Podcast On Your Plan episode 48 #NCTE16 Recap with Christy and Caitlin

Returning guest, Christy Mock-Stutz, Montana’s ELA Director, and fellow Montana education leader, Caitlin Chiller, share significant takeaways from the 2016 annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference!

Talking Points:

  • advocacy through writing
  • advocacy through the curriculum content
  • diversity
  • responsibilities to the community as an educated individual
  • teachers’ well-being
  • building an online community for professional growth
  • and the issues with overemphasizing College-and-Career Readiness

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Podcast On Your Plan ep42 with Gage Jeter

Gage JeterFINALLY! Gage Jeter + Coffee + Podcast = one of the top 5 episodes! Gage has a growing fan club, and that keeps him busy. I’m so glad we had time to have coffee and chat between PD sessions. We cover teaching middles schoolers, college students, and organizing professional development that’s meaningful. Gage also shares some of his personal care strategies (e.g., morning journaling) and discusses what needs to be disrupted in education.

Links and pics below. Follow Gage on Twitter at twitter mini@therealgjeter! #Connections

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Podcast On Your Plan ep 37 with Aimee Myers

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Aimee Myers collaborates with teachers across Oklahoma as a member of the K20 Center. With over a decade of classroom and instructional leadership experience, she is continuing her personal and professional growth by taking the next big step this school year!

In this episode, we chat about her teaching style, approaches to working with teachers and students, and the importance of making learning experiences meaningful for every audience.

Follow Aimee on Twitter at twitter mini@AimeeCMyers!

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Podcast On Your Plan ep33 with Dan and Mary, Santa Fe South HS

 

IMG_20160205_111426252In this episode we explore Restorative Justice, a philosophy to build community and relationships in schools and districts among students and faculty. Santa Fe South’s Vice Principal, Dan Buckmaster, breaks it down into practical steps and shares the powerful outcomes happening at Santa Fe South in Oklahoma City. We also discuss his transition from teacher to administrator, basketball skills, and what needs to be disrupted in education. As an added bonus, Mary Mazariegos joins us!

This is a great episode for education leaders and teachers interested in classroom management and fostering community.

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Closing the Opportunity & Achievement Gap with Dr. Marcia Tate

On Friday, December 11th, 2015, the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s School Support team hosted a one-day workshop with Dr. Marcia Tate, author of the Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites series. The following post includes semi-organized notes taken while attending the workshop. The notes are divided into three categories:

  1. brain facts,
  2. characteristics of brain-compatible classrooms, and
  3. additional visual notes.

Through out and at the bottom of the page, there are visual notes highlighting some of the most memorable aspects of the workshop.

BRAIN FACTS

Not part of the presentation, but this is one of my favorite visuals to emphasize the importance of studying brain research as a teacher.
Not part of the presentation, but this is one of my favorite visuals to emphasize the importance of studying brain research as a teacher.

The brain contains 100 billion neurons (and contains a lot more in utero)! And the brain is the consistency of tofu and jello (gross). So, wear a helmet and protect your neurons – they hold memories. Neurons “talk” to each other through dendrites and axons. Every time you or your students learn something new, a dendrite grows.

The brain is not made for stress, but loves a challenge. Keep this in mind when designing learning tasks and targets. Feedback should guide and not discourage second attempts.

The frontal lobe (where cognitive skills happen) doesn’t fully develop until age 20. So be patient and understanding with students. They’re smart and prone to not-so-smart choices. It helps to repeat directions three times and/or have them repeat the directions back to you or to an elbow partner.

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