For the past year I have been sitting behind my computer most nights trying to figure out how to put into words the work we do in our classroom while writing two separate books. Trying to figure out how I can help others go deeper with their literacy instruction, even within the 45 minute English classroom. Trying to figure out how others could incorporate more global collaboration into their literacy instruction without it feeling like just one more thing to do. Trying to figure out how to make the literacy instruction we all do more meaningful, more passionate, more connected. There have been great nights and there have been early mornings. There have been days when I have felt like the biggest fraud, imposter syndrome for the win, and others where I finally felt like what I had to write might actually be meaningful to someone else.
The past year has been grueling, but oh so incredible, and now I get to celebrate the first release of one of those books; Reimagining Literacy through Global Collaboration. This how-to book is meant to help those that are new to global collaboration or have been dipping their toes in for the past few years. It is meant to inspire, meant to give you the why, and meant to help you create more meaningful literacy opportunities for your students. It is meant to give you a glimpse into our classroom as we try to make the world smaller, kinder, and the work we do more relevant all in less than 80 pages.
The official description says:
Prepare your students to adapt and thrive in the world beyond their classroom. This how-to guide offers strategies for how to establish classrooms that give students globally connected literacy experiences. Learn why students must create school projects aimed at an authentic audience beyond school walls, and plan for more purposeful opportunities for students to engage with what they learn and create. You’ll discover how to use readily available technology tools to create environments where students gain 21st century skills, collaborate with others around the globe, and realize that their work matters.
Enter to win:
So in order to celebrate the impending release of this book, I thought I would give away two copies of it. It should be out within the next first few weeks so before Christmas and you will receive you copy right from Amazon.
All you have to do to enter is to write a comment below, make sure you enter your email address in the field where it asks for it so I can contact you if you win. I will draw two randomly selected winners after Friday night, December 9th at 8 PM.
To order the book yourself:
While Amazon says it will not be released until January, Solution Tree says otherwise. So if you would like to order your own copy of the book, please go here.
What is my other book?
I am currently working on a new literacy book. The book, which I am still writing, is tentatively Passionate Readers and will be published in the summer of 2017 by Routledge. It is the tale of how I changed my literacy instruction to create passionate readers even within the 45 minute English classroom. It is the wisdom of my amazing 7th graders and what they wish all teachers of reading would know and do. It is how we can bring our own reading identity in and let it help us become better teachers of reading. It is a book filled with the practical, the inspirational, and the tools we need to hopefully help our students embrace reading as part of their identity.
If you like what you read here, consider reading my book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students. Also, if you are wondering where I will be in the coming year or would like to have me speak, please see this page.