Laura A. Diaz ~ Books and Beyond

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

One Teacher’s Journey From Expectation to Reality


Recently, a friend sent me a chart where she outlined her journey from the wide-eyed, student teacher idealist to the eyes-wide-open effective master teacher she has become.  With permission, I … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Truth About Our Public Schools and Education Policies


I stumbled upon this TEDx Talk: Toxic culture of education: Joshua Katz at TEDxUniversityofAkron This is a must-see video.  It is one of those that when you watch it you … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

April Fools Math Class Shadow video: and how you can do this for your classroom!


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

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

YA Fiction New Release: They Call Me Blanca


They Call Me Blanca Paperback – March 20, 2015 by L. A. Diaz (Author) **Available through all retailers. Can be purchased easily through Amazon Prime with FREE shipping.Kindle version available … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Teachers Really Need to Hear : Inspirational/Motivational Video Collection (Follow Up from What Students Really Need To Hear Post)


This is a follow up collection to the the previous post, “What Students Really Need To Hear.” Sometimes we (teachers) are the ones who need the inspiration and motivation to … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Students Really Need to Hear : Inspirational/Motivational Video Collection


I stumbled upon this inspirational video and I just had to share it.  So many truths can be heard in the words from Chase Mielke! Below are a few more … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Fakebook”: Ideas and how to use this technology to engage students


“Fakebook” allows teachers and students to create imaginary online profile pages for study purposes. You can click this link to navigate to the application: http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page Use “Fakebook” to chart the plot … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Reblog: 5 Educational Buzzwords That Are Losing Their Buzz BY DAN LEEMAN


Link to original  November 2014 article:http://www.theedublogger.com/2014/11/02/5-educational-buzzwords-that-are-losing-their-buzz/ There will always be the latest pedagogical or technological trend in education. Whether it’s research-based or just the latest fad, educational buzzwords crop up … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Tamales: Guatemala y California Chica Style~ Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!


Ahhh, what a beautiful day! Today was what is referred to in our home as  “Tamale Day.”  The day before Christmas Eve when we get together to make our family … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Struggle for Relevancy by Teacher1


Originally posted on From Under the Teacher’s Desk: Teachers are constantly being pressed to create curriculum that is ‘relevant’ to their students. We must make lessons that connect to ‘real … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

My Journey Through the World of Books~


November 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Team building activities for middle to high school students


Originally posted on School Management & Student Information System Blog | QuickSchools.com:
There was this one chapter in Tuesdays with Morrie that struck a chord with me. It was mainly…

November 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

ANIMOTO: Have You Used It With Your Students Yet?


As you know, I have a passion for learning and discovery new technologies that can be infused into both instructional and student assessment practices.  Although old hat to some, I … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Adobe Voice: Useful Tool For Teachers, Students


Originally posted on Bradley Hallick:
Easy-to-use tool for creating high quality voice-narrated slide shows from TechLearning RSS Feed http://ift.tt/10qdvOs via Bradley Hallick Education Technology Blog

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATED IN NIGERIA ONLY WITH WORDS!


Originally posted on MILE2HERALD (OMG! NEWS AND INFO):
Teachers’ Day Tells A Story CAN we imagine our world without teachers? October 5, World Teachers’ Day passed quietly. Nigerians consider…

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Quotes: John Taylor Gatto on what he taught kids when he was a public school teacher.


Originally posted on – Speculative Fiction for the Speculative Misanthrope –:
Originally posted on – Speculative Fiction for the Speculative Misanthrope -: View original

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Unity


Originally posted on mscon:
A great clip to show when teaching about unity.

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

100-year-old Brooklyn math teacher who refuses to retire says she ‘can’t sit back and do nothing’


Originally posted on New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV:
[ooyala code=”E2amk2cTrqlkYAyrFFGkjYVs4oBT8mss” player_id=”9ae34776f76145da969becdeb205e6a5″] BROOKLYN (PIX11) — For most of us, hearing about your birthday on the radio is a seldom occurrence. However,…

October 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Another End of Unit Project Idea


I have created a web page to give students directions, checklist, rubric, etc. Basically, any information and links needed to successfully create an online “Fakebook” page for a novel character. … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

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 · 11 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 · 7 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 · 7 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

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 · 7 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 · 4 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 · 14 Comments

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 · 18 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 · 2 Comments

A Dozen Inspiring Ideas for the Multicultural Classroom


I have done some initial footwork for you and this article is the result of my gleanings. Here you will find  a collection of great resources, articles, ideas and links … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 20 Comments

FREE!~ 7 Cool Google Apps for the Classroom !


