Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology -- if it has something to do with teaching, we're talking about it. Jennifer Gonzalez interviews educators, students, administrators and parents about the psychological and social dynamics of school, trade secrets, and other juicy things you'll never learn in a textbook. For more fantastic resources for teachers, visit http://www.cultofpedagogy.com.
Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology -- if it has something to do with teaching, we're talking about it. Jennifer Gonzalez interviews educators, students, administrators and parents about the psychological and social dynamics of school, trade secrets, and other juicy things you'll never learn in a textbook. For more fantastic resources for teachers, visit http://www.cultofpedagogy.com.
Truth for Teachers is designed to speak life, encouragement, and truth into the minds and hearts of educators and get you energized for the week ahead.
Rank #1: EP128 Daily routines makeover: How to maximize your time at school so you can work less at home.
Join me today as I help one teacher make over her daily schedule so she can maximize her time in school and work less at home based on a coaching call that I conducted with a graduate of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Have you ever wondered how time slips away from you and the entire day is gone? Listen in as I walk Amara, a 3/4 French Immersion teacher from Winnipeg, Manitoba, through each element of her non-instructional time and look for ways that she can streamline and simplify. As you listen in, I encourage you to ask yourself the same questions I’m asking Amara as you are going to be able to relate to her challenges because they’re common to almost all teachers. Click here to read or share the transcript and audio or participate in the discussion.
Rank #2: EP178 How to act (rather than react) and stop wasting class time when kids are off-task.
Are you constantly losing instructional time to minor disruptions and off-task behavior? What if you shifted your focus from eliminating misbehavior and interruptions to maximizing learning time? When the goal is to eliminate interruptions, you feel like you have to address every single one so it never happens again. When the goal is to maximize learning time, you can choose a more constructive response that keeps the majority of the class on-task. This approach will reduce the wasted class time spent on lectures about the rules and arguing with kids over what you’ve told them to do. Here’s how to plan your responses in advance so you’re not constantly exploding in frustration over minor things. Click here to read the transcript and participate in the discussion or, join our new podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.
Google Teacher Tribe is a weekly podcast designed to give K-12 educators practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools hosted by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) and Kasey Bell (Shakeup Learning).
Rank #1: Google Slides Can Do What?!?!- GTT018.
Google News and Updates (4:29) Inspiring the creative problem-solvers of the future Updates to Chat in Docs, Sheets, and Slides Featured Content (8:05) Google Slides is a core Google tool that is SO much more than just giving users the ability to create slideshows for presentations. How to Create an eBook in Google Slides 8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement Animation of the sodium-potassium pump (courtesy of Chris Baker) Magnetic Poetry Choose Your Own Adventure: Session resources for Matt’s Google Genius presentation Resources DriveSlides: Add photos to a folder in Google Drive and DriveSlides will automatically put them onto individual slides in a new Slides presentation Self-grading quizzes: Example self-grading quiz Infographics: Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings Create a Google Classroom Custom Header in Google Drawings If you have tried any of these we want to hear from you! Leave a comment down below or send us a message! Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (24:48) Kerrie Johnson (Ohio) asks: do you have a hack for getting around not being able to put a Google Sheet in landscape? I know it's possible to make a poster in the G Suite but I'm not exactly sure how. Do I use Drawing? Slides? Any tips? Google Drawings interactive posters (no glue sticks necessary!) Lisa Blevins-Salyer, Technology Integration Specialist (Johnson County Schools) shared this thought: I was intrigued by the recent segment on Auto Draw. Thank you both for the podcast and the wealth of information packed into your show notes. May the Googles continue to be with you. On The Blogs (30:08) Matt - The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers Kasey - Teach Like the Tonight Show: Internet Pop Quiz with Google Slides [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
Rank #2: Our Favorite Google Docs Tips & Tricks - GTT017.
Google News and Updates (6:07) Create your own Street View imagery with new 360 cameras G+ - Invite people to community with a link Subscribe to Google for Education Newsletter (<-very bottom of this page) Featured Content (13:08) Matt's favorite Docs tips and tricks: Automatic substitution Three finger drag with Chromebooks Clear formatting Insert > Image > Search (labeled for commercial reuse with modification) Email collaborators Kasey's favorite Docs tips and tricks: Insert GIF Force a Copy Voice Typing Tagging in Comments Paste & Match Style Resources 10 Google Apps tips EVERY teacher should know How to Insert Super Cool GIFs in Docs and Slides Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc 5 Google Drive Tips Everyone Should Know Google Drive Resources from Shake Up Learning 20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools Image Search Tricks that Every Teacher Must Know Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (29:20) Paula Frank Arlee Hall On The Blogs (34:00) Matt - Flashback to 2000: Classroom Tech That Doesn’t Exist Anymore (Edudemic) Kasey - The Educational Hashtag and Twitter Chat Database Become a Google Trainer VIP Ready for some summer PD? Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use Google Apps in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers? This is the e-course you have been waiting for--the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer! Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including: 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive) Private Google+ Community The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Checklist VIP BONUSES! Tips & Tricks 7 Hours PD Credit (certificate and badge!) and much more! Watch the videos on this page to learn more about the process and this course. (Please note: This course does NOT include preparation for Level 1 and 2. I am working on a new set of courses to support this here.) BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
The 10 Minute Teacher is your ten minute PD breakaway! The best and brightest educators and idea creators from around the world will inspire you as they are interviewed on this show. You will spend at least 30% of this year at school. So, enjoy it! Join full-time teacher Vicki Davis author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog as she dives into what matters most to classroom teachers.
