Romeo’s Achilles’ Heel: a literary comparison of Achilles and Romeo 

I often find that I use
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a comparative reference when teaching the Iliad. It’s useful most notably in its tragic structure: while the Iliad isn’t classed as a tragedy as it pre-dates Aristotle’s Poetics, which lay down the observed rules of tragedy, it has many features typical of tragedy, and in Plato’s ‘Republic’ he refers to Homer as ‘protos didaskalos‘, “first teacher”, of the tragedians. Continue reading “Romeo’s Achilles’ Heel: a literary comparison of Achilles and Romeo “


Gamification in my classroom 5: keeping on top of xp


  The next challenge: how to get the students (and myself) to keep up with all this XP business?

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Gamification in my classroom 4: stickers

A quickie: having planned the course overall, and thought about tasks, and collecting xp, I decided to design some badges to be collected by students for when they achieve each part of the course.

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Gamification and my classroom 2: rewarding pupils, rewarding course


Gamifying the KS3 Classics course: Greece and Rome in one year – continued…

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Teaching experiment: Minecraft in the Classroom

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My friend Hoobs and I are part of our school’s Teaching and Learning group, kind of a symposium for finding interesting stuff to add to the classroom. Hoobs is fantastically interested in new strategies and in implementing new media and such in the classroom, as am I, but he’s much better at it than me and actually gets things done while I go home and draw my Greek Myth Comix (my last contribution to the T&L group, which turned into a kind of private project aside from its use in school as a revision tool), and is also why we’ll be trying out Class Dojo next year.

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Make your own Gladiator Paper Dolls

My school does an ‘Open Day’ every Summer, when we open the school on a Saturday  to parents, prospective parents and pupils, and anyone else who wants to come. Each department puts on a kind of showcase with games and events linked to their subject, and the whole thing turns into a kind of fete.

This year, we build a makeshift Colosseum in our classroom, and the kids made gladiator paper dolls!

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The Fresh Prince of Latium


In 3rd year Classical Civilisation, I’m just about to start teaching Roman history in a topic I’ve called ‘Settlement, Kingdom, Republic, Empire’, and starting with The Aeneid in an abridged version – after all, they’re only 13ish.

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A pretty decent Death Star Birthday Cake

First, let me point out that I am in no way a professional baker. The fact that this worked in any way makes me very happy, even if, compared to other Death Star cakes on image search, it’s a bit crummy 😉 But, I’ll try anything. This was fun.

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