Summer Institute

The Summer Institute provides teachers an intensive experience of an Ambleside Education and practical training in the work of an Ambleside Teacher.

Summer Institute

The Summer Institute provides teachers an intensive experience of an Ambleside Education and practical training in the work of an Ambleside Teacher.

Do teachers always realize the paralyzing and stupefying effect that a flood of talk has upon the mind? The inspired talk of an orator no doubt wakens a response and is listened to with tense attention; but few of us claim to be inspired, and we are sometimes aware of the difficulty of holding the attention of a class. We blame ourselves, whereas the blame lies in the instrument we employ — the diluted oral lesson or lecture, in place of the living and arresting book.

— CHARLOTTE M. MASON —

Do teachers always realize the paralyzing and stupefying effect that a flood of talk has upon the mind? The inspired talk of an orator no doubt wakens a response and is listened to with tense attention; but few of us claim to be inspired, and we are sometimes aware of the difficulty of holding the attention of a class. We blame ourselves, whereas the blame lies in the instrument we employ — the diluted oral lesson or lecture, in place of the living and arresting book.

CHARLOTTE M. MASON

Pg 62 Training Summer Institute

Those attending an Ambleside Summer Institute learn the practical skills implied in Charlotte Mason’s maxim that a teacher has three legitimate instruments of education: atmosphere (relational circumstances), discipline (habits of good living), and life (the mind’s proper food). Participants experience the application of these educational instruments, first as a pupil and then as a teacher.

 

The Institute begins with small group readings, narration, and discussion of Charlotte Mason’s educational philosophy. Plan to experience what it is like to be a student at an Ambleside School. Faculty will teach from the Ambleside curriculum, including science, history, mathematics, Bible, literature, grammar, composition, nature study, composer study, and more. The week culminates with hands-on application of the Method of the Lesson as guests plan and teach lessons from the curriculum.

 

Together with faculty, you will reflect on what you experienced in the classroom. The second half of the week, you will prepare to teach. Summer Institute faculty provide curricula, assistance, and supportive critiques. Classes begin at 8:30 am and go until 6:00 pm.

What a Summer Institute Participant Had to Say

 

“I entered the Summer Institute wondering if it would be like the other seminars I was used to in my former school system, but what I walked away with was a toolbox for the teaching profession. The days are full of teaching and learning about the philosophy and application of Charlotte Mason’s style of learning. What I learned during that week helps me each and every day, whether it be preparing lessons or fostering the right heart to engage with children. I believe I would truly be lost in the classroom without the eye-opening experience of the Summer Institute!”