Teaching Classically and Christianly

Session Description

Together we will briefly consider the last century of compromised educational reform in America and reflect upon the ways in which our instructional methods and teaching philosophies have already been shaped by our own prior learning and teaching experiences. We will consider the emergence of the classical Christian education renewal movement, including both an appreciation for and critique of the movement’s earliest interpretations and applications of the medieval Trivium. With gratitude we will acknowledge the work that has already been done to articulate the content (what) and aims (why) of a classical Christian education. Rather than spin or tweak our interpretation of the Trivium to then extract a particular pedagogy, we will let the practices of the ancient and medieval schools as well as the master teacher Christ himself paint for us a picture of teaching as an art form that: begins in incarnation, is grounded in relationships, is inspired by contagious affections, is filled with wonder, demands attention through imaginative storytelling, teaches through Socratic conversations, deliberately integrates movement and formative liturgy, and celebrates the beauty and persuasive power of language.

All of this will be accomplished in a format that resembles a school day including: a chapel experience, three periods of instruction, lunch/recess, three more periods of instruction, and a brief time of reflection. Each period will include a 20-minute presentation, 15-minute roundtable discussion, and 15-minute whole group conversation followed by a 10-minute break. The format itself will call participants to consider the experience we ask our very own students to engage in daily. A time of closing reflections will help us identify opportunities to apply what we have learned in the day’s sessions to the classrooms we will all enter into in the fall.

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
Speaker Bio

Andrew Elizalde earned his B.A. at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a math major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf award as the most outstanding 2001 graduate of the school’s mathematics program. He later obtained a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach with a professional-clear qualification for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools in subjects ranging from 5th grade mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. Andrew now serves as the Dean of Academics at Covenant Classical School, a K-12 classical Christian school in Fort Worth, TX.  Since 2010, his work in classical schools most notably includes reforming mathematics programs and building professional learning communities through meaningful professional development. Additionally, Andrew offers consulting services to classical Christian schools and has been a regular speaker at SCL annual pre-conferences and conferences. Past presentations have included topics such as: the beauty of mathematics, principles of effective professional development, the ancient art of memory, the Socratic method, and curriculum design strategies. Andrew and his wife Brooke have three daughters (ages 8, 10 and 12) and attend Fort Worth Presbyterian Church.