Continuing to build off of discussions from UnConference, Josh and Alex talk more about their experiences with the Nasaruni Academy for Massai Girls in Narobi, Kenya. They relate these experiences to defining Service Learning in schools, and what teachers and students can do for specific projects or the community.
Alex finally gets an opportunity to take over Josh’s role as the “game host” on the show. After playing “Would You Rather,” the two share their philosophies on incorporating extra credit in the classroom.
Coming into the New Year, Josh and Alex touch on the recent signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Afterwards, the hosts consider possible benefits, repercussions, and modifications of Merit-Based pay systems in public education.
Piggybacking off of their experience at UnConference, Josh and Alex discuss what it means to participate in professional development opportunities.
For today’s episode, Josh and Alex recap the first UnConference hosted by James Madison University’s College of Education. The hosts were able to host a live interview from the conference with two current social studies teachers.
Josh and Alex discuss how to handle incorporating the Syrian Refugee Crisis into class conversations with students. Then, the two brainstorm classroom setup techniques.
Josh and Alex discussed Flipped Classrooms and interviewed Dr. Eric Carbaugh from James Madison University on his research with differentiation and flipped classrooms.
Dr. Carbaugh’s new book, “The Differentiated Flipped Classroom,” is available for purchase online through Corwin Books.
Josh and Alex try to distinguish wacky news headlines dealing with education from fake ones. Then, the hosts discuss the need for teachers to maintain a healthy physical and mental lifestyle.
Josh and Alex begin the episode by recapping the first primary debate for the Democratic Party, and then discuss connections between social media and technology in the classroom.
For today’s episode, Josh and Alex play the “Who Said It?” game with quotes from Donald Trump and Barack Obama. Then, the co-hosts discuss the inclusion of sensitive issues and trigger warnings in the classroom. Be sure to continue the conversation on social media! We’ve written follow up questions to facilitate the conversation.
This Week’s Follow Up Questions:
1) does the incorporation of sensitive issues in classes help or hinder student growth?
2) how do relationships between teachers and students affect what is included in classroom discussion?
3.) What is something you’d share to fellow teachers about this topic that you think is valuable?