The Principles of Classical Pedagogy II: Mimetic and Socratic Teachingwith Andrew Kern of the Circe Institute
This course features Andrew Kern at his very best, speaking with clarity, passion, insight, and inspiration. Teachers will also enjoy joining Dr. Christopher Perrin as he engages Andrew in a discussion following each lecture. Don’t be fooled by the brevity of this course; its pith and practicality will greatly help any educator wishing to master classical pedagogy.
- Lesson 1: An Introduction to Mimetic and Socratic Teaching
- Lesson 2: An Interview on the Liberal Arts and Assessment
- Lesson 3: Mimetic Teaching
- Lesson 4: An Interview on Imitation and Memory, Virtue Formation, and Form
- Lesson 5: Socratic Teaching
- Lesson 6: An Interview on Socratic Teaching
- Lesson 7: Training as an Apprentice with The Circe Institute
FOR MIMETIC TEACHING
- Poetics, by Aristotle
- The Iliad and The Odyssey, by Homer
- Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Culture, by Erich Auerbach
- Sidney and Spenser: The Poet as Maker, by S. K. Heninger
FOR SOCRATIC TEACHING
- The Meno, by Plato
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation by Andrew Kern, and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload two short essays (of 400-600 words) demonstrating your understanding of mimetic and Socratic teaching.
For this course the two essay assignments are:
1. Describe what mimetic teaching is and how it will help students learn effectively.
2. Describe what Socratic teaching is and how it will help students learn effectively.
By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 2 certification. This course counts toward our Level 2 certification, but it can be taken by anyone—even those still working their Level 1 certification on ClassicalU. This course is the ideal complement to Principles of Classical Pedagogy I, a Level 1 core course.
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