Visual Storytelling 7-Day Mystery Challenge I accept your challenge, Kathy Streb! Seven days of black and white mystery photos…no people, everyday life.  I’ll be revising this post each day with a new photo. Enjoy! Day 1 Day 2                   Day 3             …
Take a look at my journey: Volunteer to Author RCBF As a volunteer at our local book festival for more than a decade, I watched as the sitting authors signed books and interacted with the crowd of children and parents. The whole day was so exciting to be part of as a helper and organizer. …
Honor for our Veterans – Thank you for your service! Honor for Our Veterans- I will never forget one of my first teaching interview questions, “How will you instill a sense of patriotism in your students?”  That question has really stayed with me for my entire career.  Each year, I continue to try to help …
Louisiana Book Festival…11 Gifts I had the pleasure of being invited to the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge!  Here is a list of what I feel are gifts I received by attending the Book Festival: Met my Pelican “family” in person Participated in the event with 250 other authors Connected with new author friends …
Using Models to Establish Digital Writing Expectations Writing in the classroom is changing at a rate faster than the speed of light, or at least it seems that way.  In the past 10 years or so, as technology use increased, I felt digital writing expectations slip away. It was hard to keep pace with the …
Native American Teaching Resources: 5 Helpful Websites Many classrooms are using more and more technology.  Here are some Native American Teaching Resources: 5 Helpful Websites to use in your lesson plans. Wonderopolis I love how the articles start with a question, posted on a clean large green banner.  This draws the attention of the reader.  …
Cool Classroom Tech Tool, Buncee Ambassador This school year started off on the right foot with news that as a Buncee Ambassador, I will get to learn and use a cool classroom tech tool with my students! I was thrilled to discover I was chosen as a Buncee Ambassador this year! It’s quite an honor …
Teaching Vocabulary Focused on One Word I had the pleasure of attending (and presenting) at the New York State Reading Association teachers’ conference last year with my colleague, Gretchen Breon. I took notes from educators sharing their expertise on reading and writing strategies. Teaching expert Laura Robb’s session titled Read, Talk, Write: Showing Students How …
Read All About It! New Interview, News Article – Sioux Code Talkers I am so grateful for the latest new interview, news article about the Sioux Code Talkers.  Most people who see my book, Sioux Code Talker of World War II, skid to a stop, and cry out, “I knew about the Navajo- I didn’t …
The Art of Digital Storytelling in the Classroom There is a process to learning how to teach the art of digital storytelling.  First, you must be curious, because crafting a digital story takes time. Second, you will be using reading, writing, and speaking skills.  Planning this cross-curricular project can be lots of fun…but also a …
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