Totidem Verbis - June 2021

Latin Newsletter
06-09-2021  All News, Author Spotlights, Totidem Verbis Latin Newsletter, Teacher Resources

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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.”

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Waiting Lists for Latin Class

Source: newscentermaine.com

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!

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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."

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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, 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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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.”

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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