Category: General Reflections on Teaching

Latin and the Science of Reading

Over Spring Break, while working around the house, I listened to several episodes of the Educate podcast from American Public Media. Among them were two episodes (20 Dec 2019 and  27 Jan 2020) and an earlier audio documentary about American curricula to teach students how to read English. The episodes focus on how these curricula … Continue reading Latin and the Science of Reading

Monthly Manners

Last spring semester, I lead a committee of teachers to find ways to strengthen our advisory/homeroom program. This year, I have continued to serve in a similar capacity as a lead coordinator of our advisory program. Each month, a team of us develop a monthly menu of things to consider doing in advisory, and then … Continue reading Monthly Manners

Quote of the Week

As a teacher of Classics, I have been influenced by the Roman tradition of exempla. I want to encourage students to think about how to be better, more ethical people. Last school year, I began doing this in a few more structured ways: co-coaching our new high school Ethics Bowl team and posting a Quote of … Continue reading Quote of the Week

Mini-whiteboard morphology “races”

This semester, the other members of my department and I read Irene Konynyk's Foreign Language for Everyone, which sought to share a lot of techniques to help students with learning differences acquire an additional language. Many of the suggestions were great, many required a lot of time to be devoted to each student--she clearly showed that … Continue reading Mini-whiteboard morphology “races”

Jenga & Intermediate Latin Students

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

Pictures to encourage inclusivity and self-efficacy

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

Retake quizzes

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

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 Where are my mistakes?

Sort these forms!

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!