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11 minutes | 14 hours ago
Unpacking the Most Helpful Teaching Advice We’ve Received in Our Careers
There is no shortage of advice for teaching and teachers. Among the recommendations, some are duds, some are cliches, and some are invaluable gems. In the episode, we discuss the best teaching advice we’ve received in our careers. Follow on Twitter: @EmilyGolightly3 @cseroyer @JennyVo15 @MCUSDSupe @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork, @Jonharper70bd Emily Golightly has taught for the past 17 years in NC, serving as a classroom teacher in grades K-3, a reading specialist, an ESL teacher, and most recently, a media coordinator of a K-5 library. She enjoys her role as an ESL mentor teacher. She is also passionate about literacy and has served on her local and state-level reading associations. She is a member of the North Carolina English Learner Advisory Council and the NC EL Teacher Network. Chelonnda Seroyer began her educational career as a high school English teacher in Madison, Alabama. She used Dr. Wong’s book, The First Days of School, as an “instruction manual” to set up her classroom. At the end of her first year of teaching she was awarded the “Bob Jones First Year Patriot Award”. At the end of her second year of teaching, she was awarded the “Patriot Award.” This award is given to a faculty member in recognition of valuable contributions, dedication, and service to the educational community. PJ Caposey is an award-winning educator, keynote speaker, consultant and a best-selling author of eight books who currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the nationally recognized Meridian CUSD 223 in Northwest Illinois. You can find PJ on most social media platforms as MCUSDSupe.
10 minutes | 7 days ago
How to Teaching Critical Thinking in an Era of Misinformation, Irrationality, and Rigidly-Held Beliefs
How do we teach critical thinking when reason, evidence, and logic are increasingly displaced with an unwillingness to examine facts that conflict with our strongly-held beliefs. Follow on Twitter: @msdarasavage @riordan_meg @brownpatrick8 @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork, @Jonharper70bd Dara Laws Savage is a 26-year educator from the great state of Delaware. She has served on numerous local, regional, and state committees, and has been Teacher of the Year in two different districts. She is an Emeritus national faculty member of PBLWorks, and is presently the English 9 teacher and Instructional Coach at the Early College High School at Delaware State University while working on her doctorate. Dara is a proud Board of Education member for the Seaford School District (alumna) and the owner of Savage Educational Consulting. Meg Riordan, Ph.D. is the Chief Learning Officer for The Possible Project, entrepreneurship and work-based learning program that works to advance economic equity by supporting young people to develop an entrepreneurial spirit, skills, and networks to launch successful careers. She has been in the field of education for almost 30 years as a middle and high school teacher, ELL instructor, college professor, Regional Director of NYC Outward Bound Schools, and Director of External Research with EL Education. She was a Deeper Learning Equity Fellow and her research focuses on teacher professional learning, equity, experiential learning, and scaling-up school designs. Patrick Brown is executive director of STEM for the Fort Zumwalt School District and author of the National Science Teaching Association best-selling book series Instructional Sequence Matters.
9 minutes | 11 days ago
How We Turn Boring Primary Sources Into Engaging Teaching Tools for Any Student
Join us for a discussion about how to make primary sources more engaging and relevant starting with a list of dos and don’ts. Follow on Twitter: @sarahjcooper01 @larryferlazzo @jonHarper70bd @cmurcray @shellthief @bamradionetwork @dlshrum65 Sarah Cooper teaches eighth-grade U.S. history and is Dean of Studies at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada. She is the author of Making History Mine. Kevin Thomas Smith is an award-winning Social Studies teacher at Ridgeview High School in Clay County, Florida; an AP Reader for the College Board; and the author of Teaching With DBQs: Helping Students Analyze Nonfiction and Visual Texts. Donna L. Shrum is an educator, researcher, and freelance writer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
10 minutes | 11 days ago
Preparing to Teach English Language Learners As Our Immigration Policy Shifts
The ranks of English language learners will likely expand under the new administration in Washington D.C. In this episode, we explore in-person and remote strategies for teaching newcomers to the country and our classrooms. Follow on Twitter: @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork @Love4ELs @irina_mcgrath @jonHarper70bd @michelleshory Luiza Palacio has been a Spanish and an ESL teacher for 19 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages: English-French and an MA in TESOL from Greensboro College. I believe it is a priority to reach students’ hearts because once this is accomplished, learning can successfully start. She is currently the K-12 ESL/MEP Lead Teacher in Northampton County Schools. Irina McGrath is an ESL expert and English Language Learner herself. She serves Jefferson County Public Schools as an Education Recovery Specialist. She is a co-director of the Louisville Writing Project (LWP) and a University of Louisville & Indiana University Southeast adjunct who teaches ESL/ENL Instruction as well as Assessment, Literature, and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity courses. Irina was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. Michelle Shory is a veteran language educator with 24 years of experience in five states. She is currently a district ESL instructional coach in Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY. She is passionate about literacy and high quality (and engaging) professional learning. Michelle helped establish Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Louisville.
