Episode 041: Making the Most of Your Summer
A compilation episode highlighting advice on how to make the most of your summer, courtesy of the interviews from some of our amazing guests. Don’t let decision fatigue get you down! And share with us your summer plans at #makesomevrainwaves.
Links & Show NotesPhysical exercise (03:53)Brain Rules, Dr. John MedinaEpisode with Doris Kearns GoodwinBenjamin Hardy blog post in Medium: “Behavior drives motivation.”Robyn Jackson: “First you make your habits, then your habits make you.” (VW Episode with Robyn JacksonDan Willingham: “Never rely on willpower when you can make a plan to avoid it.” (VW Episode with Dan WillinghamDistraction (07:42)Episode with Cal Newport30-day digital detoxDan Willingham: “Memory is the residue of thought.”Making Memories (10:06)Episode with Dan Heath: Power of MomentsLove Reading the Most (11:00)Episode with Cornelius MinorThe Road, by Cormac McCarthyThe Art of Gathering, by Priya ParkerStop Talking, Start Influencing, by Jared Cooney HorvathSpark! The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, by John J Ratey(720) 900-1741 let us know how you are making the most of your summer! Or tweet us at #makesomevrainwaves
Episode 038: Doris Kearns Goodwin & Michael Goodwin, Learning from History
Connect with Michael Goodwin
Links & Show NotesConstitutional Convention Story (01:32)Doris Kearns Goodwin (Website)Leadership in Turbulent Times
Rivers and Revolutions (3:51)How Doris & Michael got started in education (04:01)The impact of Concord on their lives (05:46)Layers of historyRichard Goodwin (08:22)NPR story on Richard after his deathDoris’ many books (09:48)Remembering America: A Voice from the Sixties (10:38)“It’s not a question of capacity, it’s a question of will.”Social mobility, rising to our potentialInvolvement in politics for our youth (13:17)Help students create change on a local level firstRivers & Revolutions (16:14)Interdisciplinary approaches to education - holistic way of looking at the worldConcord Carlisle High School
Rivers, Revolutions, Air, Fire, & LoveA Plea for Captain John Brown by Henry David ThoreauThe Power of Storytelling (22:12)Forbes article on Lincoln & Storytelling, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s workSquaw SachemEducation is about building communityInvestigation of LoveEmpathy (27:07)Through public life you experience other people’s worldsSeeing people as ‘other’ is a threat to our futureDiverse classrooms v. TrackingOpen exploration of that diversity in that classroomSoliciting feedback live from students in the classroom - how can we support each other“If you think you have more to contribute than someone else, you don’t, and if you think you have less to contribute than someone else, you don’t.” Everyone has something to add.Team of Rivals (33:17)NPR story with Doris talking about Team of RivalsLincoln put 3 of his biggest rivals on his cabinetInternal confidence that he could learn from those people around him who all thought they could do a better job than he couldVulnerability & confidenceIt’s not about giving up control, it’s about sharing it. This is not work we can or should do in isolation.Leadership in Turbulent Times (36:41)Story about LBJ and Doris Kearns Goodwin working for himWhite House Fellow programLyndon B. Johnson’s PresidencyBuilding Learning Communities through the Arts (39:42)Midnight Ride of Paul RevereConcord River InstituteResilience / Failure (44:18)Role of Public Education in our society (47:10)History can give us perspective and build empathyMaking connectionsTakeaways (51:48)
Dr. Robyn Jackson, School Leadership Reimagined
Links & Show NotesDr. Jackson’s books on ASCD4 Disciplines of BuildershipWhy leadership is insufficient (03:18)“A builder goes out ahead, then they invite people to that.”“Bosses say ‘Go’. Leaders say ‘Let’s go.’ Builders say ‘Come’”.The importance of culture (05:45)“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” - Peter Drucker“Whoever controls the narrative controls the culture.”How do you regain control over your narrative (and therefore your culture)? (07:27)Have compelling answers for these three questions:What are we building? (have a compelling vision)Why is it important? (have a compelling mission)What’s my role? (a set of core values)Mindsteps, Inc - core values: (11:02)1 - Drama-free work environment2 - Do the right thing, even when it hurts3 - Figure it outCore values as decision filtersVision / Mission / Core Values (13:41)They don’t mean anything if they don’t govern the work.They have to be non-negotiablesOnly 3, no more than 4, they should be rankedEverybody has to sign off on themHire based on those things - shape interview questions that tease out people’s core valuesMaster schedule has to support your core values (BONUS: See this article from our very own Andrea Smith, Lyons Middle / Senior Principal, on how your master schedule reflects your climate and culture!)Has to hit 100% of your studentsBuilders Lab WorkshopsAdvice for teacher leaders (21:55)Culture = organizational habits & the stories we tell about them
