National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week
March 3-7, 2003
Some Activities in CAMWS Territory
The UGA Classics Dept. held an afternoon Q&A session with refreshments for prospective new teachers among our undergraduates and graduates Tuesday of NLTRW; over 20 persons attended, including two school administrators there to RECRUIT, plus a rep. from the Coll. of Educ. UGA faculty & grad. students, together with Ginny Lindzey, also staffed an NLTRW exhibit at the conference of SCOLT/Southern Conf. on Lang. Tchg., meeting jointly w. FLAG/For. Lang. Assoc. of Ga.
NLTRW activities in Illinois included a recruitment event organized by ICC President Laurie Jolicoeur at Illinois JCL in February. Latin teachers who had parented other Latin teachers were asked to stand and be recognized along with the former students (now teachers). At least three such pairs were present at JCL. NLTRW bookmarks contributed by the Monmouth College Classics Dept. were distributed to all 300 participants.
James Chochola of Oak Park/River Forest High School reports that he sent the following to the heads of each dept. in his school: (1) a laminated, color NLTRW bookmark; (2) the color “Consider Teaching...” brochure AND poster (3) the top half of the “possible NLTRW activities” sheet on green paper (explaining what NLTRW is and why it is); (4) most of the NLTW letter (which accompanied the color brochure) from Ken Kitchell and James O'Donnell on gold paper (further explaining what NLTRW is and why it is); (5) a color photocopy of a poster/sheet showing 19 people from disparate professions who have studied Latin; (6) a letter from myself explaining NLTRW, encouraging dept. heads to share information with their students and fellow dept. members, or to ask me questions, on white paper. To all the members of the school he sent: a school-wide e-mail encouraging teachers to view the information sent to division heads (so that they can mention it to their students) and to encourage their students to stop by the wonderful Classics room at the school (photos of which can be seen at http://staffweb.oprfhs.org/~jchochola/LatinLinks/OPRFClassicsRoom.html). To his Latin students he distributed: a color laminated NLTRW bookmark; “Consider Teaching...” color brochure; the top half of “possible NLTRW activities” on green paper; and an extra credit assignment to share with two people (preferably total strangers but definitely not close friends or relatives) what was discussed as a class about taking/teaching Latin and NLTRW. One of the assignments during NLTRW was for students to reflect on the question “Why do you think I became a Latin teacher?” When one student answered this question with “Because you had two degrees in Latin...what else could you do besides teach?!” Chocola replied “I'm not teaching Latin because I have two degrees. I have two degrees because I've wanted to teach high-school Latin since senior year of high school.” Jaws literally dropped.
Monmouth College celebrated NLTRW in a variety of ways. In addition to distributing NLTRW bookmarks to JCL students and to students at Monmouth and Pekin High Schools, Tom Sienkewicz visited all the education classes at the college to talk about the advantages of adding Latin certification. All of the advanced Latin students, as well as several of the elementary Latin students were also encouraged, individually, to consider a career in Latin teaching. Tom Sienkewicz and a student spoke at Pekin High School about Latin teaching and another MC student discussed NLTRW at Monmouth High School. Tom Sienkewicz was also interviewed about NLTRW by a local public radio station (WVIK in Rock Island).
Jeremy Walker of Crown Point High School spoke to graduate and undergraduate students at Indiana University about teaching Latin as a way to kick off the week at Indiana University.
John Gruber-Miller of Cornell College and editor of Amicitia, the newsletter of Iowa Classicists, put together a piece on what makes Classics worth teaching in the 21st century to accompany an article on National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week, March 3-7. He asked his Iowa colleagues to take just five or ten minutes and write a few sentences or short paragraph to any or all of the following questions: What got you interested in Classics? What do you find rewarding about teaching Latin, Greek and the ancient world to others? What reasons would you give a student to consider teaching Latin for a career?
St. Olaf College recognized NLTRW with a performance of Plautus’ Rudens.
Mary Pendergraft and her colleagues at Wake Forest University passed out bookmarks and brought up the subject in their classes.
At the University of North Dakota, Dan Erickson stressed to his students the need for Latin teachers. He reports three students very interested in becoming teachers at the high school level. The CAMWS recruitment brochures were a great help.
Judith de Luce included in Humanitas (the newsletter for the Ohio Classical Conference) news Latin Teacher Recruitment Week and also wrote to all college and university programs in the state to remind them about individual and institutional membership and about the recruitment week. Miami University sponsored a student Classics tea to which they invited an alumna and a colleague of hers, both of whom teach in secondary school in Cincinnati. Also present were the director of teacher education in the School of Education and the main advisor of students in teacher education.
In addition to participating in events at the University of Texas at Austin, Ginny Lindzey also spoke for the whole period in her own Middle School classes. They began with a pro/con discussion on teaching in general, then read and discussed the Top Reasons pamphlet, followed by a look at the Consider Teaching Latin brochure, the bookmarker, and a brochure on universities with teacher prep in Latin in Texas.