10 episodes

We are Monica Kowalski and Erin Wibbens, professors of education working with beginning teachers in Catholic schools across the country. We believe that teacher formation is an ongoing process that includes learning from current research. In each episode, we will unpack a work of current educational scholarship and discuss applications for classroom teachers.

Special thanks to our sound editor and theme music creator, Joe Stone.

Teacher Formation Podcast Monica Kowalski, Ph.D.

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We are Monica Kowalski and Erin Wibbens, professors of education working with beginning teachers in Catholic schools across the country. We believe that teacher formation is an ongoing process that includes learning from current research. In each episode, we will unpack a work of current educational scholarship and discuss applications for classroom teachers.

Special thanks to our sound editor and theme music creator, Joe Stone.

    Trauma-Informed Teaching and COVID

    Trauma-Informed Teaching and COVID

    We discuss Kara Newhouse's MindShift article: Four Core Priorities for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning.
    https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/55679/four-core-priorities-for-trauma-informed-distance-learning
    For more about Trauma-Informed Teaching, we recommend this site: https://www.transformingeducation.org/trauma-informed-sel-toolkit/
    We also mentioned the great Catholic resources on this site:
    https://www.looktohimandberadiant.com/2016/02/from-kids-for-kids-practical-ideas-for.html
    Thanks for listening, and thanks to our sound editor and music composer, Joe Stone.

    • 27 min
    How to Teach Reading

    How to Teach Reading

    Today we chat about how we approach the teaching of reading as we read Lucy Calkins' article "No one gets to own the term 'The science of reading.'" We talk about the history of the "reading wars" and how we both endorse a balanced literacy approach. We also discuss how to support older students who are lacking foundational reading and decoding skills. Read along with the article here:
    https://readingandwritingproject.org/news/no-one-gets-to-own-the-term-the-science-of-reading

    Special thanks to our sound editor and theme music creator, Joe Stone.

    • 27 min
    The Role of Competition in Classrooms

    The Role of Competition in Classrooms

    In this episode, we discuss the article "No one wants to be a loser: High school students' perceptions of academic competition" by Kowalski and Christensen. The article can be read here: https://www.mwera.org/MWER/volumes/v31/issue4/V31n4-Kowalski-FEATURE-ARTICLE.pdf

    Are students motivated by competition? You may be surprised at the results of this study. How should teachers use competition in their classrooms? Spoiler alert: they shouldn't!

    • 23 min
    Starting the School Year Strong

    Starting the School Year Strong

    We discuss 2004 Elementary School Journal article The First Days of School in the Classrooms of Two More Effective and Four Less Effective Primary-Grades Teachers by Bohn, Roehrig, and Pressley. The article can be accessed here: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3202942?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

    In a nutshell? Teachers practices in the first few days of the school year set the foundation for subsequent student motivation and achievement throughout the year.

    Special thanks to Joe Stone for sound editing and intro music.

    • 26 min
    Autonomy Supportive Teaching

    Autonomy Supportive Teaching

    From the framework of Self-Determination Theory, we discuss how different kinds of autonomy support students' motivation in the classroom. Our featured article is Supporting Autonomy in the Classroom: Ways Teachers Encourage Student Decision Making and Ownership. This article is from Educational Psychologist in 2004, by Stafanou, Perencevich, DiCinto, and Turner. You can find the article here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/s15326985ep3902_2

    • 28 min
    What do we know about PLCs?

    What do we know about PLCs?

    Today we chat about a 2008 article in Teaching and Teacher Education- "A Review of Research on the Impact of Professional Learning Communities on Teaching Practice and Student Learning" by Vescio, Ross, & Adams. The article can be accessed here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0742051X07000066
    What makes an official PLC? Does the focus have to be academic learning? We share our thoughts in response to this research.

    • 23 min

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