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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Educalme, a school-based mindfulness app available in English and French. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Kailey Lefko, teacher and co-founder. Click here for links and resources mentioned in the episode or more information about the podcast. …
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to join the global #ObserveMe movement by requesting constructive feedback from your colleagues. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Robert Kaplinsky In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ The origins of the #ObserveMe movement 2️⃣ Why we need to rethink how we ask for feedback and w…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to teach PE and health with a focus on all students’ needs. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Stephanie Ferri. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Developing her student-centered, holistic, motivating, ungraded PE and wellness curriculum 2️⃣ The messy conversations that need to …
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to critically examine how language textbooks perpetuate colonialism. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Julia Spiegelman, a PhD Candidate at UMass Boston. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ How language textbooks position students as traveling consumers 2️⃣ Confronting linguisti…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to ditch the red pen and begin ‘ungrading’. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Jessica Zeller, a professor of dance. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ What ungrading looks like in her dance history and dance methodology classrooms 2️⃣ How ungrading creates an environment for en…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to improve your teaching practice by being part of a Professional Learning Community, or PLC. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Chad Dumas. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ What is, and is not, a PLC? 2️⃣ How to start a PLC for the first time 3️⃣ How to improve an existing PL…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to use various planning and instructional strategies to support your neurodiverse students. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Drew Thompson, of Organized Minds. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Drew’s personal experiences as a neurodiverse learner and the supports he wished h…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate Project Based Learning into your teaching to support, among many amazing things, the Social-Emotional Development of your students. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Mike Kaechele. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Responding to school and community needs, such …
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to welcome students with limited or interrupted formal education (aka. SLIFE) into your classroom. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Orly Klapholz, co-founder of “Inlier Learning” from Hollywood, Florida. According to the UN, by the end of 2021 as many as half a million people w…
 
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider becoming an educational podcaster🧑🏽‍🏫💬. The special agents🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task are co-hosts Mealey and Tudisco of the Unprofessional Development Podcast. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Their origin story and how podcasting has enriched their teaching 2️⃣ The…
 
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to become more culturally competent🌏 by exploring research📙 on the varied educational📝 attitudes and experiences of Asian-American immigrants🔑. The special agent🕵🏽‍♂️assigned to help you with this task is Dr. Pawan Dhingra of Amherst College. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ What Pawan has learned…
 
🎙 Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is instill a love❤️ of books📚 in even the most reluctant😩reader. The special agent🕵🏻‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is middle school teacher Kari Pitstick of Illinois. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Strategies to help students develop a love of reading 2️⃣ Helping students find appropriate…
 
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to work with colleagues👩🏼‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫 from different subject areas👩🏾‍🔬👨🏼‍🎨 to create interdisciplinary units 🔢📝🔬 for students. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Steve Capone of Utah. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ How Steve and his team create, plan, implement, teach, and t…
 
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to celebrate🎉 math🔢 in front of your students as a joyful😃, relevant🗺, and inclusive❤️ subject. The special agent🕵🏻‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is Shelby Strong of New Orleans, Louisiana. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ How “I’m not a math person” is rooted in historical inequities and…
 
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to support neurodiverse learners👦🏽👩🏾‍🦱👱🏼‍♀️ by better understanding how their brains work 🧠. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Michael Weingarth of Connecticut. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Why we need to assume all learners have undiagnosed learning differences and…
 
🎙 Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate virtual reality👾 into your classroom👨🏻‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫 to enhance student learning🎓. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Craig Frehlich of the Canadian International School in Singapore. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Why VR is a great choice for enriching the cur…
 
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to help primary students👧🏻👦🏾🧒🏼 find success in a difficult time🦠 through engaging lessons💻 and responding to their needs🚑. The special agent🕵🏻‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is Adrienne Barber of Milpitas, California☀️. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ Strategies for teaching young learner…
 
🎙Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to create observant👀 critical thinkers🧠and creative film-makers🎥 through a film studies🎬 program. The special agent🕵️‍♂️ assigned to help you with this task is Shane Lawrence of Edmonton, Alberta. In our conversation we discuss: 1️⃣ How students grow as critical viewers and thinkers over five years o…
 
