Amanda Ronan

Writer, Editor, Educator, Coach, Friend

Amanda Ronan is an Austin-based writer. After many years as a teacher, she transitioned out of the classroom and into educational publishing. Amanda wrote and edited English, language arts, reading, and social studies content for grades K-12. In addition to writing video scripts, lessons, quizzes, and other teaching-related materials, Amanda began blogging about education.

Now a full-time writer, Amanda uses her creative writing skills for all sorts of industries. She blogs, writes long-form articles, posts on social media, edits books, does content strategy, and coaches writers.

In her spare time, Amanda writes books of her own. Her first YA series, My Brother is a Robot, was released by Scobre Educational Press in September 2015. Her professional book for educations, A Fresh Look at Formative Assessment: 30 Simple ELA Ideas for Grades 3-5 was published in October 2016.

Amanda also does a lot of ghostwriting in industries outside of education, including health, financial, and business. These clips aren't included here because of the nature of ghostwriting. However, if you like what you see and are interested in working with her, Amanda will happily provide references.

Portfolio

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The Ultimate Guide to Gamifying Your Classroom
No one wants to been seen as the stuffy teacher stuck in the past who lectures from the front of the classroom and doesn't seem to care about student engagement. Students today...
The Ultimate Guide to Online Courses
Professional and personal development are important to many people. Professional development allows you to stay current in your field, make connections with likeminded...
Every Teacher's Guide to Assessment
It's not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you'd be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn't see the value in measuring student...
Top 10 Education Systems in the World
Every three years, the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) conducts an international assessment of the educational programs provided in countries across the...
The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom
Using technology in the classroom is one of those issues that makes it easy to be a fence sitter. It's difficult to be 100% for the use of educational technology all of the...
The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have
There's been a lot of talk recently about what it means to be a learner in the 21 st Century. Earlier this year, we put together a guide with skills important for students today...
6 Videos To Use In Your Social Justice Lessons
When I first started teaching in Los Angeles in the early 2000s, my third and fourth grade students organized a protest against a school-wide balloon release because they had...
21 Great Special Education Blogs and Apps
Teaching is a challenging field, there is no doubt about it. On a daily basis, teachers work with twenty or thirty students, each one with his or her own set of strengths and...
Teachers as Learners: 6 Great Professional Development Ideas
Most teachers consider themselves life-long learners. As professionals, teachers are required to complete a certain amount of professional development (PD) every few years to...
Whatever Happened to Course Management Systems?
Back in 2012, Jason Blanchard wrote an article for Edudemic about the problems with Course management systems (CMSs), such as Blackboard and Moodle. At that time, CMSs were...
Tech-Focused Conferences for Educators
Professional development opportunities aren't just a great time to learn and grow; they're a wonderful way to network with other educators. During conferences, you can gather...
How to Connect With Other Teachers in the Social Age
With new media, shifting standards, and evolving pedagogies, teachers need a community to find and give support. They need to be able to exchange ideas.
5 Ways to Engage Students
Teachers know student engagement is the key to learning retention and having a great overall classroom experience, but they often can't keep kids' interest.
21 Great Special Education Blogs and Apps
Teaching is a challenging field, there is no doubt about it. On a daily basis, teachers work with twenty or thirty students, each one with his or her own set of strengths and...
A Teacher's Guide to Wikipedia
Wikipedia is often vilified in educational circles. The site's loudest critics think that it offers biased, non-credible information. Many teachers specifically ban students...
6 Ways Social Media Can Change Your Classroom
Remember when schools had policies outlawing cell phones in the classroom? Teachers used to tell students, "Keep it in your locker, in your backpack, in your car, or at home,...
Why Self-Publishing May Be the Best Writing Lesson Ever
Brian South is an English teacher in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb 30 miles west of Chicago. He is also the faculty advisor of the literary magazine at Naperville North. When...
7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice
For a long time, when educators discussed differentiating instruction and meeting students' individual needs, they did so through the framework of Learning Styles. However, in...
How to Crowdfund Your Classroom
If you're like most teachers, you spend a crazy amount of your own money on your classroom. In fact, this Forbes article explains that teachers spend an average of $513 each...
Why Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas is so Important
English teachers are skilled instructors of reading comprehension-a nebulous concept that requires several moving parts. Reading comprehension instruction often includes...
5 Tech Tool Combos for Taking Your Class Global
Few students in the United States today have any memory of a time before the Internet. With a world of interactions (both good and bad) a mere click away, it is crucial to...
7 Reasons to Keep Poetry Instruction Alive
For centuries, poets have turned to the written word to express emotions and symbolize important events. And likewise, for a very long time, the study of poetry was considered...
Can I Make a 3D Print of Myself? Musings on SXSWedu
Editor's Note: The SXSWedu conference wrapped up on Thursday, March 12th. We had Amanda write this update for us mid-way through the conference, and she is currently wrapping up...
How to Get Your Class Online & Maintain Student Privacy
Hackers, phishing, pharming, spam, adware, spyware, worms, and viruses. With everything that can go wrong online, it's a small miracle that the Internet is still such a popular...
How to Make the Most of SXSWedu 2015
While many Austinites are busy planning their spring break getaways, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of the best event to come through town. That's right. I'm talking about...
Questions and Impressions: SXSWedu 2015
Before the opening Keynote at SXSWedu 2015, Ron Reed, the executive producer of the conference, spoke to the audience. He asked attendees to do three things during the...
5 Ways to Keep Creativity Alive in English Class
The Common Core State Standards have generated a lot of new buzzwords in English classrooms. All of a sudden it's not enough for students to read, but now they must perform...

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