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Join hosts Amanda Cardenas (Mud & Ink Teaching) and Marie Morris (The Caffeinated Classroom) in discussions about being brave, trying new things, and all things teaching! As seasoned classroom teachers, Amanda and Marie bring their experience, insight, energy, and oh, so many opinions and ideas... It's time for all teachers to take their classroom and teaching practice into their own hands!

Brave New Teaching Marie Morris & Amanda Cardenas: Teachers and Education Content Creators

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 226 Ratings

Join hosts Amanda Cardenas (Mud & Ink Teaching) and Marie Morris (The Caffeinated Classroom) in discussions about being brave, trying new things, and all things teaching! As seasoned classroom teachers, Amanda and Marie bring their experience, insight, energy, and oh, so many opinions and ideas... It's time for all teachers to take their classroom and teaching practice into their own hands!

    JUST MERCY UNIT MAKEOVER: NONFICTION SERIES PART 3

    JUST MERCY UNIT MAKEOVER: NONFICTION SERIES PART 3

    We love a good unit makeover, and today you’ll hear part of one in action! We’re going to do a makeover on a unit that Marie has taught one time so far. It uses the text, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.
    This unit is part of a brand new course. As many of you may have experienced, brand new course + brand new unit = flying by the seat of your pants! In other words, it’s a good time to talk through it and think about some changes that can be made the next time that it’s used. 
    The unit that we’re talking about in today’s episode looks at systems of power. You’ll hear us discuss the vision for this unit, go through some clarifying questions, and move into forming an essential question. Most importantly, you’ll gain an understanding that this process is pretty messy to work through!
    Register for our virtual workshop on teaching biography and memoir: https://www.curriculumrehab.com/biographyandmemoir
    Check out the show notes:
    https://www.bravenewteaching.com/home/episode118
    Follow us on Instagram: @bravenewteaching

    • 28 min
    NONFICTION EQ WORKSHOP: NONFICTION SERIES PART 2

    NONFICTION EQ WORKSHOP: NONFICTION SERIES PART 2

    We’re on this podcast for a lot of reasons, and one of them is to unpack one of the most powerful and often underutilized genres in the ELA curriculum world, and that is biography and memoir. In our last episode, we began making our passionate case for biography and memoir. If you missed it, you can check it out here. 
    We’re continuing that conversation today so that you can get even more excited to join our upcoming virtual workshop on teaching memoir and biography. Tickets start at just $7 and we would love to have you join us!
    We really want this episode to serve as your initial brainstorming so that when you come to the workshop, you are feeling prepared and have ideas ready to go.
    When we’re talking about how to effectively approach this genre, it all starts with essential questions. If it feels challenging to craft essential questions for biography and memoir, don’t worry, we have lots of ideas for how you can do this with intention. In fact, we have three specific approaches to creating a unit around biography and memoir that we'll share with you in this episode.
    Register for our virtual workshop on teaching biography and memoir: https://www.curriculumrehab.com/biographyandmemoir
    Check out the show notes:
    https://www.bravenewteaching.com/home/episode117
    Follow us on Instagram: @bravenewteaching

    • 30 min
    WHY TEACH BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR: NONFICTION SERIES PART 1

    WHY TEACH BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR: NONFICTION SERIES PART 1

    Hey Brave New Teachers! We’re excited to start a brand new series that we’re putting together for you, starting with this episode.
    This series will lead into our newest virtual workshop (what we’ve called “festivals” in the past!) that will be held on October 3, 2022. It will be centered around nonfiction and teaching biography and memoir.
    Are you wondering why we’ve chosen biography and memoir? To put it simply, using biography and memoir, whether it’s a whole unit or sprinkled into your other units, is the single best way to bring authentic voice into your classroom. Today we’re sharing four main points that will build our case for biography and memoir.
    Register for our virtual workshop on teaching biography and memoir: https://www.curriculumrehab.com/biographyandmemoir
    Check out the show notes:
    https://www.bravenewteaching.com/home/episode116
    Follow us on Instagram: @bravenewteaching

