Transformative Teaching: The Paideia Model for Integrated Curriculum and Culture
Of all the hurdles and obstacles facing a classical Christian school, perhaps the most difficult to overcome is how to get teachers to not just teach classically, but to think classically!
Here is the answer to that challenge!
Transformative Teaching is a faculty development series that walks you step-by-step towards a holistic classical integration. While there are a number of resources out there for putting together an integrated curriculum, they tend to separate curriculum integration from both the teacher and the school culture in which such integration takes place. The advantage to these Transformative Teaching modules is that they offer a holistic vision of education that integrates both the curriculum as well as the culture, programs as well as pedagogy, teacher as well as student, and sport as well as study.
As such, this video series emphasizes what it means to think classically. We’re not just interested in courses and subjects, or grammar, dialectic, or rhetoric; we’re interested in actually learning to think about the world in a distinctively classical Christian way, and then in turn invite our students into that vision.
With included outlines and discussion questions, the 10 modules can be used to train your faculty to effectively integrate your school's curriculum and culture so as to enable your students to contemplate the True, Good, and Beautiful, shape their affections, and allow their faith to flourish.
Steve Turley (Ph.D., Durham University) is an internationally recognized scholar, speaker, blogger, and prize-winning classical guitarist. He is the author of over seven books, including Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty (Classical Academic Press) and The Ritualized Revelation of the Messianic Age: Washings and Meals in Galatians and 1 Corinthians (T&T Clark). Steve blogs on the church, society and culture, education, and the arts at TurleyTalks.com. He is a faculty member at Tall Oaks Classical School in Newark, DE, where he teaches Theology, Greek, and Rhetoric, and Professor of Fine Arts at Eastern University. Steve lectures at universities, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His research and writings have appeared in such journals as Christianity and Literature, Calvin Theological Journal, First Things, Touchstone, and The Chesterton Review, and he is a regular contributor to The Imaginative Conservative and The Christian Post. Steve and his wife, Akiko, have four children and live in Newark, DE, where they together enjoy fishing, gardening, and watching Duck Dynasty marathons.
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