Robyn’s AP Class story (22:30)Jay Matthews’ book on Jaime Escalante“What you start in your classroom can be powerful enough to change the culture of your entire school.”“Be who you want to see.” (28:23)“If you really want to change your culture, you are in the most powerful position to change it. There is nothing more powerful than a teacher.”Pygmalion effect (29:49)Kids will rise to the expectations you have for yourself. (not the expectations you have for them)Blog post about itMaster Teacher Project (31:12)7 Principles of Effective Instruction (32:29)“Use Feedback to help you both get better”What kind of feedback is this assignment going to give me about how students are doing?How do I respond so I can give the student the type of feedback this assignment was designed for?Color-coded rubrics (36:22)Feedback has to give kids a pathway to improvementRigorous Instruction (38:34)Free tutorial for rigorous instructionRequires students to construct meaning for themselvesRequires students to impose structure on informationRequires students to integrate skills into processesRequires students to apply what they’ve learned to more than one context and to unpredictable situationsUnit planning templateDr. Jackson’s interview with Ashton Kutcher - Curious Not Furious (42:29)Kutcher’s work on human trafficking / Bodies are not Commodities A21 curriculumFunding Iowa Donors Choose projects“If you don’t take every opportunity to learn something, if you’re not looking at everybody as ‘they have something they can teach me’, then you’re significantly cutting yourself off from insights, some perspectives that could really broaden your own.” (47:32)Being passionate about something makes you quicker to judge sometimes (49:52)“Curiosity and judgment can’t fit in the same space.” (51:08)Summer PD opportunities with Dr. Jackson - 2 Builders Labs (June 24-26 in CA; July 15-17 in Arlington VA for Instructional Coaches)Takeaways (52:50)AP Progress in St Vrain10 signs of a toxic culture (Episode 8 - How to Detoxify your school culture - School Leadership Reimagined podcast) “Safety is not about removing discomfort.” Are people safe enough to be uncomfortable with me?
Episode 038: Dr. Dan Willingham, Cognitive Scientist
Links & Show NotesLoving reading the most (05:07)Make it an easy choice (07:12)Rewards & incentives for reading (07:26)“Take your kids seriously as a reader as soon as you can.” - Dan WillinghamMaking books the topic around the water cooler (10:15)Fluent decoding, comprehension, and motivation - the three-legged stool of raising kid who read“Before he can develop taste, he must experience hunger.”30 min reading with the principal @ Indian Peaks Elementary - Kathi Jo Walder (11:36)Camp EmpowerED in SVVSD - May 28 & 29th, Register HEREDr. Willingham’s books: The Reading Mind, Raising Kids Who Read, Why Don’t Students Like SchoolDan’s next book: Memory & Self-regulation of memory (12:46)Make It Stick, Mark McDaniel & Peter Brown, Henry Roediger (note: Read this book! It’s amazing!)Re-reading (14:07)Highlighting (17:22)Annotating is much better (19:43)Vocabulary instruction for understanding complex texts (20:31)Explicit vocabulary instruction works AND it’s very sensitive to context - need a number of examples to round out understandingEncouraging reading for leisure with rewards & incentives (24:41)Attributions (stickers, rewards, etc… what role do grades play in this??)Drop Everything & Read; Sustained Silent Reading (28:31)Research: Manning, M., & Lewis, M. (2010). Sustained silent reading: An update of the research.Digital vs. Analog reading (30:54)YouTube video APS Conference in San Francisco - psychological science in K12 education (34:09)What psych concepts do we, as teachers, need to get better at? (35:49)How kids behave & what they doTheories of memory & knowledge; Behaviorist / Cognitive / ConstructivistResearch on Homework (39:31)Homework as a reflection of school valuesTakeaways (41:47)Ask the Cognitive Scientist columnWhy Don’t Students Like School“Memory is the residue of thought. To teach well, you should pay careful attention to what an assignment will actually make students think about, not what you hope they’ll think about, because that is what they will remember.” - Dan Willingham
Episode 037: Jennifer Gonzalez, Cult of Pedagogy
It’s not a real cult. It’s a mindset, a family, a ton of free resources, a podcast, great blog posts, relevant topics, and, frankly, a security blanket for busy teachers. Many times it’s pushed our thinking, strengthened our practice, and given us solace. It’s the Cult of Pedagogy, and we had the privilege of speaking to the “Head Teacher Nerd”, Jennifer Gonzalez, about school culture and much much more.
Links & Show NotesCult of Pedagogy (02:10)Blog, Podcast, YouTube (04:17)Jennifer’s favorite episode: Episode 4 (06:32)Recent Episode with Sal KhanTQE Method postSxSW Keynote - The Aerodynamics of Exceptional Schools (08:19)9 Principles to make change happen: e.g. Validation (blog post on validation)Importance of a strong School Culture & Classroom Culture (11:49)Marigold analogy (14:18)Teachers supporting each other (17:38)Teacher self-care (20:13)Angela WatsonBalancing relationships at work with relationships at home (23:30)Setting boundaries on social media (25:34)List feature | Twitter chatsPromoting positive classroom culture (27:22)Student classroom discussions - blog postIcebreakers360 SpreadsheetsEquity Maps & Chat Stations (29:29)Equity Maps: iPad app to map classroom conversationsChat StationsGrading & Grading Practices (33:50)Blog post: How Accurate are Your Grades?Blog post: 20 Ways to Cut Your Grading Time in HalfStudent Self-Assessment (36:17)Starr SacksteinTodd’s BrainDelaying the Grade postJennifer’s Teachers’ Guide to Tech 2019GeoGuessr gameBecky & Ben’s favorite CoP blog posts (42:49)Pedro Noguera on Cult of Pedagogy5 Second Solution for a Talkative Class YouTube video
** Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism**
Join us to learn from best-selling author & Computer Science professor Cal Newport as we talk to him about exploring the world of digital abundance, using technology with intention, and walking through life with purpose. Learn more from Cal on his website, at calnewport.com, where he has archived about 10 years of blog posts on everything from study habits to career advice and more - and read one of the business books everyone will be reading this year to engage in this discussion further.
