Biblical Studies

Learners Reflecting on Value of Ancient Texts

On Friday I asked learners from one of my New Testament classes (high school seniors), “How can an ancient text written many years ago help people to deal with their lives today?” After giving them a few minutes to reflect and write, I got some insightful responses: The texts describe human nature, which is constant,… Continue reading Learners Reflecting on Value of Ancient Texts

21st Century Teaching and Learning · Professional Development · Web 2.0

Starting the New Year

So today was the first day of our faculty forum, and oh my, what a day! George Couros, a K-12 principal from Alberta, Canada and our keynote speaker, challenged us in many ways regarding educators as learners, technology, change, and what’s best for our students. But what was great was that it wasn’t a one-way… Continue reading Starting the New Year

21st Century Teaching and Learning · Lausanne Laptop Institute · Professional Development

Lausanne Laptop Institute – Last One!

Okay, the Laptop Institute ended last month, but I’m still writing posts about it. This is actually the last one.  I’m finding this to be a reflective activity for me so I don’t forget what I’ve learned, and so I’m sort of forced to follow through with what I said I was going to do. … Continue reading Lausanne Laptop Institute – Last One!

21st Century Teaching and Learning · Biblical Studies

The Good Samaritan – 21st Century Style

A few years ago, I assigned a project for my New Testament students entitled “The Parables Project.” The students were required to choose a parable from one of the Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, or Luke) from a list I provided. Once they chose the parable, they were required to reflect on why they chose the… Continue reading The Good Samaritan – 21st Century Style

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Lausanne Laptop Institute – Part 3

Okay, so in my second Lausanne Laptop Institute post I said that I went to the conference with expectations.  Specifically, I wanted to find out how I will use the new technology we’ve been so blessed with (I consider it a blessing, others may not) to enhance my teaching practice, to increase my students’ engagement… Continue reading Lausanne Laptop Institute – Part 3

Professional Development

Borders Bookstores Closing

It looks like they couldn’t make it work.  There were no buyers.  So one of the most beloved retailers cherished by book lovers is closing completely – Borders Bookstores.  Some would argue that the mega-bookstore put a lot of smaller bookstores out of business, and that what goes around comes around. But with its liquidation,… Continue reading Borders Bookstores Closing