I recently spoke to a group of new classical teachers about how to embody classical values in their classrooms through practices and routines—habits. I quoted heavily from Something They will Not Forget by Joshua Gibbs and You are What You Love by James K.A. Smith.
I spoke with passion. I cracked a few jokes. But they just looked scared.
At the end, one teacher was brave enough to raise his hand. “But you couldn’t have been like this your first year,” he said. “You had to start somewhere. I mean, I’m not Joshua Gibbs.”