Links & Show NotesFrom the book: “The urge to check Twitter or refresh Reddit becomes a nervous twitch that shatters uninterrupted time into shards too small to support the presence necessary for an intentional life.”Why digital minimalism? (03:27)Deep Work - technology in the workplaceProfessional v. Personal use of technology (04:42)Engineering technology for constant use (05:52)Re-engineer the social experience to be addictive - constant, intermittent, incoming stream of social approval indicators - autotagging, liking, etc.Steve Jobs on minimalism (08:02)Original iPhone - making listening to music & talking on the phone more magical(Cal’s NYTimes OpEd: Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us To Use Our Smartphone Like This)Screen use iOSAverage modern user - 2 h social media per day - Tristan Harris (10:58)Psychology of detaching yourself from social mediaMaximalist mindset - natural loss aversionWhat is Digital Minimalism? (13:04)How to minimize: 30 day Digital Declutter (14:38)Digital Declutter experiment with 1,600 peopleModeling good digital habits for the younger people in your lives (19:41)Public perception on these shifts (20:52)NBA commissioner on social media and stress in players2016 oped for NYTimes - & the commissioned responseIncreased social media use & loneliness (23:18)“Social Snacking”(Psychology today article on this topic)Focus is the new IQ - from Deep Work (25:10)Start with the value and then identify the tools that help; questions we should ask for instruction (26:14)Start with learning goals & add the goal of developing deep, focused thinkersAudio vs. visual for reading (29:33)Value of in-person lecture (31:34)Professional Rock-Paper-Scissors (on YouTube!) & what that teaches us about social psychology (32:27)Value of solitude (35:04) - “freedom from input of other minds”Lead Yourself FirstSolitude deprivationStress & anxiety in generations with ubiquitous technology during adolescenceMaking the declutter process stick (39:35)Attention capital theory & Cal’s next book (42:16)From his blog: Attention switching blog postAttention residue (48:14)Willpower is a finite resource (50:25)Rituals around deep work can reduce the barrier of entry“Follow your passion” is bad advice (54:38)Blog postSo Good They Can’t Ignore YouNgram viewerTo learn more from Cal: calnewport.com - 10 years of blog postsWork Life Podcast with Adam Grant
Episode 035: Dwayne Reed, Welcome to the 4th Grade :)
In the first of our mini-series highlighting the conversations at the ASCD Empower 2019 Conference (#Empower19 for more on social media as well…), we sit down with inspirational teacher Mr. Dwayne Reed from Chicago Public Schools. Please enjoy this quick discussion about getting to know our classroom by starting with ‘you’, then ‘them’, then ‘we’, a quick reprise of his keynote at the General Session of the conference. (Becky’s Chicago accent comes back a little harder in this episode, too, so brace yourselves for that…)
Links & Show NotesASCD Empower Conference in Chicago, IL - upcoming ASCD conferencesWelcome to the 4th Grade on YouTube (01:31)Ron Clark - bread / pizza analogyOverview of his speech - relationships matter (08:08)Who am I (08:42)Who are THEY (09:30)Who are WE (10:32) - and “Sharing the Shine”Working on this throughout the year - how do our strengths advance as us a group (11:52)On Love (14:21)Angie Thomas’ The Hate You Give (Amazon, Overdrive)Self-care & relationships (18:51)Closing (20:51) & My Teacher Loves Me, with Mr. Reed & student, Tre
Links & Show NotesCornelius’ Introduction & Background (02:05)Working through and reflecting on failure; teacher imagination (03:45)We Got This, the book, and the Teacher-as-Hero Narrative (05:59)Jamal Eigel, illustratorWhy is the Teacher-as-hero narrative problematic? (07:40)People as humans not heroes; allies, not saviorsHeinemann Podcast w/ Mr. Minor - Building Better HeroesWe all want better (09:52)Teaching in the contemporary political momentWe are pro-kid - to help them create opportunities for themselves“Anything that abridges opportunity is my enemy.”Challenge: How do we actualize ‘better’How do we navigate the contemporary political moment? (12:05)Everything is iterativeStory about Cornelius & his soccer teamBringing it back to the classroom - what it means to be a member of a community - advocacy & activism (16:10)The world hands you a curriculum - if you’re observant & you listen, you can do really powerful thingsHow can we all help surface and solve those stories? (17:55)Racism, ableism, classism - Who should be working to solve it?Empathy is a really powerful toolDecolonize school by trying to understand each otherGet to know our students better by listening - “Where is the poetry in this person?” (21:04)Spend our time observing (22:35)Labels are necessary shorthand but we have to avoid getting trapped in those (23:08)Disability spread - the spread effect (23:57)Hip Hop Ed (24:31)#hiphopedArt vs. product (25:08)At the heart of hip hop is innovation / engineering / iterative designFearless around the act of creationHip hop came out of the