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68 minutes | May 7, 2016
Top Tools For First Year Teachers --TTL18
Welcome everyone to Teachers Talk Live, the podcast for K12 solutions! On episode 18 we want to gear up upcoming teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. As educators, we know full well the challenge that faces a first year teacher for their entire first year. There’s no sugarcoating it! It’ll be tough! But the good news is that it gets easier after that! On tonight’s show our panelists and online chatters will provide essential resources that all first year teachers should have. We have on the show Lee Araoz, Carrie Baughcum, Tandy Caraway, Carina Hilbert, Josie Mittleman and Scott Rosenkranz. We want to cover the best books you should read, the staff development you should seek out, the type of supports you should have in schools, in social media and at home. Here's a little more about our education experts: Lee Araoz is a K-12 instructional technology coordinator/coach, staff developer and teacher. He instills a love of learning in his students, while making positive connections and setting high expectations. Using innovative teaching methods, and creating a nurturing classroom environment, Lee has managed to make learning fun for students in his classes and professional development sessions over the last 27 years. Carrie Baughcum - @heckawesome - Momma. Wife. Mismatch Sock Wearer. Doodler. Special Education Teacher. Learning Enthusiast. Inspiration Junkie...She thinks life, learning and doodling are HECK AWESOME! Tandy Caraway has been helping students to excel academically and to reach their educational goals, for over 16 years, by using student-centered instructional methodologies. She began her instructional career by coordinating an after-school program at her high school alma mater. Since that time she has tutored and instructed hundreds of students, leaving them with a renewed sense of self-efficacy and self-confidence. Tandy has experienced high rates of success with all types of students, although at-risk students are seemingly her specialty. Tandy’s colleagues describe her as an enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated teacher who demonstrates a sincere interest in her students as individuals. This passion and tenacity has earned her national and local accolades such as ABCTE Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention, FBLA District Adviser of the Year, and the Spot Success Award and Teacher of the Year at her school
52 minutes | Apr 2, 2016
ADHD in K12 Classrooms --TTL 17
On episode 17 we are talking ADHD in the classrooms. We want to help teachers, parents and community members gain a deep understanding of ADHD, how to manage it for the benefit of the students and current policy in 2016. The four main questions I’d like to address with the panelists are the following: 1) What do ADHD accommodations look like at your school and what should they look like? 2) What should parents know about ADHD, its diagnosis and their child’s rights at school? 3) What are the biggest misconceptions of students suspected of having ADHD or students with the diagnosis? 5) How do students with an ADHD diagnosis qualify for 504 accommodations or special services? And what’s the difference? You may have more so chat us up or leave us a comment at TeachCow.com. We try to answer all questions if not during our live show, then later on at the site. Resources announced on the show are: Stress Busting a student self-assessment workbook on stress management free when you subscribe to the newsletter at counselorgames.com KidConnect is an app designed to be used by students who struggle with emotional regulation--so that's every kid! But in particular we are targeting the tough kiddos whose behavior often removes them from classes and from life-because they just can't keep it together. These are kids with ADHD, Autism, Emotional and Behavioral disabilities. It's designed to be used right in the classroom and in the moment so that kids learn the skills where they need to use them. It has a lot of cool features for kids and teachers. It can be customized for each kid-and tracks and stores data-so it's easy for the teacher to know that it is working! We've seen some amazing results. Find it at the KidConnect site Guests on the show are Lori Jackson is an educational psychologist with over 17 years of experience working with students,families and teachers in public and private schools. Jackson has extensive experience working with students whose behaviors interfere with their strong cognitive skills and often require their removal from regular classrooms. Teachers, parents & administrators are frustrat
2 minutes | Mar 29, 2016
How does ADHD impact your K12 classroom? (PRECAST 17)
Hi, this is Oscar Cielos Staton from Teachers Talk Live with our precast on ADHD in K12 Classrooms. Our upcoming show on ADHD will be our 17th episode of Teachers Talk Live and a special one that I hope helps teachers and parents further understand the needs of students with ADHD in our schools. We want to inform the public more about what it is. How it is diagnosed and how certain behaviors from a child may be misconstrued as ADHD. What are the steps we take as parents? These are the questions we want to address on the upcoming show. We will ask our panelists and members of our YouTube Live chat the following questions: What do ADHD accommodations look like at your school and what should they look like? What should parents know about ADHD, its diagnosis and their child’s rights at school? What are the biggest misconceptions of students suspected of having ADHD or students with the diagnosis? How do students with an ADHD diagnosis qualify for 504 accommodations or special services? And what’s the difference? Join us and help educate parents, teachers, students and the community on ADHD in the K12 classrooms. You can join in through YouTube live by following our link at TeachCow.com this Thursday, May 31 at 7PM Central. Thank you!
