This past weekend Brazos Fellows, along with the Graduate Anglicans of Christ Church, hosted Dr. David I. Smith for a symposium titled “On Christian Teaching.” David is Professor of Education and Director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College, and a leading scholar in the field of Christian education and pedagogy. He’s written and edited a number of fantastic books on the subject, including Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning with James K.A. Smith, Teaching and Christian Imagination, and most recently, On Christian Teaching: Practicing Faith in the Classroom.
On Friday and Saturday, a number of graduate students, Brazos Fellows alumni and tutors, and local teachers reflected together on a question posed by David: what does it mean to teach as a Christian? (Below you’ll find a number of excellent resources, both print and online, on this question.)
During David’s visit we sat down for an episode of “Five Questions in Ten Minutes,” and discussed what teachers can learn from the Christian tradition, the 17th century educator and theologian John Amos Comenius, contemporary speculative fiction, Charles Taylor, and much more. You can listen to our conversation here:
Here are links to various items we talked about:
- John Amos Comenius’ The Great Didactic, and several books on Comenius, including David’s John Amos Comenius: A Visionary Reformer of Schools and Jan Habl’s On Being Human(e): Comenius’ Pedagogical Humanization as an Anthropological Problem
- Modern Social Imaginaries by Charles Taylor
- The work of theologian Paul J. Griffiths
- The City and the City by China Mieville, and another Mieville book David recommended later on, Three Moments of an Explosion
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and Christian Smith’s What Is a Person?: Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and the Moral Good from the Person Up
In addition, David provided several links for those interested in learning more about Christian teaching:
- Check out David’s website, OnChristianTeaching.com for a number of excellent resources, as while as the website of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning.
- For concrete examples of connecting Christian faith and learning, visit What If Learning; for a similar website designed specifically for teaching science, check out FASTly.
- A number of David’s pedagogical projects can be found online here.