The Bubble Gum Podcast

The Bubble Gum Podcast

By Matthew Cooley
The Bubble Gum Podcast highlights the daily life in a 5th grade classroom in West Michigan. Discover book talks, social emotional learning topics, and interviews with students of all ages.
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Episode #6: Special Guest Interview with HPS School Board President, Ken Hall
We had the opportunity to host and interview Hudsonville Public Schools Board President, Ken Hall, in our classroom!  January is Board Member Appreciation Month and we wanted to invite him in to see and experience life in our building!  Students welcomed him, asked questions, gave him a tour of the building. On the tour students highlighted special areas, events, and memories that were important to them as they led him around the school visiting several classrooms where learning was taking place.  Lastly, a small team of students, Cal, Morgan, & Alison, developed questions and conducted a podcast interview which you are about to hear! They wanted to him to share a little about his role, find out about how reading plays a role in his life, and get advice about how to develop a growth mindset.   We want to thank Mr. Hall for taking the time to join and share with us today, as well as his role in helping make Hudsonville Public Schools a great place to learn! Also, many thanks to the other board members who serve alongside Mr. Hall who work as a team to represent the tax payers of Hudsonville and make this an extraordinary community. 
11:26
January 9, 2020
Episode #5: Refugees, Wax Thieves, and a Dog Named Rain (Reign)!
This week on Episode #5 we have Deacon sharing an exciting and suspenseful American Chillers book, Washington Wax Museum by Johnathan Rand. Also, Sydnee explored the world of Rose Howard, a homophone-enthusiast in Rain, Reign, by Ann M. Martin.  Lastly, we have Owen who dove into three, incredible stories about refugees in Alan Gratz's, Refugee.  Join us for another episode where we share what we've been reading!
25:22
November 19, 2019
Episode #4: Growth Mindset Matters
Having a growth mindset is helpful when we encounter struggles, challenges, or even failures. On this episode, we break from our book talks to chat with Tyler, Kendall, and Tessa about recapping what they've learned from their interviews with family members.  In the last couple of weeks, we set out to learn from adults around us by interviewing them about times where they've failed, been challenged, or encountered struggles.  In that conversation, the hope was that students can learn from the perseverance and stick-to-it-iveness that their interviewees had to go through before experiencing success.  Join us for our recap of what they've learned and how we all can apply others' experiences to our own journeys!
16:00
November 1, 2019
Episode 3: Wizards, Werewolves, and a Dog Named Oogy: The Magic of Belonging
Addison, Teegan, and Caleb share out about books they've been reading.  Addison starts off with the initial journey of Harry Potter in Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling.  Teegan shares the story of the lovable rescue dog in, Oogy, by Larry Levin.  Last up, Caleb relays his love of spooky adventures with Johnathan Rand's, American Chillers: Wisconsin Werewolves. Check out these great books and listen in to hear what these students thought about them. 
34:43
October 17, 2019
Episode #2: Fear, Belonging, Love, and Loss: Between the Pages of our Books and in Our Lives
Today we're talking about some books that have big feelings and emotions in them.  Araya will share about I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011, by Lauren Tarshis. Morgan will share the powerful story, Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper.  Cal will share the timeless, The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. Join us for a conversation about powerful and relatable emotions the students discovered in their books!
22:56
October 9, 2019
Episode #1: How to Survive a Tsunami, Middle School, and Become a District-12 Victor!
Join us for a peek into some books that students are loving and want to share with you! Kellan will share out about Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, by James Patterson. Bradley will share the story of I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, by Lauren Tarshis.  Caleb will share about ever-popular, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins! I'm proud of these guys for taking a risk and being the first to trying something new and be interviewed about what they've been reading!
13:09
September 27, 2019
The Bubble Gum Podcast LAUNCH!
A quick snapshot of what this podcast might look like in the coming weeks! Check it out!
04:20
May 9, 2019