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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

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

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). 

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“.  

DREAM Literacy

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

Fall 2017 Semester Reflection

A post shared by Dr. K. Childs (@doctorkchilds) on Nov 19, 2017 at 9:37am PST When I began my Doctoral pursuit in August 2008, my very first semester highlights included balancing teaching full-time and going to school full-time, as well as dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.  During Ike, my home suffered minor damages (lost fence, and a large uprooted tree missed my house by inches), and I was without power for twelve days.  …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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