Rank #1: Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro.
Stacey Corrigan shares her classroom management secrets (and some mistakes). This show challenges teachers to reconsider what works (and doesn't) in their own classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e411 Sponsor: The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut down the number of hours you spend on your job and help you become more productive. It closes on January 10, so check out www.coolcatteacher.com/40 and learn more about this fantastic program that Vicki recommends.
Rank #2: Neuroscience Research: 5 Ways to Superior Teaching.
Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath gives us five ways that recent neuroscience research can help us improve our classroom teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e465 Todays' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.
Inspiring Interviews with America’s Great Educators
Rank #1: #4 Teaching the Novel with Ariel Sacks.
Ariel Sacks 8th grade ELA teacher at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (NY) Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long have you been teaching? What classes have you taught? – Ariel has been teaching for 10 years. She is currently at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School where she teaches 8th grade English. Before that she taught at two NYC DOE schools both of which were high-needs schools that served 100% poverty populations. Who has helped you in your journey to become a master teacher? – She had unbelievable training at Bank Street College. In particular, Madeline Ray, who was her mentor, also served as a prolonged influence, mentoring her for an additional two years when she began her teaching career. It is important for other teachers to know that we all have had setbacks in the classroom. Identify an instance in which you struggled as a teacher and explain what you learned from that experience. – In Ariel's first year she asked her students read the entire novel through before discussing it. When the due date arrived, it quickly became clear that 50% of the students had not read. She had lost many of her students in that moment but gave the students amnesty. She divided the class between those who had read and those who did not. The ones that finished had amazing discussions about the text and those that did not read saw this, overheard this and were inspired to read. This method was still a powerful model in her eyes, she just had to build the systems and structures to support all students.Why teach English and the language arts? – She believes that English is all about how to communicate with people -- how to listen, speak persuasively, and how to write coherently. Then there is the artistic elements of beauty, wonder, sadness, which helps us to understand our place in the world. What is one thing that you love about the classroom? – A teacher can create structures and routines but it the dynamic of a classroom is unpredictable. Every class, every day, every year is different. Segment II — Digging into the Teacher Bag of Goodies What book do you recommend to a developing teacher? -- Whole Novels for the Whole Class: A Student-Centered Approach. This is the book that she wishes she had when she started out teaching. It is a progressive, yet practical approach to teaching literature to adolescents. Also Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word it offers writing assignments that embraces the diversity of the classroom to bring out student voices. She has used just about everything in that book. What is one thing a teacher can do outside the classroom that can pay off inside the classroom? – Ariel believes that teachers should get acquainted with the neighborhood where students live is valuable. Walking a mile in her students shoes can create a lot of opportunities for greater understanding and empathy for their background.Is there an internet resource that you can recommend which will help teachers grow professionally? – Her best interactions with other teachers happen through Center for Teaching Quality. She has recently become interested in #Engchat on Twitter. What can a teacher can do to make students better writers? – Pair students and have the partner read the draft. This is because writing is in the ear. Often we don't hear our own weakness until is is read to us and the reader will pick up on it and the writer will hear it as well.What novel or poem do you love to teach and why? Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a P...
Rank #2: Is Homework Helpful?.
Episode #51 Want a transcript of this episode? Ready to share your homework philosophy? Click here The post Is Homework Helpful? appeared first on Talks with Teachers.
It’s easy to see a child’s education as a path determined by grades, test scores and extra curricular activities. But genuine learning is about so much more than the points schools tally. MindShift explores the future of education by investigating innovations and issues that are shaping how kids learn.Emotional safety, trust, and relationships: this season, we investigate the intangible, and often overlooked, elements of academic success. You’ll hear how teacher home visits can help parents see themselves as a valued a partner in their child’s education; how far a public high school goes to develop an inclusive experience for the crucial transition to ninth grade; how parents and schools can address childhood trauma so it doesn’t become an obstacle to learning, and what parents and communities can do to help kids grow.This podcast is part of the MindShift education site, a division of KQED News. KQED is an NPR/PBS member station based in San Francisco. You can also visit the MindShift website for episodes and supplemental blog posts or tweet us @MindShiftKQED or visit us at MindShift.KQED.org.
Rank #1: A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues.
Classroom management is a fundamental element of a strong learning environment, but it has been a struggle at MLK Middle School. Principal Michael Essien is changing that story by emphasizing teamwork among adults.
Rank #2: Courage To Change: What It Takes to Shift to Restorative Discipline.
Many schools are transitioning to restorative discipline practices in recognition that suspensions don't help kids succeed academically. We take you inside two schools at different stages of the transition.
BAM Radio has compiled the most popular segments, hosted by the Executive Directors of the nation's 14 leading education associations including ; the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Parent Teachers Association ( PTA), the National Head Start Association (NHSA), The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO), the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP), the National Afterschool Association (NAA), the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and more...
Rank #1: Change Agents:49 Ways to Get and Keep Control of Your Classrooms.
Doug Lemov went out into the field to discover and thoroughly document what great teachers are doing in the toughest classrooms in the toughest neighborhoods in his community. His findings were distilled down to 49 specific techniques that can help create exceptional learning environments and provide useful insights to administrators, directors, teachers and parents.
Rank #2: Four Strategies for Managing Unmanageable Students In The Classroom.
