Episode 038: Kids First

This is part 2 of my interview with Kristi Mraz. This episode will focus more on learning environments and creating a mindset for learning You can find Kristi on Twitter @MrazKristi or on her blog www.kristimraz.com.

Reflection Guide:

  • What values does your classroom environment portray about your teaching philosophy? What do you want it to say?
  • What current classroom practices do you have in place that doesn’t match up with your values? How do you plan to change that?
  • Have you audited your schedule lately? Is your schedule designed with child development and current research on how children learn in mind?
  • Do you feel like a manger of students or a curator of community? Why?
  • Take a moment to write down your beliefs about students and learning. What evidence exists in your classroom of those beliefs? What steps do you need to take to demonstrate your beliefs in practice?

Episode 036: Purposeful Play

For this episode of Passing Notes, I interviewed Kristi Mraz. Kristi is a prolific writer and teacher researcher. She has co-authored a number of books; including, Purposeful Play, A Mindset for Learning, and Kids 1st from Day 1. Kristi teaches in New York City Public Schools and supports teachers across the nation. You can find Kristi on Twitter @MrazKristi or on her blog www.kristimraz.com.

Reflection Guide:

  • What questions/problem of practice do you have about the work you do with students?
  • What struggles/barriers exist for implementation of purposeful play in your classroom/school?
  • Do you view play as an important part of your educational practice? How does your planning provide evidence of this value?
  • How do you avoid the trap of cute?
  • Do you view play as a right or a privilege?
  • How are you bringing the energy of play to academics?
  • How do you use your play personality in your teaching/classroom environment?

Reflection Guides

Not an April Fool’s Joke! Sometimes you get great ideas when you least expect it. My wonderful friend and hairdresser, Lucy Piercy, gave me the incredible idea of creating reflection guides for future episodes. So, in the future when I interview an awesome educator on how/what they do in education I will accompany the episode with a reflection guide for you the listener to think about your own practice and how you might integrate new ideas into your classroom. Let me know what you think!

#PublicSchoolProud

It’s Public School Week in Oklahoma! I’m a proud recipient of a public school education at Norman Public Schools and a proud public school educator who has served in Putnam City Schools and Oklahoma City Public Schools! Majority of Oklahoma’s students attend public schools – let’s support them and their family’s decision by appropriately funding education!

Passing Notes Anniversary

One year ago today I announced the beginning of the Passing Notes podcast. Several things have changed on the blog and the podcast since that day! Thank you so much for listening and being apart of the conversation. A huge shout out goes to Jordan Kopf for his incredible graphic design, Jimmy Owens and Design Tunnel studios for helping to improve the quality of audio and providing a beautiful studio space, and to all the wonderful educators and education advocates who have taken the time to answer my questions and share about the incredible work that they do!

Lastly, thank you to my husband for letting me turn our dining room into a make shift studio and for buying me podcasting equipment as requested.

Thanks for listening. Cheers!

The mission of Passing Notes is to support, inform, and encourage educators.

#OklaEd Podcast Network

I’m so excited to announce the creation of the #OklaEd Podcast Network. The #OklaEd Podcast Network was created through a collaboration with Michelle Waters with reThinkELA and Scott Haselwood and Erin Barnes with OklaSaid. The #OklaEd Podcast Network was created to link together great #OklaEd podcasts and bloggers to help educators find resources and information. Check it out at www.oklaed.wordpress.com and let us know what you think!