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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

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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.

    PART II: Agent Aviva Levin (Reflections on Season Two)

    PART II: Agent Aviva Levin (Reflections on Season Two)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to reflect on all the wisdom shared in Lesson: Impossible’s second season. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is your host, and mission coordinator, Aviva Levin. A transcript for this episode can be found here. As many school years come to an end, so does Lesson: Impossible’s second season. I will be taking a break in July, and will be back in August with some episodes I’m really excited about, such as home-schooling partnerships, gradeless assessment, and trauma-informed teaching. However, for our last episodes I wanted to reflect on some of the wisdom my special agents/guests have shared, and pull a quote from each interview that really impacted me, and hopefully you as well. This is Part II of a two-part set of bonus episodes. Some updates for the summer from the guests of Part II:Agent Lauren Porosoff:  Lauren’s book, “Teach Meaningful: Tools to Design the Curriculum at Your Core”, was delayed because of the pandemic and instead was released on June 30. Also, she’s now part of a team called Re-Set School which is helping school communities tell the stories of their struggles and achievements, and bear witness to one another’s losses and gains, as a way of reaffirming the values that make them a community.Agent Shannon Anderson: Both of her growth mindset books are releasing in August: “Mindset Power: A Kid’s Guide to Growing Better Every Day” and “Y is for Yet: A Growth Mindset Alphabet”Agent Marie Kueny: Marie is doing a ‘summer enrichment’ series on her podcast ‘The Compassionate Educators Show’. I was honored to be the first guest in this series, talking about how to engage and motivate your students, regardless of academic or language abilities, in an incredibly fun way, through improv! If you want to find out more about what innovative educators are doing around the world, check out www.lessonimpossible.com. And if you like the podcast, please consider rating, reviewing and subscribing or forwarding it to a colleague. You can also follow Lesson: Impossible on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    • 12 min
    PART I: Agent Aviva Levin (Reflections on Season Two)

    PART I: Agent Aviva Levin (Reflections on Season Two)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to reflect on all the wisdom shared in Lesson: Impossible’s second season. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is your host, and mission coordinator, Aviva Levin. As many school years come to an end, so does Lesson: Impossible’s second season. I will be taking a break in July, and will be back in August with some episodes I’m really excited about, such as home-schooling partnerships, gradeless assessment, and trauma-informed teaching. However, for our last episodes I wanted to reflect on some of the wisdom my special agents/guests have shared, and pull a quote from each interview that really impacted me, and hopefully you as well. This is Part I of a two-part series of bonus episodes. Some updates for the summer from the guests of Part I:Agent LaTezeon Humphrey Balentine: Her book, Fur Friends Forever, came out April 24th. She’s also currently gathering pantry items for 50 elders at her grandma’s church, which you can help with here.Agent Rita Wirtz: Rita is continuing her advocacy. Her latest blog post is “Challenging Times, Extraordinary Opportunities!”Agent Rebecca Blouwolff: Rebecca is leading some PD this summer: MaFLA Collaborative Classroom on target language use Week of July 13 (members only, register here), ACTFL Summer Learning Series on authentic resources with Leslie Grahn Week of July 6 (register here), and a live "spark talk" and a session at National Foreign Language Center's virtual summit July 21-23 (free, sign up here)Agent Kate Ames: Kate was featured on an Australasian series on online teaching. So if you want some more tips from her, check it out here. If you want to find out more about what innovative educators are doing around the world, check out www.lessonimpossible.com. And if you like the podcast, please consider rating, reviewing and subscribing or forwarding it to a colleague. You can also follow Lesson: Impossible on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    • 13 min
    MEET A RESOURCE: Courtney Jones of ClearTheList

    MEET A RESOURCE: Courtney Jones of ClearTheList

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: #clearthelist, a global movement to help teachers buy supplies for their classrooms. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Courtney Jones, from Denver, Colorado. In this episode we discuss:The origin of the #clearthelist and #supportateacher movement and now the Clear The List FoundationWhy the movement is open to all teachers, regardless of their student populationHow ClearTheList also involves empowering teachers to advocate for funding for resources and raising awareness of the financial burden that teachers take onPiloting school stores for community members to donate to their locals schoolsHow much teachers actually spend, and questioning the status quoHow teachers can join the ClearTheList movementHow any listeners can help ClearTheList by donating Links:The Clear The List Foundation websiteClearTheList School Stores and Wish ListsClearTheList how-to guides and videosClearTheList’s Twitter If you want to find out more about what innovative educators are doing around the world, check out www.lessonimpossible.com. And if you like the podcast, please consider rating, reviewing and subscribing or forwarding it to a colleague. You can also follow Lesson: Impossible on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    • 29 min
    MINI MEET A RESOURCE: Patricia Clahar of Hands-On Entrepreneurship for Kids

