Becoming a Better Teacher: What’s Your “Why?”

Becoming a Better Teacher: What’s Your “Why?”

Among my most formative learning experiences were those related to swimming and waterfront activities.

I was motivated to learn and master skills: swim to the raft; dive off the high dive; empty a tipped canoe, paddle through rapids.

Eventually I…

How to be a Popular Leader

Every once in a while I need to challenge someone by asking, “Do you want to be liked or do you want to be effective?”

In one sense it’s a false choice, but in another, leaders often will have to…

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…

Teachers, this is why planning is important

One of the most frustrating things for congregational educators is the dirty little secret about their teachers and planning.

That secret being that most volunteer church educators, Sunday school teachers and Bible study leaders, tend to do a minimum of…

The Formula for Successful Learning: Retention

For years I used a mnemonic in teacher training workshops and faculty seminars to help participants remember a fundamental definition of learning.

The mnemonic was in the form of a “formula.”

As a teaching tool, it was effective, though I…

Education by Israel Galindo

What are the elements to effective instruction?

When I review video presentations for a project, I primarily screen them for delivery rather than content.

It’s amazing how many basic rules of good communication presenters break—consistently—even professional speakers and celebrated “master teachers.”

The other side of the equation…

Deep thinking, powerful ideas

Quick quiz: What philosopher said, “To think is easy, to act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.”?

Answer: None. I pulled that quote out of a fortune cookie after lunch at a local Chinese restaurant….

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

Augustine of Hippo and Six educational principles

Augustine of Hippo was one of the foremost philosophers and theologians of early Christianity.

He had a profound influence on the subsequent development of Western thought and culture and, more than any other person, shaped the themes and defined the…

Help your church members grow spiritually this year

A student in one of my online classes asked a great question:

How do I encourage members to reflect and think theologically?

I’m having a hard time coming up with an example of what that would even look like in…

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.

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…

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…

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