Next Level Learning Podcast

Genius Hour

An episode of Next Level Learning Podcast

By Brea Baxter
Breaking the ceiling from lower-level to upper-level learning.
More places to listen

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Keystone's Be ALL In Conference 2019
Keystone combined KPEC and their Trauma Sensitive Conference for a 2 for 1 combo.  The Be ALL In conference was held on June 25th and 26th in Dubuque, Iowa with Keynoters Hamish Brewer, Pete Hall, Kristin Souers, and Tricia McKale Skyles.  Listen to the episode to hear from attendees including their big takeaways from the amazing two days of learning! 
17:27
June 29, 2019
Personalized Learning at Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School Pt. 1
Jarod Bormann (@jbormann3) and Brea Baxter (@breabaxter) discuss their visit and interviews with Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School in Dubuque, IA. The school is initiating the SUMMIT Learning program for Personalized Learning. In our 1st part of the 3-part series, we talk with Katherine Frank, 6th grade EDGE teacher giving us the personalized learning perspective from the classroom.  Part 2 and 3 of this special series will be coming in the following weeks.  Are you or an educator you know in the Keystone AEA area working to move students into higher-order thinking? Nominate at our new website: bit.ly/nllpodcast.
48:18
February 19, 2018
ITEC 2017
Jarod Bormann (@jbormann3) and Brea Baxter (@breabaxter) broadcast from the ITEC Iowa conference and discuss Brea's learning experience from various sessions. Listen to how the variety of sessions provide great ideas for moving into the upper-levels of thinking.  Are you or an educator you know in the Keystone AEA area working to move students into higher-order thinking? Nominate at our new website: bit.ly/nllpodcast.
39:36
November 30, 2017
Genius Hour
Jarod Bormann (@jbormann3) and new co-host Brea Baxter (@breabaxter) discuss Jarod's interview with Michelle Ptacek (@michellelynn_music), an elementary teacher at North Winneshiek, about her Genius Hour initiative. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for some bonus audio with Michelle where she also talks about another concept that she is trying called bibliotherapy.  Are you or an educator you know in the Keystone AEA area working to move students into higher-order thinking? Nominate at our new website: bit.ly/nllpodcast.
59:10
October 13, 2017
Making Connections
Jarod Bormann (@jbormann3) and Norma Thiese (@nthiese) attempt to make some connections between the first five episodes by identifying educational themes that have presented themselves in their interviews with educators. Four have emerged so far: - Taking Risks- Kids Expressing Their Thinking- Questioning- Making Connections Stay tuned at the end of the episode when we bring in Tesha Ruley (@TeshaAnneRuley) for a sneak peek of our KPEC conference in June! Are you or an educator you know in the Keystone AEA area working to move students into higher-order thinking? Nominate at our new website: bit.ly/nllpodcast.
55:55
June 17, 2017
Learning How to Learn
Jarod Bormann (@jbormann3) and Norma Thiese (@nthiese) discuss Jarod's interview with Ann Gitzner, a high school Science teacher in her 24th year at Central in Elkader, IA. Ann uses and embraces the Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach and has seen students reaching deeper levels of learning. Not only that, some incredible projects have come out of her classroom leading to community involvment and recognition for her students. Be sure to stayed tuned for the bonus audio at the end! Are you or an educator you know in the Keystone AEA area working to move students into higher-order thinking? Nominate at our new website: bit.ly/nllpodcast.
1:17:34
April 25, 2017
Start with What Kids Know
Jarod Bormann (@jbormann3), Norma Thiese (@nthiese), and special guest Sarah Sieck (@SarahSieck) discuss Norma's interview with Anne Johnson, an award-winning elementary Math teacher at Sageville in Dubuque Community Schools District. In her 18 years of experience, Anne uses a multitude of strategies to continually get her kids in the upper-levels of thinking. This is our longest podcast to date, but Anne provides so much insight that any teacher can take away some great ideas and strategies to use. Be sure to stay tuned for the bonus audio at the end where Anne talks about her experience receiving her award at the Whitehouse! Are you or an educator you know in the Keystone AEA area working to move students into higher-order thinking? Nominate at our new website: bit.ly/nllpodcast.
1:08:23
March 10, 2017
Moving to Upper Levels Means Taking Risks
Jarod Bormann (@jbormann3) and Jason Martin-Hiner (@jmartinhiner) discuss Jarod's interview with Kellie Olson, an Instructional Coach at Allamakee in Waukon, IA. Kellie has experience teaching middle school Science and Social Studies, and now works directly with teachers as the Tech Coach for her district. Through her experience, Kelli has learned the only way to get better is to keep taking risks with your instruction. Are you or an educator you know in the Keystone AEA area working to move students into higher-order thinking? Nominate at our new website: bit.ly/nllpodcast. Episode photo by Keith Alexander @Flickr.
43:43
February 2, 2017
Questions = Deeper Thinking
Jarod (@jbormann3) and Norma (@nthiese) discuss Jarod's interview with Mike Wulfekuhle, a 37-year veteran Social Studies teacher from Dubuque Senior in Dubuque, IA. Over the course of his teaching career, Mike has accumulated an array of knowledge on moving students into the upper-levles of learning through a variety of different strategies. But one thing becomes apparent: asking questions leads to deeper thinking. Are you or an educator you know in the Keystone AEA area working to move students into higher-order thinking? Nominate at our new website: bit.ly/nllpodcast. Episode photo by Jörg Schubert @Flickr.
47:40
December 16, 2016
Using Breakout EDU to Break Through
In our very first episode, Jarod and Norma interview Stephanie Stocks, Media Director at West Delaware CSD, to see how she uses the Breakout EDU activity to move learners into the upper-levels of thinking.
24:26
November 23, 2016
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