Totidem Verbis - June 2021

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Totidem verbis

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Latin classroom

Hello educators,


The school year is winding down, and summer is right around the corner. While some teachers cannot wait to think only of cold drinks and warm sunshine, we know Latin teachers are insatiable when it comes to learning. You have a hearty appetite for knowledge, and you are dedicated to finding new ways to pass that knowledge to your students. So, Wayside is always on the hunt for the most effective, most engaging resources for you and your students! In this issue:


  • BUILDING mental highways - Learn how these strategies can be used in any language, but especially with Latin!

  • WAITING lists for Latin class - Learn how Wayside author Jane Lienau packs her classes using Spartacus and stickers

  • EXPLORING these 5 links worth sharing - Resources for learning and teaching Latin and the Classics

  • JAMBOARD - Five ways to use a virtual whiteboard in your Latin classroom

  • TAKING a path less traveled to the AP® - Sight-reading with Scandite Muros


What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!


Beatus doctrina,


Building Mental Highways With Latin

On the Proficiency Talks blog, by Alex Terwelp: “When children are born, they develop roughly 80% of their brain capacity by age two. Adolescents’ brains grow to fill out the remaining 20%. After teaching for a few years, I began to realize that my 7th graders did not have the highways built yet, and the construction would continue into their early twenties. I recognized it was my job to be the brain foreman for as much time as I had them in class. After this epiphany, I stuck my foot in the door of my school’s student support office because I knew my role as a Latin teacher was more than teaching Latin. However, I soon realized that Latin did me the favor of supporting my students in the development of executive functioning skills – Latin is the vehicle that brings these skills to my students.”


Waiting Lists for Latin Class


Latin educator and Wayside author Jane Lienau has a waiting list of students wanting to sign up for her Latin class, and anyone looking for academic fluff need not apply. The students are reading some of the giants of western literature—Virgil, Ovid, Catullus—who wrote of human joys and sorrows two thousand years ago. Seeing the enthusiasm and rigor this teacher and her students bring to Latin class is nothing less than inspiring. Learn how she keeps her classes packed by using stickers and Spartacus!


5 Latin Links Worth Sharing 

Resources for learning and teaching Latin and the Classics:

  1. ScorpioMartianus – a YouTube channel entirely in Latin and Ancient Greek
  2. Septentrionale Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum – SALVI’s mission is to promote communicative approaches to Latin language acquisition, making the entire body of Latin literature and its legacy more available to—and enjoyable for—students, teachers, and the general public.
  3. The Latin Library – a comprehensive library of Latin texts that are in the Public Domain
  4. Quomodo Dicitur? Podcast – a weekly Latin podcast on varying subjects
  5. Textkit Greek and Latin Forums – a Classical Language Learning Forum

Jamboard – A Virtual Whiteboard for Your Latin Classes

On the Proficiency Talks blog, by Maureen Lamb: "At its core, Jamboard is a virtual collaborative whiteboard. Within that whiteboard, there are options to add many things, including backgrounds, text, shapes, images, screen shots, and sticky notes. Individual Jamboards are called Jams, and you can have up to 20 Jams going at a time. I find it easy to assign students to Jams by adding sticky notes indicating which student or group of students is assigned to each. Curious to know what you can do with a Jamboard? I lay out five of my favorite ways to use it."


The Path Less Traveled: Sight-Reading

Latin educator and author Jane Lineau thought creatively when she wrote Scandite Muros. Not only does it uniquely focus on sight-reading, but it also provides a flipped-classroom approach that can be adapted to blended, virtual, or in-person semesters. Scaffolding Scandite techniques led Jane to grow one of the largest Latin programs in Maine, with students seeing both AP® exam success and long-term reading skill development. Explore a free sample of this intermediate and advanced Latin favorite.

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