Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason
Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason has a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on rhetoric and composition. She has more than a decade of teaching experience including six years as a college English professor. She has designed workshops and classes for elementary, middle, and high school students and is a homeschooling mom of two.
Her passions include pop culture, moral philosophy, essay writing, and reading skills. She designs classes that take a multi-disciplinary, integrated reading-writing approach to make sure learners have context and purpose for everything they create.
During her time as an English professor, Michelle specialized in teaching “developmental” writing, which means she was working with the students who had been deemed unprepared for college-level writing. In that work, she formed a teaching philosophy deeply centered on trust.
She believes that students learn best when they know that their instructor genuinely trusts them to do well. She works hard to avoid assignments and classroom dynamics that create antagonistic power structures. Instead, she wants learners to see her as a supportive guide who genuinely aims to help them reach their own goals.
Michelle is the founder of Dayla Learning, a place for “homeschooling the humanities with humanity,” and the co-founder of SEA Online Classes, a platform for hands-on, engaging online classes.
November 5, 2022
12:50pm EDT/9:50am PDT
Turn Any Book into Contextualized Writing Activities (Middle and High School)
Did you know that rules about grammar and syntax are way more likely to stick if they’re contextualized to things your learners are already reading and writing about? Isolated grammar drills often fall short when it comes to making a lasting impact on writing skills. In this workshop, Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason will talk about how to pull writing activities out of books you’re already reading. The talk will start with some theory and research into why learning specific rules about grammar and style conventions are best learned in context. Then she’ll move onto specific activities you can build with a focus on specific writing skills from the Common Core Language standards for 5th through 12th grade. Leave this workshop with some specific strategies for using books you’re already reading to build contextualized grammar and writing style practice!