With a new job and a new semester, I thought it was time to give the blog a new look and let you know about a side project I’ve been (slowly) working on: a set of YouTube videos about Latin constructions! Latintutorial is an excellent YouTube channel that helps students study morphology, but I was disappointed that they didn’t have any videos about constructions like indirect statement or purpose clauses or any of the other uses of the subjunctive. I was able to find a lot of videos introducing a new chapter of Wheelock’s Latin or another textbook’s chapter on result clauses or the like, but they were way too long—about 30 minutes. So, I set out to fill the void and produce some of my own videos.
You can find my new videos as part of my “Latin Grammar” playlist on YouTube.
I wanted them to be brief, but I also am creating them to help students review the construction and how they translate it as they read. I do not intend them to be the first thing to teach students these concepts. I was happy to read a sort of similar logic expressed on Michael Feldstein’s blog, e-Literate:
we spontaneously came up with a term that we both like and that seemed to resonate with the audience: antisocial deconstructivism. It’s the approach of breaking learning down into teeny, tiny bits, tied to fine-grained competencies and micro-assessments, that students learn on their own by following a prescription that is created for them, possibly with the help of a robot. To be clear, the term isn’t entirely meant to mock. There are times when antisocial deconstructivism is an appropriate pedagogical technique. For example, it’s pretty good for helping nursing students memorize medical terminology or IT students learn the basic components of a network. It can be good for learning some math kinds of skills, depending on your philosophy of math education. Any situation in which you are working fairly low on Bloom’s Taxonomy might be OK for it as an approach. Procedural knowledge that either doesn’t require higher order problem solving skills or where problem solving skills are best built incrementally by slowing increasing problem complexity is a particularly appropriate type of candidate for antisocial deconstructivism.
Enjoy! I hope these videos help you and your students!
- This old post explains how I made these videos.