|Latin graffiti from Pompeii|
Let's have our first hour-long chat on Tuesday, 4/9 at 6pm PST and talk about the promotion of Latin programs. How do we convince students to take Latin and maintain our program strength? Is retention an problem, and if so, why? Depending on how it goes, we can reconvene every other week at 6pm.
We'll follow the usual chat format and introduce ourselves, before jumping into questions labeled "Q1", "Q2", etc. For convenience, answers should begin "A1", "A2", etc. For chats of this sort on Twitter, it is usually suggested that tweetchat.com (vel sim.), which has worked very well for me, be used to monitor the discussion. Chat digests will be kept using Storify.
Disclaimer: I am in my fifth year teaching Latin at a middle school in Los Angeles and will be implementing a 1:1 laptop program for our 7th graders next fall. I'm consequently very interested in discussing the incorporation of technology into our program. I will again teach our 9th-grade Latin I course, designed for students new to the school or students taking a second language. Traditionally, we have used the Oxford Latin Course for both the Latin IA-IB-II progression and this accelerated course, but I don't like its pacing for Latin I and will try Wheelock instead next year. Finally, I teach Latin III to advanced 9th graders, using a reading-based approach that departs from the Oxford texts. We begin with Balme and Morewood's Cupid and Psyche text, before moving on to one of the Focus Aeneid commentaries, in addition to other supplementary readings. I am thus interested in discussing textbook choices and other resources for intermediate Latin students. Based on my own experiences, I'll offer some of tentative ideas for discussion here, but I'd love to know what concerns others have:
- Building a Latin program
- JCL club culture
- Latin and technology
- Textbooks and digital resources
- The AP Latin curriculum
- Latin-specific professional development opportunities