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Brandon Harvey

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Brandon Harvey last won the day on February 25 2019

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    Benedict XVI, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Saint Ambrose
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  1. Hello, This is my first post. I didn't even realize there was a forum. I have had a question I have been struggling with for a year or two. I have taught in classical schools, I do classical education for our homeschool kids, and I read about education often. My regular job is a theology professor for an online MA program. I find it challenging to connect the things I gained from Classical U, or other resources, to the university level with all the interactions being online. Is there anyone out there that is writing about how to renew higher education (universities) in light of the classical education movement? That is a good place to start. Going a step further, is there anyone that is applying the principles and pedagogical ideas to online instruction? I could not figure out where to post this. Any feedback, from anyone, would be appreciated. Thanks! -Brandon H
  2. I love this! In the past I have tended to focus on heritage and method. Still going through the lectures and reading. I also enjoy an article by Joseph Pearce in June of 2018 that talked about the Great Conversation. I think that is what many of us mean by Great Books and Classical Education. Thank you Katherine K. !!!
  3. Greetings, After reviewing the presentations and articles, a few questions have come up. 1. "Like minded friends." I teach in a classical high school. The students do not always like each other. I also homeschool our kids. They do not always get along. When there is conflict present, how has this impacted schole time for you? How have you resolved this? 2. I like the idea of Schole sisters but it seems to me that an even more powerful means of modeling this for our kids, and making it part of the family culture and identity, is to have Schole Couples. Kids need to see their mom and dad engaged in this as part of the diet of activities. Does anyone have any experience with this? Any ideas? God bless! -Brandon Harvey
  4. Schole is the time to enjoy and delight in the true, the good, and the beautiful; this takes place within the context of good friends, food, and drink. This was an amazing set of presentations and articles. Wonderful! It has something stirring in me. Thank you.
  5. This lecture and reading was a great intro into the topic of schole. It is the kind of learning that is the fruit of freed time for exploring and discussing among good friends. Article 1: "comes from discussion, conversation and reflection among good friends." I would love to prudently make time for my students and children (we home school) to rest with tea, a good view, a spirit of peace, and just reflect on the Big Ideas. If we are about to do exegesis on Psalm 23 and examine the early Church's response to Psalm 23 in light of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, then some schole sessions would be a great way to begin and end the formal class time. I do not mean 5mn at the beginning of class and 5mn at the end and a 30mn lecture in between. I mean an entire session of restful learning. Our first meeting could discuss the Big Ideas of themes of Love, Protection, Community, and Guidance. This can be from our own experiences. Then we naturally, with the help of the master (the magister), examine these themes we discussed through the lens of a shepherd and flock relationship (with the help of imagination). Then allow for time to sit with the ideas. After an additional class or 2 for the exegetical and historical work on Psalm 23, we then could have another schole session to relax and ponder the "So what?" of everything. These are just my reflections from Lesson 1 (lecture and reading). I may find out later in the course that I am off or need to improve my understanding of the reality of schole. Great topic!
  6. Greetings everyone, I am nearing the end of this set of lessons on assessment. Online education, especially higher education, is a passion of mine. As online learning becomes more of a dominant option within the world it is important for us to be involved in this growing platform. Online education is growing in higher education, public schools in some cities, and homeschool opportunities. What are your thoughts on how the principles of proper Assessment might look on an online LMS platform. Our lessons on Classical U on assessment have centered on the idea of mentoring, guiding, being personal, etc. Online education removes some of the normal opportunities for mentoring. How might we creatively maintain the values discussed in these lessons? Thank you everyone for your voice in the conversation. Sincerely, Brandon Harvey
  7. Greetings, Below you will find my thoughts from Lesson 3 and its discussion questions. The opening discussion on the Liberal Arts was well put. "Liberal" is from the Latin liberate or to free. The Liberal Arts free us to be. Grammar is something I have always struggled with. I struggled with it because of horrific moments in my education as a small child. I have never mastered it (although Latin and homeschooling has forced me to revisit them). There are jobs or academic moments or ideas for publication that are not possible because I never mastered this and in this way, I am not free. The idea of freedom came up again with the discussion of the arts. Free is to be good. I believe the classical system viewed the arts as a skill and sciences as a body of knowledge. There were the language arts, fine arts, and the sciences. Even theology and philosophy were once understood to be a science. There is an intimate relationship between the arts and sciences. The Liberal Arts encompasses all of this. Yes, we can think of the liberal arts as specific subjects and many universities do. But we can also see the Liberal Arts as education in a mastery of a set of skills: to be good, to be wise, to possess virtue. And this is then made possible because we have come to know goodness, wisdom, virtue, and have imitated it, and have been mentored into mastery. In another lesson the question was asked. For what good, or what end, do we assess? Speed drills in Math and Latin, Catechetical Recitation, are all opportunities for assessment. I can become aware of how my children or students are doing in these moments. It is important to remember that they do not give me the full picture. But these forms of assessment do exemplify an assessment aimed at the good of the child. But they can only be for the good of the child if I am involved as a master/mentor. Many schools still use speed drills for assessment but the teacher does them, collects them, grades them, and hands them back. If a student has failed, then they might get some mentoring; but the mentoring earlier on could have made all the difference in the world. There are other examples. I do not mean to suggest that speed drills are the end of lessons but the thought did come to me from combing Lesson 2 and 3, and taking a walk to contemplate the ideas. But these three examples of assessment can be for the good of a child if I use them as a tool in my relationship with them as their mentor. I need to be present to them, I need to offer guidance, and provide practical steps for moving forward. Sincerely, Brandon Harvey
  8. Thanks for the help finding the pdf! With the help of the app I have nearly finished the third video. You have done something amazing with Classical U. I am having a lot of fun! God bless this work.
  9. Greetings, The first video in the assessment course mentions a pdf: The History of Grading Practices. I could not seem to find this on the course page or through google. Has anyone else come across it? Thank you for your assistance. Sincerely, Brandon Harvey
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