LatinClassroomStamps

Latin Classroom Stamps

Announcement    Salvete, omnes! Welcome to Latin Classroom Stamps, created by Ginny Lindzey, Latin teacher in Dripping Springs, Texas (just SW of Austin). I designed these stamps to use in my classroom. I am currently partnered with Holmes Custom out of Florida for production and domestic shipping. There is a flat shipping rate for those in the USA that ships directly from Holmes Custom. They don't do international shipping, so I have them ship to me and then I will ship to you. Therefore, I have separate "sections" for Domestic and International shoppers plus identifying an item as INTERNATIONAL or USA. Please help me out by choosing the correct one! tibi gratias ago!!

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Last updated on Jun 15, 2019

Salvete, omnes! Welcome to Latin Classroom Stamps, created by Ginny Lindzey, Latin teacher in Dripping Springs, Texas (just SW of Austin). I designed these stamps to use in my classroom. I am currently partnered with Holmes Custom out of Florida for production and domestic shipping. There is a flat shipping rate for those in the USA that ships directly from Holmes Custom. They don't do international shipping, so I have them ship to me and then I will ship to you. Therefore, I have separate "sections" for Domestic and International shoppers plus identifying an item as INTERNATIONAL or USA. Please help me out by choosing the correct one! tibi gratias ago!!

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SPQR USA ORDERS

$15.00

Eheu! USA ORDERS

$15.00

Euge! USA ORDERS

$15.00

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Why should Spanish have all the fun?

I designed these Latin stamps so that Latin teachers could have cool stamps to use in class just like their modern language colleagues. When I learned that the Spanish teachers at my school used a stamp reward system for speaking in Spanish in class, I thought, "why not Latin?" For years, though, I did nothing. But then I got an idea about getting my students to think about class as a time-traveling adventure--and maybe a way to get them more invested in class.

I honestly didn't think stamps would be enough to get my students to speak more Latin. I wanted to find a way for students to buy into the need to speak Latin. I personally believe in speaking to learn (as opposed as learning to speak), but the main focus of my program and the heart of my pedagogy is reading Latin. I know you can get more repetitions in orally, I know you can target specific structures, I know you can help students to activate what they know passively from reading.

For me, it's a matter of how to get the most out of the limited time I have with students. So while they are working on warm-ups, I might come around and ask "scribisne?" to which the usual reply is "scribo" but of course I will take "non scribo"! (I do vary this.) We also have jobs at the beginning of class that are a matter of reading Latin off the white board: the agenda, the days (yesterday, today, tomorrow--plus neo-Latin dating), the weather, and finally the general announcements (most of which are school related and in English, though the intro part is in Latin).

The stamps students earn are the coins (Nero and Vespasian--coins that could have been found in Pompeii at the time of our book, the Cambridge Latin Course). They can earn double coins by saying "tibi gratias ago" after the first stamp.

From time to time I will do Rassias-style substitution and transformation drills for stamps. (Using different colors of ink for different days helps me to see at a glance whom I may have missed!)

It amazes me how even the weakest students still wants their coin stamps. And I'm tickled that some students like to think of other things to say in Latin to earn extra stamps. For instance, if they are reading a story in a group or independently, they can ask, "quid significat DUXIT?" and I will not only give them the meaning but also a stamp. (I don't give them the meaning every time if they abuse the system.) Groups have found they could ask, "quid significat..." in unison and all get stamps. When the opportunity allows, I even will find a way to reply in Latin.

The coins, which get stamped into their Time Travel Passport, are first used to purchase items when we have our Market Day early in the spring semester. They have to bargain down the price, which they discover after a few times (and the comfort and security of a cheat sheet) is a lot of fun. Even my strugglers have a good time on Market Day. And many know how to strike a bargain or make a profit.

But earning coins doesn't end there. I make the top four richest people run for office. (They do NOT know this in advance!) The next richest 4-6 students have to do individual endorsements, with everyone else joining a group of supporters. All learn how to write Pompeian style election graffiti. Students practice asking each other about who favors whom. Voting is done.... but I digress. What about the coins? They are needed to purchase wall space (butcher paper) by the foot. And yes, some future financiers will buy up most of the wall space allotted for their class and sell for a profit (which I limit), and become richer.

My students were never sure what I might think up next, what they might need more coins for, therefore they always participated in any of the spoken Latin I required. These stamps available here in this shop made this madness possible.

The real question is: how might YOU use them?

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  • Ginny Lindzey

    Owner, Designer

    Ginny Lindzey is a passionate Latin teacher, lifelong learner, and Pompeii enthusiast. Her love of graphic design has led her to open this shop, as well as a cafepress shop offering t-shirts, posters, mugs, etc. at https://cafepress.com/animaaltera.

  • Ginny Lindzey

    Owner, Designer

    Ginny Lindzey is a passionate Latin teacher, lifelong learner, and Pompeii enthusiast. Her love of graphic design has led her to open this shop, as well as a cafepress shop offering t-shirts, posters, mugs, etc. at https://cafepress.com/animaaltera.

Production partners

  • Holmes Custom

    Jacksonville, FL

    Holmes Custom turns my designs into rubber stamps.

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