Using Digital Apps to Support Students’ Literacy Learning

Forty-two percent of respondents in the What’s Hot In Literacy 2020 Report voted “determining effective instructional strategies for struggling readers” as the second most critical topic for improving literacy outcomes within the next decade (International Literacy Association, 2020, p. 10). Helping students who are experiencing reading difficulties become more capable and confident is a relevantContinue reading “Using Digital Apps to Support Students’ Literacy Learning”

Choice Words

In Choice Words, Peter Johnston (2004) discusses how “[language] creates realities and invites identities” (p. 9). In other words, the language we use communicates to others how we see them as individuals and as members of a larger community. In the classroom, language plays an integral role in shaping students’ identity, developing their sense ofContinue reading “Choice Words”

Haim Ginott

I discovered this quote from Haim Ginott hanging in one of the classrooms at SUNY Cortland on my very first day. I took a picture and saved it to my camera roll, and I often reread it to remind myself that everything I do and say matters. Haim Ginott (1922-1973) was child psychologist and teacherContinue reading “Haim Ginott”

Critical Literacy Theory

Subscribing to Critical Literacy Theory entails the careful examination and evaluation of text in order to “see” multiple versions of the same story. It requires deliberately questioning the voices of the majority perspective by bringing those of the oppressed to the forefront. It involves analyzing the structure and content of words and images to understandContinue reading “Critical Literacy Theory”

Teaching Is Like . . .

When I was an undergrad at SUNY Cortland, one of my Foundations and Social Advocacy professors asked us students to think of a metaphor to describe what it means to be a teacher. As someone who enjoys nature and digging in the dirt, I have always imagined that being a teacher is a lot likeContinue reading “Teaching Is Like . . .”

Why “Books and Bloom”?

For several years now, I have been wanting to start a blog. But what to call it? While not the only factor holding me back—would anyone read what I wrote? would they even want to?—I’m embarrassed to admit that the lack of a title was an admittedly convenient excuse. In truth, I was standing onContinue reading “Why “Books and Bloom”?”