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Better than carrots or sticks: restorative practices for positive classroom management. Chapter 3 takeaways from the depths of October.

See previous thoughts about chapter 1 and 2 in this series of posts designed for me to reflect on my own classroom management thoughts, procedures and consistency. In my situation we are about to complete 1st quarter.  I am continually amazed at how fast this year is moving.  A large part to this feeling is that overall … Continue reading Better than carrots or sticks: restorative practices for positive classroom management. Chapter 3 takeaways from the depths of October.

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Silent Read and Discuss: The power of silence in language processing.

Often, I find myself in a planning phase where I constantly attempt to facilitate students reading a Latin text out loud.  There is a safety net for students when we complete various versions of partner reads or choral reading as they are not on the spot to read out loud in front of a large … Continue reading Silent Read and Discuss: The power of silence in language processing.

Agrippina: Mater Fortis – Will the Roman matron’s secret be her end?

Agrippina: Mater Fortis focuses on the mother of Rufus and Piso in magister P's Pisoverse novellas.  Agrippina has a secret which makes a compelling plot from the beginning.  This title lands in level b in my self directed reading levels.  Agrippina continues the sheltered vocabulary of Rufus Lutulentus and Rufus et Arma but extends ideas … Continue reading Agrippina: Mater Fortis – Will the Roman matron’s secret be her end?

Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Chapter 2 Review.

This blog entry fits into a series of chapter reviews on the book, Better Than Carrots or Sticks:  Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management by Dominique Smith et al.  Find the review of Chapter 1 Here. After Chapter 1 of Better Than Carrots or Sticks I have a couple of pressing questions for myself as … Continue reading Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Chapter 2 Review.

Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Takeaways from Chapter 1.

This post is the beginning of a series of blog posts as chapter reviews of the book Better Than Carrots or Sticks.  See other reviews with the links below: Chapter 2 - Self Regulated Learning The title of Better Than Carrots or Sticks:  Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management by Domnique Smith et al stuck … Continue reading Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Takeaways from Chapter 1.

Find the Sentence: Little to no prep way to create reading reps to review a passage.

I first found find the sentence at todallycomprehenisble as I often do with comprehension based activities.  Magister Toda involves some prep work to create a find the sentence version with illustrations from a text.  Illustrations are a fantastic way to help students connect to text.  If you have time to make images with a text follow Keith's … Continue reading Find the Sentence: Little to no prep way to create reading reps to review a passage.

Quis me amat?: An introductory Latin reading.

As my classes completed a first semester of Self Directed Reading there were still some students who fought the idea of reading or who read begrudgingly.  Even though I attempted to consistently remind myself that I needed to hold out and keep offering titles that may interest those students, there were days that it was … Continue reading Quis me amat?: An introductory Latin reading.

Itinera Petri: Flammae Ducant – A Latin reader for established intermediate level learners.

Itinera Petri: Flammae Ducant demonstrates why it is an intermediate text from the beginning, which is why it is in level F as an upper intermediate text in my Self Directed Reading program.  Peter was sleeping in the past and the perspective shifts to the present when his mother wakes him up.  Before she is … Continue reading Itinera Petri: Flammae Ducant – A Latin reader for established intermediate level learners.

Iter Mirabile Dennis et Debrae: The ancient world meets modern in an intermediate level story.

For some reason my students do not often read Iter Mirabile Dennis et Debrae.  One of my goals next year with SDR (Self Directed Reading) is to do a better job of introducing and highlighting the Latin titles which are now in our library.  The story line seems compelling to me as both Dennis and … Continue reading Iter Mirabile Dennis et Debrae: The ancient world meets modern in an intermediate level story.