This week has been rough. Very rough. The students are far past comfortable with me and the class - now, they are pushing boundaries and limits to see where the line is drawn. If I'm honest with myself, they've gotten away with a bit of chaos. I haven't been 100% on script with the whole … Continue reading Stepping Back and Taking Stock
There is a lot about Social Media which brings out the worst in people, but sometimes I absolutely love learning about new ideas, activities, websites, games, on and on, from folks I only know and interact with through Social Media. Social Media can be the greatest of salons: A salon is a gathering of people under the … Continue reading Sharing is Caring
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!
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
The beginning of class is a difficult time. I'm required to stand in the hall outside my classroom from bell to bell to help monitor students as they move from class to class. This leaves my own students on their own in the classroom. I've considered passwords and having students wait in the hall until … Continue reading Bell Ringers
Taking the learning of Latin from grammar charts and translation to communicative and comprehensible. After a rather rough year (2017-2018 school year), where I felt I was doing all the "right" things to teach the Latin to the students, nevertheless, the students weren't learning. No one, they or I, was having fun. Each day was … Continue reading Journey into New Lands: Comprehensible Input