BronxCan’t teach without the crowdHow can we be more fearless in our creation? (28:36)What is school?True creation is messy & noisy - where are we leaving space for that during the school day?Embrace approximation (instead of perfection) (30:12)How do we create space for learning from each other? (31:45)Be deliberate about itMs. Disbrow as Cornelius’ mentorWatching specific teaching moves, going into each other’s classrooms at least once a week - specific, scheduled time to watch, then specific, scheduled time to practice the learningPractices in literacy instruction (35:49)Students and book selection - craft independence“We’re here to create book culture.”Independent reading time in class (37:51)Agency for students (39:05)Modeling in writing (39:52)Lucy Calkins / Reading & Writing ProjectReaders Workshop / Writers WorkshopWriting essays - “Essay is a journey of thought.” (39:50)Is our own ability a ceiling on our kids’ progress?Letting go of power without letting go of control (44:27)Physics of human relationshipsCreate multiple points of investment / sharing power“How can I raise a kid’s status in front of their peers?”How to teach with deep community engagement (48:18)Parents & teachers need to see each other as expertsHow can I labor to understand each student in order to give them the best possible experience?To learn more from Cornelius Minor:Kassandcorn.comHeinemann.com - We Got ThisLoads of Free Resources from the Book!! Graphic organizers for your own Action Research to support your reflection & iteration@MisterMinor on Twitter@CorneliusMinor on InstagramWrap Ups & Take Aways (52:21)
Episode 032: Sylvia Acevedo, Girl Scouts & STEM
In this episode, Girl Scout CEO Sylvia Acevedo shares so much wisdom and insight into how to reach learners at every level, especially girls. Her stories, both from her own life and from being the CEO of girl scouts and seeing the projects that students are working on, are sure to inspire! Stay tuned after the episode for more classroom tips and instructional resources.
Links & Show NotesSylvia on being an Author, Entrepreneur, Engineer, and Rocket Scientist (01:54)Head Start program / Girl Scouts of AmericaSylvia on telling her story: Path to the Stars (03:18)Importance of math & programming in Middle SchoolFashion Institute of Technology in NYEarly experiences with Girl Scouts & how they shaped her interests (07:17)One of the first Hispanics, male or female, to get a Masters Degree in Engineering from StanfordTroop leader helped her explore her interest in scienceEstes Rocket KitCooking is just like ScienceResilience, determination, & confidenceGirl Scout Cookie Program (10:43) - Create your future, create your own opportunitiesNever walk away from a sale unless you’ve heard ‘No’ three timesPersistence, Resilience, and getting to Yes (11:30)Girl Scouts impact (13:02)Half of all female elected officials were girl scouts; almost every female astronaut was a girl scoutGirl Scouts Alumnae Impact Study ReportSylvia’s CEO Patch (13:38)Voyager 2Barriers to success (16:46)Find out the barrier & address that - what is the reason behind that ‘No’?Bilingualism (20:11)Bilingual brain development & creativityName changes (21:15) - “Sylvia Elia Acevedo Monge” → Sylvia AcevedoEnglish is the de facto language of business - competitive advantageWhat Public Ed can learn from Girl Scouts (24:21)Learning organization (story behind the badges)Look at potential → Build skills → Take ActionCaring adult / troop leaderInclude all 5 senses in the workBronze, Silver, Gold Awards for serviceEvery year a few girls change state laws with their community actionChild Marriage Law in NHSmoking lawsNo Straw NovemberGirl Scout Gold AwardsGirl Scouts Mission: “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”Eco-glooSTEM + Civic Action (31:54)Focus on how to make the world a better placeTo girls, ranking is not as important as linkingLearning skills in a girl-only space (36:35)De facto norm is the male experience (37:48)Decoding the Digital Girl reportGirl Scouts researchCybersecurityCancer Research on women (41:10)Drug studies based on 180 pound maleIncreasing partnerships with schools (43:36)Number of programs / ways to implementBen & Becky’s takeaways (45:34)Out of our Heads and into the Classroom (47:55)Gold Award - adding in high, difficult goals for your classroomBadges (digital or real)IBM Badging program for its employeesCommunity aspect - videos to studentsCivic Engagement in K12 classrooms: NCLCE Guidebook / Other resources from Jenny Pettit of SVVSDPut that you were / are a Girl Scout on your LinkedIn Profile!! Join the Girl Scout Network!
Episode 031: Design Thinking for School Leaders
Co-authors Alyssa Gallagher and Kami Thordarson stop by Vrain Waves to share the 5 elements of design-inspired leadership. Alyssa & Kami “believe that educators can solve the challenges that face our schools faster and more effectively than any policy, top down mandate, or expensive commercial solution.” Tune in as they explain how design, creativity, and observation can help us navigate and advocate for change.