    MINI MEET A RESOURCE: Patricia Clahar of Hands-On Entrepreneurship for Kids

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Hands-On Entrepreneurship for Kids, which provides guidance for students who want to turn their big ideas into businesses. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Patricia Clahar, from Greenwich, Connecticut. In this episode Patricia and I discuss:Patricia’s path to starting Hands-On Entrepreneurship for KidsThe benefits of students engaging in the process of starting a business, from practical skills, to SEL skills, to adding more dimensions to the teacher-student relationshipOne of her favorite recent projects: Books in Color*The various ways that students, teachers, and schools can work with PatriciaHow young entrepreneurs are more willing to take risksThe various ways young people raise money to fund their businesses, including the Idea Tank for Kids competitionHow to get in contact with Patricia: her website, Instagram, Facebook *If you’re interested in getting involved in this book club, please contact Patricia If you want to find out more about what innovative educators are doing around the world, check out www.lessonimpossible.com. And if you like the podcast, please consider rating, reviewing and subscribing or forwarding it to a colleague. You can also follow Lesson: Impossible on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    • 18 min
    Agent JoAnna Castellano (Conceptual Math)

    Agent JoAnna Castellano (Conceptual Math)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to explore how to increase engagement, lessen anxiety, and create real-world connections by teaching math through a Conceptual Based Instructional Model. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is JoAnna Castellano of New Brunswick, New Jersey.A transcript is available for this episode.In this episode we discuss:JoAnna’s path to teachingHer pedagogical perspective: student agency, productive struggle, teacher as facilitator, providing real-world contextAn example question using the Pythagorean theorem with Benjamin Watson’s tackle saving touchdownHow to differentiate in the conceptual modelWalking through a lesson from idea to assessment: ratio and proportions using Mayan ruinsHer biggest success: lessening math anxiety; her biggest struggle: getting teachers to buy in initiallyHow she has transferred this model online for distance learningWho to check out for math teaching inspirationJoAnna’s ideal curriculum: expanding on her work with NBPS’ Summer Bridge ProgramThe value of movement and interaction (ex. Sara Vanderwerf’s ‘stand and talks’) Links to check out:Article co-written by JoAnna: “Agency and voice: a push for greater equity and what it looks like in math”Dan Meyer (Twitter: @ddmeyer)Jo Boaler (Twitter: @joboaler)Graham Fletcher (Twitter: @gfletchy)Robert Kaplinsky (Twitter: @robertkaplinsky)Sara Vanderwerf (Twitter: @saravdwerf)Institute for Learning at the University of PittsburgActivities for students with math anxiety (no answer is incorrect if can be justified/explained): Which One Doesn’t Belong?  If you want to find out more about what innovative educators are doing around the world, check out www.lessonimpossible.com. And if you like the podcast, please consider rating, reviewing and subscribing or forwarding it to a colleague. You can also follow Lesson: Impossible on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    • 31 min
    Agent Marie Kueny (Teacher Mental Wellness)

    Agent Marie Kueny (Teacher Mental Wellness)

    Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to be compassionate to yourself as you develop strategies for mental wellness. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is counselor, coach and podcaster Marie Kueny of Kenosha, Wisconsin. A transcript is available for this episode In this episode we discuss letting go of the perfectionist mindset, how we can Teach and Go Home, the Helper’s Risk Trifecta, the counselor’s role in supporting teachers, how to set up your teaching career for mental wellness, and having an identity outside the role of teacher. Links:Marie’s WebsiteMarie’s FacebookMarie’s Podcast If you want to find out more about what innovative educators are doing around the world, check out www.lessonimpossible.com. And if you like the podcast, please consider rating, reviewing and subscribing or forwarding it to a colleague. You can also follow Lesson: Impossible on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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9 Ratings

philsteve ,

Great conversations w educators

I have listened to thousands of hours of podcasts in the last decade, and it takes a program of quality to have me listen to a second, third, fifth, tenth episode. I’ve been perusing the backlog of episodes in “lesson impossible” for the last week or so, and I love the topic-driven conversations I’ve found — specially those about distance teaching and learning and ed tech. Thanks for teacher food for thought!

SusanB7 ,

Fun and Informative

I love the whole premise because educators really are like agents in many ways. The guests are really interesting and there is much wisdom to be gleaned! Aviva really knows how to get the most out of her guests.

TooAddicting ,

Love it

Loved this podcast! It’s so encouraging to know there are amazing, caring teachers out there ☺️ Aviva is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable interviewer. Highly recommend for individual within the educational field or those just interested in learning about how teaches think.

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