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New Teachers

Are you a new teacher? Here's an article for you to read: "Twice a First Year Teacher" and maybe you can avoid having an overly stressful year.

NEED SOME FRESH MATERIALS? Thomas McCarthy has a bunch of learning aids posted at Worth a look!

NEED SOME LATIN T-SHIRTS? There's a new online shop worth checking into--Anima Altera: Latin T-Shirts and More at

NEED POSTERS QUICK? There are some below (see Quick Posters) but there are also some new beautiful ones on offer at CAMWS's Committee for the Promotion of Latin website at Go to the For Educators page. Also try - "The world's largest poster and print store" has some amazing finds when you do a search for ROME or ROMAN. Hold onto your credit card--you'll be tempted to spend lots! If you're looking for cheap/free, try the Quick Posters below (more coming soon).

Need a place to work in Texas, check the UT's Teacher Placement page.

Many topics are treated more thoroughly on the Latinteach Website, which I highly recommend you visit.

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Quick Posters

Need posters for your classroom FAST? For vendors, check Dr J's site, the Survey of AV Resources for Classics, use the "search this site" feature on the left, type in "posters", and you should get a list that includes L&L Enterprises, ACL and others.

But perhaps you have NO MONEY and you need these things NOW? If you can find someone that can print on 11X17 inch paper, here are some posters I recently made (Aug 2002) that have Latin quotes with English translations. I found most of these quotes in Rose Williams' Latin Quips at your Fingertips, which you can find at Barnes & Noble. I am going to back these with colored paper and laminate. These require Adobe Acrobat Reader (click to download).

Also, here are some quick promotional flyers on 8.5X11 inch paper:

  • Harry Potter Knows Latin! designed by Ginny Lindzey.
  • Why Study Latin? designed by Ginny Lindzey, this brochure contains the latest SAT stats plus Conrad Barrett's article, "Keys to Language and Cultural Awareness."

Promoting Latin in your area?  Need a brochure for teachers?  I made up this one for our state which covers most of the classical organizations teachers might want to belong to. Feel free to print it up and use it.

Alternatively, if you just want to promote the TCA, how about this TCA brochure I developed a few years ago? I forgot about it but recently found it and updated it.

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Adopted Textbooks in Texas and Related Resources

Cambridge Latin Course: 

Latin For Americans: 

Let me know if you would like to see books other than those on the state adoption list here. --Ginny

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Books and Teaching Materials

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Organizations and Affiliations

Would you rather have a brochure in your hand?  I made up this one for our state. Feel free to print it up and use it.

For more information about starting a new JCL chapter, see JCL Activities. For information about joining the TCA, see Membership.

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Exams for Students

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Must-Read Books & Articles

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Mailing Lists/Discussion Groups

Didn't find the list you were looking for here? See the more exhaustive email/discussion group list at the Latinteach website.

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Useful Websites

There are many more useful sites than just the following. Please consult the Links page on this site as well as links on the Latinteach website for more.

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Where Can I Find...?

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Typing with Macrons

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Starting a Latin Club

This is where *I* need some advice. However, first and foremost, if you are going to start a JCL chapter, you will need to check information at the TSJCL website for membership. There's also additional information on the JCL Activities page.

But what do you do if you have absolutely no materials? No old tests, etc? First, ask your local teachers. Most will let you photocopy what you have.

If you are after certamen questions, the following advice came from the Latinteach list from Michael B Myer:

In case you get the urge to look for free certamen questions on the web, you should know that the Maryland site  or and the other really huge site have merged their question banks. Just point your browser to:  The host site is unfortunate, but there's a lot there.

You can also buy books of former questions from the NJCL,

And if you need a certamen machine, contact:

Quiz Wizard II for Certamen.
Michael Johnson
Creative Electronic Distribution
5492 Glasgow Place
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 457-0741

If you have good advice for starting a club, please send it to me to post!

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Designing Club Websites

Need to design a club web page and want access to suitable Roman gifs, jpegs and what not? Or how about some fun but free special effects? Try these pages for starters.

Here's a few sites that provide free web space, etc:

  • Very well known bulletin board provider.
  • Yes, the same server that the Latinteach archive is on.  It can be set up for list archives, bulletin board systems or chats.  
  • Here's a site that has free websites for teachers along with templates:
  • Another free webspace service for teachers, it has templates for you to fill in.  I haven't used it, but from what I have heard it does not have advertising during school hours. 

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Making Roman Clothing

Need outfits? No need for me to list it all here. Go to Mary Carroll's Roman Costume page at the Quia website. She has links to all sorts of pages on costuming.

Another good page for Roman clothing is at The Roman Empire site.

Also look at the pages on Clothing and Fashion on the Index Rerum Classicarum site.

Best of all, there are more pictures and instructions on the Roman Life page at the Cetera site.

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First and foremost, check the Survey of AV Resources for Classics.

The following was advice offered by Tom Elliot on the classics list this year:

1. Rand McNally's educational products division (which absorbed Denoyer-Geppert a few years ago, for those who remember those wall maps) has their catalog online at:  Click on "The School Store", then "School Store Directory", then under "Specialty Maps" choose (e.g.) "History-World" then select the corresponding "go" button. You'll get a full list of their available products, with descriptions and prices. These materials are not available via Rand McNally's main site (  unless you click on the "Education/K12" link, which takes you to k12online (url above).

