Five Things to Look Forward to in 2015

Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

Welcome to 2015, there are so many great things in the works for 2015 to share with you in hope that you will join me for some of these professional development experiences.

Number 1

#ISTELitChat happens the last Sunday of each month at 8 PM EST on Twitter discussing all things literacy and technology. As the facilitator of this Twitter Chat, I can attest that the topics are relevant to teachers who are looking to boost literacy and technology in their content area classroom in creative and authentic ways. Our last chat addressed Twitter in the K-12 classroom and the archived chat offers a host of resources and examples. Our next #ISTELitChat will be on Sunday, January 25th at 8 PM EST. I hope that you will join us.


Have you or are your students reading I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick? This is an incredible book about Malala passion for equity in education and her own experiences standing up the Taliban. It offers personal insight how one person can help change the world and make a difference. I currently have my students reading this memoir for their outside reading assignment this January and will participate in weekly Twitter Chats to share their insights, reflections, questions, and understanding. The next Twitter book chats will be Thursday, January 8, 15, and 22nd at 8:30 PM EST. All are welcome to participate in the Twitter Chat using the hashtag #RMS8R.

number 3

Mark your calendars for EdCamp Mville on Saturday, August 29th at Manhattaville College in Purchase, New York to address relevant topics about education today. Edcamp Mville is a free educational conference where participants choose to attend and or present topics important today in classrooms, schooling, and educational policy. All are welcome. The conference is still in the works but if you are interested in attending or presenting please feel free to contact me.

Number 4

July 17-20, 2015 I will be presenting at International Reading Association (IRA) 60th Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. My poster session is titled, “Get Techie With It: Technology Oriented Assignments That Foster The Love of Reading.” The essential question to focus the session is, How can teachers utilize technology in meaningful ways to promote the love of reading?

Learning Objectives include:

Participants will learn more than two dozen technology based projects and assignments (beyond book reports and essays) that encourage student reading and authentic responses to text.

Participants will understand how technology can be utilized to enhance reading and reading responses, differentiate, offer student choice, and promote collaboration.

Number 5

I have been receiving many emails about the interactive foldables that I created for teaching writing that I have blogged about this past year. I am amazed by the positive feedback I received with the dystopian interactive foldable bundle that I put together on TpT. I am putting together a bundle of the writing foldables and will post on TpT later this month.

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