Category Archives: Practical Tutor

9 Ideas for Challenge classes during National Poetry Month

My students in the Challenge III program of Classical Conversations study five Shakespeare plays, and work on poetry through the year. But because they are so busy, poetry gets put aside, and we sip a thin broth on poetry sharing … Continue reading

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The Seven Laws of Teaching

Let’s see. I entered Kindergarten at four years old, and except for six early years of my marriage, I have been on the school schedule ever since. My friends, that is a total of 44 years. I reel. Twenty years … Continue reading

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Eating the Frog

Over the past year or so I have read several books about time management. Of course, it is not time we manage but ourselves, and I hear the authors say many of the same things, such as know what your … Continue reading

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Challenge B Rules

Let me state this plainly: the Challenge B tutor has the best position in Classical Conversations. We wrestle Logic to the floor, we train opinionated kids to argue, and we watch children grow up into young men and women attorneys … Continue reading

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Psalm 19 Integration with Challenge B

Hello dear Readers, This is one of those posts that is for fellow Classical Conversations Challenge B tutors.  I am trying to make a document of mine available to tutors around the country.   This one is a PDF of my … Continue reading

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A Threesome of Lessons Learned from Circe Institute Conference 2013

Last week I drove down to Baltimore to attend the Circe Institute Conference, an annual gathering for classical educators interested in joining the dialogue about what it means to educate creatures Imago Dei (made in the image of God). This … Continue reading

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Classical Conversations’ Challenge B

Exactly four years ago in the restless discontent between winter and spring, my good friend Marcia persuaded me to consider becoming a tutor for a Challenge program in Classical Conversations.  I was ready to chuck textbooks, to which I had … Continue reading

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The Practical Tutor III

I got this idea when I visited Christy Bradley’s home this summer. To keep track of her sons’ assignments, she meets individually with them one evening each week to break up their work for the next four days.  I do … Continue reading

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Practical Tutor 2

What is the best way to prepare this summer for a year of tutoring Challenge B in Classical Conversations? Make yourself familiar with the Guide, poring over it so you know what is coming. Then set aside time to study.  … Continue reading

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Writing Letters

Attention, my two readers! Letters from Heart’s Content has been brought under new management. (That’s still me.)  I am making some changes around here and blogging is a part of it.  I have kept a journal since I was 14 … Continue reading

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