Engaging Students with Important Questions: Studying the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Class discussions about historical events can help students engage with important, timeless questions. Hillsdale College Associate Professor of Politics Kevin Portteus gives us an example based on the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

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How to Run an Elementary Science Lab

One of the most exciting aspects of studying science is conducting hands-on experiments in the lab. Dr. Colleen Lutz of Founders Classical Academy of Leander offers six tips to set up a classroom lab that will excite and inspire students.

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BCSI Teacher Spotlight—Nicole Roberts

Mrs. Nicole Roberts is the Director of Literacy Curriculum and Instruction for the Pineapple Cove Classical Academies in Florida. Learn all about Mrs. Roberts in this teacher spotlight.

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Call Us Ishmael: Teaching Moby Dick at Golden View Classical Academy

Mr. Ian Atherton, the Upper School Humanities teacher at Golden View Classical Academy, shares how he brings Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick, to life through Whale Days, complete with harpoons, anchovies, and chalk sketches of the great white whale.

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Life and Love in Much Ado About Nothing

This tale of two sets of lovers takes readers on a delightful romp through the pitfalls of passion and the sweetness of falling in love. Dr. Benedict Whalen offers his insight on the importance of Shakespeare’s beloved play.

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BCSI Teacher Spotlight—Dr. Colleen Lutz

Dr. Colleen Lutz brings a variety of experiences to her position as a 5th grade teacher at Founders Classical Academy of Leander. Learn all about Dr. Lutz in this teacher spotlight.

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The Importance of Structure for Young Children: 7 Tips from Mrs. Brown

Offering structure with young children doesn’t stifle them; it actually liberates them and allows them to flourish in the classroom as they develop the habits and skills that will lead to good citizenship. Here’s seven tips to do that.

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A History of the Scientific Revolution

The scientific revolution forever changed the focuses of scientific study. But studying the history of science benefits all students and helps put today’s science education into context.

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The Timeliness of Learning Latin

Latin “unlocks a wealth of Western literature and learning,” says Hillsdale Academy Latin teacher JohnMark Beazley. Learn what students can gain from studying this rewarding language.

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A Christmas Carol—A Tale for All Seasons

You don’t have to wait until December to read Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. This tale of Scrooge’s transformation—of finding value in the smallest of things—offers important lessons any time of the year.

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Truths Universally Acknowledged: Community, Trust, and Respect in Pride and Prejudice

From its iconic opening sentence, Pride and Prejudice takes us into a world of dashing bachelors, fair ladies, and friends and family intent on finding the perfect husband for the eligible maidens in their midst. But first impressions are not always accurate impressions, as the characters discover in Jane Austen’s delightful classic.

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Epic Poem, Epic Questions: Studying Milton’s Paradise Lost

John Milton’s Paradise Lost, one of the greatest epics of all time, offers not only beautiful poetry but also deals with the perennial questions of good and evil.

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