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In the Mind Of Education

In the Mind Of Education

By Josh
In the Mind of Education is hosted by elementary school teacher Josh Hendrickson. Hendrickson gives listeners a chance to see the world through the eyes of educational stakeholders. Each week, Hendrickson tackles topics in and around education. From time to time these conversations include educational stakeholders, cohosts, and guests. Through these conversations laughter, thoughtfulness, and fun ensues! Tune in each week for a new adventure in education.
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4 Ways Districts Are Giving Teachers More Flexibility in Their Jobs
In this weeks episode we take a look at 4 big changes made in the time of Covid-19 within education and how those changes will impact the future of education itself! Check out the markers and minions website with the link below Check out the article using the link below
May 19, 2021
Learning Loss, in General, Is a Misnomer': Study Shows Kids Made Progress During COVID-19
In this weeks episode I take a look at how one companies research analysis shows that 3.8 million students grew academically through the Covid-19 pandemic. I also share my thoughts on how I believe that data can be skewed to be made to say whatever you want it to say. I also address the issue of many key missing demographics from this data.  You can check the article by clicking here and the Markers and Minions Website by clicking here Twitter Facebook
May 12, 2021
Teacher Appreciation Week: Who inspired me?
In this weeks episode I reflect on the teachers who inspired me to become a teacher! Take a journey with me as I discuss the Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College teachers who helped shape the teacher I am today! You can check out the Markers and Minions Website by clicking here Twitter Facebook
May 5, 2021
Discussing the Derek Chauvin Trial in Class: How Teachers Are Doing It, and Why
In this weeks episode we go back to and discuss how teachers are and should give students an opportunity to discuss and process the Derek Chauvin trial and other "controversial" topics in the classroom.  You can check the article by clicking here and the Markers and Minions Website by clicking here Twitter Facebook
April 21, 2021
Three Items That Have Kept My Virtual Classroom Engaged
In episode ten of In The Mind of Education we take a break from checking out and I talk about the three items that have kept my virtual classroom engaging! There is also a bonus one (so really 4 items) but I have found these things impactful and wanted to share them with my audience in hopes that you might find them impactful too! You can check out the Markers and Minions Website by clicking here Follow Us On Social Media Twitter Facebook
April 14, 2021
Driving Academic Improvement by Empowering Parents
In this weeks episode we take a look at how to improve academic achievement through empowering parents. Specifically we take a look at how Detroit Public Schools have taking huge steps to involving the invaluable stakeholders that are legal guardians of our students. How have these steps impacted Detroit Public Schools to rise from the ashes of 2016? Listen in to find out! You can check the article by clicking here and the Markers and Minions Website by clicking here Twitter Facebook
April 7, 2021
The Coming Literacy Crisis: There's no Going Back to School as We Knew It.
In this weeks episode of in the mind of education we take a look at a coming literacy crisis that is going to take a all hands on deck effort to ensure that we prepare students and teacher for future challenges.  You can check the article by clicking here and the Markers and Minions Website by clicking here Twitter Facebook
March 31, 2021
How Do We Teach in an Autonomous World?
In this episode we take a look at an interview with David Susskind and Oxford University fellow and his take on automation and the purpose of K-12 education within that topic. Below you can find links to the article, or sponsor, and our social media platforms! Check us out! You can check the article by clicking here and the Markers and Minions Website by clicking here Twitter Facebook
March 24, 2021
The Do's and Don'ts of Hybrid Teaching
In this weeks episode I take a look at the Do's and Don'ts of Hyrbid teaching. In addition we have new "student sponsors" where students have come up with new advertisements for a creative writing project.  You can check the article by clicking here and the Markers and Minions Website by clicking here Twitter Facebook
March 10, 2021
The Ten Zoom Commandments For Elementary Teachers.
