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Learn to L.O.V.E. Literacy for FREE!

Learning. Opportunity. Valued. Enhanced. This book is for parents of any school age student (even college), teachers, administrators, educational coaches, curriculum specialists, and anyone else who has an educational interest.  “29 Days” contains a description of what “L.O.V.E” means (in relation to teaching reading and writing), and  activities that can be used for 29 days and beyond. From using technology, music, going on library tours, to writing movies reviews- these are not your ordinary strategies/ways …Read More

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

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

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

Writing: Room for Improvement & Tips–TSU COE Graduate Majors Meeting

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, I had the pleasure of sharing some reminders and room for improvement with our students to make sure they are on par with the skills needed to write at the graduate level. So often, students work so hard to get into a graduate program, and forget the purpose of a graduate program–to GROW professionally. In order to do so, this requires effort, attention, and care to details. As a graduate …Read More

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