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Pursuing Mastery

Pursuing Mastery

By Sean Dagony-Clark
Thoughts on learning theory, teaching practice, interviews with interesting teachers, and how to thrive in a bootcamp!

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Check out the Educate podcast “Ditching the lecture for active learning"!
This week’s podcast is a recommendation to check out the Educate podcast called “Ditching the lecture for active learning."  It details a couple great examples of how college lecture halls are using active learning, which, if you've listened to Pursuing Mastery, you know is a topic near and dear to my heart!
02:19
November 4, 2019
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Well played! You’re in the right place! Pursuing Mastery switched to Anchor.fm, and it looks like you’ve switched as well! Just in case you need them, the new links are below, but it looks like you don’t need to do anything but continue to listen! Pursuing Mastery on Anchor.fm:  https://anchor.fm/pursuing-mastery New RSS feed: https://anchor.fm/s/b643470/podcast/rss Instructions for subscribing by RSS feed: https://medium.com/@joshmuccio/how-to-manually-add-a-rss-feed-to-your-podcast-app-on-desktop-ios-android-478d197a3770
00:31
October 21, 2019
5 Techniques For Students That Build Memory, Understanding, And Ability
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, describes five learning techniques that will help students build memory, understanding, and ability! These techniques are reflection, deliberate practice, self-testing, spaced repetition, and the Pomodoro technique. Using them will help accelerate your academic journey and make studying far more productive. Further reading from this episode: reflection: https://ascd.org/publications/books/108008/chapters/Learning-Through-Reflection.aspx deliberate practice: https://www.missiontolearn.com/deliberate-practice/ self-testing and spaced repetition: https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/49750/a-better-way-to-study-through-self-testing-and-distributed-practice Pomodoro technique: https://facilethings.com/blog/en/science-behind-pomodoro-technique
15:43
October 21, 2019
Sean Goes Back to School with Nico Marcora (part 2 of 2)
Note: This episode is also available as a video! You will probably find it easier to follow in that format. So if you’d like to see Nico’s screen and Sean and Nico’s faces, go here: https://youtu.be/9O7RE9KWkUw Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, goes back to school with Nico Marcora, a Master Instructor of Software Engineering in our London campus, to learn about data types in JavaScript. This is the second of two parts. If you didn’t hear the first one yet, you can find it earlier in your podcast feed!
43:41
October 7, 2019
Sean Goes Back to School with Nico Marcora (part 1 of 2)
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, goes back to school with Nico Marcora, a Master Instructor of Software Engineering in our London campus! Nico shares his thoughts on adult learners going back to school (hey, it’s what we do here!) and then teaches Sean about data types in JavaScript. This is the first of two parts. The second will be released in two weeks. P.S. This episode is also available as a video! You may find it easier to follow in this format. So if you’d like to see Nico’s screen and Sean and Nico’s faces, click below! Part 1: https://youtu.be/dcMruBTGXe0
53:19
September 23, 2019
LOTS of HOTS
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, shares thoughts on Bloom’s revised taxonomy, differentiating lower order from higher order thinking, and how to reflect your goals for your students in your classroom activities. Link from the episode: What No One Tells You About Bloom’s Taxonomy: https://edtosavetheworld.com/2018/06/12/what-no-one-tells-you-about-blooms-taxonomy/
13:26
September 9, 2019
Review
A review of what we’ve learned in this podcast!
12:35
August 26, 2019
Spaced Repetition With Brian Tobal
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, talks with Brian Tobal, Flatiron School’s Director of Academics, about spaced repetition, hacking your memory, and how to play games against your brain
51:09
August 12, 2019
Creating An Active Classroom Without Cold Calling
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, shares his thoughts on cold calling (hint: don’t do it) as well as great techniques for building an active but supportive learning environment in your classroom. Links from the episode: Positive findings Dallimore, E. J., Hertenstein, J. H., & Platt, M. B. (n.d.). Nonvoluntary class participation in graduate discussion courses: Effects of grading and cold calling. Retrieved July 25, 2019, from https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C33&q=Nonvoluntary+class+participation+in+graduate+discussion+courses%3A+Effects+of+grading+and+cold+calling&btnG= Dallimore, E., H. Hertenstein, J., & Platt, M. (2013). Impact of Cold-Calling on Student Voluntary Participation. Journal of Management Education, 37, 305–341. Retrieved July 25, 2019, from https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C33&q=Impact+of+Cold-Calling+on+Student+Voluntary+Participation&btnG= Negative findings Antonios, Caitlin. (2017, May 16). How Cold-Calling Hinders Student Learning Experience. Retrieved July 25, 2019, from New University website:  https://www.newuniversity.org/2017/05/16/how-cold-calling-hinders-student-learning-experience/ Carstens, B. A. (2015). The Effects of Voluntary versus Cold-calling Participation on Class Discussion and Exam Performance in Multiple Sections of an Educational Psychology Undergraduate Course (PhD diss., University of Tennessee). Retrieved July 25, 2019, from  https://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_graddiss/3402 Rocca, Kelly A. “Student Participation in the College Classroom: An Extended Multidisciplinary Literature Review.” Communication Education 59, no. 2 (April 2010): 185–213. Retrieved July 25, 2019, from https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C33&q=Student+Participation+in+the+College+Classroom%3A+An+Extended+Multidisciplinary+Literature+Review&btnG= Informed opinions Kohn, A. (2016, January 29). Your Hand’s Not Raised? Too Bad: I’m Calling on You Anyway. Retrieved July 25, 2019, from Alfie Kohn website:  https://www.alfiekohn.org/blogs/hands/ Boucher, Nellie. “Tip 2: Warm Calling.” Accessed July 25, 2019.  Retrieved July 25, 2019, from https://www.amherst.edu/offices/center-teaching-learning/teaching-resources/teaching-tips/amherst-college-teaching-tips/tip-2-warm-calling