Often, the relationship between teachers and school leaders is framed as adversarial. However, your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to build strong🦾 relationships between administrators🧑🏾‍💻👨‍💻 and teachers👩🏼‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫through empathy🧘🏽‍♂️, transparency🧊 and vulnerability👀. The special agent🕵🏽‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is high sch…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to lead through a global pandemic by adapting your routines, supporting your staff, and focusing on self-care. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Charles Williams, Principal of Plato Learning Academy in Chicago and host of the Counter Narrative Podcast. In our conversation, Charl…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to create powerful and sustainable professional development for your colleagues. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Joyce Matthews. In our conversation, Joyce discusses: 1️⃣ The differences between andragogy (teaching adults) and pedagogy (teaching children) 2️⃣ Why good professi…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Video Journalism Pro, an online mentoring program that allows students to develop, produce and distribute their own stories. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Clement Townsend, founder of Broadcasting Career Mentor. In our conversation, Clement …
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to face unexpected challenges with a positive mindset, transparency, and humor. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Merlyna Valentine of Louisiana. In our conversation, Merlyna discusses: 1️⃣ Leading by building relationships, being transparent, exuding positive energy, and using …
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to use Trust-Based Observations to create relationships with teachers, celebrate their strengths, and encourage innovation. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is author and administrator Craig Randall. In our conversation, Craig discusses: 1️⃣ How current evaluation models aren’t wo…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to cultivate relationships, collegial collaboration, and a positive school culture in your role as school administrator. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Anthony Tyrkala, principal of ACES in Adventura, Florida In our conversation, Anthony discusses: 1️⃣ How he defines his job …
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to engage and motivate your students through improv. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is French and Social Studies teacher, as well as podcast mission coordinator, Aviva Levin. This interview was originally recorded for The Compassionate Educators Show. This week Marie, host of Co…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to build, repair, and restore school relationships through restorative justice. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Laura Fittz, English teacher, Peace Team facilitator and PhD student from Nashville, Tennessee. In this episode we discuss: 1️⃣ Moving away from punitive practices a…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to use comprehensible input when teaching languages, specifically the TPRS method. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Adriana Ramirez of British Columbia. In this episode Adriana: 1️⃣ defines Comprehensible Input (CI) and explains how students are still learning grammar, just doi…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to explore the perspective of an educator who researched and taught in rural schools. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Casey Jakubowski, of Watervliet, New York. Click here for details about our conversation, links mentioned in the episode, and more information about the podcas…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to examine the factors contributing to, and find strategies that teachers, administrators and districts can use to prevent, teacher attrition. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Jaime Bonato of Sacramento, California. In this episode we discuss: 1️⃣ The main factors that are lead…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Classcraft, an app that fosters social emotional development and personalized learning through gaming principles. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Shawn Young, co-founder and CEO. Click here for a description of our conversation, links to the s…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to find ways to incorporate gamification and game-based learning into your teaching practice. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Batsheva Frankel of the Overthrowing Education podcast. In this episode we discuss: 1️⃣ The differences between ‘game-based learning’ and ‘gamification…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: iCivics, a collection of online games and lesson plans to help students engage with American civics. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Carrie Ray-Hill, Senior Director of Digital Learning. In this episode we discuss: 1️⃣ How iCivics defines civi…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider the perspective of an educator who has experience with hybrid and at-home school models. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Dr. Scott Mauk, principal of Edmonds Heights K-12. In this episode we discuss: What teachers should keep in mind about a hybrid model Some posit…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to empower students through civics education, specifically programs like the Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Amber Coleman-Mortley of Washington, D.C. NOTE: Applications to become an Equity in Civics Youth Fellow are due on September 20 for t…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: FamilyBookForm, a digital template for students to collect stories from their family or larger community. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Carey Furze of Sydney, Australia. Click here for links to resources mentioned and more information about …
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: the Social Studies Network, a community of over 11,000 teachers who are sharing their lessons and supporting each other. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Agent Gabriel Valdez, from Fort Worth, Texas. Click here for links to resources mentioned …
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to make your (virtual or in-person) classroom a safe space for students as you embrace the principles of trauma-informed teaching. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Emily Santiago from the Center for Cognitive Diversity. Click here for links to resources mentioned and more infor…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to engage and empower your students by going ‘gradeless’. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is sixth grade English and Social Studies teacher, Katelynn Giordano of Illinois. Click here for links to resources mentioned and more information about this episode.…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to reflect on all the wisdom shared in Lesson: Impossible’s second season. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is your host, and mission coordinator, Aviva Levin. A transcript for this episode can be found here. As many school years come to an end, so does Lesson: Impossible’s second…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to reflect on all the wisdom shared in Lesson: Impossible’s second season. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is your host, and mission coordinator, Aviva Levin. As many school years come to an end, so does Lesson: Impossible’s second season. I will be taking a break in July, and wi…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: #clearthelist, a global movement to help teachers buy supplies for their classrooms. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Courtney Jones, from Denver, Colorado. In this episode we discuss: The origin of the #clearthelist and #supportateacher moveme…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Hands-On Entrepreneurship for Kids, which provides guidance for students who want to turn their big ideas into businesses. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Patricia Clahar, from Greenwich, Connecticut. In this episode Patricia and I discuss: Pa…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to explore how to increase engagement, lessen anxiety, and create real-world connections by teaching math through a Conceptual Based Instructional Model. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is JoAnna Castellano of New Brunswick, New Jersey. A transcript is available for this episode.…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to be compassionate to yourself as you develop strategies for mental wellness. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is counselor, coach and podcaster Marie Kueny of Kenosha, Wisconsin. A transcript is available for this episode In this episode we discuss letting go of the perfectionis…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate computational thinking into all content areas. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Jorge Valenzuela, of Lifelong Learning Defined, in Virginia. In this episode we discuss: Jorge’s path to becoming a teacher Four elements of computational thinking: decomposition, abs…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: GooseChase, an app for creating scavenger hunts. The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Rebecca Yaffa, Director of Customer Experience, from Toronto, Canada. This is the third installment in the ‘Meet the Resources’ series, where I feature the educat…
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to help students enjoy writing as they discover how to improve their written work. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Shannon Anderson of Rensselaer, Indiana. A transcript is available for this episode. I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks of episodes that were looking at some …
 
Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to put students’ own values at the center of their learning in order to make school meaningful beyond academic skills. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Lauren Porosoff of Scarsdale, New York. A transcript is available for this episode. In this episode we discuss: Parents advoca…
 
MEET A RESOURCE: The Park Based Learning Project creates free lessons and resources using project based learning, and game based design, principles. They provide ready-to-use lessons and differentiated assessments, as well as opportunities to collaborate on specific local, state, or national park-based projects. The founder and leader of the Park B…
 
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