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Episode 046: Coaching New Teachers

For this episode of Passing Notes, I visited with Dr. Joanna Lein. Joanna is the Executive Director of the Teaching and Leading Initiative of Oklahoma (TLI). TLI is a nonprofit organization based out of Tulsa, OK that works to develop the skills, knowledge, and mindsets of teachers and school leaders with a focus on novice teachers. You can find Joanna on Twitter @JoMabeeLein or follow TLI Oklahoma @OklahomaTli.

Reflection Questions:

  • What spoke to you in this episode?
  • Where is your struggle? Classroom management? Guided reading? Instructional practices? Differentiation?
  • What micro skills do you need to grow during the 2019-2020 school year?
  • What are your goals for the 2019-2020 school year? How do you plan on growing? What small steps can you take towards that goal?
  • How are you sharing your knowledge with other teachers?
  • How are you supporting novice teachers?
  • In the coming year, have you considered time in your day to reflect on your teaching practice?
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Episode 045: #oklaed Reflects

A look at the 2019-2020 school year by the community of #oklaed.

Reflection Questions:

  • What happened this year that you are proud of?
  • What lessons did you learn from working with your students? families?
  • What do you hope to improve/change for next school year?
  • What are you reading this summer to grow as an educator?
  • How are you relaxing and rejuvenating this summer to begin the 201920-2020 school year?

Episode 044: Legislative Wrap Up

The 2019 Oklahoma Legislative Session has come and gone. This year Passing Notes, with the help of a couple of friends, worked to help keep #oklaed informed with regular updates on all things #okleg. Please send your feedback to me by commenting below or direct message me @thestephhinton.

This last episode, posted a little later than planned, is a conversation with Senator JJ Dossett of Senate District 34 and Representative Cyndi Munson of House District 85 (twitter handles linked to name). This episode focused on #oklaed reflections and frustrations from the legislative session.

A BIG shout out to Todd Gragg and Shari Gateley who took the time to research and record for each episode!

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)?