70 minutes | Mar 10, 2016
Educating African American Girls in K12: Understanding and earning their respect to maximize education - TTL16
On Episode 16, we are talking about African American girls in K12 education and particularly the alarming findings by Kimberly Williams Crenshaw and associates in the study "Black Girls Matter" and what we can do to make their situation better…really so they can thrive in school. We took on this topic at Teachers Talk Live because, frankly, it isn’t something we have heard very much on a national level. We hear efforts being made to assist African American but the focus seems to be on the males. According to the research, black male students are most frequently suspended and likely to receive harsh punishments at school disproportionally. BUT there is a bigger disparity in punishment between black and white girls than the disparity between black and white boys. In fact, black girls are six times more likely to be suspended than white girls. Black boys, on the other hand, are three times more likely to be suspended than white boys. GUESTS: Vashti Dubois, Camile Earle, Felicia Meadows and Michael Washington Vashti Dubois currently serves as the Executive Director and Founder of a new institution The Colored Girls Museum which focuses on celebrating the achievements and perspectives of the ordinary extraordinary colored girl. She also serves as a literacy coach for Philadelphia's Out of School Time Initiative supporting programs in the after school in Philadelphia. DuBois has over thirty years of experience working in the non profits and much of her work has centered on the educational and socioeconomic needs of black women and girls.Learning to read was her first political act, and that power to navigate through real and imagined worlds informs her creative pursuits. When not lost in a book, she is curating, directing and producing theater events which deal with social and cultural issues. Her recent work often casts the environment as a principle actor, and incorporates multiple artists and art disciplines in that conception to render an enlivening final product.The Colored Girls Museum is committed to empowering women and girls from the inside out. DuBois believes that we can dramatically improve the spiritual, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions of all communities by supporting women and girls at every stage of their development-- education is critical. w She /DuBois is the former Executive Director of Tree House Books A Literary Café in North
4 minutes | Mar 3, 2016
What About Black GIrls? Awareness and understanding the challenges they face in K12 public education (PRECAST 16)
Hi This is Oscar Cielos Staton with your precast on Educating African American Girls. Our talk on March 9th will provide more insight and a deeper perspective than this humble male Honduran immigrant can provide. But nonetheless it is my goal today to get you to start thinking more on this topic and preparing your questions for our upcoming talk. I ask what about black girls here because awareness (justifiably so) is growing on the racial disparities facing people of color in U.S. education and efforts are being made in some communities to lift up students of color BUT there is less awareness on girls of color specifically. Before I go on, let me just say that for the sake of brevity, I’m aware I’m throwing around simple terms like white and black, while there is more complexity than that in the definition. I apologize in advance if it offends anyone as that is definitely NOT the goal here. In addition, I’m focusing only on the African American plight here even though my Hispanic Americans are also facing similar challenges. I want to address this on a separate show. I also want to address the challenges all minorities face in public education in future shows. Let’s get back to the African American girls! According to the research, black male students are most frequently suspended and likely to receive harsh punishments at school disproportionally. BUT there is a bigger disparity in punishment between black and white girls than the disparity between black and white boys. In fact, black girls are six times more likely to be suspended than white girls. Black boys, on the other hand, are three times more likely to be suspended than white boys. You hear the outcry for mentoring and programs for African American students across the country. It’s necessary when we know suspensions and expulsion from school are related to long term consequences like involvement in the criminal justice system, and not the good kind of involvement. But intervention formulated so far may help address racial or cultural particularities but is it specific about gender? A very important piece of this topic is the study by Columbia University law professor Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Prisciall Ocen and Jyoti Nanda. It says: “If the challenges facing g
64 minutes | Feb 26, 2016
