The Classroom Collaborative Teacher Podcast is a show about teaching, classroom, and education. Join Deedee Wills and Adam Peterson we tackle new classroom tips and tricks in every episode. Our hearts are centered in primary education with our years of experience in Pre-K, kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade classrooms, but we also connect with outside experts and teachers throughout the K-12 professional development. This teacher podcast is for you!
Deedee is joined by Marsha McGuire to discuss fine motor skills in kindergarten. Marsha shares some ideas that every teacher can incorporate into their daily instruction that will strengthen students' fine motor skills.
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Where can you find Marsha?:
Differentiated Kindergarten Blog
Follow her on:
Teachers Pay Teachers
Deedee and Adam discuss some of the pros and cons that surround redshirting in kindergarten.
Samuels, Christina A. , 2017, August 29, Delaying Child’s Starting Age for School a Tough Call for Parents, Education Weekly https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/delaying-childs-starting-age-for-school-a-tough-call-for-parents/2017/08
Wong, Alia, Updated, 2021, March 11, Beyond the Pros and Cons of Redshirting, Atlantic Weekly, https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/08/beyond-the-pros-and-cons-of-redshirting/401159/
Cult of Pedagogy, 2016, APRIL 24, Kindergarten Redshirting: How Kids Feel About it Later in Life, https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/academic-redshirting/
Deedee and Adam chat about the upcoming Teacher Road Trip. This is a series of teacher meet-ups that will be hosted by some amazing sponsors.
Fort Worth Tailgate: June 7
Atlanta Tailgate: June 11
Nashville Tailgate: June 14
Teachers must register at:
The Teacher Road Trip
Follow the fun on their Instagram Channel: @teacherroadtrip
Adam and Deedee chat about the #betheyellow movement and the worldwide celebration called Make Someone's Day Yellow!
Visit www.makesomeonesdayyellow.com for more information!
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Deedee and Adam chat with Hilary Statum.
Hilary is a teacher out of Tennessee! In this episode, Hilary discusses her life in the classroom while balancing pregnancy, motherhood, and life!
Here is where you can find Hilary
Pencils to Pigtails Blog
Deedee and Adam talk about ways to take learning outside! The weather is starting to get warmer so why not take the kiddos outside!
You can find some ideas in Adam's book, Teach, Play, Learn!: How to Create a Purposeful Play-Driven Classroom
Here are a few additional places you can get inspiration!
63 Outdoor Learning Activities
130+ FREE Outdoor Learning Activities For Kids Unexpectedly Stuck at Home
In this bonus episode, Deedee and Adam discuss the upcoming event of the summer - The Educator Summit!
I am thrilled to announce that I will be a featured presenter at The Educator Summit! The Educator Summit is a three-day virtual conference with over 30 sessions presented by nationally recognized educational leaders.
As an attendee of the summit you will receive:
· Over 30 hours of on-demand professional development sessions
· The ability to watch and replay to all of the sessions until September 27, 2021*
· Certificate of attendance (please check with your district for their requirements)
· Exclusive VIP free products that have been created specifically for this event
*30 days for The Keynote Speakers
Check out all of the event information and keynote speakers by going to:
Deedee and Adam share some of their favorite books and some top picks that are available now!
Here are some of the books that were discussed:
Mrs. Spritzer's Garden
Jasper and Ollie
My Teacher is a Robot
Are We There Yet?
Deedee and Adam talk about a few of their favorite teacher-related YouTube channel recommendations for teachers.
Here is a list with links to their channels:
The Lettered Classroom
Kris Szajner (Tech)
Pocketful of Primary
IMSE (Orton-Gillingham Training)
The Kinderhearted Classroom
ESGI Assessments and Webinars
Parent to Parent (Matt Glover writing)
Adam and Deedee are joined by their good friend, Cindy Price. Cindy is a first-grade teacher in Delaware and has been teaching virtually since last March of 2020. She explains how she maintains her energy despite being pulled in so many directions.
Deedee and Adam discuss ways to support not only your multilingual students but all of your students through 5 specific strategies that were discussed in the Edutopia article.
Read this article for yourself by visiting:
Supporting Multilingual Students in the Early Grades
You can find this free website for wonderful photos that will help spark conversations and help build student background knowledge:
Photos for Class
Deedee and Adam talk about ways to increase the writing your students do across all of the subjects.
"Writing about content material facilitates learning by consolidating information in long-term memory."
Professor Steve Graham from the Teachers College at Arizona State University
Having students write down what they understand about a topic, helps to identify gaps in their understanding.
Here are a few of the suggestions that were listed in the article:
I "wonder" journals
Read this entire article by clicking:
The Research is in: Why Students Should Write in All Subjects
Additional ideas to incorporate writing throughout the day:
Project-Based Learning Anywhere by Dr. Lori Elliott
A Place for Wonder | Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades by Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough
Deedee and Adam chat with Katie Mense about her new book, Yani, the Yeti. Katie shares about the process she went through to self publish her first children's book! Katie offers her tips for finding an illustrator to make the story come to life.
You can find this book on Amazon Affiliate link by clicking: Yani the Yeti: and the Power of Yet
Here are a few of the links to resources we mentioned in the podcast:
Yeti Mountain Adventure Kindergarten Classroom Transformation
Yani the Yeti and the Power of Yet: Book Companion Activities
FREE Yani the Yeti and the Power of Yet Coloring sheet
Here is how you can find Katie Mense:
Little Kinder Warriors Blog
Little Kinder Warriors on Instagram
Little Kinder Warriors on Facebook
Deedee and Adam chat with Ryan Nevius from Illinois ASCD. Every year, this is a massive Pre-K and Kindergarten conference that is going virtual this year. Ryan shares how nimble they needed to be to bring amazing content to teachers everywhere! Learn more about this conference by clicking.
