Stultus: Crowd Control

“Stultus” is not a word I want thrown around class. Sure, it’s National Bullying Prevention Month, but the fundamental reason why I can’t have students yelling at me when I make a mistake or error as part of the comprehension activity is because mistakes and errors are welcome in my class. I would be sending the wrong message, however gratifying and novel it might seem to call the teacher “stupid,” if I allowed that in my room. N.B. I must emphasize MY room, because I know that Stultus works out just fine elsewhere.

So, my adaptation has been to rename the activity “Magister Mendāx!” The process is the same, but the results are a bit more suited to me and my students. When I say something that’s simply not true (e.g. “Trump reads a lot” when the Latin reads “Trump nōn legit”), the students yell out “liar!” I like that the adaptation is not a judgement of my ability, I don’t have to pretend to not understand, and they still get a fun word we can use in class and in stories.

2 thoughts on “Stultus: Crowd Control

  1. This is a good post, Lance. I like how you turned a habit that you didn’t like on its head and made it work in your classroom. Macte!

    It always makes me very uncomfortable when instructors bring their political views into the classroom. Often the instructor thinks he is being innocuous, but usually the instructor’s political leaning becomes manifest. As a student I saw this occur dozens of times, and I found it offensive even in middle-school. Now I recognize it for what it was, my instructors’ erroneous belief that s/he was bringing a lightheartedness to the class and making the subject matter relevant.

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