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South Campus is a buzz right now with all kinds of Pi Day celebrations. Poems have been written, pies and projects prepared, and plenty of students all sugared up. I sit here, wearing my neon green pi shirt, reflecting on why I love what we do at The Academy. Our Dialectic Students could not wait...
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One of the most common questions I get in sharing our journey to The Academy is why we were even interested in the first place. Why would you want to move to Oklahoma City? This is a question I have thought through many times. I was totally content at my school in Wichita. I miss...
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One of the most influential books on classical education I have read is The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Milton Gregory (PDF available here - http://bit.ly/3qCfDik). If you have not gotten into many texts on the nuts and bolts of how we do what we do, may I suggest this as your place to...
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This week, I am no longer waiting on my test. I am COVID +. It was a weird thing to see the word Positive on a piece of paper and for it to mean so much. My kids will be out if school for at least another week, we haven’t left the house other than...
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From your south campus principal, Mr. Bickell Home Days, a haiku by Mr. B lesson plans ready children, books, and coffee too start soon, stick to plan Wednesday afternoon I went to get a COVID test and as of writing this am still awaiting results. So here I sit, at the kitchen counter in the...
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It’s true. My love of classical education, books, and discussion have all been hunting me down since a fateful Sunday morning in Wichita 5 years ago. Joy and I, with Graeme and Amelia in tow, had moved to Wichita to work for an Acts 29 church, as the Director of Family Ministries. I loved the...
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I love comics. I didn't love comic books, necessarily, but the daily comic strips in the newspaper when I was growing up. I love the little quips and the author's ability to take on current topics. As a kid, I would rush into the living room to grab The Hawkeye (our local southeast Iowa paper)...
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Here we are, Christmas break! Thanks for a great first semester and thanks be to God for continuing to protect our staff and students. A few reminders only today. If you selected to go remote until the end of first semester, or are on quarantine, or enrolled in TAO, your student’s work needed to be...
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A few years ago, I was teaching Ancient Omnibus for the first time. In this course, there are two overused (and wonderful) jokes. The first is about Euripides and Eumenides. It obtuse but funny to some. The other is to ask your students what their favorite book they have read by Socrates is. It’s funny...
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I’m sorry to not have been able to spend time with you and your children this week, I miss you all dearly. For the last several days, I have sat at my Grandpa John’s bedside reading the Bible, praying, and singing. He suffered a major stroke this last week and has been placed on hospice,...
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