences that provide more time for critical reflection and dialogue result in more effective learning.

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