You know the student we're talking about. Yes, the one who regularly makes you want to consider a new career. Dealing with difficult students has always been a part of teaching, but with all the new demands, many teachers are feeling more challenged in this area than ever before. Our guests offer proven strategies that can make a difference immediately.Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., ET/P, is the Clinical Director of Parkaire Consultants, a clinic she founded to serve neurologically impaired individuals. She is the Co-author of Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers. Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. is the author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School and he is Associate Clinical Professor, at Harvard Medical School. He is also founding director of the non-profit, Lives in the Balance, through which he provides free, web-based resources on Collaborative Problem Solving.
John Spencer is passionate about seeing schools embrace creativity and design thinking. In this podcast, he explores the intersection of creative thinking and student learning.
Rank #1: Empowered Teachers Empower Students.
I have a bobble head of myself on the bookshelves in my office. It’s a bit of an Easter egg that you can find in some of my videos. On the surface, this item seems arrogant and excessive. And yet, I didn’t buy the bobble head. I didn’t ask for it. I didn’t even realize it was possible to create a custom bobble head for everyday people. However, it was a gift from my friend Chad. See, Chad was our tech director. After my seventh year in the classroom, I chose to become an instructional coach, mostly to work on Chad’s team. When other leaders asked “why?” Chad would say “Why not?” He loved to experiment with new ideas and pilot new projects. When Javi wanted to redesign the traditional summer school, Chad brought a team together to transform it into a STEAM camp for ELL students. When I wanted to create a blended professional development platform, Chad asked me for a proposal and then met with me to help me learn how to create it from a place of empathy. Early the next year, when I moved back into the classroom, Chad came by with the bobble head doll. He said, “If a guy who can hit a ball with a stick gets a bobble head doll, you deserve one, too. Keep it up in the classroom as a reminder that you’re impacting lives, even when it doesn’t feel like it.” Like a few other leaders I’ve had, Chad empowered teachers to empower students. He continues to do this as a principal. Chad creates an environment of “goofing off.” On the surface, this might seem frivolous. It might even seem like he’s not taking his job too seriously. But it is part of a larger philosophy of reducing fear and encouraging innovation. I’m not an expert on leadership. At both the K-12 and university level, I have avoided formal leadership positions. But I do know this much about leadership — I know which qualities I look for in a leader. I know that the years when I have empowered my students the most have been the years that I felt the most empowered as an educator. Listen to the Podcast If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on the go, just click on the audio below or subscribe via iTunes/Apple Podcasts (ideal for iOS users) or Google Play and Stitcher (ideal for Android users). http://www.spencerauthor.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/empowered-teachers.mp3 Big Idea #1: There Is No Instruction Manual for Teaching Often, in working with pre-service teachers, someone will ask about the “right” way to do something. The educational system throws around words like “best practices” and “highly qualified,” but it doesn’t really work that way. There is no guidebook or instruction manual or how-to video for how to be a great teacher, because ultimately teaching is a craft. The hard part is that it takes years to perfect. The process is often messy and confusing. There are so many moments where, as a teacher, you’ll doubt yourself. You’ll get frustrated. You’ll feel like improvement is slow. It’s harder, still, when you screw up. I still cringe at the moments when I yelled at a class or shamed a student and I’m still amazed at how quickly students forgave when I apologized. And yet . . . All of those mistakes were a part of learning the craft. That’s the beauty of it. There is no instruction manual. There is no codified list of best practices. That means you get to explore like an astronaut. You get to experiment like a scientist. You get to design like an engineer. You get to make like an artist. Like any other craft, it takes a lifetime to perfect. There’s no point where you “have arrived.” As a creative teacher, you’re always exploring, always experimenting, always innovating. I feel weird writing that, because I’m a professor and not a K-12 teacher. However, after teaching for three straight days and jotting down notes of what went well and what I would improve, I’m struck by the fact that I’m still learning this craft. I’m still growing. And it’s so fun. Big Idea #2: We Still Need Blueprints When I taught social studies, I worked collaboratively with my friend Javier to design project-based units for our middle school students. I used to love experimenting with new ideas, like Socratic circles or curation projects or digital journalism. However, when I moved into self-contained (teaching all subjects), I suddenly faced a new challenge: scripted curriculum. Not only did I have to teach the standards but I was supposed to follow a step-by-step recipe for language arts and math. This was the opposite of being empowered. Although I was an expert on the content and I had a solid understanding of pedagogy, I was reduced to an actor reading a script. Despite my knowledge of my students and their interests and personalities, I had to follow the processes of a curriculum designer I didn’t know; all with the goal of passing the test. I felt like an artist being told I had to paint by numbers. I don’t want to paint by numbers. However, I actually geek out on curriculum. I love borrowing materials from multiple sources and mashing them up together. I love sharing ideas and learning new strategies. I even love recipes. It’s just that I want to be able to take the recipe and modify it. I want to experiment with multiple recipes and see what works. I want to be able to create a cool fusion dish with flavors from all over the place. In other words, as educators, we need blueprints rather than instruction manuals. If you’re geeking out over design thinking frameworks (like Stanford d.school or LAUNCH) or if you’re getting into the PBL Works project-based learning framework, you’re using a road map. But you’re not using an instruction manual. Design thinking and project-based learning aren’t about formulas. They can’t be distilled down into step-by-step directions. They are meant to be adjustable frameworks rather than packaged curriculum. Instruction manuals fail because we are deeply human and messy. There are no average students. Every student is different. This is why formulas fail. There are simply too many variables at work. Teaching is inherently relational and that means it’s always changing. It’s why great teachers are always experimenting. But this requires teachers to be empowered to be innovators. Big Idea #3: Teachers Are at the Heart of Innovation When I first started working on my new book