Author: davidschwei

New Strategies for 7th Grade Latin

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

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The transition from college to secondary school, Part 2

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

Weimer, Learner-Centered Teaching

I love that my school is making a push to have a more learner-centered learning experience for our students. As part of this, English and History classes frequently use the Harkness method and the year before I arrived at the school, a group of teachers did a book study of Dr. Maryellen Weimer's Learner-Centered Teaching: Five … Continue reading Weimer, Learner-Centered Teaching

Technology and Our Students’s Lives

Earlier this month, I attended the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute's 2018 Leadership Lab in Colorado Springs. It was a great time to learn about leadership education, students' brains, technology, group dynamics, and social and emotional education. One of the things that kept coming up and has profound effects for how we teach and how we … Continue reading Technology and Our Students’s Lives

Towards a more inclusive, safer space in Latin and Classics classes

This past school year, I struggled to include as much about ancient Roman culture and history as I would have liked. When I did include elements of Roman culture, my thoughts were often guided by my earlier reflections about Classics as a field. During the 2016-17 school year, especially as a result of teaching modern … Continue reading Towards a more inclusive, safer space in Latin and Classics classes

Discouraging the use of Google Translate

Discouraging the use of Google Translate

"This is, like, your favorite game." One of my students said after I announced that we were going to play a game that I like to call "Are you smarter than Google Translate?" Pretty much every world language teacher dislikes our students using Google Translate, and each of us has our own way of discouraging … Continue reading Discouraging the use of Google Translate

Ulrich Boser’s Learn Better

One of the great things at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville is that, each year, teachers can meet as a book club to discuss a book about education, learning, and teaching. This year, I was happy to be a part of the book study of Ulrich Boser's Learn Better about the process of learning and what … Continue reading Ulrich Boser’s Learn Better