Laura A. Diaz __ Teach Write

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

A Teacher’s View: Remote Learning and COVID-19

We were given short notice that the schools in our district would be closed for an indefinite amount of time due to COVID-19. The scramble to get things set-up for … Continue reading

March 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Resolution For the New Year?

Recently, a friend asked me about 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 … Continue reading

December 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Reblog: Helping Students Cultivate a Growth Mindset

        Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. ~Joshua J. Marine   The terms “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset”, although new … Continue reading

October 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

From the Archives : Long-term Novel Unit Planning

Long-term Novel Units are some of my favourite lesson plans to create.  Of course, it may be the writer in me that gets such a kick out of pulling together … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Fear and Loathing in American Politics: the Future of the Sane Center

      *Reblog via By Lauren Wynn On a return trip from visiting my dad for Father’s Day, I was scrolling through Twitter — partly because I needed … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Note: If you’re here just for the recipe, scroll all the way down to the bottom and there you’ll find it. 🙂 Ahhh, what a beautiful day! Today is what … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Death by Tribalism

Originally posted on The Collision Blog :
“The source of every crime, is some defect of the understanding; or some error in reasoning; or some sudden force of the passions.” ―…

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ten Reasons Why You Should Support Evan McMullin

Excellent post from a very talented writer. I absolutely had to share her amazingly well-written #StandUpWithEvan #NeverTrumpOrHillary #EvanMcMullin2016.   So a lot has happened in the weeks between my last post … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Discipleship & My Lighthouse

“I thought God just wanted me to be a Christian.”   That is what one little girl told me on Friday of last week. Let me back up.  Last week … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

What Did Peter Doubt?

Why and what did Peter doubt when he walked on water with Jesus?

June 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Long-term Novel Unit Planning

Long-term Novel Units are some of my favorite lesson plans to create.  Of course, it may be the writer in me that gets such a kick out of pulling together … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Awana Vantage: Relational Discipleship

On April 22nd, I had the privilege to live-blog and tweet for the Awana Clubs Vantage Conference. I was joined by “Commander Bill”(Bill Gunter), Jackie & Stephana Bledsoe, Matt Guevara, Pat Schwenk … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Awana Vantage Conference (Live Blog Friday, April 22nd)

Join me Friday, April 22nd as I live blog the Awana Vantage Conference!

April 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

Say hello to ESSA and goodbye to No Child Left Behind

Originally posted on What…cookies again?:
In the news:  The Senate and the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). President Obama made it official by signing…

December 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 · 2 Comments

“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: 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: 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 · 1 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

“Now we’re not encouraging that you try the same activity, because honestly, it can be a little dangerous, but we did look around for some team building activities or games … Continue reading

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 via Bradley Hallick Education Technology Blog

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment


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.

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment


Originally posted on Prep:
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’

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

One of my favorite additions is the Bib Me cor easy creation of bibliographies. In addition, I cant wait to use the Voice comment add on to see how that … Continue reading

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 · 8 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 · 8 Comments

You answer: What were you like as a teenager?

I was an 80’s teen…’nuff said. 😉 This is actually a TED Talk Blog that I recently stumbled upon.  And although it was published in September 2012 it is still … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment


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 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 · 5 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  *Access the Lesson on TEDEd by clicking this link—>Helping Students Understand Growth Mindset Challenges … 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 · 19 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 · 32 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? 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 · 19 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