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Making Words Count: Writing Across the Curriculum and Beyond

Writing is a form of expression. In educational settings, too often the curriculum leaves writing assignments up to the ELAR/ELA/Literacy teacher.  This narrative needs to change. Good teaching and effective, inclusive lessons should span across subject areas. If you are visiting this page, you have either attended one of my presentations or are just curious about math and literacy cross-curricular connections. Please view the resources below, as well as visit my previous presentation that focused …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

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

Reflections from TALE 2018

On February 23-24, 2018, I had the pleasure of being in the Texas Panhandle to attend the Annual TALE (Texas Association for Literacy Education) Conference.  The conference took place at West Texas A & M University in Canyon, Texas.  I attended the conference representing TALE as a Board Member, and I was also able to present one of my most successful literacy sessions yet titled, “Changing the Language“.  

SXSW EDU 2018 Conference–Updated 10/29

Update: Last week I received notification that unfortunately, they could not find a place for my presentation for the 2018 SXSW EDU event.  It was disappointing, but I am glad that I was even in the conversation (being put on standby).  Thank you to ALL who voted for my proposal, and those who encouraged me!  However, don’t feel sorry for me. I am not finished with “Changing the Language”, as I also learned last week …Read More

Teaching Students to L.O.V.E. Literacy

If you are visiting this website, you have probably attended one of my sessions or workshops “Teaching Students to L.O.V.E. Literacy”.  During this session, I spoke of ways to get educators, parents, and advocates of literacy involved in the process of building student literacy skills in non-traditional formats.  This session had techniques and discussion that is applicable to nearly any age group, and seeks to help empower those who want to put some creativity into …Read More

Write Away: Integrating Writing Across the Curriculum

On Friday,  February 3, 2017 at Texas Southern University, I had the pleasure of presenting a two and a half hour writing seminar to teacher candidates that are in the final phase of their undergraduate college careers.  For education majors, this “final phase” is the Student Teacher point of their journey, in which they are out in the field, and currently serving in roles at a school in the greater Houston area.  The goal of …Read More

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