14 Essential Elements of Classical Christian Mathematics Instruction

Andrew Elizalde June 26, 2014

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2014


Contextualize through storytelling; love your subject out loud; color your classroom with traditionas and routines; engage all of the senses as often as possible; contemplate truth, goodness, and beauty; present archetypes worthy of imitation; teach Socratically through problem solving; move from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract; derive and demystify formulas; canonize arguments and experiments; translate theories into applications; understand the limits of science and the cycle of the scientific enterprise; engage great works and primary sources and motivate service through doctrine and doxology. Descriptions of these fourteen essential elements of classical Christian mathematics instruction will be presented accompanied by specific examples and corresponding book recommendations.


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Andrew Elizalde
Andrew Elizalde earned a B.A. degree at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a mathematics major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf Award as the most outstanding graduate of the school’s mathematics program. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools as well as private tutoring in subjects ranging from elementary mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. Andrew is currently Dean of Academics, at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. Andrew also regularly offers consulting services to Classical schools. Andrew and his wife, Brooke, have three daughters.

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Proof Writing Across the Curriculum

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The Grammar of Mathematics

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