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Where we explore the wide world of effective teaching strategies made possible when we stop teaching from the front of the room. This podcast shares practical teaching practices, and new approaches to teaching challenges powered by flipped instruction.

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Where we explore the wide world of effective teaching strategies made possible when we stop teaching from the front of the room. This podcast shares practical teaching practices, and new approaches to teaching challenges powered by flipped instruction.

    More Transparency, More Communication, More Face-to-Face Meetings With Parents Recommended Post-Covid

    More Transparency, More Communication, More Face-to-Face Meetings With Parents Recommended Post-Covid

    We invited a parent, a teacher, and a school administrator to talk about engaging parents in the wake of the pandemic.  Among the recommendations are more transparency, more communication and more face time between teachers and parents.

    Resources: Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI)

    Follow our PLN on Twitter: @ideasforteacher  @bamradionetwork @jonharper70bd

    Laura Burns is the parent of two school-aged children. Her research and advocacy background has helped her develop relationships with her children's teachers and reframe her perspective on classroom communication.

    Scott Will has been in the education profession for 23 years. Scott has been in school administration the past twelve years, the most recent two years as a Superintendent of a public charter school focused on arts integration and mastery-based learning.  He is a husband and father of five children, an avid backpacker, and enjoys watching individuals grow into the best version of themselves.  Scott views his overall purpose as serving and his passion is education and the growth of students as learners and individuals.

    Jon Harper is an elementary school teacher and a former assistant principal at Choptank Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. This is his 12th year as an assistant principal, and prior to that he was a math coach and taught first through fifth grades. He is the author of My Bad: 24 Educators Who Messed Up Fessed Up and Grew! He Hosts #MyBad Radio and Teachers' Aid.

    • 18 min
    Why We’re Rethinking Student Engagement for the New School Year

    Why We’re Rethinking Student Engagement for the New School Year

    Though student engagement has always been essential to teaching and learning, the pandemic has impacted students in ways that raise questions about what it takes to engage students this term. In this episode, we invited a panel of educators to share their updated thinking on student engagement in a post-pandemic classroom.

    Resources: Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI)

    Follow our PLN on Twitter: @AngelaMaiers @jaymctighe @curriculumblog @MsRandazzo @ideasforteacher @bamradionetwork @jonharper70bd

    Jay McTighe has co-authored 14 books, including the award-winning and best-selling “Understanding by Design” series with Grant Wiggins. He recently co-authored Teaching for Deeper Learning: Tools to Engage Students in Meaning Making with Harvey Silver. He is the director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments.

    Angela Maiers has been listed as one of IBM’s Top 20 Global Influencers, named by Forbes as one of the Top 5 Education Leaders to Watch, in 2017 and 2018, and is among Huffington Post’s Top 100 Social Media Influencers! Angela founded the global movement, Choose2Matter in 2014, with a singular mission to help individuals recognize their value and potential contribution to change both their own lives and the world. Her work has been shared in 78,000 classrooms across 100 countries that has rallied more than a million children.

    Brian Smith has taught at Triton Central Elementary for over 20 years in both 1st and 4th-grade classrooms. In addition to that, Brian is the co-director of the 4th-12th grade NASP archery program at Triton Central. At home, Brian is the father of 7th-grade twins and loves to spend time in his woodworking shop.

    Dr. Steven Weber serves as the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Fayetteville Public Schools (Arkansas). During his career in public education, he has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary instruction, and executive director of curriculum and instruction. He has also served as a social studies curriculum coordinator with the Arkansas Department of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

    Karen Randazzo is an enthusiastic chemistry teacher in New Jersey. She believes that every student has the power to learn anything, even chemistry. Chemistry teacher by day, teacher-author by night, she’s dedicated to making teachers’ lives more manageable by offering professional development, sharing her engaging resources on her website, and collaborating with educators on various social media platforms. A former ‘chalk and talk’ teacher, she shares her journey navigating the Next Generation Science Standards and student-centered learning on her YouTube channel.

    • 19 min
    Adjusting Our Expectations of Students

    Adjusting Our Expectations of Students

    Like us, our students have been through a lot over the last two years and many of the traditional expectations we have of them simply don’t fit. Join us as we talk about expectations and how we can adjust them to meet the moment with greater ease.

