There is no doubt that this moment in time of distance learning is stressful. Teachers are being asked to stretch themselves in ways that nobody could imagine. So how can teachers recharge their batteries? Deedee and Adam have a few suggestions.
You can see these tips from Teachology.com:
During this time of social distancing, taking students on a virtual field trip might be exactly what you need! Deedee and Adam discuss a few ideas for virtual field trips.
Find a few additional suggestions at:
Adam and Deedee sit down to talk to Jonathan Alsheimer, the author of the book, Next Level Teaching. Jonathan is an international speaker and they talk about the limitless impact teachers have on their classroom and school culture.
You can follow Jonathan on Twitter: @mr_Alsheimer
Grab his book today on Amazon: Next Level Teaching https://amzn.to/2wTwC9g
Deedee and Adam sit down to talk with director, film maker, actor, drummer, writer, speaker, and cancer survivor, Justin Sandler. Justin shared his positive message of how he overcame obstacles and how you can too! You do not want to miss this episode!
You can find Justin Sander at:
Watch his award-winning film on Amazon Prime:
Deedee and Adam sit down to talk about tools teachers can use during this time of distance learning.
-Alive Studios (our sponsors) https://alivestudiosco.com/
-Zoom (be mindful of security settings) https://zoom.us/
Book recommendations by Alice Keeler on Google Classroom can be found on Dave Burgess Consulting https://www.daveburgessconsulting.com/dbcibooks/
Adam and Deedee site down with their good friend, Mary Amoson. Mary shares her favorite technology sites for primary grade students. There is even a bonus recommendation!
Teach Your Monster to Read https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/
Sight Word Ninja https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sight-words-ninja-slicing-game-to-learn-to-read/id821374885
ABC Mouse https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage
Class Dojo for Portfolios https://www.classdojo.com/
You can find Mary on her popular blog: Sharing Kindergarten https://sharingkindergarten.com/
Deedee and Adam discuss writing instruction in the primary grades. They will share their tips for keeping writing instruction fresh and how to instill the love of writing for yourself and your students.
In Pictures and In Words by Katie Wood Ray https://amzn.to/2TPqgQW
With the closings of schools due to the Clovid-19 virus, teachers are working in overdrive to try to create meaningful lessons and connections with their students. Distance teaching can be challenging, but Adam and Deedee will share a few tips to make it a bit easier. Be well!
Matt Miller - Ditch that Textbook
Virtual Field Trips
The Classroom Collaborative Teacher Podcast: Powering Through Self-Doubt with guest, Tara Martin.
Adam and Deedee sit down with instructional coach, keynote speaker, and author Tara Martin to hear her incredible journey. Tara tells the story of her journey and how a second-grade teacher took her under her wing to change her life forever. Listen how she went from paddling in the shallow end to being a jumper in the deep end! She tells us to be real and cannonball in!
Tara will inspire you! You do not want to miss this episode!
You can find Tara Martin's children book, Cannonball In on Amazon https://amzn.to/2QiBafQ
You can find her inspirational book, Be REAL: Educate from the Heart on Amazon
You can read more about Tara and find out how to reach her by visiting her website:
In today's teacher podcast, Deedee and Adam continue their conversation about balanced literacy and the importance of phonemic awareness in early childhood education. They discuss the importance of segmentation and blending of sounds and their essential role as young children learn to read.
In today's teacher podcast, Deedee and Adam sit down to talk to literacy professional staff developer, Melissa Leach. Deedee and Adam continue their conversation surrounding balanced literacy and the implications for classroom instruction.
More on Melissa!
Leach’s Literacy Training, LLC provides unique and dynamic professional development for schools and school districts across the country. Melissa Leach, owner and president, is a sought after literacy change leader for her knowledge of the Balanced Literacy Framework and her ability to make success in each and every component feel achievable to every participant.
Melissa has been a dynamic classroom teacher (Michigan and Texas; 2000-2008), a state-level Literacy Specialist (Texas; 2008-2012) a Professional Learning Designer for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DC; 2012-2014), and a K-12 ELAR and SLAR Specialist (Texas; 2014- 2015), and she currently works full-time alongside her team of literacy consultants to run Leach’s Literacy Training, LLC.
It is Melissa’s life work to make an impact on student achievement. Leach’s Literacy trainings blend the research and knowledge of best practice Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop with hands-on application to a real-life classroom setting. Melissa’s desire to reach more students is happening, one teacher at a time.
Visit Melissa's website to learn more.
Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Leachs-Literacy-Training-336839809674536/
TEACHER PODCAST PHONICS INSTRUCTION
In this teacher podcast episode, Deedee and Adam talk about phonics instruction in light of the science of reading. As life long learners, Deedee and Adam discuss how, sometimes, being a reflective teacher can be challenging.
In this podcast episode, Deedee and Adam talk about a new approach to teaching sight words in elementary classrooms. Based on the research, they discuss how sight words can actually be part of your explicit phonics instruction!
A Fresh Look at Phonics by Wiley Blevins (Judy will you link to: https://amzn.to/2UA1VPV
This is Balanced Literacy by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Nancy Akhavan Judy will you (link to: https://amzn.to/2utb9mg
Finding your authentic self with Jeff Koziatek!
Adam and Deedee had the honor of chatting with Jeff Koziatek about how teachers can be true to themselves and bring out the best in those around them.
