Joe Pazar speaks with Dave Burgess, the New York Times bestselling author of “Teach Like a Pirate.” They discuss passion and enthusiasm, defining success, public speaking, job related stress, and much more.
Joe Pazar speaks with John Larmer, the Editor in Chief of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE). They discuss Project Based Learning, student motivation, meaningful collaboration, the pitfalls and barriers to PBL, the latest PBL innovations, and much more.
Joe Pazar speaks with Amy Junge and Danny Flannery about their work with teacher-powered schools.
Joe Pazar and Michael Linsin discuss how teachers can thrive in their work, covering topics such as classroom management, how not to build student relationships, the damage done through token economies, intrinsic motivation, and teacher morale.
Joe Pazar speaks with David W. Carter, Member of the State Board of Education, District 2 for Nevada. They discuss the general function of state boards of education, Nevada’s ranking as last in the United States for education, revising school funding, common core standards, and much more.
Mr. Carter can be reached via email through Carter4NVDOE@gmail.com or StarsandStripes.Carter@gmail.com.
Joe Pazar and David Michael Slater talk with Tom Vander Ark of http://www.gettingsmart.com. They look to the past when discussing Tom’s work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, current norms regarding standardized testing as opposed to the initial vision, the intentions of NCLB, and the successes and failures of teacher evaluation changes. They also focus on the future of education by discussing the increased role of competency-based learning, blockchain universities, artificial intelligence, and smart cities.
They discuss two of Tom’s books as follows:
Joe Pazar speaks with professor Greg Smith about place-based education and its utility for addressing the growing sense of disconnection between students and their communities.
David Michael Slater previews his book, “We’re Doing It Wrong: 25 Ideas in Education That Just Don’t Work – And How to Fix Them,” and Joe Pazar interviews two students and their mother, the Serink Family, who took the book “We’re Doing It Wrong” to a local school board meeting, utilizing their public comment time to read from the book and propose improvement ideas. The kids really are doing it right! Around minute 11 or so, you will hear directly from these exceptional students, including their thoughts on age-based education, bullying, teaching styles, and more.
Joe Pazar speaks with Kenneth Danford who makes the claim that students should consider quitting school and getting a life. Joe and Ken speak extensively about the efficacy of self-directed learning in the extreme through homeschooling. Joe shares some of his personal experience, being homeschooled K-12 in Alaska, and Ken supports his claim that students should consider quitting school.
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“The Teenage Liberation Handbook” https://amzn.to/2NzrJ8W
Joseph Pazar speaks with Jack Jose and Krista Taylor, coauthors of a new book entitled, “Angels and Superheroes: Compassionate Educators in an Era of School Accountability.” They cover Krista’s viral letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the overuse of standardized testing, school and teacher accountability, their new book, and many other topics.
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Joe Pazar talks with Patricia Julianelle about family separation at the border, the rights of children who are experiencing homelessness, the causes of homelessness, and how teachers and schools can respond. Patricia is the Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs for School House Connection, which is the nation's leading expert on the early care and education of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
Samantha Clark is a first year teacher in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, not far from Tulsa. She discusses the reasons for the ongoing mass teacher walkout and the challenges she and her colleagues face. Samantha is a fierce advocate for public education and describes the following event. She says, "It’s not about us. At my district meeting, prior to the walkout, we were asked what our choice would be if we were to choose between a raise or adequate funding for our classrooms, and every single one of us chose funding for our classroom over a raise." If you want to connect with Samantha, you can email her at email@example.com. Samantha would like to clarify that a different representative from the one she names in the podcast used the word, "extortion," and she apologizes for the mistake.
"Writing A Wrong" is a thoughtful story from an English teacher who almost gave up writing forever until he discovered his passion again. Corbett Harrison's story will inspire teachers of any content to consider how feedback impacts learners and ways to inspire passion among students for learning. You can find out more about Corbett Harrison and his story at www.weredoingitwrong.com/blog/writing-a-wrong.
Produced by Joseph Pazar and David Michael Slater with original content from Susan Ellenberg - President of the San Jose Unified School District Board of Trustees.
Susan Ellenberg makes a compelling case that our pendulum swing into STEM education has come at a cost. Namely, to the detriment of civic education. Susan writes, "The experience of the 2016 election, not just the result, but the accompanying lack of meaningful conversation and factual accountability, as well as the very low voter turnout and lack of understanding of the implications of not voting, should galvanize a shift (but not to the nth degree!) in public education back towards an emphasis on civic education and engagement. Our future depends on this." You can join the conversation by visiting her post at: http://www.weredoingitwrong.com/blog/stem-is-not-enough