On teacherspayteachers.com, I found a wonderful game: Latin Battleship. In this version, students guessed spaces on the board by conjugating verbs or declining nouns. It's a great, fun way to review forms. The template is blank so you can create reviews for anything you want, but I learned that 4th declension nouns do not work … Continue reading Latin Battleship
This year, I did some experimenting with assessments. Usually, each unit includes two vocabulary quizzes, a grammar/morphology quiz, and a unit test. The test is certainly summative, but I view the vocabulary and grammar/morphology quizzes as both formative and summative in nature. I also think grades should reflect student's current knowledge of the material, so … Continue reading Retake quizzes
During spring break, I read a wonderful blog post from Education Week about formative assessments. It inspired me to try some new strategies that were definitely more effective, especially with my 7th graders. Usually, before spring break, we would use my adaptation of think-pair-share: students would practice forms in their notes, then each put a small number … Continue reading Where are my mistakes?
During spring break, I read a wonderful blog post from Education Week about formative assessments. It inspired me to try some new strategies that were definitely more effective, especially with my 7th graders. Usually, before spring break, we would use my adaptation of think-pair-share: students would practice forms in their notes, then each put a small number … Continue reading Sort these forms!
This past school year was pretty busy and I took the beginning of the summer to focus on something other than school for a change. However, with the summer coming to a close, it's time to get back into the swing of things so I thought I'd return to blogging for a change. Today, I … Continue reading Synopses in English and Latin
Chronicle Vitae: Are you assigning too much reading? Or just too much boring reading? This piece argues we should assign students readings that are fun and easily accessible. A short piece in journals like Smithsonian Magazine are more effective and engaging than a long, jargon-filled academic article, so students are more likely to actually complete the readings. … Continue reading Some cool teaching articles
A little while ago, my students' knowledge of morphology was frustrating me, even though we might drill it daily in class. This practice takes time away from practicing how to translate, which is really what they want and need more experience with. So, I decided to inject more uncertainty into my students' lives. I like … Continue reading Time for a pop quiz!
As I've mentioned before, I really enjoy that our school offers us the opportunity to meet and discuss books about education. Even though I was not able to attend all the meetings this time, our book study for the Fall Semester was Thomas R. Guskey's 2015 book On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and … Continue reading Continuing Reflection on Grading
Among several goals for this year, my major goal is to find find a more effective way to teach 7th graders Latin in a respectful environment. Since I have moved from a college teaching environment, the biggest adjustment has been to teach this youngest grade. While my sister's children helped prepare me for the energy … Continue reading New Strategies for 7th Grade Latin
At the beginning of the summer, I shared some of my thoughts about my transition from teaching at a college to teaching middle and high school students. These thoughts were primarily pedagogical. Now, I want to share about another important aspect of my transition--something that is very much behind the scenes of teaching--and very much … Continue reading The transition from college to secondary school, Part 2