Burning Question: How can reading and writing workshop at the secondary level increase complex literacy and 21 century skills so students are engaging in authentic lifelong learning?
B.A. English Literature, University of North Texas
M.E. Secondary Education, University of North Texas
ELA and Reading grades 8-12
Happily married for 27 years to my favorite guy…and he still makes me laugh everyday. I’m the mother of seven children who fill my life with joy and enthusiasm. I tend to show reserve and often forget to relax, so my family tries to point me in the direction of fun whenever possible. We love to watch movies, attend football games, and eat Mexican food.
I suppose it’s trite to say that I love to read, but it’s true. I’ll choose a good book over almost just about anything. I love books with complex themes that make me scream, “Hey, someone read this quick so we can talk about it!” My hope is to instill a life-long love of reading in my students. I still remember Miss Dallas who taught me to love books; I want to be someone’s Miss Dallas.
Other things I love: dark chocolate kisses, hot chocolate from QT, the smell of rain, sky-high seats at Rangers Stadium, free books, learning technology to use in the classroom, my North Star of Texas Writing Project friends, church on Sundays, students who try to learn, Shakespeare’s plays, watching kids succeed after trying really really hard, the beach and the sun and a bike.
National Writing Project / North Star of Texas Writing Project
National Council of Teachers of English / Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts
Adams, M., Rasmussen, A., & Cato, H. (2011, Summer). An Educational Chop Shop (Nothing Illegal – Just a a Classroom Overhaul): Moving Learning for the Grade to Learning for Life. English in Texas, 41.1, 50-56.
class blog: Citizen Scholars, a place for students to read, connect, and show what they know
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