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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

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“.  

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

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.

Content Area Reading Instruction…”Question of the Week”

I am teaching Content Area Reading Instruction, an online Master’s level course this semester (Spring 2017), and to get the conversation started, I have assigned my students the task of responding to a “Question of the Week”.  I have always been one to put myself in my students’ shoes.  I try not to require them to do any assignment that is not conducive to their learning and application, as well as I should be able …Read More

New Beginnings- Fall 2016 Semester Reflection

It has been a BUSY, and an exciting semester.  So much has happened, and I could write about so many things, but I will focus on a few highlights of my time for this Fall 2016 Semester Reflection.  It has been full of learning experiences for myself and my students. The Fall 2016 semester has ended, and we survived! Although I am still on the same mission of teaching students, and pushing them to be …Read More

27 Applications Later…

Over the course of three years, I have applied for at least twenty-seven faculty jobs in various parts of the United States.  Some of the positions were two-year positions at community colleges, and others at four-year universities.  I had the credentials, but I knew no one that could help dig me out of the challenging task of searching and landing a faculty job. I kept all of my rejection letters and e-mails.  The first few …Read More

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

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