11 minutes | a month ago
Retrieval Practice: What Is It, Why It Matters, How It Works in the Classroom
Recalling information from memory when needed is a form of retrieval practice. Join us for a discussion on how retrieval practice helps enhance and boosts learning and strategies for using retrieval practice in your classroom. Follow on Twitter:@luizam25 @VMSimmons10 @effortfuleduktr @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork Luiza Mureseanu is an instructional resource teacher-K-12, for ESL/ELD programs, in Peel District School Board, Ontario, with over 17 years of teaching middle and high school students in Canada and Romania. She believes that all English-learners will be successful in schools that cultivate culturally and linguistically responsive practices.Vivian Micolta Simmons was born in Cali, Colombia, but relocated to the United States in 2013. She has been a teacher for 15 years (EFL, ESL, and Dual Immersion) and currently working as an ESL/DLI Lead Teacher for Iredell-Statesville Schools in NC. She holds a Masters in TESOL from Greensboro College and currently working on my Masters in School Administration with UNC Charlotte. Blake Harvard teaches AP Psychology at James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama. He has been teaching for 14 years and received a B. S. And M. Ed. from the University of Montevallo. He has a particular affinity for all things cognition and psychology; especially when those areas are paired with education and learning. Blog www.effortfuleducator.com.
10 minutes | a month ago
How Has Pandemic Teaching Irrevocably Altered Your Practice for the Better?
In this episode, we look at what we've learned from pandemic teaching and learning that we will take forward and incorporate into our classroom practices when we return to normal. Follow on Twitter: @KaylaSolinsky @MrsSaid17 @ccpsesolteam @olgareber @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork Kayla Solinsky is Head of School at Macbeth Academy, a virtual K12 school. Kayla has been an educator for eleven years, and is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh. She is fascinated by all things education, technology, and nonprofit leadership. Sarah Said has spent years overseeing ELL programming in schools in Illinois. In addition to her current role as a Director of Language and Equity programs, she is also a contributor for ELL Confianza. She is also a course writer for English Learner portal. Pamela Mesta's experience includes district-level administration, ESOL, bilingual, elementary, early childhood, educational technology, professional development, interpretation/translation and higher education. She works as an ESOL supervisor in a public school district. Olga Reber's experience includes ESOL, EFL, professional development, interpretation/translation and higher education. She works as an ESOL Resource Teacher in a public school district. Pamela and Olga are also the authors of the book: The Classroom Teacher's Guide to Supporting English Language Learners.
12 minutes | a month ago
How to Apply Culturally Responsive Teaching in Science Classrooms
Most discussions about culturally responsive teaching are rarely discussed in the context of teaching science. In this episode, we talk about how to apply the instructional model in science classrooms. @TaraCDale @teachanTravel1 @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork, @Jonharper70bd Autumn Kelley is a professional educator here in the Washington, DC metro area. and has 20 years of experience in the field of education and absolutely love what I do. She has experience as a teacher, school administrator, author, curriculum development and publication, speaking engagements at national conferences and consultation for executive boards at private schools. Tara Dale, a Nationally Board-Certified teacher (NBCT), has taught science and social studies in the 7-12 setting for 14 years. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and another in Biology from Arizona State University and her Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. She is an instructional coach and sits on the Board of Directions for the AZ NBCT Network. She is the co-author of The Science Teacher’s Toolbox.
11 minutes | a month ago
Getting Students to Take Ownership of Their Learning
Our guest shares the strategies her school uses to encourage students to own their learning. Join us as we look at strategies for encouraging risk-taking, flexibility, and creativity to achieve higher levels of student engagement. Follow on Twitter: @janicewyattross @larryferlazzo @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork Dr. Wyatt-Ross has a Bachelor's in Special Education from the University of Central Arkansas, a Master's in Special Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. Presently she is employed as the Program Director for Success Academy of Fayette County Public Schools.