Links & Show NotesVisit Vrainwaves.com for full episodes, show notes, and more, and to give us feedback!Episode w / Dr. Robert Dillon - Designing Learning SpacesEpisode w / The Tech Rabbi - Educated by DesignDesign Thinking for School Leaders (01:27)Episode w / Stephen SchedletskyIntro to Alyssa & Kami (02:37)Why should we think like designers? & Wicked Problems (03:32)Powerlessness & Agency (05:21)Everything around us has been designed, everything can be redesigned. (07:07)Building Creative Confidence (07:53)Remain curiousAccidental design (09:31)Role of a school principal (10:20)Building Empathy (11:57)Shadow a Student (12:41)Shadow a TeacherReading fiction to build empathyObservation to build empathy (14:10)Swiffer design storyDesign-inspired leadership (18:57)5 Roles: Opportunity Seeker (problem-finding), Experience Architect, Rule Breaker, Producer (Bias toward Action), StorytellerStitchfix story - delight your user (22:32)“What if” sessions (25:11)2 bucket challenge warm up (27:10)Tina Seelig, Stanford professorExperience Architect (30:43)Colorado Education InitiativeMenlo park Superintendent - Erik Burmeister; community tourPerspective matrix (34:53)The End of Average (37:11)Design toward the edges (37:21)OXO - extreme designMicrosoft Inclusive DesignMistake stories (39:24)(HBR article about embarrassing story before brainstorming)For more: Leadlikeadesigner.comTakeaways (43:07)IDEO - Teachers Guild - Design Thinking for Educators ToolkitTeachers Guild newest collaboration: How might we strengthen communication and trust between families and teachers to better support students’ success?
Educated By Design with The Tech Rabbi
In his new book, Educated by Design, The Tech Rabbi Michael Cohen shares his journey to education through design, while providing useful tools and resources for the reader to help expand students’ belief in their own creative ability. Today on Vrain Waves, he shares many of these insights with us!
Links & Show Notes3 Episodes on DesignDesigning Learning Spaces with Dr. Robert DillonThis week = Design Thinking with Michael CohenNext week = Leadership with DesignWhat is Design Thinking (01:27)Stanford d.school modelDivergent thinkingWhy for Design Thinking: To support self-efficacy so people realize their capacity to make an impact (03:04)“Everything around us has been designed so can be redesigned.”Collective Efficacy, effect size of 1.57 (03:36)Out of Our Heads and Into the Classroom (04:58)Educated By Design – Bad Idea Factory (05:45)Empathy – Define – Ideate – Prototype – TestCo Barry, CreatEdu – Airplane WarsPost it Note App (07:15)Design for fellow classmates (08:02)School Retool – Shadow a Student ChallengeThe Tech Rabbi (09:13) – Michael CohenISTE Keynote 2018@TheTechRabbi on Twitter, Instagram, FacebookEducated By Design bookEverybody has intrinsic creative ability (14:05)Functional fixedness (15:10)Daniel Pink Episode of Vrain Waves – his book DriveThe Candle Problem – Dunker’s Problem30 Circle ChallengeConnecting Education & Design (19:38)Design is about understanding the needs of others & then creating a solution2 Types of Designers; Fiver.com for logo development vs. Boutique customized designAdobe’s MAX ConferenceSubskills of Design (23:08)Improving in Empathy (25:14)Empathy Maps (Dave Grey, St Louis) Think – Do – Say – FeelKindness by the DozenDan Heath Episode (29:53)Entrepreneurship class – Survey / XeroxDivergent thinking & student choice at Elementary & Middle levels (33:47)Evaluate process vs. product / growth & reflectionHumility & Service to Others (37:37)Wrap Ups & Reflections (42:18)
Episode 029, Dr. Robert Dillon: The Space
We’ve covered what we teach, and how we teach, and why we teach… but we have never really talked about WHERE we teach. So today, enjoy the insights and inspirations of Dr. Robert Dillon. In this interview, we discuss the research behind where we learn, how we can put this research into practice by making small changes to our environment, and strategies for keeping this top of mind as we move throughout the school year.
