Category: General Reflections on Teaching

Anti-racism resources

Throughout the month of June 2020, following the death of George Floyd from police brutality and amid the accompanying global outcry, many calls to action, articles, and resources encouraging inclusion and antiracism flooded the internet and social media--almost too many to sift through at once. I've made my way through some of the resources that … Continue reading Anti-racism resources

Weekly Review Activities

Years ago, when I tutored middle and high school students in Latin, each tutoring session began with the student declining a few nouns and/or conjugating a few verbs. While I was able to review what we needed to work on that week, it gave them some much needed practice with their morphology. It was also … Continue reading Weekly Review Activities

Un-whitewashing Antiquity

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

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