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Racism In the Classroom: What White Educators Can Do to Help
Join us for a discussion about racism in the classroom and how educators can help. Our guests offer books, blogs, podcasts, resources, recommendations, and specific actions we can take. Follow on Twitter: @klrembert @HarrisLeads @larryferlazzo @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork Keisha Rembert is a passionate learner and fierce equity advocate. She was an award-winning middle school ELA and United States History teacher who now instructs preservice teachers. She hopes to change our world one student at a time. Dr. Denita Harris is a Curriculum Coordinator for the MSD of Wayne Township, Indianapolis, Indiana. She has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, and district-level administrator. She is the recipient of the 2019 INTESOL (Indiana Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Best of the Best in K-12 Education. Tameka Porter, Ph.D., is a Managing Consultant at McREL International. Dr. Porter serves as the State Co-Lead for Nebraska at the Region 11 Comprehensive Center and for Kansas at the Region 12 Comprehensive Center. She supervises projects that support state and local education agencies as they apply equity-driven data approaches to improve student achievement outcomes, establish evidence-based practices and policies for measuring continuous school improvement, and examine school redesign processes.
9 minutes | 3 months ago
Using Education Data: What Works, What Doesn’t
Data-driven? data-informed? data analysis? Join us as we unpack our thinking and use of data in education to separate what works from what does not. Follow on Twitter: @DeedyCamarena, @Lnifong0320 @CindyGarciaTX @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork, @Jonharper70bd Cindy Garcia serves as the district-wide instructional specialist for Bilingual/ESL Mathematics PK-6 in Pasadena ISD. Cindy previously served as campus mathematics coach and bilingual third-grade teachers in PISD. Cindy writes a monthly blog about ways to support English Learners at www.teachingelementaryels.weebly.com Lauren Nifong is an instructional coach in Greenville, South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision, and is currently a member of South Carolina ASCD’s 2020 Class of Emerging Leaders. Deedy Camarena is the Coordinator for English Language Development (ELD), Dual and World Languages in the Multilingual & Humanities Education Department at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. She has worked closely with principals, teachers, and other stakeholders to assess student and staff needs and execute the necessary services in areas regarding ELD and Dual Language instruction and programming.
9 minutes | 3 months ago
Why Do Students Resist Revising Their Writing, How Can We Encourage Them?
Our guests explore strategies to encourage kids to embrace the process of revising and refining their writing. Follow on Twitter: @jeremybballer @JennyVo15 @MBethNicklaus @butler__melissa @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork, @Jonharper70bd Melissa A. Butler is a writer, speaker, and educator living in Pittsburgh, PA. She was a classroom teacher for 23 years and now consults to help people slow down to notice more. Much of her work focuses on trust, intrinsic motivation, curiosity, and notice-to-wonder practices. Mary Beth Nicklaus is a language arts teacher and reading specialist for Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School in Wisconsin. Jenny Vo has spent all her 23 years in education working with English Learners and currently serves as an ESL ISST in Katy ISD in Katy, Texas. Jeremy Hyler is a middle school English and science teacher at Fulton Middle School in Middleton, Michigan. He is a teacher consultant for the Chippewa River Writing Project, a Community Ambassador for NCTE, and a Medial Literacy Innovator for KQED. He co-authored Create, Compose, Connect! Reading, Writing, and Learning with Digital Tools with Dr. Troy Hicks, From Texting to Teaching: Grammar Instruction in a Digital Age (2017) as well as Ask, Explore, Write. Blog MiddleWeb.
11 minutes | 3 months ago
Culturally Responsive Teaching: More Important Now Than Ever
As our student ranks become increasingly diverse around culture and language, culturally responsive teaching is becoming more important. Here are some practical approaches to consider. Follow on Twitter: @LifeSetters @teachanTravel1@EwingLearning @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork, @Jonharper70bd Chiquita Jenkins has been an educator for over 10 years. She teaches 2nd grade in New York and is finishing up her last year in her doctoral studies at St John's University. She is also the CEO of Life Setters which is a motivational blog dedicated to sharing and inspiring individuals through interviews and stories. Autumn Kelley is a professional educator here in the Washington, DC metro area. and has 20 years of experience in the field of education and absolutely love what I do. She has experience as a teacher, school administrator, author, curriculum development and publication, speaking engagements at national conferences and consultation for executive boards at private schools. Dr. Jim Ewing is an associate professor at Stephen F. Austin State University and author of the book Math for ELLs. As Easy as Uno, Dos, Tres. Jim gives motivating workshops to teachers all over the country about meeting the needs of ELs in math.