Links & Show NotesDavid Thornburg - 3 archetypal learning spaces (05:45)Campfire, Watering Hole, CaveCooperative Learning Structures / Kagan strategies (07:09)Quiz, Quiz, TradeIntro to Dr. Robert Dillon (09:46)The Space, the book - co-authored by Dillon & Rebecca Louise HareSt Vrain’s Innovation CenterWhy Space Matters (11:32)Movement, choice, active engagement (12:30)John Medina’s quote: “If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom.” - from Brain RulesDesigning Learning spaces (14:01)Optimize the perimeterColor, Clutter, Visual Noise = distraction“We always have control over less in our classrooms.”Strategies to declutter (14:50)Do I still need that anchor chart?Ask students every 2 weeks“Where our students learn matters. Are they guests? Or are they collaborators? (17:04)Steelcase (19:10)Steelcase research on Education spacesUniversity of Melbourne research on ed spaces: LEaRN (Learning Environments Applied Research Network)Vanderbilt on Learning SpacesInteraction Geography (20:03) - how people move through the spaceExampleThe need for Quiet (21:05)The cost of interruptions (Washington Post, Forbes, Fast Company)Bob’s favorite learning spaces (24:08)What’s on the walls? (25:26)More images of students doing the work vs the ‘perfect’ finished productsProcess over productAccelerant for classroom management (28:02)Rocky Mountain ElementaryOpen Educational Resources (29:49)OER CommonsEngage NY math curriculumWhat are the verbs for your space? (31:29)Hacks for improving space (33:01)Natural light; simulate natureUse visual displays to do soBalance ‘green time’ with ‘screen time’Classroomscreen.comUniversal Design for Learning (UDL) (34:50)7 principles: Equitable Use, Flexibility in Use, Simple and Intuitive Use, Perceptible Information, Tolerance for Error, Low Physical Effort, Size and Space for Approach and Use#LearningSpaces on twitter / instagram & Flexspace.comHow to keep up with these things (40:57)“Release trapped wisdom into the system.”To learn more: drrobertdillon.com; @drrobertdillon on twitterReflections from Ben & Becky (43:31)Suzy Evans - teacher clip on assessment-capable learners & using space during assessment (45:21)LEAVE US A MESSAGE!!! 720-900-1741
Episode 028, Into the Classroom
For our first show of 2019, we decided to outsource for more tangible tips and creative ideas for your classroom to kick off second semester. We asked Vrain Waves listeners to give us a 2-3 minute voice clip of them describing something in their classroom or their practice that they wanted to share with a broader audience - an extended version of our Out of Our Heads and Into the Classroom segment. Here’s the result - we hope you enjoy, and would love it if you would contribute too! We’ll likely include more of these in different episodes, so please call us (720-900-1741) or email us with a short voice memo and we’ll share your ideas with our audience! Thank you so much, and Happy New Year!
Links & Show Notes(02:13) Megan Soderlund (Teacher, HS Social Studies - @megss_8) → Unit planning with creative essential questions. Ex: Was farming a mistake? Was Alexander the Great overrated?(03:49) Catrina Estrada (Assistant Principal - @CatrinaEstrada) → Get rid of red notification bubbles with a separate email for junk mail / subscriptions(04:54) Adam Wellington (Teacher, APUSH & Gov - @awellington83) → “Make a Meme” class openers - https://imgflip.com/(07:02) Ann Feldman (Tech Integration Specialist - @annfeldman1) → Leverage Class Kick & its audio feature for descriptive feedback(09:52) Thom Gibson (Teacher, Middle School math / video / robotics - @gibsonedu; The Thom Gibson Podcast; https://thomgibson.com/) → Consider starting a classroom economy(11:14) Casey Luker (Learning Technology Coach - @missluker) → BreakoutEDU boxes and the reflections for different participants that come along with the experience(13:56) Keith Kennison (Teacher, Middle school Math & Science - @kennison_keith) → Join students in exploring the Why, modeling inquiry and learning through challenge(16:00) Shelly Stevens (Instructor, Teacher Prep Program - @smbpinky) → Interactive Daily Agendas via google slides - Catlin Tucker on interactive daily agendas(20:24) Heather Brubaker (Teacher, elementary art) → Cross-Disciplinary Challenge; PE / Science / Art; unlikely partner challenge - “Understanding is an Art”(22:15) Diane Lauer (Assistant Superintendent of Priority Programs and Academic Support - @MrsLauer) → Professional development through video coaching / video for self-growth - Harvard’s MQI Project (Mathematical Quality of Instruction) - Harvard CEPR Visibly Better website / #visiblybetter hashtag on twitter(26:19) Matt Hawkins (Teacher, Design & Innovation - @mrhawkinsgl) → Landmarks design challenge & building with Minecraft; Minecraft Education Edition(28:39) Kim Wiggins (Assessment Coordinator - @KWigginsSVVSD) → student empowerment through creating assessment-capable learners; assessment as done with students vs. to students; Learning goals vs. performance goals(30:48) Sarah Pomranka (Teacher, IB - @sarahpom) → Talking individually with each student for feedback, both before & after assignments; + learning technology to demonstrate understanding(32:16) Nate Wilcox (Teacher - @natewilcox) → Shortcuts app (formerly Workflows)(33:17) Anna Mills (Teacher, Innovation / Neuroscience - @millsanna1) → Integrating neuroscience understanding into K-8 curriculum(36:06) Felecity Treptow (ADE - @felecitytreptow) → Voice Memos app for the classroom(37:22) Carly Adams (Teacher - @missadams08) → Apple Classroom to organize learning technology(38:18) Michelle Shory & Irina McGrath (ESL Instructional Coaches - @michelleshory, @irina_mcgrath) → Use closed captioning in Google Slides during presentations - use Screencastify to record; YouTube Clips - settings: adjust speeds, add closed captioning; Google Translate - conversation mode - Things We Wish We Knew 6 Months Ago on Wakelet.com
Episode 5 with Dave Burgess:
“Mediocrity doesn’t motivate.”
