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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to interviews with educators who are on the forefront of innovative pedagogy or making effective changes to old practices. Being a classroom teacher can be very isolating, and your host, Aviva Levin, hopes to introduce you to “agents” who will inspire you with new ideas, or make you feel less alone as they share their own setbacks and triumphs.

Lesson: Impossible - An Exploration of Educational Innovation Aviva Levin

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to interviews with educators who are on the forefront of innovative pedagogy or making effective changes to old practices. Being a classroom teacher can be very isolating, and your host, Aviva Levin, hopes to introduce you to “agents” who will inspire you with new ideas, or make you feel less alone as they share their own setbacks and triumphs.

    MEET A RESOURCE: Kailey Lefko of Educalme

    MEET A RESOURCE: Kailey Lefko of Educalme

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Educalme, a school-based mindfulness app available in English and French. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Kailey Lefko, teacher and co-founder.

     

    Click here for links and resources mentioned in the episode or more information about the podcast. Click here for Lesson: Impossible’s blog for modern languages/ELL teachers.

    Lesson: Impossible is proud to be one of the many amazing School Rubric podcasts.

    • 32 min
    Agent Robert Kaplinsky (#ObserveMe)

    Agent Robert Kaplinsky (#ObserveMe)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to join the global #ObserveMe movement by requesting constructive feedback from your colleagues. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Robert Kaplinsky

     

    In our conversation we discuss:

    1️⃣ The origins of the #ObserveMe movement

    2️⃣ Why we need to rethink how we ask for feedback and why it matters

    3️⃣ The role of the observer

     

    Click here for links and resources mentioned in the episode or more information about the podcast. Click here for Lesson: Impossible’s blog for modern languages/ELL teachers.

    Lesson: Impossible is proud to be one of the many amazing School Rubric podcasts.

    • 31 min
    Agent Stephanie Ferri (Holistic Fitness & Wellness)

    Agent Stephanie Ferri (Holistic Fitness & Wellness)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to teach PE and health with a focus on all students’ needs. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Stephanie Ferri.


     


    In our conversation we discuss:


    1️⃣ Developing her student-centered, holistic, motivating, ungraded PE and wellness curriculum


    2️⃣ The messy conversations that need to happen in health classes and her favorite fitness units


    3️⃣ How this model could be applied outside of her private, single-sex school context


     


    Click here for links and resources mentioned in the episode or more information about the podcast. Click here for Lesson: Impossible’s blog.

    • 43 min
    Agent Julia Spiegelman (Challenging Language Textbooks)

    Agent Julia Spiegelman (Challenging Language Textbooks)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to critically examine how language textbooks perpetuate colonialism. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Julia Spiegelman, a PhD Candidate at UMass Boston.


     


    In our conversation we discuss:


    1️⃣ How language textbooks position students as traveling consumers


    2️⃣ Confronting linguistic prescriptivism and the idea of the textbook as the objective truth


    3️⃣ Using the textbook to subvert the colonial narrative


     


    Click here for links and resources mentioned in the episode or more information about the podcast. Click here for Lesson: Impossible’s blog.


     

    • 41 min
    Agent Jessica Zeller (Ungrading Dance)

    Agent Jessica Zeller (Ungrading Dance)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to ditch the red pen and begin ‘ungrading’. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Jessica Zeller, a professor of dance.


    In our conversation we discuss:


    1️⃣ What ungrading looks like in her dance history and dance methodology classrooms


    2️⃣ How ungrading creates an environment for engaged, risk-taking, and honest students


    3️⃣ Getting students to do the thinking instead of teachers doing the thinking for them


     


    Click here for links and resources mentioned in the episode or more information about Jessica and/or the podcast. Click here for Lesson: Impossible’s blog.


     


    Lesson: Impossible is proud to be one of the many amazing School Rubric podcasts.

    • 36 min
    Agent Chad Dumas (Professional Learning Communities)

    Agent Chad Dumas (Professional Learning Communities)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to improve your teaching practice by being part of a Professional Learning Community, or PLC.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Chad Dumas.


     


    In our conversation we discuss:


    1️⃣ What is, and is not, a PLC?


    2️⃣ How to start a PLC for the first time


    3️⃣ How to improve an existing PLC with a focus on community


     


    Click here for links and resources mentioned in the episode or more information about Chad and the podcast. Click here for Lesson: Impossible’s blog.


     


    Lesson: Impossible is proud to be one of the many amazing School Rubric podcasts.

    • 48 min

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17 Ratings

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Creative guests and dynamic interviews

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Insightful Podcast

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Engaging conversations

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