First week of school, recap, part three. Here's an overview of what we did in class (Latin I - I do teach a total of 5 preps of Latin, from Latin I through AP Latin). We are on an A/B block schedule, so I only saw the students three times this week, for about an … Continue reading Third Day of Class
In an effort to keep myself organized this next year while doing new (to me) activities and lessons, as well as find a way to record class behavior and/or misbehavior without a ton of extra "things" hanging around that I need to keep track of, I've put together a notebook of resources. Here's what I'm … Continue reading Teacher Notebook
Hercules - MAXIMUS HEROS! Hercules, the greatest of the Greek heroes... maybe, maybe not. If you are a teacher looking for Hercules resources: a simplified, vocabulary-sheltered, comprehensive story on Hercules, along with CI activities to preview, assess, and review the story... look no further! [Disclaimer: I have not class-tested these resources yet, but am planning … Continue reading Four Heroes (Quattuor Heroes) #1: Hercules
[It is a woman's prerogative to change her mind... Thanks to an amazing CI Curriculum Picinic on Saturday with Tina Hargaden and Kaitlin Leppert, I have done just that. I am now editing my Latin II plans to focus on Roman values through cycles of description, narration, informational and opinion writing.] I've basically completed my plan … Continue reading What To Do Next?
I struggle with assessments, in general, and final assessments, in particular. Everything inside of me fights this idea of testing or assessing students on how close or far they are from a set goal. I can't wrap my head around the idea that every student should and must be at the same point, with the same … Continue reading End of Year Assessments
Many times, when I'm faced with trying to explain what I'm doing in my class - either questioned by a colleague, an administrator, a parent, or even a student - I use the term "Comprehensible Input" and then get met with either looks of disdain - "another buzzword, another fix... why fix what ain't broke" … Continue reading CI and Me
How to introduce the target vocabulary - those words you want the students to grasp, internalize, recognize, and use - for a class or unit varies. For many practitioners of CI, an average of 4 new words is recommended each day. These same 4 words are repeated in a variety of contexts over and over, … Continue reading Target Vocabulary