Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to use comprehensible input when teaching languages, specifically the TPRS method.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Adriana Ramirez of British Columbia.

 

In this episode Adriana:

1️⃣ defines Comprehensible Input (CI) and explains how students are still learning grammar, just doing so intuitively

2️⃣ responds to a ton of misconceptions and critiques of CI and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling)

3️⃣ discusses students taking ownership of the stories, adapting for teaching during Covid-19, and finding inspiration in other teachers through social media

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to explore the perspective of an educator who researched and taught in rural schools.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Casey Jakubowski, of Watervliet, New York.

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to examine the factors contributing to, and find strategies that teachers, administrators and districts can use to prevent, teacher attrition.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Jaime Bonato of Sacramento, California.

 

In this episode we discuss:

1️⃣ The main factors that are leading to teachers leaving the profession (it’s not the money!)

2️⃣ How the traditional school system is set up so that the beginning years of teaching are often the most difficult

3️⃣ Strategies that districts, teacher prep programs, administrators, mentors, and colleagues can use to reduce the attrition rate

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Classcraft, an app that fosters social emotional development and personalized learning through gaming principles. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Shawn Young, co-founder and CEO. 

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to find ways to incorporate gamification and game-based learning into your teaching practice.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Batsheva Frankel of the Overthrowing Education podcast.

 

In this episode we discuss:

1️⃣ The differences between ‘game-based learning’ and ‘gamification’ and examples of each

2️⃣ How game-based-learning and gamification can open students’ creativity and increase engagement and enthusiasm for a subject

3️⃣ Making changes to education when we see room for improvement and the value of Twitter and podcasts to see what’s possible

❗Then Batsheva gets a taste of her own medicine when she plays her podcast’s signature 5-minute game show… as a contestant!

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: iCivics, a collection of online games and lesson plans to help students engage with American civics. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Carrie Ray-Hill, Senior Director of Digital Learning.

 

In this episode we discuss:

1️⃣ How iCivics defines civics, its civic education mission and maintaining political neutrality

2️⃣ Helping teachers prepare for the 2020 election with games, lessons, info-graphics, webquests,  and a Facebook group

3️⃣ The future of iCivics, including adapting materials to distance learning

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider the perspective of an educator who has experience with hybrid and at-home school models.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Dr. Scott Mauk, principal of Edmonds Heights K-12.

 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What teachers should keep in mind about a hybrid model
  • Some positives that families are reporting about pandemic learning and how to preserve them in a return to ‘normal’
  • Working collaboratively and empathetically with parents

 

You can follow Scott on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebok or contact him through his website.

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to empower students through civics education, specifically programs like the Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Amber Coleman-Mortley of Washington, D.C.

 

NOTE: Applications to become an Equity in Civics Youth Fellow are due on September 20 for the 2020-21 cohort

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: FamilyBookForm, a digital template for students to collect stories from their family or larger community. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Carey Furze of Sydney, Australia.

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: the Social Studies Network, a community of over 11,000 teachers who are sharing their lessons and supporting each other. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Agent Gabriel Valdez, from Fort Worth, Texas.

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