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
I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about what my first year students and I are doing. Today's post is instead about my second and third year students. Those students are frequently the ones who end up forgotten as I plan activities and lessons. They are my "oh, darn" last-minute idea classes … Continue reading Those Middle Years in Language Class
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!
A review of three activities that worked very well in class. At least one of them, I believe, might be an activity of my own imagination. VINCO* Though I myself am not a fan of BINGO, my students have always seemed to love it. Though, in reality, the game offers little in the way of … Continue reading VINCO (a listening bingo-like word race) and more…
As this school year is coming to an end, student attendance is spotty between standardized testing, retake testing, exams, and exam exemptions. I am still teaching as much as possible in this situation, but sometimes I just give up for that day. What to do then? Well, for starters, I ask the students to help … Continue reading Seating – Ideas vs the Reality of Live Students
[You might have noticed this post appeared, originally, incomplete... it was. After having planned open-heart surgery at the beginning of the school year, a large ovarian mass, borderline cancerous, was discovered in December. My surgery was planned for March 19th. Wednesday, March 13th, I ended up in the emergency room with extreme pain. I had … Continue reading The Three C’s of CI