Teachers of Religion–Publish a Tactic

Call for Submissions:
Teaching Tactics

Teachers of Religion and Theology
in Colleges, Universities, and Theological Schools:

In 400 words, describe a successful teaching tactic that you have used and that could be replicated by other instructors.

1. State succinctly the context within which you used the strategy
2. State the pedagogical purpose of the strategy
3. Describe the strategy itself in brief, clear language
4. State why and how the strategy was effective – i.e., how it supported student learning.
5. Please provide a title
Brevity is key. Please do not exceed 400 words.

Manuscripts are accepted on an on-going basis.

Questions and submissions by email attachment to:
Thomas Pearson, Ph.D.
Associate and Managing Editor,
Teaching Theology and Religion
Associate Director, Wabash Center
301 West Wabash Ave.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
e-mail: pearsont@wabash.edu
fax : 765-361-6051

Summary of Learning Style Models

In conjunction with a “premium” article saying that tailoring teaching to learning styles has been overrated, the Chronicle of Higher Ed neatly summarized the models.

Forget the Muse–Get a Nag

According to Rachel Toor’s “Floating Deadlines,” a friend indeed is one who keeps much bugging you about how your project is going.  Academic editors are too busy to nurture writers; it matters little to them if a project is years late.  But it matters to you, and your career, so find a buddy willing to give you a little shove when you get in an unproductive rut.

Teaching–not a totally thankless profession

Have a great teacher in your past?  My Teacher My Hero is looking for “true stories of great teachers.”  Note, however, that these testimonials have to come in the form of videos, so after you pull your thoughts together, plunk down in front of the Web cam or get someone to film you with a Flip …

A Lawerly Take on Argument

So many student papers simply describe or summarize when they should argue a point.  Given the popularity of courtroom dramas, you might suggest students think like lawyers.  In a precis of his book, The 12 Secrets of a Persuasive Argument, trial lawyer Paul Mark Sanders counsels colleagues on how to impress a reader–erhh, a jury.

On holding the attention of the judge and jury:

Adopt an appropriate style – Pay attention to the form in which you put the content of your argument. Use plain English. Avoid long sentences. Use vivid language, and choose your words carefully.

On dealing with contrary evidence:

Few cases are perfect. You are bound to have facts or substance that cuts against you. One tip in dealing with contrary facts is to invoke the doctrine of immunization. Like a flu shot to immunize against the flu, relating some of the facts against you, or bringing out on direct examination some of the facts against your case before the opposition does, and explaining your version of those facts either by argument or proper questioning of the witness, can blunt those unfavorable facts.

The article includes a handy list in plain English of common logical fallacies.