Mentoring in the Classics Product Review
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Mentoring in the Classics is a class for you, the teacher. It helps you light YOUR fire, so you have the excellence and the inspiration you need, to teach your students effectively.
When taking a class, at the beginning of the month, you receive the following:
- An introduction to the work in a downloadable mp3 audio
- A PDF downloadable study guide with recommended resources, additional readings, discussion questions, etc. Throughout the month you receive:
- Moderated online support and discussion. Online discussions are hosted on a dedicated Facebook group, and are moderated by TJEd mentors. Each book in the schedule has a searchable discussion thread.
Toward the end of the month you receive:
- Downloadable mp3 audio debriefing which includes answers to questions from the online discussion.
- The above information helps you progress through the 5 Levels of Engagement with the classics. Per Oliver DeMille, the five levels are–
- Is the work “good” or “bad”??
- What are the positive lessons I can take away from the good in this work? (make a list of things you agree with/disagree with)?
- What are the lessons I can take away from the “bad” in the work, or the things I disagree with?
- What great messages does this great classic have specifically for me, my needs, and my effectiveness in my roles and purpose?
- What, for me, is the “Big Idea”– the overarching, transformational theme of this work?
There are a number of things I appreciate about this course:
- The five levels just mentioned. Looking specifically for this information makes the classics personally relevant.
- The chosen titles are selected from multiple genres. This provides a good array in terms of exposure and experience with the classics.
- The titles chosen for the series are designed to be progressive in nature (you’re not starting off with Hamlet!). Plus, on months when a weightier title is on the schedule, the preceding and following titles are a little less demanding.
- You can save the audios to your computer and listen to them at your convenience. Very nice!
- What you learn is easily sharable with your students.
- The price is certainly a plus. Just $20/month. Plus, there is special pricing for book discussion groups (up to 10 participants) – just $100. Or my favorite—you can combine this course with a This Week in History subscription. Both subscriptions can be purchased together for just $23.99/month. That seems like quite a deal!
- So, maybe you’d like to take a little time for yourself—with Mentoring in the Classics!