Episodes

Dec. 21, 2017

Teach to Work with Patty Alper - 177

On today's episode, I am talking with Patty Alper the author of Teach to Work: How a Mentor, a Mentee, and a Project Can Close the Skills Gap in America. Our discussion focuses on the concepts within her book - …

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Dec. 14, 2017

TURN Report with Ellen Bernstein - 176

In this episode, I am talking with Ellen Bernstein about the national TURN report. TURN stands for Teacher Union Reform Network and its stated purpose is "to promote progressive reforms in education and in teacher unions." TURN was founded 20 …

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Dec. 7, 2017

Darya Yegorina & The CleverBooks AR App - 175

Today, I'm talking with Darya Yegorina. She has developed an app that makes learning fun through books and AR (augmented reality). Not only is it cool to use it's also free. Yep. That's right free. Its all about promoting equality …

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Nov. 29, 2017

Marching Off the Map with Andrew McPeak - 174

Marching Off the Map and the Travel Guide Andrew McPeak Today, I am talking with Andrew McPeak who co-wrote Marching Off the Map with Dr. Tim Elmore. Marching Off the Map takes a peek at the "world's newest generation of …

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Nov. 21, 2017

Closing Thoughts About Primary Sources and Jim Spradley's Interview -…

In this episode I draw to a close the series that began with Episode 165 concerning Primary and Secondary sources of information. I share three reasons why primary sources are important in the classroom, I explain three ways to use …

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Nov. 14, 2017

Jim Spradley & Early Business Ventures - 172

Jim was born in Dooley County, Georgia in 1923. This is the part 4 of 4. This episode focuses on his early business ventures following WWII and into the 1960's. In this segment listen for Jim to talk about working …

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Nov. 8, 2017

Reflections on Jim's Comments about his Military Service in WWII - 171

Last week you heard Jim talk about the importance of education in his life. This week Jim talks about his experience in the Navy and his role in World War II. Remember that Jim is a primary source. He is …

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Oct. 31, 2017

Jim Spradley-Part 3; Military Service & World War II - 170

This is part 3 of my interview of Jim Spradley. Today we are talking about his military experience in World War II. Here are some samples from our discussion: How Jim ended up in the Navy. What he was trained …

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Oct. 25, 2017

Reflections on Jim's Comments, part 2 - 169

This is my reflection on part 2 of my interview with Jim Spradley. If you haven't listened to Part 1, it is episode 166. His focus during this segment of the interview is the importance of school. He wanted to …

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Oct. 18, 2017

Jim Spradley - Child of Sharecroppers - Education, part 2 - 168

This is part 2 of my interview with Jim Spradley. He was born in 1923 in south Georgia. He is in his 90's. Today we are talking about education and a desire to go to school. Jim mentions books that …

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Oct. 14, 2017

Reflections on Jim's Comments - 167

In episode 165 I talked about the upcoming series of shows that would be focused on my interview with Mr. Jim Spradley. In the first segment of the interview (episode 166), Jim shares his thoughts about growing up in rural …

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Oct. 10, 2017

Jim Spradley - Child of Sharecroppers - Rural Georgia - 166

Mr. Jim Spradley was born in 1923. He was the child of sharecroppers in Dooly County, Georgia. This is the first part of my interview with Jim. At the time of this interview he was 91 years old. (By the …

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Oct. 4, 2017

Primary vs Secondary Resources - 165

Do you take time to explain the difference between primary and secondary sources of information to your classes? Do you require the kids to learn to use primary sources not just secondary? Today I will introduce you to the difference …

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Sept. 28, 2017

Homework - 164

Do you give homework? If so, do you know why you give homework? Today's discussion centers around questioning why we give homework. I talk about 3 great reasons for giving homework and 5 problematic reasons. Additionally, I speak to understanding …

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Sept. 19, 2017

Corey Knight & Classroom Tech Made Simple - 163

Corey Knight is a middle school science teacher in Indiana. He also has created a way for you to get started in using technology in the classroom. Even though he has had offers to leave the classroom (since he knows …

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Sept. 12, 2017

Sargy Letuchy & The Visual Edge - 162

Sargy Letuchy is a teacher in suburban Chicago and he has created a book that will hook you up with excellent graphic organizers to help you get the kids to a greater level of understanding. I like to find tools …

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Sept. 5, 2017

John Tibbetts 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year - 161

John Tibbetts is a 21-year veteran of the US Army and he is now the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year. He served in combat as a tank commander in Desert Storm, was deployed to Turkey in the Iraq War …

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Aug. 29, 2017

Procedures for Electronic Devices - 160

Do you have procedures for the electronic devices that the students use in your classroom? Now I don't mean the cell phones and other technology that the kids bring. I'm talking about the laptops, chromebooks/netbooks, and calculators that you have …

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Aug. 22, 2017

Attendance, part 2 - 159

Attendance, part 2 - Paying attention and following up. This is a continuation of episode 158 where I talked about the importance of taking attendance. I have seen adults take forever to determine if all kids are in class or …

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Aug. 15, 2017

Attendance - 158

Taking attendance is very important, but it shouldn't take you more than a minute or two. If it is taking you 5 or more minutes then you may be avoiding starting class. 3 Don'ts in taking attendance: 1. Don't take …

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Aug. 8, 2017

First Day of School - 157

The first day and week of school and what you need to do to be ready. Wow! Is it that time already? The first day and week of school are so very important. Kids and teachers, believe it or not, …

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July 31, 2017

Not My Job, part 2 - 156

In episode 155, I introduced the idea that there are many aspects of our jobs as educators that we do not get paid to do. Instead, these details are expected. I talked about these three areas for example: 1. Connect …

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July 23, 2017

Not My Job - 155

So what do we get paid to do as educators? When you sign on to work in schools there may be things that you are expected to do that you didn't realize were part of the job. Do we get …

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July 17, 2017

Why do you do what you do? - 154

Why do you do what you do? Have you thought about it? If so or if not, how could you use those thoughts to keep you focused on what matters? I recently read Simon Sinek's book, Start With Why. Simon …

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