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Rufus Lutulentus – An introduction to Rome and characters of the Pisoverse.

Magister P's Pisoverse offers pages of Novice level reading with connected characters for beginning level Latin students.  Students experience sheltered vocabulary in each title with connected repetition between titles because characters make multiple appearances.  Rufus Lutulentus offers a simple introduction to the Pisoverse. The story begins with an introduction to the character Rufus, a young … Continue reading Rufus Lutulentus – An introduction to Rome and characters of the Pisoverse.

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The SSR Handbook: Chapter 2 – Eight Factors for SSR success. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

Find reviews of more must read books at the must read book page.  This review focuses on chapter 2 of Janice Pilgreen's The SSR Handbook.  This title is a must have to guide the work of any reading program, whether your focus is Self Directed Reading (SDR), Free Volunteer Reading (FVR), Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) … Continue reading The SSR Handbook: Chapter 2 – Eight Factors for SSR success. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

The SSR Handbook: The number 1 resource to start a reading program. Chapter 1: Roots and Rationale Review

We become what we read.  The SSR Handbook is a title that has guided my teacher persona over the last year.  This review is the first of a series which you can find on the books that leave an impression page. The SSR Handbook by Janice L. Pilgreen is a must own resource for any … Continue reading The SSR Handbook: The number 1 resource to start a reading program. Chapter 1: Roots and Rationale Review

Move your teacher self out of the way: It’s blocking your view of the human beings in front of you.

Recently there was a debate in a teacher group about the use of Classical dictionaries.  Passions were vibrant.  I debated within myself wondering where I stood.  My guess is about half of the responses were in support of teaching students how to use Classical Latin paper dictionaries and about half were opposed to the need … Continue reading Move your teacher self out of the way: It’s blocking your view of the human beings in front of you.

Rufus et Arma Atra: An introductory story line filled with references to ancient Rome, gladiatores and military themes.

Magister P has created a fantastic universe for Novice readers to experience ancient Rome through Latin text that they are able to access with his Pisoverse.  Rufus et Arma Atra is a must have title for a reading library as it is accessible to Novice level learners with mere hours of instruction in Latin.  The … Continue reading Rufus et Arma Atra: An introductory story line filled with references to ancient Rome, gladiatores and military themes.

Why I think “Active” versus “Grammar-Translation” misses the point.

I'm burnt out today.  Lately, the Active Latin versus Grammar-Translation debate has popped up in my social media feeds.  I need to do something different so I watched a lecture from Salvi about the possibility of a bridge between Active Latin and Grammar-Translation to change up my day.  These thoughts are a bit raw and … Continue reading Why I think “Active” versus “Grammar-Translation” misses the point.