Live Learning Course
The Socratic Paradigm

Master Students Become Master Teachers

Are you ready to unlock the wisdom of socratic teaching in your classroom? Become a master student this summer to become a master teacher for life! 

Join Jon Balsbaugh for ClassicalU’s first-ever live summer training! It is your opportunity to Connect, Learn, and Grow. Jon has curated a unique six-week apprenticeship experience for teachers who wish to develop and refine their classroom pedagogy.

The course includes full access to ClassicalU where students will have the the opportunity to learn from many distinguished ClassicalU educators such as Dr. Christopher Perrin, Andrew Kern, and Dr. Grant Horner (and many more), read several Socratic dialogues and practice Socratic lesson planning, coaching, discussion, and seminar leadership.

Join a cohort of like-minded classical educators as part of your journey to mastery.

(Note: this is a new service from ClassicalU and is not included with subscriptions to our 100+ asynchronous video courses. The cost of this live learning course, however, does include a full ClassicalU subscription for the period of enrollment.)

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About the Course

This six-week course, led by experienced teacher Jon Balsbaugh, is designed to give participants an overview of the Socratic method as it impacts every aspect of teaching — from the persona of the teacher to how to deliver a lecture and lead students into a discussion of reality in all its complexity. Each week will include select videos from the ClassicalU library, some outside reading, guided discussion, and the opportunity to practice what you are learning for use in the classroom. This course meets once per week for two hours beginning Monday, June 17, 2024.

Additional opportunity for cohort members: Jon Balsbaugh is offering summer cohort members the opportunity to purchase additional teacher training consultations after school begins. With the approval of their school, participants may record 1/2 hour video of themselves in the classroom in the fall and send it for Jon’s review, comment, and suggestions based upon the summer course training. Please review Jon’s consulting page on ClassicalU.

Course Details

Cost: $545 + texts

Your purchase includes full access to all of for the duration of the cohort, guidance in weekly practicums, instructor evaluation, and class discussion. Learners are responsible for the purchase of course texts in addition to their enrollment fee: Plato’s Five DialoguesMortimer Adler: The Paideia Way of Classical Education

Interactive Format

Participate in live online sessions + reading and discussion activities in Canvas. Experience community learning with expert educators and a comprehensive curriculum.

Session Schedule, EDT

M June 17th, 7:30-9:30 PM (Lesson, Discussion, and Practicum)
M June 24th, 7:30-9:30 PM (Lesson, Discussion, and Practicum)
M July 1st, 7:30-9:30 PM (Lesson, Discussion, and Practicum)


M July 15, 7:30-9:30 PM (Lesson, Discussion, and Practicum)
M July 22, 7:30-9:30 PM (Lesson and Discussion)
Th July 25, 7:30-9:30 PM (Practicum)
M July 29, 7:30-9:30 PM (Lesson and Discussion)
Th August 1, 7:30-9:30 PM (Practicum)


Meet Your Instructor

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Jon Balsbaugh received his BA in English from The Master’s University (CA) and his MA in English from the University of St. Thomas (MN), where his academic work focused on C.S. Lewis and the theology of beauty. He has worked in classical education for over twenty-five years as a homeschool parent, teacher, administrator, conference speaker, consultant, and author. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Veritas Journal and the owner and operator of Kairos Educational Consulting. He and his wife, Jennifer, have five children and live in South Bend, Indiana. In addition to his academic and intellectual pursuits, he enjoys fly fishing, foraging, food, and photography.

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"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

William Butler Yeats