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

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

My love for just the right words……


Anyone that knows me, is familiar with my passion for quotes and proverbs, be they inspirational or funny. And of course, as a visual learner also, if the quote is … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · 3 Comments

~Are you seeking God’s kingdom or are you all about building your own?~


~Are you seeking God’s kingdom or are you all about building your own?~ “I am not perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus made … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill


August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

A California garbage man has big impact on boy with autism


Originally posted on NBC Latino:
Meet Frank Diaz, Fresno city garbage man. Everyday he gets into his truck, drives through neighborhoods and picks up trash with pride. It’s his job, his livelihood and…

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Help! My toddler curses


Originally posted on NBC Latino:
I was quietly sitting at my desk when my phone rang. (ok, I was really quietly listening to salsa music.) It was my mom. She…

July 23, 2013 · 4 Comments

A new definition of Christian fiction and its ticket to Multicultural themes


AUGUST 16, 2011 BY: ERICA SMITH To view original article visit: http://www.examiner.com/article/a-new-definition-of-christian-fiction-and-its-ticket-to-multicultural-themes “Given what we know about multiculturalism and Christianity, do the inspirational novels we read reflect the truth that we live … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 10 Comments

“Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices.”


Originally posted on richardrblake:
Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices By Cynthia Ruchti Abingdon Press Box 801, Nashville, TN 37202 978-1426751172, 2013, $ 15.99, 200 pages Reviewed…

July 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Urban baby blog: My less than bilingual daughter


Originally posted on NBC Latino:
Everyone is raising their children to be bilingual these days. There are well studied benefits, and of course, it has the added benefit of being…

July 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why don’t you speak Spanish?


Originally posted on drops of lluvia:
You know what I hate? Latinos that say, “I hate when I meet a latino that doesn’t speak spanish!” Why? If they were born…

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Quest for a Creative Classroom


Originally posted on Creatively, Cory:
So, hi everyone!  I am new to blogging, and to be quite honest, I am a little scared!  There’s a lot of pressure to have…

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reblog: OCT 5: 2nd Annual Latino Writers Conference in NYC ~


VIA:   LATINA BOOK CLUB  http://www.latinabookclub.com/ About latina Book Club (from their blog): “The Latina Book Club’s goal is to promote Latino authors and literacy by reading at least one Latino … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

God’s Protecting Hands


….At first I thought nothing of the thought but as I continued to get closer to downtown the thought became stronger, so I prayed for protection. When I got off … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Let’s read! Latina bloggers launch summer reading program for children


Originally posted on NBC Latino:
It’s time to take the conversation on Latino literacy to the next level. A study conducted in 2000 by the U.S. Dept. of Education found…

June 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Overland Hills VBS: CSI The Case of the Empty Tomb


This is a fun clip from what I’ve been doing this past week. Only, I’m not in it; my son Jonathan ( playing the part of John the disciple) and … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

SpanglishBaby: Keeping my growing sons interested in reading Spanish


Originally posted on NBC Latino:
In my father’s grand tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving in April — or whenever else he felt like it — he and I didn’t celebrate my…

June 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Preach on: teens ask evangelical leaders to talk sex ed


Originally posted on NBC Latino:
Hispanic evangelical leaders across the country hope to begin a frank dialogue about sex and pregnancy among Latino teenagers, teaming up with The National Campaign…

June 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Keep Calm


Originally posted on Lessons I Learn:
Via “Lessons I Learn”. Please check out this inspiring blog at the above link. Happy Reading! 🙂 Lessons I Learn View original post

June 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Controversial Video: Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word by Jefferson Bethke


No matter what your viewpoint on the issue, Jefferson Bethke’s little YouTube pebble has stirred an overwhelming hurricane and has been viewed ( as of 5/27/13) 25,023,180  times since it was first … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

Christian Music’s Moment: How TobyMac and Lecrae Conquered the Countdown


Originally posted on Entertainment:
There’s a whole lot of Jesus running through Americans’ earbuds, at least according to the latest Billboard and iTunes numbers. In back-to-back weeks Christian artists TobyMac…

