About LaToya Morrison

LaToya Morrison is an Assistant Principal of Instruction in Austin, Texas. Previous to this position, she was an ELA Secondary Instructional coach in Round Rock ISD, taught ELA (grades 6-9 for 10 years) during her time as a classroom teacher in Fort Worth and Round Rock ISD. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2008 at William James Middle School and received a second title in 2013 at the Young Women's Leadership Academy of Fort Worth. She holds a bachelor of science degree in middle school education from Texas Wesleyan University, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University. LaToya loves to blog about student engagement, culturally responsive practices, and high-yielding instructional strategies.

The Power of Play for All

The 1950s were something of a "golden era" of play. [...] Schools had multiple recesses throughout the day, the concept of homework barely existed, and the school year itself was about 4-5 weeks shorter. Fast forward to today….. American kids now spend an average of just 4-7 minutes a day on unstructured outdoor play, and [...]

By |2019-05-28T00:20:17-04:00May 30th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|0 Comments

Covering is Not Teaching: The Case for Explicit Instruction

"I covered that unit." "We talked about the vocabulary words." "I touched on grammar last week." "We went over the test." "We did an activity on that." "We went through the discussion questions." These common phrases by some teachers are, unfortunately, becoming all too common. Our verbiage as educators is powerful and also an interesting [...]

By |2019-03-28T15:15:36-04:00April 2nd, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|1 Comment