elcome to the fourth year of Scientia Scholae! If you are unfamiliar with us, our mission is to provide quality, thought-provoking articles related to the teaching of Medieval Studies in elementary and secondary schools.
The current issue contains two very interesting articles, both focused on pedagogy. Tim Hall, history teacher at the Franklin School in North Carolina and a consultant for the recently-introduced World History AP course, was able to design a medieval studies course for high school students. What Tim has provided for readers of Scientia Scholae is a course outline based on what he felt were salient points of medieval history and thought. I have asked Tim to write a follow-up article one year from now, in which he will highlight what worked well and what needs to be tweaked in the future. I hope that you will find his course encouraging in terms of its prospects for the future.
Sally Newell, a middle school teacher at the Charleston (SC) County School of the Arts and a participant at the 2004 NEH Summer Institute at the Pennsylvania State University, which focused on the medieval garden, has provided us with a middle school-oriented project dedicated to medieval herbs. Sally’s article is really a teaching module, as she is quite specific about resources and applications in the middle school classroom. Furthermore, she shows how team approaches to teaching can be very beneficial; medieval studies is inherently interdisciplinary in nature.
By the way, if you know of books that you think would benefit from a teacher’s review in Scientia Scholae, please do not hesitate to contact our book review editor, Rebecca Barnhouse, from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Professor Barnhouse works with college students who are aspiring teachers, as she herself once was before entering the professoriate. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, remember to take a moment to share your passion for Medieval Studies with your students. You may impart something to them that will remain with them for a lifetime.
Kevin J. Ruth
Tower Hill School (DE)
Original Citation: Scientia Scholae, Volume IV, Issue 1, Fall 2005
NOTE: Links have been corrected and/or deleted. The original “look and feel” of the journal has been preserved as much as possible, but the original logos have also been removed. No editing to the actual texts has been done since their original publication.