Getting Personal: The Theory of Personal Integration
Dr. Jennifer Spencer "In fact, lessons on 'composition' should follow the model of that famous essay on 'Snakes in Ireland'--'There are none.'" --from Home Education, p. 247 Mason's ideas about writing instruction are, to say the least, unorthodox. It takes a tremendous amount of faith to take her at her word in this area, especially when everyone around you is saying it won't work and urging you to try this or that writing program. Many have been plagued with doubt, wondering how such a hands-off approach could possibly lead to good writers. During this presentation, we will look closely at the writing development, from age four to age twenty, of one student who learned at home under Mason's model, so that we can see the process and factors that helped him grow into a strong writer. We will also discuss the implications of that process to other areas of study.
These sessions will engage the attendee in the actual class mentioned, each taught by an experienced Mason teacher. You will be a student and participate in these living classes, experiencing what the student in your home or school experiences. The second half will be a time for questions & answers and resource sharing. A.
Math/elementary classroom The Shed Jennifer Spencer B.
Plutarch Library Nancy Kelly C.
Spanish Valley View Tammy Glaser D.
Sloyd Dining Hall Bobby Jo Nickel E.
Nature Study/hike/pencils Fire Ring Cheri Struble F.
Reading The Shed Amy Tuttle G.
Dyslexia Simulation Library Gladys Schaefer H.
Picture Study/special needs Valley View Tammy Glaser I.
Geography Dining Hall Kristin Spittle J.
Nature Study/guided/dry brush Fire Ring Karla Taber