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Class Dismissed Podcast is here to inspire educators through story and keep them up-to-date with the news that affects them directly.



Plus, we'll leave you with a bright idea in education that you can apply in your community.



So relax and enjoy the lighthearted 30-45 minute episodes, while doing chores around the house or commuting to work.



Regular Co-Hosts include Principal - Kristina Pollard, Teacher- Lissa Pruett, Education Data Expert-Russ Davis, and Journalist- Nick Ortego



We would love to hear from you! If you have a suggestion for the show or want to write to say hello, email us at info@classdismissedpodcast.com or find us on Twitter @classdismiss

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Class Dismissed Podcast is here to inspire educators through story and keep them up-to-date with the news that affects them directly.



Plus, we'll leave you with a bright idea in education that you can apply in your community.



So relax and enjoy the lighthearted 30-45 minute episodes, while doing chores around the house or commuting to work.



Regular Co-Hosts include Principal - Kristina Pollard, Teacher- Lissa Pruett, Education Data Expert-Russ Davis, and Journalist- Nick Ortego



We would love to hear from you! If you have a suggestion for the show or want to write to say hello, email us at info@classdismissedpodcast.com or find us on Twitter @classdismiss

    Seven movies that will get you fired up about teaching

    Seven movies that will get you fired up about teaching

    As educators, we sometimes need a spark. One great place to find that inspiration is in movies. In Episode 234 of Class Dismissed, we highlight some of the most inspirational movie scenes for teachers.



    The movie scenes that made our list include…

    Stand and Deliver (Rotten Tomatoes Score 82%)

    Los Angeles high school teacher Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) is being hassled by tough students like Angel Guzman (Lou Diamond Phillips). But Jaime is also pressured by his bosses, who want him to control his raucous classroom. Caught in the middle, he opts to immerse his students in higher math.



    In our highlighted scene, Escalante tries to convince his jaded colleagues that they need “ganas,” which translates to desire.

    School of Rock (Rotten Tomatoes Score 91%)

    Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) gets thrown out of his bar band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, he exposes his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes and emulates — much to the consternation of the uptight principal (Joan Cusack).



    In our highlighted scene, Finn discovers his students’ potential as musicians and his potential as a teacher.

    Mr. Holland’s Opus (Rotten Tomatoes Score 75%)

    Composer Glenn Holland (Richard Dreyfuss) believes that he’ll eventually write a transcendent piece of music, but in the meantime, he’s taken a job at an Oregon high school.



    In our highlighted scene, Holland has a breakthrough with one of his struggling students.

    Lean on me (Rotten Tomatoes Score 69%)

    In this fact-based film, a New Jersey superintendent, Dr. Frank Napier (Robert Guillaume), watches helplessly as East Side High becomes the lowest-ranked school in the state. With nowhere else to turn, Dr. Napier enlists maverick ex-teacher Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) to take over as principal of the declining school.



    In our highlighted scene, Clark catches some students in the bathroom and challenges them to recite the school song. Their response surprises the hard-nosed principal.

    Remember the Titans (Rotten Tomatoes Score 73%)

    In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution revered, each game celebrated more lavishly than Christmas, each playoff distinguished more grandly than any national holiday. And with such recognition comes powerful emotions. In 1971 high school football was everything to the people of Alexandria. But when the local school board was forced to integrate an all-black school with an all-white school, the very foundation of football’s great tradition was put to the test.



    In our highlighted scene, Coach Herman Boone, played by Denzel Washington, takes his players to a hallowed ground to prove a point.

    Finding Forrester (Rotten Tomatoes Score 79%)

    A unique relationship develops between an eccentric, reclusive novelist and a young, amazingly gifted scholar-athlete. After the novelist discovers that the young athlete is also an excellent writer and secretly takes him on as his protégé, they develop an unlikely friendship. As they learn more about each other, they learn more about themselves, and ultimately, with the help of his new mentor, the basketball star must choose the right path.

     

    Dead Poets Society (Rotten Tomatoes Score 84%)

    A new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school.



    In our highlighted scene,

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    Using humor as a tool to build a community

    Using humor as a tool to build a community

    For more than 15 years, Johnny Tiersma brought humor into his classroom. He does this, be he feels it builds trust with his students.





    "You know when you're all in on the same joke, and you're all laughing together," it creates a bond Tiersma says. 



    The sixth-grade teacher serves in the Cardiff School District in San Diego, and bringing humor to his classroom has always come naturally. For example, he names objects in his room, the projector's name is Barbara, and he talks sweetly to Barbara when she's not working correctly, and the students love it. 



    But Tiersma knows that humor is not second nature for everyone, so he wanted to create something to act as an icebreaker for other educators. So he recently wrote a picture book called "If I Were the Teacher." It's about a boy who imagines what he would do if he were the teacher and his ideas are wild, funny, and imaginative.



    "It is designed to be something that elementary school teachers would read to their students." Tiersma hopes his book will be a fun activity and catalyst for bonding with the students. 