TTL15 - How to Empower Teachers so they can then empower students and keep doing great work long term
On this talk, we have a topic on today’s show is one that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s a big part of why I decided to create the Teach Cow Network and our weekly panel of educators on Teachers Talk Live. We are talking Teacher Empowerment!!! Teacher empowerment in my own terms is the right for a teacher to have input and participation in the goals and policies that govern their own classroom and dictate how and what they are going to teach. We have some accomplished educators here to discuss a positive approach to make a path for teacher longevity with professional success and satisfaction. We will discuss what teachers can do for themselves and colleagues, as well as their limitations. We will discuss what administrators can be doing to empower teachers more, as well as their own limitations. Then I’d like for us to look at the bigger picture: The politics in education and how that impacts the overall discussion. We all have a different but important story to tell as an educator. That’s why I’m inviting live participants to contribute to the discussion through our chat. You’ll find the link at TeachCow.com/live. It’s my hope that teachers, administrators, parents and others invested in education can walk away from this talk with some great ideas and tools on how to empower more teachers not only in their local campus but maybe on a larger scale. Let’s do more for education. Without further ado, I know you want to hear from the amazing panelists we have on today’s show. GUESTS: Edsel Clark, A husband, father of three and educational leader for the past 15 years. He has played an active role in nearly all facets of education. Starting his career as a high school math teacher, he has since held positions in school administration, district leadership and as a graduate level faculty member. A first generation college graduate, he holds advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and Administration, having completed his research on Servant Leadership and earned his doctorate in 2011 through Aurora University. He has extensive experience in program evaluation, strategic planning, curriculum development, and leadership training and serves as a consultant for schools and educational technology companies. Follow him @edselclark Meghan Everette
6 minutes | Feb 21, 2016
PRECAST 15 - Teacher Empowerment: Fostering leadership and creativity for long term success
Hi this is Oscar Cielos Staton with the precast for Episode 15 on teacher empowerment. Here I will present some ideas and talking points that will be expanded in the next episode with a roundtable of panelists on this very topic. Bolin, referenced in the show notes, wrote that “teacher empowerment is defined as investing teachers with the right to participate in the determination of school goals and policies and to exercise professional judgment about what and how to teach” (p. 82) To empower a teacher, all that’s required is some sense of participation in the goals and policies that affect what and how they teach. For the purpose of this precast I will make a clear distinction between self empowerment and teacher empowerment by others. Let’s talk about teacher empowerment by others first. Under this category, it can come either from the higher up administrators OR it can come from fellow teachers. So, the administration at the site, most would agree, is crucial in settting the climate of a school in respect to how comfortable the teachers feel in maintaning their individuality and professional autonomy while still meeting the overall vision of the school. What does that look like in a climate of support, respect and trust? The teacher feels safe to explore and experiment with innovative ways to meet the needs of his or her students. They meet challenges head on and feel safe in reaching out to fellow colleagues, administration and even the community at large for assistance. Empowered teachers feel very much like an integral part of the school and feel that they are thriving as professionals. They are loyal members of a team that plans to be there long term. How does a principal make that happen? It takes a big leap of faith to let go of a tight grip when it’s ultimately you on the line. But consider for a moment the type of talent and experience that may be untapped among your teachers. These might be the folks that might not want to rock the boat or show you their peacock colors. You might have among you the difference between an average or below average school and a top rated leading school in your district. As Helen Keller once said: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” How do you loosen the grip? Come into classrooms and offer to collaborate with the teacher, not just observe and take notes. Look for innovation and tap those teachers to s
62 minutes | Feb 11, 2016
TTL14 - Effective Teacher Parent Communication...Social Media and Innovation to keep positive relationships!
