Education

Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to interviews with educators who are on the forefront of innovative pedagogy. New episodes on Mondays.

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🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to support neurodiverse learners👦🏽👩🏾‍🦱👱🏼‍♀️ by better understanding how their brains work 🧠. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Michael Weingarth of Connecticut.

In our conversation we discuss:

1️⃣ Why we need to assume all learners have undiagnosed learning differences and how our brains work when processing new information

2️⃣ The systematic issues that create a fundamentally flawed educational infrastructure for neurodiverse learners

3️⃣ What we need to be doing to help students succeed on the micro and macro level

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🎙 Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate virtual reality👾 into your classroom👨🏻‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫 to enhance student learning🎓. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Craig Frehlich of the Canadian International School in Singapore.

In our conversation we discuss:

1️⃣ Why VR is a great choice for enriching the curriculum, and current programs that Craig recommends for classroom use

2️⃣ Staying CRISP: VR applications should connect to a concept and to real life, they should be integrative, linked to standards, and carefully planned

3️⃣ How to set up VR in the classroom for a safe, meaningful experience (and some future ethical concerns)

 

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🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to help primary students👧🏻👦🏾🧒🏼 find success in a difficult time🦠 through engaging lessons💻 and responding to their needs🚑.  The special agent🕵🏻‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is Adrienne Barber of Milpitas, California☀️.

 

In our conversation we discuss:

1️⃣ Strategies for teaching young learners, incorporating physical activity while online, and some helpful apps

2️⃣ Creating strong connections with families and taking inspiration from her students

3️⃣ The exhaustion of putting on a Zoom ‘one-woman show’ and some silver linings to online learning

 

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🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to create observant👀 critical thinkers🧠and creative film-makers🎥 through a film studies🎬 program.  The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Shane Lawrence of Edmonton, Alberta.

 

In our conversation we discuss:

1️⃣ How students grow as critical viewers and thinkers over five years of film studies

2️⃣ Choosing the right films to show (and some horror stories of what happens when you don’t!)

3️⃣ Equipping (literally and figuratively) students to make their own films

 

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Often, the relationship between teachers and school leaders is framed as adversarial. However, your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to build strong🦾 relationships between administrators🧑🏾‍💻👨‍💻 and teachers👩🏼‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫through empathy🧘🏽‍♂️, transparency🧊 and vulnerability👀.  The special agent🕵🏽‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is high school teacher Lorraine Connell.

 

In this episode we discuss:

1️⃣ Why mistakes need to be celebrated

2️⃣ The value of empathy, transparency, and vulnerability

3️⃣ Understanding expectations and modeling self-care

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to lead through a global pandemic by adapting your routines, supporting your staff, and focusing on self-care.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Charles Williams, Principal of Plato Learning Academy in Chicago and host of the Counter Narrative Podcast.

 

In our conversation, Charles discusses:

1️⃣ Parent perspectives on the pandemic and how Covid has changed how he does his job

2️⃣ Extending grace to students, teachers, and himself during this time

3️⃣ His S.M.A.R.T. approach to leadership

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to create powerful and sustainable professional development for your colleagues. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Joyce Matthews.

 

In our conversation, Joyce discusses:

1️⃣ The differences between andragogy (teaching adults) and pedagogy (teaching children)

2️⃣ Why good professional development needs to be self-sustaining

3️⃣ How facilitation allows learners to find their own pathways to their professional development goals by focusing on skills and feedback

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Video Journalism Pro, an online mentoring program that allows students to develop, produce and distribute their own stories.  The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Clement Townsend, founder of Broadcasting Career Mentor.

 

In our conversation, Clement discusses:

1️⃣ Building a media program, and school brand, with technology students already have access to

2️⃣ The impact of having an expert with professional experience share his perspective and strategies

3️⃣ Learning important skills: speaking, writing, creativity, media literacy, research

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to face unexpected challenges with a positive mindset, transparency, and humor. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Merlyna Valentine of Louisiana.

 

In our conversation, Merlyna discusses:

1️⃣ Leading by building relationships, being transparent, exuding positive energy, and using humor

2️⃣ Being willing to talk about the elephant in the room, whether it is trauma, illness, physical limitations, or teacher burn-out

3️⃣ “Dancing back in” to new opportunities and never looking back!

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to use Trust-Based Observations to create relationships with teachers, celebrate their strengths, and encourage innovation. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is author and administrator Craig Randall.

 

In our conversation, Craig discusses:

1️⃣ How current evaluation models aren’t working and the evolution of the trust-based model to what it is today

2️⃣ Creating authentic, teacher-centered observations that build trust and celebrate strengths

3️⃣ Encouraging risk-taking, collaboration, empathy and a growth-mindset through observation and reflection

 

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