Middle-School Scholarship Skills Workshop
Term: Summer 2021
Target Grades: 6th–9th
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1, June 7–July 7 (10 sessions): M/W 11:30 a.m. ET with Peter Bradshaw
Section 2, June 8–July 8 (10 sessions): T/Th 11:30 a.m. ET with Peter Bradshaw
Section 3, June 8–July 8 (10 sessions): T/Th 12:00 p.m. ET with Nancy Dayton
Section 4, June 8–July 8 (10 sessions): T/Th 1:30 p.m. ET with Nancy Dayton
Section 5, June 28–July 28 (10 sessions): M/W 2:00 p.m. ET with Presv. Kellie Tandilyan
Section 6, June 28–July 28 (10 sessions): Schedule TBD with Presv. Kellie Tandilyan
This course challenges students to develop the wise diligence that is vital to academics and to life. Incorporating elements that will encourage students of every learning style, this course assists students in identifying and overcoming obstacles to learning. Under the guidance of the instructor, students will complete fun and insightful self-evaluation quizzes, identify individual strengths and weaknesses, and develop growth strategies.
Students will learn how to manage time and minimize distractions, how to prudently use technology in learning, how to prepare to study, how to study actively, and how to self-assess using a student mastery portrait (set goals and measure personal goals). Through assigned reading selections, students will hone their comprehension skills and learn how to read various genres of literature. In the process, they will learn active reading, note-taking, and outlining skills. Similarly, targeted writing exercises will train students to organize their thoughts and craft paragraphs.
Ultimately, this course aims to foster student virtues of patience, perseverance, and joy in learning.
Sections 3 and 4
None. This course draws on How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler as a primary text, adapting its goals and scope to fit the needs of younger students. (This book is not required reading.) The instructor will provide students with all requisite materials electronically, including diagnostic quizzes, selected essays, and correlating exercises.
Peter Bradshaw grew up on land in the warm chaparral of Southern California. He was introduced to the great works of the Western world through a Great Books program in high school. Peter studied English Literature at Covenant College and hopes to complete his Master’s through a distance program at New Saint Andrews College in the Summer of 2020. Since graduating from Covenant, Peter has taught a range of subjects over the past six years. He particularly enjoys teaching Literature, History, Formal Logic, and Rhetoric. When not in the classroom he enjoys painting, poetry, guitar, and watching the little unnoticed things of the world. He and his wife are expecting their first child at the end of March. He currently lives and teaches in Cairo, Egypt and is planning on enrolling in a Fluency of Ancient Greek program offered by the Polis Institute in Jerusalem in September, 2020. email@example.com
Nancy Dayton comes to Scholé Academy with more than 25 years of teaching experience in a variety of public school and homeschool settings. She earned a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and holds a teaching credential in the state of California. Nancy taught English for ten years in public schools in Northern California. Upon having children, she and her husband decided to educate them at home. Her family embraced the ideals of classical education very early in their journey, and Nancy’s passion has been to promote and support classical education among the homeschool community. She enjoys encouraging parents to strengthen their learning and teaching skills, and she offers Latin, English and history classes for students in her local community. To invest in her own learning, Nancy participates in the CiRCE Institute’s Apprenticeship Program, honing her own skills and building her understanding of classical education. She strives to live the ideal of scholé-restful learning. In her spare time, Nancy cooks a wide variety of cuisines, especially Italian, Mexican, Moroccan, Chinese, and Indian. Her family dotes on their pets that include two dogs and a bunny. She loves living near the ocean on the beautiful Central Coast of California. firstname.lastname@example.org
Presvytera Kellie Tandilyan graduated from a Classical Christian high school in rural Montana before matriculating to Hilllsdale College to study Classical Languages and Literature. While there she was received into the Orthodox Church which led her to continue her studies at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA where she met and married a handsome seminarian from Armenia. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Education from the Waldorf Teacher training program at Antioch University with a thesis entitled “Making Space for the Sacred: The Creative Arts and the Spritual Development of Children”. Presvytera recently also completed the Master’s of Divinity degree at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
A veteren homeschooling mom of three, she has been teaching in and out of the classroom for over twenty years. Presvytera Kellie and Father Anthony live in Wilimington, MA and serve the Dormition of the Virgin Mary parish in Somerville. When not teaching, Presvytera enjoys making music with her children, gardening, hiking and keeping company with their 11 chickens. email@example.com
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Webcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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