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Active learning in the Latin Classroom 

Submitted by Catherine M Connors on July 1, 2016 - 12:26pm
Seattle area k-12 teachers of Latin
photo by Alexander Hollmann

A lively group of Latin teachers, most local to the Puget Sound area and one tele-conferencing from Spokane, gathered under the auspices of the Department of Classics and the UW in the High School Program on the UW Campus one Saturday in May to share teaching strategies that help the Latin language and the Classical world come alive. Dr. Arlene Holmes-Henderson, a specialist in the pedagogy of Latin who is based at Oxford University and works with the advocacy and training group Classics in Communities, spoke on "Interactive and Innovative Strategies in the Latin Classroom" and shared vivid and compelling examples of student work. A list of links to the resources she discussed is available here. In 'Reading Virgil Digitally' Catherine Connors discussed strategies for using fifteen hundred year old illustrated manuscripts of Virgil's Aeneid from the Vatican library available digitally here and here. Teacher Joseph Klomparens, who offers UWHS Latin 103 at Marysville Getchell High School, also introduced the group to his "Experience Rome Project" a year-long curriculum that follows the life of a famous Roman (a new one chosen each year) from birth and childhood on through career and death. See more of his innovative curricular projects, including "Beyond the Rhine (It's the End of the world as we know it)," his song about Roman geography, at his site (for all your Latin emergencies!). If you would like to be included in future gatherings of teachers, please let us know by sending an email to