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26. How to Ask Students to Ask Questions (Why are my students so silent?!?)

26. How to Ask Students to Ask Questions (Why are my students so silent?!?)

December 17, 2020

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?

25. Student Freedom and Getting Outside!

25. Student Freedom and Getting Outside!

December 10, 2020

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.

24. Remote Teaching Best Practices

24. Remote Teaching Best Practices

December 3, 2020

Now that we've done it for a while, let's summarize the best practices we've learned about remote teaching.

23. Incrementalism vs. Rescue Teaching with Adriana Lopez

23. Incrementalism vs. Rescue Teaching with Adriana Lopez

August 2, 2020

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.

22. Lessons from Remote Instruction with Rosa Herrera

22. Lessons from Remote Instruction with Rosa Herrera

July 27, 2020

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).

21. Do Student Personalities or the Systemic Structures Matter More? with Rosa Herrera

21. Do Student Personalities or the Systemic Structures Matter More? with Rosa Herrera

July 24, 2020

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.

20. Remote Learning (what?!?) with Melissa Williams

20. Remote Learning (what?!?) with Melissa Williams

March 18, 2020

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!

19. Best Teaching Practices with Jen Carlomagno

19. Best Teaching Practices with Jen Carlomagno

January 31, 2020

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.

18. Health and Football with Cory Boyd

18. Health and Football with Cory Boyd

January 24, 2020

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.

17. Integrating Art with Eleni Katsaros

17. Integrating Art with Eleni Katsaros

January 17, 2020

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.

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