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[Episode 29.5]: Building Classroom Libraries for Independent Reading and Student Choice

August 7th, 2016

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Introduction Welcome to Episode 1 Season two of The Educator's Room podcast! In this episode, Franchesca interviews, Colette Bennett, Literacy Teacher Extraordinaire and proponent of choice in reading. This year we are going around the world to talk to educators who are doing awesome things- just like you. Starting the school year is always tough for teachers as we try to balance what the pacing guide says and what we know our kids need. During this podcast we will discuss: strategies to encourage teachers to allow students to have a choice in what they read for class. possible roadblocks for teachers and students in choosing books for their readings. strategies to encourage independent reading in the classroom. advice for administrators to understand the shift in practices with independent reading and choice in reading selection. Resources discussed in the podcast Colette's blog: www.usedbookclassroom.wordpress.com Colette's articles on The Educator's Room Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It--Order here.

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[Episode 29] Special Education: A Conversation with a Mom of An Autistic Mom and Special Education Teacher

April 24th, 2016

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In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network reported that approximately 1 in 68 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. So what happens if you're a special educaiton teacher and your son is diagnosed with autism?

In this episode we talk with Teresa C. from Embracing the Spectrum where we discuss autism, special education, and everything in between. Please take me a moment and visit her blog www.embracingthespectrum.com and leave her a message.

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[Episode 27] An Interview with John Thomas, Musician, Educator, Activist

April 5th, 2016

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In this episode, Franchesca Warren has a spirited conversation with TER Writer, John Thomas, about everything about the current Presidential candidates, his job as a college professor vs. high school English teacher, his life as a musician, and everything in between. Learn how to manage your time for you to not only teach but to live your dreams. Also, he tells us unequivocally who would be the BEST President for public education. Hint: It's not who you think.

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Episode 25: For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…An Interview With Christopher Emdin

March 28th, 2016

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In this 45 minute interview, Franchesca Warren interviews Christopher Emdin author of "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood..:. During this interview they discuss:

-His experience as a Science Teacher in New York City -Why he decided to name his book.."For White Teachers Who Teach in the Hood.." -His take on engaging students in your classroom -Why educators of color should be the ones designated for discipline with students in urban schools. -How to better support students in urban schools.

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[Episode 24] 5 Things All Teachers Should Do in the Morning

March 14th, 2016

In this episode, Franchesca Warren discusses some morning routines to get you focused and ready for students.

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[Episode 23] Are Instructional Coaches Needed?

February 26th, 2016

In this episode, we discuss are instructional coaches needed in schools in 2016? If so, how can their role be more effective? During this talk, we discuss how instructional coaches can be used to positively affect the school culture and overall student achievement.

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[Episode 22] What Do You Do With Messy Co-Workers?

February 26th, 2016

In this episode, we discuss how to deal with an abundance of gossiping in the school house. We discuss real strategies to keep you focused on learning.

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[Episode 21] When is it okay to give a child a zero?

February 26th, 2016

How do you feel about a child earning a zero? Is it ever okay to give a child a zero in classwork? Should there be a minimum grade that students can receive?

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[Episode 20] What’s the Problem in Math?

January 1st, 2016

In this episode, we talk with Math Teacher, Michelle W., as she discusses all things mathematics. In addition to examining the current state of education, she also gives some great strategies for elementary school teachers as they teach Math in the era of Common Core.

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[Episode 19] A Look at Teaching at an International School…And Never be Broke Again!

January 1st, 2016

In this episode we interview International Teacher, Oneika from Oneika the Traveller. We discuss the phenomena of teachers leaving America and teaching overseas. She discusses how she's been able to travel to 80 countries all while teaching overseas. During our conversation, we discuss how Oneika has managed to be paid well as an international educator.

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