The best part about publishing a book is knowing how it’ll impact students and teachers to make writing and learning a bit easier for everyone. In 2015, I was approached by Rowman and Littlefield editor, Sarah Jubar, to write about English Language Learners. She had read some of my Edutopia, Education Week, and personal blogs and envisioned one book to help students in ELL classrooms.
I had a baby and a toddler at the time, and I didn’t think I could do it. It meant that I would need to write during evening hours. With a lot of support from family, I decided to go for it. I felt that if there was ever a right time for me to write a book, it was now, and I shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity.
Late evenings had me believe otherwise at times. Like many difficult things in life, I pushed through this one, because the final product sounded like such a great reward and well worth sleepless nights.
I am excited it’s finally here! My book is currently out on pre-order on Amazon, and will be out this coming Spring, sometime in April. This book has many amazing contributions from so many great people, and I can’t thank them enough for supporting my work and always championing my cause.
Here’s a summary of my book, if you’re interested in using it in your English Language classroom:
Digital Writing for English Language learners looks at practical ways educators can implement the use of technology in their English and Language Arts classroom for English Language Learners. The book provides a variety of classroom activities and assignments that can be completed with English Language Learners using social media and other digital writing tools. The book also looks at creating a culture that fosters the necessary conditions for student voice to thrive in an English Language Learners’ classroom.