On this talk, we are discussing Effective Teacher-Parent communication in our schools and how we can promote it. On the panel, we have accomplished educators on this very subject. They highlight specific strategies and tools to foster strong communication between teachers and parents. The panelists are experts in innovation. Two of them have even published a book on the subject titled Your School Rocks... So Tell People! Passionately Pitch and Promote the Positives Happening on Your Campus Where does effective teacher-parent communication rank in importance to you? We encourage your questions/comments/feedback and to get in touch with our panelists willing to help with your school's initiatives! GUESTS: Zack Clancy teaches middles school Special Education at the Bruce Randolph School in Denver, Colorado. He has worked in education for 13 years. In addition to being a doctoral candidate in educational studies at the University of Northern Colorado, Zack also hosts the podcast Teacher Talk with Zack Clancy. Eric Lowe is the principal of Beaver Local Middle School located in East Liverpool, Ohio. He began as an elementary teacher, where he taught for ten years while coaching baseball. He has served as the district athletic director for the past nine years and been involved in administration for the past six years. Eric is a graduate of Kent State University and Youngstown State University. He is passionate about making school about learning and fun, while promoting the positives that go on in our schools. He also feels strongly that we must view the world of education with optimistic glasses in order to enable us to push others to reach their maximum potential. Eric lives in East Liverpool, Ohio, with his wife Sarah. He is the Co-Author of Your School Rocks... So Tell People! Passionately Pitch and Promote the Positives Happening on Your Campus. Chad Malcolm is Assist
7 minutes | Feb 6, 2016
PRECAST TTL14 - What is the research on effective teacher-parent communication?
Educator/Podcaster Zack Clancy from Teacher Talk with Zack Clancy takes over the precast to highlights some of the current findings in effective teacher-parent communication research. The evidence on community diversity vs. diversity in educators is eye opening. This episode is a must in preparing you for the conversation on February 10, 2016 as we go live to have a formal talk with several amazing panelists on this topic. Tune in at TeachCow.com/live or catch Episode 14 on iTunes or Stitcher! Follow @TeacherTalkWZC to learn more about Teacher Talk with Zack Clancy!
63 minutes | Feb 5, 2016
TTL13 - Maximizing the Coach Teacher Relationship. Implementing, receiving, administering coaching in your K12 schools...
On this talk, we will have expert panelists discussing how to establish and nurture the most productive Coach-Teacher relationships for maximum productivity and growth. We will examine best practices for coaches and teachers on how best to interact and collaborate. We will discuss the benefits to a teacher teaming up with a teacher coach and the great outcomes we can see in the students. We will also tackle concerns or hesitations a teacher may have into entering this type of collaboration and then find ways to ease that concern. We discuss the role of the instructional coach in depth as we have some experienced, on the ground coaches with us that can speak to the challenges and solutions faced by coaches, teachers and districts in implementing instructional coaches within schools. GUESTS: Lee Araoz is an Instructional Technology Coordinator/Coach, staff developer and teacher with 27 years experience in the classroom. He is a proponent of passion based learning for students and teachers. Follow him @LeeAraoz Coach Ben (aka Ben Cogswell) is an EdTeach Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Alisal Union School District in Salinas, CA, which includes 12 k6 schools. Previously he was an academic coach at Tiburcio Vasquez Elementary. He is also one of the founding moderators on team #TOSAchat @TOSAchat Follow him @Cogswell_ben Amanda Haughs is an Elementary Math and Technology Integration Coach for Campbell Union School District in California. Haugh's curriculum planning and delivery is supported by the use of technology as a toll to differentiate instruction and to access student engagement and critical thinking skills. As a Google Certified Educator and 2015-1016 PBS Learning Media Lead Digital Innovator, Haughs is passionate about the power of technology for personalizing and enhancing learning experiences for all students. Follow her @mshaughs Kelly Martin is a lover of all things Google, Twitter and pretty much everything EdTech. She is a level 2 Google Educator, a Remind Connected Educator and co-creator of the Twitter chat #TOSAChat. Currently, she supports over 60 teachers by assisting in upgrading their pedagogy with educational technology in a 1:1 Chromebook district. Before her current role, Kelly taught grades 3, 4 and 5 over 7 years in the classroom. Follow her @kmartintahoe Karly Moura is a TOSA/Instructional Coach & Educational Technology
