I am a mother of two and the founder of Links to Literacy, an educational consulting company. After eight years at home with my children, I went back into the school system in the 2011-2012 school year. I am currently a school-based Staff Development Teacher.
My children have been exposed to books since birth (before, if you count the books I read to them in utero). When I taught, my classroom library was a focus of my room. I loved teaching with picture books in my classroom and love reading them to my own children. As a Staff Development Teacher, I have a room full of picture books to share with teachers when planning lessons. I also use them for PD as part of staff meetings.
For Teaching with Picture Books, I look for high quality literature that can be used to model reading comprehension strategies or the six traits of writing, mainly. I also blog at Literacy Toolbox, providing tips and tools for parents and educators to enhance the literacy lives of children. I’ve recently added one more blog to my name, Read. Write. Teach. to share my adventures in staff development.
Occasionally, I am a freelance writer for The Education Center. In addition, my first book titled, Teaching Comprehension with Nonfiction Read Alouds: 12 Lessons for Using Newspapers, Magazines, and Other Nonfiction Texts to Build Key Comprehension Skills was published by Scholastic Teaching Professional Resources in 2010.
It is my goal to make this blog a resource for educators and parents, alike. If you like it, please share it!