What is it like to teach Upper School–or Rhetoric School, or High School, or even Logic School–in a collaborative model? Do you have enough time to cover everything? How do you spend the campus days? What sorts of things do the students do at home? Can you get to know your students if you only see them a few days a week? This workshop will address these questions and more by addressing two realities. The first reality is that teaching is teaching, whether at a collaborative school or anywhere else. We’ll remind ourselves of the basics: accountability for students; communication between student and teacher; and classroom expectations. But the second reality is that the collaborative model provides a highly successful way of teaching teenagers. It tests their time management, their ability to get information when they need it, and their ownership of the material–all while allowing them to sleep late a few days out of the week. (Also, in case you’re in suspense, the answer to the question, “Can you get to know the students?” is absolutely yes, and we’ll discuss how why.)
Lindsey Scholl is in her eleventh year working at Trinity Classical School, a classical collaborative school in Houston. She teaches Medieval Humanities for Rhetoric School and is the chair of the Latin program. She also served for four years as the academic director for Logic School (5th-8th). Over the years, Lindsey has taught a variety of subjects, including Latin, Creative Writing, Formal Logic, Classical Rhetoric, and Historical Theology. She has also taught a range of grades: 1st grade, 7th, and 10th. She has a PhD in Roman History from the University of California-Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Medieval History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her husband is Dr. John Scholl, the Academic Dean for the school.