How to Transform the American High School

Dr. Sarah Fine on episode 484

Dr. Sarah Fine, co-author of  In Search of Deeper Learning, The Quest to Remake the American High School talks about her research into remarkable high school experiences. Scroll down to download the transcript for this episode.

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Dr. Sarah Fine, Bio as Submitted

Dr. Sarah Fine is an educator, ethnographer, and the co-author of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School. She currently directs the High Tech High Graduate School of Education’s Teaching Apprenticeship Program and also serves as a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of California San Diego. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Education Week, and a range of academic journals.

Twitter: @sarahmfine

 

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How to Give Effective Feedback that Works

Teachers spend hours giving effective feedback only to have students not respond or use it to improve. In this case, one could argue that the teacher isn’t giving effective feedback because it is not being used to learn. Twelve-year English teacher turned principal Jordan Catapano helps us have more effective feedback that actually works to improve learning.

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Jordan Catapano – Bio As Submitted

Jordan Catapano taught English for twelve years in a Chicago suburban high school, where he is now an Assistant Principal. In addition to being National Board Certificated and head of his school’s Instructional Development Committee, he also has worked with the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and has experience as a school board member for a private school. You can follow him on Twitter at @BuffEnglish.

Twitter: @BuffEnglish


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Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech

Nicol Howard on episode 482

Dr. Nicol R. Howard champions digital equity issues for children. What are those issues? How can we help? Today we take a dive into digital equity and the issues we should all consider — and it is not just those with poverty who may not have access. Hear the surprising thing realized at the end of the show.

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Related Resources

Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Teacher Prep Programs,

Pre-order — Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom

Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources

Journal pubs:

Howard, N.R. (2018). EdTech Leaders’ Beliefs: How are K-5 teachers supported with the integration of computer science in K-5 classrooms?. Technology, Knowledge and Learning. doi:10.1007/s10758-018-9371-2

Howard, N.R. & Ifenthaler, D. (2018). Integrating STEM Opportunities for Young Learners. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 23(2), 1-3. doi: 10.1007/s10758-018-9364-1

Nicol Howard, Ph.D. – Bio As Submitted

Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Redlands. She has served as an educator in various capacities over the past 19 years. She has taught at the high school level (9th – 12th grades and Special Education), grades K through 5, and she was a Program Specialist in Personalized and Blended Learning. Nicol has also taught in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University.

Nicol is the outgoing co-chair for ISTE’s Digital Equity Network, and she is the past chair for the American Educational Research Association’s Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning SIG. Her research foci are equitable uses of technology in K16 classrooms, STEM Education opportunities and achievement, and teacher education concerns. Her writing has appeared in the Corwin Connected Educators Series Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources, Urban Education Journal, International Journal of Educational Technology, EduCause, Edutopia, and eCampus News.

Blog: https://www.nicolhoward.com

Twitter: @nicolrhoward

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How to Get Motivated This Monday Morning

Pat Hensley on episode 481 of the 10-minute teacher

Preventing burnout, finding the right colleagues, communication, the struggle with perfection… these topics are just some of the encouragements that 30-year special education teacher-turned-college-professor Pat Hensley has for teachers everywhere. Also author of The Successful Teacher’s Handbook, this South Carolina teacher has a message of hope and encouragement from her experience in education that will help all of us get motivated this Monday!

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Pat Hensley – Bio as Submitted

Pat taught students with special needs in public school for over thirty years. Now she teaches at the university level to preservice teachers and teachers getting their master’s degree in special education. She was nationally board certified in 2002 and in 2006 was Mauldin High School’s Teacher of the Year and a Greenville County School District Teacher of the Year Top 10 Finalist.

Blog: http://successfulteaching.net

Twitter: @looneyhiker

Book: The Successful Teacher’s Handbook


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How to Empower Students With Timely Knowledge Using “The Week”

The Week is a valuable current events resource with timely information that helps students build their knowledge of current events. As I’ve reviewed The Week, I believe this is a valuable resource for teachers to use because the week surveys a variety of news sources that students can access and read. Each week comes with a lesson guide to help you plan and select appropriate topics of conversation.

This blog post is sponsored by The Week. All opinions are my own.

As we work to integrate nonfiction texts into student reading, it is helpful to use reliable online tools for this purpose. Additionally, we need to build information literacy by exposing students to a variety of news sources. In my opinion, The Week does this very well.

The Week Reference Guide

If you haven’t heard of the week, it is structured like a “Presidential Briefing.” Instead of reporters going to “cover” events, they instead survey and read through many sources of news and summarize the most important into a simple-to-read 42-page document. Instead of one point of view, the news articles include multiple points of view so students can compare and evaluate sources and discuss a variety of opinions. If you want to look deeper into The Week, get the facts in the free Teachers’ Reference Guide.The Lesson Guide helps teachers discuss current events with students.

Unique Features That Make Current Events Relevant

Several features of The Week that I think are particularly useful for building information literacy include:

  • The Main Three News Stories of the Week – The three stories getting the most coverage and a variety of articles to read on the topic along with a summary.
  • The controversy of the week – The top issue is shared along with multiple viewpoints.
  • How they see us – Commentary on how the international news organizations view US news.
  • Pick of the week’s cartoons – Open up a conversation on current events in a novel way from the best cartoons across a variety of news sources.
  • learn about other features

How Do I Subscribe to The Week?

The Week subscription for schools comes to your classroom in both print and digital at $1.09 per copy (this is 78% off the single copy price.)

Subscribe to The Week

You can order several weeks or more of this valuable current events resource.

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The Week includes multiple perspectives on today’s news articles from a variety of news sources.

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5 Things to Know About Gen Z Kids

Shalini Shankar or episode 480 of the 10-Minute Teacher

Shalini Shankar has been studying Generation Z. From spelling bee’s to sports, this generation seems to be professionalizing their childhood. Learn more about this generation so you can be a better teacher for them.

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Shalini Shankar – Bio As Submitted

Shalini Shankar

Shalini Shankar

Shalini Shankar is Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of three books, including Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success. She is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose ethnographic research focuses on youth, media, language use, race & ethnicity, and Asian diasporas. She is the mother of two Gen Z children.

Blog: shalinishankar.net

Twitter: @shalini_shankar

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How Can We Help Lonely Kids and Improve School Safety?

Joe Fatheree on episode 479 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

Joe Fatheree helped co-organize a recent national summit on school safety in the United States. In today’s show, Joe talks about the summit, what schools are doing nationwide on safety, and the need to help lonely children who are struggling.

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Joe Fatheree’s Bio as Submitted

Joe Fatheree Artificial Intelligence ExpertJoe Fatheree is an award-winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including Illinois Teacher of the Year and the NEA’s National Award for Teaching Excellence. He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He has served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois.

Fatheree’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.

Twitter: @josephfatheree


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