I wrote this series one year ago at A Healer’s Geste, and am reposting the series here at my new home on the internet. How we teach our children is part of how we interact with and love our children, and make this life together work.
Begin with the introduction, summary, and table of contents for The Seven Laws of Teaching Your Own series.
The Seven Laws of Teaching Your Own
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Summary of the Seven Laws of Teaching
- I need to read what Hans (and soon Jaeger) will be narrating. I can't prompt narrations when I don't know what was in the chapter. I don't know if he's giving a complete or accurate narration, and so how is it truly accountability? I am making it to easy for him to be sloppy and deceive (even himself). Sigh. I have so many books of my own that I want to read, I really have no desire to read Jean Fritz. But, I have heard the call of duty and I need to respond.
- With each change of subject during school, I need to open with a question. This one practice encompasses multiple laws: securing attention, focusing thoughts, prompting reflection, reviewing & connecting old knowledge to new, and requiring the learners to do much of the talking. This one shouldn't be too hard; it is more of a habit that needs to be cultivated.
- Likewise, I need to end each book or subject with requiring a summary or illustration by a student. I need to broaden my requirement for narrations.
- I am going to use what, why, how, where, when, *whom, and what of it questions to guide narrations and discussions.
- I need to be more consistent with my sneaky means of review: the "tell Dad about your day" prompt at the dinner table.
- I need to begin the practice of an end-of-term exam. I am going to start simple by arranging a mid-morning or afternoon (or both) teatime where I prompt with "Tell me what you know about x" and then guide with the questions delineated in #4.