I attended high school at Lincoln High and then to Delta Community College for two years (both in Stockton, CA) before transferring to University of Arizona where I received my BA in classics with a specialty in Latin and a minor in religion. My experience in languages other than English started in middle school with Latin, for no other reason than a desire to know what some phrases like status quo actually meant. Enjoyment of source material and the way our teacher had a passion for his subject persuaded me to chose Latin as my language requirement for high school. Unfortunately after high school there was no Latin offered at the community college level so I had a two year break and spent the next two years in the classics program at the University of Arizona (and one summer semester aboard in Italy) getting a Latin BA. Currently I'm in the CSULB single subject credential program earning a credential to teach Latin at the high school level, in which I have almost completed earning a 3.5 GPA in teaching and or Latin class at CSULB.
What I expect of myself is to teach in a well organized manner, returning graded papers in an orderly time frame, to offer extra help to students who are struggling while keeping the material at a level that will still challenge the more advanced learners. To evaluate how much my students have learned I will follow the model of the Latin teachers I have learned from in the past and observed from my time here in the credential program. Each student learns and takes in information in a variety of ways; visual, audio, recreational (games and such) are all different kinds of stimuli that are favored by children and teen groups. I must access what best works each student to ensure they are taking in all the information the best way s/he can. Constant assessment will indicate how much of the source material is being absorbed by the students and they can also serve as an indication of how well I’m covering the subject.
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