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The Classroom Collaborative Teacher Podcast is a show about teaching, classroom, and education. Join Deedee Wills and Adam Peterson we tackle new classroom tips and tricks in every episode. Our hearts are centered in primary education with our years of experience in Pre-K, kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade classrooms, but we also connect with outside experts and teachers throughout the K-12 professional development. This teacher podcast is for you! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theclassroomcollaborative/support

The Classroom Collaborative Podcast Deedee Wills and Adam Peterson

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 59 Ratings

The Classroom Collaborative Teacher Podcast is a show about teaching, classroom, and education. Join Deedee Wills and Adam Peterson we tackle new classroom tips and tricks in every episode. Our hearts are centered in primary education with our years of experience in Pre-K, kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade classrooms, but we also connect with outside experts and teachers throughout the K-12 professional development. This teacher podcast is for you! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theclassroomcollaborative/support

    Summer is Coming! Teachers on Summer Break!

    Summer is Coming! Teachers on Summer Break!

    Elementary teachers in summer!   How are you taking a break and how can you fill your teacher bucket?  Adam and Deedee talk about some professional learning opportunities for kindergarten and first-grade teachers.  They offer suggestions on books to read and conferences that will get them excited for next year!

    Learn more about The Educator Summit by going to:


    The Educator Summit

    Catch up on all of the past podcast notes by heading to:  


    https://mrswillskindergarten.com/podcast_episodes/teacher-professional-development/


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    • 32 min
    Spread Classroom and Community Kindness with Yellow Day!

    Spread Classroom and Community Kindness with Yellow Day!

    Deedee and Adam chat about Adam's kindness movement that has spread globally.  His #betheyellow message challenges people of all ages to create brightness wherever they go!


    Adam's TEDx Talk
    Yellow Day Activities



    How can you include these kindness ideas in your own classroom?  Listen as Adam explains what Yellow Day looks like in his own kindergarten classroom.


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    • 35 min
    Blending Practices that Yield Better Results

    Blending Practices that Yield Better Results

    Deedee and Adam continue their discussion on the Science of Reading. Specifically, they discuss blending and segmenting best practices.  Deedee was asked by a kindergarten teacher if teachers should include alphabet cards that include the key sound picture (mnemonics) on the card to practice blending and segmenting.

    Listen in to learn about how to make your instruction more efficient and more effective.



    Learn more and download the free file mentioned by clicking:


    Phonics Blending Best Practices – Blending Practices That Yield Better Results

    Learn more about the Science of Reading in these articles:


    What Does A Science Of Reading Lesson Plan Look Like? Free File Too
    How To Teach Blending Letter Sounds And Word-Building In Kindergarten




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    • 45 min
    How Much Time Should a Phonics Lesson Take?

    How Much Time Should a Phonics Lesson Take?

    How Much Time Should a Phonics Lesson Take? Deedee and Adam discuss an article by Tim Shanahan where he answers the question about the length of a phonics lesson and best practices.  Deedee and Adam talk about phonics instruction AND application in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms through the lens of the Science of Reading.

    High leverage routines will have students actively apply phonics skills while practicing blending and segmenting. By making your lessons more concise and explicit, you can shorten the time spent doing low-yielding activities.  A few tweaks to your routines will result in amazing results.




    How Much Phonics Should I Teach?



    Learn more about the daily routines of a Science of Reading Lesson Plan by clicking:


    What Does A Science Of Reading Lesson Plan Look Like? Free File Too


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    • 30 min
    Sound Walls or Word Walls? Which are Better?

    Sound Walls or Word Walls? Which are Better?

    Deedee and Adam continue to talk about the Science of Reading and specifically get into the differences between sound walls and word walls in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.

    Listen in as they discuss an article found on Reading Rockets:




    Transitioning from Word Walls to Sound Walls






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    • 19 min
    Are Leveled Texts Bad? Let's Chat About the Science of Reading

    Are Leveled Texts Bad? Let's Chat About the Science of Reading

    Deedee and Adam discuss the Science of Reading and how it affects leveled texts in kindergarten and first grade.  Many teachers continue to use guided reading as part of their small group instruction or intervention instruction.

    Deedee and Adam chat about the texts we select to use in our classrooms.  They offer tweaks to instruction that will help teachers align their practices closer to the ideals outlined with structured literacy.



    Read more about the difference between Leveled Texts and Guided Reading:


    Are Guided Reading Lesson Plans Wrong? 5 Ways To Bring The Science Of Reading Into Your Classroom


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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

MRMorel ,

So great!

Y’all are so great at engaging your listeners! So easy to listen to, and you have great ideas that are so practical to use in the classroom.

Velvetme ,

Learning so much about education

I’m just a parent enthusiast here, hobbies include education and development (really isn’t everyone’s hobby education?) I love this podcast and I did splurge on a summit pass, ...because content. Love to use the conversation and tools to explore my little one’s world and find new ways to really dial in and connect with her. That is why and how she will learn, because we have a tight bond and I have tools to help guide and support her experience of planet Earth, as my own little VIP guest

caseybeachgirl ,

Love ❤️

This podcast brings me so much joy on my morning runs! Love Deedee and Adam—they share amazing ideas and they’re just so much fun. (The only drawback is that I have to constantly stop to take notes!) 😁👏🏻

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