And now for the ramblings of a teacher in August:
I'm always intrigued by how many of readers comment on the Latin in this blog. For me, there is no way to separate it out from life but I love reading about your memories and (sometimes) fierce defense of this "dead" language. (We just like to think of it as very stable, not dead).
I've been thinking a lot about school (go back next week) and what will be. We are instituting a 1-to-1 iPad initiative in the 6th grade. The prospect is exciting and daunting. I love technology and use it in my classroom ALL the time but it's very important to remember that technology isn't going to make a bad teacher good (or a good teacher bad) and this is where things get lost. It's a tool like a scissors or an overhead projector. If I don't know what to do with them (or for that matter the students), no point. It tickles me to no end that despite amazing technology, students still love it when we get out the white boards and markers. They beg for it. They LOVE blue days (we have a rotating schedule with four "colored" days) when I teach them Roman history. Just a lecture with some pictures. "More, more, more". Imagine.
I'm thinking of making audio files for practicing Latin à la Pimsleur method. They would match the concepts we're learning in class but with different vocabulary. Anybody interested in trying them? They'll be 15 minutes long and hopefully painless to do - and gratis. We'll be starting at the beginning so even if you don't know any Latin, you could do it. If there's interest, I'll put them on the blog, if not, no biggie. I have a captive audience waiting for me in two weeks. tee hee.
I've done it again- used my tatting time to blog. Ugh. Wish I could figure out a way to do both!
Latin for today: diei aestivi mihi maxime arrident = I really love summer days.