My worse fear! I am a habitual fast-talker. In every language. Even with myself, in my head. I would like to say that I've gotten better over my 15 years of teaching, but I might be lying. I think my students just humor me. Now, I'm facing a new school year of (90%, I so … Continue reading S… L… O…W!
I've been thinking a lot on how to plan for 90-minute blocks, every other day, with enough variety and activity to keep students engaged and the lesson compelling. Side note: Also need to take into account not wearing me out (as an introvert I need breaks to keep up my enthusiasm in public) In the … Continue reading Chunking a Class Block
This was my first time attending a conference specifically for Comprehensible Input and I had a great time! Organized by Maris Hawkins and Lynne Hendrick, and held at Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. For more information: https://edcampciva.wordpress.com/. I was expecting only two or three other Latin teachers. I am still blown away by … Continue reading EdCampCIVa 2019
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
I had my year end evaluation earlier this week and one comment has left me reeling: Teachers who have taught as long as you have rarely look to improve methods that aren't working. Firstly, if true, that's sad. I hope it is fear of change which holds those teachers back and not a general lack … Continue reading A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss
[Disclaimer: This year, in my Latin III Prose class, I used SSR (Sustained Silent Reading) to mean the time at the start or end of my class when students chose a novella, magazine, comic, etc. to read on their own. I have since been informed that SSR is generally used to mean the reading of … Continue reading Our First Class SSR
No, it's not Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic... in my case, it is Reading, Research, and Recovery. I am still recovering from my surgery and in my boredom (there is really only so much daytime television a sane person can watch without losing their mind) I finally decided to purchase and read some of the most … Continue reading The Three R’s of Education