Stoic Philosophy for Teens: Learn Resilience, Self-Control, Courage, and Wisdom
Mark Slack, MA
An ongoing analysis and discussion group for teens interested in personal growth
US Grade 8 - 11
In this class we will explore the principles, writings, applications and history of Stoicism as presented by Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Zeno, Epictetus, Massimo Pigliucci and Ryan Holiday, founder of 'The Daily Stoic'. The writings we discuss will be primarily focused on self-control, building resilience and courage, gaining and applying wisdom, navigating the path to self-betterment, and learning to incorporate new information into their own lives. Activities include discussion, reflection,...
Students will first focus on integrating components and teachings of Stoicism into their own lives with special attention paid to concepts such as resilience, wisdom, courage, justice, and sphere of influence and control. Additionally, students will: 1. Develop an appreciation for and understanding of stoic philosophy 2. Engage in thoughtful, productive, and meaningful dialog about the principles of Stoicism 3. Read and analyze short passages and quotes from various Stoic Philosophers 4. Reflect on behavior, choice, and influence according to Stoic principles 5. Apply new knowledge to their lived experiences 6. Discuss and debate class material in order to clarify and justify their thinking
I have taught English Language Arts and ESL at the middle and high school levels for nearly 15 years. I hold a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in ESL with a focus on theoretical and applied linguistics. Prior to my full-time work with students online I have served as an instructional coach, reading interventionist, building administrator and Secondary English Specialist for a large school district. I hold an active teaching license as well as a principal's license. My areas of expertise are English Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking), American and Historical Literature, Social and Emotional Learning, Philosophy, Essay and Fiction Writing and Self-Improvement.
Homework OfferedLearners will be asked to maintain a notebook devoted to this class. This will be used to jot down quotes, ideas, thoughts, and authors and should be a place in which to keep a brief journal when thinking about or applying new knowledge outside of class. Short readings and responses to questions may be assigned prior to class so that learners can more fully engage with the material during class time with their peers.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Pencils or pens Dedicated notebook
We will frequently refer to various writings of Aurelius, Zeno, Epictetus, Seneca, Musonius Rufus and other philosophers as they pertain to the teachings of Stoicism. Additionally, video and written material by Ryan Holiday (founder of 'The Daily Stoic', author, and podcaster) will be presented in class from time to time.
Meet the teacher
Hello! Thank you for the opportunity to share some information about my courses, background and educational values. I am a certified teacher with 15 years experience instructing students in middle school, high school, and adult ELL programs. I...
1x per week
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Completed by 25 learners
Live video meetings
4-8 learners per class
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