Thales Press

Thales Press
Luddy Institute of Technology

Thales Press exists to promote the values and virtues of classical education by publishing textbooks, seminar readings, and videos to supplement the kind of education we call Classical.


Si no es barraco : Spanish Language Learning through Spanish Art
Judith Castillo-Arzeno
January 18, 2023 at 4:00 - 5:00 PM

A classical education cultivates people of excellence through the contemplation of truth, beauty, and goodness–and a Spanish classroom should do the same, albeit in Spanish! The art and literature of Spain provides a worthy vehicle to discuss beautiful things, providing that one has the resources to focus on Spain’s artistic and cultural treasures, read beautiful poetry in Spanish, or talk about such wonderful things in Spanish.

In this talk, Judith Castillo-Arzeno will present resources for high school Spanish that integrate beautiful works of Spanish art, including the likes of Diego Velasquez and Pablo Picasso, and Spanish language-learning.

Ms. Castillo-Arzeno teaches high school Spanish at Thales Academy Rolesville. She grew up in the Dominican Republic until her family relocated to New York City. A graduate of The City College of New York (CUNY), she has taught high school Spanish since 2009.

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Best Teaching Practices: Direct Instruction & Seminar Style
February 9, 2023 at 4:00 - 5:00 PM

In this webinar geared for middle school teachers, Heather Brame and Winston Brady will present best teaching practices for teachers with large classes.

Heather Brame will present an overview of direct instruction and strategies for implementing DI into their lessons. That way, teachers will have more tools to facilitate student engagement and aid in student understanding. Winston, meanwhile, will present an overview of seminar teaching and how to lead large classes in meaningful discussions, drawing from principles of Direct Instruction to help increase student participation and produce better educational outcomes.

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Artful Sport: The Faust Legend and the Perils of Young Adulthood
Josh Herring and Winston Brady
March 2, 2023 at 4:00 - 5:00 PM

The Faust  legend follows who sells his soul for knowledge. Eager to go beyond the limits placed upon human beings, Dr. Faustus trades his soul for short-lived pleasures and knowledge far beyond which he can gain through time and study.

Students, of course, face a similar choice: exchange something precious for some short-term and immediate gain. In this webinar, Winston Brady and Josh Herring will examine the Faust legend as it appears in Christopher Marlowe and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, its manifestations in contemporary culture from works as varied from The Little Mermaid  to comic book supervillains.

Then, Josh and Winston will wrap it up with ways that help students consider major choices that face them in these years, and how they can weigh the consequences of their actions carefully to become who they are meant to be.

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