4 minutes | Jan 29, 2016
PRECAST TTL13 - Getting the most out of Coach - Teacher Relationships
This is the Teachers Talk Live precast for our episode 13: Maximizing Coach – Teacher relationships. I’m Oscar Cielos Staton. @TeachCow What we hope to achieve through our upcoming program is to provide tips and ideas for teachers, coaches and their administrations on how to foster healthy and collaborative relationships as these two roles interface. We asked for online input and we received some wonderful responses from teachers and coaches alike. Building trust seemed to be an important component along with transparency and organization. One of my favorite responses comes from Gretchen Schultek @GSchultek who said “Realize that you both have something to offer to the relationship so it’s a give and take…not a tell and do.” I really appreciate the insight that a coach may have just as much to learn from a teacher. Karly Moura @KarlyMoura makes the important point that a coach must listen or as she says “Really listen” to the teacher before giving advice, tips or resources because they may be ina completely different place than we assumed them to be. “We” meaning coaches. I thought this was important to know because just like with our younger students, you never know what might be going on without taking the time to listen and understand. Colin Ward @ColinWard18 said that “building on successes is always more productive than merely Highlighting errors to be corrected.” That also struck a cord with me because it speaks to the tone of all the responses…meaning positivity. It happens at many schools that coaches are suddenly thrust onto a campus with the idea that they will correct the shortcomings, deficiencies in some teachers and totally do a 180 on labeled problem teachers. I think coaches face the difficult delicate task of somehow gaining the trust of teachers enough to come in their classroom, observe, provide input and maybe even take over some of their lessons. They must do this in a way that doesn’t seem invasive and doesn’t affect the pride of that teacher and their craft. They must also be able to navigate a relationship where they don’t project themselves as the subject matter expert to a more seasoned teacher while at the same time exude that expertise with a teacher that needs that support and confidence. Teachers on the other hand, need to be open to assistance. They need to be able to be reflective in their teaching and be able to commun
65 minutes | Jan 28, 2016
TTL12 - Teaming Up with Hispanic Parents. Learn the culture and nuances to get these parents on your school team!
In this episode we discuss ways to maximize collaboration between teachers and parents. Particularly, we delve into the culture and nuances that all teachers should know to make sure they have a productive relationship with Hispanic parents at school. We will discover they can be quite and asset and ally in making sure students are producing for the classroom. Our panelists are experienced educators with a unique perspective on how to nurture these particular teacher-parent relationships and as they admit themselves: there are many variations! When we discuss Hispanic parents here, we speak from experiences and observations made from our schools in Florida, Texas and California. Our guests for this episode recorded on January 27, 2016 are: Roberts Christie. He is an English teacher, Leadership, Site Coordinator Apex Learning, Collaboration works, #GAFE, Google Educator, Husband, Father. He is making hope happen in San Bernadino, California. Follow him on Twitter @MrCSierra Avelina Damonte. She was born in New York but grew up in Argentina. Her last move was to Canada where she met her husband and moved to Florida. She earned her Masters in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix. She teaches online for a charter school system in middle and high school. Follow her on Twitter @MrsDSSClass Vilma Godoy. She is an English teacher at Shelby County High School in Shelbyville, Kentucky. