Let The Puppy Run! Teaching Literature to Middle School Students Without Killing the Book – Or The Student

Andrew Kern discusses teaching literature to middle school students.

The middle school years are some of the most rewarding of all for the teacher who is prepared to engage the student in the class. Few Tools reach them more effectively than great stories. So why is it so hard? This workshop explores simple approaches to arouse your middle school students’ minds and hearts to engage insightfully and personally with books worth reading.

Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is founder and president of the CiRCE Institute, the founding author of The Lost Tools of Writing, a co-author of the best-selling book Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, which he wrote with Dr. Gene Edward Viet. Since establishing CiRCE as a research and consulting service to classical educators, Andrew has trained teachers, led board retreats, and assisted with institutional development and start up in over 100 schools since 1996. He has been directing the CiRCE Institute full time since the summer of 2000. Andrew helped start Providence Academy in Green Bay, WI in 1993, where he served as "Lead Teacher" Foundations Academy (now Ambrose School) in Boise, ID, where he served as Director of Classical Instruction from 1996-2000, The Great Ideas Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as Headmaster from 2001-2003, and the Regent Schools of the Carolinas where he served as Dean of Academics from 2006-2008. He and his family live in North Carolina.

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