Teaching Methods

Leman Virtual Academy

  1. Direct Instruction Teaching Model: The home instructor defines and teaches a concept, models the learning process, guides scholars through its application, and arranges for extended guided practice until mastery is achieved.
  2. Structured-Discovery Learning: A model that home instructors will select when they want scholars actively participating in the learning process and to teach a particular academic content knowledge. Teachers may select this model: 1) to increase scholar motivation - challenge of “making a discovery” 2) to promote higher-level thinking 3) to promote critical thinking skills 4) to enhance retention.
  3. Socratic Teaching Method: In Socratic teaching the focus is giving scholars questions, not answers. The home teacher models an inquiring, probing mind by continually probing into the subject with questions.
  4. Charlotte Mason Methods: Charlotte Mason’s methods are looked upon as simple but more importantly very effective. Method implies two things – an objective based on content and a standard and the step-by-step process you take to reach that objective. With that vision in mind, the process of the method becomes natural. Educating the scholar will become effortless because our teachers will be using every circumstance in the child’s life as a tool toward attaining that goal. Everything the young person does, whether it’s eat, play, work, learn, etc… will be seen as a way to educating the whole child in obtaining that objective in a very natural way. The following are four essential methods of Miss Mason’s in our educational program:
    • Copybook: Self-created, it provides greater scholar engagement and helps them retain content learned in class. Used as a tool for making cross-curricular connections (e.g., between science & history and language arts). Used sequentially with the history timeline.
    • Living Books: Usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject.
    • Narration: When a teacher asks the scholar to tell back in his own words what he/she just saw, heard or read.
    • Nature Study: Time spent outdoors by scholars to look at various aspects of nature around them and to enter their observations in their nature notebook.

    All of these teaching methods and the nuances of Classical Education take time to understand and master. As a home instructor, we come along side you at every step to help you be the best instructor you can be. Our goal is to provide you with the pacing, content and training to make the most of your experience.

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