In this weeks episode I take a look at "The Ten Zoom Commandments" written by Justin Minkel. Justin Minkel, the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, teaches 1st and 2nd grades at Jones Elementary in Springdale, Ark., a high-poverty public school where 85 percent of the students are English-language learners. He is on educational leave this year to pursue an MFA in creative writing for children. After reading the article I give you my initial thoughts in this compelling episode. You can check the article by clicking here and the Markers and Minions Website by clicking here Twitter Facebook
March 3, 2021
Don’t Teach Black History Without Joy
In this weeks episode I read and discuss an article entitled "Don’t Teach Black History Without Joy". In this article 16 year veteran teacher Jania Hoover discusses her experience in teaching black history and we can better our curriculum by not teaching through black history but teaching about black history. The article ends with a discussion about how to analyze your current curriculum and fill in the gaps. If you would like to check out the article it is sourced below! Please also check out our season 2 sponsor Markers and Minions.  ***Check out Markers and Minions! Click Here*** Hoover, J. (2021, February 22). Don't teach black history without joy (opinion). Retrieved February 23, 2021, from
February 24, 2021
How Do I Get My Students To Put Their Phones Down.
In this weeks episode I take a look at another article written by Angela Duckworth. She takes a deep dive into the question of how we as educators can get students to put their phones down! In addition, I give my thoughts and ask the question maybe we don't need to get students to put their phones down, maybe we need to be more entertaining than the phones themselves. Thank you as always to our Season 2 sponsor Markers and Minions. The article and sponsor information is below! ***Check out Markers and Minions! Click Here*** Duckworth, A. (2021, February 10). Helping students outsmart their smartphones (opinion). Retrieved February 16, 2021, from
February 17, 2021
Classwork and Real World Application
In this weeks episode we take a look at how to make classwork more like real life workspaces. This weeks topic comes to us from Angela Duckworth at Education Week. She discusses the topic of how to make school resemble more of a real life workplace. She discusses how a professor has changed his introduction to physics course over the course of 25 years. After the article I have a brief discussion with my teaching partner Amanda Morton on how we can apply this to our elementary students, as well as discuss some of the pitfalls we fall into as educators.  Thank you for supporting us in season 2 Markers and Minions! Check out our sponsor below! ***Check our our season 2 sponsor Click Here*** Duckworth, A. (2021, February 3). Why Teamwork in Class Builds Competence and Confidence. Retrieved February 4, 2021, from
February 10, 2021
Can Virtual Learning Improve?
Thank you for supporting us in season 2 Markers and Minions! Check out our sponsor below! ***Check our our season 2 sponsor Click Here*** In this week's episode we take a look at an article in education week entitled how online teaching needs to improve even after the pandemic. In this episode I read some of the article and then give my thoughts about the conclusions I can make after reading it. I know that when I first read the article title it made me mad. I felt like I was doing as much as I could with virtual teaching. However, much like reading directions for students after I read  the article I made a lot of connections that I wouldn't have made without reading it. It's one of those cases where the headline grabs you and the content makes you motivated. Below is the cited information from both the article and the research done within the article. As well as the first of our markers and minions sponsor links! Don't forget to  leave a review, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. season 2 episodes will drop every Wednesday at 8 a.m. Lieberman, M., Arnett, T., & Christensen Institute. (2021, January 11). How Online Teaching Needs to Improve—Even After the Pandemic. EducationWeek. Retrieved January 29, 2021, from
February 3, 2021
Season 2 Trailer
Ladies and gentlemen welcome back to in the mind of education.  Season one started off as an idea and a dream where I could give students a unique outlet to share their thoughts and ideas. This dream quickly snowballed into a wild success and people were tuning in from all over the world. From Detroit Michigan to Județul Cluj Romania listeners kept coming back week after week. The good news is that season one is currently available in its entirety on apple podcasts, Spotify, google podcasts, or anywhere else you like to listen. Catch up on season 1 now before season 2 premieres on February 3rd 2021. In season 2 we will cover a variety of topics that range from top tens to current trends in education. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the latest updates and vote in polls. I can't wait to continue this journey with you as we dive back into the mind of education! See you soon!
January 15, 2021
Why Be a Teacher: Mr. Patrick Mencke
In the final episode of season one I sit down with Patrick Mencke to discuss his reasons for being a teacher. Through the questions I try to bring some positive light to the education profession and Patrick does a great job at discussing his path to teaching, his dream field trip, and all of the amazing things that he is doing as a teacher in 2020!
May 13, 2020
Why Be a Teacher: Madison Woodward
In this weeks episode I sit down with Madison Woodward to discuss her reasons for being a teacher. Through the questions I try to bring some positive light to the education profession and Madison does. great job at discussing her path to teaching, her dream field trip, and all of the amazing things that she is doing as a teacher in 2020!
