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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, and, second, I suspect it’s just too easy to sling tomatoes at poor teachers. After all, who among us hasn’t suffered under one? However, I do love a good rant… Continue reading Bad Teaching

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 grade teacher. She was reluctant to move from her K-5 class to first grade. First grade is a critical grade for children and there is a high level of expectation on results. First graders need to end the year as strong readers. That’s critical for their success for the rest of their academic career.

As a last resort I tapped into the Hawthorne effect as a motivator to get the teacher to sign on to first grade. I told her that we would create an “advanced first grade class.” We would identify the brightest students in the kindergarten classes and shepherd them into an advanced first grade class, and she would be the teacher. I explained that while this was an experiment I had high expectations of this class, that they would be super-performers. The teacher jumped at the challenge, as any good teacher would. Continue reading The Hawthorne Effect

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 a new curricular resource to use with children, youth, and/or adults. So this comes a little earlier than in past years, with Easter just days away.

You’ll find my processes and recommendations for evaluation and choosing resources here. Continue reading Updated Curriculum Charts

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 material I was struck at how clunky the course was. Whoever let me loose on those poor graduate students during those years will be doing hard time in Purgatory. Being young and foolish is one thing; young, foolish, and passionate is a deadly combination. It seems I had yet a lot to learn about pedagogy and course design. Continue reading Can You Pass This C.E. Test?

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, I accepted his condolences, as well. It was one of those tender conversations of a teacher expressing gratification (if not relief) for a former student’s success. And it was an opportunity for a former student to express gratitude to a mentor and teacher who opened up future possibilities. Those are tender moments, and they happen too infrequently.

At one point in our conversation my former teacher, long retired now, asked, “So, what are seminarians like these days?” Continue reading What Are Seminarians Like These Days?