Cultivating the Complete Child: Loving God With All Your Being

Session Description

Classical Christian education affirms the truth that our students are made in the image of God. But what does that really look like in the classroom? Is our pedagogy driven by that truth? And why do we spend so much time telling them to be still and pay attention? Current educational methods draw from pedagogies influenced by Descartes, Piaget, and Sayers and from concepts such as cognitive or behavioral theories, Multiple Intelligences, learning styles and brain-breaks. But do any of these fully address our students as image-bearing, embodied beings?

This pre-conference track is designed to weave that creation truth with current developmental theory and its affect on student performance, classroom behavior, cognitive development, and attention level. Instead of merely a management technique or logistical method, we will discuss a foundational concept and a paradigm shift in understanding the performance of our students. We will explore what this will mean to our Classic Christian schools and how these ideas can be implemented. Included will be videos and lists of activities—including motor labs— that can be used immediately with all students. Specific issues such as ADHD and handwriting will also be discussed. There will be an open forum at the end of the day for Q & A, discussion and demonstration. Leadership and Headmasters of grammar and logic schools are encouraged to attend, as well as teachers.

Schedule
8:15 am
8:45 am
9:15 am
9:45 am
10:15 am
10:45 am
11:15 am
11:45 am
12:15 pm
12:45 pm
1:15 pm
1:45 pm
2:15 pm
2:45 pm
3:15 pm
3:45 pm
4:15 pm
4:45 pm
8:15 am
8:45 am
9:15 am
9:45 am
10:15 am
10:45 am
11:15 am
11:45 am
12:15 pm
12:45 pm
1:15 pm
1:45 pm
2:15 pm
2:45 pm
3:15 pm
3:45 pm
4:15 pm
4:45 pm
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Session 1- Culture, educational theories, and created man
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Session 1- Culture, educational theories, and created man
8:15 am - 9:30 am

Period 2: Incarnation; Loving Your Students Out Loud; Wonder and the Imagination
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Period 2: Incarnation; Loving Your Students Out Loud; Wonder and the Imagination
9:45 am - 10:45 am

Session 2 – Human development of motor skills and how it impacts our view of student performance (or, do your students fall out of their chairs?)
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Session 2 – Human development of motor skills and how it impacts our view of student performance (or, do your students fall out of their chairs?)
9:45 am - 10:45 am

Session 3 –Human development of the senses and how it impacts our view of student performance (or, do your students chew their pencils?)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 3 –Human development of the senses and how it impacts our view of student performance (or, do your students chew their pencils?)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Session 4 - Embodied cognition as an educational philosophy
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Session 4 - Embodied cognition as an educational philosophy
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 5 – Handwriting, ADHD, and the fallacy of brain-breaks
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 5 – Handwriting, ADHD, and the fallacy of brain-breaks
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 6 - Q & A, discussion, and demonstration
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Session 6 - Q & A, discussion, and demonstration
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Speaker Bio
Athena Oden earned her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and has spent the past 30 years in pediatrics. She is the owner and operator of Ready Bodies, Learning Minds and consults with public and private schools and nonprofit organizations for children. Athena has presented at the local, state, national, and international level on topics dealing with the neurological and physiological development of the child in the classroom. As author of the book/curriculum Ready Bodies, Learning Minds: Cultivating the Whole Child (third edition, 2016), she hopes to help children and schools perform at their peak. Athena has a passion for classical education, old musty books, and a good cup of tea. She and her husband, David, classically homeschooled their three children and live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.