May 6, 2020
School Lunch and Big Green
In this episode I take a deep dive into school lunch and discuss some unique programs across the country that provide quality, nutritious, and healthy lunches for kids! I also interview Jonathan from Big Green to discuss their mission, and the impact they have on the communities they serve.
April 29, 2020
When Am I Ever Going to Use This?!
In this weeks episode we take a DEEP dive into the dreaded topic of Math. On top of that we answer the age old question "Teacher! When am I ever going to use math in my real life?!" You want to cook something? You need math! You want to go to the store? You need math! You want to use a coupon to get 2 for 1? You need math! Math is all around us and in this episode we talk about just that! 
April 22, 2020
Mackinac Island Field Trip
In this episode we are going on a field trip to Mackinac Island. On this trip we will talk about the history of the island, island scenery, where to eat, and what to see! There was a lot to get through so this episode is a little bit longer than usual! This field trip takes the place my 5th grades scheduled Mackinac Island trip so I made this episode especially for them! Resources used on this episode:
April 15, 2020
Putting Yourself First and Other Struggles of Educators
In this episode I set down with Ms. Michelle Victoria! We discuss the importance of putting yourself first and finding your new normal within this unprecedented time we are currently living in! Below is some information about Michelle About Michelle ..... I am a passionate mental health advocate. I would love the opportunity to forward the mental health conversation with you because I have personally been impacted by mental illness.  I have the “trifecta” of mental health experiences.  1)  I grew up loving and caring for my bipolar mother.  2) I helped build the largest mental health employee resource group at a fortune 500 company.  3) I experienced depression due to a life event reminding me that nobody is immune to mental illness at any given point in their life.  My life’s purpose is to be a massive contribution in eliminating the mental health stigma and creating more compassion. I am out to use my experiences to elevate the conversation and empower others to become conduits for real change in the workplace and in the community. I am committed to causing more open conversations and empowering people and companies to cause more compassionate environments for people living with invisible disabilities. I am on a mission to cause cultures of compassion at work, in community, and in our classrooms so that everyone can be their full authentic selves and thrive in compassionate inclusive cultures!  Why?  Mental illness is a topic that desperately needs more attention given the statistics of 1 in 5 Americans suffering annually from a mental health condition like anxiety or depression and that 8 of 10 Americans are not seeking treatment. My book Breaking Into My Life was written to help myself—along with the rest of us—better understand the world of mental illness. I hope my story of perseverance and triumph helps challenge and transform the “suffer in silence” dynamic, and makes mental illness more understood, treated and accepted.  And… Mental disorders are the single most expensive category of health costs for many employers across all industries. $17 billion USD is lost annually in productivity due to unaddressed mental health concerns. I am committed to causing change in the workplace where we spend so many hours of our lives and proactively shaping how our youth relate to brain health. Resources for people suffering mental illness - NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - Keep talking: A free online, peer to peer community for those navigating a brain health challenges called Free, anonymous and at your fingertips on your phone. Keep talking. My websites: Instagram -@michelledickinson71 Twitter- @mdickinson13 Facebook - Free chapter of my book:
April 8, 2020
Performing E-Learning Miracles through a Global Pandemic
In this weeks episode I welcome Andrew Mills back to discuss our top ten free resources to take advantage of during distance learning, or any kind of learning! There are a handful of "non-educational" based apps that you can use to stay fit or relaxed! A list of links to all the resources we discussed are below! Top Ten Resources: Google Classroom - Zoom/Google Hangouts/Google Meets/GoToMeeting Khan Academy - Legends of Learning - Hoopla- Kahoot - Loom - Prodigy - Gimkit  - EdPuzzle - Honorable Mentions Audible - Quizlet - DownDog - Symbaloo - Microsoft Math App - Google Teacher Tribe -
April 1, 2020
Teacher Anxiety and the Coronavirus
In this weeks episode I sit down with fellow teacher Andrew Mills and discuss with him the anxieties that teachers face. We discuss real feelings, real questions, and most importantly spread out real positive messages from teachers all over the country. This is part one of a three part series on the coronavirus. I hope that this episode provides a glimmer of hope, happiness, and provides a time to pause this crazy life we are currently living in! Please don't forget to like, review, and share! Resources for Pre-K teachers -Khan Academy Kids -Starfall -ScrapBox in Ann Arbor is doing curbside pick up for craft kits -Science Experiments -Gross Motor fun with GoNoodle -Cosmic Kids Frozen Yoga -Video Call with loved ones with Zoom, Skype, Facebook, GoogleHangout Ways to talk to your kids about Corona: -"We're working together to keep more people from getting sick by pausing school and other crowded places. It's so awesome so many people are working together to help one another out!" -Be honest, in a kid-friendly way. Children have the right to truthful information about what is going on, but also be sensitive to their level of anxiety, watch their reactions, and explain things slowly. -Assure them that they are safe. -Emphasize things you can do in your home to keep germs away. -Listen to their questions. Validate their feelings. resources: - - -
March 25, 2020
Video Game Insider
In this week's episode, I sit down with students to discuss what would happen if they got sucked into their favorite video game! I will ask students about Crash Bandicoot, Roblox, and Minecraft, In the dramatic reading of fifth-graders writing, I read a story that will leave you wanting more. about a 1v1 battle in Fortnite. Finally, in the coffee corner, I discuss 3 more March is reading month tips to make this March is reading month the best one ever! Please check out our new website designed using by following our link tree. Please subscribe, review, and share our podcast to help us grow! We have a goal to hit all 50 states by June 17th!
