Poetic Pedagogy: Learning to Teach Poetically
with author Dr. James Taylor
Term: Summer 2018, June 11–August 3 (8 weeks)
Target Grade Levels: Adult
Instructor: Dr. James Taylor
Course Sections (Choose One)
Section 1: Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m. EST, 90 min.
Section 2: Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m. EST, 90 min.
Please note: Both sections of this course are now full. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please contact us with your request, including your name, phone number, email address, and preferred course section.
Ever since Dr. Taylor published his book Poetic Knowledge, classical educators have enjoyed learning about a vital but neglected mode of traditional pedagogy—teaching “poetically.” Teaching poetically means to engage not only the mind, but also the affective capacity in human beings—their hearts. By learning how to cultivate affections and loves, teachers become not only instructors, but also muses who inspire students to love the true, good, and beautiful. This course will follow the content of Dr. Taylor’s book Poetic Knowledge over 8 sessions. Dr. Taylor will lead discussions based on each chapter of the book and explore with the class the ways that teachers and homeschool educators can apply his insights effectively in the classroom and homeschool settings. This is a rare opportunity to study classical pedagogy with accomplished author and teacher Dr. Taylor!
Poetic Knowledge, by Dr. James Taylor
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
James Stephen Taylor was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Columbia, Missouri, where he attended the public schools and the University of Missouri. He received his Bachelor degree in Humanities, and his Master’s degree in English, from Southern Illinois University. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, was the setting for his Doctorate in Philosophy of Education where he attended courses in the famous Integrated Humanities Program with Professors John Senior and Dennis Quinn. At KU he taught Freshmen and Sophomore English and Literature, and undergraduate and graduate courses in the philosophy of education. Upon graduation Taylor taught in a variety of middle and high school schools, parochial schools and preparatory academies, including St. Marys Academy (Kansas), Wichita Collegiate School, Topeka Collegiate School. For five years was assistant then associate professor of the Education Department at Hillsdale College, Michigan. Two of those years he served as department chair. He held regular classes using the Good and Great Books as part of the teacher preparation program. His last collegiate position was at the University of Tulsa, also in the department of education where his specialties were philosophy of education in the graduate school, and Children’s Literature classes for elementary and middle school future teachers. Dr. Taylor is also the author Poetic Knowledge, a book often used and cited in the renewal of classical Christian education.
Dr. Taylor’s father, a newspaper man and writer for the Associated Press, became editor of the Missouri Alumnus magazine and a popular speaker. His mother was a fourth grade teacher and librarian for Columbia public schools. James Taylor was raised in the Methodist church. His journey to Orthodoxy may have well began there while during a lengthy sermon he gazed at the engraving on the wooden pulpit: “The Truth Shall Make You Free.” He was pleasantly surprised years later to learn that John Wesley, founder of Methodism, was an Anglican minister deeply read in the Fathers of the Church. Later, he began a tour through the various expressions of Roman Catholicism, particularly traditional Benedictine monasticism, then spent several years with a Byzantine Rite, and finally arriving, somewhat broken but not beyond repair, at peace in the Orthodox Church.
Dr. Taylor is currently a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, Topeka, Kansas.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
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 an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
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.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
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.
from Classical Academic Press