Lesson planning and sequencing seem to be ever present problems for teachers and coordinators. Which topics should go where? Who should have control over making those decisions? Curriculum research in an economics course provides some insight into how we should choose our priorities. As we search for how to create a system for making sequencing… Read More »
008 Postsecondary, Posthaste
We’ll discuss the effects of high school students earning college credit before they graduate. Washington has Running Start, Kansas has dual enrollment, and many other states have similar programs. Some new and more detailed measures of Running Start outcomes indicate there may be some problems with the program and how it is impacting student achievement…. Read More »
007 Measure Twice, Think Three Times
Standardized testing is a major concern for teachers, administrators and parents. The problem is standardized tests don’t always mean what they are supposed to mean. Misconceptions about how test scores relate to school quality are driving a growing separation between students of financial means and students from disadvantage. In the end, research indicates that separation… Read More »
006 You Mistake Patience For Forbearance
Education discussions often focus on how best to serve our students, but as the summer comes to an end we must turn our attention to the realities of our job. Many policies are implemented that are beyond our control and navigating the expectations of the many stakeholders in a student’s education can be exhausting. We’ll… Read More »
005 The Sum Of Our Choices
Every teacher can only provide influence and options to students; they are the ones who will make choices for what they do and how they strive (or don’t) to do those things well. We will consider some of the most influential research on how humans make choices for themselves, and then more specifically in the… Read More »
004 We’re Falling… With Style
The first group of episodes will establish a foundation of educational philosophy, from which we can move forward. Technology is having a tremendous impact on classrooms around the world. We’re considering what the effects of rapid proliferation of communication innovations may be on student learning. We’ll compare research into how new devices compare to older,… Read More »
003 Are You The Point Master? I Am The Grade Keeper.
The first group of episodes will establish a foundation of educational philosophy, from which we can move forward. We’re moving on to the difficult topic of grades, using an article describing one effort to abolish letter grades and percentages entirely. What should a grade represent and how do we as teachers ensure they do that… Read More »
002 What Do You Know?
The first group of episodes will establish a foundation of educational philosophy, from which we can move forward. We’ll explore what makes a schema different from isolated knowledge and how that could inform our classroom practice. 1st Segment – 0:58 – State of Constructivism & Schema Development 2nd Segment – n/a 3rd Segment – 34:41… Read More »
001 Through The Looking Glass
The first group of episodes will establish a foundation of educational philosophy, from which we can move forward. We discuss an article which provides a defense against typical calls to start over from scratch with the American education system. 1st Segment – 0:38 – State of Education Today 2nd Segment – 27:18 – Biology Curriculum… Read More »
000 Let’s Make A Podcast
This is a brief prologue where we explain why we’ve decided to make this podcast and what you can expect to hear in each segment. If you’d like a brief orientation before you jump in, this is the place to start!