Category Archives: Work: Teaching

An Unfortunate Coincidence of Names

Prufrock Press “is the nation’s leading resource for gifted and talented children and gifted education programs”. I hope the name is not a literary allusion. Gifted and talented children have enough trouble with accusations of nerdliness and worse: they really … Continue reading

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About the Author

If InstaPundit can post a portrait of himself drawn by a two-year-old nephew, I suppose I can post a portrait of me done by the youngest of my sixth-grade Geography and Latin students: I like the way it gives the … Continue reading

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Better Late than Never?

If you’re in Raleigh and have some time to spare, why not come to lunch with Joanne Jacobs at the John Locke Foundation downtown? You still have almost two-and-a-half hours to make your arrangements and get to 200 W. Morgan … Continue reading

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Things I Thought I’d Never Have To Do

. . . at least while teaching high school Latin and middle school Geography: Use a small plastic trashcan to help corral a copperhead. Our biology teacher held a laminated copy of the Gettysburg Address behind the snake while I … Continue reading

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Quotation of the Millennium

The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot … Continue reading

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Back-Handed Compliment

Ann Althouse is a law professor at the University of Wisconsin. Here is one of her posts from today, in full: God bless the dork . . . Overheard on State Street today: “I said I would never go back … Continue reading

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Amusing Comment in AP Vergil

In the funeral games in Aeneid V, which we read in English — none of it is in the AP selections — all five of the participants in the foot-race are given prizes (340-61). Vergilians will recall that Euryalus, Helymus, … Continue reading

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A Founding Father of the Oral Latin Movement?

The pseudonymous ‘Michael Blowhard’ of 2Blowhards was recommending Maupassant the week before last. Inspired by his enthusiasm, I checked out a collection of short stories, one of which turned out to be very pertinent to (of all things) Latin teaching … Continue reading

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Ludus Elegiacus

In 1937, a Latin teacher named L. E. Eyres published his “Ludus Elegiacus” in Greece & Rome (pages 56-57 and 155). It is a set of twenty-five epigrams in elegiac couplets, the first five of four lines each, the rest … Continue reading

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After Long Silence

I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been moving all my stuff from Baltimore to North Carolina for a new job. I’ll be teaching Latin II (second half of Wheelock), Latin IV (AP Vergil), Greek IV (Antigone and Apology) and … Continue reading

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