https://open.spotify.com/episode/1JmXlNSJcg8cbuRYFpz5kJ?si=be22b1684b2f4bb2 In this episode, a very special guest, Justin Dillenschneider (Danielle's husband), shares about his work with house leaders within a classical Christian school. The ideas of authority, leadership, submission, and service are revisited within student leadership contexts. We discuss the goal of the house system, leadership selection and training, various leadership opportunities for students, … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 8 – How do we help students become leaders?
Series 3: Episode 7 – How do classical Christian teachers lead their students?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/0ludqfWwPdZc4ZDWjdrcLs?si=dcb99122587c4946 We may not exactly consider teachers to be leaders - but they certainly are. We discuss teachers as "tour guides" and "coaches" who lead students academically and spiritually. We compare the mental models of classroom management, which focuses on detail-oriented task-completion, to classroom leadership, which focuses on empowerment and a grander vision.
Series 3: Episode 4 – How do parents partner with schools to lead in their homes?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/5Xu3PDHGelOmEW3zy5FEK9?si=0ea420ae12d54267 In classical Christian schools, we see the relationship between parents and educators as a partnership. We discuss approaches for parents to consider to foster strong relationships with schools and how to handle concerns and difficulties within a classical Christian school. Likewise, we consider ways that parents can be vigilant about upholding their authority when … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 4 – How do parents partner with schools to lead in their homes?
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 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 1 – What does it mean when people say the goal of education is formation?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3Wy9GSgq82COCNa1HjFoOI?si=XDUxooVMSGmb31HMhh5daQ We discuss the history of the concept of education being formation as it is seen in various sources: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and C. S. Lewis. As embodied souls, we must recognize that our actions shape our soul's desires. We delve into Plato's Republic, discussing Plato's vision of the just soul as it relates to … Continue reading Series 2: Episode 1 – What does it mean when people say the goal of education is formation?