2. Routledge produced a series of classical wall maps in the 1980s to early 1990s (, which are still in print and can be ordered direct (in North America) via Use the "search" tool (click the "go" button next to "search" near the bottom left corner of the main page). Then, set the "subject" combo box to "title" or "isbn" and type in the appropriate information below. I have not been able to get the subject: keyword search to return anything useful related to these maps. They also seem to be available, via special order, through (search for title words: "classical wall maps" (n.b. "classical wall map" will return nothing). Here's the list of maps with ISBNs:

a. Ancient Greece and the Aegean, Richard Stoneman (ed.) and Richard Wallace (ISBN: 041503230X). 
b. Alexander's Empire, Richard Stoneman (ed.) (ISBN: 0415056314) c. The Ancient Near East and Lands of the Bible, ?, (ISBN: 0415056306) 
d. The Roman Empire, Richard Stoneman (ed.) (ISBN: 0415056322) 
e. Roman Italy, Richard Stoneman (ed.) (ISBN: 0415032296)

3. Klett-Perthes, the German teaching aids supplier, continues to produce the Haack series of teaching wall maps related to the study of antiquity (and some similar maps on related topics), but these seem only to be available in German or Latin (see below). A catalog and ordering is available through various US dealers, such as  These maps are available on paper, laminated or cloth, with or without hanging hardware. Here is omnimap's listing: 

4. Nystrom offers sets related to world history, about which I know next to nothing at this point. 

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Grade Management Programs

First, find out what your district is using. There's no use learning one program if you will have to learn another!

Advice concerning the use of grade management programs from Donna Winstanley as posted on Latinteach:

1) Always make a backup copy of your grades, and you can keep several years of grades on a disk instead of hanging on to books.

2) I print out the term grades, and turn them in as my grade book. Because my grade program (Grade Quick) prints descriptions of the assignment, the APS have been able to answer parent questions about grades without calling me in. I've received compliments about this.

3) Grade Quick (and probably most of the programs) provide info on the average, median, and mean grade for each assignment. I use this info to decide if I need to rethink a grade scale.

4) Because the student reports are easy to print, I can give struggling students weekly grade reports to keep them motivated. For some reason, they love getting their "own" report.

5) Once students have their reports, it becomes their burden to keep up with missing work (Grade Quick prints a "missing work" section). I don't have to worry about who has made up what test. In fact, the students have become good at reminding me when I need to write make-up tests because if they don't I won't and they keep the original grade.

6) Computer grade programs are only as good as the backups you make. The program will crash, the disk will be misplaced. Then you really have to eat crow if you haven't made printouts and don't have a backup somewhere.

7) It also helps if another teacher has the program and you can help each other out on days when your computer is down (which it will be).

8) I started out using a computer grade program. I'm constantly impressed with the neatness and legibility of handwritten grade books. Like anything else, so much depends on what you are used to doing.

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I Need a Mentor!

Need a mentor? Try the WINGS Online telementoring project at

However, Latin teachers have something better: Join the Latinteach discussion group. You'll have the help of 500 teachers from across the nation and world. You can get advice on how to approach certain textbooks or grammar topics or even classroom management tricks. See the instructions above for joining.

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Books on the History of Classics

Peter Cohee was kind enough to provide this list of books on the history of the pedagogy of classics, particularly Latin, which all teachers should be familiar with.

  • Meyer Reinhold, Classica Americana (1987)
  • Sally Davis et al., Classics in American Schools (1987)
  • Wolfgang Haase and Meyer Reinhold, eds. 1994. The Classical Tradition in the Americas. Vol. I: European Images of the Americas and the Classical Tradition. Part 1. New York, NY: DeGruyter
  • Carl J. Richard, The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Enlightenment (1995)
  • Richard A. LaFleur, Latin for the 21st Century (1997)
  • Christopher Stray, Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England, 1830-1960 (1998)
  • E. Christian Kopff, The Devil Knows Latin. Why America Needs the Classical Tradition (1999)
  • Françoise Waquet, Latin, or The Empire of a Sign (2001)
  • Joseph Farrell, Latin Language and Latin Culture (2001)
  • John C. Shields, The American Aeneas. Classical Origins of the American Self (2001)
  • Caroline Winterer, The Culture of Classicism: Ancient Greece and Rome in American Intellectual Life, 1790-1910 (2002)

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How Do You ...? by Donna Gerard

Presented at the TCA Fall Conference 2002 at the University of Dallas.

1. How can you motivate students to want to learn?

a. Put on plays, sing songs, club parties
b. contests
c. awards
d. toga day
e. JCL
f. technology, webquests
g. passion
h. laughter
i. laughter
j. structure for success
k. hands on contact with archeology, coins, jewelry
l. living Latin

2. How do you build administrative support?

a. show SAT scores
b. thank you letters
c. talk to counselors
d. JCL competition
e. National Latin Exam
f. press coverage
g. invite, keep informed
h. enlist parent input
i. PR programs
j. university input
l. websites
m. visit classes

3. How do you inspire students to become teachers?

a. show demand for job
b. money not that bad/ benefits good
c. demonstrate love for subject and share it
d. free stuff
e. stop complaining
f. find scholarships
g. plant a seed
h. university connections
i. remind of high tech unemployment
j. wizards know Latin

4. How do you attract students (especially non-traditional ones) to your program?

a. get other language teachers to promote Latin
b. educate parents through letters, meet the teacher
c. recruit best/brightest
d. student referral
e. PTA programs at feeder schools and own
f. make it fun
g. let students promote themselves
h. ACL materials/ JCL
i. people will think you are smart
j. T shirts
k. maintain visibility
l. get counselors to recruit
m. power point presentations

5. How do we address the complaint that Latin lowers the GPA?

a. improve standards in other languages
b. focus on what we can do for them
c. universities look at more than GPA?
d. raises SAT scores
e. strengthens study skills
f. it doesn’t in the long run
g. it is all about learning, long range goals

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