Totidem Verbis - January 2020

Latin Newsletter
01-13-2021  All News, Featured Post, Totidem Verbis Latin Newsletter, Teacher Resources

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See Latin differently with these reflections and activities

 
 

Totidem verbis

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Latin classroom

 

Hi educators,

 

Latin educators see the world through a unique lens. While examples abound for French and Spanish educators looking for current and authentic resources for a Civil Rights lesson, there is a growing body of Latin scholarship and resources offering learners the opportunity to study racism, sexism, classism (and all ugly ‘isms) from perspectives of etymology and world history.

 

Different tools, evoking different connections, will support crucial global conversations. In this issue we share a few refreshing resources created by Latin educators:

 

  • DOWNLOAD our free sight-reading activity - Translation and study of Ferdinand L. Barnett’s address, “Race Unity” (1879)

  • REIMAGINE Latin - Why do we do what we do again? This blog from a Latin classroom reignited our flame!

  • EXPLORE these 5 links worth sharing - Online events and resources for teaching Civil Rights and the Classics

  • REPRESENT Women - Opportunities to teach texts about and by women in Latin and ancient Greek

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

 

Special thanks to educators Jane Lineau, Alex Terwelp, Maureen Lamb, David Wright, Rachel Ash, Justin Slocum Bailey, Kevin Ballestrini, John Bracey, David Maust, Miriam Patrick, Bob Patrick, Lance Piantaggini, John Piazza, Keith Toda and others for their contributions to the field. We also posthumously recognize Ferdinand L. Barnett (cited in our sight-reading activity) and his wife Ida B. Wells, for setting the bar for global citizenship in their words and actions.

 

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

 

Beatus doctrina,

 

Free Sight-Reading Activity

Free to print and download: Lawyer and journalist Ferdinand L. Barnett gave his most famous address, Race Unity, to the May 1879 National Conference of Colored Men. In the face of policies that pitted marginalized races and classes against their own, Barnett and his peers advocated for unity among all Black Americans, paving the way for the Civil Rights movements to follow. The two central themes of Barnett’s address, employment and education, also motivated Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech eighty-four years later.

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The Imagination Within Latin

New on the Proficiency Talks blog, by Alex Terwelp: “Students benefit immensely from using their imagination to make connections with abstractions. You will not find a student in your career who has met an ancient Roman or has visited ancient Rome. Because they cannot immerse themselves in the culture, students must imagine everything.”

Read
 

5 Links Worth Sharing 

Online events and resources for teaching Social Justice and the Classics:

 
  1. Classics and Racism – a Zoom event January 16th at 3:00 PM ET. held by The Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Register here today!
  2. Certamen Voices Project – hosted by NJCL
  3. Social Justice in Secondary Latin – Facebook group hosted by educators
  4. Classics at the Intersections – scholarship, citations, and links to inspire your research for your next lesson, curated by Rebecca Futo Kennedy
  5. Latin Novella Database – blog dedicated to analyses of the newest Latin novellas
 
 

Representing Women in Latin Class

New on the Proficiency Talks blog: Many Latin and ancient Greek textbooks, and even the AP® exam, focus largely on the experiences of aristocratic Roman men and not so much on experiences of women. In this newest blog post, Latin teacher Maureen Lamb discusses opportunities to teach texts about and by women in Latin and ancient Greek. 

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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, it 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.

Free Sample
 


ICYMI: Catch up on Poolside Proficiency

06-16-2020  All News, Events, Featured Post



In case you missed it, you can now watch all three webianrs in our Poolside Proficiency summer webinar series! 

Let Go to Move Forward  

The end of the 2019-2020 school year was not what anyone had planned. As teachers look forward to the 2020-2021 school year there are a lot of questions regarding curriculum and lesson planning. In this webinar, a panel of diverse stakeholders, including a Wayside author, an Instructional Strategist, a Curriculum Coordinator and two classroom teachers, discuss how to start off next school year without feeling like you have to "hurry up and catch up."

Panelists include: 
Helen Small – Curriculum Coordinator
Debbie Espitia – Instructional Strategist
Erin Gibbons – Author - EntreCultures 2, 4
Tanya Meinecke Smith, Teacher (Emery Weiner School)
Alexis Buschert, Teacher (Tigard-Tualatin School District)

Watch here in case you missed it! 