    To learn more about "If I Were the Teacher" and tips on using humor and kindness in the classroom, listen to episode 233 of Class Dismissed Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.



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    Is it fair to grade classroom participation?

    Is it fair to grade classroom participation?

    There’s little doubt that students will learn more when they engage in classroom discussions. So for many teachers, finding ways to motivate students to participate in class makes complete sense. 



    For years, Jim Lang (Assumption College) did this with a class participation grade. The English professor says he tried to keep track of each student’s class participation to boost a grade (for example, a B to a B+) but not penalize students.



    However, Lang is now advocating against the idea of grading participation.



    “It just didn’t feel right,” says Lang. “Grades are really supposed to measure something we can document. Like the learning of the student.”



    Lang admits that grading participation made him uncomfortable with nudging grades around in an informal way. He also didn’t love the idea that students were rewarded for talking. 



    “There are other students that might be engaged just as thoughtfully in class, through the way they took their notes, though the way they participated in group work.”   



    Recently Lang published “Should we stop grading class participation” in the Chronicle for Higher Education. He also joined us on Class Dismissed to explain how he maintained widespread class participation while moving away from grading it. 



    “Rather than make participation something that is optional and can be graded. What I argue instead is that participation should be the norm,” says Lang. 



    In Episode 232, listen to how Lang makes this happen. Hear our full interview on the Class Dismissed Podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.



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    Ways teachers can support students who choose an alternative post-high-school path

    Ways teachers can support students who choose an alternative post-high-school path

    Educators always want their students to thrive and succeed in life. Often, that path for students runs through college. But for many students, that's not the case. 



    Our guest in Episode 231 offers tips on how teachers can best support students who choose an alternative post-high-school path.



    Stephanie Haynes is a licensed education coach and consultant who works specifically with school administrations, teachers, and the parents of students to reimagine the culture of success in schools. 



    She's also the author of "College is not Mandatory."



    Haynes, says sometimes teachers can feel lost in guiding students. "If these kids are not doing well in school, how do they help them find that success if college is just not part of the picture for them."



    During this episode, Haynes explains to educators how we can support students who may not be headed to college. 



    "First and foremost, stop saying everything needs to be done so you can do well in college," says Hayes



    "Second, when we're giving our curriculum, we don't talk about the professional skills that we're helping kids develop." 



    To hear Haynes go more in-depth on these tips, listen to Episode 231 of Class Dismissed. You can find each episode on your favorite podcast app or iTunes.

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    Empowering educators through team-based staffing models







     

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    Making classroom management easier with gamification

    Making classroom management easier with gamification

    A well-run, fun classroom is pivotal to the way students learn. But for some educators, meaningful classroom management can be a challenge. Gamifiying a classroom is one strategy educators use to improve this.



    In Episode 230 of Class Dismissed, we chatted with Shawn Young, the Co-Founder, and CEO of Classcraft, a platform that helps educators motivate their students using the mechanics of games.



    Young says classroom management is core to a teacher's job, but ironically, there are few digital tools to support the cause. 



    Consequently, Young and his colleagues created Classcraft to make the classroom experience more exciting for students. 



    Young says that the classroom experience for many kids is meaningless. 



    "It's just tasks they need to do, and that is work," says Young. 



    So they created Classcraft to repackage students' engagement rules with the hope of developing intrinsic motivation.



    When gamifying with Classcraft, kids strive to gain points and improve their avatars. For instance, Young says they have a thing called "random events," and it's a way to kick start a class. 



    An example would be that everyone has to speak like a pirate, or students have 20 seconds to build a paper airplane, and whoever goes the furthest gets a hundred points.



    To hear more of our interview with Young and find out if it's challenging to gamify your classroom, listen to Episode 230 of Class Dismissed. You can find each episode on your favorite podcast app or iTunes.

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    Red Shirt the Boys



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    Are we focused enough on building better citizens?

    Are we focused enough on building better citizens?

    The state of civics education in the United States

    The push for impactful STEM education over the past decade has made a positive difference in preparing our youth. But have other areas suffered? Civics, for example?  



    Our guest in today's bright idea segment is here to offer us some perspective on the state of civics education here in the United States. 



    Holly Korby is a Journalist, Speaker, and Author of "Building Better Citizens," and when asked to grade the nation on the state of civics education, she gives us a C-. 



    Citing Horace Mann's writings from the 1800s, Korby notes, "The entire American public education system was created just to deliver civics education." The goal was to have informed citizens that understood how our government worked. But Korby says we're not living up to that. 



    She says that some states, such as Massachusetts and Illinois, are doing a great job with civics education, but overall it's a "patchwork system." 



    However, it's not all doom and gloom, there are some things educators can do to better inform students about civics, and that's what we talked to Korby about in Episode 229 of Class Dismissed. 



    Listen to the Class Dismissed Podcast on your favorite podcast app or iTunes to hear Korby's thoughts.



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