In addition to the four 2021-2022 classes already announced, next year I am offering a class through GibbsClassical.com specifically for humanities teachers.
Young teachers have it rough. To begin with, they are often only a few years older than their students. A lack of experience often leads to a lack of confidence, and yet young teachers have a habit of creating overly ambitious lesson plans. When they fall behind, they lose sight of the real purpose of a classical education, which is the cultivation of virtue. I have been there myself.
In Teaching High School Humanities for Beginners, I am offering instruction to young humanities teachers on a wide range of issues, from lecturing to writing letters of recommendation. While the class runs (between September 7 and December 7), teachers enrolled in this class can email me their catechisms, quizzes and assessments, parent emails, replies to parent emails, and questions about individual student/faculty issues and receive a response within 36 hours. This class is geared toward first through third year humanities teachers, although seasoned veterans are free to enroll, as well.
My goal is to give young humanities teachers the instruction and perspective they need to be confident and competent behind the lectern. I take a common sense, unsentimental approach to classroom management and welcome blunt questions about everything related to school life. Registration will open for Teaching High School Humanities for Beginners (and all four other 2021-2022 GibbsClassical.com classes) this Friday, May 21st.
Enrollment is limited to 16.
Here are the rest of the details:
Teaching High School Humanities for Beginners / 14 weeks ($450)
Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm EST, September 7 through December 7
Class sessions run 65 minutes.
Curriculum: The Restoration of Christian Culture by John Senior; The Abolition of Man by CS Lewis; Lost in the Cosmos by Walker Percy
A few topics covered in this course: The current state of classical Christian education (and the individual teacher’s place within the movement); choosing and defending your curriculum; the “discipleship model” of education (and its relative merits); the “read and discuss” lesson plan; life outside the classroom & negotiating school politics; writing and grading good assessments; classroom management; parent management; the character and personality of the teacher as a teaching tool; the art of the lecture.