11 minutes | 4 months ago
What’s the Point? Leading Compelling, Meaningful Class Discussions Online
Hosting asynchronous online discussions is a well-established teaching strategy. In this episode, we look at the dos and don’ts of creating effective online discussions. Follow on Twitter: @EducatedAce @capra_theresa @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork, @Jonharper70bd Dr. Taurean Branch is an instructional coach supporting math instruction with Baltimore City Schools. His mission is to empower teachers with tips, tools, and techniques that improve student outcomes. He is the host of the podcast show Copy Jams where he shares ideas and inspiration that drives his mission. Dr. Theresa Capra is a professor at a community college focusing on the social sciences while helping students prepare for a career in education. She also supervises teacher candidates at the baccalaureate level in their clinical placements. Dr. Capra is the founder Ed Tapas, a research blog dedicated to trends, technology, and teaching tips for educators at all levels.
13 minutes | 4 months ago
Three Ways to Help Students in Distance Learning Develop an Intrinsic Desire to Read
Creating the conditions that develop an intrinsic interest in reading is a longstanding challenge that is exacerbated by distance learning. In this episode, we explore ways to encourage students to read in traditional and online classes. Follow on Twitter: @SJEducate @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork, @butler__melissa @jenorr @Dr_Katie_AlanizDr. Sawsan Jaber, a global educator of twenty years in the U.S. and abroad, currently serves as a High School English teacher in Illinois. She is an Our Voice Academy Board Director, the founder of Education Unfiltered Consulting, and a founding member of the Arab American Education Network. Sawsan is a proud Palestinian American. Melissa A. Butler is a writer, speaker, and educator living in Pittsburgh, PA. She was a classroom teacher for 23 years and now consults to help people slow down to notice more. Much of her work focuses on trust, intrinsic motivation, curiosity, and notice-to-wonder practices. Jennifer Orr is a kindergarten teacher in a Title 1 school in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Previously she has taught 5th, 4th, and 1st graders, as well as her own two daughters. Katie Alaniz, Ed.D., is a faculty member and Director of Online Learning and Professional Development within the College of Education Behavioral Sciences at HBU. As a teacher and digital learning specialist for over a decade in both public and private schools, including her service as a digital learning specialist at River Oaks Baptist School, she guides fellow educators as they meaningfully integrate digital resources within their classrooms.
12 minutes | 5 months ago
Tough Classroom Questions: Why Is 'Black Lives Matter' Okay, but 'All Lives Matter' Not?
Today, the elephant in every classroom is politics: How are you managing the thorny issues that are present in your classroom, whether you discuss them or not? Four educators share their approaches. Follow on Twitter @2WardEquity @klrembert @rpdelcastillo @HolSpinny @larryferlazzo @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork Dr. Angela M. Ward is a public-school administrator with over 20 years of experience. She is focused on creating identity-safe schools and workplaces and strives daily to nurture equity-centered schooling. Follow Dr. Ward http://2wardequity.com/blog/ Holly Spinelli is a students' rights activist with specific focuses in alternative, strengths-based pedagogical approaches where students' voices serve as the catalyst for their education. She is a New York public high school teacher, an adjunct instructor at SUNY Orange County Community College, and an active member of the NCTE's Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. Keisha Rembert is a passionate learner and fierce equity advocate. She was an award-winning middle school ELA and United States History teacher who now instructs preservice teachers. She hopes to change our world one student at a time. Dr. Rocio del Castillo began her career as a school psychologist in Peru and has dedicated her professional career to being an advocate for educational equity and social justice. She currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Special Services in Huntley Community School District 158 and as an adjunct professor.
12 minutes | 5 months ago
Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes When Teaching English Language Learners On-site and Virtually
In the episode, we cover practical tips for avoiding the most common mistakes we often make when teaching English Language Learners. We look at both typical classroom examples and examples when teaching ELLs virtually. Follow on Twitter: @delgadong94 @HarrisLeads @mrodz308 @MrsSaid17 @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork @jonHarper70bd Altagracia (Grace) H. Delgado has been in field education for 26 years. She has worked as a bilingual teacher, literacy coach, and school administrator. In addition, she has written curriculum for Spanish Language Arts and English Language Development and is currently the Executive Director of Multilingual Services at Aldine ISD. Dr. Denita Harris is a Curriculum Coordinator for the MSD of Wayne Township, Indianapolis, Indiana. She has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, and district-level administrator. She is the recipient of the 2019 INTESOL (Indiana Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Best of the Best in K-12 Education. Marina Rodriguez is a 4th-grade dual language teacher in College Station, Texas. She has taught 4th-grade dual language over 14 years, leads an after school blogging club for multilingual students, and is one of the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers. Sarah Said has spent years overseeing ELL programming in schools in Illinois. In addition to her current role as a Director of Language and Equity programs, she is also a contributor for ELL Confianza. She is also a course writer for English Learner portal.
