Using Comics to Teach Chemistry (and more!)

C.A. Preece shows us how to do this.

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Science can be difficult for low to average readers. Today, we’ll dig into the power of comic books to help us teach difficult subjects to students by making learning reachable and approachable. C.A. Preece works to reach every learner by working to make science approachable and understandable. Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites […]

Math Problems that Unlock Student Thinking

Robert Kaplinsky, Open Middle Math pioneer, talks about effective math teaching

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Filled with dread, some math teachers have a problem. As they give problems to students to work their students become problems. Behavior problems. Boredom problems. Sometimes the problem is that students aren’t excited by the problems. However, math can be exciting. The “Open Middle” math problem format is NOT talking about middle school math, although […]

Why Kids Need Life Skills (including how to cook!)

Andrea Moore on episode 583

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Students need life skills. Some schools are adding in courses to help students cook, care for their families, manage their money and more life skills. Others have always had these courses. Today we interview a teacher, Andrea Moore, who started her career as a literature teacher but teaches many practical things to her students every […]

20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom

Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. In this blog post and episode, I share some of the ways I believe nurture creativity in students. Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a […]

Getting past STEM Labels into real STEM Learning

Taylor Ryan on Episode 577

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Lots of things are labeled “STEM” these days but many of them are just rote instructions for students to follow. Is this truly STEM learning? Taylor Ryan is STEM coordinator for his school as they work to integrate STEM into every class. He shares what he’s learned about true STEM learning in the past year […]

Overcoming Your Fears (and Helping Kids Do It Too)

Tara Martin on episode 576

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Tara Martin has written a book to help children (and adults) face their fears called Cannonball In! Today, we talk about a powerful metaphor and the risks of life and how sometimes we have to jump! Enjoy! Listen to Tara Martin Talk about Overcoming Fear Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe […]

5 Ways to Greet Students

Thom Gibson on episode 575

Thom Gibson has fun ways to greet students as he walks around campus. He shared them on Twitter recently and I started using some of them and it adds a whole element of fun and engagement while interacting with students. Learn about these ideas and become the kind of person that kids love to greet! […]

3 Ways to Engage Families in Your Classroom

Jeromie Heath on episode 573

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Families want to engage in classrooms but as students get older, it can be challenging. In today’s episode, Jeromie Heath helps teachers understand how to engage families in the classroom in positive, proactive ways. Sponsored By Advancement Courses The holidays are just around the corner, and this is the perfect time to start planning your […]

Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend

Wesley Fryer on episode 572

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Deep fake videos are now possible. In this disturbing trend, convincing videos, audio, and photos are viewed and shared by those who somehow think you can trust what you see and hear. Wesley Fryer takes us deep into the world of deep fakes in this resource-full lesson in a trend that is dangerous and threatening, […]

Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)

Dr. Lee Graham on Episode 569

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Dr. Lee Graham is working with teachers to teach them principles of game-based learning to teach writing. Her anecdotes of classroom behavior-changing results are – pardon the pun – game-changing. Learn more. Listen to Dr. Lee Graham talk about Game Based Learning Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show […]