2019 CiRCE Pre-Conference

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 9:00am

(You can attend this event even if you are not attending the annual conference)

Topic: The Lost Tools of Teaching
When: July 17th, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Seelbach Hotel, Louisville, KY - room TBD
Who: Andrew Kern and Matt Bianco

If anyone could ever be described as the ideal teacher, that person would have to be Jesus Christ. Looking to Him as an ideal type of teacher, what can we learn?

Christ the Word, Christ the Logos, exemplifies three key characteristics for teachers to learn from today. First, teaching must always be logocentric: There is some truth (or, in the case of Christ Himself, the Truth) that is being taught. Teaching assumes, believes, demands that truth is real, that it can be known, and that it can be communicated. Teaching like Christ, then, begins with a logos, a truth that is to be taught.

Christ embodied modes of teaching by which He communicated and taught a logos to His disciples, modes we can imitate. Among these modes are what has come to be known as Socratic teaching and mimetic teaching.

In this 2019 Preconference, CiRCE Founder and President Andrew Kern and CiRCE Curriculum Director Matt Bianco will seek to:

  • Discover what Socratic teaching is
  • See how Socratic teaching was modeled by Socrates
  • See how Socratic teaching was perfectly modeled by Jesus
  • Learn the stages of a Socratic lesson
  • Learn the tools of Socratic teaching
  • Understand how Socratic teaching helps cultivate wisdom and virtue in our students
  • Consider the dangers and pitfalls of Socratic teaching


  • Discover what mimetic teaching is
  • See how mimetic teaching was perfectly modeled by Jesus
  • Learn how to plan mimetic lessons
  • Understand how mimetic teaching helps cultivate wisdom and virtue in our students
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