The Basics of Ignatian Pedagogy (Part I)

Here at Kolbe, we believe that Ignatian pedagogy has the potential to teach students to learn to think and communicate clearly and to help them effectively discern and act upon the will of God in their lives. Ignatian pedagogy is founded on the principle that man is “born to praise, revere and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul. ”Pretty amazing right? 


Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, was an advocate for virtue-based education.  His frequent meditation on the life of Jesus led him to establish Spiritual Exercises that he used throughout his life to lead others in holiness.  Ignatian pedagogy beautifully weaves the Spiritual Exercises into a framework for learning that prepares students to not only make decisions that glorify God, but that also moves them to act and to serve.  


If you are interested in learning more about Ignatian pedagogy and how you can more effectively use it at home with your children, join us here as we unpack the framework and Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises in a kid-friendly format!

Read Part II: Who was Ignatius of Loyola?

About the author: Stacey Jarzynka has a decade of experience as a Catholic school teacher and a reading intervention specialist. After having her daughter, she started looking for jobs where she could stay home while also pursuing her love of creating content that inspires young people to grow deeper in their Catholic faith. God’s answer to her prayer started with the homeschooling moms in her book club introducing her to classical education and it ended with an offer to start developing content for Kolbe. Stacey resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband and two children.

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