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The Be Education Podcast is your one-stop-shop for all things related to K-12 classroom teaching. Practical tips to learn how to implement blended learning techniques, driving classroom culture, differentiation, how to approach rigor and mastery, and much more. Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran educator, the Be Education Podcast will have actionable tips to help you drive student learning.

Be Education Podcast Christina Corser & Nick DiNardo: K-12 Teacher and Blended Learning Strategist

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The Be Education Podcast is your one-stop-shop for all things related to K-12 classroom teaching. Practical tips to learn how to implement blended learning techniques, driving classroom culture, differentiation, how to approach rigor and mastery, and much more. Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran educator, the Be Education Podcast will have actionable tips to help you drive student learning.

    BEP078 – Post-Covid Year in Review

    BEP078 – Post-Covid Year in Review

    Here are our general observations, a review of where the sentiment is and productivity is, almost a year after Covid19 hit.

    02:05 Our hopes

    03:06 Teachers are still being very reactive, day to day based on COVID cases coming in and out

    04:26 Thinking about our first graders and their teachers

    06:10 Administrators putting out even weirder fires 

    08:01 Teacher confidence – getting teachers comfortable to be in the classroom and bring their best for kids










    Source: TeacherGoals

    11:00 If we are saying that it is this urgent, then let’s prove it with money and our thanks and our time.

    12:50 Do good teaching. Think back to what you know is best practice and do that. And that way, whatever you plan will translate back into your school day.


    • 15 min
    BEP077 – Designing Equity-Based Goals

    BEP077 – Designing Equity-Based Goals

    Why do we pull data and set goals around sub-groups in a school when we have a goal that’s hoping to meet the needs of all students?


    02:00 Schools setting goals based on data on student academic success

    03:00 Schools also set goals based on specific subgroups 

    03:30 Trying to understand where some of the goals developed for subgroups came from

    04:30 You look into the data, you see some gaps, you want to target success in those specific areas. And then you set those sub-goals based on where those gaps are. 

    05:38 When we ignore the data indicating that certain subgroups are in crisis, we’re also ignoring their experience. 

    07:00 How are we gathering as a community around these needy kids? 

    08;36 Where is your focus when there are subpopulations and sub-goals

    09:50 Personalized learning comes in to meet the students at their individual needs

    10:50 If you plan for your neediest students, everyone’s going to benefit.

    13:30 We need to plan from the student up, not the teacher down. 


    • 15 min
    BEP076 – Post-Covid Impact on Relationships in Schools

    BEP076 – Post-Covid Impact on Relationships in Schools

    What is the impact on relationships that this remote virtual learning world has put on teachers, parents, students, and staff?

    02:00 Why this episode

    03:00  Building rapport and building relationships

    03:19 Transactional relationships

    03:45 You don’t have those water cooler moments anymore

    04:17 How do you build trust?

    05:00 Strategy cycles at Whiteknact Elementary, with principal Laurie Marchand 

    06:00 “The reason I build rapport with my students is so that they feel safe.”

    06:30 We need to continue to make connections and build rapport because we don’t have those in-between moments anymore.

    06:53 Why do we default into existing, comfortable relationships?  It’s because we haven’t been able to build trust.

    09:42 What are the great work that teachers are doing to build rapport?



    • 19 min
    BEP075 – Musings on Student Engagement 2.0

    BEP075 – Musings on Student Engagement 2.0

    What can potentially engage students virtually?

    Here are different tactics to lessen the load on the emotional exhaustion that happens from running a virtual classroom all day, and to increase student engagement.

    04:49 Flipped model for learning

    09:01 Having an agenda or checklist

    10:46 Pick sticks

    13:05 Waterfall response


    • 18 min
    BEP074 – On Stamina, and Why It’s Important

    BEP074 – On Stamina, and Why It’s Important

    We talk about stamina as it pertains to distance learning from the student and teacher perspective, and the challenge of student engagement.

    01:32 Three  buckets of stamina:

    * from the lens of a teacher

    * from a first grader doing distance learning

    * from an older learner, an adolescent ninth-grade student

    04:31 Everybody is trying to get some sort of sense of belonging, some sort of sense of connection, but at the same time, you have this cognitive dissonance

    05:38 Is this a muscle that we just have to exercise over the next month or is this something that we’re going to be really working for the next year?

    07:22 One of the things that’s connected to stamina is engagement. How are we keeping kids engaged as their stamina ends? And as my stamina, as a teacher, kind of ebbs? … What can I do about it?

    08:15 Action steps on how to focus on improving virtual stamina


    • 11 min
    BEP073 – Families as Experts Series: SEL at Home

    BEP073 – Families as Experts Series: SEL at Home

    Continuing our family-facing series on supporting your child at home, we talk about practicing social emotional learning (SEL) at home, what SEL means, and its familiar and unfamiliar applications. 


    02:00 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is about being able to manage one’s self and relationships. CASEL defines SEL as the process, through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. 

    CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) https://casel.org/

    08:04 What do you suggest that families do for their kids at home to help practice social emotional learning? 

    09:05 Science behind learning, stress, and mindfulness

    10:00 Managing emotions and starting by, you know, engaging in activities around mindfulness and connection.


    12:33 Helping kids recognize when they’re feeling anxious, when they’re feeling stressed, when you know that they’re getting that fight or flight response, what are the things that calm them down

    15:15 Setting up an emotional or mental break space and laying out the foundation to then apply academics

    15:29 Sources and effects of stress

    19:00 Another strategic way that families can support kids is by reiterating the value of what they’re learning so that they’re reframing learning from a source of stress, to something that is interesting and relevant and fun and inspiring and can be an empowering force in their lives, a transformative force in their lives.

    20:00  How do we help kids just reframe their mindsets around learning so that it has value for them and it’s meaningful for them, and it’s a source of inspiration and even refuge when there are so many stressors that they can not control?

    22:00 Start with doing guided meditation together or create a little toolbox of like strategies that you do when you’re stressed out. 

    23:00 how to motivate kids – concept of the learning challenge

    27:39 James Nottingham’s learning pit

     The Learning Pit   https://www.challenginglearning.com/learning-pit/

    29:00 James Nottingham’s book, “The Learning Challenge”


    BEP052 – What Does “Developmentally Appropriate” Mean?


    32:36 Teaching kids to know how to name and recognize emotions to help them know what they need to do to shift their behavior

    36:01 caregivers, give yourself a break. You don’t need to be an expert. You don’t need to be a tutor. You just have to be a coach for your kids. 


    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

Roshnimirchi ,

Incredible Podcast by Talented Hosts

I LOVE listening to the Be Education Podcast on my long drives! Nick is a fantastic and humble host, and asks thoughtful and pointed questions to bring out helpful answers from the guests on the show. Christina's experience as a teacher brings so much value and wisdom to the podcast. She is able to deliver simple yet effective strategies, and is very relatable as a teacher. I always look forward to listening to the newest episodes!

CalebCAllen ,

Best Blended Learning resource for teachers and Admin.

This podcast is amazing! Practical advice for a teacher who uses the blended model in their classroom. The information in this podcast teachers and admin can use the next day!

In this podcast you'll learn about new ways to be more effective as a teacher or administrator using the Blended Model.

As a teacher who has used the blended model for two years, I’ve adapted some of my practices thanks to Nick and Christina. You guys rock!!

PCSteach ,

Leading the way with blended learning

Haven’t heard about the Highlander Institute and their amazing coaches changing RI? This podcast breaks down blended personalized learning for you. Giving you concrete examples and take always you can use in your own classroom.

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