https://open.spotify.com/episode/0NHrTfEO34E2yG20Ah9tCl?si=4c8f3c08834842b5 In this episode, we define authority and its many manifestations within a classical Christian school setting. We consider auctoritas, authority's connection to ethos, and authority's connection to various types of power. We discuss reward power, coercive power, referent power, expert power, information power, and legitimate power in terms of the family and school settings. … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 1 – What does it mean to be an “authority”?
Series 2: Episode 8 – Education as formation: Q & A
https://open.spotify.com/episode/64dusRurksqiHp5TfXT5aE?si=59164f3c50994c8e In this episode, we take time to respond to some questions our listeners have about education as formation. The questions we discuss are: How could a new classical Christian teacher get prepared for a course, teaching with this goal in mind? What should they do first?How does this series apply to parents who are … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 8 – Education as formation: Q & A
Series 3 Preview: On Leading with Authority
Classical Christian education interacts with the ideas of leadership and authority in ways unique to education. We partner with parents to be the authorities in their homes. We hope to disciple students to be leaders in their communities. Teachers are trusted to be the authorities in teaching their subjects. Administrators empower, support, and serve those … Continue reading Series 3 Preview: On Leading with Authority
Series 2: Episode 7 – How are classical Christian teachers and administrators being formed?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3SKt0XM6POroNxaJ1bp4VN?si=9728c1c8a96d4c14 Teachers and administrators impact the formation of students, so it is necessary to think about how even teachers and administrators are formed. We discuss the various aspects of teaching and administrating that can form (or deform) us. We consider how daily habits, words, and thoughts can positively or negatively impact the kind of people … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 7 – How are classical Christian teachers and administrators being formed?
Series 2: Episode 6 – How do we know if we are accomplishing our goal of formation?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/2Jo3FIAiY3Wfj1gJnsebEX?si=1df2078a2ac94c9f We discuss the role the portrait of a graduate plays in helping us understand our goal of formation. We also discuss some of the potential difficulties with striving toward this goal, yet we discuss how we find formation to be a more hopeful goal than information.
Repairing the Ruins Presentation Notes: Teaching in the Great Works
If you attended my workshop at the Association of Classical Christian School's national conference, Repairing the Ruins, I want to thank you again and offer you some extra notes. If you did not attend the conference, but stumbled upon this post, here's my synopsis for the workshop: Modern teachers are often plagued with trivial matters … Continue reading Repairing the Ruins Presentation Notes: Teaching in the Great Works
Series 2: Episode 5 – How do non-humanities classes contribute to formation?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3IYZcvyVebiyV0Zf4LknBy?si=07c0613e37804086 We discuss ways that math and science classes contribute to formation. For further reading, we recommend the following works: Mathematics for Human Flourishing by Francis Su, The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Jain, and Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning edited by David Smith and James K. A. Smith.
Series 2: Episode 4 – If education is about formation, then what does that mean for teachers?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3CsLFuHvlHCLyGMIMYUHtf?si=moa4H9wxRn608R243lyeKQ Classical Christian education gives teachers the freedom to engage students with various pedagogical methods. As classical Christian teachers, we must learn to take ownership of our classrooms, to delve into the appropriate teaching methods, and intentionally form our students through our courses. In this episode, we discuss the culture of the classical Christian classroom … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 4 – If education is about formation, then what does that mean for teachers?
Series 2: Episode 3 – If education is about formation, then what does that mean for administrators?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/5tATMOHxBaQt9Xhp4bUgUE?si=8de4cd18ad1e4abd We discuss the various aspects of administration that influence school cultures, such as admissions, schedules, budgets, co-curriculars, and homework.
Series 2: Episode 2 – Why do we think the goal of education is information?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/1J7rl7KOge3d2qM7EiWOTf?si=kQ0XqNmKTPyArAwEcoY45A After delving into the recent history of education, we discuss the danger of information becoming the goal of education at the K - 12 level.