Building on a Strong Foundation

Lesson 1

Lesson 1: Building on a Strong Foundation

In this introductory session, Lori Jill Keeler describes the importance of growing a grammar school on a good foundation. She then gives an overview of some of the factors that contribute to a strong foundation, including content distinctives, methodology, and Biblical worldview integration.

Recommended Reading

In this lesson, Lori Jill recommends Teaching Redemptively by Donovan Graham as an influential and helpful resource.

Outline of Session
Image: A Good Foundation, Good Tools

In this presentation, Lori Jill explains how vitally important it is that we build a good, strong foundation. She mentions that even to make a very small error in building the foundation—an inch off level—could result in significant errors later. The leaning tower of Pisa reminds us of this. We read this from Wikipedia:

The tower’s tilt began during construction in the 12th century, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed in the 14th century. It gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Lori Jill also reminds us that grammar school educators are seeking to impart the tools of learning that will help students learn to learn. Just what are those tools of learning?

Discussion Questions
  • The more a teacher knows, the better he or she can help students to make connections. What are you learning and reading?
  • What fine art connections and examples can you bring into your classroom?
  • Why do you believe in a classical Christian education? Can you explain the distinctive benefits of a classical education? If not, continue with this course—we will help you with that!
  • Why is a timeline approach to teaching history valuable and important?
  • In what ways can primary sources be included even in Kindergarten and 1st grade?
  • What kind of “thinking paradigms” do you seek to impart to your students?
  • In what ways do you integrate subjects in your teaching? What are some ways in which you could increase or enhance integration in your teaching?
  • Discuss among some other teachers what the benefits are of building a strong foundation in the grammar school.

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