Podcast

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

BEP023 – What is Adaptive Learning, and Does It Make Me Obsolete?

May 22, 2018

In this episode, we talk about adaptive learning: how to use adaptive software to personalize learning for your kids. 01:24 How do we continue to drive personalized experiences for our students? Something that teachers are always thinking about, but, where does technology fit into this conversation? What are these technologies? How do they help? What … Read more

BEP022 – How To Design Projects For An Authentic Audience

May 16, 2018

In this episode, we talk about how to design projects for an authentic audience, as an extension of the topic of project-based learning. 01:02 Why this topic? 01:51 Working through designing different projects with different teachers 02:33 Who would the kids present to? 02:55 Are we designing the project and then presenting it to an … Read more

BEP021 – Rethinking Student Government

May 7, 2018

In this episode, we talking about rethinking student government within the confines of traditional structures. Blended and Personalized Learning Conference 01:55 What is the best way to provide students agency, give them leadership opportunities and make sure they can communicate and share their voice with institutional leadership and teachers? What have you seen as far … Read more

BEP020 – How Does Small Group Instruction Drive Student Success?

April 30, 2018

In this episode, we talk about small group instruction and differentiation. 01:11 How do you provide a consistent experience? Are there structures that you can put in place to do that on a day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month basis? 01:53 What is small group instruction? 02:49 So how do you make the time meaningful? What are the … Read more

BEP019 – How Do I Approach Student Feedback?

April 23, 2018

In this episode, we talk about receiving and giving good, constructive student feedback. 01:16 What’s the problem that you usually see in the classroom with student feedback? 01:56 The problem is: What are the lines of communication between teacher and student, and how can we build upon those lines of communication? 02:19 How do we … Read more