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What Do We Know? A Podcast for Teachers

The repetitive nature of teaching lends itself to living life on autopilot. That makes it all the more important to step back and reflect. What we do know works? How do we know that? What can we do better?This podcast aims to name and explore the most important issues that teachers face every day inside and outside the classroom. Through organic conversations, we unpack the challenges facing modern educators, discuss student-centered solutions to these problems, and reflect on our strengths and weaknesses.

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#15 - Finn

Content Warning: child loss I talk about my son, Finn, and how losing him has shaped life and work and every little thing. Music credits: "Thrum Room" and "Corridor" by Podington Bear This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

44mins

3 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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#5 - Daniel Reinish

We talk about teaching while introverted, Dan's strengths and weaknesses, and explore why he sometimes sits in his classroom with all the lights off.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 9mins

23 Sep 2017

Rank #2

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#10 - Dean Wood

We talk about teacher burnout, how Dean’s perspective on school has changed since becoming department chair, problematic legacy practices within education, and just being open to new ideas.Notes and links!The Pedagogy of the Oppressed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedagogy_of_the_OppressedThe "Guide on the Side" vs the "Sage on Stage" tropes: https://www.jstor.org/stable/27558571?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contentsHawkeye Pierce (in case you live under a rock): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_M*A*S*H_characters#Hawkeye_Pierce--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 16mins

11 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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#3 - Lindsay Karr

We talk about how Lindsay has become a more mindful teacher, the need for more emotional intelligence in the classroom, and being OK with the work never being done.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

56mins

1 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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#6 - Sam Hedenberg

We talk about how Sam organizes all of his teaching and life tasks, the perks of managing publications, and as always, we dispense some first year teacher advice.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 14mins

13 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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#14 - Tiffany Santana

We talk about how to reach and teach students who have historically had difficulty with reading and decoding English. We also talk about the baby. We always talk about the baby.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

55mins

23 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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#12 - Students & Dean Wood

The end of year reflections just won’t stop coming. James talks about the end of the school year, leaving Marshall, and what’s next. Some of his students talk about becoming aware of their own growth. And Dean Wood joins in once again to talk about what he’s proud of this school year.Editing note: James sounds sad, or at least slightly ambivalent about the impending birth of his child. He is not. He’s excited -- just worn out at the moment. Cut him some slack.The Round House: https://www.amazon.com/Round-House-Novel-Louise-Erdrich/dp/0062065254Jim Burke’s English Teacher’s Companion: https://www.amazon.com/English-Teachers-Companion-Fourth-Completely/dp/0325028400180 Days: https://www.amazon.com/180-DAYS-Teachers-Empower-Adolescents/dp/0325081131--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 33mins

13 Jun 2018

Rank #7

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#9 - Apoorva Johri & Lindsay Karr

We talk about the work of Carol Dweck, Alfie Kohn, and other researchers who have studied the effects of praise/encouragement and rewards/punishments on human development. Using the articles linked below as a framework, we explore ways to have better conversations with our students and avoid toxic praise.Praise vs. Encouragement: http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2015/05/difference-praise-encouragement-matters/Carol Dweck’s study: http://maryschmidt.pbworks.com/f/Perils+of+Praise-Dweck.pdfHelping Students Motivate Themselves: https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/guest-post-helping-students-motivate-themselves/Parent Effectiveness: https://www.amazon.com/Parent-Effectiveness-Training-Responsible-Children/dp/0609806939The Risks of Rewards: http://www.alfiekohn.org/article/risks-rewards/--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 10mins

20 Dec 2017

Rank #8

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#19 - GCM Commencement Address

On June 12, 2019, I had the tremendous honor of delivering the commencement address at George C. Marshall High School's graduation ceremony. It feels a little self-aggrandizing to put that speech on this platform, but it's a love letter to my former students and to my son. I worked hard on it, and I wanted to share it.I am thankful for so many things. Marshall's administrators helped arrange my flights and in general made it possible for me to be there. My friends picked me up and dropped me off at Metro stops and airports and everywhere in between. And of course, the students of Marshall High School -- you are ever so gracious, and I already miss you.This was the best day.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

16mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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#4 - Brenna Killeen

We talk about what Brenna learned as a first year teacher, why she doesn’t think she’s an expert in anything, and her goals for this year as a teacher and a person.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 4mins

9 Sep 2017

Rank #10