21:49
July 25, 2019
Thriving In A Growth Organization With Kristi Riordan
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, speaks with the amazing Kristi Riordan, Flatiron School's COO, about her approach to thriving in a growth organization and how pressure can drive personal growth.
39:21
July 11, 2019
Teaching At Flatiron School With Rishi Tirumala
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, speaks with Rishi Tirumala, one of our amazing Lead Instructors, about his experience teaching here.
23:11
June 27, 2019
LearnBuildTeach With James Quick
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, speaks with James Quick, a software developer and teacher, about his LearnBuildTeach platform and his work in a bootcamp. Links from the episode: Learn VS Code (James’ Udemy course): https://www.udemy.com/course/learn-visual-studio-code/?couponCode=VS_CODE_FLATIRON Build a Quiz App with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript course: https://www.udemy.com/course/build-a-quiz-app-with-html-css-and-javascript/ LearnBuildTeach: https://www.learnbuildteach.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/c/jamesqquick
25:32
June 13, 2019
Anxiety Alchemist with Ryan
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Educational Development, speaks with Ryan Ghaida, a Software Engineering Coach at Flatiron's Access Labs Brooklyn campus, about his Anxiety Alchemist workshop and how he helps students cope with stress.
34:49
May 31, 2019
Checking For Understanding
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Educational Development, gives advice on why and how to check your students' understanding.
28:44
May 15, 2019
Authentic Experience, Learning From Failure, And Technological Balance
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School’s Director of Teacher Training, talks with Jane Lunnon, Head of Wimbledon High School and brilliant UK educator, about authentic experience, learning from failure, and finding balance in our technological lives. Links from the episode: The State of Independence book: https://www.routledge.com/The-State-of-Independence-Key-Challenges-Facing-Private-Schools-Today/James-Lunnon/p/book/9780815352419 Examples of Sean's 3D photos: https://theta360.com/s/m819o6vZUR76IKGAOm6q20XpI https://theta360.com/s/aSLh7KQMC5WCmGy0uk2yDZoXI
42:40
May 3, 2019
Difficult Conversations with Struggling Students
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Teacher Training, gives advice on handling difficult conversations with struggling students.
24:19
April 18, 2019
Gamification feat Avi Flombaum
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Teacher Training, talks with Avi Flombaum, Flatiron's Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, and gamification and game design for learning.
18:25
April 3, 2019
Stress And Learning feat David James
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Teacher Training, talks with David James, a respected teacher and writer from the UK, about stress and its effects on learning and motivation. Supplementary links: https://chronotopeblog.com/2016/06/03/not-…arning/ https://johntomsett.com/2019/02/25/this-m…tal-health-first/ https://www.gov.uk/government/news/all…-physical-wellbeing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtmMMR7SJKw https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonig…_stress_your_friend https://www.routledge.com/World-Class-Tack…ok/9781138121973
33:27
March 21, 2019
Intentional Learning
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Teacher Training, on "intentional learning," one of Flatiron's 5 Educational Principles.
20:08
March 7, 2019
How To Thrive In A Bootcamp - Featuring Shemar
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Teacher Training, talks with Shemar, a student who just finished Mod 1, about his experience at Flatiron and tips for people who are interested in a coding bootcamp.
10:59
February 21, 2019
Individual Learning
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Teacher Training, on "individual learning," one of Flatiron's 5 Educational Principles.
15:20
February 7, 2019
Learning Goals
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Teacher Training, and Joe Burgess, Flatiron's Head of Academics, have a conversation about learning goals.
15:30
January 24, 2019
Cyclical Learning
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Teacher Training, on "cyclical learning," one of Flatiron's 5 Educational Principles.
09:02
January 10, 2019
Scaffolded Learning
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron School's Director of Teacher Training, on "scaffolded learning," one of Flatiron's 5 Educational Principles.
11:51
December 27, 2018
Sean's A Student At Flatiron
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron's Director of Teacher Training, on his experience as a Flatiron student for a week.
10:10
December 16, 2018
Active Learning
Sean Dagony-Clark, Flatiron's Director of Teacher Training, on "active learning," one of our 5 Educational Principles.
06:31
December 10, 2018