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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.

    MINI MEET A RESOURCE: Josh Feinsilber and Jeff Osborn of Gimkit

    MINI MEET A RESOURCE: Josh Feinsilber and Jeff Osborn of Gimkit

    Your mini-lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Gimkit, a game show for the classroom. The resource specialists assigned to help you with this task are Josh Feinsilber and Jeff Osborn.

     

    In our conversation we discuss:

    1️⃣  The origins of Gimkit: Josh’s high school project!

    2️⃣  The ways Gimkit Live differentiates itself from Kahoot or Quizlet 

    3️⃣  How cooperative modes, less time stress, and repetition make for impactful learning

     

    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.

    • 16 min
    Agent Tyler Rablin (Standards-Based Assessment)

    Agent Tyler Rablin (Standards-Based Assessment)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to explore the possibilities of standards-based assessment to further student learning. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Tyler Rablin, of Washington State.

     

    In our conversation we discuss:

    1️⃣ His journey towards proficiency-based assessment, learning progressions, & grade conferencing

    2️⃣ How to make the transition, & what to do with students who are already proficient

    3️⃣ The bonus of no grading to 3am, fewer retakes, & allowing students to explore passions

     

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

    • 50 min
    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

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17 Ratings

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Creative guests and dynamic interviews

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Insightful Podcast

There are so many educators looking to change the sytem for the better and Aviva does a great job of bringing their efforts to the forefront. I enjoy the conversations and learn a great deal with each episode.

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Engaging conversations

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