37 episódios

Teaching is a personal profession. We shine brightest when we work together in a safe environment for the betterment of our students. Two Pint PLC is a podcast that invites you to join two educators who discuss the big issues in education in a personal and casual conversation. Two Pint PLC combines the research base, current events and personal experiences to provide a context for each listener’s own professional development.

Two Pint PLC Laurence Woodruff & Michael Ralph

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Teaching is a personal profession. We shine brightest when we work together in a safe environment for the betterment of our students. Two Pint PLC is a podcast that invites you to join two educators who discuss the big issues in education in a personal and casual conversation. Two Pint PLC combines the research base, current events and personal experiences to provide a context for each listener’s own professional development.

    035 Laurence Balances Data And Judgement

    035 Laurence Balances Data And Judgement

    The push for data-driven instruction can sometimes feel at odds with empowering educators to exercise their professional judgement. We read the story of one Kansas district that attempted to implement a new system for helping students. A push for data and numbers seemed to push out all the other sources of information, undermining their ability to help those students.

    Later, we see a nation-wide bump in ADHD diagnoses for the youngest students who start school each year. This bump might be the result of a school age cut-off, rather than anything medical.

    Finally, we get some book recommendations and context on Third Culture Kids in the Peer Review.

    • 44 min
    034 Michael Considers Third Culture

    034 Michael Considers Third Culture

    In our increasingly globalized world, ever more students are growing up immersed in multiple cultures throughout their childhood. These children can become “third culture kids”, young people who identify with a hybrid culture that is distinct from any of the places they’ve lived. We consider how teachers can be sensitive to their experience and supportive in their journey.

    Later, we’ll read about Statway - a redesigned program that helps students engage in productive struggle and earn collegiate math credit faster and more consistently than a typical remedial program. We find lessons from their implementation that can be useful in any classroom or institution.

    Finally, we read from a Mixed Bag of listener mail that prompts us to think more about past discussions on feedback and change initiatives.

    We drink Cast Iron, an oatmeal brown from 4 Hands Brewing in St. Louis, MO.

    • 44 min
    033 Jennifer Shares Universal Design

    033 Jennifer Shares Universal Design

    Every student deserves an equitable opportunity to learn in our classroom. Jennifer Pusateri joins us to share how her work with universal design for learning (UDL) helps remove barriers to learning for students. We re-examine our assumptions for how a classroom must run and find ways to provide options for each learner in our room.

    Later, we debate how useful metadata can be for supporting student motivation. A new study suggests we have a new way to measure self-efficacy in mathematics, but how is that different from what we already observe in the classroom?

    Finally, our Hot Off the Presses segment looks at how a new California law has banned suspensions for “willful defiance”.

    We drink Gran Sport, a porter from Coop Ale Works in Oklahoma City, OK.

    • 44 min
    032 Laurence Improves His Feedback

    032 Laurence Improves His Feedback

    Research on growth mindset took the education world by storm in the 2000’s, prompting excitement and criticism. We read a large scale expansion of the growth mindset research that addresses some of the most common criticisms of past work and provides actionable guidance for classroom teachers.

    Later, we look at how different forms of feedback can affect students’ ability to solve math problems on subsequent tests. Timely formative feedback is essential for student growth.

    Finally, our Peer Review features a debrief of an email conversation with author Maria Garcia Alvarez. She addresses some of our questions from episode 029, and we find common ground together.

    We drink Morning Island Blends, from Transport Brewery in Shawnee, KS.

    • 42 min
    031 Nahuel & Auriana Investigate K - 12 Physics

    031 Nahuel & Auriana Investigate K - 12 Physics

    Even young students can begin to understand abstract topics like quantum mechanics, if given the chance. Nahuel Acosta and Auriana Anderson join us to discuss their research related to delivering guest lessons on quantum mechanics in K-12 classrooms. We learn why teaching quantum mechanics concepts early is useful, what their research revealed about their students' growth, and how the experience affected them as pre-service teachers.

    Later, we look at the connections (or lack of connections) between math anxiety and students' approximate number system (ANS). Previous work has suggested that underdeveloped skills in approximation may eventually lead to higher math anxiety... but that might not hold up in new studies.

    Finally, our Hot Off the Presses segment looks at fresh news on how teachers fund their classrooms, and the role of crowdfunding services like Donors Choose.

    • 44 min
    030 Season Two Finale

    030 Season Two Finale

    Summer is a time for reflection and renewal of purpose. We pause from our usual analysis of research and news to reflect on the past year. We'll pull back the curtain on how and why we've made some of our show decisions this past year. We'll also wrestle with what we hope to do better next year.

    • 43 min

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