Magister Stoa


Welcome to Comprehensible Antiquity.  I am a Latin teacher in West Des Moines, Iowa.  Currently, our program offers Latin 1-AP at the 9-12 levels.  In the Spring of 2014 I started reading about Comprehensible Input.  I’m not quite a recovering grammar translation teacher, but CI has opened my view of teaching from exclusive to inclusive.

It all began with my own children.  My daughter, Mara, was born in 2011.  Mae joined us in 2014 and Emilia in 2016.  Language teachers, if you are not a parent, seek out parents of young children.  Observe them and ask them about how they talk to their children.  It is amazing to watch children figure out language.

My number 1 goal in my classroom is to attempt to replicate the language acquisition process that I’ve watched with my children.  Does it look the same in a classroom full of diverse learners?  No, but the concept is the same.  We acquire a language through the understanding of comprehensible messages in the target language.  Those messages can be replicated in a classroom with the process of interacting with my children as a guide.

Experience my journey here.  If you are willing, share your own as together we will find so many more ways to create an environment of comprehensible messages.  Welcome to Comprehensible Antiquity.