Whether you are looking to land your first teaching job or have been in the classroom for years, there is always something new to learn in the world of education.
Even if you have already talked the ear off of every teaching veteran you know, attended all the district professional development opportunities you could stand, and completed all the expensive college courses you could afford, there is still so much to learn.
Thanks to the plethora of quality, education-focused podcasts, a pair of earbuds may be the most impactful professional development tool in your arsenal. Whether you listen while cooking dinner, mowing the lawn, or driving to work, these great podcasts can help improve your teaching practice a little bit each day.
In no particular order, here are some of the best podcasts for educators to dive into!
Students in the 21st Century need opportunities to develop a wide variety of executive function skills to prepare for success. Among these are crucial abilities like collaboration, task management, prioritization, and flexible thinking.
While there are a variety of ways to target these skills individually, digital breakouts are an engaging and fun way to tackle them together.
Casting the partisan debates aside, there is something to be gained by taking an objective look at school voucher programs and what impact they actually have on students. It is only then that informed judgments can be made about these types of policies and whether or not they have any significant value in improving education for students.
One of the key components in effective differentiated instruction is providing students with the opportunity to make the decisions that guide their learning.
When teachers differentiate based upon their students’ various skill levels or interests, the impact on student learning can be remarkable. However, when teachers empower their students to make those learning decisions for themselves, the results can be transformative.
One practical way to give students this type of learning experience is through the use of activity lists.
Differentiating instruction for students based on readiness, interest, and learning style is a powerful way to make learning personal and effective. Research shows that giving students options in how they engage with content and skill practice often results in an overall increase in engagement and growth.
When I made it a point to shift my middle school classroom to a fully differentiated model, I put in the hard work to create student-driven activities and experiences for my diverse population of learners.
There were exploratory projects, fascinating articles, student-created podcasts, curated video clips, gamified practice, and even virtual field trips. My classroom literally had something for everyone. But there was a problem: students were struggling with the time management skills associated with a choice-driven learning environment.