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Greek HLS

First Steps into Classical Greek

Five weeks left of classes, and we are just a few pages from the end of Crito. Spending the whole school year walking with the 10th–12th graders through Crito has provided me the first chance I’ve ever had to work slowly through an entire Classical Greek text. Each week I worked through a paragraph or […]

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Greek HLS Latin

Something to Love

I wrote a note to the HLS students for their school paper this month and wanted to post it here, too. From the February Nova Roma: On the wall of my home office hangs a picture of my kiddos with these words from one of my favorite songs: I hope you find something to love, […]

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Greek HLS

On Daily Recitation

This is my fifth year teaching Greek to middle and high schoolers. Each year I figure out how to do this a little better. We are five months into the school year, and this year’s big take away is clear. Daily recitation is essential in the grammar stage. Worth the time For us, the grammar […]

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HLS Productivity Tech

Teaching Online iPad Only

For the first time, this week I taught a formal online class using only my iPad. By “formal online class” I mean not a one-on-one teaching environment. This class was for an accredited institution with multiple students all over the country. They see a live stream of me teaching, and each student has a microphone […]

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Greek HLS

A High School Student’s First GNT

A parent, who wants to purchase a GNT as a Christmas gift for his son, emailed me and asked what I would recommend. I recommend one of two options. Reader’s Greek New Testament There are several of these on the market, but in my opinion this one is the best. It is absolutely beautiful and […]

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Greek HLS Productivity Tech

On Teaching Greek

I did a three hour talk today on teaching Greek in a middle/high school context. This was a part of the the Classical Latin School Association teacher training conference. Here’s a portion of my notes, the online handout. I wrote the handout in Ulysses‘ iPad app and exported it to PDF using a customized version […]

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HLS

Reflections after Four Years of Teaching

School is out, and all that remains is grading. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve jotted down some thoughts I want to remember. Students must be able to say, “I’m sorry.” You have to convince them how important this is. Being willing to say those words is the most important thing in the world. Preach […]

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Greek HLS

Last Day of Greek 3, Year 4

We finished Greek 3 this year by reading Revelation 21. Last year we read Acts 27, which was fitting because some would call it the most difficult Greek in the New Testament. Revelation 21 was nice, however, because the vocab is more familiar. It’s a beautiful picture of the “last day” on the last day […]

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HLS Logic Productivity

Raging against the Machine

After an hour of “PC Load Letter” moments, the students marched in and the classes began. I had successfully exorcized a couple of the demons and was able to extract copies of two Greek quizzes, but the Logic test copy/print job was firmly in the clutches of Legion. So I wrote the test on the […]

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Greek HLS Latin

Brill Font Wins

I’ve been using the Brill font for all my Greek and Latin quizzes this year, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I’ve used various Gentium fonts and SBL in the past, but Brill wins for a few reasons. First, it includes regular, bold, italic, and bold italic for all the characters, including Greek. So […]