Plenary 1: Spiritual Thinking

by Carolyn Weber November 9, 2018
Classical Education Education Faith Learning Worldview

The Music of the Spheres and the Hidden Places of the Mind

by Greg Wilbur November 9, 2018

It is no secret that music affects the brain in particular ways that other types of learning do not and cannot. How can we seek to engage all of our mind with a proper understanding of musical studies—not as enrichment or extracurricular, but as an integrated part of knowledge and educational disciplines?

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What Does the Kingdom of God Look Like? An Apology for Diversity in Classical Christian Schools

by Peter Vande Brake November 9, 2018

We all have “blindspots” in our lives, or things that we just can’t see. This isn’t because those things aren’t right in front of us, but because we don’t have eyes to see them. Having students from diverse backgrounds – racially, ethnically and socio-economically – helps us to eliminate the blindspots from our lives. Having […]

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Time to Mind: A Story of “Much, Not Many” and Logic School Flourishing

by Brett Tohlen November 9, 2018

Because learning is “slow, effortful, and uncertain,” the Classical principle of “much, not many” shapes a program at all levels – classroom culture, pedagogical structure, curriculum and scheduling – to provide time for students to know and love.

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Taking Classical Mainstream

by Jeremy Tate November 9, 2018

Classical educators should be the ones to set new standards of excellence for the entire nation. Currently, Classical schools have to defer to the standardized tests of the failing educational establishment. These standards, especially as seen in the SAT and ACT, communicate to students and families that the most salient features of classical schools are […]

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Essential Logic: What Every Teacher Should Know in Order to Effectively Utilize and Integrate Logic Into His or Her Subject Area

by Jeremy Sturdivant November 9, 2018

As Classical Christian educators, we see logic as so essential to what and how we teach that we refer to the second stage of learning as dialectic and to the corresponding school as the school of logic. While many Upper School teachers would like to integrate logic into their classes, many have not received formal […]

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Voting for Nazis: Cultivating Empathy in the Secondary History Classroom

by Alana Speth November 9, 2018

Teaching European history to 15- and 16-year-olds presents dual challenges. One must get students genuinely invested in events of the past before getting them to empathize with people and situations they perceive as different from themselves. There are two significant barriers that must be overcome: lack of humility and possession of too much information. Without […]

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Rhetoric at Your School: Centerpiece or Add-On?

by Andrew Smith November 9, 2018

More than likely, your school views its Rhetoric program as a distinctive. It is an aspect of your school that sets it apart from other schools in your geographic community and it is something that allows your constituencies to rest assured that you really are offering a Classical curriculum. But can you say in all […]

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The Common Topics: Threads That Hold the Verbal Arts Together

by Andrew Smith November 9, 2018

The verbal arts are related to one another, particularly through the means by which we teach them. Since the verbal arts are skills, not terminating subjects, they are taught throughout the curriculum. But as we focus on teaching them singularly, how can we do so in a way that most naturally leads to teaching the […]

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Leading the Team

by Andrew Smalley November 9, 2018

How can you help raise teacher and student engagement? How must your approach differ between creative types and educators? Come explore the challenges many schools face and find some answers. We’ll discuss how to harness the creative spirit in your school and examine strategies for follow-through.

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Fostering Cultural Harmony Among the Student Body

by Brandon Shuman November 9, 2018

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus told his disciples, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant” (Mark 10:42-43). In […]

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Dorothy Sayers Was Wrong About the Art of Grammar

by Andrew Selby November 9, 2018

Dorothy Sayers famously wrote that Grammar is the “poll parrot” stage in which younger students memorize many facts. In her influential and often valuable essay, The Lost Tools of Learning, she asserts that she is replicating the medieval understanding of the trivium. We’ll explore the perspective that Sayers’ definition of the art of grammar actually […]

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Using Primary Sources to Teach History at the Grammar Stage

by Barbara Seidle November 9, 2018

Many teachers at the Grammar stage feel intimidated by teaching history and wonder if there is a way to make it more interesting. Introducing primary sources into your history curriculum will help your students understand and engage history in deep and meaningful ways. Participants will learn how to add flavor to their history curriculum using […]

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A Crash Course in Latin

by Paul Schaeffer November 9, 2018

Latin is an intimidating subject to teach! Pronunciation, declensions, conjugations – it is enough to make your brain hurt. In this presentation, attendees will learn the basics of Latin so they can feel confident to teach their students introductory Latin in the upcoming year.

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Henri Nouwen: Spirituality for Teachers

by Charlie Ritch November 9, 2018

Join this session to examine the intense spiritual nature of the job of teaching. We’ll also explore how the writings of Henri Nouwen might aid in cultivating a healthy inner life and create an atmosphere of spiritual growth in ourselves and our students.

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