Janice Williamson and Barbara Lane, together have over thirty-five years teaching experience. We completed our Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Reading together which strengthened what we already knew: students need linguistic and visual learning aides to strengthen their comprehension skills. Simply Novel presented its innovative learning tool at San Bernardino County's VPSS Training in February and June of 2010, and was warmly received!
We believe in hands on, project-based learning that meets the needs of diverse learners, allowing students to demonstrate mastery and apply learning in the real-world.
Simply Novel Presented its innovative learning tool to San Bernardino's VPSS Training in February and June of 2010. Cleveland Job Corps cites Simply Novel as a great asset for student literacy. “ Used as a tool with Job Corps students since March of 2013, Simply Novel has contributed to improved student TABE® literacy ranking by 44 points. ” - Ramon Serrato CEO Serrato Corp
Janice's teaching experiences include grade levels English 9 -11 as well as reading, Advanced Placement, and inclusion. Barbara's teaching experiences include Language Arts and yearbook grades 7-8, English 9, English Honors grade 9, EL and British Literature grade 12. Both teachers hold a Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Reading.
Together, we were determined to apply these practices in our curriculum. After spending another summer vacation working, and talking with general and special education colleagues, we soon learned that what we were looking for wasn't available. And so, Simply Novel ~ a new idea was born. Today, standards direct educators to meet the needs of all students, inclusive of a variety of learning styles. Looks good on paper, but for those of us in the classroom, it isn't always the reality. The struggle to meet the rigors of a diverse classroom as well as the additional demands placed on educators presents a universal problem - the time factor. The product Simply Novel is not intended to replace the teacher; instead, it supports good teaching practices. Used appropriately, Simply Novel provides a foundation for learning. Prompted by cues, questions, and advanced organizers, Simply Novel ~ a new idea allows the teacher to focus on what really matters in the novel.