This semester, as I walked around my classroom, I noticed that students' notes and notebooks were somewhat sparse and disorganized. In fact, they were mainly the paradigm charts.... often without explanation. This disturbed me, but I saw why their notes were this way. Students copied what I wrote on the board (or PowerPoint) or they … Continue reading Lecture worksheets
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?
With a new job and a new semester, I thought it was time to give the blog a new look and let you know about a side project I've been (slowly) working on: a set of YouTube videos about Latin constructions! Latintutorial is an excellent YouTube channel that helps students study morphology, but I was … Continue reading New Latin YouTube Video Series!
Recently, I read Chris Bartlo's article about how programming supports math students' abilities to be more precise, receive prompt feedback, accept and normalize the struggle of working, work collaboratively, and be more metacognitive. The article appealed to me because teaching Latin, like teaching math, is about teaching students a skill. One paragraph from the article seemed particularly appealing … Continue reading Coding and the Beginning Latin Learner
Last week's post focused on Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Learning. Today's post focuses on Krathwohl's Taxonomy of the Affective Domain which focuses on perceptions, feelings, emotions, and belief systems. And the emotional side of things cannot simply be ignored, even if many of our learning objectives and course aims focus on the cognitive domain. Unlike … Continue reading A taxonomy of Affective Learning
A recent article in The Times, "Bit-sized Greek and Latin lessons boost reading and maths skills," praised a program in English schools for helping students who are struggling with English and with math improve and catch up to their peers. The program uses Latin and Greek roots to help students pull apart English words so that … Continue reading Latin, Greek, and English Vocabulary
In June 2014, T. H. N. Gellar-Goad began a seven part series of blog posts for the Society of Classical Studies. These posts took the insights from How Learning Works by Susan Ambrose et al. and discussed how to apply these ideas to teaching Latin and Greek. The last post of the series was in July … Continue reading T. H. M. Gellar-Goad’s “How Learning Works in the Greek and Latin Classroom” Blog Posts
When I was talking to my brother, who teaches a writing intensive course at American University's law school, about my recent post about checklists for student papers, he mentioned a rule that they have: if your paper has a certain number of grammar mistakes, it is returned to you and you must edit and resubmit … Continue reading Grading “Grammar”
Students always struggle with remembering the various uses of each Latin case, even after/if you're able to convince them to pay attention to the uses of cases. In my experience, they have the most trouble remembering the uses of the ablative and the genitive cases. I have attempted various strategies to help students remember the … Continue reading Uses of Latin Cases – Word Web