March 18, 2020
Wait, I Can Explain
In this weeks episode I sit down with students to discuss how they get out of their chores! In this weeks coffee corner I discuss some tips on how to make this March is reading month your best one yet!
March 11, 2020
The Greatest Invention
In this week's episode, I sit down with 5th-grade students to discuss the world's greatest invention. There are some interesting responses and surprisingly not one student said Fortnite. In the coffee corner this week I sit down with Mr. Robson to discuss The Michigan Context and Performance Report Card to discuss the great improvements that Global Heights Academy has made and the improvements we have planned for the future.  Michigan Context Link
March 4, 2020
Bradlee W Skinner
In this week's episode, I sit down with a very accomplished educational professional by the name of Bradlee W. Skinner. In this episode, we will discuss the purpose of school, the changing role of teachers, what an educated person looks like, what it means to be a champion for students, and whether or not there is a strong link between the performing arts and the classroom! I want to thank Bradlee for participating in the podcast and would very highly recommend that you visit his website and book him for your next PD and follow him on social media!  Website Instagram Facebook Twitter
February 26, 2020
Too Much Homework
In this week's episode, I sit down with 5th-grade students to discuss and challenge their thoughts on the topic of homework. Is there too much? Is there not enough? From there, in this week's coffee corner I feature an article on a thing called "Global Play Day" and why it is important sometimes to just sit back, take a breathe and play! Global Play Day Article: he-fun-in-school/article_903e2e9c-4de6-11ea-9fe9-9b3df3edf61b.html
February 19, 2020
The Best Kind of Friend
In this episode, I talk to 5th graders about their good friends and even better memories. Some students decided to talk about birthday parties, some students talk about being helped out in a pinch, and there is a really endearing story about meeting up with an old friend! In this week's coffee corner we talk about a unique school setting in Eminence Kentucky! Eminence Story: Twitter Handle @EminenceSchools
February 12, 2020
If you could be anyone for the day.
In this week's episode, I sit down and ask 5th-grade students who they would be if they could be anyone for a day.  With that being said I sit down in this episode with Elon Musk, Albert Einstein, and The President of the United States. Additionally, a new segment starts this week called "Coffee Corner" where I sit down and discuss exciting news at the school or in education nationally! Pennies For Patients: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
February 5, 2020
Teacher for the day!
In this episode, I sit down with 5th-grade students and discuss with them what THEY would do if they got to be a teacher for a day. There are a lot of typical responses in this episode about all-day recess, and ice cream parties. However, I think you'll be surprised by one student who says they would stick to the schedule and keep all things focused on learning!
January 29, 2020
Always Learning
The topic of this episode is "Always Learning" You might be thinking wow! a teacher talking about learning how original! Well, I might surprise you on where my opinions and thoughts go on this topic because learning does not just take place in the classroom!
January 23, 2020
In the Mind of a Fifth Grader
Hi, my name is Joshua Hendrickson. I am a fifth-grade teacher in Michigan and this is my podcast In the mind of a fifth-grader. This is a short preview of our brand new bi-weekly series where we ask questions to real 5th graders!  So subscribe now and look out for our first episode coming out January 2020. 
December 11, 2019