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Ep 25: Triumph ​- Teacher of the Year once a high school dropout - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Tara Bordeaux was named 2018 Teacher of the Year by the state of Texas. She built a nationally recognized media arts program at Lanier High School in Austin, and her students' work has been featured in national advertising campaigns. However, Bordeaux's path to Teacher of the Year is unique. Bordeaux says she went through some very hard times during her junior year and dropped out of school. "I couldn't, as a teenager, really deal with it. And I wasn't really getting along with my parents,...

Duration: 00:37:40

Ep. 24: The case for teaching personal finance in high​ school - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

What are we not teaching in K-12 schools that we should be teaching? If you ask a group of educators, personal finance often bubbles to the top of the list. Schools are excellent at teaching math, science, history, and English, but students are often handed a high school diploma without knowing the pitfalls of having a credit card. Or they can't balance a checkbook or fill out a W-4. Ami Amero saw the need for teaching high schoolers these life skills, but she didn't just complain about it....

Duration: 00:39:40

EP. 23: How To - DonorsChoose.Org - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Many teachers are turning to DonorsChoose.Org to fund classroom projects. Several times during the production of the Class Dismissed Podcast, the organization's name has bubbled up as a vital tool in a successful classroom. DonorsChoose helps teachers raise money for things ranging from 3D printers to robot kits to supplies for a makerspace. In our Bright Idea segment of Episode 23, we speak with Alex Fagundez. Fagundez is a former 2nd and 3rd-grade teacher that now works on the...

Duration: 00:40:37

Ep. 22: Schools can save millions using open textbooks - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Each year public schools are spending millions on out of date textbooks. Now that we're decades into a digitally dominated world, school districts are starting to explore open education resources. When states deploy open education resources properly, they can experience better educational tools at a lower cost. Our guest is the Director of Open Education with Creative Commons. Cable Green has over 20 years of experience in academic technology and online learning, and he’s a leading...

Duration: 00:48:07

Ep. 21: Why are some schools getting rid of the class valedictorian? - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Teachers Lounge A new report says that more and more schools are phasing out the tradition of naming a valedictorian and salutatorian because it leads to unhealthy competition. Chicago public schools have drastically cut back on librarians, is this a growing trend? And one university is now allowing payment for college with Bitcoins. We'll tell you what school, and we'll explain what a bitcoin is. Bright Idea This episode's Bright Idea segment is a rebroadcast from Episode 04- We speak...

Duration: 00:46:21

Ep: 20 - Making a Makerspace - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Having a makerspace in a classroom is a fast growing trend in education. The spaces offer materials and room for students to have hands-on opportunities with design, experimentation, and construction. Cheryl Nelson is a long time teacher out of Northern Virginia and is a believer in a curriculum that involves hands-on activity. Nelson says she had one child that struggled academically but when he had an opportunity to work in the makerspace he flourished. He and some classmates built a car...

Duration: 00:40:49

Ep 19: Digital Portfolios - How to - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

The idea of a student digital portfolio is for the pupil to collect their achievements as digital artifacts and then display those online -- often that's a website. The practice is growing in popularity across the country, so Class Dismissed tracked down a district that's seeing results. "It's the idea of having a showcase place or place where students can curate their work. Their successes, their failures, the things they care about, some of their classwork, things like that," says Daniel...

Duration: 00:46:24

Ep. 18: Flipping your classroom - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Flipped learning is a pedagogy that’s becoming more common in classrooms around the country. Classes are traditional structured where class time is reserved for the introduction of material, and then educators cut the students loose to wrestle with the higher level stuff at home. With flipped learning, teachers reverse that model. Students are given a […]

Duration: 00:46:01

Ep. 17 - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Valerie Lavato teaches elementary school at Eagleton Elementary in Denver Colorado. In her school district, it’s encouraged to conduct home visits with all students families right around the start of the school year. The goal is to build relationships with parents and determine what opportunities and challenges may develop with students. Most would agree that home […]

Duration: 00:42:52

Episode 16: Teaching in Houston after Harvey - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Schools in the Houston area scrambled to get the doors open with minimal delay earlier this week. On Monday, twelve independents school districts navigated through the complicated logistics caused by the flooding of Hurricane Harvey and approximately 80 percent of the schools in the area were able to restore some sense of normalcy to students. […]

Duration: 00:33:09

Ep. 15- Burnout - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Teachers have greater demands and less control than ever before.

Duration: 00:33:12

Episode 14: The teacher shortage is real. Is it time to panic? - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

It seems clear that the teacher shortage is a real issue for many states. In Episode 14 we speak with Desiree Carver-Thomas with the Learning Policy Institute about just how bad this crisis is.

Duration: 00:39:21

Ep 13:The Disillusionment Phase - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Sometime in October or November, thousands of new teachers hit a wall. They're sleep deprived, they've made a few mistakes, and they start to question whether or not they picked the right career. It's known as the disillusionment phase.

Duration: 00:36:28

Ep. 12: Personalized Learning-Pushing the Envelope - Class Dismissed-The Podcast for Teachers

Personalized Learning A small town in Idaho is allowing their students to learn at their own pace. If a student walks into a class and wants to study math, they pull out their iPad and begin a math lesson. No lectures from teachers, just mentoring and guidance. Meanwhile, another student may not be interested in […]

Duration: 00:39:06

Ep. 10: You're the Aquarium Guy - Class Dismissed

A science teacher wanted his students to experience the outdoors and wildlife, but because of budget constraints and logistical challenges it made field trips very difficult. James Jubran teaches aquatic sciences at Alief Elsik High School in Houston Texas. Jubran was determined to find a way to inspire his students about wildlife, so he applied […]

Duration: 00:39:28

EP. 09: 'Books on Bikes' replaces the Ice Cream Truck - Class Dismissed

Books on Bikes Some educators in Charlottesville Virginia have come up with a creative way to prevent the “summer slide”, tendency for students, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. A group of teachers and librarians outfitted several bikes with special cargo carriers, and they now deliver books […]

Duration: 00:33:22

Episode 08- The Three-Diminsional Gift - Class Dismissed

“3D Printing” This week we have special guest Jayda Pugliese, Ms. Pugliese fought to get a 3D printer for her classroom and what she did with it is extraordinary. Due to the work of Pugliese and her students, a 4-year-old girl now has a prosthetic hand. Pugliese and her 5th graders at Andrew Jackson Elementary […]

Duration: 00:42:55

Episode 07- "HipHoponomics" - Class Dismissed

This week we have special guest Greg Caskey, Mr. Caskey is teaching his students economics through rap. His curriculum is called HipHoponomics and he's gained some notary from a well known economist.

Duration: 00:37:52

Ep. 06- Total Eclipse of the Sun - Class Dismissed

The Great American Eclipse is just over a month away, but just how significant of an event is it? We speak with astronomer and eclipse chaser, Dr. Glenn Schneider. Schneider has viewed 33 total solar eclipses. Tied with just two other people for most viewings of all time. There’s a place in Alabama that may offer […]

Duration: 00:40:14

Thinking outside the textbook - Class Dismissed

How you can restock on school supplies in January–For Free! This is brilliant! Does your community have a teacher supply swap? Baltimore has a teacher supply swap every year. The event allows teachers that buy their own supplies to exchange excess supplies with other teachers. The idea is so simple, but we can help but […]

Duration: 00:36:57

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