A 20-minute podcast featuring professors, K-12 teachers, and friends of Hillsdale College, all speaking about classical education—what it is, why it’s still relevant today, and what makes it unique. Hosted by Scot Bertram.
Julie Apel: Avoiding Tedious Homework and Testing
23:21Julie Apel, Classical Pedagogy Trainer for Hillsdale College K-12, joins host Scot Bertram to talk about the purpose of homework, homework across different disciplines, and encouraging students to study in a way that will help them remember key concepts even after the test.
Kurt Kirner: Balancing Winning with Improving in Athletics
21:52Kurt Kirner, Swimming coach and Assistant Professor of Sports Studies at Hillsdale College, specializing in sports psychology and motivation, joins host Scot Bertram to talk about having a growth mindset, how to view competition as a chance to improve, and how to deal with stress and anxiety.
Ages & Stages: Teaching First Grade
20:25Maegan Satcher, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and former First Grade Teacher at St. John's Classical Academy (Fla.), talks with host Scot Bertram about teaching first grade students, the qualities of a typical student, and the type of questions one might receive in the classroom.
Dos and Don’ts of Teaching 9th-12th Graders History
21:52Trent Kramer, Headmaster at Ascent Classical Academy of Northern Colorado in Fort Collins (Colo.), joins host Scot Bertram to discuss the dos and don'ts of teaching 9th through 12th graders history.
Ages & Stages: Kindergarten Curriculum
18:46Lyndsey Rariden, Kindergarten Teacher at Founders Classical Academy of Leander (Tex.), talks with host Scot Bertram about curriculum in the kindergarten classroom, being a cheerleader for students, and what stories resonate with the class.
Dos and Don’ts of Teaching 6-8th Graders History
21:16Jordan Adams, Civic Education Specialist at Hillsdale College K-12 Education, joins host Scot Bertram to discuss the dos and don'ts of teaching 6th through 8th graders history.
Ages & Stages: Teaching Kindergarten Students
19:04Carrie Brown, Kindergarten teacher at Hillsdale Academy in Hillsdale (Mich.) talks with host Scot Bertram about teaching Kindergarten students, creating a great classroom environment, and building structure for the class.
John Punt: Teaching Music to Elementary School Children
17:43John Punt, music teacher at Seven Oaks Classical School in Ellettsville (Ind.), joins host Scot Bertram to talk about teaching music to elementary school children, incorporating instruments into lessons, and how to teach students to appreciate music in the classroom.
Dos and Don’ts of Teaching 3-5th Graders History
19:39Tim Polelle, Fourth Grade Teacher at Hillsdale Academy in Hillsdale (Mich.), joins host Scot Bertram to discuss the dos and don'ts of teaching 3rd through 5th graders history.
Erick von Hoffmann: Teaching Art at a Classical School
20:22Erick von Hoffmann, Consultant for Art Curriculum and Instruction for Hillsdale K-12, joins host Scot Bertram to talk about teaching art in a classical school setting, what students should know about art history, and putting art instruction into practice.