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.
048 Gamification & Research Impact
Gamification offers a fresh take on teaching design that offers increased engagement and improved learning. However, research to-date has been unclear about what components of gamification work. We read a meta-analysis that searches for which pieces of gamification can benefit your students.
Later, we turned to a study of how research is interpreted by teachers. They identify which measures are popular and which ones are effective. As teachers, we can recognize our preference so we can manage our bias as we read.
047 Epistemic Disobedience & Neuroscience Motivation
047 Epistemic Disobedience & Neuroscience Motivation by Laurence Woodruff & Michael Ralph
046 Nature Of Science & Malleable Self - Concept
Science communication has been turned upside down by the explosion of popularity of social media platforms. We read a reconceptualization of nature-of-science education for the social media age. What is our job as teachers, of any content area, to prepare our students to be responsible consumers of science as citizens?
Later, we turned to the role of a person’s self-concept in shaping how the interpret information and engage in learning. How much of our students’ self-concept can we influence as teachers, and what can we do to help students see themselves as successful learners?
045 Differentiated Numeracy & Goal Consensus
The importance of mathematical reasoning is visible in conversations from pandemics to politics. Sarah Dolence joins us to discuss how a numeracy framework developed for citizens can inform math instruction for students.
Later, we read research connecting instructional choices to student perceptions of classroom goal structures. From tasks to evaluations, are we incentivizing growth?
Finally, Sarah shares her experience teaching to a hybrid classroom of simultaneous in-person and remote students.
044 Student Teaching And Scripted Curricula
The future of teaching depends on training future educators, but pairing student teachers with effective veterans can be challenging. New research allays some fears from veteran teachers by showing that taking a student teacher does not negatively impact classroom outcomes.
Later, we explore a critique of scripted curricula that shows their inconsistency with democratic values… even at a theoretical level.
Finally, we consider our options to build community in the waiting time before Zoom call starts.
043 Video Technique & Need - Supportive Teaching
With many schools beginning the fall in remote or hybrid settings, we’re still thinking about digital teaching. Research on filming techniques shows how your camera and editing choices impact student retention and understanding.
Later, we read about a new model for need-supportive teaching. Three essential elements build an engaging and productive classroom.
Finally, we reflect on the role of teacher judgement in that need-supportive model.
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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.