Have you heard about Classical Conversations’ best-kept secret? Well, we’d love to tell you all about the Classical Learning Cohort!
Previously only available to Classical Conversations® Directors, Tutors, and leaders, we are now opening the Classical Learning Cohort to parents, so every Classical Conversations member can grow in his or her classical skills to become a better home educator.
The every-other-week discussions with the same mamas are just refreshing! As moms, we are always giving, and the two hours every other week feel like I am doing something for me, to help me help my people in a better or more hospitable way.”
What Is the Classical Learning Cohort?
During the Classical Learning Cohort, Classical Conversations members meet online throughout the semester to practice the classical tools of learning to become better educators and leaders. Learning together in a small group setting and facilitated by an experienced mentor, members practice leading lessons and give and receive assessments, growing in their confidence and competence.
These small groups meet six times per semester, generally twice per month. Typically, members participate in the Classical Learning Cohort for a total of three semesters. Each semester focuses on a primary topic (Creating Exordia, Developing Comparison, and Practicing Assessment). When members complete their final semester, they are better equipped to lead students at home and in a Classical Conversations community.
A Small, Welcoming Community
One of the best parts about the Classical Learning Cohort is the small size of the groups. Each group has up to six members and one mentor who facilitates the lessons and offers constructive feedback based on their practical experience.
Practice, Practice, Practice
During each group meeting, Classical Learning Cohort members have the opportunity to practice and develop their classical skills. Twice a semester, members present fifteen-minute lessons that vary in complexity based on members’ experience levels. The goal of these lessons isn’t to make experts out of members, but to help them hone their ability to facilitate and participate in challenging conversations. In addition, members practice giving and receiving assessments to become more confident in evaluating students’ learning.
The Skills You Can Learn
Ultimately, the goal of the Classical Learning Cohort is to help Classical Conversations Tutors, Directors, leaders, and parents develop their knowledge and use of classical pedagogy to become more confident, competent educators. Each semester, members can come away having learned how to create an exordium, develop a review, encourage a desire to learn in students, devise comparison questions, and use the Five Canons of Rhetoric to assess.
By learning these skills alongside a small, welcoming community, you’ll be better equipped to lead students well!
Join the Classical Learning Cohort Today!
Are you ready to gain confidence in applying the classical tools of learning? Join your Classical Learning Cohort group today! To save your seat or learn more, click here.
Not yet a Classical Conversations member and interested in our community-based approach to homeschooling? We’d love to hear from you! To learn more about us, click here.