My name is Ashley Bible, and I’m a high school English teacher who happily resides in a tiny Thoreau-esque cabin in East Tennessee. In addition to being a wife to a history teacher and fur mom to a shelter dog, I’m the writer here at Building Book Love . I started this blog as a way to reflect on my teaching and share ideas with others. It motivates me to learn that my little blog has made a big impact in classrooms all around the world, and now my goal is to continue to make teachers’ lives easier and students’ lives more engaging with inspiring content!
My Current PD Offerings
Since “sitting and getting” has never been a teaching method that has worked for my students, I strive to add movement with learning. I currently have a half-day workshop or single session available that teaches educators simple strategies engage their learners through movement.
Move It to Master It: Kinesthetic Strategies for Secondary Students
Though science says teenage brains don’t function until later in the morning, most secondary schools still start at 7:00 am. This creates an environment of biologically lethargic learners who would rather be in sleeping in bed than learning in your classroom. When you pair teenage exhaustion with the fact that the average student spends close to 85% of his or her day sitting, classrooms risk becoming a place of vegetation instead of innovation. While you might not be able to change your class time nor afford standing desks, there are other ways you can energize your lessons. In this session, I will show you simple strategies that engage text-heavy curriculum learners through movement. This session will provide multiple strategies for ELA and SS educators to implement right away with a focus on informational text, rhetoric, essential questions, and close reading.
I also believe that that best way to learn something is by doing something. I have another half-day workshop or single session on standards-based projects.
Petite Projects: Mini Standard-Based Projects for ELA and Social Studies
Despite knowing that our students need to progress to the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy— the creation tier— many educators are hesitant to incorporate the build, propose, invent, and adapt verbs into their lesson plans because of the time, energy, and possibly even stigma associated with projects. In this session, I will show you three ready-to-implement mini-projects that will incorporate a lot of standards without taking a lot of time. After seeing three project ideas, you will work to create your own standards-based mini-project that will scale your students to the top tier of Bloom’s! This session will help ELA and SS educators build their own standards-based projects as well as adapt three ready-made projects to fit their own curriculum.
One of my biggest literacy passions right now is podcasts because I have witnessed their power first-hand and know their potential. I have another half-day or single session that informs educators how to use podcasts as a teaching tool.
Listening is Literacy: Why you need to be using podcasts in your curriculum
If books are a uniquely portable magic, then podcasts are the wizard in your pocket. Did you know that podcast listeners are 29% more likely to have a household income of more than $75,000? And that they are more likely to have secured a four-year college degree? And that this powerful form of life-long learning is FREE and accessible on the devices our students are obsessed with? This is why you need to be using podcasts in your curriculum, and in this session, I’m going to give you all of the tools and tricks to successfully do so.
By the end of this session, you will understand why you should be using podcasts as a literacy tool and how you can easily implement podcasts into your curriculum.
I’m also a believer in integrating STEM and ELA and was recently published on this topic. I have attended two summer institutes on STEM and ELA integration and would love to share some things I have learned if the opportunity presents itself!
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Joint PD Offerings (Social Studies + ELA)
While I’m an introvert at heart, I have recently started stepping out of my comfort zone to say “YES!” to presentation opportunities. Since my husband, a social studies teacher, is pretty much the opposite of quiet, we like to team up and present as a pair. We have done presentations on using stations with secondary classes, engaging students with technology, and ways to merge ELA and history standards.