23 episodes

What Teachers Have to Say brings together innovative educators to talk about what it means to be a teacher in the modern classroom. Each episode explores the emotional complexity of teaching as hosts Jake & Nathan talk through the trials and triumphs of teaching. We talk access and equity, artificial intelligence, student behavior, teacher burnout, mentorship models & more. Find practical teaching advice and resources presented in an approachable and real way, alongside valuable insights and inspiration in these thought-provoking conversations, for educators at all levels.

What Teachers Have to Say Jacob Carr and Nathan Collins

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What Teachers Have to Say brings together innovative educators to talk about what it means to be a teacher in the modern classroom. Each episode explores the emotional complexity of teaching as hosts Jake & Nathan talk through the trials and triumphs of teaching. We talk access and equity, artificial intelligence, student behavior, teacher burnout, mentorship models & more. Find practical teaching advice and resources presented in an approachable and real way, alongside valuable insights and inspiration in these thought-provoking conversations, for educators at all levels.

    56 Skills for the Future: EduProtocol-ing the McKinsey & Company Report

    56 Skills for the Future: EduProtocol-ing the McKinsey & Company Report

    Are we really preparing students for their future? Educators are tasked to teach state standards, but are we also teaching the skills that students really need to be successful in the “real world”? State standards and standardized tests often test rote memorization more than real world application. The struggle is real and how will they get a job when they can’t turn in homework on time?!?! is a common refrain in the staff room, but what are the real life skills we need to be teaching?

    Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company recently put forth a report on the “56 foundational skills for the future of work” they refer to as: future-citizen skills. While meant for the business world to guide global leaders and captains of industry, Jake & Nathan explore how these skills are reflected in an educational environment. Does what we teach translate into real world outcomes in the lives of our students?

    Stay to the end for tips on how you can start teaching these skills in your future-focused classroom! Using EduProtocols as a framework, our hosts consider the popular EduProtocols: Wicked Hydra (One of Jake’s own! From his upcoming book!), Iron Chef, and Sketch & Tell and align the classic pedagogical approaches embedded in these lesson frames to McKinsey & Company's 56 real-world, business-approved, future-citizen skills. You can build self-confidence and real-world-skills in students. Join us as we pull back the curtain on the “foundational skills” that are crucial to our students’ future success.

    Resources Mentioned in the episode:

    McKinsey & Company: Defining the skills citizens will need in the future world of work

    EduProtocols

    EduProtocols: ELA Edition by Jacob Carr COMING SOON! Sign up here for updates!

    EduProtocols: Social Studies Edition by Dr. Scott Petri & Adam Moler

    Find Adam Moler’s work at Moler's Musings

    • 53 min
    In the Small Places with Dr. Fred Mednick: Stories From a Teacher Changemaker

    In the Small Places with Dr. Fred Mednick: Stories From a Teacher Changemaker

    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Move into the weekend with an incredible, inspiring, hope-filled conversation about the immense cultural value teachers have as problem solvers and keepers of democratic ideals. Don't wait for acts of Congress, act with your conscience.

    Dr. Fred Mednick is a teacher changemaker, global educator, thought leader, and founder of Teachers Without Borders. Awarded the Champion of African Education Award, the Luxembourg Peace Prize, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for Peace. Professor Emeritus from Johns Hopkins and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Jake & Nathan have an incredible conversation about the idea of the classroom—your classroom—as a laboratory of democracy. This educator calls Dr. Jane Goodall a close friend and mentor, and his new book In the Small Places: Stories of Teacher Changemakers and the Power of Human Agency describes the stories of local heroes who are working on some of the world's most challenging issues: education in emergencies, peace and human rights education, and the education of girls.

    With a title borrowed from the following quote, this book portrays teachers as the human center of social change—"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." - Eleanor Roosevelt

    Resources mentioned in the episode:

    ⁠In the Small Places: Stories of Teacher Changemakers and the Power of Human Agency⁠ Amazon Link⁠

    In the Small Places: Stories of Teacher Changemakers and the Power of Human Agency Website

    Teachers Without Borders

    • 1 hr 1 min
    CODE.org's Mission with Pat Yongpradit: Computer Science For All Students

    CODE.org's Mission with Pat Yongpradit: Computer Science For All Students

    Pat Yongpradit is a nationally recognized computer science education advocate and thought leader working at the policy level to make sure ALL students have the opportunity to learn computer science. You can't talk CS in education without talking CODE.org! Pat has been at CODE since the beginning and is currently the Chief Academic Officer.

    Before CODE, Pat was a high school computer science teacher. At CODE, he made it his mission to reshape the way that computer science is taught. He has been instrumental in developing the computer science curriculum that is used by tens of millions of students worldwide. He has dedicated his career to making computer science education accessible to all students, regardless of their background.

    We discuss the current state of K-12 computer science education, why it's so important for all students to have the opportunity to learn CS, and what parents, teachers and policymakers can do to continue expanding access as AI tools fundamentally change the way we educate.