Vintage Innovation, I asked members of my newsletter to fill out a Google Form if they were willing to share their classroom stories of things like PBL, student philosophy chats, lo-fi maker projects, and service learning. Within a two days, I had over a thousand submissions. I tried my best to coordinate interviews but I simply couldn’t gather all the stories. Each time I interviewed a teacher, they would say, “I’m not very innovative. There are a lot of people who do this.” Perhaps. But the sheer number of teachers experimenting and taking creative risks doesn’t make the act any less innovative. It just points to the reality that teachers are at the heart of innovation. This is a core idea of vintage innovation. If you are a teacher, you are an innovator. You are the experimenter trying new strategies. You are the architect designing new learning opportunities. Apps change. Gadgets break. Technology grows obsolete. But one thing remains: teachers change the world. And one way to do this is through a vintage innovation approach. With vintage innovation, teachers ask: How do I innovate when I don’t have the best technology? How can I use vintage tools, ideas, and approaches in new ways? How can I use constraints to spark creativity? How do I blend together the “tried and true” with the “never tried?” It’s not about the technology. Vintage innovation redefines relevance as “better and different” rather than “flashy and new.” Relevance isn’t about using the latest available technology. It’s about solving the latest problems by leveraging whatever technology works best. In this sense, vintage innovation is all about the overlap between the best practices and next practices: If we go with best practices alone, we end up with stagnation. Nothing ever changes. If we go with next practices, we end up with novelty and an endless pursuit of the latest fads. But this overlap recognizes the role of the classic and the vintage and the years of experience that a teacher brings to the table. All of these things are a part of the “best practices.” But this overlap also recognizes the need to experiment and take creative risks and discover knew ideas. These are the elements of “next practice.” However, this overlap requires teachers to be empowered as designers and makers and experimenters and experts in their craft. Seven Ways to Empower Teachers The following are a few ways that leaders can empower teachers: Honor teacher expertise. In 2013, I got the opportunity to speak at the White House for the Future Ready Summit. I was teaching middle school journalism and STEM at the time and I felt like an imposter when I showed up. But to my surprise, most of the speakers and panelists were actually current classroom teachers. It was a powerful message from the Office of Educational Technology that teachers would be viewed as experts. This is why I love seeing current classroom teachers write books or give keynotes. Find the blueprints and tools. Although teachers don’t need recipes or paint-by-numbers directions, there is still value in finding the blueprints they can use as instructional designers. Some of the most innovative teachers I know are curators of ideas, tools, and blueprints. It might be a set of strategies from Making Thinking Visible or it might be the PBL works protocols for project-based learning. In the case of vintage innovation, I have offered the toolbox and the free Getting Started with Vintage Innovation eBook that you can download at the bottom of this page. I do the same with design thinking and PBL. Provide experiences for sharing ideas. I love the un-conference movement, popularized by ed camps. Here, teachers can engage in a free, democratic exchange of ideas. This is why I also love the mastermind structure. Unlike an un-conference, a mastermind group is deliberately private and highly structured. Each member has a chance to share an idea or a problem and the other members provide advice, ask questions, or give encouragement. I’m a member of three different mastermind groups and they have been life-changing for me. Give teachers voice and choice in their own learning. For two years, I ran a blended, personalized professional development program. Teachers set goals and then attended PD of their choosing. Some of the PD was online with mini-courses or video recordings of master teacher lessons. Others met in person with short courses, weekly trainings, or workshops. Some groups chose to do book studies. However, the whole program was teacher-led and teacher organized. Using before and after surveys, we found that this voice and choice in professional learning correlated with an increase in teacher self-efficacy. Engage in action research. Another option is to have teachers engage in their own action research. Here, they engage in professional learning while also experimenting in their own contexts. Honor teacher autonomy. This is the idea of shared leadership. Instead of sharing responsibilities or delegating, the best leaders are able to empower their teachers by letting them help design systems and make key decisions. It bothers me when a principal says “I’m the instructional leader at my school.” Wrong. You are the facilitator of instructional leadership. Your teachers collectively have immense instructional knowledge. It’s your job to empower them to take it to the next level. Give teachers the permission to fail. Cultivate a community of creative risk-taking by de-emphasizing standardized test scores. Let them know that it’s okay if lessons don’t look perfect when they’re starting out with PBL or design thinking. This is by no means an exhaustive list. It Begins with Teacher Ownership Right now, teachers all over the world are meeting in small groups, doing book studies to refine their practice. Without prompting from a district or a principal, they are are taking ownership of their learning. They own their learning. Go to Twitter at any given moment and you’ll see teachers wrestling with big ideas, engaging in deep discussions about how to transform their practice. Some of these are formal chats. Others are doing it informally. They own their learning. Meanwhile, teachers are making things from scratch. They are experimenting with new ideas, diving deep into the maker culture, and building new things. They own their learning. These teachers are reading books and blog posts. They’re watching YouTube videos to get ideas. But they aren’t treating this as instruction manuals so much as road maps. There’s a key difference there. An instruction manual is about requiring, a road map is about inspiring. Instruction manuals demand compliance. Roadmaps inspire possibilities. In writing Vintage Innovation, I did not create an instruction manual. Instead, I shared tools and ideas and stories, with the knowledge that educators don’t need recipes. We need tools. If you buy the book, my hope is that I have shared something useful for you in your teaching craft. Check Out the Book This is the third article in a series about vintage innovation. Parts of this blog post include excerpts from my upcoming book Vintage Innovation, which will be released in January. It will be a highly visual, engaging reading. I’ll also be releasing the free Vintage Innovation Toolbox sometime in early January. For early access to the toolbox and for updates about the book, please fill out the form below: The post Empowered Teachers Empower Students appeared first on John Spencer.