11 minutes | 5 months ago
The Evolving Needs of English Language Learners: Teaching Muslim and Arab Students
The number of Arab speaking ELL students has grown by 75 percent over the past eight years. Join us for a discussion on the evolving face and needs of English language learners and what every teacher needs to know. Follow on Twitter: @SJEducate @DrNinaShoman @shinram1 @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork @effortfuleduktr @klrembert @dlshrum65 @jonHarper70bd Dr. Sawsan Jaber, a global educator of twenty years in the U.S. and abroad, currently serves as a High School English teacher in Illinois. She is an Our Voice Academy Board Director, the founder of Education Unfiltered Consulting, and a founding member of the Arab American Education Network. Sawsan is a proud Palestinian American. Dr. Nina Shoman-Dajani is Assistant Dean of Learning Enrichment and College Readiness at Moraine Valley Community College in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She also currently teaches Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Xavier University. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change and her research focuses on the racial identity construction of Arab American College Students. She is one of the founders of the Arab American Educators Network. Abeer Shinnawi is an 18-year veteran middle school social studies teacher who is currently a secondary resource teacher for the Office of Social Studies for Baltimore County Public Schools in MD and is also the founder of Altair Education Consulting, LLC an education consulting company. Abeer is also a member of the teacher advisory group for the National Museum of the Native American. Including her and three other educators, she is also the founder of the Arab American Educators Network-AAEN.
11 minutes | 7 months ago
What Is the Role of Memorization When Teaching in a Post-Google World
Now that students can quickly Google the wealth of data we used to keep stored in our heads, what is the use of memorization in the classroom? Follow on Twitter: @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork @effortfuleduktr @klrembert @dlshrum65 Keisha Rembert is a passionate learner and fierce equity advocate. She was an award-winning middle school ELA and United States History teacher who now instructs preservice teachers. She hopes to change our world one student at a time. Donna L. Shrum is an educator, researcher, and freelance writer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Blake Harvard teaches AP Psychology at James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama. He has been teaching for 14 years and received a B. S. And M. Ed. from the University of Montevallo. He has a particular affinity for all things cognition and psychology; especially when those areas are paired with education and learning. Blog www.effortfuleducator.com.
11 minutes | 7 months ago
On-Site and Online Hacks for Teaching in “The New Normal”
In this episode, we talk about viable ways to make teaching in “the new normal” simpler, easier and more effective whether on-site or online. Follow on Twitter: @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork @SerenaPariser @jenorr @lmeduconsulting Serena Pariser has twelve years of experience teaching in public schools, including charter schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She was named Gompers Preparatory Academy Teacher of the Year. She served as Assistant Director of Field Experiences at University of San Diego and also served as adjunct faculty. Serena is the bestselling author of Real Talk About Classroom Management: 50 Best Practices That Work And Show You Believe In Your Students and Real Talk About Time Management: 35 Best Practices for Educators. Jennifer Orr is a kindergarten teacher in a Title 1 school in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Previously she has taught 5th, 4th, and 1st graders, as well as her own two daughters. Laurie Manville is an ELD teacher and Instructional Coach at Brookhurst Junior High in Anaheim Union High School District. She enjoys helping her students figure out what they are meant to do in life and guiding teachers in lesson design creation.
13 minutes | 7 months ago
Three Ways to Work More Effectively With Teacher’s Aides During Online Learning
What makes a great teacher’s aide or paraprofessional and how can we work more with them more effectively during remote teaching? Follow on Twitter: @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork @MicheleTMorgan1 @ritaplatt Michele Morgan works for Granite School District in Salt Lake City, UT, where she was a resource teacher for 12 years. She currently works as the District New Teacher Specialist for Elementary Special Education. In 2013 she earned her National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist, and in 2015 she earned the Excel Teacher Award. Rita Platt is the author of Working Hard, Working Happy: Cultivating a Climate of Effort and Joy in the Classroom and is a principal in the St. Croix Falls, SD in Wisconsin.
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