Episode 11 with Dan Meyer:
“Never assume anyone even cares.” / “Teach math as if it were an elective.”
Episode 9 with Daniel Pink:
“Time plays a much bigger role than we realize… we are temporal creatures.”
“Pay careful attention to endings.”
Episode 14 with Dr. Brent Duckor & Dr. Carrie Holmberg:
“Kids need to build on prior knowledge & associations.”
Episode 10 with Jennie Magiera:
“Treat students like they are human beings.”
Episode 23 with Dan Heath:
“Beware of the soul sucking force of reasonableness.”
Episode 21 with Catlin Tucker:
“Our classroom spaces should be places where everybody is experimenting, everybody is taking risks, and everybody is learning. That can’t just be the students.”
Episode 04 with Kim Scott:
“Radical candor is about how to collaborate effectively with a group of people.”
Episode 02 with Dr. Tony Wagner:
“Our profession is afflicted with the curse of isolation.”
“Isolation is the enemy of improvement, it is the enemy of innovation and it is the enemy of science.”
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Episode 18 with John Hattie:
“Know thy impact.”
“I couldn’t care less how teachers teach.”
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!
Links & Show NotesSimon Sinek’s TED Talk summary (02:15)“People don’t buy what they do, they buy why you do it.”Why start with WHY? (04:12)What happens when you start with why? (05:07)Proctor & GambleImage of Golden Circle hereHow you find your why… describing love (08:25)Look to the anthropology - map peaks and valleys in your life & why will emerge (08:56)Why lives in limbic brain, has no languageDon’t put ‘I’m a teacher’ in your WHY (10:02)Take your ‘whats’ out of your ‘why’Richard Branson (11:30) - Infusing fun so that we positively impact people’s lives - put a splash of red in a mundane world of greyCollective efficacyContext vs. content (14:28)“Vision without execution is hallucination.” - EdisonClarity of Why, Discipline of How, Consistency of WhatDiscipline of How (16:18)Stephen’s WHY: To connect with people in meaningful ways so that we connect with depth and live in a more fulfilled worldHelping students find their why (19:40)Life experience & brain development are crucialDoes your why change? (22:04)If you live in line with what you believe, the result is passion, if you live out of line with what you believe, the result is stress.Organizational ‘why’ vs. individual ‘why’ (23:08)“For what reason are you proud to be a part of this institution?”2 ways to change a population: Evolution or Revolution (24:45)Nested WhysSimon Sinek’s Why: To inspire people to do the things that inspire them so that each of us can change the world for the better“We can each choose to be the leader we wish we had.”Consistency of What (26:08)Authenticity - we say & do what we actually believeWhat about when we’re not consistent with our why? (28:30)Ask for accountabilityKeep goal in our heads = 7-15% will accomplishWrite goals down = 45% will accomplishShare goals with someone we care about = >80% will accomplish(Note: I couldn’t find where Stephen found these numbers, so don’t have a link, but tried to look around online and found that the jury is kind of out on whether or not and when it’s a good idea to share your goals, with whom, what kind of feedback to receive, etc. There are a lot of factors here that make goal-sharing for accountability a grey area.)Continue - Start - StopLeaders Eat Last (31:08)“A whisper is a shout.”Inspiration & Clarity, then TrustSafety, Value, BelongingGeneral George Flynn (34:18)Definition of leadership - ask someone how they’re doing and care about the answerFulfillment > Happiness (36:14)Work-Life Balance & Flow state (36:48)Martin SeligmanMihaly Csikszentmihalyi & FlowFlow = when you’re both challenged and skilledBooks that have shaped Stephen’s worldview (38:40)Man’s Search For Meaning, Viktor FranklStart with Why, Simon SinekLeaders Eat Last, Simon SinekGive and Take, Adam GrantThe Infinite Game: Game Theory & Simon’s new book (40:02)Takeaways (43:07)Ben’s skills video (44:25)“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who can come alive.” - Howard ThurmanMichelle ObamaCal Newport - So Good They Can’t Ignore Youtinyurl.com/vrainwavesfeedback
Episode 025, John Couch: Rewiring Education
In this episode, we speak with a former executive of one of the most influential companies on the planet! In addition to being a personal friend of Steve Jobs, John Couch was the Vice President of Education at Apple Inc. for 16 years. This giant in education enthralls us with stories from his book, Rewiring Education, explains the merits of challenge-based learning, and shares why creativity is worth 100 IQ points!
