It's no secret that the hardest time of the year for teachers (in most any setting) is the winter, especially February and early March. Students can see summer off in the distance; they can practically smell it, like sailors on some far flung ship who can sense that land is near. Their interest is waning and we teachers are exhausted. Plus it's cold and gray outside (for most of the country). Everyone is ready for spring break. So what to do? To answer that question we asked several of our teacher friends. Here is their advice:
Last week we ran a post that featured 5 tips for homeschooling dads, all of which came from dads themselves. Well, we posed the same question to a group of homeschooling moms who we trust and admire and not surprisingly, these moms had some really great thoughts on the subject.
Here is what they said, in no particular order:
The world of homeschooling is, so often, the world of women. While dad goes to work, mom teaches (and cleans and cooks disciplines and plays and so on and so forth). There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, but for the most part, hardworking and devoted moms do the majority of the teaching in most homeschools. But that doesn't make dad's role in home education any less important. Trouble is, many dads aren't sure exactly how to fit in to the order of the home-school, what part to play and, what's more, how to help mom.
Along with our friends at Classical Conversations we're excited to announce our 2015 Lost Tools of Writing essay contest!
For students ages 12-18, this contest is an ideal opportunity for your students to practice (and show) what they've learned this year, with the chance of winning a cash prize too.
As we scanned our website data for 2014 we were intrigued by the downloaded talks that were most popular. Included in that list are talks by Andrew Kern, and Andrew Pudewa, and Cindy Rollins. Talks on assessment, latin, Greek Mythology, and homeschooling. Talks from our summer conferences and talks from our first ever regional conference. It's a really wonderful assortments of lectures, if we do say so ourselves, and so we thought why not offer a big sale on it.
For a limited time you can save over 50% on these ten most popular talks from 2014!
The following is excerpted from the new fifth edition of The Lost Tools of Writing, available today.
The Five Stages of Mimetic Teaching
The day is near. The excitement is building. The retooled, redesigned, reinforced 5th edition of the Lost Tools of Writing will soon be here! What, you thought I was talking about Christmas?
To celebrate the forthcoming launch of this new edition we're hosting our first ever LTW Photography Contest (we trademarked that name so don't steal it!).
Here's how it works:
The following reflection is by attendee Tony Melton.
Together this week, we exercised our vision of the Good. Without the communion of these beautiful souls, I could not have beheld the goodness of the Aeneid. By dancing on the surface of the story and digging deep into its themes and motifs, we unearthed the logos of this book, the unifying soul of a book that reveals to us so much of ourselves and the Logos, Jesus Christ.
The following reflection is by attendee Joshua Leland
"Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for there is not a second one to help him up!"
-- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
As a teacher, it can be easy to slip into a sense of isolation and loneliness. In the rush of classes, grading, and life, I often struggle with feeling like I am a single, lone soldier, single-handedly facing down a sea of endless storms.
The following reflection is from Mindy Pickens, Summer Institute attendee from Oregon.
This morning opened with participants reading aloud, in parts, the storm scene from Book One of the Aeneid, and I was palpably blessed. We fed the discussion with this question: "As you read through The Aeneid, is there an emotion that undergirds your experience? How would you describe your feeling as you read it?"