Laura A. Diaz ~ Books and Beyond

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

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 · 4 Comments

You answer: What were you like as a teenager?


Originally posted on TED Blog:
[ted id=1563 width=560 height=315] Teenagers can sometimes feel like a different species. According to neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, who gave this fascinating talk at TEDGlobal 2012,…

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flocabulary – Figurative Language LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ USING VIDEO FROM FlocabularyYT YOUTUBE CHANNEL


Once again TED Ed has provided me with a simple way to make an introduction Lesson. this time for a Figurative Language Unit. Let’s Begin… In this song, Flocabulary defines … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

STOP STEALING DREAMS: Seth Godin at TEDxYouth@BFS


STOP STEALING DREAMS: Seth Godin at TEDxYouth@BFS LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ USING VIDEO From TEDxYouth  Let’s Begin… What do you think school is for? No, really! This is a very valid question! If you … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

The (not-so) Secret Ingredient to Helping Students Learn: Growth Mindset


The (not-so) Secret Ingredient to Helping Students Learn: Growth Mindset LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ USING VIDEO FROM CRAfT Educational Videos  Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

How to Build Your Fictional World~ Another TED Ed Flipped Lesson


How to build a fictional world – Kate Messner LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ VIDEO FROM TED-Ed YOUTUBE CHANNEL Let’s Begin… Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

April Fools Math Class Shadow ~and~ How to make them for your own classrooms!


The first time I watched this the thought that zoomed through my head was, “How do you do this?  I have got to figure this out!”  I am just itching … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · 1 Comment
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