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    OT: Delectare lost a moderator — for a full class

    Our moderator for Famous Men of the Middle Ages has needed to shift her family’s curriculum for the upcoming year so she won’t be able to moderate with Delectare. We’ve spoken with some people we know but nothing has panned out so I’m broadening the search.

    First, we ARE still having this group so no worries about that! We have a last-resort moderator in the wings but it would be bit of a hardship for them as they’re already moderating another group each week. If all else fails, I’ll take it although my husband really doesn’t want me to since I have the admin side of it and our client business needs a lot of my focus right now.

    All that being said: is there anyone who would be interested in leading discussions on FMMA? There are ten children in the group and it will meet on Wednesdays from 2:00-2:30 EST. The first meeting is September 12th and we follow the MPOA calendar for breaks.
    Jennifer
    Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

    DS16
    MP: Lit 10, VideoText Algebra
    MPOA: High School Comp. II
    HSC: Spanish I, Conceptual Physics, Modern European History, and electives

    DS15
    MP: Biology, Lit 10, VideoText Algebra, Greek Tragedies
    MPOA: High School Comp. II, Fourth Form Latin
    HSC: Modern European History

    DS12
    7M with:
    Second Form Latin, EGR III, and HSC for US History

    DS11
    SC Level 4

    DD9
    3A, with First Form Latin (long story!)

    DD7/8
    Still in SC Level 2

    DD 4/5
    SC Level C

    #2
    Re: OT: Delectare lost a moderator — for a full class

    YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO ONE MORE THING, YOUNG LADY! Someone please step up and help Jen and Delectare. You’ll be a rock star to so many who need you!
    Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
    Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
    Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
    Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

    “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
    ~Pope St John Paul II

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      #3
      Re: OT: Delectare lost a moderator — for a full class

      Jen,

      I see only Anita has responded (Thanks, Anita!), so I'm bumping your thread in case it just got lost among all the other posts
      Michael
      Memoria Press

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        #4
        Re: OT: Delectare lost a moderator — for a full class

        Jen, could you tell a little bit about what you are looking for in a moderator, and what the moderator does? Obviously a person should be familiar with the material: do you want the discussion to center around the Teacher/Student Guide questions, so that the children can answer them? Are you looking for review drill? About how much time out-of-class is involved? What if a person is a good teacher, but has never taught online?

        I have thought about this, and prayed on it, and it seems unlikely that I am a good fit. I know I couldn't instruct at a Highlands/Classical Association school because I am a non-credal Christian (Christian/Conservative Quaker in theology), and assume Delectare has similar requirements.

        Also, my understanding of history is different enough than the Famous Men series that while I could support a conversation that is respectful of the materials and ensures that the children understand and have the opportunity to engage with the content, I could not moderate a discussion focused on mastering the "correct" answers to the Guide questions. And, of course, I don't know how I'd get DH to sign off on it, he knows of my FM challenges + my PTSD-related sleep problems.

        OTOH I'm a great teacher and I wholeheartedly affirm what the Catholic Church calls the "Principle of Subsidiarity", including the belief that parents are the best arbiters of their children's education. So I would never undermine the parent's decision to educate the child with Famous Men of the Middle Ages in the context of Delectare. I'll debate it on the board, when appropriate, but not with the parents of Delectare and certainly not with the children.

        So that's why I'm almost certainly not a good candidate. But I thought I'd ask the above questions in case it helped you find others who may be (if you haven't already found somebody yet, that is).

        blessings to you in this endeavor, friend! And prayers.
        Ana, mama to
        ds A, 13yo
        ds N, 8yo

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          #5
          Re: OT: Delectare lost a moderator — for a full class

          Hi Ana,

          You are awesome. I've told Jen that I would consider moderating FMMA, especially if no one else contacts her. I have a lot of plates spinning this year, which is the *only* reason I didn't fully commit in the first place. I have a 6th grader doing FMMA this year, so I'm onboard in that respect.

          I'm in, unless Jen has someone who is adamant to do it. I have taught middle school in the past, so I know that all I need to is to open the dialogue up to the 6th graders and they will take it from there. Sixth grade is generally full of hams.




          Jen
          DS, 26 yrs, graduated from MIT (Aerospace), recently completed the design and execution of unhackable military software... in his spare time.

          DS, 24 yrs, graduated from SIU's School of Business, ENGAGED!

          DD, 21 yrs, Senior in Education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

          DS, 11 yrs, 6M: complete!

          All homeschooled.

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            #6
            Re: OT: Delectare lost a moderator — for a full class

            Originally posted by Jen (formerly) in Japan View Post
            Hi Ana,

            You are awesome. I've told Jen that I would consider moderating FMMA, especially if no one else contacts her. I have a lot of plates spinning this year, which is the *only* reason I didn't fully commit in the first place. I have a 6th grader doing FMMA this year, so I'm onboard in that respect.

            I'm in, unless Jen has someone who is adamant to do it. I have taught middle school in the past, so I know that all I need to is to open the dialogue up to the 6th graders and they will take it from there. Sixth grade is generally full of hams.




            Jen
            Thank you both! Jen, I didn’t hear from anyone else so if you’re in, I’ll email you in a bit with the moderator meeting details!
            Jennifer
            Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

            DS16
            MP: Lit 10, VideoText Algebra
            MPOA: High School Comp. II
            HSC: Spanish I, Conceptual Physics, Modern European History, and electives

            DS15
            MP: Biology, Lit 10, VideoText Algebra, Greek Tragedies
            MPOA: High School Comp. II, Fourth Form Latin
            HSC: Modern European History

            DS12
            7M with:
            Second Form Latin, EGR III, and HSC for US History

            DS11
            SC Level 4

            DD9
            3A, with First Form Latin (long story!)

            DD7/8
            Still in SC Level 2

            DD 4/5
            SC Level C

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              #7
              Re: OT: Delectare lost a moderator — for a full class

              Originally posted by Jen (formerly) in Japan View Post
              Hi Ana,

              You are awesome. I've told Jen that I would consider moderating FMMA, especially if no one else contacts her. I have a lot of plates spinning this year, which is the *only* reason I didn't fully commit in the first place. I have a 6th grader doing FMMA this year, so I'm onboard in that respect.

              I'm in, unless Jen has someone who is adamant to do it. I have taught middle school in the past, so I know that all I need to is to open the dialogue up to the 6th graders and they will take it from there. Sixth grade is generally full of hams.




              Jen
              Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
              Thank you both! Jen, I didn’t hear from anyone else so if you’re in, I’ll email you in a bit with the moderator meeting details!
              I am so happy that this is working out: Jen (formerly in Japan), I hope that moderating proves a rich blessing this year and that some of the plates settle gracefully out of the air and into neat stacks. Rather like the dwarf-stacked plates in "The Hobbit", I'm imagining.

              And Jen-never-in-Japan-so-far-as-I-know, I'm so glad you are providing this resource for children & the folks who are schooling them.
              Ana, mama to
              ds A, 13yo
              ds N, 8yo

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