Andrea Lipinski is the Director of Apprenticeship for the CiRCE Institute, where she also graduated as a Certified Master Teacher. She currently teaches The Lost Tools of Writing to teachers and students across the nation through the CiRCE Institute Online Academy. She is a co-author with Andrew Kern on A CiRCE Guide to Reading. While joining the Institute, she homeschools her sons.
Previously, Andrea has organized multiple training events for hundreds of teachers as well as tutored public, private, and homeschooled children. Believing in parents teaching their children, she served as a State Manager of Texas for Classical Conversations for 3 years. With a background in communication disorders, she consulted with parents of special needs children, taught in a university model private school, and led a multi-grade Christian classical cooperative that cultivates the seven liberal arts. Andrea enjoys discussing literature and mathematics with children and teachers as they together strengthen their faculty of truth perception. She and her knight in shining armor husband, David, are homeschooling their teenage sons in Central Texas.
Where can both teacher and student go to learn together? Where can both a teacher’s and a student’s vision for the good life be formed? Where can both a teacher and a student ask good questions? Remember, the quality of one’s life is determined by the quality of the questions one asks. Reading fairy tales teaches more than good stories, though those are important in and of themselves. Reading fairy tales teaches us how to be good neighbors, how to ask good questions, and how to see the good life. Since the teacher ought to be the first focus of classroom reform, this talk will first focus on the teacher, on the parent, who sets the model for the students. Come join Andrea Lipinski to learn the importance of fairy tales and fables in the nurturing of your and your child’s moral imagination.
William Wordsworth wrote, “The child is father of the man.” We teach those children, the children who are laboring on their journey to be men and women. Often parents, teachers, and students only see where they are going on the journey, yet who they will become is a result of the accumulation of little and big, daily and random decisions on the path. While on this journey, they become adults. The pattens they see and adopt as children are not much different from what they will live out as adults. Let’s look at other teachers to see models of who we can imitate in our classrooms during this crucial portion of the path that God has placed that student in our home and classroom.
Where does your heart go when it aches, when you want to escape? For some the ache has been present so long unabated, that we may not recognize it. Rather, we have covered it with busyness, striving, accomplishments, or numbing. We welcomed the escape routine as part of our routine. Inviting beauty into the daily space and routines heals that ache. Come listen of places teachers and parents, children of God, can invite, can sit with, and can walk with Beauty.