It’s easy to see a child’s education as a path determined by grades, test scores and extra curricular activities. But genuine learning is about so much more than the points schools tally. MindShift explores the future of learning and how we raise our kids.
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How Families are Pushing Schools to Teach Reading Skills More Effectively
As a child, Connie Williams learned to read using the “whole word” strategy, which has since been disproven as an effective technique. She graduated high school in Oakland, Calif., but she was functionally illiterate. Since then, her children and grandchildren have attended Oakland public schools, all of them struggling to learn to read. And it wasn’t just her family -- the district is failing thousands of kids. Now, Connie Williams is part of a movement of families advocating for phonics instruction, hoping that different teaching strategies will help their kids finally learn how to read well enough to access the rest of their education. After all, equal access to education is supposed to be a civil right.
How Fan Fiction Inspires Kids to Read and Write and Write and Write
For many students, writing can be tedious, especially after years of boring grammar, spelling and structure drills. But for kids who have discovered fan fiction, writing about something they’re already passionate about can ignite countless hours of creative writing, music and art.
How Culturally Relevant Teaching Can Build Relationships When Students Are Home During Distance Learning
Culturally relevant teaching strategies help make learning more meaningful to the lives of students and address some of the equity issues in curriculum. When schools closed in March because of COVID-19, about 150 teachers from around the country began creating a resource document to share ideas that would engage students in learning through the events happening in their lives. Students at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in New York City were at the heart of the worst outbreak in the country. English Teacher Anthony Voulgarides assigned pandemic journaling to his students, never imagining how crucial those assignments would become to students as they process their feelings and document the loss and isolation COVID-19 has had on their families and their community.
Prom? Canceled. Graduation? Online. High Schoolers Share Their Worlds With Us
Seniors missed out on prom, signing yearbooks, sharing the news of college acceptances with friends and teachers in person, and walking across the graduation stage in front of their family and friends. Juniors took AP tests at home and worried what this would mean for their futures. Hear what students recorded in their audio journals as they adjust their expectations for this school year and the future.
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This episode was reported by Katrina Schwartz. MindShift is produced by Ki Sung, Katrina Schwartz, Jessica Placzek, and Seth Samuel. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Kyana Moghadam, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong, and Holly Kernan. Special thanks this week to Genevieve Schweitzer, Julisa Gomez Reyes, Qadir Scott, and Taila Lee.
How Learning Emotional Skills Can Help Boys Become Men
When Ashanti Branch started the Ever Forward Club, he was a high school math teacher trying to figure out why the young men in his classes weren’t succeeding. He found they were craving what he desired as a kid too -- a safe place to be themselves, to show emotion, to get support without fear of judgment. When Ashanti gave them that, their success surprised everyone. It’s now his life’s work to support other educators to create spaces where boys can be vulnerable, share their feelings, and feel supported by other boys.
How Learning Emotional Skills Can Help Boys Become Men
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This episode was reported by Katrina Schwartz. MindShift is made by Ki Sung, Katrina Schwartz, Jessica Placzek, and Seth Samuel. Additional support from Erika Aguilar, Kyana Moghadam, Amielle Major, Ethan Lindsey, and Vinnee Tong.
MindShift Podcast is Back with Season Five!
We’re here just in time to unpack some of the extraordinary circumstances created by emergency distance learning and the COVID-19 pandemic. This season, you’ll hear how teachers and students prioritized what mattered most as school closures dragged on during shelter-in-place.
Ki Sung reports on a journal assignment that helped teachers stay in touch with students and check in on their welfare while living in a coronavirus hotspot. Katrina Schwartz will give you an intimate listen into some of the experiences students were having during shelter-in-place, including what it was like to take an AP test in a distracting home environment. The Class of 2020 missed out on major milestones, but found small ways to find joy and connection.
KQED News education reporter Vanessa Rancaño reports on intergenerational illiteracy and how one grandmother is sharing her story in order to change how reading is taught to children. You'll also hear about how boys are learning emotional intelligence skills online and the role of fan fiction in creating imaginative worlds for adolescents.