Monthly Archives: September 2013

Announcements for the Week of 22 Sept

CANE offers four granting periods for discretionary funds of $400 each with the following deadlines: Oct. 1, Dec. 1, Feb. 1 and May 1. The first deadline is coming soon, so file an application today if you’re interested!
For information on the 2013-2014 Writing Contest, click here!
This is from John Gruber-Miller, Editor, Teaching Classical Languages.
Cornell College is looking to create a national video archive of examples of Latin and classics teaching. It is seeks videos of Latin teachers in the classroom, editors, reviewers, and others to help recruit and organize the Archive. The Video Archive is a new project supported by the ACL, APA, and CAMWS intended to be a well-organized and searchable video library offering examples of effective classroom teaching.
Videos are meant to be no more than 5-15 minutes long and may show you teaching any topic or method that you would like to share: speaking, reading, translating, teaching vocabulary, grammar, working in pairs or small groups, etc.
If you are interested in helping out in some way, please take a few minutes to fill out this brief online survey!
It’s fall again, and that means there are lectures galore across New England! (taken from Harvard’s Classics Calendar)
Tues., Sept. 24
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Barker Center 114, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Maria Mavroudi (University of California, Berkeley)
“Translations from Greek into Arabic and Latin during the Middle Ages: Searching for the Classical Tradition”
Tues., Sept. 24
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, School of Theology, Room 409, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Peter Rhodes (Durham University)
“Directions in the Study of Athenian Democracy”
A lecture in the Study Group On Religion and Myth in the Ancient World series at Boston University. Sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities and the Department of Classical Studies.
This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information on this lecture or on the Study Group, please visit our website:
Tues., Sept. 24
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST, 301 Herter Hall, 161 Presidents’ Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
Tessa Rajak (University of Reading)
“Josephus: Everybody’s Historian”
Sponsored by the Departments of Classics and Judaic and Near Eastern Studies
Wed., Sept. 25
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Barker 133 (Plimpton Room), 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Gregory Clark (The University of the South)
“Beyond Use: A Digital Tool for the Analysis of Late Medieval Manuscript Books of Hours”
An abstract is available at the Medieval Studies website:
Sponsored by the Department of Art and Architecture
Wed., Sept. 25
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Emerson Hall, Room 310, Cambridge, MA 02138
Peter Meineck (New York University)
Neuroscience and Greek Tragedy
Sponsored by the “Discovery of the Classical Worlds” GSAS workshop.

Forms, Posters, and the Start of the Year

I have always tried various ways to get my year and my students’ year of to a smooth start.  I have always wanted them to to get to know me and for me to get to know them.  And, of course, I want to get to know the parents and what the students’ home life is like.
I was describing my methods to Lydia and she suggested I post them here.  There are five papers that I give my students on the first day: a Syllabus, a Getting to Know You Questionnaire, an Experience and Goals Questionnaire, a Personality Quiz, and a Poster Scavenger Hunt.
The Syllabus
The syllabus contains ALL of my rules and expectations.  EVERYTHING the students need to know about grading and otherwise is contained in the syllabus.  I go over it with them, and attach a form to the end, which they must return to me.  I encourage them to have their parents tell me ANYTHING they want to about their child.  I will not share these, I tell them, it is for me.  Best info I will ever get.
The Getting to Know You Questionnaire
This questionnaire is one of my favourites.  I love reading them because students will tell me SO much!  Before asking them to fill this out, I always show them what mine would look like, so that they can get to know me, and tell them that I will not share them with anyone–these are just for me to get to know you.
The Experience and Goals Questionnaire
This one is super useful.  It is designed to give you an overall view of the student’s previous experiences and the student’s experience with Latin and the student’s goals for the future in general and for Latin.
The Personality Quiz
This is a basic Learning Style quiz.  I tell them before I have them fill it out that it is for me, so that I can more effectively plan lessons for them.
The Poster Scavenger Hunt
Many of you may remember the post I did about my Classroom Posters.  The Poster Scavenger Hunt is what I use to get the students up and moving around the room, so that they can get to know the posters I have and how those posters can help them.  They have a GREAT time with this.
I hope this gives you all some new ideas!! 🙂