38 episodes

It’s easy to see a child’s education as a path determined by grades, test scores and extra curricular activities. But genuine learning is about so much more than the points schools tally. MindShift explores the future of learning and how we raise our kids. This podcast is part of the MindShift education site, a division of KQED News. You can also visit the MindShift website for episodes and supplemental blog posts or tweet us @MindShiftKQED or visit us at MindShift.KQED.org.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 212 Ratings

It’s easy to see a child’s education as a path determined by grades, test scores and extra curricular activities. But genuine learning is about so much more than the points schools tally. MindShift explores the future of learning and how we raise our kids. This podcast is part of the MindShift education site, a division of KQED News. You can also visit the MindShift website for episodes and supplemental blog posts or tweet us @MindShiftKQED or visit us at MindShift.KQED.org.

    Down With Toxic Positivity!

    Down With Toxic Positivity!

    The pandemic has pushed many educators to their limits. And yet, some teachers are being told a better attitude could make the job easier. Some call this toxic positivity, which is when you focus on the positive and ignore the negative. In this episode, we look at how teachers can combat toxic positivity and help their classrooms avoid a culture of it.

    • 28 min
    Grades Have Huge Impact, But Are They Effective?

    Grades Have Huge Impact, But Are They Effective?

    By fall 2020, in districts around the country, high school students were failing classes at greater rates than before the pandemic, dragging down GPAs. Teachers are asking: is it time to reevaluate how we grade? Learn common misconceptions about grades in this episode and possible new directions.

    • 30 min
    MindShift is Back with Season Six!

    MindShift is Back with Season Six!

    As we begin a third school year in the coronavirus pandemic, the MindShift team examines sustaining teaching practices that can help educators and their students. This season, we’ll bring you stories and strategies that helped school communities prioritize what’s important in a child’s education. We also welcome Nimah Gobir as co-host! 

    The crises of 2020 created opportunities for change in how teachers grade and how school leaders treat their staff. But not everyone made adjustments, and that led to a spike in Fs on report cards and teacher burnout.   

    Ki Sung fact-checks some entrenched beliefs about grading practices and reports on more helpful – and more accurate – ways teachers can grade what students learn. Nimah takes us to a school that’s been proactive about student mental health and seeing the benefits of local partnerships. You’ll also hear from teachers who are struggling with toxic positivity and how to overcome it. We’ll also cover data science in math education, cultivating genius in all students and how school communities can have real conversations about race. 

    • 1 min
    Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul: Using 'Stamped (For Kids)' to Talk About Race

    Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul: Using 'Stamped (For Kids)' to Talk About Race

    For parents and teachers looking for a resource on how to talk about race with kids, there's a new book called "Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You." It's written by educator Dr. Sonja Cherry Paul and is for 7 to 12 year old children. This book is an adaptation of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds' book "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You."

    • 13 min
    Mindshift Presents OPB's Class of 2025

    Mindshift Presents OPB's Class of 2025

    Once schools went fully remote, learning online during the pandemic became a major struggle for so many students. However, for some students, being online and away from distractions at school helped them do better academically.

    • 9 min
    How Families are Pushing Schools to Teach Reading Skills More Effectively

    How Families are Pushing Schools to Teach Reading Skills More Effectively

    As a child, Connie Williams learned to read using the “whole word” strategy, which has since been disproven as an effective technique. She graduated high school in Oakland, Calif., but she was functionally illiterate. Since then, her children and grandchildren have attended Oakland public schools, all of them struggling to learn to read. And it wasn’t just her family -- the district is failing thousands of kids. Now, Connie Williams is part of a movement of families advocating for phonics instruction, hoping that different teaching strategies will help their kids finally learn how to read well enough to access the rest of their education. After all, equal access to education is supposed to be a civil right.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

Elise M.C ,

Every episode is gold

This podcast adds so much to my life, I don’t know how I survived before it. Short yet tells a complete story that is well researched and captivating. As a parent this expands my view so wildly and for that I am appreciative.

ECMarissa ,

It’s insightful, refreshing and parents AND educators should listen!

As a parent, podcaster and early educator, I listen and refer to this podcast regularly. The content is well-produced, researched and well-rounded information that is useful as well as entertaining. I share it out to my network often. Thank you!

ms.tina_leo ,

Let kids to be kids!

I have seen how much pressure kids are experiencing with over scheduling and high expectation from their parents. To revamp the culture and let kids to be kids again takes an entire district to realize the significance that mental wellness is not a slogan but acceptance to true humanity.

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