The following little labors of love which I created are by no means free from error but are, I think, useful and worth sharing with other teachers. I have used them many times at workshops, not to mention with my own students.
Use either the Basic Reading Cards or Reading Cards with Full Noun Chart to help students develop the ability to truly read from left to right without skipping around in the sentence, hunting the verb. I print these on Avery Inkjet post card paper (4 to a sheet), which you can find at most office supply stores.
Here you will find the Rusticatio general booklet (layout of the Claymont house, plus vocabulary useful for each room), Rusticatio food booklet (specifically designed for food served at Rusticatio, which means there may be lapses since we didn't eat things like eggs and bacon for breakfast), Rusticatio outdoors booklet (specifically designed for the Claymont Estate), and Rusticatio First Booklet (beginning phrases, the alphabet, and other helpful info). Add to this the Austin College biduum booklet (designed for use at the Jordan Family Language House on the Austin College campus). Ages ago I was doing research on gladiators and made this little gladiator booklet. I also developed a reverse hangman game where you would make gladiators that would lose body parts as opposed to drawing on body parts in hangman. (Instructions for folding at wikihow.)
For an easy Latin-only activity, play Go Fish in Latin. Research on playing cards during the time of Vives and Erasmus led to the development of this Chartis Ludamus sheet. Unfortunately the original file is lost so I cannot easily edit the one glaring mistake: the 2nd principal part of distribuo is distribuere (the U is left out!). My apologies. I often print this Go Fish Pronunciation Guide on the reverse. In 2006 I developed this "Why Play Cards?" handout for a workshop which explains a little bit about the research I did and how to play.
I love Grumpy Cat, as so many of us do. And she just really needed some Latin to go with her grumpy face. These are mainly aimed at things that are said at Rusticatio or Bidua--so those of us who have studied with Nancy Llewellyn of SALVI may recognize most (not all) of the following phrases:
Feles Morosa, abecedarium, litteram caninam, porrige membra, quota hora est, scitu dignum, noli tempus terere, verus amicus
The SANDALS poster, words by Rick LaFleur, design by yours truly, is an excellent reminder of all the senses and activities we should be incorporating when teaching a language: Spectate Audite Nunc Dicite Agite Legite Scribite. And for those of you in Texas, here's a little poster of Latin versions of the U.S. and Texas Pledges of Allegiance. It's fun to show off reciting the pledges in Latin.
Some years back I made up some flashcards for Weather Terminology in Latin. When you print these up, make sure you duplex it with the terminology on the back of the picture and then laminate!!
We are what we read, and even what we write. Certainly this is true for me with regards to my approach to teaching. I wanted to gather together some of my favorites in one place. They are all, I hope, food for thought.
In addition to these articles, I would like to add my photos and notes, primarily annotated in Evernote, from the Biduum presented by Nancy Llewellyn at Austin College. I was the Repetitor for the Biduum, thus all mistakes on the large Post-It sheets are my own.
In July of 2013 after three weeks of Rusticatio in West Virginia, Nancy Llewellyn joined us at the Austin College Richardson Languagae Institute for a two-day "Biduum" immersion workshop. I acted as her "repetitor," writing a multitude of notes so that the participants could focus on the immersion experience. The following links are to pictures of those notes and more with annotations done in Evernote (for better or worse?) explaining all that we did. [Sadly, these are currently NOT displaying right--the photo is coming up far too big--but will eventually figure it out!]
Every now and then I find myself writing Latin haiku. I thought that perhaps I'd keep some of my haiku here...and maybe some English translations of Martial epigrams in the form of double dactyls.
I have been teaching from the Cambridge Latin Course for over 13 years. During this time I have created a great number of quia.com materials to review vocabulary and grammar. In addition, I have tailored materials to meet my own philosophy and approach to developing true reading skills in Latin. Teachers are welcome to use these materials and adapt them to their own programs. Please remember to give credit where credit is due, and, as always, to pay it forward.
It is worth noting here that I divide up the stages as follows for my classes: Latin 1 (stages 1-18), Latin 2 (stages 19-30), Latin 3 (stages 31-40, plus whatever author or stage I feel like including at the end of the year), Latin 4 AP (Caesar & Vergil).
Feel free to use myPronunciation Guide with information on syllabification and accentuation (how to divide and accent words), specifically designed for our textbook, the Cambridge Latin Course.
For teaching nominative, dative, and accusative, I developed and have been using for over a dozen years with level 1 Latin a certain set of model sentences, which you can see here with a noun chart as well. These sentences work well with the Cambridge Latin Course.