Couch and jobs pic
Connect with John Couch
Links & Show NotesPurpose of Education (06:22)1912 Essay - Rockefeller, Board of EducationTodd Rose, End of AverageLifelong learning & Challenge Based Learning (10:20)Some resources for CBL: Digital Promise | Apple | EdSurgeRelevant, Creative, Collaborative, & ChallengingEx: Throw a dinner party (13:42)Rewiring Education (14:44)Change is the only constantEducation Rewired (coming soon) - case studiesBeyond School non profit (17:53)eSpark (18:43)SAMR (19:31)Space (20:10)Dr. John Medina - Brain RulesCampfire, watering hole, cave, mountaintopMarco Torres“Creativity is worth 100 IQ points.”How do you push a 20,000 pound marshmallow? (26:04)Microschools“The way we design our classrooms today will ultimately define our societies tomorrow.”Slides on website (28:43)Chuck Yeager / sound barrierComputer as a Mental bicycleBenefits of Failure (33:39)Technology is an environment (37:04)“We hire people that can solve a problem.”Graph of student engagement, GallupLisa Mercier | I Wanna Iguana design challenge (39:38)Everyone Can Create / #everyonecancreate#makesomevrainwavestinyurl.com/vrainwavesfeedback
Episode 024: Dr. Megan Sumeracki & Dr. Yana Weinstein - The Learning Scientists
The Learning Scientists are cognitive psychologists who spend their time sharing research-backed study methods via their podcast, their blog, and their new book, Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide. Today, they talk to us about their research and how it translates into the classroom. Enjoy!
Links & Show NotesIES Report: Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning, 2007 (05:06)Learning Scientists (LS) 6 strategies:Spaced Practice, Retrieval Practice, Elaboration, Interleaving, Concrete Examples, Dual CodingRetrieval Practice (07:48)The Testing EffectConcept maps from memoryBlog postPodcast episode on retrievalCognition and Learning Lab at Purdue (12:47)Deconstruct concepts into pieces for retrieval (15:15)Retrieval practice helps with flexible application of learned facts / concepts in new situations (17:08)Cognitive Processes & Creativity (18:26)Learning Scientists’ Weekly Digests - subscribe today!Recent digest on creativitySpacing (19:11)Podcast episode on Spaced PracticeBlog post about spacingInefficiency of cramming for long-term benefit (21:08) (Blog post)Weekly Digest: Teachers’ Implementation of Spaced PracticeInterleaving (25:08)Weekly Digest on InterleavingPodcast episode on InterleavingBlog posts on InterleavingStudies on interleaving - performance starts worse but is better in long term; “The Effects of Interleaved Practice” - Taylor & Rohrer, 2010 (30:47)Felicia Smith (story)Learning styles (36:04)Weekly Digest on learning stylesSharing the strategies with students (43:04)Strategies Posters on the learning scientists websiteOut of our heads & into the classroom (46:37)Understanding How We Learn: A Visual GuideTime logs (47:43)@AWellington83Find Becky’s sketchnotes from previous episodes at vrainwaves.comLearningscientists.orgThe Effortful EducatorRetrievalPractice.org / Make it Stick“Every time a memory is brought to mind, it is reconstructed and reinforced. When students take a quiz, they’re not just checking their memory, they’re enhancing it.”ATTN ST VRAIN TEACHERS: Please feel free to reach out to Kim Wiggins, one of the SVVSD Assessment Coordinators, who has more resources and a huge passion for these topics! firstname.lastname@example.org, or find her on twitter @KWigginsSVVSD.
Episode 024: Dr. Megan Sumeracki & Dr. Yana Weinstein - The Learning Scientists
The Learning Scientists are cognitive psychologists who spend their time sharing research-backed study methods via their podcast, their blog, and their new book, Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide. Today, they talk to us about their research and how it translates into the classroom. Enjoy!
Connect with Dan Heath
Links & Show NotesDan’s intro to Power of Moments (3:01)UPC scanner Bush surprise (4:15)Power of Moments in the classroom (5:58)Sign up for Heath Brothers Email NewsletterEd examples from Power of Moments (06:49)What are peak moments (07:24)Community College showcase (08:10)What’s it like to be a 7th grader (09:03)The call for more peak moments in the classroom (10:48)Research on deeper learning (11:25) - not just for fun; reinforce and motivate the learning (Learning Policy Institute, AIR, more from AIR)Example of Peak moment: Hillsdale High, San Mateo CA (12:21)Susan Bedford (English) / Greg Jouriles (History)Trial of Human Nature (Video of Dan telling the story)“Beware the soul-sucking force of reasonableness.” (16:43)Peak moments are rarely reasonableBuild peaks, don’t fix potholes (20:14)Magic Castle hotel in LA(YouTube Video of this story)Instinct in our lives that we can improve things by fixing the problems with them (23:04)Cool quote about this: “The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles.” - Oren HarariIn our schools, where do we prioritize efficiency over moments?Elevation, Insight, Pride, and ConnectionFlamboyan Foundation example at Stanton Elementary in DC; principal Carlie John Fisherow - Family engagementFour questions during home visits:Tell me about your child’s experiences in school, and about yours.Tell me about your hopes and dreams for your child’s future.What do you want your child to be someday?What do I need to do to help your child learn more effectively?A moment that triggered a change; relationships don’t progress in steady increments; some hours are more important than othersCurse of Knowledge (33:18)Made to Stick is about communication; Power of Moments is about experienceHBR article from Heath brothers on Curse of KnowledgeLoudon academy of Science outside of DC - Functions example (37:02)First chapter of both books we’ve discussed are free online at heathbrothers.comTakeaways (41:33)GREAT free resources at heathbrothers.com when you sign up for the newsletter