I was reading a professional text recently that, in many ways, moved me to nod my head so frequently as I was reading that I looked like one of those bobble head turtles that you find at every craft fair and flea market. There was so much I loved about what the authors had to say about… Continue reading (UPDATED!) Expecting Too Much–and Too Little–of Literacy Teachers
New post on the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA)’s blog. Looking forward to speaking at their annual conference in February!
By Shawna Coppola, 2019 CCIRA Featured Speaker
I am often asked by colleagues how to help their students break out of comfortable habits as readers and writers in order to facilitate new discoveries, provide greater challenge, and broaden their horizons. As someone who enjoys the security and steadfastness of reading the same kinds of texts (memoir, true crime, YA) and writing within a limited pool of forms and genres (memoir, essays, comics), I understand both students’ desire to stick with what’s “working” for them as well as teachers’ desire–and often, the outside pressure–to nudge students toward a more “well-rounded” reading and writing identity.
It is important to tread lightly when doing this work. Many of the literacy giants whose shoulders we continue to stand on have made a rock-hard case for providing students with lots of choice around their reading and writing (Guthrie & Humenick, 2014, Kittle, 2013; Krashen, 2011…
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Hello #ILA18 colleagues--thank you for joining us this afternoon! Here are the slides for our presentation, "Writing Redefined: Broadening Our Ideas about Writing in Pursuit of Social Change." Please feel free to reach out to either Lisa or me with any ideas or questions--your feedback will only help us learn and grow!
Hello colleagues--happy summer! Just recently I had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Carla España on a blog post for The Educator Collaborative's Community Blog. It is a response to a gorgeous new book for all ages by Minh Lê and Dan Santat called Drawn Together (2018) that I highly recommend you ask your school librarian to… Continue reading My Latest #TheEdCollab Blog Post
Hello friends! If you are at the 2018 Wisconsin Literacy Research Symposium in Appleton, WI this week, here are the slides from my presentation, "Bringing It All Home: Putting Research Into Practice with Today's Students in Mind." Such an incredible honor to close out this provocative, paradigm-shifting conference. Thanks to all of the organizers! If… Continue reading #WLRS18 Presentation
*runs in panting* YES! I made it. I promised to write these "What I'm Consuming" posts twice a month, and here I am! Just in the nick of time. I'm so proud of me. Let's get right to it, shall we? Here is what I'm consuming right now (week of 5/21/18): READING: The New… Continue reading What I’m Consuming: Week of 5/21/18
Personally, I like to know what my faves are reading, viewing, and/or listening to every so often. It keeps me on my toes and introduces me to creatives, thinkers, and other interesting humans I may not know about. In that spirit, I'm committing to posting at least 2x/month here on my blog what I'm currently… Continue reading What I’m Consuming: Week of 5/7/18
Hello, friends! We've all seen the posts and the memes: "Teachers Are Rock Stars!" "I'm a Teacher; What's Your Superpower?" But do any of us ever really feel like "rock stars" or superheroes? I know I don't. Like, ever. That's why I want to do a giveaway for Teacher Appreciation Week that just celebrates teachers for… Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway!