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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

Classroom Management of Lesson Planning and Differentiation- CHEC Seminar

If you are visiting this page, you are likely a TAMUC Intern, and attended my presentation. I have provided the slideshow and accompanying resources below: Accompanying Resources: 20 Differentiated Instruction Strategies and Examples: https://www.prodigygame.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Downloadable-List-20-DI-Strategies-and-Examples.pdf 9 Ways to Differentiate Your Whole Group Instruction: https://www.thethinkerbuilder.com/2017/01/9-ways-to-differentiate-your-whole.html Differentiating Literacy Instruction—There’s an App for That! https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1034918.pdf Article- Classroom Management to Make Lesson Plans Effective: http://www.teachhub.com/classroom-management-make-lesson-plans-effective Great website that explains diff. the process, content, environment, and the Product: https://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/classroom-resources/examples-of-differentiated-instruction/ Lesson Planning …Read More

NEW Article–D.R.E.A.M. Literacy: Enhancing the Literacy Experience for Diverse Populations

“It was all a dream…” In October 2019, I had another a peer-reviewed article published in the Texas Association for Literacy Education’s Yearbook. It was an article that began as a presentation session at TALE’s 2019 Annual Conference held in Waco, Texas (February 28th -March 2, 2019) . Read the brief abstract below, and follow the link to read the rest of the article: Abstract “D.R.E.A.M. Literacy” represents several pieces necessary to address and provide …Read More

Spring 2019- New, Newer, Newest…

This is has been one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding periods in my entire life and career in education. I had so many new starts and new beginnings. A new city, new position, new home–you get the point, everything was new. Thankfully, despite family emergencies and relocating after being in the same place for 15 years, there were many opportunities to grow career wise and personally. Hawaii International Conference on Education: I was …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

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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