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D.R.E.A.M. Literacy Presentation

Title: D.R.E.A.M Literacy: Enhancing the literacy experience for diverse populations Presented at: 2019 TALE Annual Conference (Plans to develop into a Web Series and publication) Intended Audience: K-12 or General Keywords: Diverse Populations, Literacy, Engagement This presentation delves into five sections that will provide examples of “D.R.E.A.M” (Diversity, Relevance, Engagement, Access, Motivation) being implemented into instruction, and encourage at-home support using diverse texts, popular culture and technology, and multimodal resources. Each section of the presentation …Read More

Changing the Language: Using Social Media & Popular Culture to Teach Traditional Literacy Skills

What is “Changing the Language”? “Changing the Language” now available as a peer-reviewed article: TALE Yearbook, Vol. 5, Fall 2018 We are in a time period in which technology evolves so fast, that we feel as if we will never catch up.  This definitely is an everlasting debate as it relates to education.  If you are visiting this post, chances are you have attended one my sessions over the need to “change the language” in …Read More

SXSW Edu 2019 Proposal- VOTE NOW!!!

Voting is open until 8/30 on South by Southwest Edu’s Panelpicker wesbite, and I have submitted a proposal for my presentation, Changing the Language #SocialMedia Matters. Session Description The session will share ways to incorporate social media, technology, and popular culture into traditional literacy learning assignments. Outside of the classroom, students are using the skills taught, but many are unable to connect their learning. The presenter/speaker will work collaboratively with the audience via technology/poll (app) …Read More

Letter to a Young Teacher 2008 (Ten Years Later)

* This was written 10 years ago… I had just finished my first semester as a Doctoral student, and for a final assignment, I was asked to write a reflection that would be instrumental in giving advice to new teachers.  Now entering my 15th year in education, I am proud to look back on my journey, and I now cherish the opportunity to work with and mentor new teachers.  I have learned so much more …Read More

Solid Foundation: Using Teaching Strategies that Build Comprehension

If you are visiting this post, you are probably looking for the slideshow and accompanying resources to my presentation titled, “Solid Foundation: Using Teaching Strategies that Build Comprehension”. What do you do once your students have a solid foundation in their literacy skills to help further develop them into fluent readers? How do we as educators move students to better comprehend text, and read for understanding? In my presentation I focus on the foundation of …Read More

Discovering My Impromptu K-8 Portfolio

Looking back at artifacts from when I was in my K-8 years, I remembered fearlessness, exploration, and a level of confidence that I didn’t know I had at the time. I’d love to share more… A couple of weeks ago, I was looking through file cabinets, as I was searching for a document that was needed for income tax purposes, and I stumbled across a folder that contained my old end of the year testing …Read More

Teaching Students to L.O.V.E. Literacy Despite Common Core and Standardized Testing

If you are visiting this post, you have attended my brief lesson, “Teaching Students to L.O.V.E. Literacy Despite Common Core and Standardized Testing” that covers the purposes of ESSA, and how it relates to meeting the needs of all learners despite the challenges that educators face. Objectives of the Lesson Students will learn the goals and purpose of the ESSA. Students will learn the challenges that educators face within the components of the ESSA. Students will …Read More

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