Students are People Too

by Matt Bianco July 21, 2017

Assuming students are lazy, disinterested, and rebellious are among the easiest assumptions teachers can make. Where we would excuse our own behavior because of a lack of sleep, food, or other comforts, we do not for our students. If the Good Life is to live up to our fullest human potential, how much of that […]

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Natural History and the Pursuit of Love of Place

by Matthew Clark July 21, 2017

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 […]

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Mission Aligned Planning, Assignments, and Assessments

by Robyn Burlew July 19, 2017

Mission statements too often grace brochures and walls without informing day-to-day practice in the classroom. Teachers need to consider their school’s mission statements as they plan and execute their classes. When we fail to do so, students perceive that we don’t really mean what is written in our lofty documents. This workshop will focus on […]

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

by Athena Oden July 17, 2017

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 […]

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Between the Head and the Teachers

by Craig Doerksen July 16, 2017

Teachers are the hands of the school. Between them and the Head of School, division heads must animate and extend the Head’s vision and leadership to support teachers executing on that vision – and give the Head of School and information and understanding he or she needs to continue to lead the school in fulfilling […]

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Best Practices in Reading

by Lori Jill Keeler July 14, 2017

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 […]

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Teachers as Intellectuals, Not Technicians

by David Diener February 15, 2017

Many 21st-century teachers view themselves primarily as technicians: they are professional educators who have been trained with a set of skills that, when correctly employed, will produce the desired outcomes. In this seminar, however, I argue that teachers should view themselves primarily as intellectuals, not as technicians. Teachers are master learners whose primary job is […]

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Education as Formation

by Kevin Clark June 15, 2016

Kevin Clark discusses education as a process of being shaped by people and ideas outside of ourselves and the importance of teachers as models of that process.

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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.

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Educational Splendor: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

by Steve Turley June 28, 2015

C.S. Lewis believed that at the heart of our current moral and spiritual crisis there was the loss of objective values. Truth, Goodness, and Beauty are today a matter of mere subjective preference. This workshop will explore the historic nature of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, how the objective values have been lost in modern secular […]

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Paideia in the Flesh: the Pedagogical Necessity of Incarnational Teaching

by Brent Stevens June 28, 2015

What makes an excellent teacher? We’ve all had teachers who had a profound and lifelong impact on us – perhaps we are teaching precisely because of their influence! This seminar will take time to examine the theological and philosophical foundation that undergirds all great teachers. Beginning with a consideration of Matthew 10:24 and Luke 6:40, […]

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Charlotte Mason’s First Principles—Children are Persons

by Maryellen St. Cyr June 28, 2015

Central to an authentic Christian philosophy of education is the conviction that “children are persons” who, though corrupted by original sin, remain bearers of the Imago Dei. Few classical Christian teachers would question this. Yet, too many fail to fully recognize the practical consequences of such a belief. If children are persons, it changes our […]

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Ancient Rhetoric Drills: A Hands-on Workshop

by David Miller June 28, 2015

Come to this workshop and practice short writing drills based on ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric drills. Participants will be asked to inflect eloquent phrases through shifting tense, case, and other grammatical attributes. This will show the strong relationship between grammar and rhetoric. Workshop participants will volunteer and publicly read their inflections while working on […]

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Trivium Incarnatum: The Work of a Grammarian

by David Miller June 28, 2015

The classical teacher should strive to become a grammarian, logician, and rhetorician as they are the trivium incarnatum. A teacher takes their first steps toward the trivium incarnatum through the study of Latin or Greek. As they become a grammarian, their soul is prepared to be struck by truths outside of themselves as they learn […]

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Making Mathematics Memorable

by Andrew Elizalde June 28, 2015

This session will begin with a brief survey of works on the art of memory from those of the ancients to modern works on neuroplasticity. Then implications for the teaching of grammar school mathematics will be described, including the teaching of arithmetic proficiency through memorable concrete and visual experiences that result in enduring understanding.

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