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What would you want to study that for?

This post answers the question in the fourth activity in the Ontario Extend mOOC in the Teacher for Learning module: What’s in it for me? Embed from Getty Images My grandma asked me all the time: “What do you want to study Latin for? I had to study Latin in high school and I hated it!” I’m not teaching Latin now, but here are some of the reasons I used to share with students (and my grandma!) about why studying […]

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Taking Notes, Digesting Information

This reflection is based on the third Extend mOOC activity in the Teacher for Learning module: Cornell Notes. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I’ve always relied on taking notes by hand to process what I needed to read for school. I’ve never changed my style over {redacted} years, so I was pretty excited to try this technique that I had heard a lot about. I chose one of my favourite TED talks: Comma story by Terisa Folaron. This is a […]

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Concept Map of Syllabus

For my second Extend mOOC activity, I’ve created a concept map of part of the syllabus for the course that I’m teaching online right now: College Reading and Writing Skills. Since the goal is to organize knowledge and convey it in different modes, I chose to look at it from the point of view of the student. It makes sense as an instructor to use backward design: to identify learning outcomes, then to design assessments, and finally to plan learning […]

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Understanding Word Order

Word order is more flexible in Latin. For students who are used to English, this can be confusing and leads to misunderstanding what a Latin sentence means. It’s like cooking versus baking. English is like baking. Baking needs to follow proportions and ingredients more closely. Just like there’s a difference between baking powder and baking soda, there’s a difference between: Dog bites man. Man bites dog. Latin is more like cooking. It’s possible to switch some ingredients in the recipe […]

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