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
Like usual, it took me a matter of minutes the other day to create the next day’s class agenda. Oh, you wanna know the trick to that? There are lots of them, but it all starts with a good grading system and ends with the basic Talk & Read format. Then, I try not to … Continue reading Low-Prep Doesn’t Always Mean EZ
Considering how impersonal the year felt, the responses from this end-of-year survey support an early prediction many of us had that learning and growth/development would take place this year after all, though certainly different from what we’ve expected in the past. To be clear, “learning loss” is a myth, and you should stop anyone trying … Continue reading Survey Says…Kids Like Self-Assessment! (et cētera)
I got thinking about what I’d say my core practices were if anyone wanted to learn more about CI and get an overview of what comprehension-based and communicative language teaching (CCLT) looks like. Would it be a list of 10? Could I get that down to five? Might it be better to prioritize some practices … Continue reading Core Practices
Here’s a list of how to easily convert tried-and-true activities to the digital space during our remote learning. For a list of all original in-person ways to get texts and input-based activities, see this post.
…we’re doing something wrong. If we spend an hour preparing to teach, that hour should at least result in an entire class’ worth of content, activities, etc., and bonus if it gets us a couple more. In other words, the fruit of an hour’s labor should not result in a single activity lasting just 10-15 … Continue reading If An Hour Doesn’t Get Us One to Two Classes…
On Facebook, I shared my variation on the student interview program Discipulus Illustris (i.e. Special Person) of getting teacher colleagues to choose and answer questions that I put into Google Slides to play “guess the teacher” with classes. Given the size of our staff, I have every Tuesday covered for the rest of the year. … Continue reading Discipulī et Magistrī Illustrēs: A Guessing Game