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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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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When Classical Meets Contemporary: What Do We Keep, What Do We Kick Out and Why?

by Christopher Perrin November 9, 2018

We regard the Classical tradition of education as tried and true, the well-worn path of wisdom that we are wise to follow. We also know that just because something is old doesn’t make it best; nor is something that is contemporary necessarily bad. The reverse is also true: Just because something is old doesn’t make […]

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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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“What’s a Trivium? And Who’s Plato?” – How to Speak “Classical” for Progressively Trained Educators

by Dusty Kinslow November 9, 2018

The way that Classical educators think and talk about education is fundamentally different than the way most of us have been taught to think our entire lives. When training new teachers – who are rarely trained in Classical education – we like to say it is like crawling out of the Atlantic Ocean, running across […]

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The Enchanted Cosmos: Mathematics Among the Liberal Arts

by Ravi Jain November 9, 2018

This session will introduce a curriculum and pedagogy for mathematics grounded in the Classical Christian tradition. It will give special attention to 7th through 12th Grades (or pre-algebra through calculus), though many topics will be of interest to K-6 teachers. This classical approach, which is under active development for release through Classical Academic Press, will […]

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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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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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The Nature and Vision of Classical Christian Education

by David Diener November 8, 2018

What is Classical Christian education? How is it different from other approaches to education? How can we clearly and succinctly explain the nature and vision of Classical Christian education despite its long and complicated history? This seminar addresses these questions by examining some of the essential defining characteristics of Classical Christian education, such as its […]

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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 Classroom Full of Embodied Beings: How Does That Change Our Pedagogy? Part 2

by Athena Oden July 17, 2017

This session will build heavily on Part I. If we understand embodied cognition, how does that create a paradigm shift in our pedagogy? We will explore the sensory and motor systems of our human makeup, classroom strategies, handwriting, and yes, behavior.

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Teaching Arithmetic Classically

by Andrew Elizalde February 15, 2017

In this session we will challenge popularized notions of the “grammar of mathematics” as well as critique the prominence of “rote memorization’ in our grammar school instruction. Then we will explore an alternative approach to teaching arithmetic, moving from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract in a way that honors the structure of […]

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Reviving the Pedagogy of our Tradition

by Andrew Elizalde February 15, 2017

Much work has already been done to understand and clearly articulate a distinctly classical and Christian curriculum. Meanwhile many teachers are still left wondering what instructional methods and modes of learning actually ought to look like within the daily grind of their classrooms. In this session we will address nine essential elements of distinctly classical […]

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Would Jesus use a Harkness Table?

by John Scholl June 6, 2016

The study of classical Christian pedagogy should begin with the Gospels. Jesus is a Master Teacher, whose disciples adopted his teachings and faithfully transmitted them to an ever increasing group of students. As a result, Jesus presents a great model for us as teachers. In this workshop, we will examine Jesus’ teaching methods, in particular […]

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SCL Journal Fall 2015—Recovering Wonder: Science in the Christian Classical School

by SCL Journal October 16, 2015

Science involves so much more than facts about how the natural world operates. What scientists see and how they interpret what they see are influenced by their worldviews. Knowledge, scientific knowledge included, is not made up of discrete bits of information. No scientist is free from presuppositions which color his interpretation of the phenomena he […]

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