Teaching Writing Slowly

Rhetoric is the art of decision-making in community. As a liberating art, many smaller skills culminate in this faculty of truth perception. Teachers often cultivate this art through writing. How can our students slow down to think before they write? Writing demands attention and consistency, much like learning to play the piano or shoot a bow. The finnal artifact is infused by the initial inventory of ideas. Classical rhetoric offers the canon of invention, and teachers can utilize these tools to guide discussions, launch written responses and pursue unidentified truths. By using these tools, students will have thoughtful responses modeled for them each day.

Matt Bianco

Matt is the Director of Consulting and Integrated Resources for the CiRCE Institute, where he also serves as a mentor in the apprenticeship program. A homeschooling father of three, he has already graduated two sons. The eldest son attends St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and his second son attends Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, North Carolina. His daughter is a high school senior. He is married to his altogether lovely, high school sweetheart, Patty. Matt is the author of Letters to My Sons: A Humane Vision for Human Relationships.

Teaching Sentence Diagramming as Storytelling

In his book Teaching as Story Telling, Kieran Egan encourages teachers to incorporate imaginative storytelling techniques into our lessons. But how can we teach grammar as a story? How can diagramming sentences spark the imagination? The aim of this workshop is to explore how to set up the task of diagramming sentences as a mystery to be explored. Students will delight in the challenges of road-mapping sentences and solidify their understanding of the structure of language when it begins in wonder.

Catherine McChristian

Ms. Catherine McChristian is the sixth-grade lead teacher at The Cambridge School in San Diego. She has taught sixth grade in classical schools for five years. She is a member of the Torrey Honors Institute, a classical Great Books program at Biola University in California. She earned a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in English as well as a multiple-subject teaching credential from Biola. Ms. McChristian loves teaching in the Christian classical community, where she has the opportunity to teach and collaborate with those who share her passion for effectively training students to live purposeful, Christ-centered lives. She especially enjoys the challenges of supporting sixth-graders as they prepare to transition from the end of grammar school to the rigors of logic school.

The Classical Way to Teach Narrative Composition (Story Telling)

Writing has a soul and the classical tradition was nourished by and nourished that soul. The 20th century saw a decline in writing because it lost its classical soul. This practical workshop shows how to teach story telling classically and shows why it works so much better than the gimmick based approaches of many modern writing programs.

Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is the Founder and President of CiRCE Institute. He has also helped found Providence Academy, Ambrose School, Great Ideas Academy and Regents Schools of the Carolinas. Andrew is the co-author of Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, The Lost Tools of Writing and The CiRCE Guide to Reading. Andrew is also a consultant and founded the CiRCE apprenticeship.

Logic of English, Part I

Many learners are frustrated by the inconsistency of English. Most people believe that English is not logical and does not follow patterns. This is simply not true. The code is complex and the patterns are beautiful. In this workshop, participants will discover the phonograms and spelling rules which explain 98% of English words and elan about the NICHD research which supports systematic phonics education.

Denise Eide

Denise Eide is an author, educator, speaker and curriculum designer. She has worked in the field of literacy instruction since 1995. She was trained in Curriculum and Instruction, Second Languages and Cultures at the University of Minnesota. Denise's initial experiences in literacy began in teaching English as a Second Language. She taught at a Russian University and later founded a literacy center for Russian and Ukrainian immigrants, Though her students had continual questions about English reading and spelling at that time, her best answer was, "English is illogical!" In 2003, Denise began to homeschool her children and teach a variety of classes for homeschool students. In 2006, Denise sought training in multi-sensory Orton based approach to teaching reading and spelling to help struggling readers and spellers she was teaching. Upon completion in 2008, she began offering seminars to parents and teachers, training private schools, tutoring, and speaking at conventions. Her most popular lectures were overviews of the material she called "The Logic of English" and "Teaching and Preventing Struggling Readers and Spellers." Countless classroom teachers and reading specialists commented they learned more in an hour than in all their graduate school training. Scientists, engineers and other professionals confided that they had always struggled with English and asked, "Why Didn't someone teach me this way from the beginning?" She has expanded this material into her first book "Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Solution to America's Literacy Crisis." Denise is passionate about unveiling the logic of English and revealing the methods that have been scientifically proven as the solution to illiteracy. She is the President of Pedia Learning Inc. an emerging educational publisher and is authoring curriculum and a follow up book "Teaching the Logic of English to all Learners."