The Catholic Classical Educator

Is a Worldview… The person, the world and God

Is a Mindset… lifelong learner

Is a Pedagogy… Language, questioning, observation, expression, dialogue

A classical educator is a person who has had an experience of the Good, the True and the Beautiful which remains in them as a joyful passion to lead others to experience this joy for their own.  A classical educator lives a pursuit—a quest to learn and experience that Unity within and beyond the world, sharing this quest with their students each day. A Catholic classical educator is someone our student scholars are to become!

A classical educator is curious, articulate, undaunted by the challenge, that is, one who is motivated by a challenge.  A Catholic classical educator understands and teaches the relationships between the different fields of learning—between literature and history, between math and science, between science, math, and history.  A Catholic classical educator builds their instruction of a multiplicity of lessons on the unity of the Truth, of the Beautiful and of the Good, helping their young scholars see in the multiplicity of all knowledge, experience, and choice—the Unity that is God and which is revealed in Jesus Christ.

Aligns Pedagogy with Age…

Lower school classical educators (grades K through 4th)  lead students in the motivation to learn with a delight, in providing a learning environment and experience filled with a child’s natural tendency to play—in a classical lower school classroom play and learning are one experience which creates joyful, motivated learners.  Concentration and observation–details from generalities in thoughts, visual subjects, music, nature–discerning patterns, themes, distinctions, categories,

The lower school’s delight in learning then naturally transitions to upper school students (grades 5th through 8th) who are motivated to learn through curiosity. A classical upper school educator unites learning with continual investigation and discovery. Discovering the connections between ideas, persons, events, temporal truth, and eternal truth.  In a classical upper school classroom, curiosity and learning become one experience and create independent and critical thinking learners.

Belongs to a Community of Educators… Learns from and promotes the expanding network of classical educators.

Leads Learning…

  • Thematic Unit Planning
  • Strategic Questioning
  • Socratic Dialogue
  • Use of References & Textural Evidence
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Forming & Justifying Judgments
  • Pedagogy Based on Natural Stages of Learning

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School