Rank #2: 4 Myths About the Future of Education.
A decade ago, I watched a local school district purchase hundreds of interactive whiteboards. Hailed as the ultimate solution for student achievement, teachers attended flip chart trainings. The school district purchased packaged curriculum promising huge results. Specialists observed classrooms to see if teachers were implementing the interactive whiteboards with fidelity. Now, many of those interactive whiteboards are being torn out and classrooms are re-installing physical whiteboards because dry erase markers are fast, efficient, and flexible.However, this isn’t an isolated case. I’ve watched ed tech gurus hail the promise of netbooks, 1:1 devices, and adaptive learning programs. These were supposed to be the future of learning. We’ve since moved on to artificial intellgence, which will deliver the precise learning in a leveled, personalized way. Add to this virtual reality and augmented reality and you’ll have the classroom of the future.However, A.I. won’t transform learning. Tablets won’t transform learning. Neither will virtual reality headsets. The truth is none of these things are the future of learning.Innovation is all about the role of the teacher as the designer of learning experiences. Always has been. Always will be.Listen to the PodcastIf you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on the go, just click on the audio below or subscribe via iTunes/Apple Podcasts (ideal for iOS users) or Google Play and Stitcher (ideal for Android users).http://www.spencerauthor.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Podcast-1820-7.41-PM.mp3 Four Myths About Innovation in EducationIt’s easy to get cynical about the false promise of interactive whiteboards. But the truth is, it’s easy to get sucked into the mythology of futurism. I once tried to create a “paperless classroom” only to find that true innovation is almost always a mash-up. The truth is I love technology. I just reached level 40 in Pokemon Go today. I’m constantly amazed by what I can do on my MacBook Pro. If I’m not careful, I can slip into a place where I confuse novelty with innovation. With that in mind, I want to explore some of the myths about innovation in education.Myth #1: Innovation Is All About the TechnologySchools have spent millions of dollars on cutting edge applications, new initiatives, and state-of-the-art technology. Technology futurists have promised that the “next best thing” will revolutionize learning forever. In some cases, we’ve heard that the technology will actually replace teachers. Experts said this about videotapes and laser discs decades ago. Later, we heard about this with the internet, with adaptive learning platforms, and now with Artificial Intelligence. But the focus on technology fails to address the human and social nature of learning.Reality: Innovation Is About Deeper LearningMuch of the technology you have in your classroom will be obsolete in a decade. While these tools have great potential, they mean nothing if they don’t lead to deeper learning. For example, I’ve seen hyperdocs that are essentially digital worksheets. When I got an interactive whiteboard, I honestly used it mostly as a projector. When I had netbooks, I had assignments where they were essentially high-priced notebooks. Meanwhile, I’ve visited classrooms where students printed really cool things on 3D printers but I later found out that they barely modified a preexisting template.In many cases, older tools actually lead to deeper innovations in learning:We can’t predict the future. We don’t know what world our students will inhabit. But we do know that deeper learning will help them develop the soft skills that will last a lifetime. In a world of constant change, students will need to be divergent thinkers. In a world of Artificial Intelligence, students will need to be philosophers. One thing computers lack is wisdom. They are inherently programmed, which is why our students need to think philosophically. In the digital world, students will need to use analog tools. Similarly, in an automated world, students will need to do physical prototyping. In a connected world, students will need to be empathetic. The best design is often fueled by the deeply human element of empathy. When students learn empathy, they become better collaborators and communicators. But more importantly, they become better humans. In a world of instant information, students will need to be curators In a globalized world, students will need to embrace the local In a world of virtual reality, students will need to study nature In a distracted world, students till need to engage in deep work In a world of infinite possibilities, our students will need to be curious. As the teacher, you are the heart of innovation. You are the architect designing epic projects. You are the experimenter trying new things. Nobody writes a thank you letter to a worksheet provider but they will go to great lengths to find that teacher who changed their world forever!Myth #2: We should go “back to the basics”So if technology didn’t fix everything, does that mean we throw out new technology? Do we avoid new research? Do we bring learning back to the “good old days?” This is the myth of the the “back to basics” reaction to technology. The truth is the “good old days” didn’t work for many students — especially those with challenges or those learning English. There were and continue to be racist and unjust systems we need to change. I never want to slip into the trap of nostalgia.But more than that, there are great new tools, ideas, and approaches that we shouldn’t avoid simply because they are new. We should by all means geek out on these tools and the creative and connective capacity that they offer.Reality: we need new ideas, approaches, and toolsAs educators, we need to be open to change. We need to pay attention to the newest research. We need to experiment and try new strategies in our own classes. In terms of technology, we need to recognize that technology can offer amazing possibilities. We can research, connect with experts, create amazing digital content, and share it with an audience. We shouldn’t avoid newer, innovative approaches simply because they are new. We shouldn’t retreat into a fear-based traditionalism. Instead, we should embrace both the old and the new. We should explore what it means to mash-up the two together (and idea I explore later in this article).Myth #3:We should focus on the futureWe live in an era of rapid change. Information is now available at a rate that was unprecedented a few decades ago. Social media makes it easier to connect than ever before. We are just beginning to experiment with augmented reality and virtual reality