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Northridge and a Masters in Literacy Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. She is originally from Guatemala but was raised in California. She recently set roots in Kentucky. She is an advocate for Hispanic students and community members. Follow her on Twitter @v_johana11 Lauren Lintelman. She is a 5th grade Bilingual Teacher in Dallas, Texas. She teaches in both English and Spanish and has taught all subject areas. 2015-2016 is her 7th year teaching in a low socioeconomic, high needs school with majority Hispanic and African American students. Oscar Cielos Staton is the moderator. He began his teaching career in 1998 while continuing his passion for film production in Texas. He quickly developed an affinity for working with low socioeconomic Hispanic families. "The lives of my students," he says "very much mirror the life I once had as an immigrant in this country in a pu
5 minutes | Dec 16, 2015
PRECAST TTL12 - Teachers Connecting with Hispanic Parents for Optimum Student Productivity
The purpose of this Teachers Talk Live Precast is to highlight some best practices on how to work most effectively with Hispanic families as an educator. My name is Oscar Cielos Staton, host of Teachers Talk Live and CEO of the TeachCow Network. More at TeachCow.com First and foremost, keep in mind that recommendations made here are generalizations that although based on research and experience, can vary due to individualities such as socioeconomic status, nationality and more. Hispanic parents are very diverse and come from many countries with varied cultures. With that qualifier out of the way, one of the key points to keep in mind is that Hispanic families dislike impersonal and formal. Simply sending out newsletters and notes home is not the most productive route. It’s recommended that you connect one on one with them before you get into the business of their child’s education. You need to establish that personal trust to get the most cooperation. Once you have established that personal connection with them, they will be very valuable allies as the school year progresses in achieving your education goals for their child. One idea I’ve always implemented in my classrooms is hosting a Tostada party at the beginning of the school year. You assign every parent an ingredient to bring to your party: shells, cut tomatoes chunks, cut onions, cooked ground meat, cheese, salsa, sour cream and any other ingredient you may want to add to a delicious tostada. Parents will be happy to attend if you set the date and time when it’s most accommodating to the families. Tostadas are specific to Mexican-American families but any family can appreciate and enjoy them. I suppose you could substitute tostadas with any other dish that’s as simple to make and serve yourself as this one. During the party you want to make sure not to talk shop and just spend time getting to know the families and even answer questions on how the classroom is run. If you don’t speak any Spanish and they don’t speak English, bring in someone from the front office or a friend that will be willing to translate for you. If not, the students may be able to bridge that language gap for you. Tell them as much personal information as you’re willing to share as many may feel it’s intrusive or impolite to ask.Oh! and hopefully you’re hosting the party in your classroom, so the parents can bond and acclimate themselves with the space at w
5 minutes | Dec 15, 2015
PRECAST TTL11 - The master plan to get quality substitute teachers for a productive teaching day
When a teacher has to be absent, at times it can seem like it will just become a babysitting day in the classroom. This doesn't have to be the case if there is always a strong substitute lesson plan ready to go in the classroom. Teachers can achieve the inner peace knowing their students will be in good capable hands. With the tips provided in this episode, we are well on our way to establishing a substitute plan that will minimize the typical problems teachers may have in preparing.
44 minutes | Dec 13, 2015
TTL11 - Get the most from your Substitute Teacher: Admininstration, teachers and substitute teachers come up with solutions together!
How can you make sure your day is productive when you're away as a teacher? What do you need from a substitute and what do they need from you? In this episode we show you strategies to maximize effectiveness in the substitute school day and how to best prepare for positive outcomes.
