Dr. Coley spoke at the SE Conclave Youth Ministers Conference in Chattanooga on January 27. Here he is pictured with fellow seminary professors who were also speakers: Dr. Richard Ross from Southwestern Seminary and Dr. Allen Jackson from New Orleans Seminary.
Youth ministers enjoyed interacting during an active learning activity
included in one of Dr. Coley’s Conclave sessions.
“I was blessed to be able to sit under your teaching during the Southeast Conclave this weekend in the seminar about neuroscience research. I truly enjoyed your presentation. It was enlightening to me as a youth director but also as a classroom teacher.”
“Conclave was a wonderful success. Many, many thanks for your help in making this happen. We always receive rave reviews from your breakouts. Can we talk you into returning next year? “
Generations Group Director
South Carolina Baptist Convention
Dr. Coley led board training for Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Florida in early January. Pictured is a subset of the board discussing one of the team building topics during the six hour event.
“I wanted to take a moment and say that I thoroughly enjoyed our training today. I’ve been with my current company for 29 years and have attended many different leadership seminars. The material you presented today was excellent and I loved your book, “Ten Practices of Effective Boards.” The different personality styles told through the different dog types was wonderful! In addition to providing us with wisdom on how better to operate as a board, I found that I could apply all of what we discussed in my professional role.”
Cambridge Christian School Board
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Dr. Coley conducted Faculty Workshops at Southeastern Seminary and Northeastern Baptist College as both institutions prepare for their fall semester.
Have heard nothing but great feedback all day long from all of the profs today. Better yet, they are still thinking and discussing their intended pedagogy with one another. So many of the faculty were impacted and touched by your passion and enthusiasm for teaching and learning. Bullseye!
Words cannot express my gratitude. Thank you again.
Brian Harmon, Ed.D
Dean of Academics
Professor of Christian Education/ Church Planting
It was a pleasure having you here. You should know that the school is still buzzing with ideas and discussion from your seminar! Several of us have revisited our syllabi to incorporate what we learned.
Director of Early Scholars Program
Associate Professor of Business
Northeastern Baptist College
Faculty workshop at Southeastern Seminary: presenting on Active Learning and Engaging your learners.
One Southeastern colleague responded:
I was reviewing my notes from today’s session and wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for your presentation today. It was superb. Clear, concise, engaging, passionate, and impactful going into a new semester. You had obviously spent MUCH time in preparation for the session. I look forward to working with you in the coming days.
Tate Cockrell, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Doctor of Ministry Programs
Associate Professor of Counseling
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Coley along side his translator Eduardo spoke to over 200 Christian school leaders in Panama in November.
This past November Dr. Coley was the keynote at the MACSA in Lancaster, PA. Below are some review tips from
“Reimagining Your Philosophy of Christian Education”
What is your measure for effective teaching? In the next three MASCA News Updates we are going to review some of the information and activities from our time together in November. Each update will focus on a tip that research says leads to effective teaching. A thread that runs through these essays on teaching is the single word engage…when students are in engaged in the teaching/learning process, they are directly involved in constructing their understanding of new ideas. This concept of engagement is in direct contrast to instructional episodes where students remain passive.
Tip #1: Make your teaching HOT through metacognitive discussions.
Do you recall how you went about learning the material that you plan to present tomorrow? Take a moment and think about your own thinking. This is what the term metacognition refers to. Did you have to practice a series of steps? Was there a confusing piece of information or a particularly challenging word or concept? Or perhaps there was a new concept that was actually in conflict with your prior understanding. So talk through how you mentally worked out these knots.
Research says that when teachers discuss their own mental processes with their students, then students engage in Higher Order Thinking (HOT). Here’s what a metacognitive discussion might look like–
Step 1: Identify a point in the lesson where you can speak about your own mental processes that helped you learn the concept or skill. Plan out what you will say.
Step 2: As you teach the lesson, park the bus and describe your thinking process. Try to use metaphors or descriptions that connect with the schema of your students. This modeling is crucial in assisting students with their own thinking.
Step 3: Invite students to verbalize how they approach the new material.
Step 4: In a future lesson (the sooner the better), pause during your instruction and invite the class to reflect on their thinking process. Take note of your class’s ability to transfer the metacognitive discussion to a new lesson.
As students become increasingly aware of their metacognitive processes, their independent learning skills increase. This what we all strive for–developing self-motivated, independent learners.