Foundations in Classical Christian Excellence


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Essential Training for Classical Christian Teachers

A seven-part foundational training course in classical Christian education
for grammar and secondary teachers

 


Introduction

Courses 1-3: The Basics
Course 1: Unpack the classical Christian vision
Course 2: From purpose, to objectives, to a plan, to the classroom
Course 3: Beauty matters–Creating a high aesthetic in your school culture

Courses 4-6: Grade Level Training
Course 4: Break the subject barrier with the Trivium
Course 5: Classroom management/classroom engagement
Course 6: Tools and sample lessons

Course 7: Capstone
Course 7: A love of learning–Cultivating virtue, the greatest of which is love


 

Introduction

Do you have new teachers who need a crash-course on practical classical teaching?  Or, are you currently teaching and you’ve pieced together ‘classical’, but aren’t sure how it all comes together?  This course is designed to provide a foundational practice in classical k-12 education that will change the way you teach.

We have assembled some of our movements most experienced educators and asked them to build a curriculum for new teachers.  Each course will offer 3-5 takeaways that you can use in your classroom which will help teachers understand how to implement classical pedagogy. The Foundations of Classical Christian Excellence series will be offered each year with slight variations, but with a common syllabus. Grammar and secondary teachers will be divided at times.

Teachers who complete this entire series
at the conference earn credit through the ACCS*

Unlike our traditional conference tracks, this is a programmed course of study and has a little homework. Readings that are not commercially available will be made available to those who register for this track. Please come prepared having read the prescribed readings and performed the assignments, if any apply. There are two tracks: Grammar school teachers and secondary teachers. This course will run simultaneously with Repairing the Ruins, but will not pre-empt the plenaries. All or most other workshop time will be used. There is no additional fee to take this series of courses, but you must sign up at the time of registration to hold a seat. Materials can be purchased through the bookseller of your choice.

*This credit may be part of a future ACCS teacher certification initiative.  We do not offer continuing education credits for use in conventional education certification.

 

apple_icon_trans The Basics

Course 1 Unpack the classical Christian vision
A guided experience through the ACCS classical Christian vision for education, complete with a backstory and important non-negotiables for the classroom. This is the foundational course for all others course in this sequence.
Course 2 From purpose, to objectives, to a plan, to the classroom
Now that you have insight into CCE, how do you turn high-ideals into a workable daily lesson plan and classroom activity.
Course 3 Beauty matters: Creating a high aesthetic in your school culture
From classroom decor, to poetic infusion, to music and art appreciation, CCE recognizes that students can have a higher aesthetic, if teachers model a love of beauty.

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Course 4
GRAMMAR: Break the subject barrier with the Trivium

Sayers calls information “grist for the mill.” Learn to use the trivium’s structure to teach anything. And, do it creatively. Actively grow your students through an interactive classroom, targeted to the age of the child.

LOGIC-RHETORIC: Break the subject barrier with the Trivium

This version of the course focuses on training older students in Logic and Rhetoric—especially in classes other than logic and rhetoric.

Course 5
GRAMMAR: Classroom management

It’s not your fathers school bus: Most of what we’ve encountered in our own “classroom” experience is informed by Carl Rogers, B.F. Skinner, and Abraham Maslow—atheistic psychologists. Christian classrooms are a reflection of Christ’s kingdom—made for sinners created in the image of God.

LOGIC-RHETORIC: Classroom engagement

Mortimer Adler once said “a lecture is an exercise where the notes of the teacher become the notes of the student without passing through the minds of either.” Learn to engage students socratically, while remaining committed to Christian truth, not personal truth. Build knowledge, wisdom, and understanding as you disciple students to love what Christ loves, in the order that he loves it.

Course 6
GRAMMAR: Tools and Sample Lessons

School starts in 2 months. We’ll help you get ready with specific tools for the classroom and some sample lessons for pre-k through 6th.

LOGIC-RHETORIC: Tools and Sample Lessons

School starts in 2 months. We’ll help you get ready with specific tools for the classroom and some sample lessons for Logic through Rhetoric.

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Course 7 A love of learning–Cultivating virtue, the greatest of which is love
We want to rewire, not fill with data. Rather than “teaching stuff,” the entire educational process must be reoriented toward cultivating virtue. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The educational process–including the classroom–must be a place of truth.

The Foundations Track Notebook

17 Foundations Notebook

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