When I started this blog, it never occurred to me that my students might find it and enjoy reading it. And yet, some of them do enjoy reading it, and so this post is (at their urging) about an activity those students and I created together in the Honors Latin 4 class--essentially, intermediate Latin where we … Continue reading Jenga & Intermediate Latin Students
Category: Affective Learning
Before the school year started, I was meeting with a small group of teachers who would be offering guidance for our school's advisory program. In one of these discussion, a colleague mentioned something he had learned at the National Association of Independent Schools' People of Color Conference: one of the best things to do for … Continue reading Pictures for to encourage inclusivity and self-efficacy
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, 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?
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
Before winter break, I read the book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids. It was enlightening for me on a personal level and as a teacher. Susan Cain talks about the qualities of introverts and their tendencies as students and people in other social situations. They tend to: Be quiet but on task … Continue reading Introverts and ClassDojo
In the midst of some intense political happenings in Washington, DC, it seems appropriate to ask: how does a teacher responsibly and ethically handle, or remember regarding, politics in the classroom? Here is the fruit of my research: Recognize your own positions. We all develop beliefs in response to our perceptions, feelings, interpretations of the past, … Continue reading Politics in the Classroom
Last Tuesday's election and its aftermath encouraged me to look into something that I had been considering for a while now: how do I ethically encourage students to act in a more socially just way? There is a fair amount of literature on social justice education, and I present here my findings from an initial bit … Continue reading Towards ethical social justice education
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" -Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus" Ancient Rome can be … Continue reading Romans and the Other