teaching and learning

Who knows what?

Part of my own process for teaching is figuring out what I know that is useful to share, but another part is thinking about what the person or people I’m talking to, and where they’re coming from. This is something people in various Pagan communities end up doing a lot, but I’ve noticed it’s a part we don’t necessary talk about, much. I want to talk more in the future about scaffolding knowledge and building in clues people can pick up on (even if they’re new to a subject) but to do that, I need to start with talking about […]

Religious literacy (and the modern Pagan)

Several recent questions in my job as a librarian have me thinking about the many kinds of literacy out there. Literacy literacy, as it were (reading and writing). Digital literacy. Math literacy. Science literacy. Emotional literacy. But there’s a kind that doesn’t get talked about very much, which is religious literacy. The school I went to for the last two years of high school (which was a non-sectarian boarding school) had a requirement for students who were there three or four years of taking a philosophy or religion class, so there were a wide range to select from. I took […]

3 things for better teaching (and better learning)

  One of the things I love about teaching is figuring out how a given group of people’s reacting to what I’m teaching on that day. There’s plenty that’s challenging about this, of course, but I love seeing what examples work, which topics get a lot of interest. Of course, that’s one of the most complicated things about teaching. You can take the same material, and present it in the same way, to people, and get two entirely different reactions depending on a whole bunch of things, most of which you (as the teacher) can’t control. Teachers who teach several […]

Learning and teaching

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we teach and how we learn the past month or two. They’re things a lot of people have had some great experiences with, and some lousy experiences with. They’re also things where the ways we learn in school or college or other formal learning experiences often isn’t a good fit for the kind of learning we do as Pagans. Why am I think about it even more right now? Well, in my case, it’s the combo of having had two interesting (and very different) recent learning experiences, plus I’m prepping a workshop on […]