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Middle-School Scholarship Skills Workshop

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.

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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.

Nancy Dayton comes to Scholé Academy with more than 26 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 partnering with parents to strengthen our learning and teaching skills. In May of 2022, Nancy is due to graduate from the CiRCE Institute’s Apprenticeship Program which focuses on concepts of classical education, writing, and certification as a Master Teacher. She strives to live the ideal of scholé—restful learning and teaching. 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 a German shepherd and a bunny. She loves living near the ocean on the beautiful Central Coast of California. ndayton.scholeacademy@gmail.com

 

Nathan Dickinson holds a M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently serves as a deacon at Christ the King Anglican Church in Beckley, West Virginia. He is a West Virginia native who has had approximately a decade of teaching experiences in local churches and missionary settings. He has taught the Bible in Kenya, Zambia, Myanmar, and Jamaica, and has taught English (among other things) to students in a Christian school setting. He loves helping students see the beauty of God in Holy Scripture and helping students learn to engage in meaningful dialogue.

His two boys (Barnabas, 5, and Martin, 3) keep his home life interesting and full of adventure! When he is not adventuring with his wife and boys, he is looking for a good cup of coffee, a good book, and a good conversation. ndickinson5192@gmail.com 

 

Weslea Bell holds a MA in English from Mississippi State University and has taught Language Arts courses, including Literature, Composition, Mythology, and Logic, for almost thirty years. She has written for various publications and venues and homeschooled her own children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She enjoys gardening, coffee dates with friends, training her horse, playing piano, and – most of all – spending time with her husband and two daughters. wbell.scholeacademy@gmail.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be a much better solution, as such devices 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.

Red checkmarkHigh-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.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.

Red checkmarkHeadset: 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.

Red checkmarkZoom: 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. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

 

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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