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Lesson: Impossible - An Exploration of Educational Innovation

Education Podcasts

Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to interviews with educators who are on the forefront of innovative pedagogy. New episodes on Mondays.

Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to interviews with educators who are on the forefront of innovative pedagogy. New episodes on Mondays.

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United States

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to interviews with educators who are on the forefront of innovative pedagogy. New episodes on Mondays.

Twitter:

@avivalevin

Language:

English


Episodes

Agent Drew Thompson (Neurodiversity: sometimes you just need a wiggle and a snack)

10/18/2021
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to use various planning and instructional strategies to support your neurodiverse students. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Drew Thompson, of Organized Minds. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Drew’s personal experiences as a neurodiverse learner and the supports he wished he had received 2️⃣ Scope creep, the dark side of graphic organizers, inductive versus deductive thinking, the value of chunking assignments,...

Duration:00:36:51

Agent Mike Kaechele (SEL through PBL)

10/4/2021
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate Project Based Learning into your teaching to support, among many amazing things, the Social-Emotional Development of your students. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Mike Kaechele. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Responding to school and community needs, such as reacting to an ICE raid, or helping farmers choose their next potato crops 2️⃣ Giving students agency and hope for the future, such as a...

Duration:00:38:07

Agent Orly Klapholz (SLIFE: Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education)

9/20/2021
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to welcome students with limited or interrupted formal education (aka. SLIFE) into your classroom. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Orly Klapholz, co-founder of “Inlier Learning” from Hollywood, Florida. According to the UN, by the end of 2021 as many as half a million people will likely flee Afghanistan. After time spent in refugee camps, many families will resettle in North America and Europe, and I think it’s worth...

Duration:00:35:33

Agents Mealey & Tudisco (Educational Podcasting)

6/21/2021
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider becoming an educational podcaster🧑🏽‍🏫💬. The special agents🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task are co-hosts Mealey and Tudisco of the Unprofessional Development Podcast. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Their origin story and how podcasting has enriched their teaching 2️⃣ Their division of labor and co-hosting dynamic 3️⃣ Their only rule: don’t get fired … as well as Tudisco and Mealey going on many...

Duration:00:37:09

Agent Pawan Dhingra (Hyper Education)

6/7/2021
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to become more culturally competent🌏 by exploring research📙 on the varied educational📝 attitudes and experiences of Asian-American immigrants🔑. The special agent🕵🏽‍♂️assigned to help you with this task is Dr. Pawan Dhingra of Amherst College. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ What Pawan has learned through his research of how some Asian immigrant parents and their children view American school systems 2️⃣ How teachers can...

Duration:00:41:05

Agent Kari Pitstick (Reaching Reluctant Readers)

5/24/2021
🎙 Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is instill a love❤️ of books📚 in even the most reluctant😩reader. The special agent🕵🏻‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is middle school teacher Kari Pitstick of Illinois. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Strategies to help students develop a love of reading 2️⃣ Helping students find appropriate books (content and reading level) 3️⃣ Why she’ll never give up silent reading time Click here for more details about our...

Duration:00:34:34

Agent Steve Capone (Interdisciplinary Teaching)

5/10/2021
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to work with colleagues👩🏼‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫 from different subject areas👩🏾‍🔬👨🏼‍🎨 to create interdisciplinary units 🔢📝🔬 for students. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Steve Capone of Utah. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ How Steve and his team create, plan, implement, teach, and then assess cross-curricular units 2️⃣ The importance of maintaining relationships when collaborating in a multi-disciplinary...

Duration:00:37:37

Agent Shelby Strong (Stop Trashing Math)

4/26/2021
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to celebrate🎉 math🔢 in front of your students as a joyful😃, relevant🗺, and inclusive❤️ subject. The special agent🕵🏻‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is Shelby Strong of New Orleans, Louisiana. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ How “I’m not a math person” is rooted in historical inequities and self-protection 2️⃣ Why the narrative we’ve accepted about math being objective and based in rote memorization is completely...

Duration:00:38:36

Agent Michael Weingarth (Neurodiversity)

4/12/2021
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to support neurodiverse learners👦🏽👩🏾‍🦱👱🏼‍♀️ by better understanding how their brains work 🧠. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Michael Weingarth of Connecticut. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Why we need to assume all learners have undiagnosed learning differences and how our brains work when processing new information 2️⃣ The systematic issues that create a fundamentally flawed educational...

Duration:00:50:55

Agent Craig Frehlich (Virtual Reality)

3/29/2021
🎙 Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate virtual reality👾 into your classroom👨🏻‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫 to enhance student learning🎓. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Craig Frehlich of the Canadian International School in Singapore. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Why VR is a great choice for enriching the curriculum, and current programs that Craig recommends for classroom use 2️⃣ Staying CRISP: VR applications should connect to a...

