Lesson: Impossible - An Exploration of Educational Innovation

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Agents Mealey & Tudisco (Educational Podcasting)

🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider becoming an educational podcaster🧑🏽‍🏫💬. The special agents🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️  assigned to help you with this task are co-hosts Mealey and Tudisco of the Unprofessional Development Podcast.

 

In our conversation we discuss:

1️⃣ Their origin story and how podcasting has enriched their teaching

2️⃣ Their division of labor and co-hosting dynamic

3️⃣ Their only rule: don’t get fired

… as well as Tudisco and Mealey going on many hilarious tangents

 

Click here for more details about our conversation, links mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

Agent Pawan Dhingra (Hyper Education)

 

🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to become more culturally competent🌏 by exploring research📙 on the varied educational📝 attitudes and experiences of Asian-American immigrants🔑. The special agent🕵🏽‍♂️assigned to help you with this task is Dr. Pawan Dhingra of Amherst College.

 

In our conversation we discuss:

1️⃣ What Pawan has learned through his research of how some Asian immigrant parents and their children view American school systems

2️⃣ How teachers can navigate relationships with parents when educational attitudes aren’t in sync (and how they may be more aligned than we realize)

3️⃣ Becoming a more culturally competent teacher and communicator

 

Click here for more details about our conversation, links mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

Agent Kari Pitstick (Reaching Reluctant Readers)

🎙 Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is instill a love❤️ of books📚 in even the most reluctant😩reader. The special agent🕵🏻‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is middle school teacher Kari Pitstick of Illinois.

 

In our conversation we discuss:

1️⃣ Strategies to help students develop a love of reading

2️⃣ Helping students find appropriate books (content and reading level)

3️⃣ Why she’ll never give up silent reading time

 

Click here for more details about our conversation, links mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

Agent Steve Capone (Interdisciplinary Teaching)

🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to work with colleagues👩🏼‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫  from different subject areas👩🏾‍🔬👨🏼‍🎨 to create interdisciplinary units 🔢📝🔬  for students. The special agent🕵️‍♂️  assigned to help you with this task is Steve Capone of Utah.

In our conversation we discuss:

1️⃣  How Steve and his team create, plan, implement, teach, and then assess cross-curricular units

2️⃣  The importance of maintaining relationships when collaborating in a multi-disciplinary team

3️⃣  The ways that freeing himself from traditional educational structures have improved his practice

 

Click here for more details about our conversation, links mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

Agent Shelby Strong (Stop Trashing Math)

🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to celebrate🎉 math🔢 in front of your students as a joyful😃, relevant🗺, and inclusive❤️ subject. The special agent🕵🏻‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is Shelby Strong of New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

In our conversation we discuss:

1️⃣ How “I’m not a math person” is rooted in historical inequities and self-protection

2️⃣ Why the narrative we’ve accepted about math being objective and based in rote memorization is completely false

3️⃣ The joy of disrupting how math is taught and perceived in schools

 

You can find the original Twitter thread here. Click here for more details about our conversation, links mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

 

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Agent Michael Weingarth (Neurodiversity)

🎙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

Click here for more details about our conversation, links mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

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Agent Craig Frehlich (Virtual Reality)

 

🎙 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)

 

Click here for more details about our conversation, links to programs and books mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

 

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Agent Adrienne Barber (Online Primary)

🎙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

 

Click here for more details about our conversation, links mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

Agent Shane Lawrence (Film Studies)

🎙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

 

Click here for more details about our conversation, links to films mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

Agent Lorraine Connell (Teachers v. Leaders?)

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

 

Click here for more details about our conversation, links to resources mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcast.

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