I’ve gone through and updated Special Person with 21 questions that my students were most interested in this year. Also, a new format now includes just the question, and a short response starter (but not 3rd person). Download and enjoy!
Adriana Ramirez shared videos of her and her students doing Picture Talk on Facebook. I apologize if you can’t see them, but the reality is that most of my professional groups have now migrated to FB, which is becoming THE way to remain current in the field, apparently. Adriana used old family photos for Picture Talk … Continue reading Picture Talk: A Discipulus Illustris Follow-Up
**Read about DISCIPVLVS ILLVSTRIS, and Sabrina’s variation for some context** Should we assess what students remember about their classmates, or should we assess whether students understand Latin? Although the former has social benefits, let’s face it…we use student details as our understandable messages in Latin. It’s great to know that Johnny’s birthday is in April, but it’s better … Continue reading Discipulus Illustris: Those Quizzes
**See a more recent post with some changes to the Quizzes** Last week at TCI Maine ’15, Sabrina Janczak discussed and demoed Star of the Week, her process for student interviews. Although I first discovered a practical interview process from Bryce Hedstrom’s, word has it that original credit goes to Jody Noble, along with Krashen’s 1983 … Continue reading Discipulus Illustris: Updated Materials and Variation
This activity was shared quite some time ago. I didn’t look into it at the time, and just sent myself an email for whenever I had the chance. That chance was last week. This game rules. In short, it promotes reading, and highlights titles from your Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) library at the same time. … Continue reading Game Of Quotes
Last Wednesday, we did our first MovieTalk (yes, still calling it this because I have no intentions or expectations of students acquiring specific vocab, and that’s peachy according to Dr. Ashley Hastings’ 2018 note to teachers who were misinterpreting the method). Believe it or not, but Wednesday’s MovieTalk has been the *ONLY* story so far. … Continue reading WOWATS & Other Collaborative Storytelling Options
After writing about the first weeks of routines, it’s clear that Total Physical Response (TPR) is now only effective as a brain break. After all, moving about and gesturing isn’t as compelling now that we can hold actual class discussions. When it comes to compelling topics, though, Discipulus Illustris is taking off with zodiac qualities … Continue reading Zōdiacī & Weekly Routines
Classes feel a bit different this year—to say the least—meeting between just 40 and 44 minutes daily. That certainly doesn’t sound like much time for high school, but it’s growing on me. In fact, I’d even say that this is an ideal amount of time to spend in a second language each day, so no … Continue reading Do Now & Text-Generating Routines
For all my tips, tricks, and sneaky systems, I do a LOT of scripting and detailed planning the first weeks of school in order to feel prepared. Last year, I wrote about “annual amnesia,” and this year is no different. Granted, I’m reaaaaally on top of certain things, like creating a giant colored-coded poster with … Continue reading Here…We…GO!
One way to get students’ attention is to say something they don’t quite understand. Granted, you need to have solid rules in place for negotiating meaning, and you can’t just unleash a ton of words students don’t know. However, when used judiciously, messing with the input ever so slightly is a handy, level 10 trick…