22 Mar How to Use A Syntopical Course Guide
Syntopical Course Guides, made to accompany required textbook or other required primary readings in this courseware, are intended to guide students in a fruitful interaction with other course materials and lectures. It is the belief of Confluence Courseware that, above all else, one’s education ought to be personal. This is one of the main reasons the courseware is asking students to use this courseware—it is the fundamental way in which teachers can help assure that students’ educational experience is composed not only with the acquisition of fact and information, an appreciation and recognition of fundamental great works that have shaped Western civilization over the last 6,000 years, but that this courseware is also guided by a proven methodology for how to best personalize student education through higher level thinking skills (namely analysis, synthesis and evaluation) using Socratic discussion, project-based learning (individual and small group research and presentation) and the opportunity to personally reflect on how what students are learning relates to their lives and gives their lives additional depth and meaning. In short, these course guides provide an opportunity to use higher level thinking and a personalized learning environment to seek meaning through reading, conversation, discussion, research and reflection.
“Minds, nevertheless, are not conquered by arms, but by love and generosity.”