Workshop schedule for Cincinnati

The schedule for the Cincinnati convention workshops has been changed so many times that everyone (including me) is confused. So here’s a full list of what I’m talking about, when, and where.

Dr. Susan Wise Bauer

DUKE Junior Ballroom
Educating Our Own Minds: How to Teach Ourselves as We Teach Our Kids

Educating our children involves educating ourselves. And that means gaining confidence in our own intellectual abilities—rather than relying solely on “experts.” Come discover a plan for self-education in the classical tradition, including scheduling for busy adults; setting up a reading plan that involves understanding, analyzing, and discussing literature; and mastering the skills needed for reading classic fiction and nonfiction.

DUKE Junior Ballroom
The Well-Prepared Student (High School): How to Get Ready for College
In this session, learn what and how to teach your child in grades 9-12–before they fill out those applications and head off for the freshman year. What expections should you have for high school? How can you teach those subjects that stump you? How should you personalize the high school curriculum for your student, while still making sure that the basics are covered? What skills will your student need to develop in order to thrive in college? As a college instructor, Susan Wise Bauer has taught scores of college freshmen and knows what they should have learned before the freshman year; as a home educating parent, she has graduated one high school student (now at UVA) and is in the thicket of high school with two more.

DUKE Junior Ballroom
The Joy of Classical Education: An Introduction to Classical Education at Home

 An overview of the philosophy of classical education and the ways in which home schoolers can pursue classical learning at home.  Covers the distinctives of classical education, the benefits to the student, the three
 stages of classical learning (grades 1-4, 5- 8, and 9-12), the subjects taught in each stage, and the overall goals of classical education. Also offers ways in which every home schooler can borrow from the classical tradition.

SATURDAY 8:30–9:30 AM
HILTON Pavilion Caprice
A Plan for Teaching Writing: Focus on Grades K
A plan for producing good writers at home. This workshop explains how to guide your student through a simple progression (copying, dictation, narration, summarizing, outlining) that will develop both writing and thinking skills in a systematic, stepwise manner. Includes suggestions on how to use these writing and thinking skills in every area of the curriculum, as well as strategies for remedial work. Recommended for those teaching all K-6 students, as well as for those teaching older students who are reluctant writers.

DUKE Junior Ballroom
Homeschooling the Real (Distractible, Impatient, Argumentative, Unenthusiastic, Non-Book-Loving, Inattentive, Poky, Vague) Child

High academic achievement (and particular the book-centered kind of achievement recommended by classical educators) often seems designed for one kind of student: the mature, self-directed, disciplined child who loves to read. In this workshop, learn how to deal with the other 90% of students. Includes practical strategies for dealing with roadblocks in the way of academic achievement, as well as time-tested advice for teaching to your child’s strengths while still addressing weaknesses. Susan Wise Bauer, classical educator, college instructor, and author, was home schooled herself and has homeschooled her own four real children, now aged 10-19 (the oldest is now at university).

DUKE Junior Ballroom
A Plan for Teaching Writing: Focus on the Middle Grades and High School Years

This workshop offers very specific guidance in how to teach middle grade (logic-stage) and high school students the skills of constructing an argument, outlining and writing from an outline. Includes training in outlining, writing from an outline, basic Socratic dialogue, and evaluation and grading. This seminar covers all of the types of writing that high school students should learn before entering the freshmen year of college: response papers, research papers, summaries, and critical essays across the curriculum.

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7 Responses to Workshop schedule for Cincinnati

  1. Angie in WI says:

    Hi Susan. Are you and Pete not doing the joint homeschool-family presentation anymore?

    • Susan says:

      Angie–no. :-( My father had major surgery and is still not up and around, and my mother needs help with him; so Pete and I can’t both be gone at the same time. I really hope we’ll be able to do this at a later convention (and I really wish he were coming with me).

  2. Helen says:

    Will any of the lectures be available after the conference, maybe on your website?

  3. Elle M. says:

    I found this comment from you on the forums from a few years ago and wondered if this is still in development or…? (wasn’t sure the best way to contact you so sorry for going off topic here)

    02-13-2008, 12:04 PM

    Susan Wise Bauer
    The Overmind

    Join Date: Jan 2008
    Location: Virginia
    Posts: 612

    I say this with fear and trembling, because it’s always a risk to say what you’re working on before it’s done…but we’re developing a “younger sibling” pack for SOTW 4. It has 1-2 grade age appropriate coloring pages, maps, questions, projects, and reading lists. Should make it much easier to teach multilevel. (Eventually we hope to develop “older sibling” packets for Ancient and Medieval Times and another “younger sibling” pack for Early Modern.)

    It should be ready before late summer…I’ll keep you posted.

  4. Lisi says:

    I enjoy every workshop but today(well Saturday technically) was amazing! Homeschooling the Real(Distractible, Impatient, Argumentative, Unenthusiastic, Non-Book-Loving, Inattentive, Pokay, Vague) Child…..absolutely hilarious and fun! I NEEDED this before I began homeschooling and implore ALL homeschool parents to hear this workshop! I hope and pray you will have this available on cd soon…ready to buy! :) Great job!

    • Lisi says:

      Sorry misspelled Poky. (very disappointed your blog doesn’t automatically correct spelling lol!)

  5. Priscilla says:

    Susan, Thank you for presenting in Cincinnati. My husband and I very greatly appreciate your presentations. What an end, though. I had the ‘pleasure?’ of joining you in your final session. A gentleman attendee potentially coined the phrase, “We’ve been Duggared.” Displaced by the nicest family in America, and they were completely innocent really. My jaw was on the ground regarding the balloon-pumping, parentless child roaming the aisles. God’s blessings to the woman who stepped forward to take the boy in hand. I really wished to recommend parenting classes to the completely disengaged father, and maybe free materials from the Etiquette booth in the vendor hall. Oh, and the convention hall public service announcements…

    As the attendance soars, I suppose the likelihood of drawing some rude attendees is inevitable, but this is far from the days of peaceful, uplifting instruction at the Cincinnati church campus where I first heard your mother speak. (Who would have ever believed I would teach into high school? Thank you for your continued guidance!) Here is hoping they continue to work out the bugs of this crazy, but really helpful event. Meanwhile we continue praying for you, your father, mother, and whole family. I believe the sandwich years are the most challenging, but also believe you are up to the challenge.

    My apologies for length. Priscilla

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