New teacher? Seasoned veteran? Leader in a school or district? No matter what your role, being in education these days is tough. We’re here to help. Join our host, Dr. Wendy Amato, as she tackles challenging issues in education with experts in the field and discusses how to inspire meaningful, vibrant, and fun PD, shifting perceptions about professional learning.
School Leaders Should be Watermarks (w/Dr. Tim Schigur)
This week on Teaching Channel Talks, we are joined by Dr. Tim Schigur, a distinguished educator with a multifaceted career in school leadership. As a seasoned educational leader, Dr. Schigur brings a wealth of experience and insight to our discussion, centering on the intricate dynamics of school leadership, organizational strategies, and the nuanced decision-making processes that shape the educational landscape at the highest levels. Tune in as Dr. Schigur shares his wisdom and sheds light on the multifaceted challenges of educational leadership.
Resources for Continued LearningDr. Tim Schigur is the co-author of the book, Successful Middle School Instructional Technology, a companion guide to The Successful Middle School that provides a framework to develop a common language and approach to instructional technology in middle school.
Dr. Schigur's book is one of the many resources offered by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). AMLE is an international organization for middle school educators offering a strong community of over 3500 educators, and high-level content and resources for teachers and leaders working with young adolescents. Teaching Channel is offering special discounts and offers for AMLE members, learn more and become a part of AMLE here.
Heart-Centered Approaches to Teaching and Learning (w/Regyna Curtis & Dr. Adrienne MacIain)
By taking a heart-centered approach to teaching and embracing intuition as a part of learning, we can become better educators and help our students think outside of the box. Join Dr. Wendy Amato, Dr. Adrienne MacIain, and Regyna Curtis as they talk about how we can make subtle changes in our teaching approach to help boost the creativity of ourselves and our learners. From defining creative leadership to addressing the dangers of "creativity killers" this inspiring discussion will leave you with actionable ways to encourage your students with clarity and confidence.
Resources for Continued LearningDr. Adrienne MacIain is a bestselling author of the Creative Flow for All series. Learn more from Dr. MacIain in her new book, Spark Genius: Creative Flow, Unleashed. Adrienne also offers additional resources for you to learn to unlock your creativity, including a Free eBook.
In this episode, Wendy and Regyna reference a previous episode of Teaching Channel Talks. Catch up with Dr. Wendy Amato and Regyna Curtis as they discuss ways to bring clarity and confidence into the classroom.
Learning to Notice—Improving Teaching Through the Use of Video (w/Dr. Miriam Sherin)
So much happens in our classrooms at any given moment, and as teachers, we often have to choose where to place our focus. Video gives us a chance to take a closer look with a different lens!
In this episode of Teaching Channel Talks, we're joined by Dr. Miriam Sherin, professor and Associate Provost at Northwestern University, to talk about how she uses video to help both prospective and current educators improve their teaching and learning. In this conversation, Wendy and Miriam talk about how the use of video has changed over time, caution against its evaluative use, and explain why "learning to notice" can positively impact our teaching practice.
In this episode, Dr. Sherin talks about some of the annotation tools she and her students use. One of these tools is the new Teaching Channel platform! Learn how we're harnessing the power of video to bring professional learning and support for educators all in one place.
Miriam and Wendy also stress the importance of not using video as a "Gotcha" tool. Learn how to use video to build a growth-based evaluation system in From “Gotcha” to Growth: Teacher Evaluation Systems That Work, a free eBook from the K12 Hub.
Practicing Positivity and Celebrating Neurodiversity (w/ Dr. Patricia Wright)
We're all tired of hearing superficial self-care recommendations — take a bubble bath, put on a smile, just think happy thoughts! This week, Dr. Patricia Wright, Executive Director at Proof Positive, the Autism Wellbeing Alliance, joins the podcast to talk about real, evidence-based strategies to promote wellbeing. Dr. Wright and Dr. Amato's uplifting conversation focuses on positive psychology, the skills of happiness, and ways to build strong relationships to better support our autistic students.
Resources for Continued LearningLearn more about Dr. Wright's work with Proof Positive and start working toward a better you, and a better community for your autistic students, by visiting their website and joining the Autism Wellbeing Alliance.
What's Really Going on Here? Northwestern's Exploration of Mathematical Thinking (w/ Sarah Larison)
Are you looking at your students through a strength-based lens? This week on Teaching Channel Talks, Wendy is joined by Sarah Larison, from Northwestern University, to discuss her work in advancing teacher preparation, particularly through the use of video. While mathematical argumentation is at the focal point of this insightful conversation, Sarah's research helps educators of all content areas go beyond filing gaps in student learning and instead, notice student thinking.
Resources for Continued LearningLooking to bring Mathematical Thinking into your own math classroom? Teaching Channel offers several graduate-level continuing education courses, including 5154: Deep Thinking Practices for the Math Classroom, to help you get started.
Ready to start using video to improve your teaching? Explore the new Teaching Channel Video Platform!
Why Professional Development Should be Professional Learning (w/Jim Thompson)
Is professional development synonymous with professional learning? Jim Thompson, an instructional coach with five decades of experience in teaching and leadership positions, teamed up with Dr. Wendy Amato on the podcast to delve into the present state of professional learning in education and explore how video coaching can have a transformative impact on fostering teacher growth.
Resources for Continued LearningLearn more from Jim in his book with Dr. Casey Kosiorek, A Quick Guide To Video Coaching.
During the podcast, Jim references these resources related to professional learning and teacher growth:
John Hattie: Collective Teacher EfficacyHarvard University’s Best Foot Forward ProjectBuilding Ratio: Training Students to Think and Learn for Themselves, Kolby AtchisonThe Definitive Guide to Instructional Coaching: Seven Factors for Success, Jim KnightYou're Not Listening, Kate Murphy