Skyrocket the Reading Instruction in your Classical Classroom

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.   Skyrocket the Reading Instruction in your Classical Classroom Classical education has taught us the importance of reading quality literature from real texts. But, what other components should a successful reading program include? Mary Kay hopes … Continue reading Skyrocket the Reading Instruction in your Classical Classroom

Pachomius

By Nathan Carr With an unobstructed view to Joy, let us go back to the first school tradition of the Christian Church—the monastery.  How did the first attempt at formal Christian education enlist its students into the great “story being told?”  Among the monastic schoolmasters of the 4th century—abbots and abbesses—one in particular gives profound insight into the formation of several abbeys throughout Egypt:  St. … Continue reading Pachomius

Teaching as a Spiritual Discipline

By Ian Mosley, Instructor of Latin, School of the Ozarks When I was a fairly new-minted Christian, I was introduced to the concept of spiritual disciplines by the writers Dallas Willard and Richard Foster. Particularly Foster’s Celebration of Discipline helped me enter imaginatively into the role that practices and habit play in spiritual formation. In a culture like ours that values spontaneity and authenticity, it … Continue reading Teaching as a Spiritual Discipline

Getting Ready:  Resources for Reflection as the School Year Approaches

For several years, when summer’s heat begins to die down and back-to-school preparations begin, I’ve sat my children down in front of the captivating documentary On the Way to School.[1]  With popcorn bowls in hand, we watch together as a family, and then my older children write a page or two of personal reflection.  While there may be some murmuring over having a writing assignment … Continue reading Getting Ready:  Resources for Reflection as the School Year Approaches

Keeping Classical Education Fun   

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Keeping Classical Education Fun                                         As a public school teacher, there were often days where I longed to get out of the book and take learning outside. I dreamt of the opportunity to write spelling words … Continue reading Keeping Classical Education Fun   

Incorporating Science in a Classical Education  

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Incorporating Science in a Classical Education Upper level science courses often stand out as an area of study that does not seem to naturally fit in the classical education genre.  It is, however, an area that … Continue reading Incorporating Science in a Classical Education  

Cultivating the Intellectual Life of Your Students (and Yourself)        

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.   Cultivating the Intellectual Life of Your Students (and Yourself)                                      If classical Christian education desires to cultivate wisdom and virtue in its students, then it cannot ignore the importance of cultivating an intellectual life. In a … Continue reading Cultivating the Intellectual Life of Your Students (and Yourself)        

Yes is the New No – How to Say No by Saying Yes    

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Yes is the New No – How to Say No by Saying Yes                For most of us, saying Yes is much easier than saying No. So how do you say No while maintaining relationships with others, … Continue reading Yes is the New No – How to Say No by Saying Yes    

Rhetoric – The State of the Art: 100 AD          

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Rhetoric – The State of the Art: 100 AD       Hoping to dispel assumptions, we ask Quintilian what it meant to teach rhetoric.  Perhaps we can continue the archaeological process of recovering lost arts in considering this … Continue reading Rhetoric – The State of the Art: 100 AD          

Teaching Comprehension as a Skill

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Teaching Comprehension as a Skill We often teach comprehension as a product, but we should be teaching it as a skill. For example, instead of just teaching sixth graders to merely comprehend Tom Sawyer, we should … Continue reading Teaching Comprehension as a Skill

Upper Rhetoric Testing Strategies

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Upper Rhetoric Testing Strategies Over my years of teaching junior and senior humanities classes, I came to realize that my approach to assessment, while objective and accurate in some ways, was far more suited to the … Continue reading Upper Rhetoric Testing Strategies

Why the Great Books Are Classical And Christian

The following is one of the sessions from our 2019 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  Why the Great Books Are Classical And Christian (And Therefore Why You Should Read Them) This presentation will explore the related origins and overlapping aims of the modern classical Christian education and Great Books movements, arguing … Continue reading Why the Great Books Are Classical And Christian