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

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

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 · 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

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 · Leave a comment

My Journey Through the World of Books~

November 13, 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


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 Author J.L. Pattison:
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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’

Originally posted on WPIX 11 New York:
[ooyala code=”E2amk2cTrqlkYAyrFFGkjYVs4oBT8mss” player_id=”9ae34776f76145da969becdeb205e6a5″] BROOKLYN (PIX11) — For most of us, hearing about your birthday on the radio is a seldom occurrence. However, in the…

October 18, 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 · 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 · 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


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

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 · 6 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

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 · 4 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 · 3 Comments

10 ways Twitter has added value…

1. Continuous learning with and from a global community of educators, via countless links to interesting posts and articles, tools and websites, conferences and workshops. thoughts and ideas. 2. Year … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

Defining the Connected Learner

Defining the Connected Learner Review of “The Connected Educator”. Click the Above link to view the presentation and the accompanying links.  Then chime in on your take of what technology … Continue reading

October 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Author Interview with Jaimie Engle

Originally posted on Young Adult Book Reviews:
Jaimie Engle is the author of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, a middle-grade adventure story in which a modern-day boy has…

October 6, 2013 · Leave a comment