Teaching is a personal profession. We shine brightest when we work together in a safe environment for the betterment of our students. Two Pint PLC is a podcast that invites you to join two educators who discuss the big issues in education in a personal and casual conversation. Two Pint PLC combines the research base, current events and personal experiences to provide a context for each listener’s own professional development.
067 Teacher Shortage & Homework Inequality
Staffing challenges in districts across the United States are fueling a narrative of a nationwide teacher shortage. However, Paul Bruno joins us to talk about his recent work showing there may not be a national shortage… or national anything.
Later, we read a paper showing some of the inequitable impacts of math homework, and the persistence of a meritocracy myth despite teachers’ knowledge of the inequity.
066 Season 5 Year in Review
This month we reflect on our year of reading scholarship and growing as humans. First we’ll return to the segments we felt had the greatest impact on our practice and our thinking from the research we read.
Later, we’ll reflect specifically on our praxis. We share some of the changes we’re making in our classroom and in our study that is moving us toward our goals as education practitioners.
Finally, we’ll share a bit about how our lives are changing outside of school… and mark the 2022 recipients of the Mug of Honor.
065 COVID Consequences & Visual Display
As the summer of 2022 wanes, we will spend some time looking at the bigger picture of how education has been affected by COVID-19 these past few years. We read reviews of the current research on COVID impacts on mental health and academic outcomes, with thoughts on how it may impact our prep for the coming year.
Later, we react to a review of research on visual displays and the importance of intentionally developing visual literacy. How can we help students learn to decode visual language?
064 Evaluative Mindsets & Sociopolitical Consciousness
Why are people so influenced by false information, even when they know better? We are joined by researcher Nikita Antonia Salovich to discuss her recent work on evaluative mindsets, and how we can apply on-going work to how we handle information in the classroom.
Later, we discuss Culturally Responsive Science Teaching - and how teachers can better cultivate sociopolitical consciousness with students.
063 Writing Achievement & Cultural Socialization
When professional development programs conflict with overemphasis on test scores, teachers face a precarious tension between their growth and the ever present threat of dubious evaluations. We read about an effort to sustain professional development in writing instruction amid a high-stakes testing environment.
Later, we look at the correlation between increasing cultural socialization and reductions in suspensions for Black students. These findings illustrate the need for a culturally competent teaching workforce.
062 Cognitive Effort & Professional Learning
The routines, rewards, and incentives we use in the classroom can help students build productive habits they use throughout their lives. We read about a series of studies that found how rewarding cognitive effort can lead to greater intrinsic motivation for participants… even after the rewards. We think about how this could apply in classrooms.
Later, we discuss a recent report promoting research on the positive impacts of professional learning. How can we get the most from our time and energy in PD?
Great listen, thoughtful discussion, rooted in evidence
Great podcast for educators or anyone wanting to learn more about K-12 education. Hosts discuss what is working well and what needs improvement using hard evidence and thorough research.
Discussion is extremely well referenced and rooted in science/evidence/research. I am regularly surprised to learn about subtle (or not-so-subtle) ways our schools and teachers are underperforming, unfair, or inequitable; and I enjoying hearing the concrete solutions for addressing these flaws and improving education.
Hosts have different styles that mesh well for an interesting listen, and their camaraderie keeps the mood fun and enjoyable. Hosts are clearly passionate and well informed. Highly recommended.
Excellent discussions and ideas for an ever-evolving teaching landscape
I had the opportunity to attend High School with Mr. Ralph and let me just say he was one of the brightest minds in our Southwest KS town. As a teacher I appreciate the honesty he brings to the conversation of developing as an educator. Plus, beer. Good beer.