May 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Opinion: Our hang-ups with official languages


Originally posted on NBC Latino:
CHICAGO — I’m into “Missing una investigacion,” the latest book by Chilean novelist Alberto Fuguet. I’m reading it in Spanish since I have to consciously practice…

May 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

Sherman Alexie on Living Outside Cultural Borders via Moyers and Company


Sherman Alexie on Living Outside Cultural Borders April 12, 2013 Writer Sherman Alexie describes living in two different cultures at the same time. TRANSCRIPT: BILL MOYERS: Let’s talk now with … Continue reading

May 26, 2013 · 4 Comments

Junot Diaz on Rewriting the Story of America


“We write because we dream that someone will read us. The false way to be an artist is because you want applause.” Junot Diaz “The life and work of Junot … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Hand of Refuge~ by Anthony Carter


God doesn’t always do the expected. In fact, it is usually quite the opposite. When newspaper editor, Cassandra “Cass” O’Neal, gets the opportunity to write her first article she is … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

State of Education in Nebraska: Standing Up To Poverty | netnebraska.org


Everyone is always talking about what is wrong with our education system. They tend to like to blame shift and focus on teacher’s or curriculum.  Well, I was introduced to … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stubbornly Speaking Spanish


Originally posted on Latinaish:
As most of you know, we’re trying to raise our boys to be English/Spanish bilingual. This is not an easy task for anyone, but even more…

May 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Not so Mexican


Originally posted on Beans | Rice | French Fries:
I wrote this nonfiction piece in January of 2012 for my creative writing class. It’s a longer post, but I hope you take…

May 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Christian/Multicultural/Young Adult/Fantasy fiction~ Is that even possible?


Earning a gold medal for the Harper Collins Editors Desk Award this is an excerpt of their review:

May 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

Zumba Makes Me Feel Latina


Originally posted on Team Ellsworth:
I’ve got a new hobby…ZUMBA! Its way too much fun and you get your workout in without feeling like you’ve been working out for a…

May 9, 2013 · 3 Comments

More Beautiful by Jonny Diaz


I really love this music video! And no, it’s not because this music artist shares my last name! 🙂 We all know that “Diaz” is as common as the Anglo … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · 3 Comments

WP DP…can I give you a little piece of advice my blogger bro?


Originally posted on ACT. REACT. or just THINK about it!:
Life doesn’t come with an instruction booklet… Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction booklet… Blogging… well…DOES come with an instruction…

May 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

Carry Me by Josh Wilson as seen on KLOVE LIVE


Somebody needs to hear this as much as I needed to hear this today ♥

May 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

How Does An Author Get Her Inspiration for Writing?


Originally posted on WFBC Media Center:
We just received Kathy Herman‘s latest book, Not By Sight (Ozark Mountain Trilogy #1) and I haven’t had a chance to read it yet…

May 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

SpanglishBaby: The future of Spanish – should we worry?


Originally posted on NBC Latino:
This week, my daily news surfing brought me to this article from NPR about the unclear future of the Spanish language in the U.S. The…

May 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Messy Mondays~ Blimey Cow


Another review of Blimey Cow/ Messy Mondays……click link to view full article

May 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Writing a Book


Check out this fantastic post by DIY Writing. http://danasitar.com/2013/04/22/writing-a-book/ “To help you out, I’ve pulled together the five things you shouldn’t do when writing a book. These are tips that … Continue reading

May 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reblog: VIA Latina Bloggers Connect


La for Latino Literature January 24, 2013 by Tracy Topics: Blog, Inspired Connections Have you heard of Latinas for Latino Literature? We sat down to ask a few questions of … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

Theology Lite: Max Lucado on Pretzels


Originally posted on Thinking Out Loud:
So there I was driving home and listening to one of six Christian radio stations I can now get in my car, when Max…

April 30, 2013 · Leave a comment
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