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Conversation 35 - Monica Genta - Doing Life Together

December 14th, 2017

Monica Genta is a science teacher, speaker and author with, frankly, an unbelievable amount of energy and passion. We chat about what fuels her and the idea which is most central to her practice: building a family.

Links:

Monica on Twitter
Monica's Website
180 Days of Awesome

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Conversation 34 - Joy Kirr - Asking Questions

December 7th, 2017

Joy Kirr is a teacher and the author of the recently published Shift This, all about making incremental changes in the classroom to achieve big results. As usual, the conversation ranges, as Joy and I talk about using different ed tech tools in the classroom, how to keep up with your students, going gradeless and much more. Through it all, the one thing which Joy likes to emphasize is the act of asking questions, realizing full-well that answers aren't nearly as readily available, and that's OK.

Links:

Joy on Twitter
Joy's Blog
Inside the Black Box by Paul Black & Dylan William
http://tinyurl.com/feedbackbinder - Joy's collection of research on giving student feedback

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Check-in 23 - Learning & Play

November 30th, 2017

After talking way too much about Justin Bieber, myself, Shaun Smith and Jon Thomas get into a great conversation on our own learning as teachers - how we curate our knowledge, the things we like to learn and then, in a strange left-turn, our talk turns to the value of play. But don't worry - it all comes back around to Justin Bieber.

 

Links:

http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

Brene Brown's TED Talk on Vulnerability

Message to Bears on Spotify

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Conversation 33 - Brad Shreffler - Two Squirrels in a Cage

November 22nd, 2017

What happens when two podcast hosts with short attention spans get together and chat? You get a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from cheap wine to keeping kids motivated. I'm joined by host of the Planning Period Podcast, Brad Shreffler. We talk about how he became a teacher, the problems with education, the joys of hosting a podcast and much more. It's a great conversation with plenty of nuggets of wisdom coming from a passionate and experienced teacher.

Links:

Brad on Twitter
Bradshreffler.com
The Planning Period Podcast on iTunes

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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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