A couple of years ago I developed Oral Recitation Packets for use with my classes. A small selection from each stage is chosen which contains examples of the new grammar being taught. These selections are used for phone in recitations as well as what I refer to as stage quizzes (translation - 50% plus 5 grammar questions - 50%). And again, these selections are used on midterms and final exams. For better or worse, I have left them as MS Word documents here so that you can edit them should you decide to use them. Oh, and the limerick for dividing words is a Lindzey original. LOL.
I have developed a wealth of quia.com materials for my style of tests and vocabulary quizzes. Beginning with Latin 2, we are in the computer lab once a week, either preparing for vocab quizzes or major tests. Because my vocabulary quizzes are in context, I allow students to preview them and learn to focus on the details I will be requiring.
And one last thing for lovers of the Cambridge Latin Course: a poem by yours truly.
MEtella Not MAtella
Metella is not
A chamber pot,
She's not a place to pee;
So when you go
To spell her name
Don't use an A, use E!
A true curriculum vitae or course of one’s life would include all the interesting twists and turns, not just academic/professional activities. Yes, I taught for a year straight out of college but ran away screaming and didn't look back until a dozen years later once my children were ready to start school. Before I got married, I lived in London for a while and wrote a lousy book that was rejected by some of the best publishing houses in the country. Hey, it was an adventure. After that I worked in an office in the Special Education department at UT doing desktop publishing, designing and managing databases, and helping to organize and run conferences specific to our program. During this time I read a lot of manuals until I understood the basics of good typesetting and design. This latter experience led me to being editor for the Texas Classical Association, a position I held for 10 years. During this period I did a lot of professional work for the TCA, ACL, and CAMWS—websites, print materials, promotional activities, and more. My professional activity culminated with holding the position of Chair for CAMWS’s Committee for the Promotion of Latin. Also during this time I had designed and maintained the official website for author Lindsey Davis. And for my own personal pleasure I opened a CafePress shop which I named Anima Altera (Second Self).
Unfortunately in some ways, a confluence of events—including difficulties with my children/family, a serious change for the worse at the middle school where I was teaching, and a shift from teaching middle school to high school—dramatically altered the time I had free to commit to all of these professional activities. I shed almost all of them, most with great sadness and a sense of helplessness. This past year saw the final resignation--Lindsey's website--but it was time to bow out.
The fortunate aspect to this shift to teaching high school was finally having the opportunity to put all of the information on reading methodology to work. I know I have grown significantly as an instructor because of my being able to see all of the ups and downs of teaching each level of Latin, but more importantly being able to identify key reading skills that can be taught from very early on and reinforced at each stage of learning. (That is, reading skills should not simply be dumped upon the student after all of the specific items of grammar are "mastered.")
While I felt I was truly developing good reading skills in my students and myself, I knew there was something else missing. I wanted to do more oral work in class--something that still seems elusive because of time constraints. Nancy Llewellyn, whom I have admired for years--too many to count--got me to my first Rusticatio Virginiana and I was hooked. SALVI is an amazing organization and Rusticatio an amazing event. I went four summers straight, and then because of budget constraints I skipped 2013 but was instrumental in organizing and running the Biduum event held at the end of the Austin College Summer Language Institute. My conversational skills still have a long, long way to go, but it is something I really want to develop FOR ME. And if I can find a way to bring it to my classroom, terrific.
I realized at this same time that my life lacked balance, and was also missing one key ingredient that had been very important to me in my youth: dance. The result is that I have been studying ballroom dancing now for four years, and enjoying every moment of pleasure it brings me. This alone has helped me to regain a great measure of balance; the rest (or as much as I could) was regained in continuing my own personal education with summer Latin immersion workshops (Rusticatio). With that said, I do still serve on a couple of committees for CAMWS, and present papers every so often. Most recently I have accepted a position as Chair of the Biduum Committee for SALVI.
I think the secret to a good life is knowing how not only to accept change but to look for ways change can be beneficial to other aspects of your life. I will be leaving teaching for a while at the end of the 2013-14 school year to pursue a career in event planning and making more time to spend with my younger son (who is autistic) and help with his transition from school to adulthood. This does not mean I will abandon Latin; I will simply embrace it in different ways, much like when I was the TCA editor for 10 years. So we shall see what the future holds.
Below is my professional CV, but my real curriculum vitae is far, far richer.
When your passion for Latin runs as deeply as ours, it seems only natural to surround yourself with all things Latin. Anima Altera, a CafePress shop, not only has coffee mugs and t-shirts, but also a wide variety of other items. Teachers will be delighted by posters of Pompeii and Rome in a variety of sizes. Students will enjoy receiving mini-buttons with Latin phrases.
If you have enough Latin t-shirts, perhaps you should try some pajamas. Or if you don't like mini-buttons, would you prefer some Latin earrings? Could you use some Latin pillows for your couch? Or Latin tile coasters for your table? Truly look no further than Anima Altera.