Tag: teaching

Towards a more inclusive, safer space in Latin and Classics classes

This past school year, I struggled to include as much about ancient Roman culture and history as I would have liked. When I did include elements of Roman culture, my thoughts were often guided by my earlier reflections about Classics as a field. During the 2016-17 school year, especially as a result of teaching modern … Continue reading Towards a more inclusive, safer space in Latin and Classics classes


From the Inbox

NPR: How TV Can Make Kids Better Readers New York Times on how to use marketing to convince children to eat vegetables Wired: How to apply game theory to parenting Mike Caulfield: "We have personalization [of learning] backwards" Catlin Tucker: "Invest in innovation [in teaching]" Catlin Tucker: Reasons to deliver content in the classroom as … Continue reading From the Inbox

Object-based learning

There's something about handling an artifact or experiencing an ancient building during class that really unleashes a student's latent curiosity. In Cincinnati, I loved to use coin replicas from the University of Cincinnati Classics Department's study collection during class or in outreach presentations about ancient coins. Students were more engaged and asked a lot of questions … Continue reading Object-based learning

New Latin YouTube Video Series!

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!


Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention, which was 7% plagiarised from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, has sparked a series of stories about plagiarism.  These discussions illustrate well why plagiarism is problematic, and several news stories may be helpful for teaching students about plagiarism before, or after, they commit … Continue reading Plagiarism

New Feature: Links

I am very thankful for various teaching and Classics resources throughout the internet: websites with collections of images and 3-D reconstructions, websites with collections of ancient texts and translations, or blogs about all things Classics. I've collected many of these resources under the heading Links above.  Enjoy and use them as much as I have! And please … Continue reading New Feature: Links

Stereotype threat

"Stereotype threat is being at risk of confirming, as self-characteristic, a negative stereotype about one's group," according to Steele and Aronson 1995 who first defined this phenomenon. This sad phenomenon causes people to think along these lines, for example: "I am a girl. Girls are stereotypically bad at math, so I am bad at math." … Continue reading Stereotype threat

The Courage to Teach

Last week, I was at the XVth International Numismatic Congress. On the way to and from the conference, I finished reading the tenth anniversary edition of Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach. The book has two central theses and they both resonated particularly well with me as I was going to this conference. Theme One: … Continue reading The Courage to Teach

Teaching Students with Dyslexia

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act and helped many people obtain better access to all areas of life.  In recognition of the 25th anniversary of this law, I wanted to consider a specific "disability": dyslexia, which effects about 5% of the population.  While dyslexia can effect people … Continue reading Teaching Students with Dyslexia