Must Academic Rigor Lead to Rigor Mortis? How to Engage Your Students Through Classical Methods and Active Participation

Allison Jackson discusses how to engage students through classical methods.

Classical education need not be stodgy or strictly lecture-based. Children (and adults!) benefit from a variety of instructional strategies and learning methods. Students can think deeply and stay engaged when they have the opportunity to play with ideas, to move to learn, and to articulate their understanding along the way. This practical workshop will equip you with creative, classical tools to take back to your classroom. Veteran teachers: come share your ideas and refresh your toolkit. Just getting started? Here we go!

Allison Jackson

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made from what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3) I am honored to be a part of the Regents community as a School of Logic science teacher! I love middle school students, I’m passionate about the wonders of the natural world, and I am ever so grateful for the discipleship-centered approach of classical, Christian education. As a pre-med biology major, I earned a biology degree and a chemistry minor from the University of North Texas and worked in labs on and o campus. I felt called to teaching, and my career began in public high school, where I taught high school pre-AP Biology. Since then I have taught and developed curriculum in a variety of se ings, including summer science camps for grammar and middle school students where we raised butterflies and learned kitchen sink chemistry. I have tutored students and parents in a weekly class day for classical homeschoolers and helped to found a classical, Christian private school near San Antonio. When I’m not teaching or working in our new School of Logic garden, you might nd me cheering at my sons’ baseball games or outside catching lizards.

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