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Conversation 32 - Eric Kallenborn - Let’s Get Graphic

November 15th, 2017

Eric Kallenborn is a recognized expert in the field of graphic novels. Hailing from Chicago, his passion for visual storytelling on the page has led him into teaching a course dedicated to comics and graphic novels. We talk about this and how he uses this unique form of storytelling to engage reluctant readers, enhance visual literacy, plus its strong connection to film studies. Listen in for an informative convo with plenty of recommendations for further reading!

Links:

Eric on Twitter
theothercomicbookteacher.com
The Comics Education Outreach

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Conversation 31 - Scott Hebert - Making School Not Suck

November 8th, 2017

For my latest conversation, I'm joined by Scott Hebert, a grade 7/8 science teacher with a strong bent towards gamification. For the past several years, Scott has slowly been building his Scientia Terra world - a place where students form clans, battle goblins, and, almost coincidentally, learn about science. Scott shares the origins of his passion for gamification, plus the impact it has on his students desire to learn. At the core of all of this: his desire to help students rediscover the fun of school.

Links:

Scott on Twitter
Scott on YouTube
Scott's website
Scott's book on gamification

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Check-in 22 - Censorship

October 31st, 2017

This month, we're running a small crew: just Joe and me. After sharing our wins and fails, we talk censorship: the good, the bad, and the be-careful. As teachers of the arts, the issue has constantly been a part of our practice and has affected us in various ways. We talk about the challenges censorship presents and why it can be a source of frustration, but also why it's sometimes a necessity.

Links:

Joe on Twitter
Shane on Twitter
Manoush Zamradi's TED talk on boredom
Creative Live
Disney Research Hub on YouTube

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Conversation 30 - Melissa Chouinard - Let Your Nerd Flag Fly

October 18th, 2017

My conversation this week is with Melissa Chouinard - a prolific blog writer and unabashed sci-fi nerd, not to mention a teacher who is truly passionate about connecting with each and every one of her students. We talk about what it's like to blog every day for a year, being a nerd for Dr. Who and Star Trek (and how that affects her classroom), plus her one sure-fire method to make sure that every student feels valued as they find their voice in her classroom. Join in and get ready to nerd out!

Links:

Melissa on Twitter
Melissa's Blog iTeacheriMother

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Conversation 29 - Krista Penrod - Embracing Your Freakouts

October 11th, 2017

Krista Penrod, grade 8 ELA teacher, is the real deal; let that be said. We begin by talking about embracing our freakouts (and the unusual response Krista has to nerves) and go deep on the idea of failure - not so much for students but for teachers. We ultimately land on the isolating environment of teaching and how to break out of it. Honest, freewheeling and fun, our conversation reveals Krista to be a truly inspiring educator.

Links:

Krista on Twitter
Krista's Blog

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Conversation 28 - Teresa Gross - Nerdy for Books

October 4th, 2017

It sure feels good to get all nerdy once in a while, and this time out, I've got Teresa Gross to help me do just that. A reading teacher from X, Teresa is an avid (and self-proclaimed) book nerd. We talk about books (of course), building positive student relationships, and how to get carpool karaoke happening in your class.

Links:

Teresa Gross on Twitter
Play Like a Pirate by Quinn Rollins
Launch by A.J. Juliani & John Spencer
Shattering the Perfect Teacher Myth  by Aaron Hogan
Hidden Gems by Katherine Bomer
Upstanders by Harvey Daniels and Sara K Ahmed
Lost at School by Ross W Greene
Anything by Dave Burgess

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Checkin 21 - Failure

October 1st, 2017

After 20 checkins we've finally decided to tackle it: failure. What is it? How can we use it? What are the benefits and drawbacks? It's a speedy but thoroughly thoughtful conversation all about one of the hottest educational terms. Of course, there's also wins and fails along with our timeouts.

Links:

Joe on Twitter
Jon on Twitter
How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster via YouTube

 

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Bonus Episode 3 - Maker Spaces

September 28th, 2017

Bonus episode 3 is a live check-in which we broadcast on VoicEd radio as a part of their live radiothon done at the end of August. I'm joined by Aaron Camponi and Jon Thomas to talk about makerspaces, collaborative learning, and how to use a 3D printer to make fair trade chocolates (it's not how you think!).

Links:

Aaron Camponi on Twitter
Jon Thomas on Twitter

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Conversation 27 - Danny Bauer - Charging Up Change

September 20th, 2017

Danny Bauer is an administrator and consultant specializing in school leadership. His approach, fueled by a true passion to see schools improve, focuses on the health of teachers and helping them to pursue their passions within the educational realm. Our conversation is a must-listen for any and all administrators and will be a charge-up for teachers, too!

Links:

Danny Bauer on Twitter
BetterLeadersBetterSchools.com
The Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast

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Conversation 26 - Starr Sackstein - Perfectionism & Authenticity

September 13th, 2017

Sometimes, it's simply amazing how much ground you can cover in a short amount of time. Such is this week's conversation with teacher and author Starr Sackstein. In our brief chat we cover dealing with transitions, perfectionism, listening and leadership, finding authentic audiences for our students and much more. Settle in and listen fast, cause there's lots to hear in this fantastic exchange between myself and master teacher Starr!

Links:

Starr on Twitter
Starr's Blog on EdWeek

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