07.21.2008 - 08.01.2008
Benedetta going over grammar rules for Latin
Benedetta is my very supportive and very grammatically focused Latin teacher. I say grammatically focused because she used what Emiliano called the "grammatical" approach. She taught me all about conjugations, declensions and gave me H.W. every night. (Yes, I am in Rome doing H.W. every night).
She also gave me tips on sights to see in the city, food to buy and informed me about the Italian way of life. She called my iPod Touch a "supercomputer" and has now permanently renamed it for me. Who could resist calling their iPod a supercomputer!
It is too hard to go into detail what Benedetta has taught me but I am working on a brochure (which is about half way done) and I took photos of my notebook. Lots and lots of Latin rules and grammatical rules that (to be honest) I don't ever really remember being taught in school. It is amazing how people from other countries sometimes have a better understanding of English than we do.
A peek inside of my notebook. Lots of lots of things to memorize!
Benedetta at the white board doing teacher things
Benedetta with my "supercomputer"
Summary and thoughts[b]
While Emiliano was a thunderstorm and Benedetta was a consistent woodpecker -- they both had there place and importance in my learning. Benedetta gave me the foundation, things to study, practice and notes to look back on, while Emiliano forced me to used what I learned in a practical way (although after lessons with him I had disorganized notes if any at all) and allowed me to free my mind from getting caught up in the grammar details. I found myself trying to spend so much time just trying to determine what all the Declension possibilities were for each word that it made me forget what was important - which was using my natural language skills to deduce the meaning. Time with both of them helped to balance out my learning. It is important to keep in mind that I will need to find a way to do that in my classroom too. Both teaching methods have a place in the classroom.