Saturday, March 22, 2008


Welcome to Literacy Log! I'm Brian Shephard, and I would like this site to become a clearinghouse for ideas and strategies for teachers of all kinds of literacy.

I am working on Masters of Arts in Teaching at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I also work at an after school literacy program for K-3 public school students.

My fellow Hamline students are frequently required to generate such strategies for assignments. Ideally, those strategies will be used in a classroom someday, but I fear that too many of them die on the page.

This blog is a living document. The strategies posted here will always be available to you. What's more, you will be able to comment on them, add to them, and discuss them with colleagues.

I am, to a large extent, learning as I go along. That applies to teaching literacy and maintaining a website. I welcome your suggestions and contributions. For now, you can navigate the site with the labels on the right. Here are some of the big categories so far:

Strategies: Techniques for teaching literacy. These may range from simple concepts to lesson designs.

Web Resources: The Internet is an increasingly rich source of literacy tools. These can be games, online software, other literacy sites, etc.