As I have transitioned from college to middle/high school teaching, there are a larger percentage of students of color in my 7-12 Latin classroom than I taught in a college setting. While I have always wanted my classroom to be as inclusive as possible, this contrast made me want to be even more inclusive. I … Continue reading Un-whitewashing Antiquity
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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 to encourage inclusivity and self-efficacy
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 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
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
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
One of my students has asked me about better ways to remember and memorize things for Latin, so I decided to look more into the neuroscience of memory. Thankfully, in 1996, Daniel Schacter published Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past, which summarizes some research. While it is a little over 20 … Continue reading Memory
My new job brought a lot of transitions: new school, new students (in new age levels), new city, new social life, and new threats from natural disasters (I am lucky to have survived Irma so well). Now that I am getting more settled in Jacksonville, I want to get back into the blogging habit and … Continue reading More games in the classroom
My recent silence in the blogosphere is a reflection of moving to a new school and attempting to shift my pedagogical mindset. I will be starting, this fall, at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, which has a great reputation and many qualities that encourage a great educational experience. It also has several qualities, like easy … Continue reading Who drives your classes?