There are so many apps and technology tools available now for educators that the task of wading through all of them can be daunting.  Yet, Google has made the task … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · 31 Comments

What’s your New Year’s Resolution …and WHY?


Recently, a friend asked me my plan for a New Year’s resolution. Well, here’s my confession.  I don’t have one.  Yep, that’s right.  See, I have never been one to … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

CHILL, IT’S ALL GOOD! WHAT SO WRONG WITH SLANG?~


Chill, It’s All Good! What So Wrong With Slang? By Laura Diaz original article published for  BlueSuit Mom Magazine 2010 One rare and lazy Saturday afternoon, I parked myself at my … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · 13 Comments

WWW: Latin@s in Kid Lit


Originally posted on Vamos a Leer:
Latin@s in Kid Lit is a unique new blog created by kid lit authors and dedicated to Latino/a children’s literature. The site was created…

December 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Magic Recipe for Multicultural Children’s Books?


What was the first book that got you really reading, and why? As a little girl I was a heavy book series reader.  One of these series was the Little … Continue reading

December 1, 2013 · 4 Comments

A Pinata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas


Originally posted on Young People's Pavilion:
CROSSPOSTED ON YOUNGPEOPLESPAVILION.COM Un Pinata en un árbol de pino: un latino Doce Días de Navidad “Beginning with “a piñata in a pine…

November 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Review: My Big Greek Family by Maria Constantine


If you’re looking for a book  full of hope, humor, romance and speaks on second generation cultural differences this is the book for you! Summary: A warm-hearted, humorous, family saga … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · 4 Comments

The art of the metaphor – Jane Hirshfield


LESSON PLAN FOR TEACHING 6TH GRADE  FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE The art of the metaphor – Jane Hirshfield Lesson created by Laura Diaz using   Video from TED-Ed YouTube Channel Let’s Begin… … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

6 social media mistakes you need to avoid


Originally posted on NBC Latino:
If you have used social media long enough, you have surely experienced a few of those head-shaking moments when you see a Facebook post or…

November 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Shakespearean dating tips – Anthony John Peters.LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ


Let’s Begin… Beyond giving the world dozens of English language masterpieces and inventing countless words (including the word countless), William Shakespeare, ever the overachieving bard, especially had a way with … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Speech acts: Constative and performative – Colleen Glenney Boggs LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ


VIEW THE LESSON IN ITS ENTIRETY BY CLICKING THE ABOVE LINK. Let’s Begin… When are words just words, and when do words force action? Linguist J.L. Austin divided words into … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

I just made a new Voki. See it here: VOKI for the Classroom!


What is Voki? Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character. Voki is created by Oddcast and is located in New York City. Voki characters … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

The 2 most powerful flipped classroom tips I have learned so far


Originally posted on Turn to Your Neighbor: The Official Peer Instruction Blog:
Stealth Flipper’s class, Fall 2012 (blur purposeful) Won’t students skip my class if my lectures are available online?…

October 28, 2013 · 4 Comments

What’s the definition of comedy? Banana. – Addison Anderson Flipped Lesson created by Laura Diaz


What’s the definition of comedy? Banana. – Addison Anderson Flipped Lesson created by Laura Diaz Click the above link to access the entire flipped lesson. Let’s Begin… In our study … Continue reading

October 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

The punishable perils of plagiarism – Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ USING TED Ed


The punishable perils of plagiarism – Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ USING TED Ed Let’s Begin… Fighting plagiarism is serious business. From brainchild-snatching to wholly quotables, plagiarists … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

Language Arts- editing sentences LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ


Language Arts- editing sentences LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ Let’s Begin… Kathleen Cali~FIFTY YEARS OF RESEARCH INTO GRAMMAR INSTRUCTION CONFIRMS what many teachers have long suspected: when it comes to … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Twitter In the Classroom ?


In this weeks article review, 10 Ways Twitter has added value…,teacher and blogger,Edna Sackson, carefully and with a splash of humor, lays out for the reader why Twitter should be … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Mining literature for deeper meanings – Amy E. Harter LESSON CREATED BY LAURA DIAZ USING VIDEO FROM TED-Ed YOUTUBE CHANNEL


Let’s Begin… Writing a great English paper can be tough because literature doesn’t always reveal its deeper meanings immediately. You might not know Mr. Darcy’s true feelings for Elizabeth Bennett … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

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