A Year in F7 – Week 9 (end of the first quarter)

Latin I

Note: This was a very short week.  Only three days of class.

Monday, October 1st, Day 38

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Student Interview

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Quick Quiz: based on the student interviews

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Storytelling with Actors (introduction to the “Gladiator” Movie Talk)

Prep Time: 10 minutes (creating a short story script based vocabulary of the Movie Talk—and              past vocabulary as well)

  1. Write and Discuss

Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

Tuesday, October 2nd, Day 39

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Storytelling with Actors (Part II)

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Write and Discuss

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Karaoke Translation

Prep Time: 10 minutes(formatting story for projection)

  1. Movie Talk – Part I (based on the clip: “Gladiator: Battle with a Retired Gladiator”)

Wednesday, October 3rd, Day 40

  1. Calendar Talk

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Movie Talk (“Gladiator: Battle with a Retired Gladiator”– Part II)

Prep Time: 0 minutes (movie talk was prepared last year)

  1. Read and Discuss (time permitting)/Dictatio

Prep Time: 0 minutes

  1. Timed Write

Prep Time: 0 minutes

 

Reflection: One quarter down this week! It’s been quite a ride, but I finally feel like the wrinkles are starting to get ironed out.  I’m toying with the idea of introducing some Roman culture (via Magister Craft) starting next week, and cycling that in with student-created content  CI-based instruction can almost feel like a slow, steady drip, and week after week it can be unclear if the water level in the bucket is rising at all.  As teachers, we tend to put ourselves on our own time schedules.  I always want things to move faster and faster.  I pay too much attention to the product, when really my attention should be on the process.  What’s my goal every day? Communication and providing comprehensible messages to my students.  If I have been maximizing opportunities for input, I’ve done all I can help my students grow in proficiency.

One thing that I want to change/add: I would like to add two things to my rotation that I have neglected so far this year: Storytelling and Kindergarten Day-style reading.  I recently bought Lance Piantaggini’s excellent book “Quintus et Nox Horrifica” and will read the first two chapters with my students next week.  Over the next quarter, I’m going to experiment with different ways of simply telling or reading a story to my students in order to add some much-needed variety.

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