    Resources: Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI)

    Follow our PLN on Twitter: @ideasforteacher @bamradionetwork @jonharper70bd @the_delta_group

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    Ashley Ertel is a Nationally Board Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an additional specialty as a Certified DBT Professional. She is currently based in Colorado but moves often due to being Active Duty military. As part of her military career, she has reached the rank of Major and currently oversees the operations of 3 outpatient mental health clinics. Her clinical experience has been focused mostly on crisis work, treating personality disorders, and chemical dependency; however, she also holds additional licenses as a Certified Lactation Counselor and Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and volunteers hundreds of hours assisting parents adjust to their precious new role. In 2019 she founded The Delta Group, a private practice focused on providing quality and affordable mental and maternal health care.
    Kristi Harjo has been a middle school science teacher for over 20 years. She was introduced to blended learning over 10 years ago, and she has been implementing the flipped classroom model and science station rotation model ever since. Her students have repeatedly told me that they prefer the flipped classroom model for notetaking as opposed to the traditional model and wish that more teachers used the model in their own classrooms.

    Steve Martinez is a passionate Social Science teacher with a fervor for Edtech. He holds his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Educational Technology. Steve speaks regularly at conferences on topics ranging from Blended learning, student inquiry, and Project-Based Learning. While being a Kami Hero, Edpuzzle Coach, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Steve’s big passion is to be part of a bigger conversation surrounding teaching and supporting students.

    • 11 min
    Why It’s So Important to Acknowledge the Silent Grief in This Challenging School Year

    Why It’s So Important to Acknowledge the Silent Grief in This Challenging School Year

    In this episode, we unpack the silent grief many of us are feeling about the myriad ways teaching has changed since the pandemic and how those changes are impacting our students and our careers.

    Resources: Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI)

    Follow our PLN on Twitter: @ideasforteacher @bamradionetwork @the_delta_group

    Ashley Ertel is a Nationally Board Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an additional specialty as a Certified DBT Professional. She is currently based in Colorado but moves often due to being Active Duty military. As part of her military career, she has reached the rank of Major and currently oversees the operations of 3 outpatient mental health clinics. Her clinical experience has been focused mostly on crisis work, treating personality disorders, and chemical dependency; however, she also holds additional licenses as a Certified Lactation Counselor and Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and volunteers hundreds of hours assisting parents adjust to their precious new role. In 2019 she founded The Delta Group, a private practice focused on providing quality and affordable mental and maternal health care.

    • 11 min
    Psychological Safety: What It Is, Why It Matters in Every Classroom and Every School

    Psychological Safety: What It Is, Why It Matters in Every Classroom and Every School

    Increasingly, we are accepting that social-emotional learning needs to take priority ahead of teaching content. In this episode, we discuss psychological safety, and why it’s foundational to social-emotional learning.


    Resources: Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI)


    Follow on Twitter: @alice_bouis @D4Griffin3@jonharper70b@ideasforteacher @bamradionetwork


    Alice Bouis is an innovation project manager based in Paris, France, she started teaching to Bachelor students in 2017. She immediately loved it, and has ever since taught her classes to over 1000 students in parallel of conducting digital transformation and innovation projects for companies of all sizes, in all kinds of industries.


    Dennis Griffin serves as the principal of Prairie Elementary School and is pursuing his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University. Dennis is a servant leader that seeks to build collaborative cultures that enhance the future for ALL students, educators, and communities at large.

    • 12 min
    When Building a Relationship With a Student Is Easier Said Than Done

    When Building a Relationship With a Student Is Easier Said Than Done

    In this episode, we ask our guests to share their strategies for building relationships with students who seem almost impossible to reach. what can we do?

    Follow on Twitter: @pfagell @MrRKhusky @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork

    Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC is the school counselor at Sheridan School in Washington, D.C. and a therapist at The Chrysalis Group. Phyllis frequently writes columns on counseling, parenting and education for The Washington Post, and she’s the author of Middle School Matters (Hachette, 2019). Phyllis blogs at phyllisfagell.com.

    Richard Kline is in his 30th year of teaching and former teacher of Dan Jones and a graduate of Ashland University in Elementary Education 1-8, Ashland University’s Master’s Program in Educational Administration.

    Scott Will has been in education for the past twenty-two years, the last twelve years in education administration. Serving students and families is at the forefront of his professional journey. Scott is married to Cara Will, also a career educator. He spends his time outside of school following the many activities of his children and now grandchild as well as hiking and backpacking.

    • 13 min

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