Plenary 1: Spiritual Thinking

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

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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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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Identifying Unknowns: Real Science for Logic-Stage Students

by Steve Mittwede November 9, 2018

Many teachers engaged in science education may recall that, when they themselves were students of high school chemistry, they were assigned the task of identifying an unknown solution. Such an assignment brilliantly thrusts the student into the heart of the scientific enterprise – namely, observation and experimentation. But why wait until so late in a […]

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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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Logic for the Real World: How to Apply Logic in Today’s Chaotic and Often Irrational World

by Joelle Hodge November 9, 2018

Now more than ever it seems our culture is in need of thoughtful, reasoned discourse and argument. Far from being merely an academic subject, logic brings clarity to our own thinking and also enables us to engage with ideas across disciplines, media and culture. Sometimes teaching students how to think can seem like a daunting, […]

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Studying Rhetoric for College Success: How the Study of Classical Rhetoric Can Prepare Students to Excel in Higher Education (cont’d)

by Joelle Hodge November 9, 2018

Rhetoric seeks to prepare students to “observe all the available means” of persuasion, enabling them to more easily master every kind of writing from analytical reports to argumentative essays. Sadly, many high school educators seek only to have their students write longer papers with long lists of resources and citations, calling that “higher-level” work. The […]

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Studying Rhetoric for College Success: How the Study of Classical Rhetoric Can Prepare Students to Excel in Higher Education

by Joelle Hodge November 9, 2018

Rhetoric seeks to prepare students to “observe all the available means” of persuasion, enabling them to more easily master every kind of writing from analytical reports to argumentative essays. Sadly, many high school educators seek only to have their students write longer papers with long lists of resources and citations, calling that “higher-level” work. The […]

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Classical Education Classroom Curriculum Learning Rhetoric Strategies Teaching Writing

Virtuous Investment: A Finances Project for Late Grammar/Early Logic School Mathematicians

by Chris Hall November 9, 2018

Let’s say that someone gave you $100,000. What would you do with it? Math students in 5th Grade at The Covenant School said they’d purchase Ferraris, primo Super Bowl tickets, and lots and lots of Legos! The hearts of these newly-minted investors were gradually changed, as well as their knowledge of how mathematics works in […]

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Nurturing Our Youngest Writers

by Mo Gaffney November 9, 2018

“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God” (John 1:1). Come learn about research on beginning writers and how to develop early writing skills beginning in Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade. This session goes beyond handwriting and spelling. Our youngest learners are full of stories and […]

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Loving God With Our Minds in Milton’s Paradise Lost

by Jeremiah Forshey November 9, 2018

Perhaps there is no work of imaginative literature in all the Western canon more preeminently about loving God with our minds than John Milton’s Paradise Lost. This session will highlight three ways that Milton’s poem invites its reader to consider what it means to love God with our minds. Practically, the poem presents several vivid […]

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C. S. Lewis and The Abolition of Man

by David Diener November 9, 2018

C. S. Lewis’s 1944 book The Abolition of Man is widely considered to be a classic work in the history and philosophy of education. The National Review, in fact, chose it as number seven on their “100 Best Nonfiction Books of the 20th Century.” In this seminar, we will examine the central themes of this […]

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Heroes and Villains: Civic Virtue Through Inquiry and Primary Sources

by Rachel Davison Humphries November 8, 2018

Participants will work through three Bill of Rights Institute lessons to develop skills for providing students with primary sources, content-rich narratives and critical thinking as part of integrated civic learning and character development.

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Character Development Civic Learning Critical Thinking Education Learning Teaching

Why Knowledge Matters: How an Over-Emphasis on Skills is Corrupting the Classroom and What Can Be Done About It

by Martin Cothran November 8, 2018

Modern education theory emphasizes skills and downplays content. But is there really such a thing as “reading skills,” “critical thinking skills,” or “problem-solving skills” apart from specific content knowledge? What does research say about whether skills can be learned outside of content domains? Can abstract skills be tested and what do these tests really measure? […]

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A Practical Introduction to the Liberal Arts

by Kevin Clark November 8, 2018

As the tools and seeds of learning, the liberal arts of language and math have important implications for teaching and learning in the classical classroom. This session introduces the basic logic of liberal arts teaching through concrete examples.

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