Learn more about Jeff Koziatek and bring him to your school:
What is Balanced Literacy: Part 1-Phonics
Deedee and Adam discuss the alarming statistics on language-related learning challenges and how that influences classroom instructional practices. They offer practical advice on how to incorporate more focused implicit instruction in less time.
Read more on the article Adam shared on 2019 Educational Research:
Ep 24: Teach Better in 2020 with special guest Rae Hughart
"Teach better today than you did yesterday. Teach better tomorrow than we did today." - Rae Hughart
Three Tips for 2020:
1. Allowing your students to own their own learning.
2. Build-in community purpose and relevance.
3. Connect with other educators.
LEARN MORE ABOUT RAE: http://hugharthangout.weebly.com/
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE: www.teachbetter.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1897034833860708/
MASTERY CHAT ON TWITTER Thursday nights 7pm CST, 8pm, EST: #masterychat
TEACH BETTER TALK PODCAST: https://www.teachbetter.com/podcast/
How can we make kindness an active part of our community? Adam will share the movement he started in 2013 that has spread around the nation.
Y: It starts with you
E: Engaging in a conversation
O: Offer a compliment
Learn more and join in!
Deedee and Adam are joined by the husband and wife team behind Dave Burgess Consulting, Dave and Shelley Burgess. We discuss how they, through their company, help give voice to teacher and education leadership authors. Learn the story behind Dave's blockbuster book, Teach Like a Pirate.
You can find out more about Dave Burgess Consulting by visiting their website:
Adam and Deedee sit down with the creator of Alive Studios, Cynthia B. Kaye, to discuss the past, present, and future of her award-winning software program that engages even the most reluctant learners.
Join Deedee and Adam as they share some of their favorite winter books to use in your classroom! Here are some of the books we mentioned in this episode:
Winter Dance https://amzn.to/367MQY9
The Snowy Day https://amzn.to/2YmgTso
Ice Bear https://amzn.to/38aGrgI
The Snowbelly Family of Chillyville Inn https://amzn.to/2RukJhN
The Missing Mitten Mystery https://amzn.to/2sMXNzX
Snow Day https://amzn.to/2s0Clan
The Emperor's Egg https://amzn.to/2Rp7ZJm
Find additional winter read aloud book suggestions by clicking:
Adam and Deedee talk about some fun holiday projects that can be enjoyed by the entire classroom!
You can find Adam's Christmas Giving Project video by clicking: https://youtu.be/8S_op8mEKwk
You can find Deedee's Snowman Project by clicking:
You can learn more about Heifer International by clicking:
Adam and Deedee sit down again with their special guest, Jose Cortez of https://www.berteauandco.com/. Jose shares his latest project, Teacher Fixer Upper. Learn how this project came to be and listen in as he shares his thought process around designing a classroom that is student-centered.
Links discussed in this episode:
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YouTube episodes of Teacher Fixer Upper: https://youtu.be/qMsoRZCAgfY
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Deedee and Adam sit down to discuss organization with their good friend, Jose Cortez of Berteau and Company. Jose discusses the 5 side effects of an organized teacher! They also discuss how organization and planning extend beyond the school day!
Adam and Deedee share some of their classroom technology essentials!
Vooks: Animated books free for teachers at this time! https://www.vooks.com/
Chatterpix: Students can animate their illustrations (free). http://www.duckduckmoose.com/educational-iphone-itouch-apps-for-kids/chatterpix/eeSaw: Document student learning and share it with parents (free)
Osmo: An app that interacts with real objects https://www.playosmo.com/en/
Dot and Dash Coding: Robotic coding https://www.makewonder.com/
Bee Bots Coding: Robotic coding: https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/products/stem/building-engineering/bee-botsup-sup-programmable-robot/p/BT363/
Reading Eggs/Math Seeds: Online games that are differentiated for the individual student. https://readingeggs.com/
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Dr. Lori Elliott shares her passion for project-based learning with Deedee and Adam. She helps clarify the differences between themed classroom units of study and true PBL experiences. Dr. Elliott travels extensively to schools and districts as a mentor and facilitator. Learn more about her work by visiting her website:
Deedee and Adam discuss some of their favorite books for fall! Here is a list of the classroom books that were discussed. These books are perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teachers!
Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant
Boo! by Robert Munsch
Creepy Pair of Underpants by Aaron Reynolds
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies
Otis by Loren Long
Autumn's First Leaf by Steve Metzger
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
They also discussed Storyline Online Audiobook Site: https://www.storylineonline.net/
Join Adam and Deedee while they chat with teacher, Holly Ehle. Holly shares her passion and practical tips for adding that something special to her classroom lessons that elevate student engagement.
Follow Holly on her Facebook page to find inspiration!
Join Adam and Deedee as they talk with Principal Adam Dovico empowering teachers! Adam Dovico shares how he helps celebrate teachers' strengths and works to build a positive school culture.
About Adam Dovico: Adam is a principal, college professor, and national speaker. Additionally, he is the author of the books: The Limitless School: Creative Ways to Solve the Culture Puzzle (link: https://amzn.to/2LJp2Cv) and
Inside the Trenches: An Educator's Guide for What You CAN Do in the Classroom (link: https://amzn.to/332sJJr)
Join Adam and Deedee as they offer a few tips to help foster student independence during writing.
Recommended Professional Development Books:
Engaging Young Writers by Matt Glover
In Pictures and In Words by Katie Wood Ray
Related Blog Posts:
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How do you use assessments to guide your teaching? Deedee and Adam discuss how to use formative assessments to help drive instruction!
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