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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.

Two Pint PLC Laurence Woodruff & Michael Ralph

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

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.

    084 Theater Empathy & Cognitive Load

    084 Theater Empathy & Cognitive Load

    Field trips to the theater can be memorable opportunities for students to engage in community-based performing arts. Dr. Goldstein joins us to talk about how even a single theater experience can have an impact on socio-emotional outcomes like empathy and perspective-taking for students.

    Later, we discuss the intersection of cognitive load theory and motivation. Their method of diagramming teacher practice across both led us to lively reflection on our own tendencies in the classroom.

    • 44 min
    083 Underachievement & Artificial Intelligence

    083 Underachievement & Artificial Intelligence

    Student underachievement occurs when students’ day-to-day class performance is lower than their test scores predict it should be. We read a review of research that shows the causes of underachievement can vary widely. Still, it gives teachers some useful starting points when trying to help a student reach their full potential.

    Later, we discuss some recent coverage of AI and student cheating. We reflect on how student use of artificial intelligence - whether or not it is teacher-approved - may sit in relation to our classroom values.

    • 44 min
    082 Stimulus Complexity & Student Caregiving

    082 Stimulus Complexity & Student Caregiving

    This month is a collaborative episode with the hosts of the School Spirits podcast. We read a study of pigeon working memory that indicates complex visuals activate substantially more of our brains than simple ones, which can help with memory and processing of information.

    Later, we discuss new data that shows how common caregiving responsibilities are among school students. The findings prompt us to think about how schools can be places that support and embrace students as caregivers.

    • 44 min
    081 Instructional Agency & Bilingual Math

    081 Instructional Agency & Bilingual Math

    Researchers measured the impact of student-directed project weeks on their sense of motivation over the course of a school year. We reflect on the importance of consistently prioritizing learner agency throughout the year, rather than sequestering it to a single week of freedom.

    Later, we read a review of research on learning math in bilingual settings. Their paper emphasizes the influence of the teaching language on learner processing, and the importance of someone’s multilingual schema as they process mathematical concepts.

    • 42 min
    080 Growth Mindset & Music Distractions

    080 Growth Mindset & Music Distractions

    This month we talk with Dr. Elisabeth Tipton about the research support for growth mindset interventions, and the flaws in last month’s meta-analysis. Together we consider how growth mindset should be part of a more comprehensive approach to helping students improve.

    Later, we read how listening to music reduces our ability to use our working memory for academic tasks. Their laboratory study shows music has a cost, but we wonder whether the cost of background classroom distractions might be higher.

    • 44 min
    079 Meta-Analyses: Co-Teaching & Growth Mindset

    079 Meta-Analyses: Co-Teaching & Growth Mindset

    A meta-analysis of co-teaching showed that it benefits students to have more than one adult in the classroom, regardless of the specifics. We reflect on what it could mean to successfully build a co-teaching classroom based on trust among the teachers and students.

    Later, we read another meta-analysis that is sharply critical of the current research on growth mindset. We consider what their critiques mean for our past support of growth mindset research and what elements of growth mindset we want to keep (for now).

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Cmroberts72 ,

A terrific podcast for teaching enthusiasts

I am a new teacher and new to a lot of the concepts discussed in the podcast, but I very much enjoyed it.

I also really enjoyed the talk about the beer as it’s something that makes this podcast unique.

I recommend this podcast.

Luggnutt- ,

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.

NeverBeRoyle ,

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.

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