Ditching the Phrase “Struggling Student”

I hear this phrase a lot. Many language teachers lament about staying after school to help a “struggling student,” that a student is “struggling” with grammar point X, or that they have a group of “struggling students” in their second year, Spanish 2 class, etc.. When it comes to language acquisition, however, there’s no struggling…… Continue reading Ditching the Phrase “Struggling Student”

Growing a Latin Program (1)–A Story

Our Latin program at Parkview High School has grown from 130 to almost 700 in the last 12 years.  Those of us who teach in the program are clear that teaching with comprehensible input practices and a commitment to all kinds of learners has been key to this growth.  As I look back, I am…… Continue reading Growing a Latin Program (1)–A Story

Neurodiversity in our Classrooms

One of many types of diversity that characterize our classrooms is neurodiversity. As Nick Walker, the scholar behind Neurocosmopolitanism, writes, We are a neurologically diverse species: the enormous innate variation among individual human bodies extends to our brains, which differ from one another like fingerprints. This diversity of brains means a diversity of cognitive styles, a diversity…… Continue reading Neurodiversity in our Classrooms

Your Program: Basing it on Acquiring Latin (2 of 3)

My last post followed this logic: ALL humans can acquire a second language. Few humans learn about languages. Programs based on learning about Latin are exclusive. Programs based on acquiring Latin are inclusive. This post addresses how to base a program on acquiring Latin. I’ll begin with an important systematic change that otherwise keeps Latin programs exclusive: **Stop grading…… Continue reading Your Program: Basing it on Acquiring Latin (2 of 3)