and we have no idea what machine learning and artificial intelligence will hold for the future. Given these realities, many schools and districts have focused on the future. More coding classes. More STEM or STEAM or MEATS (if you rearrange the words). But there’s a danger in futurism. Because it’s so uncertain, we can easily slip into a place where we are focusing on the wrong skills and strategies only to find that those have become obsolete in a decade or two.Reality: We should focus on timeless skillsInstead of focusing on the future, we should focus on the timeless skills that will last a lifetime. It’s interesting that the top skills that Google looks for in employees (based on their Project Oxygen report) were not coding or even engineering. They were timeless soft skills, like like being a problem-solver, being teachable, communicating effectively, having empathy, and making connections between seemingly unrelated ideas. In other words, we should be preparing students for the type of skills that computers will never be able to do — the deeply human soft skills.Myth #4: Veteran Teachers Are Less InnovativeThere’s a common myth that veteran teachers are less innovative than new teachers. I see this mindset whenever I hear people say, “we have a very veteran staff so they are stuck in their ways.” Another version of this is, “We need some new blood in here to add some fresh ideas.” Not only does this smack of ageism, it simply isn’t true.This is an idea I explored in my latest Instagram video: View this post on Instagram This is something that drives me crazy. It’s the idea that somehow veteran teachers are automatically less innovative. I don’t buy it. A post shared by John Spencer (@spencereducation) on Jan 8, 2020 at 12:32pm PST Some of the most innovative teachers I know have been at it for years. Meanwhile, as a professor, I often see risk-aversion with some of the new teachers I work with as a professor. They are more likely to fall back on teaching in the way they were taught. Often, there’s a perfectionist streak that gets in the way of innovation. The bottom line is that innovation doesn’t have a shelf life or an expiration date or an age limit.Reality: Experience Is Vital for InnovationI know of a teacher named Phyllis. She spent over 30 years as an art teacher. I don’t think she would have ever called herself innovative. In fact, the one time I called her that, she laughed and told me she wasn’t “very techie.” But she was incredibly innovative. Each year, she would take her best projects and build on them and iterate and improve them. She had a food truck mindset:Other times, she would experiment and try new things. She would curate ideas from every discipline and mash them up in creative ways — like her epic steam punk bug project. Eventually, Phyllis retired . . . for a summer. Then she switched from art to STEM and continued to innovate. For Phyllis, innovation was the overlap between best practices and next practices:Experience didn’t make her reluctant to innovate. Instead, it made her more innovative. First, it gave her confidence to take creative risks. After honing her craft for years, she wasn’t the least bit insecure about teaching. In addition, her experience gave her a deeper contextual knowledge of middle school. This helped her continue to build empathy with students and thus design newer and better projects. Finally, she knew how to distinguish between innovation and novelty. She knew that relevance wasn’t about the fancy new gadgets or trendy new ideas.Redefining RelevanceIf we want students to become innovators, we need to choose “better and different” rather than “flashy and new.” Relevance isn’t about using the latest available technology. It’s about solving the latest problems by leveraging whatever technology works best.Authentic, long-lasting innovation can’t be found in a new app or a set of slick gadgets or a new system. All of these things are necessary, but they will ultimately grow obsolete. The tools and systems will always remain secondary to the greatest influence of innovation: the teacher.This is a core idea at the heart of vintage innovation:When teachers embrace vintage innovation, they design learning experiences that last forever. They look forward by looking back. They mash-up old-school analog tools with new tools and strategies. Here’s what I mean:VintageModernMash-UpSketchesVideoSketch VideosJournalsBlogsVisual BloggingSocratic SeminarPodcastDebate PodcastsCardboard prototyping3D printerBlended divergent thinking challengeGuest speakersVideo recordingVideo history projectsLo-fi materialsCircuitryTinkering projectsThis is what’s happening right now at NASA. Engineers are using the ancient craft of origami with high-tech tools to design amazing new spacecraft: By empowering students in the present, they prepare them for the future. Apps change. Gadgets break. Technology grows obsolete. But teachers will continue to take creative risks and experiment with new ideas. They will continue to build relationships and inspire new possibilities in their students. When our tools have grown obsolete, teachers will continue to impact lives and change the world. Check Out the Book This is the third article in a series about vintage innovation. Parts of this blog post include excerpts from my upcoming book Vintage Innovation, which will be released in January. It will be a highly visual, engaging reading. I’ll also be releasing the free Vintage Innovation Toolbox sometime in early January. For early access to the toolbox and for updates about the book, please fill out the form below: The post 4 Myths About the Future of Education appeared first on John Spencer.
The #edtech podcast that explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact that technology is having in education.Whether you use it or not, technology is changing the way we teach and how our students learn.
Rank #1: 15 Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Educators 2019 - HoET126.
Chrome Extensions. They can make things easier, more accessible, more visible, & more convenient. There are dozens of potential benefits to you in your classroom and school. SUPPORT My Awesome Supporters! Become a Patron today! - Will you be the lucky 13th Awesome Supporter? SHOW NOTES https://chrisnesi.com/126 SEGMENTS (1:40) Intro (4:09) House of #EdTech Recommendation - Random Trivia Generator (5:35) Featured Content - Chrome Extensions for Educators 2019 (27:18) House of #EdTech VIP - Danita Cobble SHARE FEEDBACK AND CONNECT Call: (732) 903-4869 Flipgrid: http://chrisnesi.com/flipgrid Voxer: mrnesi Telegram: chrisnesi Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @mrnesi
Rank #2: 10 Easy Ways to Use Tech in Your Classroom - HoET123.