ILLINOIS ASCD 2021 PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN CONFERENCE
Deedee and Adam discuss ways to check for understanding digitally. Back in 2015, an article was written for The Reading Teacher, but it seems like it was made for 2020-2021! Teachers today have expressed how challenging it is to keep students engaged during distance learning. Some of these tools may help improve student involvement while also providing great feedback around student understanding.
Here are a few of the tools Adam and Deedee discussed:
You can find the article that Deedee and Adam discussed in:
The Reading Teacher Vol.69 Issue 3 November/December 2015
Deedee and Adam discuss an article from The Reading Teacher on text selection and integration. The article titled, "Five Steps Towards Successful Culturally Relevant Text Selection and Integration," walks teachers through the changing demographics and the need for culturally responsive pedagogy. Here is some information that you might find helpful:
The Reading Teacher Vol.71, NO.3 pp 295-307 November/December 2017
Websites with Book Lists
American Indian Youth Literature Award https://ailanet.org/activities/american-indian-youth-literature-award/
Americas Award http://www.claspprograms.org/americasaward
Arab American Book Award https://arabamericanmuseum.org/book-awards/
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature https://www.apalaweb.org/awards/literature-awards/
Batchelder Award http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/batchelderaward
Belpre Medal http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal
Caldecott Medal http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal
Carter G Woodson Book Award https://www.socialstudies.org/awards/woodson
Children's Africana Book Award https://africanstudies.org/awards-prizes/children-s-africana-book-award/
Coretta Scott King Book Award http://www.ala.org/rt/emiert/cskbookawards
ILA Notable Books for a Global Society http://www.clrsig.org/nbgs-lists.html
Jane Addams Children's Book Award https://www.janeaddamschildrensbookaward.org/
Newbery Medal http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal
Skipping Stopes Honor Awards https://www.skippingstones.org/wp/book-awards/
Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award https://jewishlibraries.org/Sydney_Taylor_Manuscript_Award
Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award https://www.education.txstate.edu/ci/riverabookaward/
Suggested Additional Professional Reading
Unpack Your Impact: How Two Primary Teachers Ditched Problematic Lessons and Built a Culture-Centered Curriculum
Teachers Who Share Book Ideas on Social Media
Vera Ahiyya The Tutu Teacher on Instagram
Mike at The Book Wrangler on Instagram
Deedee and Adam sit down with Cynthia Kaye to talk about the exciting new learning platform from Alive Studios called Zoo Camp! Students learn letters and sounds with live teacher instruction and engagement. HINT: Adam is the teacher!
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From fighting wildland fires with the U.S. Forest Service to putting out fires in the classroom, education was the last place that Rachael thought she’d end up. It wasn’t until a hard conversation with a base manager in Grangeville, Idaho did Rachael realize she needed to put her chainsaw down and make a bigger impact on the world. Rachael is a member of the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2015 and currently serves as the principal of Sandy Grade School in the Oregon Trail School District. Over the past seven years, Sandy Grade School has moved from being one of the lowest ranked elementary schools in the state of Oregon to performing in the top 20% of elementary schools. Sandy Grade School has been recognized by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) as a Model School for closing the achievement gap. Prior to serving as an elementary principal, she was a middle school principal of an “outstanding” and two-time “Level 5: Model School” as recognized by the State of Oregon. Rachael serves as the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators President Elect, is the NAESP State Representative for Oregon, and is an NAESP Fellow. Rachael just released her first book PrincipalED: Navigating the Leadership Learning Curve with two friends and has two other books in the works. She specializes in curriculum development, instructional improvement as well as working with at-risk students and closing the achievement gap. Connect with Rachael on Twitter @DrRachaelGeorge.
Deedee and Adam are joined again by their special friend Tara Martin. In this episode, Tara gives a preview of some of the teacher professional reading books that are available through Dave Burgess Publishing!
In today's podcast episode, Deedee and Adam share some play ideas teachers can use in their classroom. You can incorporate a few play ideas while still teaching!
About the Podcast
The Classroom Collaborative Podcast is a show about teaching, classroom, and education. We tackle new classroom tips and tricks in every episode.
About Your Hosts
Deedee Wills is an early childhood educator, instructional coach, and international educational consultant. She is also the author of the award-winning blog, Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.
Adam Peterson is a kindergarten teacher, nationally recognized speaker, and educational consultant. He also the creator of the popular YouTube channel, TeachersLearn2.com.
I hope you enjoyed this episode! See you on the next one!
Deedee & Adam
Over the last two weeks, the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and many others have rightfully driven our nation to sorrow and outrage about systemic racism and its profound impact on Black lives in America.
There are times when we, as teachers, feel helpless. I think we can all recall a student who really struggled with behaviors that were disruptive. Adam and Deedee sit down with Linsey McDanel who shared her personal journey with Trauma-Informed Behavior Interventions.
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:
We are going to do an encore episode this week because we got overwhelmed with conferences.
Join Adam and Deedee as they continue their discussion on bring play into the classroom. They are joined by their special guest, Kim Adsit, as they share their favorite ways to couple learning with play.
Kim Adsit taught kindergarten for over 30 years and now works as a national presenter. She has a passion for teaching and shares her ideas on her popular blog, Kindergals.
This is a link to the original broadcast.
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:
National Business Furniture: Save 10% with code: Berteau https://www.nationalbusinessfurniture.com/
YouTube episodes of Teacher Fixer Upper: https://youtu.be/qMsoRZCAgfY
ESGI: Pajama Campaign Use code: GoodnightPodcast https://www.esgisoftware.com/
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/
ESGI: Online assessments. Use code: PODCAST for a discounted rate and 2 months free access
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:
Blog Posts About Writers Workshop
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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