Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

As I write this, it is one of those brilliant mid-fall days where the whole creation seems sharp and clear. 

The sky is deep blue, with no visible clouds; the air is warm, but there is a pronounced undercurrent…

7 Principles for Better Teaching

“(There is a) remarkable asymmetry between the ways our mind treats information that is currently available and information we do not have. An essential design feature of the associative machine is that it represents only activated ideas. Information that is…

Education by Israel Galindo

Learning: Three Foundations

A consistent challenge when leading seminars and consultations for teachers and faculty is helping them shift from a teaching-oriented stance to a learning-centered perspective. 

While those are two sides of the same coin, focusing on learning and the learner, in…

Education by Israel Galindo

What are your assumptions about leadership?

Effective teachers always check students’ assumptions and help them uncover their prejudices. 


Assumptions and prejudices cause students to “pre-judge” ideas, concepts, and truths. When unchecked, these assumptions can block learning. Learning requires the accommodation of the new to the…

The Fundamentals of Learning

I remember attending a panel on continuing education. One of the questions at the center of the conversation had to do with effective models for continuing education programs. Some sound ideas were shared, but many missed the mark, educationally speaking.

Students always ask these questions

After eighteen years of formal teaching in theological education, at the graduate level, it is becoming apparent that students will always be students—and despite references to “students these days,” teachers will gripe about the same things. 

Here are the seven…

The Hardest Lesson I’m Grateful I Learned

When she turned and dramatically pointed her finger at me, I felt the room began to spin.

“Tell us, right now, pastor!” she demanded.

“Tell us what you actually believe.”

Even my ordination examination on the floor of Presbytery had…

Learning and Experience

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, role-play, art activity, dramatizations, etc.

Given the dearth of…

How you know you’ve had an effective learning experience

I remember when I had the opportunity to attend several lifelong learning events some time ago.

They were refreshing in the sense that I got to be a participant, and sometimes, a spectator.

My family teased me about going to…

Education by Israel Galindo

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.

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,…

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…

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.