Many teaching methods and resources that use technology effectively engage students and build their skills, but many of us hit roadblocks when actually using technology in the classroom. Consider the 10 ways discussed in this episode to easily add technology to your classroom today! Support for this episode comes from: My Awesome Supporters! Become a Patron today! Complete show notes SEGMENTS (1:39) Intro (5:21) House of #EdTech Thought - Guts and Heart (9:33) House of #EdTech Recommendation - Link Expander (11:29) Featured Content - 10 Easy Ways to Use Tech in Your Classroom (25:30) House of #EdTech VIP - Ron Nober SHARE FEEDBACK AND CONNECT Call: (732) 903-4869 Flipgrid: http://chrisnesi.com/flipgrid Voxer: mrnesi Telegram: chrisnesi Email: email@example.com Twitter: @mrnesi
The BLBS podcast is created for ruckus makers. What exactly is a ruckus maker? Someone who has found freedom from the status quo. Someone who creates change. Someone who never, ever gives up. Listen to this category-defining podcast in education to level up your leadership skills. Lead with confidence. Lead authentically. Lead by serving your community. Each week Daniel has a conversation with a leadership expert and invites you to the table. Turn your commute (or chores) into professional development and then go make a ruckus!
Rank #1: 7 keys to a positive learning environment with Tom Hierck.
Better Leaders Better Schools guest Tom Hierck has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and roles in public education. His experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy. Tom Hierck was originally on my show in EP 056 Tom Hierck Show Highlights: I wish I always got it right, but I didn’t. Speaking to the essence of positive learning environment The start of the day is our one chance to win Focus on students and make school the best 6 hours of their day Create an elevating culture Standing meetings sharing the good news Kids first agendas How writing a solo book is challenging Teacher presence The difference between expectations and rules How to inspire hope for a new school year The most amazing feedback activity for teachers to give students Do we turn to each other or against each other? Tom Hierck Resources Tom’s book: 7 keys to a positive learning environment in your classroom Pyramid of behavior interventions Starting a movement Connect with Tom on Twitter Actionable Step Move from direct, to correct, to connect. Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444 Create winning cultures Focus on the essential Lead with courage & integrity BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW? iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE! SHOW SOME LOVE: PLEASE LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above. Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn SHOW SPONSORS: SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing.
Rank #2: Take a breath and reduce stress.
Sonya Thomlinson (Uchita) HHC, ERYT-500, C-IAYT was co-director and co-founder of Tandava Yoga and Trinity Yoga Centers in Kelowna and Vernon, British Columbia from 2003-2016. An avid student of yoga and meditation since 1994, and teaching since 1998, Sonya leads trainings, retreats, workshops and classes throughout Western Canada and the US and works individually with those interested in dynamic health and healing. Jeff Thomlinson is formally the co-owner and director of Trinity Yoga Center, then Tandava Yoga in Kelowna, since 2003. Jeff began teaching yoga in 1991. For 10 years, he lived, studied and worked at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA, USA, the largest yoga teaching center in North America. This enabled him to study with international leaders in yoga and to assimilate leading teaching and practice techniques. Read the full bio on the show note page. Take a Breath Show Highlights: The story of starting Take a Breath Stress reduction for kids with yoga Get out of a stress response How breath practice calms our flight and fight response 100% of kids are stressed Don’t be a jerk … people can’t think or perform around you Rest before a test led to 20% increase in test scores The inherent stress beast Consequences of ignoring the stress epidemic BRAVE acronym Bring attention to stress so staff and students don’t feel alone in this Take a Breath Resources: Take a Breath Website The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer Join my hybrid group coaching & leadership development community Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444 Create winning cultures Focus on the essential Lead with courage & integrity BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW? iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE! SHOW SOME LOVE: PLEASE LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above. Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn SHOW SPONSORS: SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing. SSV is also giving away the Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas for 2017. Download the guide here. Copyright © 2017 Better Leaders Better Schools
Helping young children grow!
Rank #1: Anger Management: How to Calm an Angry Child #8.
While this anger management post title says it’s about how to calm an angry child, it’s really about how to encourage young children to calm themselves. It’s not a quick and easy method (if there even is such a thing), but it can be highly effective if it’s implemented consistently and if the children are [...] The post Anger Management: How to Calm an Angry Child #8 appeared first on Liz's Early Learning Spot.
Rank #2: Emergent Writing: Why Children’s Play Choices Affect Learning.
Emergent writing is dependent not only on a child’s exposure to literacy activities from birth, but how they engage with those activities on a day-to-day basis. This podcast discusses the four play ‘types’ that researchers have found fit the majority of children and what this means for their learning. You can listen to this episode above, listen to [...] The post Emergent Writing: Why Children’s Play Choices Affect Learning appeared first on Liz's Early Learning Spot.
What should future schools look like? How do brains learn? Some of the world's greatest educators, researchers, and community leaders share their stories and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
Rank #1: Grit: The power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth.
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
Rank #2: Why is 'x' the unknown? | Terry Moore.
Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.
A candid look at the new big ideas that are transforming classrooms everywhere from a practicing teacher's point of view.
Rank #1: Teach Like a Pirate.
Would students pay to see your classroom presentation? If not then you'll want to listen to this eye-opening interview with Dave Burgess who will share his insights on how to grab and keep your students attention.Follow:@coolcatteacher @burgessdave @bamradionetwork Dave Burgess is a teacher and highly sought after professional development speaker well known for his creative, entertaining, and outrageously energetic style. He is the author of Teach Like A PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator.
