Category: Strategies for in the Classrrom

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

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

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!

Synopses in English and Latin

Synopses in English and Latin

This past school year was pretty busy and I took the beginning of the summer to focus on something other than school for a change. However, with the summer coming to a close, it's time to get back into the swing of things so I thought I'd return to blogging for a change. Today, I … Continue reading Synopses in English and Latin

Weimer, Learner-Centered Teaching

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