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6 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
26. How to Ask Students to Ask Questions (Why are my students so silent?!?)
Why are my students so silent and what can I do about it?!? How can we invite students to ask questions in ways that actually encourages them to think and inquire about topics they're curious about or need clarification on?
15 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
25. Student Freedom and Getting Outside!
There is so much value in giving students the freedom to explore interesting questions and problems that they're passionate about. How do we do that during remote and hybrid instruction and how to we tamp down our own desires as teachers to have control of the situation. Plus, the value of getting outside and how students can learn while being outside in healthy environments.
33 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
24. Remote Teaching Best Practices
Now that we've done it for a while, let's summarize the best practices we've learned about remote teaching.
53 minutes | Aug 2, 2020
23. Incrementalism vs. Rescue Teaching with Adriana Lopez
We tend to glorify the concept of Rescue teaching or Hero teaching, influencing students through a sudden spectacular action, however learning and growth happen slowly and in small steps through prolonged effort and practice by the students and teacher. Biology and ELD teacher Adriana Lopez talks about the power of Incrementalism in teaching and how to constantly improve student learning by focusing on student improvement, especially during challenging pandemic conditions.
63 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
22. Lessons from Remote Instruction with Rosa Herrera
After 3 months of teaching remotely, what have we learned about what works and what doesn't? Physics and Chemistry teacher Rosa Herrera hops on again to talk about a few of the possible remote learning options and which elements work best for student engagement and learning. We also talk about how to balance in person and remote learning for a hybrid model (or pre-recorded/independent learning and videochat synchronous learning if we're stuck being all remote).
67 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
21. Do Student Personalities or the Systemic Structures Matter More? with Rosa Herrera
The Seed and Soil model has been used to explain why cancer spreads or doesn't in metastasis as well as why species are invasive or not in ecology. Adapting this model to education looks at how much students' internal characteristics (the seed) matters in relation to how much impact the educational system and teacher actions (the soil) have on student success. Physics and Chemistry Teacher Rosa Herrera discusses her own experience as a first generation student and teacher and how her personal characteristics have combined with systemic structures. We also talk about institutional racism and what we can do on an individual level to fight against it.
30 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
20. Remote Learning (what?!?) with Melissa Williams
The term "Remote Learning" becomes suddenly relevant with first grade teacher Melissa Williams while we all practice social distancing, stay on quarantine, and try to avoid spreading coronavirus! Yikes! Let's make the best of this situation!
49 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
19. Best Teaching Practices with Jen Carlomagno
Biology Teacher Jen Carlomagno runs us through how to set up a lesson with consistency and structure and which classroom teaching strategies are best practice for building students' specific academic skills.
61 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
18. Health and Football with Cory Boyd
Health teacher and football coach Cory Boyd educates us on how health curriculum has been updated to meet students needs today and we debate whether football at the high school level is a good thing for kids.
48 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
17. Integrating Art with Eleni Katsaros
How do we make Art relevant to real world applications and integrate it into other academic subjects? Art and Design teacher Eleni Katsaros discusses how to use art to complement other subjects and how she builds other academic skills into her art classes.
48 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
16. Teen Culture 2020
We open 2020 with an emphasis on student voice by talking with three students (Pricila, Mi'Zauni, and Ben) about what life's like today as a teenager. We get into both shallow and deep culture discussing music, tech and social media, memes and internet culture, language, fashion, vaping, issues that matter, and values that are important to our students and teenagers today.
60 minutes | Jan 3, 2020
15. Life Skills - Assess What Matters Part 3 with Virginia Vogl
Science Teacher Virginia Vogl talks about teaching and assessing life skills in addition to content and how to help students develop the skills of Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Work Ethic, Character, and Cultural Competence
50 minutes | Dec 27, 2019
14. Proficiency Based Education with Carrie Beth McCall
Special Education Teacher Carrie Beth McCall explains the assessment and teaching system of Proficiency Based Education and how it benefits students by providing clear expectations and helps teachers to stop playing the "points game" and focus on student learning.
44 minutes | Dec 20, 2019
13. Assess What Matters with Virginia Vogl (Part 1: Content)
Chemistry teacher Virginia Vogl talks about using assessments to teach what matters and how to assess the things that you believe are most important and have your gradebook reflect that. This is part 1 of 3 of our Assessing What Matters series focusing on Content and content-oriented skills. Part 2 will be about Proficiency Based Education, and then part 3 will cover "soft" skills.
63 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
12. Professionalism and Politics with Mike Spinrad
Social Studies teacher Mike Spinrad details what professionalism looks like in the teaching profession and why it's so important. We then delve into how much politics is appropriate in the high school classroom and how to walk the fine line of encouraging student voice without inserting your own political opinions.
53 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
11. Is PE a real class? with Ben Philpot
Physical Education teacher Ben Philpot advocates for his controversial opinion that PE is actually a real class where students should learn things and explains how PE has evolved to meet the needs of students.
70 minutes | Nov 29, 2019
10. Socialization, Redirection, and Science in 1st Grade with Melissa Williams
Give Thanks with 1st grade teacher Melissa Williams for finding the balance between student socialization and academics. Melissa explains how redirection helps students make positive choices and how to give first graders ownership of their own science experiments.
60 minutes | Nov 22, 2019
9. Expanding Your Classroom and Work/Life Balance with Melissa Havel
Science Teacher Melissa Havel suggests ways to expand the classroom by getting outside with field studies and field trips, then we discuss how to maintain a healthy work/life balance and why interests outside of the classroom make you a better teacher. Finally, Melissa explains her year-long sabbatical cruising on a sailboat with her family.
50 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
8. Project Based Learning with Virginia Vogl
Science teacher Virginia Vogl discusses the process of Project Based Learning and how to give students ownership of their own learning by solving real-world problems and implementing your solutions.
46 minutes | Nov 8, 2019
7. School-wide Structures with Kathy Warren
Assistant Principal Kathy Warren explains how school structures can support students and teachers and goes into detail on three school structures she’s implemented: Freshman Success Team, Learning Lounge, and Tutorial.
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