Season 2: Episode 42 – Recharge with Summer Reading! [Podcast]

Book and StonesIn this episode, we recapped our second season where we read many books in an effort to uncover the uncommon dots.  In this podcast we want to encourage you to jump into one of these five themes and read something new this summer (or anytime)! If you don’t want to read the entire text,  listen to the podcasts to get an overview of the various themes and content.

Reflecting on your school year? As you are reflecting on your year, consider reading A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger, (Season 2: Episode 7 Podcast) A couple key ideas for this book are:

  • What makes a beautiful question?
  • Why is a culture of inquiry so important in education, particularly at this time?

Curious about Inquiry and Innovation?  Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom: Using 20% Time, Genius Hour, and PBL to Drive Student Success by AJ Juliani! (Season 2: Episode 22 Podcast)

  • Why is learner agency important and how do we develop it in our learners?
  • What is the role of technology in inquiry and innovation?

Want to learn more about Genius Hour?  Read Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wetrick. (Season 2: Episode 6 Podcast)

  • Why do we need innovation in our schools?
  • Why is it critical for learners to harness the power of social media? (lots of examples)
  • Is passion-based learning for all grade bands – elementary, middle and high school?

Delve into the World of Making by Laura Fleming  (Season2: Episode 38 Podcast)

  • Why is it important for students to have the opportunity to “make”?
  • How can we assess students’ making through digital badging

Develop your understanding of Personalized Learning with Barbara Bray (Season2: Episode 5 Podcast) and Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager (Season 2: Episode 10 and Episode 18).

  • What is the difference between personalization, individualization and differentiation?
  • How do you achieve personalization and still “cover the standards”?
  • How does “making” fit into how we know people learn?
  • What makes a great project?

Revisit some best practices to connect with students in  Game Changers: 7 Instructional Practices that Catapult Student Achievement by Julie Adams (Season 2: Episode 41) and Passionate Learners by Pernille Ripp (Season 2: Episode 11).

  • Why must we reimagine our approach to student voice and how can we implement the goal of giving our classrooms back to our students?
  • How can we change our thinking about homework, grading and student behavior to support passionate learners?
  • How can neuroscience help us understand how the young mind processes stimuli and information?
  • What are some ways we inadvertently disengage students and what can we do to ensure all students are engaged?

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  1. What will you be reading this summer?

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