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Instruction Episodes

How to teach K12 students effectively through a range of best practices associated with curriculum development, instructional delivery, and assessment.
June 4, 2024

How to Create Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics (Peter Liljedahl/Nor…

In an earlier episode, we spoke with Alice Vigors about her work in creating cross-content thinking classrooms. In this episiode, we speak with Professor Peter Liljedahl, of Simon Fraser University, about how to create thinki...

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May 29, 2024

How to Develop Community Partnerships through PBL - Part II (Carolyn …

Earlier this week, we chatted with Ryan Steuer and Andrew Larson about the mechanics of embedding PBL within our teaching practice. This week, we speak with Carolyn Brown, Acting VP of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose...

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May 28, 2024

How to Teach through Project Based Learning (PBL) - Part I (Ryan Steu…

In this episode, join me and my guests Ryan Steuer and Andrew Larson - authors of PBL Simplified and Life's a Project - as we discuss the ins/outs of teaching through a project based learning model. In this episode, we …

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May 21, 2024

How Knowing Our Students’ DNA Can Help Us Succeed as Educators (Tom H…

New teachers coming into the profession often struggle in knowing what to do/learn first. Indeed, as my next guests say, for most new teachers, the goal is simply surviving day to day and to make it into their second yearof …

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April 23, 2024

How to Teach Students to Read (Darlene Farrace-Prott)

As Darlene Prott - Founder and CEO of NJ Teacher 2 Teacher says, we may think students should be able to read once they pass third grade but we may want to think again especially if we are supporting multi-lingual …

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April 16, 2024

How to Teach with AI: Practical Tips (Jose Antonio Bowen)

In this episode, Jose Bowen - DEI education consultant and former President of Goucher College - and I discuss his new book Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning. Indeed, in his book and …

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April 2, 2024

How to Know When to Retreat as an Educator (Casey Jakubowski)

Educators can't do well by their students if they are not whole themselves. Sometimes, the best course of action is to know when enough is enough and change course to new jobs in the education field or outside of it. …

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March 26, 2024

How to Support Substitute Teachers (Megan Conklin)

In this episode, Megan Conklin - founder of Conklin Educational Perspectives and Trainer at the Washington Education Association - discusses her work in designing and facilitating substitute teacher team training programs and...

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March 19, 2024

How to Make K12 Math Accessible (Jo Boaler)

In this episode of the Have a Life Teaching Podcast, Jo Boaler, Stanford Math education professor and author of ther new book "Math- ish", and I discuss how to make Math instruction more accessible to students in K12 schools....

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March 5, 2024

How to Improve Student Presentations and Public Speaking (Robyn Brink…

When we teach students how to write, we often do so by teaching certain writing "moves" - introducing a topic, expanding on it, and summation, etc. We also should be teaching the communication moves that go along with public ...

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Feb. 13, 2024

How to Craft Quality Learning Objectives (Marine Freibrun and Sandy B…

In this episode, the authors of the Formative Assessment Handbook, Marine Freiburn and Sandy Brunet, and I discuss how to craft learning intentions that then allow teachers to align assessment and student engagement to those ...

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Feb. 6, 2024

How to Create Maker Spaces in School (Matt Zigler)

Maker spaces are anywhere and everywhere where students are taking knowledge and creating something physical that adds on to that knowledge in new ways. Students' cognitive skills are developed in the process. Yes, schools ca...

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Dec. 19, 2023

How to Make Your Teaching Sustainable (Paul Emerich France)

No one needs to be told that many teachers are leaving the profession these days for a variety of reasons. However, there are ways to make teaching more sustainable. Join my guest Paul Emerich France and I as we discuss …

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Nov. 28, 2023

How to Create Thinking Classrooms (Alice Vigors)

The rigor of any lesson begins with the learning objective and what we are asking students to know and be able to do. However, far too often, we do not ask our students to engage in heavy cognitive lift. Join …

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Nov. 21, 2023

How to Use Technology in Class (Jeff Utecht)

Are you preparing your students for your past or their future? If you are banning the use of technology in the classroom then it is your past that you are prioritizing. Listen in to Jeff Utecht and I as we …

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