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Seven Wonders Mystery: Upside-Down Drawing, Week 3, Cycle 1

The biggest impediment to drawing is our assumptions. We often miss the actual shape of a thing because we get stuck or intimidated about what we think it should look like. Why do we have kids draw something upside-down? To help students see … Continue reading

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King Tut: Mirror Image Drawing Lesson Week 2, Cycle 1

Ah, the second week of Fine Arts in the Classical Conversations program: Mirror Image! In my first year tutoring, this was a least favorite lesson, but now it’s my favorite and perhaps the most crucial of them all. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Horse Head Profile: Drawing Lesson 1, Cycle 1

For the first drawing lesson, we explore the basic shapes. In Classical Conversations, we spend the first six weeks of the Foundations program learning drawing lesson in the Fine Art segment of the class. My lessons were designed for the Masters class (ages 10-11), but the specific class I had last with cycle one were […]

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Classroom Management and Motivational Techniques

  How do you encourage positive classroom engagement and participation–without having to bring in candy and cheap little gadgets from the Dollar Store? I’m talking about middle school aged kids (and for those in Classical education, that’s the dialectic stage.) … Continue reading

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A Late Reader a Gifted Reader?

Why does our culture think “earlier equals better” or “earlier equals smarter” when it comes to kids reaching milestones? Do we really think that babies who walk at 10 months are smarter than babies who walk at 14 months? Does … Continue reading

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Large Group Games for Latin Camp, part 3

For Day 3, the same thing inevitably happens every year: I don’t get through everything I planned. Many little things occur I don’t foresee, or many things I plan take a bit longer… But here are the things I actually … Continue reading

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Large Group Games for Latin Camp

This is my third summer volunteering to run the academic camp for ages 9-14 for Classical Conversations. This summer, the theme was Latin, and I just spent a year tutoring beginning Latin in CC’s Challenge A program for students age … Continue reading

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