Attendees will be introduced to essential aspects of both good and bad approaches to commonplacing. They will be given very practical tips on how to organize their commonplacing program in a way that cultivates an affection in students for commonplacing, provides continuity in their program across grade levels, directs students towards virtue, and truth, goodness, and beauty, and makes commonplacing an integral part of their classroom. Finally, attendees will be introduced to a practical exercise they can do with students to cast a vision for commonplacing.
An Idaho native, Chris teaches classical humanities at the Ambrose School in Meridian, Idaho. He earned an M.A. in History with a Latin minor at Boise State University in 2011, and has the distinction of being the final graduate student of noted Constantinian scholar Dr. Charles Odahl to complete his program before Dr. Odahl’s retirement. Chris is deeply committed to classical Christian education as the cultivation of virtue and writes a blog exploring the cultivation of virtue in the lives of students. He loves Tolkien, Virgil, and all things Roman. When not teaching, he spends his summers working as a river guide on the majestic Hells Canyon portion of the Snake River in Idaho, rebuilding his 1966 Ford Mustang coupe, converting Tolkien stories into stage plays, and spending time in the mountains of Idaho with his beautiful wife, 2 daughters, and Rosie Cotton and Pius Aeneas, their family’s Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.