Jason Reynolds is the man. You have probably seen a number of his written works on lists of must-reads for YAs and teachers on topics of race. He is a New York Times bestselling author, a NAACP Image Award Winner, a National Book Award Finalist, and has received multiple honors from Coretta Scott King Award. … Continue reading Mentor Author – Jason Reynolds
A review of the need for culturally responsive teaching in the face of racial injustices through professional development and classroom resources.
Ah! It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year - Winter Break! Now that I have made it to Winter Break, I wanted to take time to acknowledge that December is a busy time of year. My students had a week off of school for Thanksgiving break and returned to three jam packed … Continue reading The School Holiday Calendar
The school district that I work for implemented one student-to-one device six years ago. I began my first year of teaching during the second year of the one-to-one implementation. My teaching journey with a one-to-one environment has been a mixture of diving right in and slight hesitations in regards to the feasibility of some of … Continue reading Presenting at i-Innovate
A reflection of AFT's TEACH 2019 Professional Development Conference.
We the people are the legislative branch. We the people must be informed. We the people must vote in our local, state, and federal elections. We the people must follow through to make our voices heard to our local, state, and federal representatives. We owe it to the next generation to make sure that the … Continue reading We The People – AFT Lobby Day
As the final formal writing piece of the school year students wrote a book review on their book club book. The school district I work for utilizes a curriculum that provides “boxed” reading and writing units that implement the workshop model of instruction, one of the units assigned to my grade level is a book … Continue reading Creating Book Reviews in Writers Workshop
After four weeks of time in class for the independent reading of their book club books and completion of weekly check-in notes, students were presented with the next phase of our World War II book clubs: an independent project. Student choice is important to me when assigning reading projects. I knew that I wanted to … Continue reading Book Clubs Independent Project
Fern Schumer Chapman, author, and her mother, Edith Westerfeld Schumer, pose for a photograph with some of the 7th Grade students. Photo Credit: Amy Hamernick https://twitter.com/AhamernickCJH In the seventh-grade social studies curriculum, students learn about World War II which grants a natural cross-curricular experience with fiction and nonfiction texts about the topic in language arts … Continue reading Author Visits Bring Reading Alive
We are now three full weeks into our book clubs and my students are blowing me away with their excitement and participation within the reading process. In my prior post, I touched on the set up the process of student choice for students to be more involved and ultimately invested in their book clubs. The … Continue reading Update on Book Clubs