Wow. We are already at the Thanksgiving break. Looking at the list of things done and not-done, I am evenly split. My Latin IIs are more or less on schedule, as are my IIIs, but AP, ah, AP, the perpetual late-comer. As a colleague put it, we spend too much time enjoying the poetry.
But it isn't about schedules and syllabi. How well do my students understand the language? I am beset by worries that they will emerge after four years, having learned little or nothing, with no appreciation for what it is they have been tackling. Most of my students do not study Latin or Greek after they move on to college, and I don't expect that they would. But it nags at me that they might never again pick up a text, even one read before, and look through it. Will they become the parent at the back-to-school night who tells me that they took Latin in High School?
I have made an effort to avoid thinking about my "legacy", as I think keeping an eye on the future takes away from the present moment in class, but I do wonder if what they have learned in class will have a positive effect later in life.