 

Declutter your curriculum 

How do we make deliberate instructional choices so we can better support students' target language proficiency and ignite their passion for learning? In this panel discussion we will explore how to declutter your curriculum and lessons in order to focus on what is essential for student language proficiency.

Panelists include: 
Jennifer Carson – Curriculum Coordinator
Michelle Olah, Instructional Strategist
Chris Hayes, Teacher (Upper Arlington)
Christi Gilliland, District Supervisor (Williamson County Schools)

Watch here in case you missed it! 

 

 

Using a Learning Management System to design online learning experiences

A Learning Management System can enable classrooms to transform what students and teachers can do with instruction. These platforms can help increase student engagement and allow for differentiation as we look to bridge gaps between content, pedagogy, technology, and training. In this webinar, we will discuss how using a Learning Management System can expand your classroom and open new doors of opportunity for learning. Our panel will include Wayside Publishing's Digital Specialist for Innovation & Instructional Technology and a district coordinator for Instructional Technology.

Watch here in case you missed it! 






Live Training for EntreCulturas and EntreCultures

06-10-2020  All News, Featured Post, Events

Are you implementing EntreCulturas or EntreCultures in your classroom this fall? Find out everything you need to know to get started with our cornerstone Spanish and French programs during our ongoing summer training sessions. We recommend that you register for both a program training session and a Learning Site training session. 

Please note: This training is useful to teachers who are implementing one of our language programs this fall. If you are not yet a user but would like to find out more about our language programs, email info@waysidepublishing.com


 

EntreCulturas and EntreCultures program training sessions

Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on EntreCulturas and EntreCultures. We will talk about how units are set up including teaching vocabulary in context, using the discovery process to teach grammar, performance assessments, and more.

Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one, the same content is repeated in each session).

 

 

Learning Site training sessions

Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on the Learning Site. We will help you get familiar with the tools and resources found on our online platform. Learn the ins and outs of using Explorer, FlexText and Portfolio and how to integrate them into your instructional practice.

Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one, the same content is repeated in each session).

 



Best Blogs of 2019

12-31-2019  All News, Featured Post, The Wayside Way, Teacher Resources, Authentic Resources
Start off 2020 with ideas on how to refresh and renew your teaching from some of our most popular bloggers.  Subscribe to the Wayside blog

The best tips & ideas for your classroom

Hi educators,

Revisit some of our most popular blog posts from this past year and get tips & ideas that will help you refresh and renew your teaching practice in 2020. 

4 steps for refreshing your teaching & starting strong in 2020
By Elena Spathis
Teaching often seems like running a marathon—we train and prepare, we push ourselves, and we keep going no matter what the circumstances. Reaching the end-of-year “finish line” to winter break gives us the opportunity to pause, reflect, and recharge.

The power of authentic resources
By Ed Weiss
When there is a real task involving real materials for a real purpose, students discover the purpose and need for learning a language and subsequently staying with that language throughout their secondary years. 

Helping students overcome their fear of mistakes
By Elena Spathis
In order to see our students really use the language successfully and authentically, we must encourage risk-taking in our world language classrooms. 

Activities that help create a safe classroom space
By Angelika Becker
Investing the time early in the school year fosters a sense of community that helps with partner and group activities throughout the school year.

How fewer, intentional goals will make you a happier, better language teacher
By Meredith White
Less guilt, less stress, less sense of imposter syndrome, less to keep track of —fewer goals that are more specific and intentional end up being less to keep track of and think about.


Happy New Year and Happy Teaching,

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New on the Learning Site: Proficiency trackers

09-26-2019  All News, Featured Post, Teacher Resources

Help your students track their growth and their performance towards proficiency with these new proficiency trackers, now available on our Learning Site. Available for both our Spanish series EntreCulturas, and our French series EntreCultures, you can use the trackers by downloading and printing them from the Learning Site or assign them online for each unit and for the entire year. 

If you are a Learning Site pro, find these under the Content tab of your course for EntreCulturas and EntreCultures, in the Proficiency Resources.

Not familiar with our Learning Site yet? Request a sample now and see everything we have to offer. 

Watch this brief tutorial on how to find and use this new tool: