Podcast

BEP033 – What is the Value of Awards in School?

September 19, 2018

What do awards actually do for student performance? Is there a benchmark for an approach to recognition, plaques, awards overall? What is the goal for having those awards? 01:31 Christina’s perspective on awards as a student 02:52 Christina’s perspective on awards as a teacher 03:45 Nick’s perspective on awards 04:29 The Risks of Reward By … Read more

BEP032 – How Do I Approach End of Year Extensions?

September 12, 2018

How do teachers and administrators approach the end of year extension phase? 01:43 Christina’s experience and what she hears from teachers 02:30 How do I use this time in a way that’s meaningful for both me and my students? 03:02 How are you fighting your teacher fatigue? How are you helping students fight their student … Read more

BEP031 – Driving Project Based Learning in a Blended Classroom

September 5, 2018

Can you do project-based learning in a blended learning classroom? How do you do it in the right way? 02:00 What’s the difference between PBL (project-based learning) and BL (blended learning)? 02:40 Project-based learning is coaching your students to engage with content through the lens of a project. 04:40 How do you frame it? How … Read more

BEP030 – How Do I Make My Rubrics More Valuable?

July 31, 2018

In this episode, we talk about teacher rubrics. How do you think beyond the traditional rubric? 01:35 The single-point rubric and how simplification and clarity could be the key to getting teachers much more excited about rubrics and making sure it’s much more impactful to student success in the classroom 02:03 Christina and her twin … Read more

BEP029 – How Do I Incorporate Parent and Community Engagement Into My Classroom?

July 24, 2018

In this episode, we talk about incorporating parent and community engagement in the classroom. How do you engage parents in a holistic way? And how do you also engage the broader community to share their experiences on certain topics that you have? And also just engage them in collaboration with your students, and making sure … Read more

BEP028 – How to Be an Innovator in a Traditional System

July 17, 2018

In this episode, we talk about how to be an innovator in a traditional system. How can you innovate as a teacher or as an administrator, and what are the systems that hold you back from doing what you want to do? What are some of the things that hold you back? How can you … Read more

BEP027 – Coaching vs. Teaching

July 10, 2018

In this episode, we talk about athletics, and teaching versus coaching. What coaches do from a mentorship and teaching perspective, and what traditional teaching offers our students. 01:30 Christina’s experience as a swim coach; comparing coaching and traditional teaching 02:00 We should rethink our teachers as coaches 04:31 Nick’s experience playing sports, and what he … Read more

BEP026 – Tales From the Field with Portsmouth (RI) Middle School Math Teacher Ray Steinmetz

July 3, 2018

In this episode, our guest, Ray Steinmetz, a math teacher at Portsmouth Middle School in Rhode Island, talks about his classroom experience from being a traditional math teacher to transitioning to blended learning. 01:35 Ray’s experience as a traditional math teacher 01:54 Learning through the Highlander Institute and shifting to blended learning 02:26 Ray’s technology … Read more

BEP025 – What is the Value of Homework?

June 6, 2018

In this episode, we talk about homework: why is it important, how do we make sure that students see the value in it, and how do we administer it the right way. Vera De Jesus and Mike Klein from the Highlander Institute join Nick and Christina in this discussion. 01:57 Vera’s experience: homework was not … Read more

BEP024 – How Do We Rethink Honors Education

May 29, 2018

In this episode, we define what honors courses are and discuss how we can think about what’s going to be best for students’ success. 01:45 Desire for honors 01:55 How the way it’s played out is counterproductive and works against equity 02:22 While the goal is to differentiate for students, what ends up happening is … Read more