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
This past school year, I cut back on the amount of homework that I was assigning to accommodate some students who were taking more time to do the homework than I anticipated. At the end of the year, I was also realized just how little free time students have at home, given homework, sports, and … Continue reading The homework myth?
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
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
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
Another school year has come and gone, and this year has been pretty different from the last few. I taught middle and high school students instead of college students. There were many welcome changes--students were more engaged, longer class periods, and I could do more "fun" activities. There were also some challenges--more use of technology, … Continue reading The transition from college to secondary school
"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