Learning has a lot in common with eating

Learning has a lot in common with eating

December 18, 2017—At a recent teacher development seminar for church educators a teacher came up to me after the presentation. He shared a challenge he faced in his adult Bible class. His class was made up of a variety of…

Education by Israel Galindo

What Kind of Thinker Are You?

June 19, 2017—Last week I heard someone ask, “How am I supposed to think about this?” That’s a good question. Often we’re asked about what we think about something, but perhaps a more helpful question is “How are you thinking…

CLL Receives Wabash Grant for Design of Classroom and Online Teaching Methods

June 6, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary announced the award of a small project grant to form a teaching and learning collaborative to explore teaching methods in classroom performance and design of online education. The…

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.

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler

Bad Teaching

August 17, 2016—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, and, second, I suspect it’s just too…

Education by Israel Galindo

The Hawthorne Effect

April 18, 2016—I remember a playful experiment using the Hawthorne effect I conducted when I was a school principal. There was a kindergarten teacher that I thought would make a great first grade teacher. She was reluctant to move…

Education by Israel Galindo

Updated Curriculum Charts

April 14, 2016—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 a new curricular resource to use with children, youth, and/or adults. So this…

Can You Pass This C.E. Exam?

March 14, 2016—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 material I was struck at how clunky…

Education by Israel Galindo

What Are Seminarians Like These Days?

January 25, 2016—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, I accepted his condolences, as well. It…

Education by Israel Galindo

Experience and Learning

December 14, 2015—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…

Education by Israel Galindo

The Benefits of Planning for Teaching

November 9, 2015—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 teachers and Bible study leaders, tend to…

Education by Israel Galindo

Helping Learners Grow As Learners

August 24, 2015—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 class, effective teachers understand that part of…

Education by Israel Galindo

Creating a Killer Course

August 17, 2015—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 in-service seminar I gave some years previously…

Are You a Positive Listener?

July 13, 2015—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 part of the classroom learning experience, so…

Education by Israel Galindo

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…

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