Contractions and More! A Tips from a Tutor Two-Fer

This round of blogs is a series aimed at students who engage in academic writing. In all, the series will constitute a kind of primer on academic writing for students. Each post will tackle a problem I’ve seen in papers from my classmates, my students, and myself. If you are having trouble writing strong papers … More Contractions and More! A Tips from a Tutor Two-Fer

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1st & 2nd Person Pronouns in (out of!) Academic Writing

I’m bringing (my) blogging back! To kick off this new round of blogs, I have prepared a series of short blogs aimed at students who engage in academic writing. In all, the series will constitute a kind of primer on academic writing for students. Each post will tackle a problem I’ve seen in papers from … More 1st & 2nd Person Pronouns in (out of!) Academic Writing

Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 3

One must understand Melchizedek in the Old Testament before one can understand him in the New Testament. This week’s brief post looks at Melchizedek’s two OT appearances, then treats the context surrounding the Melchizedek/Christ comparison in Hebrews 7. For part 1, looking at the history of interpretation regarding Melchizedek, especially in Gen. 14, click HERE. … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 3

Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 2

Last week, I introduced several literary threads regarding Melchizedek in ancient Jewish and Christian sources. Melchizedek is treated in various ways in Jewish texts. In a number of Christian sources, I showed a significant trail of thought where several scholars see the Melchizedek/Christ comparison in Hebrews 7 as typology. This week, I intend to survey … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: Part 2

Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: A Typology

The name “Melchizedek” conjures cloudy images, if anything at all. He is a figure who has a brief role in the narrative of Genesis 14, where Abraham encounters him after the patriarch’s rescue of his nephew Lot. As suddenly as Melchizedek arrives on the scene, he is gone again. Anyone reading the Bible could look … More Melchizedek and Christ in Hebrews 7: A Typology

Kinesthetic Learning and the Forgotten Learners

We Know Better             Teaching is more than standing at the front of a room and talking. Every teacher knows this, intellectually, but how many do something about it? How many of us engage with kinesthetic learning week to week, or even any kind of consistent basis? We’ve all read the books on learning styles. … More Kinesthetic Learning and the Forgotten Learners

When a Man Attacks, Or: Another Day Ending in ‘Y’

By now you all will have heard of the shooting perpetrated near the University of California, Santa Barbara on Friday, May 23rd, 2014. The shooter was 22 years old, the son of a successful assistant director of major Hollywood films, and did not seem to want for anything materially. Except for the bodies of young … More When a Man Attacks, Or: Another Day Ending in ‘Y’

Fun in the Classroom: How Dare You

Some Problems             You may not have noticed, but excellent teaching is hard work. In case that obvious statement needs clarification: adult learners get bored when you drone on simply lecturing for 3 hours a week. Even adult learners are limited to 25 minute attention spans before you lose them.[1] Lecture-only tendencies fail other learning … More Fun in the Classroom: How Dare You

Incentivized Learning: Beyond the Grade

Elizabeth Barkley succinctly asserts the following as almost a passing comment, “significant learning starts with the learner’s active engagement with a problem.”[1] Maybe you, the educator reading this blog entry, are the absolute best lecturer in the history of mankind. Maybe your paper assignments have the best written instructions since the IKEA assembly instructions guy … More Incentivized Learning: Beyond the Grade