Growing Your PLN with Twitter [Podcast #008]

What a time it is to be an educator!  Thanks to Twitter, we are able to connect with professionals from other schools and share fresh ideas, learn about what is working, and encourage each other in our journey to make a difference for our students.  In fact, of the over half billion tweets posted each day,…

Increase Your Chances at Making a Home Run Hire [Podcast #007]

One of the most important and challenging activities we go through as a school is hiring a new member of our staff.  This decision can have major implications on our team dynamics and impact the overall learning in our building.  Though, much like teaching itself, this process is as much art as it is science, and…

Importance of school pride with Leo Ganahl – Ferguson, MO [Podcast #005]

With the ever-increasing emphasis on accountability, data collection, and high-stakes testing the focus is often drawn away from those elements of our culture that have long made schools a central source of pride and community.  Leo Ganahl, principal at Halls Ferry Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District located outside of St. Louis, has a passion for his school and his…

Formative assessment that improves student learning [Podcast #004]

Formative assessment can sometimes get a bad rap. The more we can simplify the process as teachers and remember the real purpose behind it in the first place, the more apt we are to use it on a daily basis. Which, in turn, will allow us to reap greatest benefits from this small investment of our…

Implementing one-to-one Chromebook initiatives [Podcast #003]

During this episode we delve into the art and science of implementing a one-to-one initiative in your school.  We break down what the research says and what teachers and principals are doing to get some traction in using these new technology resources in a way that benefits student learning and builds teacher confidence.   We also have a…

Challenging the high-flyers [Podcast #001]

Each episode will look to highlight some practical and effective practices or tools that you can make your own and implement immediately.  In this debut episode, we take a look at the challenges of differentiating instruction for our most advanced learners.  This population of students is often overlooked as we focus our efforts on answering the first three PLC…