The 2023-2024 school year has begun and for me it is full of changes. I not only moved to the other side of campus this year, but I changed my academic focus entirely. Last year I taught 4 class of Latin and 1 class of ESOL Language for the Development of Content Areas. This year I am teaching a full schedule of ESOL classes.
This change has been both exciting and scary (in good ways), but it was the right change for me. I am working with a population that is growing exponentially. I started in August with ~15 students in my ESOL 1 class and we are now at 32 students in October. As our program grows, so do the variety of skills and languages students bring into the classroom. It has been an exciting challenge for me!
Additionally this last summer saw the introduction of Scroll and Grove! This wonderful new endeavor by yours truly and Bob Patrick is still in its infancy, but we are working on things that we are very excited about!
This year has also brought some new and exciting personal changes that I, honestly, am not sure if (or how much) I'll share, but it is all good! I bring that up to say I'm not sure what kind of schedule I can commit to when posting here or sharing materials, but I am going to try now that things are settling in for me all around.
All this to say, there will be some changes to my website! I am beginning work on organising and re-working pages for ease of access as well as ensuring that the latest work and shares are obvious. In the meantime, here are some things I'm working on and plan on sharing.
Recently I became aware of Academia.edu. It is a site that has logs of free access to a variety of articles and authors that you might otherwise didn't know existed! I was searching for an article that contained some particularly difficult to find Latin text and found it on Academia.edu.
I have officially built my profile there and uploaded two of my professional papers! You can, as always, access them on this site, but you can also access them there. Happy article hunting!
Well, this year has caught me off guard. I imagined that once I graduated from Saint Mary's I'd have a bit more time and I do, but there are also so many new things, both tiring and exciting, that are happening. I am teaching ESOL this year for the first time and a lot of the time I might have dedicated to writing or creating for my website I use to ensure that my lessons are complete and on level with my kids. You can see some of the things I've been working with here. This is a new portion of my site dedicated to ESOL. I am working to add more things including things I've created and adapted. I will likely be offering some things for free on this site and some things on my Teachers Pay Teachers account. I already have one ESOL item there along with a number of Special/Disabled education items and Latin items. Additionally, I am making more time for my personal passions and life this year for my own physical and mental health. I'm spending more time in the garden (complete with a new small greenhouse), making more art, and trying to read more.
Long story short... Here is a quick list of new things you may not have seen and things in progress from me :)
I was incredibly lucky to attend the Roman Daily Life summer seminar through Gustavus Adolphus College. My final project, working with Micheal Posey, started as a musing for original stories and a novella and has become a growing project! Check out what we've got below and you can always access it under my "originals" tab. Click the image below for more information
Published Research: The Effects of Comprehensible Input on Second Language Acquisition for Special Education Students
Miriam is a Latin teacher at the high school level. She has a passion for social justice work in the classroom and believes that students have a right to see themselves in every aspect of the classroom.