Christian Principles for Socratic Discussion (2018 Conference Presentation)

The following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at https://theclassicalthistle.com/2018-conference/. Christian Principles for Socratic Discussion Jacob Allee, Classical School of Wichita In this workshop, we will examine the purpose of Socratic discussion and the methods to employ in … Continue reading Christian Principles for Socratic Discussion (2018 Conference Presentation)

The Historical Mind: Thinking the Past in the Present (2018 Conference Presentation)

The following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at https://theclassicalthistle.com/2018-conference/. The Historical Mind: Thinking the Past in the Present Kyle Rapinchuk, School of the Ozarks & The Classical Thistle History is one of the core classes that one … Continue reading The Historical Mind: Thinking the Past in the Present (2018 Conference Presentation)

The Five Foundations of Classical Christian Education

The Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) has a helpful list of five foundations of classical Christian education.[1] In this post I give a brief commentary on how I understand the significance of each foundation for classical Christian education. Age Specific Learning The resurgence of classical Christian education is heavily indebted to a 1947 essay by Dorothy Sayers entitled “The Lost Tools of Learning.”[2] … Continue reading The Five Foundations of Classical Christian Education

A Lesson Plan Journey: From Takeoff to Landing, Part 2  (2018 Conference Presentation)

The following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at https://theclassicalthistle.com/2018-conference/. A Lesson Plan Journey: From Takeoff to Landing, Part 2  Kim Mewes, The Oaks Classical Christian Academy The process of writing quality lesson plans begins at the 40,000 … Continue reading A Lesson Plan Journey: From Takeoff to Landing, Part 2  (2018 Conference Presentation)

A Lesson Plan Journey: From Takeoff to Landing, Part 1 (2018 Conference Presentation)

The following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at https://theclassicalthistle.com/2018-conference/. A Lesson Plan Journey: From Takeoff to Landing, Part 1  Kim Mewes, The Oaks Classical Christian Academy The process of writing quality lesson plans begins at the 40,000 … Continue reading A Lesson Plan Journey: From Takeoff to Landing, Part 1 (2018 Conference Presentation)

Seven Laws of Teaching

One work that has received significant attention in classical Christian schools is The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Milton Gregory.[1] In this work, Gregory lays out seven laws and explains why they are helpful guidelines for teaching effectively. The work, first published in 1886, predates modern ideas of education and therefore serves as a helpful “return” to what classical Christian educators believe is a … Continue reading Seven Laws of Teaching

Reaching Educational Outliers: Partnering with Parents to Classically Educate All Students Well (2018 Conference Presentation)

The following is one of the sessions from our 2018 Conference co-hosted by School of the Ozarks and held at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. The full collection of presentations can be found at https://theclassicalthistle.com/2018-conference/. Reaching Educational Outliers: Partnering with Parents to Classically Educate All Students Well Sara Osborne, College of the Ozarks & The Classical Thistle Prompted by questions and ideas from … Continue reading Reaching Educational Outliers: Partnering with Parents to Classically Educate All Students Well (2018 Conference Presentation)

The Historical Imagination (Landscape of History Series #3)

You can read the first two articles in this series at the following links: “The Purpose of Studying History and the Method of the Historian (Landscape of History Series #1)” “The Teacher, Like the Historian…” (Landscape of History Series #2)” In chapter 2 of The Landscape of History, John Lewis Gaddis discusses time and space, which he identifies as “the field in which history happens … Continue reading The Historical Imagination (Landscape of History Series #3)

Classical Roundup – March 9th, 2018

The Classical Roundup is a group of worthwhile articles, videos, and podcasts that I have found helpful on our journey of exploring classical Christian education in the 21stcentury. WHY USE GREAT BOOKS & WHAT ARE THE GREAT BOOKS Simple answers to great questions in the classical landscape. THE POETIC BEAUTY OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE Whether it’s through story, song, or artwork, I’m thankful for the … Continue reading Classical Roundup – March 9th, 2018

Philosophy First: Re-orienting Our Thinking about Classical Education for a New Year

By Sara Osborne Teachers, parents, and students who participate in classical education are familiar with many of its usual tenets:  the focus on grammar, logic, and rhetoric provided by the trivium; the inclusion of Latin; and the emphasis on classic literature, to name a few.  In addition, classical schools are often recognized for their structure—witness school uniforms, organized schedules, and high behavioral expectations, for example.  … Continue reading Philosophy First: Re-orienting Our Thinking about Classical Education for a New Year

Sabermetrics and Grades

I’m a huge baseball fan, having played the game from six years old through college and watched it all my life. During those years, one of the more interesting developments has been the rise of interest in sabermetrics, an innovative attempt at empirically analyzing in-game activities to measure success. For example, traditional statistics measured straightforward outcomes like batting average (hits divided by at-bats) and statistics … Continue reading Sabermetrics and Grades