    While we talk some valid concerns and potential pitfalls, our focus is on the future. Together we can create edtech-infused classrooms where students are empowered to use AI tools with teachers to enhance their learning. We need to work as a "vanguard" team of innovative educators and lead the way. Stay to end to hear about Pat's secret mission!

    ... and come say "Hi!" to Jake & Nathan, Pat from CODE.org, and Bill Nye the Science Guy (!!!) at the ASU+GSV AIR Show in San Diego, CA — April 13th-15th. It's a FREE event! REGISTER HERE to attend!

    Resources mentioned in the episode:

    CODE.org

    CODE.org's AI Resources

    Teach AI — Sign up for their mailing list!

    AI for Education — AI implementation resources for teachers and school districts!

    EduProtocols Community | Facebook Group

    • 58 min
    It's Not One More Thing! Computer Science For All Educators with BCOE

    It's Not One More Thing! Computer Science For All Educators with BCOE

    Jake & Nathan are joined by Tracey Allen, Janet Brownell, and Anna Johnson from the Butte County Office of Education to talk about the future of Computer Science in schools. BCOE has been innovating in the sphere of EdTech integration in Northern California for years and has a VERY successful, cutting-edge library model with their EdTech Exchange so that all educators and all students can access creative, innovative, and engaging EdTech tools to use in their classes.

    Did you know there are "new" Computer Science state standards in California that you may not even be aware of? We talk Seasons of CS, EWIG, CS First, and the CSTA to find resources and professional development opportunities to integrate EdTech in ALL classrooms and subject areas in ways you might not expect. Computer Science can transform your entire workflow, even as an ELA teacher! Join this crew to dig into why Computer Science IS NOT just one more thing.

    Resources mentioned:

    CSTA Resources Library

    Seasons of CS | California's Year-Round Computer Science (CS) Professional Learning Program

    BCOE Educational Technology Exchange⁠

    Register Here! for the Spring in CS Summit (Redding, CA)

    (05:30) CS is for Everyone

    (18:00) CSTA Resources

    (19:00) CS First with Google

    (21:00) Tips from an EdTech Coach

    (24:00) Computer as a Tool

    (25:00) Coding Robots in ELA

    (28:40) Minecraft Farms

    (29:00) Basic CS Skills Across Content Areas

    (32:00) Transcend Your Lesson

    (35:00) EdTech Exchange Library Model

    (42:40) Importance of Libraries

    (44:00) CS is in Everything

    (46:30) Where are we headed?

    (49:00) Future Careers with CS

    (50:45) Seasons of CS

    (52:15) Natural Language as Coding Language

    (59:30) CS in SPED with Piper

    (60:01) Next year?

    • 1 hr 7 min
    What Do We Really Want from AI? Stanford HAI's AI+Education Summit (2024)

    What Do We Really Want from AI? Stanford HAI's AI+Education Summit (2024)

    If you want to be on the bleeding edge of current AI+Education discourse, this episode is for you!

    Jake & Nathan break down Stanford's 2024 AI+Education Summit held by Stanford HAI (Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence). Follow the link to explore a selection of recorded sessions from the day and get in on the conversation.

    AI promises us limitless potential to shape our students' educational experiences, and personalized learning is more possible than ever: but at what cost? Is AI inherently biased against students-of-color? Will AI make coding skills obsolete? What will legislation look like? What will the national rollout look like in terms of AI-powered ed-tech tools and teacher training? These questions (and many more) are being thoughtfully considered by current thought-leaders in the field.

    This landmark event, held in the heart of silicon valley, brings together members of academia, industry, media, and practicing educators to advance current discourse on the use of AI+education. Stay to the end for our one-word takeaway! Hint: does it spark joy?

    "Not long ago, the Internet was an escape from the real world. Today, the real world is an escape from the Internet" — Ge Wang

    • 53 min
    The 7 Circles of Procrastination: Challenging the Stereotype of the Lazy Student

    The 7 Circles of Procrastination: Challenging the Stereotype of the Lazy Student

    Current research on the psychology of procrastination tells us it’s A LOT more complex than just "laziness" ...

    Leveraging the work of psychologist, author, and fellow podcaster Dr. Adam Grant, from his recent appearance on an episode of the Huberman Lab podcast, and his latest book Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things, Jake & Nathan challenge the notion that this behavior in students (and teachers) is somehow related to what we keep calling "laziness."

    While chronic procrastinators are the bane of every educator’s existence, there isn’t an easy answer to why students do it. There is definitely a reason, but it’s not that they’re lazy! We break down, step-by-step, a framework for understanding seven (7) different types of procrastination that all educators should know about. Name it to tame it! 

    You can use this framework to better understand and help your toughest procrastinators (which might be YOU), so make sure to stay 'til the end for the practical application. Next episode, we will be exploring the concept of MOTIVATION. Subscribe so you don’t miss out! We will be following this thread to the end for our fellow educators.

    Check out Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World for another resource to help you get stuff done. Jake mentions this book in the episode and relied on the creative scheduling and time-blocking approach to write his upcoming book!

    • 44 min

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