A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Great Books:

Help For The First, Second, or Third Year Humanities Teacher

About the Workshop

Many classical Christian schools have faculty development programs, but few of these programs help young teachers through basics like classroom management, parent management, lesson plans, and assessments. Until young teachers have the basics down, ideas about the liberal arts, the trivium, and the quadrivium will be worth very little. At the same time, the reason most young teachers lack self-confidence isn’t because they can’t explain the quadrivium. It’s because they attempt to govern high school classrooms like college classrooms and because they don’t really understand how teenagers think. A veteran high school teacher can help on both these points, though.  

“A Beginner’s Guide To Teaching Great Books” is an eight-week faculty development program for young teachers which explains the basics of teaching old books to high school students. This is a class grounded in experience, not theory. Joshua Gibbs has been teaching classic literature for more than fifteen years and discusses pedagogy with candor and common sense. Those enrolled in this class will learn how to teach great literature, how to discuss it, and how to create the conditions which call forth greatness from students. 

Meeting Date and Time: Thursdays at 7:30 pm (EST), beginning on February 2nd.


Meet Your Workshop Leader

Joshua Gibbs teaches classic literature at Veritas School in Richmond, VA, and online at GibbsClassical.com. He is the author of several books, including Something They Will Not Forget, How to Be Unlucky, and the forthcoming Love What Lasts. He is the creator of the Proverbial podcast, a frequent contributor to the CiRCE blog, and has bylines at First Things and CultureFeed. He is an Alcuin Fellow and sits on the advisory council of the Templeton Honors College.
Joshua Gibbs
Veritas School, Richmond, VA


GREAT BOOKS workshop

$ 699
  • This is a special 8 session workshop
  • Regular Pricing Begins January 1: $800
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount
  • All workshops require a minimum enrollment to make
Early Bird


Please reach out to Sarah Spencer at sarah@societyforclassicallearning.org