Rank #2: The Four Liter Challenge: Teaching Students About Water Poverty.
Our guests today created a see judge, act model for teaching kids about people who struggle to get access to clean water.Follow: @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork#edtechchat #edchat #edtechMaggie Lauder is in her tenth year of teaching theology at a Catholic high school and her eighth year at Servite High School in Anaheim. Joe Kim is serving as the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Francis High School in La Canada, CA. and pursuing a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University, and run a graphic apparel company called PAL Campaign.
Learn quick and easy ways to improve education, leadership, and parenting: How to replace traditional homework; how to improve leadership; how to integrate new technology; how to assess for learning; how to eliminate useless meetings; how to engage even the most reluctant learners; how to inspire a lifelong love of reading; how to combine writing with the maker space; how to take learning mobile; how to improve social media strategies. Teacher/author/global influencer Mark Barnes, creator of the Bestselling Hack Learning Book Series, explains precisely what's wrong with education and what you can do about it, tomorrow; because you don't need a 5-year plan. Learn more at http://hacklearning.org.
Rank #1: Flipping the Flipped Classroom with the In-Class Flip.
Flipped learning has become wildly popular in education. Unlike a traditional course setup, where content is delivered in class and students apply and practice their learning through homework, the flipped classroom turns that arrangement on its head: The initial content delivery happens at home, and then students and teachers re-converge in class to apply and practice their learning. In this episode, Mark Barnes identifies the biggest problem with the trendy flipped classroom and provides some simple strategies teachers can use to flip learning back to the classroom, with the in-class flip. This is Flipping Flipped Learning. See step-by-step details on the strategy at http://hacklearningpodcast.com. Talk about on Twitter at #HackLearning.
Rank #2: Hacking School Culture: Lead from the Middle.
School district superintendent Joe Sanfelippo and professor emeritus John Bennett explain how old-school mandates that stifle teacher autonomy can destroy school and work place culture. Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes rants about outdated leadership practices and challenges leaders to trust the people they hire to do the job the best way they know how. This is Hacking School Culture.
Educators! Is your passion tank running on empty? Look no further. Gretchen of Always A Lesson has a double dose of just what you need. Come fill yourself up with an Empowering Educators podcast to start your day feeling… EMPOWERED! Includes empowering messages weekly with new episodes released early Monday morning just in time for your commute. Excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Listeners include new teachers, teachers in distress or transition and teacher leaders. #education
Rank #1: 112: The Dysfunction of Grading.
Grading is only as good as the effectiveness of instruction leading up to it. A grade on an assessment that doesn’t match the learning leading up to it is worthless, demeaning and dysfunctional. Tune in to hear three steps you can take now to ensure you teach hard enough, long enough and deep enough for students to be successful and prepared on their learning journey. The photo below from my trip to Colorado is discussed in the episode: Quotables I don’t give grades, students earn them Objectify learning Put more time into planning than in to execution so that execution is flawless, rigorous, and done with fidelity across the board If its easy, we aren’t pushing ourselves or our students hard enough We cannot allow our peers to lower the bar only for our kids to fail later Connect with Gretchen Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
Rank #2: 47: Nuts and Bolts of Effective Classroom Management.
To be a great teacher requires a multi-tasking ability unlike any other. Each student has their own learning needs and with the heavy demands on districts today, a teacher can easily feel like they are herding cats or putting on a three ring circus. However, there’s a simple secret to survival- its called classroom management. The more effective a teacher can become at managing a class helps free up mental space to teach engaging lessons while the rest of the class operates on auto pilot. Tune in to hear the nuts and bolts of effective classroom management. Quotables Every movement needs a system with a purpose- What and How What’s the safest,most efficient way to get from pt A to pt B? Where students are idle that’s where behavior crops up Get a timer! Check for understanding is by far a game changer in my management Gretchen’s Stamp of Approval Teach Like a Champion 2.0 by Doug Lemov Connect with Gretchen Email: email@example.com Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2&ls=1 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
ASCD: Learn Teach Lead Radio, where you'll hear engaging conversations between ASCD Emerging Leaders and leading authors, experts, and practitioners on the topics that matter to today's educators and impact the success of each child.
Rank #1: Three Ways to Make Summer Professional Development Better.
Summer time is professional development season. Our guest offers three ways to make PD more meaningful. Follow: @fredende @AKoonlaba @ASCD @bamradionetwork Fred Ende is the assistant director of Curriculum and Instructional Services for Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, one of New York's 37 regional education service agencies. He is author of the ASCD Arias, Professional Development that Sticks: How do I create meaningful learning experiences for educators? ASCD Emerging Leader and host Amanda Koonlaba, Ed.S., NBCT, is a teacher, artist, and writer.
Rank #2: Helping Students Break Through the Barriers to Loving Math.
Our traditional process of teaching often kills students' interest in mathematics. Join us as we look at instructional strategies for fostering a passion and capacity for math. Follow: @ASCD @MonicaNeagoy @KyleHamstra @bamradionetwork Monica Neagoy is an international consultant, popular keynote speaker and author of Unpacking Fractions: Classroom-Tested Strategies to Build Students’ Mathematical Understanding and Five Pointers to Engage Students in Math Talk(ASCD). Her 25-year mathematics career has included teacher professional development, math specialist training, live television courses, video creation, math app conception, and live math shows. Host Kyle Hamstra is a STEM Specialist at Davis Drive Elementary in Cary, North Carolina and ASCD Emerging Leader 2016.