Monday, March 16th, my entire state's (Virginia) schools went on lockdown for two weeks. We were asked to begin virtual teaching on Tuesday. Locally, my school division asked us to provide educational opportunities for review, remediation, and spiraling, but not to begin teaching anything new. My best pieces of advice, so far, are: Ask your … Continue reading Two Weeks in Lockdown
This has been a work in progress. The original slide show was by Senora AnneMarie Chase for her Spanish classes. It can be found here. I have adapted it for a Latin class and then edited and/or added slides to fit my needs. I'm going to go slide by slide to explain how I use … Continue reading Starting Class with Small Talk
In an effort to teach the content of my Latin classes in Latin, following the advice of one of the best sessions I attended at ACTFL 2019: Building Better Courses: The Case for Content-Based Instruction by Kevin Ballestrini, Mark Pearsall, and Lindsay Sears, I have been creating One Page Wonders with my students, based on … Continue reading Content-Based Instruction
The first part of this post is all about Brain Breaks. The second part of this post is part one of my follow-up to ACTFL 2019. Together, brain breaks specifically in the target language and rejoinders, are the perfect way for me to control the chaos of my first year Latin classes. I teach a … Continue reading Brain Breaks and Rejoinders: Taking Back the Class
Have you ever been reminded of something, from a while ago, that at THAT time just passed you by - ZIP, right over your head - but now seems like a miracle... one you wish you'd known about earlier? Or rather, that you'd been in the right place, at the right moment, in the right … Continue reading Hodie in Historia
I have tried this CI staple - MovieTalk - five times now... the way it was originally supposed to be done (I understood it first from this post on The Comprehensible Classroom blog), an edited version of the way it was to be done (which for me was to script out my stops and my … Continue reading How MovieTalk Became Watch & Write
I wish I had known what to do with songs or just how awesome teaching with songs is... Before I delve into what we've been doing in Latin I this week or just how excited all my Latin classes are to do songs, I have to start by saying thanks to a few folks. Latin … Continue reading O di immortales! Carmina in Classe!