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14 Essential Elements of Classical Christian Mathematics Instruction

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Contextualize through storytelling; love your subject out loud; color your classroom with traditionas and routines; engage all of the senses as often as possible; contemplate truth, goodness, and beauty; present archetypes worthy of imitation; teach Socratically through problem solving; move from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract; derive and demystify formulas; canonize arguments and experiments; translate theories into applications; understand the limits of science and the cycle of the scientific enterprise; engage great works and primary sources and motivate service through doctrine and doxology. Descriptions of these fourteen essential elements of classical Christian mathematics instruction will be presented accompanied by specific examples and corresponding book recommendations.

Andrew Elizalde

Andrew Elizalde earned a B.A. degree at Depauw University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, earned a mathematics major, physics minor, and religious studies minor, and received the H.E.H. Greenleaf Award as the most outstanding graduate of the school’s mathematics program. At California State University Long Beach, he obtained a teaching credential with a professional-clear quali cation for his coursework regarding exceptional children and technology integration. His teaching experience includes work in both public and private schools as well as private tutoring in subjects ranging from elementary mathematics to advanced calculus and physics. Andrew currently serves as Dean of Academics, at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas. His recent work most notably includes a comprehensive reform of the Veritas School (Richmond, VA) mathematics program as well as a restructuring of faculty professional development. Andrew also regularly o ers consulting services to schools striving to teach mathematics with a a distinctly classical and Christian framework and pedagogy. Andrew and his wife, Brooke, have three daughters.