Coronavirus, Kobe Bryant and News Literacy with Darren Hudgins

Darren Hudgins talks about how to help kids sort through viral news stories

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As the Coronavirus spreads, so does the news about it. Some stories are accurate. Some stories are not. And some stories are full of half-truths. All designed to get people to read and for the clicks to come. Today’s guest, Darren Hudgins is co-author of Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking In The Age of […]

5 Reasons Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers is a Bad Idea

Jody Stallings shares the facts

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Some districts and schools use test scores to hold teachers “accountable.” But what if this practice is hurting the very kids it is trying to help. Teacher and columnist Jody Stallings shares what he uncovered when he looked at this practice and why using test scores to evaluate teachers is a very bad idea. Listen […]

What Really Engages Students

Heather Wolpert-Gawron talks about current research

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Heather Wolpert-Gawron surveyed over two thousand students from every US state and type of school to find out what engages them in learning. She discovered some surprising trends that will impact how we teach teachers to teach and how we look at a school altogether. Variety may not only be the spice of life but […]

Powerful Student Voices: Helping the World Understand Kids

Leah Juelke helps refugee students tell their stories

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Leah Juelke, 2018 North Dakota State Teacher of the Year, works with EL English and Speech in Fargo, North Dakota. She has helped children under her care tell their stories and have a voice for their experiences. Recently, some of her students help shape state policy towards refugees by telling their stories. Hear the brave, […]

Teaching Fireworks: Why Zest Simmons Loves Teaching #LoveTeaching

Zest Simmons on episode 626

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Zest Simmons is an award-winning AP English recognized for how she helps diverse students achieve excellence. In this episode, she tells her story for #LoveTeaching week. Presently, Zest Simmons is an award-winning AP Teacher and Alabama State Teacher of the Year 2019. As can be seen from her story, she tells of the love for […]

4 Ready to Go tips for Project Based Learning and Maker Spaces

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How do you get started with project-based learning (PBL) and Maker spaces? Nicholas Provenzano, the author of the book, Beyond the Poster Board, gives us four tips to get started with effective PBL and Maker space use in your school and classroom. Today’s sponsor: Advancement Courses. Choose from over 240 online graduate-level PD courses in […]

7 Tips for Making Great Student “Pitch” Videos

7 Tips for Making Great Student “Pitch” Videos

As I’ve recently blogged about several contests where students create “pitch” videos for learning, some teachers probably want some advice on creating such a “pitch” video. This blog post will give you several tips for making great student pitch videos. This blog post is sponsored by Discovery Education. The CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge is for […]

The Power of Reflection and Conversation #pln365

Paul O'Neill talks about Twitter-powered PD

Sharing and reflecting make us better educators. Today the founder of #pln365 gives us a transparent look into his journey and encourages us to take one of our own. Listen to Paul O’Neill Talk about Twitter-empowered PD Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and […]

Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom

Dr. Rebekah Dyer helps us understand how to reach all learners

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As students with learning differences are put into general classroom spaces, many teachers have misconceptions about including these special students in their classrooms. Dr. Rebekah Dyer talks about these misconceptions and how we can work to reach every child. Listen to Dr. Rebekah Dyer talk about reaching every child Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream […]

Tech Tools for School Counselors

Steve Sharp talks about tools schoolcounselors can use.

School counselors are unique. They have unique needs as they help guide students and perform duties at their school. Today, guidance counselor, Steve Sharp helps guidance counselors know the tools that can help them level up. Listen to Steve Sharp Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some […]