Ep. 21: You Have Infinite Minutes Remaining…


Nick and Marc discuss the movie THE MARTIAN, tearing up student work and Internet access in Mississippi.

“Methods Lab” – Untimed Assessments

  • How will these new changes in New York State impact students?
  • Will testing ever be the same?

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Links from the show:

  1. PBS piece on Internet access in Mississippi schools
  2. Clip from THE MARTIAN (spoiler alert)
  3. NYT article on The Success Academy Charter School in Brooklyn

Ep. 20: A Tale of Two Cities


Nick and Marc discuss the newly enacted Every Child Succeeds legislation, as well as two articles illustrating the vast educational disparities that exist from community to community.

“Methods Lab” – Midterms

  • Should we continue to administer midterm exams?
  • What do quality midterms look like?

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Links from the show:

  1. NYT article on Ethnic Divide in New Jersey
  2. NYT article on diminishing value of high school diplomas
  3. Every Child Succeeds Act

Ep. 19: Is 2 Greater Than 2.3?


Nick and Marc discuss Secretary Duncan’s recent about face on the abundance of standardized testing time.

“Methods Lab” – Flippin’ Review

  • How much time, if any, should be dedicated to review?
  • Nick offers a great solution for increasing test preparation while preserving instructional time in the classroom.

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Links from the show:

  1. NY Times article on the rollback of testing time by Secretary Duncan
  2. A listener shares a great video

Ep. 18: The Revolution Will Be Tweeted


Nick and Marc welcome Dr. Carol Burris, former New York State High School Principal of the Year and current Executive Director of the Network for Public Education Fund, as well as the codirector of the Schools of Opportunity Project at the National Policy Education Center.

“Methods Lab” – The Observation Process

  • What is a principal looking for?
  • What makes for an effective post-observation conference?

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Links from the show:

  1. NY Times article on the rollback of testing time by President Obama
  2. Dr. Burris takes on APPR
  3. Dr. Burris tackles Common Core

Ep. 16: Long Live The King


Nick and Marc discuss Arne Duncan’s exit and the arrival of John B. King as U.S. Secretary of Education.

“Methods Lab” – The First Progress Report

  • How optimistic should the first one be?
  • To what extent does student behavior change around this time?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Arne Duncan is leaving

Ep. 15: Gender Bias


Nick and Marc welcome Dr. Christina Sapienza to the show. They discuss the impact that gender bias is having on young girls and the role schools can play in ending this unfair practice.

“Methods Lab” – Teacher Training

  • Are new teachers adequately trained to enter the classroom?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Teacher Training piece in NY Times
  2. The Threat of Stereotype by Joshua Aronson
  3. Aronson’s research – Women and math
  4. Dr. Sapienza’s links on gender bias
  5. seejane.org
  6. Bechdel test

Ep. 14: Day One


Nick and Marc discuss some changes to A.P.P.R. in New York State, an ongoing legal action by a teacher in Great Neck and a valedictorian’s appeal for greater college affordability.

“Methods Lab” – The First Days of School

  • How can you turn a traditionally rote, boring day into one that fosters excitement and interest?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Great Neck teacher’s trial
  2. Kacie Candela’s Newsday piece
  3. Victor Fleischer’s indictment of Yale
  4. First Five Days
  5. Twitter Hashtag on First Days

Ep. 13: A Tsunami of Technology


Nick and Marc welcome Barry Isseks, former Technology Coordinator of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, to discuss the infrastructure and software that has driven unprecedented change in education over the past two decades.

“Methods Lab” – Distance Learning

  • To what extent is this transforming learning?
  • Can we ever truly replace a three-dimensional learning environment?

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Links related to this episode:

    1. NY Times: Disconnecting From Our Digital Lives

Ep. 12: Character Ed


Nick and Marc discuss social-emotional learning (a.k.a. character education) and how it can create improved learning environments in schools.

“Methods Lab” – Vocabulary

  • How can we effectively improve students’ vocabulary skills?
  • Is a dictionary better than dictionary.com?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Overcoming Obstacles
  2. NY Times: Teaching Social Skills