Author Archives: Northwestern Publishing House

How to Teach Research Learners

Research learners love to read and study to learn. They desire debate and always want the big picture before, during, and after learning.

They prefer to learn by studying about ideas and how things are related. They love problem solving that requires collecting, organizing, and evaluating data. They enjoy arguing or debating a point based on logical analysis, but only after they have had a chance to plan and carry out a project of their own making and interest.

Research learners learn best from lectures, reading, logical discussions and debates, and projects of personal interest. (Many professors going for tenure fall into this research learner category).

Continue reading

From the NPH Director of Worship & Sacred Music

Dear Fellow Musician,

“I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:6).

We rejoice each year in the gifts God gives to his church on earth for the proclamation and praise of his goodness, in particular the gifts of music and faithful composers and arrangers. The last few months have seen the release of several new music products. One is from the newest and growing series that NPH offers, Hymn Settings for the Contemporary Liturgical Ensemble. Named for their hymn tune, these arrangements for piano, guitar, and additional instruments—sometimes identified as a “contemporary ensemble”—are designed to accompany the singing congregation. With the assistance of song leaders, the congregation can sing right out of the hymnal. “Erhalt Uns, Herr” serves as the tune for three hymns in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal. Other arrangements in the series include the tunes “Nun Freut Euch” and “Sieh, Hier Bin Ich.” For a single price, each arrangement comes with a full score and parts for instrumentalists. Full previews are available at nph.net, and more are planned for future release.

Continue reading

How To Teach Create Learners

Teach the Word“Create” learners are the exact opposite of the Step learners.

Create learners love to synthesize to learn. They desire to generate something (create something) in order to really “get it.”

They prefer to learn by being creative and using their imaginations and creative ideas to plan and organize concepts. They prefer working on a number of tasks at one time, discussing real problems and looking for real solutions. They also enjoy searching for alternative solutions to problems, looking beyond those normally considered. (Some might call this divergent thinking.)

Create learners learn best with creative and artistic activities that are used along with open-ended discussions about personal and social values. They do best with activities that enlighten and enrich understanding, such as stories, dramas, etc.

Continue reading