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Chris Perrin

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  1. Dianna, I love the old Jesuits and the Ratio Studiorum. A lot of perennial wisdom in that document... even such as advice as "do not allow two boys to go to the bathroom together."
  2. Can you share the name of a great Catholic educational thinker--maybe one that most are unfamiliar with? Teach us.
  3. Carrie Finch was a former public school teacher–but homeschooling parents come from every kind of background. What is your background and how do you see it serving and helping you as a homeschooling parent? In what ways might your background be a hindrance as well?
  4. One consistent theme in Robyn Burlew's advice to teachers--is to plan well. She recommends planning for the year, the quarter or unit, the week and the day. She recommends planning for assignments and assessments. Does your experience confirm the importance of good planning? If so, how?
  5. Given that classical education comprises a long, deep and wide tradition, how can we best summarize it in a brief conversation to an inquiring, interested person? Put another way, what is your best elevator speech for classical education?
  6. Carrie Finch shares how as a busy homeschooling parent she seeks to take care of herself. How do you do that?
  7. Yes, homeschooling is worth it–but what are the hardships we must be prepared to face?
  8. What do you think about Andrew's four arts of language? Are these the main four arts? Could there be any others to consider or is this a satisfactory way of summing up the broader art of language?
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    Course Certificate?

    Rhonda, Check now--you should be able to access your Certificate under "My Courses." Pax, Christopher P
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    Donald, Thanks for this feedback. I passed it on to Dr. Schenk. I think there is a chance he will pop in on the forum to say hello... Christopher P
  11. Many homeschoolers report what a joy it is to be the one to teach their children to read. Has that been your experience? Please share–and share how you have overcome a challenge or two.
  12. What do you regard as the chief qualities of a great upper school teacher? Think of a great teacher you had in your past (if you are blessed to have had several). What qualities do you recall that teacher had?
  13. For those of you have started taking the Art of Poetry course or have studied poetry previously--what are your current or emerging thoughts on why it is important to study poetry?
  14. In your opinion, what are the chief virtues that need to be cultivated and developed in the grades 4-6? Why?
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    Logic across the Curriculum?

    Do you think that every teacher in the "dialectic school" should be trained in... uh, well, dialectic? I think so--but how do we achieve this?
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    New Scholé Muses Sub Forum

    Greetings All-- We have added a new forum that features six Scholé Muses and is based on their presentations and training aimed at classical homeschoolers. You can view some 20 presentations by the Muses on ClassicalU here and at no charge. Each of the Muses are veteran classical homeschool educators and leaders of homeschooling co-ops. You can interact with their presentations and ideas (and with the Muses themselves) on our new Scholé Muses forum.
  17. All, In case you did not know it, the old site ClassicalEducator.com has been shut down and that domain name now points folks to ClassicalUForum. Many of you have come over from ClassicalEducator.com--and so welcome! While ClassicalEducator.com served a good purpose for several years, this forum provides some excellent and in several cases superior features for the conversation we hope to foster surrounding classical education. Thanks for being with us! Pax, Christopher P
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    Seeking a Few ClassicalUForum Curators

    Greetings All-- We are seeking up to three forum curators who: Are college-educated, good writers, and who have been engaged in classical education for at least five years Would be able to write five posts weekly asking questions and prompting conversation across the forum Could focus on curating a few sub forums, while also ranging outward to prompt discussion in other areas We are able to pay curators $50 per month, paid at the end of each month by check. If this describes you and you are interested, please send a letter of interest with a basic resume to info@classicalsubjects.com addressed to Christopher Perrin. Many thanks! Christopher Perrin
  19. Let the Scholé Muses know what topics, ideas, or concerns you would like them to address and discuss. Please suggest your ideas in this thread!
  20. Greetings and welcome! We are very glad you have stopped by the ClassicalU Forum. You might be curious about who we are... This forum is operated by the team at Classical Academic Press, and more particularly by the team that runs ClassicalU.com. You will note that there are many sub forums that are linked to particular topics like "The Liberal Arts Tradition" of "Essentials of Effective Teaching." Those are both topics but also the names of courses we offer on ClassicalU.com. Anyone can participate in those forums, regardless of whether or not he or she is taking a course on ClassicalU. Anyone can also view the first few lessons of any ClassicalU course free of charge. This forum is also designed to serve any classical educator interested in discussion and collaboration. In particular, we hope to foster collaboration among both classical school educators and classical homeschool educators. While we have created forums for both groups, we expect educators to regularly "crossover" in many ways. Some you of you know there is already a great, vibrant forum for classical homeschoolers at the Well-Trained Mind Community. We admire that community and are happy to promote it here. What we hope to do that will complement that forum is to provide an equally vibrant site for school educators and to foster a healthy interchange among both school and homeschool educators. We have set some basic ground rules for behavior on the site that you can read about here. Please act with charity and all the unity you can muster while we discuss some of our differences of thought and ideas. If anyone does not display charity and respect, we may remove such a person from the forum. We anticipate that virtually everyone interested in this forum will be a beneficial, even blessed presence on this forum. We look forward to the conversations and collected insights! Pax, Christopher A. Perrin, PhD Forum Administrator
  21. After studying Pieper's Faith, Hope, Love--how do you think a deeper understanding of love can help renew and and advance classical education?
  22. After studying Pieper's Faith, Hope, Love--how do you think a deeper understanding of hope can help renew and and advance classical education?
  23. After studying Pieper's Faith, Hope, Love--how do you think a deeper understanding of faith can help renew and and advance classical education?
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    Missing Pages to Printout?

    Here is the Singapore Bookmark from Dawn Swartz, attached! Click the link below to download it. MathBookMark.docx