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 […]

View More...
Classical Education Classroom Education Learning Logic School Science Students

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 […]

View More...
Classical Education Education Learning Pedagogy Science Subject Integration

Metaphysics for Science Majors: Practically Connecting With the Humanities Department (LAB)

by Robbie Andreason November 8, 2018

This workshop follows upon the material discussed in the prior seminar and is designed to help fellow science and humanities colleagues work together to create practices that will form a Christian metaphysic into their students.

View More...
Classical Education Education Humanities Science Teaching

Metaphysics for Science Majors, or How to Build a Conceptual Bridge From the Sciences to the Humanities

by Robbie Andreason November 8, 2018

Without forethought, science class will unwittingly form reductionistic, materialistic assumptions about all of reality in the minds of students. These metaphysical assumptions are not from science and need to be removed before connecting with the humanities.

View More...
Classical Education Education Humanities Science Teaching

Using Classical Art Pieces to Integrate History and Biology

by Robbie Andreason July 20, 2017

Art is a powerful way to capture the ideas of a time period. Come and see mini versions of presentations I have done with my ninth-grade biology class to help my students understand the development of science and biological thought throughout the flow of history.

View More...
Art Biology Development Science Students

Slaying the Cram-Pass-Forget Dragon

by John Mays July 17, 2017

The norm for classes in contemporary schools is the Cram-Pass-Forget cycle. Students cram for tests, pass them, then forget most of what they crammed in just a few weeks. Instead of cramming and forgetting, students should learn, master; and retain what they have learned. This workshop presents an overview of a tested and proven mastery-oriented […]

View More...
cram forget Mastery Math pass Science

The Philosophy of Science and Its Impact on Math and Science Instruction

by Ravi Jain June 15, 2016

What if everything has the property of number? What if everything can be thought of both as continuous and discrete? Ravi Jain presents a brief overview of the philosophy of science and how it can inform instruction in math and science in classical Christian schools.

View More...
Math Philosophy Science

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 […]

View More...
Evolution Pedagogy Science

Encouraging Students to Pursue Science as Noble Profession

by Jeff Zweerink June 28, 2015

Many view science as an enemy of the Christian faith. Astrophysicist, Dr. Jeff Zweerink, will provide tools to help teachers equip students to pursue scientific careers in a way that will strengthen their faith while contributing to our understanding of the universe.

View More...
Faith Science Students Teachers Understanding Upper School

Charlotte Mason, the Art of Student Formation and the Classroom

by Bill St. Cyr June 28, 2015

Answering the question, What is optimal pedagogy? Bill St. Cyr, Ph.D., Executive Director of Ambleside Schools International, explores the insights of contemporary neuroscience and the ideas of British educator, Charlotte Mason.

View More...
Charlotte Mason Classical Education Discipleship Pedagogy Science

Charlotte Mason, Neuroscience, Personhood and the Nature of Human Formation

by Bill St. Cyr June 28, 2015

Answering the question, ‘What forms the human heart and mind?’ Bill St. Cyr, Ph.D., Executive Director of Ambleside Schools International, explores the insights of contemporary neuroscience and the ideas of British educator, Charlotte Mason.

View More...
Charlotte Mason Classical Education Learning Pedagogy Science Worldview

Detecting Intelligence: A Non-Materialist Science

by Paul Nelson June 28, 2015

This seminar explores the basic asymmetry between teleology and physicalism (or materialism), namely, that designed-based reasoning can embrace physical discoveries, whereas physicalism can admit no part of teleology.

View More...
Intelligent Design Science Theology Worldview

Rejecting the Magician’s Bargain: Lewis’ Charge to Science

by Ken Myers June 28, 2015

In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis argued that the project of modern science “was born in an unhealthy neighbourhood and at an inauspicious hour. Its triumphs may have been too rapid and purchased at too high a price: reconsideration, and something like repentance, may be required.” While there have been some scientists, philosophers, […]

View More...
Leadership Lewis Pedagogy Science Upper School Worldview

Envisioning, Structuring and Situating Earth Science in Classical Education: The Value and Planning of a Course in Earth Science, and Why Earth Science Should Be A Logic- or Rhetoric-Stage Subject

by Steve Mittwede June 28, 2015

Earth Science (ES) enjoyed a prominent place in classical scientific enquiry, and the weight given to ES continued through medieval and modern times and into the present. Unfortunately, the centrality of ES as a field of study is being lost, even in many classical schools. Increasingly, ES is diminished to facts learned in the Grammar […]

View More...
Classical Education Curriculum Lesson Planning Logic Rhetoric Science Worldview

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 […]

View More...
Art Curriculum Discipleship Interdisciplinary Literature Music Science Strategies Subject Integration