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.
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3pxXg3gKZf5Ig8y7uBa5YZ?si=372ddff86b304879 In this episode, we focus on the structures of leadership and the ways that administrators can use their authority to lead and empower their staff. We also brainstorm alternative ways to structure administrative leadership and faculty development. For administrators, building relationships, supporting those they lead, and empowering those they lead are core concepts for … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 6 – How should classical Christian administrators lead their faculty and staff?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/0SKTJJEKofTTCkBPfjhxAx?si=124ccbd5ca7e4cc9 Classical Christian schools need great leaders. In this episode, we consider the marks of a great leader as one who builds trust, shows compassion, provides stability, and creates hope for those they lead. Character is paramount for the leader; leaders cultivate a sense of authority with their followers through the various types of power … Continue reading Series 3: Episode 2 – What is a leader? (And what if I am just not a leader?)
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”?
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
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?
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.
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
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.
I’ve just finished my seventh year of teaching. Over these last seven years, I have taught hundreds of students, dozens of classes, and worked on a couple of degrees. They have been full years of challenge and growth. This summer, I’ve thought more about my time off after this seventh year as a Sabbatical. In … Continue reading The Summer Sabbatical: What is Summer Like for Teachers?