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028 Retrieval And Summer

Retrieval of information is a demanding cognitive process, and teachers must find instructional approaches that improve later retrieval of learned material. We discuss how different student experiences lead to varied success in retrieval, and how it might affect our choices for the experiences we provide in our classroom. Later, we read an updated analysis of several major standardized tests in the United States. Errors in test administration and analysis led to some mistaken conclusions in...


027 Reading And Metacognition

Open Access Educational Resources (OERs) are an emerging alternative to traditional textbooks, but how do new technologies compare to traditional options? Dr. Virginia Clinton joins us to discuss her recent papers “Savings without sacrifice: a case report on open-source textbook adoption” and “Reading from paper compared to screens: A systematic review and meta‐analysis”. Later, we read a study that examined what kinds of supports teachers in high-achieving classrooms provide for student...


26 Perspectives And Networks

Problems in education are often a complex mix of social, cognitive, and historical processes. Dr. Beth Holland, author of a recent Education Week piece we read, joins us to talk about education perspective. Later, Dr. Holland shares her expertise in studying school networks as we discuss how we can get more from our efforts in working with colleagues. The Peer Review brings us a paper from our listeners that was a favorite from 2018. We read a brief from 100Kin10 about improving...


025 Factories And Cohesion

The notion that “schools are designed like factories” is a pernicious myth in education. Jenn Binis, host of the podcast Ed History 101, joins us to discuss why this narrative is so prevalent and how the myth ends up hurting teachers. Later, we read a paper on how teachers build social capital in their building. Community cohesion is valuable, but too much can lead to some unintended consequences. Outtakes returns when a behind-the-scenes discussion takes a turn for personal reflection. We...


024 Innovation And Highlights

Good teaching requires creativity, but how do we create a supportive environment for innovative teaching? We read an article lays out how an innovation commons allows people to innovate, and we discuss how we could build an innovation commons in education. Later, Youki Terada joins us for an extended Peer Review. Youki has published a round-up of educational research from 2018, and we compare notes on topics like the impact of classroom decoration and complications in the mindset literature....


023 Software And Spaces

Algorithms that effectively guide instruction is the dream of some people… but the reality of what instructional programs can do right now is something else entirely. Shane Lawrence guest hosts this month as we discuss a recent study on how computer-assisted instruction compared to human teachers. Later, we look at some urban planning research to find lessons on how we can create better learning spaces in our classrooms and our buildings. We consider the role student work should play, and...


022 Socialization And Community

Building culture has a tremendous impact on teacher satisfaction, student engagement, and the daily education experience. This month’s article shows us how teacher stress burdens students, enthusiasm is contagious, and more! Later, Laurence responds to a listener request with details on how he builds his classroom culture in the first two weeks of school. We also bring back the non-sequitur with a debate on a dramatic claim from Twitter. The Peer Review welcomes Matthew Moore, an educator...


021 Relationships And Rigor

Teachers must build relationships with their students, despite the great breadth in their cultural backgrounds. Dolores Greenawalt, a professor at Caroll University in Wisconsin, joins us to discuss her recent writing on building positive relationships… even when it seems impossible. Later, we look at research data produced by the non-profit TNTP on the inequity of instructional practice. Their data shows huge differences in the instructional experience of students across race. We consider...


020 Devices And Behaviors

Technology seems to be everywhere, and it is tempting to imagine children grow up with expertise through familiarity. The research paints a vastly different picture, and we discuss one of the top read articles of 2017 that deconstructs the myth of the digital native and the costly habit of multitasking. Later, we take a look at some of the popular writing on socio-emotional development. It can be difficult to find writing on socio-emotional outcomes (or transferable job skills) that can...


019 Evidence And Action

All students should have access to challenging coursework that lets them grow in their areas of interest. Abby Whitbeck, the Executive Director of AP Strategy and Analytics for the College Board, joins us to talk about how they are using data to create new policies designed to improve representation of all students in Advanced Placement classes. Later, listeners have recommended Science/Fiction, a blog post from Carol Black. We look at her comments on learning styles, evidence-based...


0185 Summer Season One Finale

Enjoy a bonus episode that wraps our first season of production. Check in with many of our guests and reflect on our year of learning.


018 Listen For What's Behind The Words

Responsive teaching is is an exciting way to highlight student voice, but it comes with its own share of challenges and tensions. Caroline Herbster and Jacob Truett, from FSU Teach at Florida State University, join us to talk about their research with veteran teachers as they work to incorporate responsive practices. Later, we look to a British study on the effects of classroom consensus on socio-emotional outcomes for students. They find that using better measurement methods provides...


017 The Language Of Our Forebears

Multilingual learners are sitting in most classrooms today. How do we support ELL students’ learning in math, science and social studies while they navigate the language and cultural barriers of their emergent bilingualism? We look at some research on how taking responsibility for our own cultural and linguistic perspective as teachers can help. Later, we discuss another listener recommendation. Sensemaking is an important cognitive process that is subtly distinct from thinking, planning and...


016 A For Effort

Standards-based grades are an exciting option for making grades more meaningful. We look at some recent writings on how to avoid some of the most common mistakes in our gradebooks, and then consider how standards-based grades can support some of the best practices. Later, we read some additional work suggested by one of our past authors. Her new work helps us connect our ideas on building student agency with professional development and collegial mentoring. How can we make our collaborations...


015 Learn Free, Or Try

Students should drive their own learning. Drew Ising, another biology teacher from Baldwin High School, joins the PLC to discuss how the NGSS framework calls for letting our students take the lead in our classroom. We must guide students as they build understanding and skill, but how do we deal with misconceptions and incomplete understanding without removing their control over the process? Later, our listener community has submitted an article on departmental culture. Research suggests that...


014 First, We Require Audacity

Social controversy swirls in the public space. Societal tensions carry into the classroom and affect how students interact with each other and the material. Teachers must have the courage to address contentious topics in their classroom, the wisdom to know where their expertise lies, and the resolution to see their choices through to the end. We examine the writings of Dr. Diana Hess, an expert on the subject of controversy in the classroom, as we try to determine best practice for educators...


013 Thereafter, Our Tools Shape Us

Online education makes learning opportunities available for millions of people who otherwise would have very limited access to teachers, peers, and classrooms. As educators continue to explore all the ways we can use digital learning environments to better reach kids, we must search for ways to make the digital space as responsive and personal as a real teacher in a physical classroom. This month’s paper looks at how providing social cues in a digital setting improves student engagement and...


012 Coherence And Dissonance

Dr. Heidi Hallman, associate professor of English education at the University of Kansas and author of Secondary English Teacher Education in the United States: Responding to a Changing Context, joins our PLC this month. Patterns in teacher preparation have changed over the last couple decades. Patterns in how teachers are trained to use standards, leverage technology and support diverse learnings impact how those teachers will participate in their future departments. Later, we’ll look at how...


011 For Whom Does The Bell Toll

Differentiation can be a contentious topic. Most educators want to reach all of their students, but the realities of how they can serve the breadth of needs in a classroom can lead to frustration. We consider the state of the national conversation by looking at a paper from Warwick (Contested Knowledge A Critical review of the Concept of Differentiation in Teaching and Learning). It argues that theoretical perspectives, policies, frameworks and the implementation of ideas relating to the...


010 An Eye On The Canary

Shannon Ralph, the 2015 Kansas Teacher of the Year, joins our PLC this month. Data analysis is getting increasing attention in education. Data science can have considerable influence over education, especially in online or blended learning settings. How do teachers find actionability in the data while still meeting the tremendous demand of running a classroom five days a week? We’ll consider comments from the journal Nature (What data and analytics can and do say about effective learning) on...