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
Category: Strategies for in the Classrrom
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
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”
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
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
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?
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 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
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