Teaching and Learning Resources

Tips for reading aloud to children in your second language

Tips for reading aloud to children in your second language

What does it look like to teach literacy in Spanish when it’s not my first language? How can I be genuine about my lack of knowledge yet still be competent, knowledgeable and command respect? This moment -- when you’re reading aloud to children in your second language and you come across an unfamiliar word -- is a fork in the road for educators. How we handle unfamiliar words really shapes the learning environment. It’s uncomfortable, challenging, maybe even embarrassing -- but it’s also a critical opportunity to model what it means to be a language learner.
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Thanks for the Weekend, Unions!

Today I celebrate May Day by reflecting on the dismantling of Wisconsin's Teacher's Union and an excerpt of my chapter in Why We Teach Now, edited by Sonia Nieto.
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Where We Started ... Where We Are NOW

Books del Sur started well before it's founder Heather Robertson-Devine filled out incorporation paperwork in Wisconsin in 2009.  It started when she met a foreign exchange student, Ignacio Munoz at her high school and then ... the story continues to be influenced by amazing people along the way. Read more about it here.
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Why I Write

Books del Sur's Owner, Heather Robertson-Devine writes to communicate information with YOU to improve multilingualism in the United States. Explore the topics and content by starting here!
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Follow Your Passion

This weeks Positive Thinking Thursday is a quote not from someone "famous", but a recent Milken Educator Award winner Josie Igielski. I can proudly say that two of my friends and colleagues have won the Milken Education Award for their...

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THEY don't speak English

My experience with a person complaining about an immigrant that doesn't speak English. Ugh. My response and what our responses should be to advocate for a multi-lingual United States. 
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Embracing Spanish Language Diversity

Kim Potowski is my new favorite author…although, I haven’t read her book.  I know she will be once I do read it.  My favorite authors have always been those who put my feelings into words. Last Thursday at the Illinois...

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