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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History Humanities Literature Subject Integration

The Clean Sea Breeze of the Centuries: Literary Experience as Perspective on Culture

by Jeremiah Forshey June 16, 2016

One of the primary benefits of reading literature is that it allows us to inhabit another person’s experiences, to see the world through other eyes and to perceive it with other minds, and in so doing, broaden our own limited experience of the world. In particular, C. S. Lewis says that in reading “old books,” […]

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C.S. Lewis Humanities Literature Reading Habits

Teaching Writing in Humanities Courses

by Rick Trumbo June 6, 2016

Join veteran teacher Rick Trumbo of Veritas School in a conversation about practical ideas for instructing students in writing in the context of an interdisciplinary humanities course. Rick will suggest general principles of writing instruction and specific assignments and methods of assessment which he has employed, as well as soliciting discussion from workshop participants in […]

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Humanities Methods Principles Veritas School

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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History Humanities Interdisciplinary Literature Subject Integration Upper School Writing

What is a Harkness discussion?

by Geary Linhart June 28, 2015

This seminar will discuss the history of round table discussions at Veritas School in Newberg. It will attempt to explain why we implemented these graded discussions in the upper level Humanities courses, howe we set up discussions, and how we assess them. This seminar will share tested procedures for implementing and managing fruitful Harkness discussions […]

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Assessment Curriculum Discussion Humanities Strategies Upper School

The Greatest Good of Socratic Dialogue

by Zach Weichbrodt June 2, 2012

…”If I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others, for the unexamined life is not worth living for men, you will believe me even less.” Socrates, The Apology. Though Athens at the time […]

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Classical Education Humanities Socratic Discussion