Laura A. Diaz ~ Books and Beyond

"I want to (read and) write books that unblock the traffic jam in everyone's mind." ~J. Updike

An idea for introducing your students to their end of unit final projects


Use PowToons! It’s FREE! Or-  THEY can use it to CREATE their final project!  LOVE IT!      

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Without Content Mastery, The Teacher is a Goner


Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
After reading about the Match “graduate school of education,” this reader shares the wisdom born of experience: As a high school classroom teacher…

August 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

10 Things Every Teacher Should be able to do on Google Docs


Originally posted on Indiana Jen:
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of…

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gimme Five!~ The 5-Minute Teacher: How Do I Maximize Time for Learning in My Classroom?


  So, you want to be a teacher that can deliver quick, thought-provoking lessons that will have your students raising the roof  to learn more and find deeper meaning on … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 8 Comments

Summer Teacher Tech: 7 Tools For Your Toolbox


In my quest to build my own Teacher Toolbox I have been  getting rid of outdated tools and collecting new shiny ones.  Now, why would I bother?  What is wrong … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 6 Comments

New Teacher Survival Guide


That first year teaching is a daunting one.  It has been said that one should not underestimate the days you drive home in tears because of the sheer overwhelming intensity … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 5 Comments

You answer: What were you like as a teenager?


Originally posted on TED Blog:
Teenagers can sometimes feel like a different species. According to neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, who gave this fascinating talk at TEDGlobal 2012, this isn’t a coincidence.…

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment
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