This is my blog for #IMMOOC 2018 Week 3. I am aware that it is the end of week 4, but I attended CUE last weekend. My brain was absolutely full of new ideas. How Can Teachers Build Innovation? I am not in charge of a school, but as an English teacher, I am in charge of my […]
Change is the opportunity to do something amazing – George Couros, The Innovator’s Mindset In the book The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros talks about the very real possibility that schools will become obsolete if we educators don’t figure out how to align our practice to a rapidly changing world. No, we educators don’t have to change, but if we […]
Right now I am finishing up my last class at SJSU’s iSchool. This class is all about giving booktalks and making book trailers. The goal is to get / keep people reading. I can stand behind that. This booktalk video contains talks on 5 young adult books, all of which I recommend whole heartedly. The […]
In this video I give booktalks about four books I absolutely loved: The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Teretsky, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, and Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Click HERE for the complete booktalk script.
This booktalk describes great graphic novels for adults who love to read but don’t normally read graphic novels. My list includes Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen and Ryan Dunlavey, and Patience by Daniel Clowes. Click HERE for the booktalk script.
I am a big believer in portfolios, especially writing portfolios. But, like teachers everywhere, I never have enough time to teach everything I think my students need. It is tempting to skip the end-of-semester portfolio. We already did the writing once. Why should we do it again? I know it takes time, but I don’t skip […]
What I Was Thinking… Much of my classroom instruction revolves around the fifteen cognitive strategies Carol Booth Olson describes in her book The Reading Writing Connection. If you have not yet heard of Olson’s strategies, they name and explain processes strong readers and writers undergo as they build understanding. For specific details about cognitive strategies, click […]