Amid lots of year-end projects and activities, we’ve continued to share our Latin verb investigations with each other. To keep the conversations regarding these findings going, we have then posted them in the hallway! Every day we walk by these posters at least six times … and so do a lot of other people! When reviewing the Latin bases on the posters, students continually suggest words that might be added to the webs of these word families. What a great thing it is for all of us to realize just how big some of these word families are! Common and familiar words become the object of examination in the same wondrously curious and joyful manner as unfamiliar yet intriguing words.
We have also developed a great habit of doing some “so far” sharing. Instead of always waiting until the presentation preparations are completed, we have been asking people to share their half finished posters so they can talk about what they have discovered “so far”. In this way, the rich discussion and questions of classmates has often given the presenters the opportunity to reflect on their work, and in some cases make changes before they finalize their posters.
Investigating in this manner (beginning with Latin verbs), the students have enjoyed finding out for themselves if the infinitive and the supine reveal a unitary base or a twin base. Prior to the spellinar I’m taking on Latin for Orthographers, we often wondered about whether or not a base had a twin. Now it feels so exhilarating to have a deeper understanding of what we are looking at when we read entries in dictionaries or on Etymonline.