61 minutes | Nov 22, 2015
TTL10 - Beating Teacher Stress: How to be an Effective and Happy Teacher
As teachers, how do we manage all our classroom to dos including grading, school data management, campus responsibilities, communications, behavior management, etc while maximizing our teaching without breaking down or running out of juice? How do we keep good teachers from burning out and leaving the profession while helping others figure out a way forward when they've truly searched their soul and found teaching may not be their calling? Join our panelists by chatting with us live at TeachCow.com and let's find solutions! Our panelists this time around are: Chasity Strawder has been an educator for over 10 years. She was formerly an elementary teacher in Michigan, and now she is pursuing a future career as a school administrator. Chasity is also an author and a motivational speaker. Dan Van Der Vieren (@RTBCoaching) is a second-year math teacher who teaches in rural Colorado. He lives in Fort Morgan, CO with his wife and son. He is finishing his Master's degree from University of Colorado Denver. He has taught developmental math at the community college level for two years before acquiring a secondary teacher's license. He also manages a tutoring business called Raising The Bar Academic Coaching, a two-year-old company that serves several communities in Colorado. He plays and composes classical fingerstyle guitar in his free time. His personal aspirations include being a speaker on TEDx or TED and becoming Colorado Teacher of the Year during my teaching career. Bradley Weinstein (@teachergoals) is a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Zionsville West Middle School. He also serves as the STEM department chair and cross country coach. He is the creator of @teachergoals and often hashtag #teachergoals. Innovation and thinking outside of the box are his goals. Grace Wilhelm (@counselorgrames) is a National Board Certified Counselor with over sixteen years experience. She enthusiastically presents to counselors, teachers, youth workers, and parents on anger, stress, crises intervention, communication, data, counseling programs, play sessions, and more. Mrs. Wilhelm has been awarded ASCA National School Counselor of the Year Semifinalist, RAMP, and FLDOE Parent Involvement Award. She has written student workbooks on anger control and stress management. She has completed two DVDs on Games and Play to Enhance Counseling and Teaching Strategies: Creative Ways to Engage Students in Small Grou
7 minutes | Nov 12, 2015
PRECAST TTL10: Beating Teacher Stress OR How to be an effective and happy teacher
Stress management at work and anxiety can build up beyond a point of no return. If you're a teacher out there who is stressed out, we hear you! We're one of you. We hope you find comraderie in our conversation that goes live at TeachCow.com on November 18, 2015. Hello my name is Oscar Cielos Staton, host of Teachers Talk Live and this is our Teacher Stress PreCast in anticipation of our November 18th live show! I’ve been lucky to be part of the US public education system now since 1998. Since then my travels have exposed me to the ways of Texas teaching, California, some North Carolina and now Massachussetts. I taught in Texas until 2012 and then went on to teach in California until 2014. I can tell you from self experience teacher stress is alive and real! I gotta tell you though: admitting you’re stressed doesn’t mean you’re less effective or less powerful in what you do. It doesn’t mean this at all. If we’re realistic about this…. the job is intense and it’s impacted more by the fact that the people that ultimately control the profession are not required to have a background in education. But I don’t have to tell you this and that’s not what we’re here to talk about. Our topic is teacher stress so let’s get back to that. In teaching there can be deadlines, demands on initiatives not properly rolled out, subpar or little professional development opportunities, massive paperwork, tons of grading, not to mention the increasing loss of professional autonomy… In anticipation of our live show titled Beating Teacher Stress, we hope to seek out ideas, solutions and some basic understanding that teachers out there can hear and know there are others…you are not alone and no matter how difficult your situation may be, there are ways to overcome and still do the right thing for your students. Regardless of the stressors, most teachers keep laser focus on their students because they understand they come first. No teacher is there for the recognition, the money, the prestige… To get a better understanding in preparation for the show, I read a few articles and sought out teacher input by way of a survey on TeachCow.com. I’ve received some interesting results that I want to share here. But first I want to quote one of these articles. In a report by Lindsey Layton on the Washington Post, Randi Weingarten (American Federation of Teachers president ) was quoted as saying: “
2 minutes | Nov 6, 2015
TTL9 - Collaboration for Better Teaching
