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How I Talk to My Students about Drawing on Day One

When I came into the Classical model of education, one of the things I loved about it is that it echoes what I already know to be true about the drawing/artistic “talent.” It’s not an “either you were born with … Continue reading

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Basics of Drawing: Fine Arts, Week 1 for Classical Conversations

I am sharing my step-by-step instructions to draw a horse using the OiLs method. However, this is my first art lesson on the first day of class to new students, so I don’t launch into step #1 directly. How do I … Continue reading

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Rewards in the Classroom: To Give or Not to Give?

Hot topic, I know: should teachers give students tangible treats or rewards in the classroom? Either for correctly answering questions or good behavior? This can become a volatile conversation among educators sometimes! I’ve seen indignation, defensiveness and flushed faces when … Continue reading

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Creating an Encouraging Classroom

How can you create a classroom where students do not merely cooperate with the teacher but encourage and build up their classmates as well? How can you get a class of students to respect each other and see each other not as competition–academically or socially–but to realize they’re on the same team and want to encourage each others’ contributions?
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