Duration:00:35:35

Agent Adrienne Barber (Online Primary)

3/15/2021
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to help primary students👧🏻👦🏾🧒🏼 find success in a difficult time🦠 through engaging lessons💻 and responding to their needs🚑. The special agent🕵🏻‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is Adrienne Barber of Milpitas, California☀️. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Strategies for teaching young learners, incorporating physical activity while online, and some helpful apps 2️⃣ Creating strong connections with families and taking...

Duration:00:35:43

Agent Shane Lawrence (Film Studies)

3/1/2021
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to create observant👀 critical thinkers🧠and creative film-makers🎥 through a film studies🎬 program. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Shane Lawrence of Edmonton, Alberta. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ How students grow as critical viewers and thinkers over five years of film studies 2️⃣ Choosing the right films to show (and some horror stories of what happens when you don’t!) 3️⃣ Equipping (literally...

Duration:00:39:27

Agent Lorraine Connell (Teachers v. Leaders?)

12/21/2020
Often, the relationship between teachers and school leaders is framed as adversarial. However, your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to build strong🦾 relationships between administrators🧑🏾‍💻👨‍💻 and teachers👩🏼‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫through empathy🧘🏽‍♂️, transparency🧊 and vulnerability👀. The special agent🕵🏽‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is high school teacher Lorraine Connell. In this episode we discuss: 1️⃣ Why mistakes need to be celebrated 2️⃣ The value of empathy,...

Duration:00:45:55

Agent Charles Williams (Leadership Series: Leading through Covid)

12/14/2020
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to lead through a global pandemic by adapting your routines, supporting your staff, and focusing on self-care. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Charles Williams, Principal of Plato Learning Academy in Chicago and host of the Counter Narrative Podcast. In our conversation, Charles discusses: 1️⃣ Parent perspectives on the pandemic and how Covid has changed how he does his job 2️⃣ Extending grace to students,...

Duration:00:33:33

Agent Joyce Matthews (Leadership Series: Professional Development Leaders)

12/7/2020
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to create powerful and sustainable professional development for your colleagues. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Joyce Matthews. In our conversation, Joyce discusses: 1️⃣ The differences between andragogy (teaching adults) and pedagogy (teaching children) 2️⃣ Why good professional development needs to be self-sustaining 3️⃣ How facilitation allows learners to find their own pathways to their professional...

Duration:01:02:41

MINI MEET A RESOURCE: Clement Townsend of Video Journalism Pro

11/26/2020
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Video Journalism Pro, an online mentoring program that allows students to develop, produce and distribute their own stories. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Clement Townsend, founder of Broadcasting Career Mentor. In our conversation, Clement discusses: 1️⃣ Building a media program, and school brand, with technology students already have access to 2️⃣ The impact of having an expert...

Duration:00:20:43

Agent Merlyna Valentine (Leadership Series: Overcoming Obstacles)

11/23/2020
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to face unexpected challenges with a positive mindset, transparency, and humor. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Merlyna Valentine of Louisiana. In our conversation, Merlyna discusses: 1️⃣ Leading by building relationships, being transparent, exuding positive energy, and using humor 2️⃣ Being willing to talk about the elephant in the room, whether it is trauma, illness, physical limitations, or teacher burn-out 3️⃣...

Duration:00:34:07

Agent Craig Randall (Leadership Series: Trust-Based Observations)

11/16/2020
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to use Trust-Based Observations to create relationships with teachers, celebrate their strengths, and encourage innovation. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is author and administrator Craig Randall. In our conversation, Craig discusses: 1️⃣ How current evaluation models aren’t working and the evolution of the trust-based model to what it is today 2️⃣ Creating authentic, teacher-centered observations that build trust...

Duration:00:35:47

Agent Anthony Tyrkala (Leadership Series: School Administration)

11/9/2020
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to cultivate relationships, collegial collaboration, and a positive school culture in your role as school administrator. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Anthony Tyrkala, principal of ACES in Adventura, Florida In our conversation, Anthony discusses: 1️⃣ How he defines his job as an administrator, building relationships with students and staff, the move from teaching to school leadership 2️⃣ Trying to stay positive,...

Duration:00:34:30

Agent Aviva Levin (Improv); recording from The Compassionate Educators Show

11/1/2020
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to engage and motivate your students through improv. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is French and Social Studies teacher, as well as podcast mission coordinator, Aviva Levin. This interview was originally recorded for The Compassionate Educators Show. This week Marie, host of Compassionate Educators, is doing something similar, as she’s airing Aviva’s interview of her as one of her own episodes. In this episode,...

Duration:00:32:23