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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

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

Spring 2017 Semester Reflection

Spring 2017  semester is over, and I just completed my first year as a four-year university professor (as I previously worked at a two-year college).  I am so thankful for the opportunity to grow in a different area of my education career, and so honored to be able to mentor and guide future teachers.

Book Release: “29 Days to L.O.V.E. Literacy”

The official release of the first in a series of literacy related books for parents and teachers has arrived!  29 Days to L.O.V.E. Literacy  is a  practical and easy to use book that includes activities that teach literacy skills in a relevant, and unique manner.  The book originally began as a series of tweets on my Twitter account, then later I further developed the ideas into a book.

New Instagram Account

Though many shy away from social media, I am present on social media, and I have been for quite some time.  Often times, I am so busy teaching that I am unable to take pictures and share the great work put forth in my classes. I have created an Instagram to document the awesome work, and happenings in my courses.  I will also use this as a space to advocate for education and literacy.  When …Read More

Literacy Summit 2016 Presentation

Title of Presentation: Digital Minds: Writing Instruction for Students Who HATE Writing Date: February 13th, 2016 Location: University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio, TX I was honored to present at the 2016 Literacy Summit, Co-Sponsored by the Texas Association of Literacy Education (TALE), the Specialized Literacy Professionals, and the University of the Incarnate Word.  The theme for the conference was titled, “Celebrating 20 years of What’s Hot”.  I’m always grateful to share my …Read More

Fall 2015 Semester Reflections

The busiest semester that I have ever had teaching college courses, recently came to an end.  I had a heavy course load this time around, it was a test at times, and I really had to find a balance in my personal life and career.  However, it was a welcomed challenge.  I taught several course sections, with a fine group of students in GUST 305 (College Student Success) and  INRW 0301 (Integrated Reading and Writing). …Read More

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