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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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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Guide and Warning From America’s Classical Education Past: The Yale Report of 1828

by Shea Ramquist November 9, 2018

In the early 19th century, Yale College stood as the last, great bastion of Classical education in the United States. Buffeted by demands for “useful learning” and scathing critiques of “dead languages,” the Yale faculty produced an eloquent apology for Classical education, the famed Yale Report of 1828. This document provided an aegis for the […]

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The Place and Importance of Historical Theology in a Rhetoric-Stage Curriculum – Steven Mittwede

by Steve Mittwede July 14, 2017

In the Upper School of Providence Classical School, the Bible/Theology scope and sequence is as follows: seventh grade – Bible Study Methods/Hermeneutics; eighth grade – Old Testament Survey; ninth grade – New Testament Survey; tenth grade – History of Theology, eleventh grade – Ethics; and twelfth grade – Apologetics. can such a scope and sequence […]

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Developing a Safe, Curriculum-Centered Europe Trip – Josh Simmons

by Josh Simmons July 14, 2017

As classical educators, we love our ideals and ideas, but there’s something magical about seeing students interact with the “concrete” reality of places studied in literature and history. European school trips can incarnate the ideas presented in the classroom, and so serve as a  key part of any school’s curriculum. Nothing makes the French Revolution […]

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Benefits & Principles of Integrative Teaching

by Christine Godwin June 16, 2016

One of the fundamental insights of classical education is that knowledge is unified, and yet the way many of us teach treats subjects like history and literature as though they are distinct by separating them into two different classes. Whether you teach these classes separately or you teach Humanities in one “block”, it is possible […]

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Did Rome fall? And other historical questions that we need to ask but seldom do.

by Christopher Schlect June 6, 2016

Historical “facts” do not speak for themselves. They have meaning only when we place them into a narrative frame. As Christian educators we need to teach our history students to interrogate the historical narratives that frame our conceptions (and misconceptions) of the past: Was there a Renaissance? The Middle Ages occurred in the middle of […]

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Humane Letters: An Approach to Integrating History and Literature Instruction

by Rick Trumbo June 28, 2015

In this pedagogical workshop, veteran humanities teacher Rick Trumbo will explain how the Veritas School Humane Letters: Antiquity course combines history, literature, and writing instruction in a single, double period course. He will include illustrations and ideas from his Ancient Humanities text. Teachers will also share ideas, practices, and questions they have about interdisciplinary teaching. […]

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Classical Dante: Rome and the Two Kingdoms

by Christian Kopff June 28, 2015

In Paradiso 6 Justinian expounds the Roman Empire’s divine mission and the state’s role as God’s servant. These ideas, found in Comedy and Monarchia, anticipate the Two Kingdoms of Luther and Calvin and the American separation of church and state.

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It’s Always Fun Until Someone Loses an Eye – Finding the Delight and the Beauty in the Tragedy of Oedipus

by Rachel Greb June 28, 2015

How do we get past the “ewww” factor and help our students appreciate the depth of Greek tragedy more fully? Focusing on the Oedipus plays, we will address finding beauty in the midst of tragedy, and how it is necessary to complete the experience of reading the Greek tragedians.

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Science Alive!

by Lynn Gilpin June 28, 2015

How do you breathe life into your science curriculum? If you want to know how to integrate science with history, math, writing and more, this is the workshop for you. Come receive practical tips and a hands-on demonstration that will set the stage for future stimulating lessons.

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Philosophy of Biology: From Dante to Darwin

by Robbie Andreason June 28, 2015

This seminar will survey how change in thought and growth in knowledge from the Middle Ages into the 19th century led to Darwin’s theory of evolution. We will explore the shift from the motivating ideal of love to struggle and competition as well as the shift from sacramental participation to nothing but mechanistic motion. Particular […]

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Integrating Mathematics History and Primary Resources

by Ravi Jain June 21, 2013

Is ‘Ad Fontes’ the exclusive call of the humanities, or could mathematics and science classes profit by using primary sources as well? This session will consider the benefits and challenges of using primary sources in math and science classes and help sort out how to make them effective. We will explore how primary sources can […]

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History of Ancient and Medieval Education

by Andrew Kern June 21, 2013

Explore the educational practices of the ancient and medieval worlds in this hasty overview of the curriculum, pedagogies, and philosophies that preceded conventional approaches.

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What Makes Math Different: Main in Classical Schools

by John Mays June 10, 2013

What are the features of mathematics classes at a classical and Christian school that distinguish them from math classes at other schools? Should history figure in? (If so, how can integration of history be done effectively?) What about writing or oral expression? (Ditto.) How about the classical pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty? And most […]

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