Must Academic Rigor Lead to Rigor Mortis? How to Engage Your Students Through Classical Methods and Active Participation

Allison Jackson June 6, 2016

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2016


play and workClassical education need not be stodgy or strictly lecture-based. Children (and adults!) benefit from a variety of instructional strategies and learning methods. Students can think deeply and stay engaged when they have the opportunity to play with ideas, to move to learn, and to articulate their understanding along the way. This practical workshop will equip you with creative, classical tools to take back to your classroom. Veteran teachers: come share your ideas and refresh your toolkit. Just getting started? Here we go!


Classical Education engage Students

Allison Jackson
"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made from what was visible," (Hebrews 11:3). I am honored to be a part of the Regents community as a School of Logic science teacher! I love middle school students, I'm passionate about the wonders of the natural world, and I am ever so grateful for the discipleship-centered approach of classical, Christian education. As a pre-med biology major I earned a biology degree and a chemistry minor from the University of North Texas and worked in labs on and off campus. I felt called to teaching, and my career began in public high school, where I taught high school pre-AP Biology. Since then I have taught and developed curriculum in a variety of settings, including summer science camps for grammar and middle school students where we raised butterflies and learned kitchen sink chemistry. I have tutored students and parents in a weekly class day for classical home schoolers and helped to found a classical, Christian private school near San Antonio, Texas. When I'm not teaching or working in our new School of Logic garden, you might find me cheering at my sons’ baseball games or outside catching lizards.

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