Why White Students Need Multicultural and Social Justice Education – Education Article

Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash   Listen to the interview with Sheldon Eakins: Sponsored by PowerSchool and ViewSonic   These last few weeks have been especially difficult for me as the news continues to reflect that racism still exists in 2020. I’ve witnessed video footage of Ahmaud Arbery shot and killed while jogging, George Floyd murdered by the police, and Christian Cooper harassed while bird watching in Central Park. As we think about the next generation of adults we are influencing, particularly…

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Reopening School: What It Might Look Like – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by PowerSchool and ViewSonic   I don’t need to give you much background here: As you all know, schools have been closed worldwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the same way that cities are at various stages of reopening businesses, schools are doing the same thing, or at least thinking about how it might work.  We all know that unless someone develops a vaccine soon, school just can’t be…

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Flash Feedback: How to Provide More Meaningful Feedback in Less Time – Education Article

Listen to the Interview with Matthew Johnson: Sponsored by Parlay and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   My study of feedback began in earnest on a sunny afternoon during my third year of teaching. I was living in California—much to the envy of my midwestern friends and family—but I was also harboring a secret,…

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Tackling Tech Podcast Powered by Dyknow – Education Article

How are you tackling tech challenges this school year? So much has changed in our conversations on using EdTech strategically to support teaching and learning. A great resource to explore this year is the new Tackling Tech Podcast powered by Dyknow. With interviews and insight into EdTech challenges and success stories, this new podcast includes actionable ideas and inspiration for educators. In this blog post, I’m excited to share the new Tackling Tech Podcast. Regular readers of the blog may…

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Everything You Need to Know About Building a Great Screencast Video – Education Article

Listen to the interview with Kareem Farah: Sponsored by World101 and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   Early in March, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a domino effect of school closures. Overnight, educators were forced to rethink their instruction as they moved online. Thankfully, most aren’t comfortable simply replacing themselves with cookie-cutter, ready-made content…

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Classroom Technology Tips: A New Quick Reference Guide – Easy EdTech Podcast 059 – Education Article

In this episode, I share my new quick reference guide full of classroom technology tips. You’ll also hear about five EdTech essentials and strategies that work for classroom learning and learning outside of the classroom. Listen to the podcast episode on your favorite platform: Classroom Technology Tips So let’s make this EdTech easy… Focus in on one EdTech essential Determine your “tasks before apps” goal Review the tips and strategies in the guide (or a favorite blog post) Design a…

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Social Emotional Learning: Not Just for Kids – Education Article

Listen to the interview with Wendy Turner: Sponsored by World101 and Blue Apple   I’ll never forget the day when a red rubber bracelet was my most important accessory. After beginning our regular morning routine, I was confronted by an angry colleague in my classroom. We started to engage in a heated conversation—right in front of my students. I knew this was bad. I knew my students were watching, and I knew I had to get my social-emotional house in…

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A Focus on Connection, Finding Positives, and Growth – George Couros – Education Article

I have been thinking a lot about what is going on in the world and how I am responding in a way that can help others. In this video, I share three things that have helped me through this time.   1. Having a focus on building connections and relationships. It has been helpful to hear from people that I haven’t heard from in a long time.  Also, I have been reaching out to others more and just enjoying having…

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Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by World101 and Listenwise   Disclaimer 1: This post was written in the Spring of 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, so a lot of the information here is discussed through the lens of distance learning launched by a global pandemic. I have attempted to broaden the lens beyond our current situation to take other distance-learning situations into account. Disclaimer 2: I recommend quite a few tech tools in this…

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Kick the IDK Bucket: How to Rid Your Classroom of “I Don’t Know” – Education Article

Listen to the interview with Connie Hamilton: Sponsored by World101 and Listenwise This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   We have all experienced it: Your lesson is rockin’ and you pause to check for understanding. Expecting to hear an elaborate student articulation of the deep learning occurring, you are jolted by three words: I don’t know.…

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8 Free Online Resources to Recommend to Families – Easy EdTech Podcast 054 – Education Article

In this episode, I’ll share a few of my favorite online learning tools that you may want to recommend to families. If your students will be out of school for closures, these free tools are ones parents can easily access on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform: Resources to Recommend to Families So let’s make this EdTech easy… 1.  Decide “why” you want to share a resource with families 2. Choose how to…

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Are Your Diversity Strategies Missing the Mark? Nine Ways to Get it Right – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Hedreich Nichols: Sponsored by Extempore and Participate   For most of my life, I’ve found myself in the role of the OBF, the One Black Friend in an otherwise white circle of people. While that doesn’t qualify me to be The Voice of Black Teachers and Students everywhere, my experiences have taught me a lot about what teachers can do to help students from different backgrounds feel fully included in the classroom, or in some…

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13 Tools to Record Audio on Chromebooks and Other Devices – Education Article

Audio is a great learning and reflection tool. So I’ve put together a list of 13 Tools to Record Audio on Chromebooks and Other Devices. Now that we can add audio to our favorite Google Slides projects, we need to make sure we have some options for creating those audio files. Chromebooks have become the most popular classroom device, now in millions of classroom worldwide. Find the best tools for Chromebooks can sometimes be challenging. So I put together this…

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How to Create a Project Based Learning Lesson – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Jenny Pieratt: Sponsored by Pear Deck and Participate This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   If you would have asked me a decade ago if I thought Project Based Learning would ever expand beyond a small pocket of innovative schools I would have said “I doubt it”; I could never have…

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Making Cooperative Learning Work Better – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Pear Deck and Participate   As a middle school English teacher, I incorporated plenty of group work into my instruction. I did it for a number of reasons. Sometimes it was because a task seemed like a natural fit for cooperative learning, like days when I wanted students to brainstorm ideas together. Other times it was just to mix things up and do something different. And then there was the “fewer…

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Why innovation is Crucial in Education #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

  Sanée Bell shared the following quote from her book, “Be Excellent On Purpose,” and it has stuck with me: “Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet the needs of all students. Our goal has to be to create schools where excellence is the standard.” I thought about this quote when I…

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