It’s been such a long time since I have updated my web page, but I have been SUPER busy with career stuff, as well as trying to find peace in this crazy time! I left campus for Spring Break in March, and we never returned to our normal schedule. During March and early April, due to the uncertainties, I had trouble sleeping (was not going to bed until 3-4 am), and I stress ate (too …Read More
Write AWAY: Writing Across the Curriculum and Beyond
(AWAY) Authentic Writing Awaits You… Writing is necessary and relevant to everyone! Attend this session to learn how to integrate writing activities in any subject area within your educational setting (including P.E. and Fine Arts) with creative, culturally relevant, and engaging prompts. Participants will also leave the session with a wealth of resources and ideas to motivate students to write outside of the school setting. The objectives of this session are as follows: Participants will …Read More
P.E.E.P.S: Addressing Parent and Community Involvement Within Teacher Education Programs
Dr. K. Childs has recently been in the early stages of researching the lack of preparation/courses available for pre-service and current teachers in relation to parent and community involvement.
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
Investigating Informal Assessment
If you are visiting this post, you have attended my brief lesson, “Investigating Informal Assessment” that covers the purposes of informal assessment, and how it relates to emergent and fluent literacy learners. Objectives of the lesson Students will learn the various purposes of using informal assessments. Students will apply their knowledge of informal assessments to literacy practices using scenarios to make decisions about the instructional needs of learners. Students will learn key factors to consider …Read More
Dr. Childs’ Two-Cent Tuesdays
What is my “Two-Cents” I recently began a new journey of putting more creative and helpful instructional tips related to literacy and the classroom environment on my social media accounts (as I have a small, but growing network of teachers that I interact with online).
The concept of “DREAM” (Diversity, Relevance, Engagement, Access, and Motivation) will be one of my next projects that I develop to encourage educators to implement into their reading and literacy instruction. A book, a series of presentations and/or webinars, and an online platform will be created to help educators learn to encourage at-home support, use diverse texts, popular culture and technology, and multi modal resources that empower students, and parents. According to a study by …Read More
Locked In—Differentiating Literacy Content to Increase Student Engagement
“Locking In” Using Differentiation Differentiating instruction is an act of education that is complicated, but yet simple at the same time. It is complicated, because it requires a substantial amount of commitment to meeting the learning needs and styles of students, as well as paying attention to small details within your instructional practices. Although difficult, I have made it a point in my teaching practice that my students walk away with a personalized experience, and …Read More
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