    • 27 min
    TRANSFORMING FRANKENSTEIN WITH A NOVEL IN VERSE

    TRANSFORMING FRANKENSTEIN WITH A NOVEL IN VERSE

    Sometimes the best ideas and inspiration come from hearing about other teachers’ experiences in the classroom. That’s why I’m excited to have Ana Perez on the Brave New Teaching podcast today.
    Ana is a 10th year high school ELA teacher and a Jill of many other trades including poetry, Zumba, and techy resource creation. In the classroom she's a proponent of relationships over content, and outside the classroom, she enjoys creating resources to help other teachers foster meaningful relationships, too. She is passionate about sharing both knowledge and empathy, and believes strongly in the importance of mental health for both teachers and students. 
    In this conversation, you’ll hear Ana share how she paired Frankenstein with Punching the Air. She created an entire unit that covered a classic text, a film of that text, and a YA novel in-verse. She’s going to tell us all about how she dreamed this unit up, how she planned it all out, and how the unit actually went for her students. Buckle up, because it's incredible!
    Watch our FREE masterclass, Down with the Reading Quiz
    SHOW NOTES:
    https://www.bravenewteaching.com/home/episode115
    Follow us on Instagram: @bravenewteaching

    • 43 min
    COMPASSION = ACCOUNTABILITY: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SERIES PART 4

    COMPASSION = ACCOUNTABILITY: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SERIES PART 4

    Today's episode marks the last in the series we are doing on classroom management. To close out the series, we're talking about a strong belief that we have here at Brave New Teaching, which is this...true compassion is accountability! We'll share what this actually means, and how you can take this belief and incorporate it into your classroom this year.
    Reserve your seat for The First Ten Days: The Complete Back to School Toolkit
    Watch our FREE masterclass, Down with the Reading Quiz
    SHOW NOTES: https://www.bravenewteaching.com/home/episode114
    Follow us on Instagram: @bravenewteaching

    • 32 min
    RELATIONSHIPS AND BEHAVIOR (INTERVIEW WITH DR. DEONNA SMITH) CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SERIES PART 3

    RELATIONSHIPS AND BEHAVIOR (INTERVIEW WITH DR. DEONNA SMITH) CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SERIES PART 3

    When you think about your role as a teacher, are you trying to control your classroom, or are you trying to build a community?
    Our guest today, Dr. Deonna Smith is asking the tough, yet crucial, questions like this in part three of our series on classroom management! This is her zone of genius, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on the podcast to share her experience and insight.
    Deonna is a former teacher, instructional coach and school leader. Before transitioning into leadership, Deonna taught intervention, elementary and middle school math and science. As a student and teacher,  Deonna saw how systemic racism negatively impacted both adults and kids. This experience set Deonna on a journey to learn more about how teachers can liberate their students’ potential through anti racist practices. Deonna is dedicated to her own learning as well and recently completed her doctorate in education from Loyola Marymount University.
    Connect with Dr. Deonna Smith:
    Follow her on Instagram @deonnasmith Head to her website Enroll in The Anti-Racist Institute  Check out her Workshop Replays Reserve your seat for The First Ten Days: The Complete Back to School Toolkit
    SHOW NOTES: https://www.bravenewteaching.com/home/episode113
    Follow us on Instagram: @bravenewteaching

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
226 Ratings

226 Ratings

SeriouslySnapeAlwaus ,

Want to be library media specialist here

One, a suggestion for helping you guys with finding popular or more universally, popular and accessible YA books— speak with your schools, library media specialist for one, if your school has a reading specialist there another resource, group think with other ELA teachers teachers, or reach out to your local library’s teen librarian. Yes, I know the last one would require you to do work outside of class which isn’t fair/may not be doable but it’s a suggestion. Also, local bookstore talk to the booksellers they will know what is popular and what is selling. Two—I respectfully disagree with the conclusion one of the hosts mentioned about withdrawing a book as a class-read. It is a form of censorship— because your students don’t know about the choices they’re being offered, because you’re not letting them know. Therefore, it is a censorship of sorts. It may be for a simple reason—like you don’t want the book to go with that unit or something, but it’s still censorship in my eyes. And that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing in that context, but it really does depend on the situation. Finally, thank you for the great discussion question. I have an inquiry post I have to create for one of my teaching certification classes, so this podcast episode has been really helpful!

Emily Savidge ,

Applicable and Philosophical- Practically Perfect in Everyway

I listen to so many podcasts but this is my new favorite. I’ve devoured half the episodes in one weekend and I can’t wait to revisit them throughout my teaching career. Most podcasts are philosophical and stop there; making you wonder how do I do this in my own classroom? This podcast gives you both the application and philosophy that your educator heart needs. Truly a must listen for all English teachers grades 6-12.

jlenarz4 ,

Amazing! So glad I found you!

I am an active podcast listener and have been following Amanda at Mud and Ink on Instagram for a couple of years now. I had no idea that she was part of a podcast!
So, when I saw her post about reading the novel out loud because kids don’t read that recommended episode 85, I quickly looked it up!
So good! I am going to use this method next week with my one honors English 3 class. If all goes well, I will implement with my regular English 3 classes.
Thanks for the input!

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