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Recovering the Humanity of Rhetoric

Rhetoric is more than just winning arguments or persuading opponents. It is the act of bringing two minds into harmony; it is the act of harmonizing a community. Rhetoric and its canons, Invention, Arrangement, Elocution, Memory, and Delivery, are themselves designed to harmonize. They are, moreover, designed to honor the humanity of our audience, our […]

Natural History and the Pursuit of Love of Place

As an artist by profession and a naturalist by inclination, I have created a science class that seeks to understand art as a natural human phenomenon that is accessible to everyone. I then take art – this basic human activity – and use it as a lens to see and examine the wildlife of my […]

Using Classical Art Pieces to Integrate History and Biology

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.

Goes Into What? Making Long Division Make Sense

Long division is often an area of mathematics where students (and teachers) struggle to make sense. Come explore how different models of division help to make long division make sense. We will also discuss how to use manipulatives and context to support students making sense of division.

Cultivating Mathematical Affections through Service-Learning

This seminar will focus on the integration of service-learning projects in the mathematics curriculum as a means of cultivating mathematical affections in students-developing a habitual inclination to view mathematics as a worthwhile endeavor. This seminar will equip participants to design, implement, and evaluate service-learning projects in which students partner with nonprofit organizations. Through these projects, […]

A Classroom Full of Embodied Beings: How Does That Change Our Pedagogy? Part 1

Teachers are often exasperated at the end of a long day. Why can’t the students just sit still? We all operate with a conceptual idea of what students and classrooms should look like. But does it encompass embodied beings, or a dualism of mind/body? Are the students as exasperated as we are? This seminar will […]

Best Practices in Reading

Best Practices in Reading will help classroom teachers better equip their students to be good readers. We know how important it is for students to develop good reading skills, so providing the best foundation possible should be one of our primary goals as classical grammar school teachers. This seminar will provide you with teaching strategies […]

Best Practices in Reading

Best Practices in Reading will help classroom teachers better equip their students to be good readers. We know how important it is for students to develop good reading skills, so providing the best foundation possible should be one of or primary goals as classical grammar school teachers. This seminar will provide you with teaching strategies […]

Shepherding a Child’s Heart in the Grammar School Classroom

One of our primary responsibilities as Christian teachers is to point our students to their need for Christ. Shepherding a Child’s Heart in the Grammar School Classroom will help teachers develop a grace-saturated, and gospel-centered culture in their classrooms. We will discuss how to handle specific discipline scenarios including conflicts between students, cheating, lying, and […]

The Cultivation of Virtue and the Telos of Education Part 4

Every model of education has a telos, a goal or purpose. Unfortunately, contemporary discourse on education typically avoids discussions of education’s overarching purpose and instead focuses on techniques. When the telos of education is discussed at all, seldom is ther cultivation of virtue taken to be a central goal. There are, however, two key problems […]