How do we maintain innovation at our schools? How do we get our school teachers to collaborate and raise everyone's game? In episode 9 of Teachers Talk Live, we discuss innovative ways of creating a community of collaboration with every education profession in your campus even when you think your personal differences could get in the way. We explore how to establish a strong collaborative community of learners within the teachers, students and community at large. We explore informal social meetings, empowering teachers and supporting their confidence and creating safe spaces for all to feel free to share. Sharing is caring! Our panelists and chatters at TeachCow.com will contribute the latest and greatest in innovation. You will hear from Meg Flanagan, Carina Hilbert and Sherbet Miller-Payton. Below you may learn about them and how to make contact on Twitter! Meg Flanagan is a teacher and education blogger who thrives on collaborative teaching and learning. She holds an M.Ed in Special Education as well as a BS in Elementary Education. She has taught, and is certified in, CA, VA, and MA in both areas. Meg blogs at MilKids Education Consulting on all topics education, teaching, and military kids. @MilKidsEd Carina Hilbert is an eighth grade ELA teacher in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is in her tenth year of teaching and has taught in urban, suburban, and rural schools and every level from remedial to Advanced Placement. She earned her master's degree in teaching TESOL from the University of Southern California's Rossier Online program last May and is ecstatic about getting to teach English again after a hiatus of teaching only Spanish for two years. She resides in Kalamazoo with her two children and a very loud cat. @CarinaHilbert Sherbet Miller-Payton -- After teaching high school literature for 14 years, Shervette Miller-Payton now serves as an assistant principal where she continues advocating transformative technology and authentic assessments. In addition to being a doctoral student at University of Georgia, she connects with educators on Twitter and Voxer @ATLTeacher.
68 minutes | Oct 30, 2015
TTL8 - Bullying in the Higher Grades
How do we empower our students struggling in the higher grades and beyond? How do we minimize harmful cyberbullying? How do we encourage tolerance and teach empathy? What about actual teacher bullying and the bullying of LGBT students? What role do the schools have in all this? If you'd like to see the video version and all the resources, head over to TeachCow.com and click Teachers Talk Live! Our panelists are: Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author, Speaker, Educator two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach grew up as a student-athlete. However, Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Dan has now successfully completed fourteen years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Special Education in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school where he was chosen by the AFT-CT as the face and voice of educational reform. Dan was with the team that put forth Connecticut’s new Social Studies Frameworks and is also a member of the Special Education Advisory Board to the Connecticut State Department of Education. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Writing Project. Finally, Dan is a double veteran of the Army and the Air Force.Because Dan’s students repeatedly asked him to write a book to tell others what he tells them, Dan finally listened and has now authored the Granddaddy’s Secrets teen leadership book series. His first book Feeling Lucky? is available at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ocr9pze. Dan is currently writing a second edition for his second book, Feeling Good. His third book of the Granddaddy’s Secrets series,Feeling Strong! will be out next year. His academia books on writing lesson plans for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities that align with the Common Core, and his other on evaluating professional development should be out this fall and winter.As an educator, coach, tutor, author, speaker, life coach, columnist, blogger and parent Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and family dog, Daisy in Connecticut. Julie Fantinato has been an Elementary Guidance Teacher/Counsellor for the past 17 years, and a teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School board since 1991. She has been on the Board of the Ontario School Counsellors Association fo
44 minutes | Oct 23, 2015
TTL7 - Exploring Learning Styles
Let's explore learning styles and how they are used in the classroom. How do we maximize the benefits from this knowledge? Are there limitations to learning styles as has been debated by well respected educators and researchers? Let's explore the research and become better equipped for our 21st century students. Our panelists Carrie Baughcum, Mario Stamegna and Zack Clancy do a fantastic job of immersing us in this important topic! Learn more about them below: Carrie Baughcum - @heckawesome - Momma. Wife. Mismatch Sock Wearer. Doodler. Special Education Teacher. Learning Enthusiast. Inspiration Junkie...I think life, learning and doodling are HECK AWESOME! Mario Stamegna - @mrstamegna has been teaching for over 6 years with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Teaching is a second career and before he went into teaching, he held a variety of positions from restaurant entrepreneur to professional musician. He is currently working towards his Teacher Level I Google Certification. Zack Clancy - @TeacherTalkwZC has taught special-ed students for 12 years. He is working on his doctorate in education and publishes a podcast about education called Teacher Talk with Zack Clancy every two weeks.
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