An audio documentary-style educational podcast exploring innovation in the classroom in a way that listeners don't just hear an interview with an educator, but are taken into the classroom to hear what the learning sounds like. Learn from amazing educators and get insight into how to bring these innovative lessons and ideas into your classroom.
Thom Gibson is a two-time Teacher of the Year educator, YouTuber, podcaster, and lifelong learner.
In this episode:
- I speak with mindfulness specialist James Butler to discuss best
practices surrounding how to get started with mindfulness in the
- I interview psychologist Dr. Tori Olds about the deeper
happenings in the mind when mindfulness is being practiced.
- I chat with educator Jaclyn Mann about her experience in leading
mindfulness activities in her classroom.
- You'll hear a couple in-class sessions of both Jaclyn Mann and myself
leading mindfulness practices in our classes
Resources James Butler spoke about:
The learning objective on Chalimar Chieza's Early American History classroom reads as follows: "The student will create sick rhymes that showcase their knowledge of the roots of government in the United States."
One high school and economics teacher loved strategy board games growing up so he decided to turn his government and economics class into a complex game of life where students build their own society and economy...which inevitably invites collusion, lack of resources, hard lessons in investing, and arguments over the free market vs communism.
Imagine Monopoly meets Settles of Catan meets Lord of the Flies meets The World Peace game.
In this, I pulled a review that I did for my #bookstagram Instagram account for Carla Shalaby's 'Troublemakers' which is a book on what we can learn from kids who we generally deem as 'troublemakers' and how can we love and honor them as members or our learning community.
Is the first day of school the most important? Seems like a lot riding on it with trying to make sure every student feels seen & heard, gets excited about your class, AND begins a positive relationship with you, their classmates, and the content. Let's explore the first day of school.
Think of your Kindergarten teacher. How do you think your educational experience would have been different if that teacher continued to be your teacher for every year until you graduated high school? In today's podcast I chat with Mark Rogers, who will be starting a 13-year experiment this year.
In Kindergarten, students are bursting with curiosity; why are doorknobs round, what is carpet made out of, why are my fingers little? Unfortunately, as students progress through their education, they tend to become less curious about the world around them and settle for just asking the questions that will get them the answers to pass the tests that determine their future.
In todays episode, I chat with two-time Teacher-of-the-Year science teacher Kelley Janes who takes time out of every class to allow students to ask questions about the world around them; fostering, encouraging and nurturing that innate curiosity.
After a rough go as a kid in some of the schools I went to, I vowed to learn martial arts some day.
A month after I turned 30, I joined a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. I've been going strong now for a little over 5 months and I've begun to see a little bit of overlap between the mats and the classroom.
How did becoming a learner at level 0 again impact me in the classroom? What insights did my coaches give me into teaching that I hadn't paid as much attention to? What can educators learn from the world of martial arts?
A bonus track to the podcast:
Our first book club review - Man's Search For Meaning. I share the things that made me thing, that I connected to, and the mindsets I hope to also maintain.
Can High-5's really make that much of a difference in school culture?
In this episode, I explore the various ways I've begun to greet students at the door right at the beginning of class and how they've helped build a positive culture in my classroom and school. I also have another teacher, Justin Aion sound off of why he started High-5 Fridays at his school and the effects it had on his own school culture.
In episode 2, I recorded the sounds of my robotics classroom for a couple of days while they worked on and presented their final projects.
I reflect on some of the observations of going back and listening to the audio. You also hear students working to troubleshoot their creations which included an electric guitar, a whack a mole, an etch-a-sketch, and robotic arm controlled via sensors on a glove connected bluetooth.