Lecture Slides

Dr. Christopher Perrin

For the Children and Church (ICLE 2018)

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When Classical Meets Contemporary (SCL 2018)

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The Liberal Arts: Liberty and Justice for All

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These slides accompany Dr. Perrin’s seminar in which he describes the origin and various expressions of Socratic teaching and discussion, using Socrates in action in Plato’s dialogue Euthyphro.

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Introduction to Socratic Teaching and Discussion (2018)

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These slides accompany Dr. Perrin’s seminar in which he describes the origin and various expressions of Socratic teaching and discussion, using Socrates in action in Plato’s dialogue Euthyphro.

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Learning from Rest (2018)

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What does it look like when a student can restfully engage in learning and study? What virtues does such a student display? How can we cultivate the soul of a student so that he or she will naturally pursue and love the true, good, and beautiful? These slides accompany Dr. Perrin’s seminar on the practical ways we can model restful learning and cultivate student habits and virtue that lead them to become restful, lifelong learners.

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Loving the Lovely (2018)

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Augustine, following Plato, argues that education should largely be a matter of teaching children to love that which is lovely. In this seminar, Dr. Perrin will explore the tradition that sees the education of younger children largely as a matter of cultivating the taste or affection of the true, good, and beautiful. The seminar will begin with the tradition of this educational philosophy (noting writers such as Plato, Augustine, C.S. Lewis, Charlotte Mason, and James K.A. Smith) and then explore the concrete practices that will enable students to not just be lovers of learning, but also lovers of the true, the good, and the beautiful. The seminar will conclude with a period for questions and answers.

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The Lighter Side of Education (2017)

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These slides accompany Dr. Perrin’s seminar on “The Lighter Side of Education.” In this presentation, Dr. Perrin seeks to work out the maxim given to us by G.K. Chesterton: “A man should take his mission but not himself seriously.” He encourages teachers to see and cultivate the joy, humor, laughter, and peace that should characterize our teaching of and relationships with our students and colleagues.

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The Tradition of Schole (2017)

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In a frenetic, anxious world, how do we recover a truly restful approach to educating our children? The good news is that we don’t have to figure this out on our own. There is a long, rich tradition of scholé, or restful learning, that has informed education from the ancient period through most of Christian history. These slides accompany Dr. Perrin’s seminar on the origin and meaning of restful learning, restful practices, and ways we can renew and restore scholé in our own schools and homeschools.

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Why Children Must Play to Learn (2017)

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It was Plato who first suggested that education should begin in play: “Don’t use force in training the children in the studies, but rather play. In that way you can better discern what each is naturally directed towards” (Republic, Book VII). If education begins in play, why do we so often cut it short? If play is integral to a child’s education, why isn’t our teaching more playful? In what ways can we playfully teach and integrate play into our curriculum without lapsing into a fluffy, “educational” amusement? These slides correspond to Dr. Perrin’s seminar on the origin and insights of “playful” education and the ways it can be blended to serve a robust curriculum.

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The Monastic Tradition of Education (2017)

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These slides accompany Dr. Perrin’s seminar tracing the history of classical education as it resided in the western monastic tradition and noting the pedagogical and liturgical practices that characterized the tradition—many of which may serve to inspire and renew our own classical schools and homeschools today.

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A Clear Definition of Classical Education

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These slides accompany Dr. Perrin’s seminar in which he seeks to clearly define classical education by using etymology, analogy and comparison.

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Joelle Hodge

Studying Rhetoric for College Success

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These slides accompany Joelle Hodge’s seminar on how classical rhetoric can prepare students to excel in higher education.

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Writing Thesis Statements

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These slides accompany Joelle Hodge’s seminar on how the invention process and asking the right questions can prepare students to write well.

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Training Students to Be Scholars (On Scholarship)

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These slides accompany Joelle Hodge’s seminar on training students to be scholars.

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Do We Really Know How to Read? (On Outlining)

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These slides accompany Joelle Hodge’s seminar on outlining and intelligent reading, with tips from Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren.

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Logic for the Real World

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These slides accompany Joelle Hodge’s seminar on the value of logic study and how to apply logic in today’s chaotic and often irrational world.

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