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

 

Ep. 11: Books, Bikes & Dave Matthew’s T-Shirt


Nick and Marc welcome their first guest, Mary Craig, to the show. They discuss the ousting of Pearson, the Value Added Model and the incredible efforts of librarians and teachers in Charlottesville, Virginia to bring books to underprivileged children.

“Methods Lab” – Summer Assignments

  • What does a quality assignment consist of?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Carole Burris’s Blog Post
  2. Pearson Is Out in NYS
  3. Link to the Books on Bikes program
  4. Books on Bikes on Facebook
  5. David Brooks’ column on attention span

 

Ep. 10: An Address on Dress


Nick and Marc discuss personnel changes at the New York State DoE and debate whether or not cell phones should be permitted in class.

“Methods Lab” – Attire

  • The case for and against school uniforms
  • Should there be a dress code for professional educators?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. NY Times article on Screen Addiction
  2. The Science of “Inside Out”
  3. School Uniform Debate

Ep. 9: Scrubbing and Smoke Screens


Nick and Marc discuss the educational impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, “scrubbing” in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Pixar’s latest film, “Inside Out.”

“Methods Lab” – Differences in teaching preadolescents and teens

 

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Links related to this episode:

Common Core Documentary

NY Post Article on Scrubbing

Ep. 8: Throwing In The Towel


Nick and Marc discuss a recent article in the Washington Post regarding teacher burnout and high turnover rates.

“Methods Lab” – The Drain

a) How can teachers leave at the end of the day with more energy than the students?

 

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Washington Post: Why So Many Teachers Want To Leave – And How To Get Them To Stay
  2. Joe Nocera’s NYT column: How To Grade A Teacher

Ep. 7: Bluegrass Fever


Nick and Marc discuss Nick’s recent sojourn to Kentucky to score AP US History exams.

“Methods Lab” – College Board Workshops

a) What sessions did Nick attend?

b) Is there anything worth implementing in the classroom? Sharing with colleagues?

c) Were there any administrators in attendance?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. EdWeek:Decision-Making Game

Ep. 6: A New Sheriff In Town


Nick and Marc discuss the recent appointment of Commissioner Elia. They also break down various commencement speeches and offer suggestions to the Class of 2015.

“Methods Lab” – Cooperative Learning

a) How can you make it work well?

b) When is it too much?

c) Why doesn’t it work all the time?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Washington Post announces Commissioner Elia
  2. Graduation Speeches – Excerpts from the NY Times
  3. Commencement Speech by David McCullough Jr.

Ep. 5: Digital Natives Meet The Digitally Naive


Nick and Marc discuss the social, emotional and academic damage caused by social media and offer suggestions to help children and parents navigate the dark waters of technology with greater success.

“Methods Lab” – Reading Aloud

a) When should a teacher read aloud in class? What about the students?

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Links related to this episode:

BBC: Rescue Our Kids From the Digital World

NY Times: Diagnosing The Wrong Deficit

 

 

Ep. 4: Atlanta is Burning… Again


Nick and Marc celebrate 100 downloads! They also discuss Advanced Placement courses, debate merit pay and review the recent cheating scandal in Atlanta.

“Methods Lab” – Homework

a) How much is too much?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. The Daily Show segment: Fraud City
  2. CNN covers Atlanta Cheating Scandal
  3. Freakonomics’ take on Atlanta
  4. http://www.wsj.com/articles/cheating-in-atlanta-a-teachable-moment-1428521500
  5. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-was-the-atlanta-cheating-scandal-was-uncovered-2014-9