Latin might technically be a “dead language,” but the mood of Miss Sampson’s Latin classes is one of boisterous enthusiasm. This high energy teacher engages her students from bell to bell by challenging them through fast paced activities with ample support. We all know that when someone is engaged in the process of learning, they are more likely to take ownership over their own education. This is so apparent in the Latin 1 classroom. Here, Miss Sampson peppers her direct instruction with exciting iPad “Space Races” where students work in teams to demonstrate mastery over the latest segment of instruction. Freshmen love the competition and comradery, and Miss Sampson loves the immediate assessment information: at a glance, she can see which kids “got” the grammar concept, and which ones need some additional help. Click here to read more about Miss Sampson’s unique and engaging way of giving direct instruction.