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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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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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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Art Through the Humanities

by Cathye Price November 9, 2018

In a strong Classical education, it can be difficult to find the time and place for a rigorous focus on the arts. Many classical schools seek to integrate their subjects, weaving content between the disciplines. Although we celebrate a rich history of integrating subjects in order to address and train the whole intellect, teaching the […]

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Mastery, Integration and Wonder: The Model That Transforms Science Instruction

by John Mays November 9, 2018

The first goal of science instruction is for students to learn science. This requires replacing the ubiquitous “cram-pass-forget” cycle with a pedagogy aimed at learning, mastery and retention. But mastery is not a goal that can be pursued in isolation from the whole realm of qualities that make us human – the immense spectrum of […]

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Choosing and Using Books Well

by Allison Buras November 8, 2018

In this workshop, which draws upon the Charlotte Mason method and Aristotle’s “four causes,” we will look at the role that synthetic texts play in shaping an ethical response to content in nonfiction texts.

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Educating Philosopher Kings

by Matt Bianco November 8, 2018

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates sets forth the curriculum for educating children to be future philosopher kings, the kind of people who can know truth, control their passions and lead others to truth. Join us to walk through the curriculum, consider its strengths and weaknesses, and consider how it might be implemented in our lives and […]

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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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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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Other Voices: Gerard Manley Hopkins and Science Instruction

by John Mays June 28, 2015

In classical and Christian schools we seek rigorous academics and a robust Christian worldview, but these are not the only necessary ingredients for instruction that ennobles the mind and educates the whole person. In any discipline, there are “other voices” that speak to our hearts and minds. In this workshop we will explore ways that […]

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Integrating the Curriculum With Rhetoric

by Andrew Kern June 28, 2015

If we want to integrate the curriculum (and we do), we need a principle of harmony that is both big enough to include everything and practical enough to prepare for everything. [Kern] shows how classical rhetoric is the necessary practical tool to integrate the curriculum.

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A New Natural Philosophy: Implementing the Vision of C.S. Lewis

by Ravi Jain June 28, 2015

In The Abolition of Man C.S. Lewis noted that the “triumphs [of science] may have been too rapid and purchased at too high a price: reconsideration, and something like repentance, may be required.” This can easily leave an eager science teacher confused even if he agrees. How do we do this? What decisions and steps […]

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Socratic Dialogue Demonstration and Analysis

by Grant Horner June 28, 2015

Join Grant Horner as he discusses Socratic Dialogue in the classical classroom.

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Re-Imagining Grammar School Science: A PK-6 Curriculum

by Chris Hall June 28, 2015

We want our graduates to be the best technical scientists, without exception. At the same time, we also know that all of us, teachers and students alike, are called to something more than technical proficiency when it comes to understanding science. Scientists in our schools need to be masters of facts and frameworks, knowledgeable in […]

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