Episode 042: Student Podcasts

Erin Barnes is a principal and former teacher of Epic Charter Schools. She is also a co-host of the OklaSaid Podcast and the producer of the podcasts The Emancipation Podcast Station and Navigating School.

I sat down with Erin to talk about how thinking outside the box and allowing students to demonstrate mastery through a variety of means provides educators with a more authentic forms of assessment.

Reflection Questions:

  • What do you currently use to assess student mastery?
  • Do you currently use any alternative forms of assessment when determining student mastery?
  • What alternative forms of assessment have been the most effective for you?
  • Have you ever considered using student podcasting to determine student mastery? How would creating a student podcast help you identify mastery and needs for remediation?
  • What other forms of authentic assessments have you tried or considered trying? How did this experience grow your thinking about assessments or student mastery?
  • What are your next steps towards changing assessments in your classroom?

Episode 040: Blogging & Podcasting for Education

For this episode of Passing Notes, Michelle Waters from reThinkELA and I talk all things!! Our focus for this episode was on blogging & podcasting for education but we also visited about student voice & choice, falling in love with reading, literature, and more!

Michelle Waters is a high school English teacher in rural Oklahoma. She is the genius behind reThinkELA, which provides English teachers with a community of learners to grow and think critically about their teaching practices. reThinkELA is a blog, a podcast, a place to chat. You can find Michelle Waters – on Twitter @watersenglish or at her blog reThinkELA.com.

reThinkELA is a member of the #oklaed Podcast Network.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What ways do you currently add student voice and choice in your classroom?
  2. What are some of your current practices to encourage a love of reading/writing in your classroom?
  3. Do you currently have a student who you are struggling to connect with literature? What are some ways you might think outside the box/mix it up in your classroom to help this student?
  4. How are you sharing what is happening in your classroom/school with others?
  5. How do you learn from others about best practices? Do you listen to podcasts? Read blogs? Read books?
  6. How are you a life long learner? What are practical steps you can take to be more purposeful about learning (i.e., PLC book study, listening to a new podcast)?