Get it Wrong | Tara Barton | Memorization

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-f5i57-f3b229

In Don’t @ Me (3:32), Tom makes the case for why educators need to push themselves with trying new strategies and practices, and why getting it wrong is a positive. In The Interview (13:29), Tom is joined by Tara Barton, Founder and Director of Serve Learn (Melbourne, Australia), to discuss what a robust Service Learning model looks like in schools and why it’s essential for developing 21st-century skills in learners. In Assessment Corner (1:12:32), Tom addresses the role of memorization in a modern learning environment and highlights the difference between a task and an assessment.

 

 

Lead with Your Charisma | Bill Ferriter | Instructional Agility

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-sj7zh-f316c0

In Don’t @ Me (4:29) Tom asserts that leaders must find their charisma, develop their charisma, so they can lead with their charisma. Then, Tom is joined by Bill Ferriter (18:18), a middle school science teacher from North Carolina, to discuss teaching strategies for a remote or hybrid learning model. In Assessment Corner (1:31:22), Tom outlines a process for how teachers can plan with precision for instructional agility.

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Attention for Change | Katie Martin | Reassessment

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-x6yui-f2733d

In Don’t @Me (4:58) Tom explores the single biggest challenge people face when they need to gain buy-in for a good idea. Then, Tom is joined by Katie Martin (16:54) to discuss her book “Learner-Centered Innovation” and what it means to empower students to explore and learn how to make an impact on the world. In the News (1:07:16) includes a reflection on all of the stories surrounding Covid-19. In Assessment Corner (1:10:59), Tom has some suggestions that can make implementing reassessment routines more efficient and effective. Finally, Tom has a question for listeners (1:24:07) about upcoming episodes.

 

 

Debate of Ideas | Katie White | Rubrics (2)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mpz9r-f1cc89

In Don’t @ Me (3:48), Tom wonders aloud about what has happened to the debate of ideas and why all debate seems to get so personal so quickly. Then, Tom is joined by Canadian assessment author, speaker, and consultant Katie White (18:04) where they explore the soft and hard edges of assessment and why assessment is the key to everyday creativity. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:15:15) Tom revisits last week’s conversation about what the best type of rubric is and asserts that rubrics that describe (not prescribe) quality and are task-neutral are most favorable.

 

Alberta Curriculum | Josh Ogilvie | Rubrics

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-95aw9-f11fba

In Don’t @ Me (3:29), Tom takes aim at the curriculum reform efforts in the province of Alberta. Then, Tom is joined by Josh Ogilvie (12:49), PHE Department Head at Burnaby South Secondary School to discuss PHE during the pandemic as well as the evolution of PHE programs in general. In Assessment Corner (1:07:44), Tom explores the question: What’s the best rubric to use? Finally, in Tweets of the Week (1:19:46), Tom highlights Rik Rowe on Twitter (@RoweRikW).
 

Parents | Tim Stuart | Predictions or Interventions

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-e7ai4-f075d1

In Don’t @ Me (2:41), Tom discusses why parents have the right to be heard. Then, Tom is joined by Tim Stuart (14:40), Head of School at the International Community School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss Covid-19, International Teaching, and Personalized Learning. In the News (1:06:21) includes a story from Texas about teacher training and support as well as an update on the proposed curriculum changes from the province of Alberta. In Assessment Corner (1:17:09), Tom explores the correlation between high school grades and university success. Finally, in Tweets of the Week (1:24:34), Tom highlights Nadia Lopez on Instagram (@thelopezeffect).
 

Details Matter | Thrive Ed. Students | 3 Big Ideas for SBG

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mgzfp-efb372

In Don’t @ Me (2:31), Tom discusses why details matter when it comes to proposing new and/or progressive ideas for educational change. Then Tom is joined by Aniya Bailey, Teontay Bryson, and Nathan Genene (15:38), three students from Thrive Ed. to discuss their perspective on reimagining schools for the 21st century. In the News (1:21:24) includes an international story about a 2021 Summit between the UK and Kenya, as well as the story of how the San Diego Unified School District is changing its grading and reporting policies. In Assessment Corner (1:27:42), Tom explores 3 big ideas for standards-based grading. Finally, in Tweets of the Week (1:34:13), Tom highlights Matt Townsley (@mctownsley).
 
 
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Keeping it Real | Nicole Dimich (Thrive Ed.) | Student Accountability

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-rb5bv-ef24f4

In Don’t @ Me (1:49), Tom asserts that now is the time for authentic, grounded optimism rather than toxic positivity; that tending to people’s emotional well-being is what’s needed. Then Tom is joined by Nicole Dimich (14:15), Executive Director of Thrive Ed., for their discussion about the work Thrive Ed. is doing to reimagine schools for the 21st century. In the News (55:52) includes a story out of Utah about a district offering a Covid-Bonus and a story about the inadvertent tension that can arise when students mimic their parents’ attitudes about Covid protocols. Assessment Corner (1:07:35) includes a question about Student Accountability. Finally, in Tweets of the Week (1:19:45), Tom highlights Brian Butler (@bkbutler_brian).
 
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Assessment Literacy | Anthony Muhammad (Pt. 2) | Final Exams

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bezxf-ee4c8c

In Don’t @ Me, Tom asserts that building our assessment literacy is the most efficient and effective professional investment any teacher can make. Then Tom is joined by Anthony Muhammad (12:50) for part two of their discussion about racial equity, this time focusing on schools specifically. In the News (52:29) includes a story out of Texas about how new teachers are handling their remote learning model and a story out of England about the inclusion of ‘Black History’ in their History curriculum. Assessment Corner (1:08:17) includes a question on the utility of final exams. Finally, in Tweets of the Week (1:22:09), Tom highlights Dean Simmons (@DenaSimmons) and Lee Ann Jung (@leeannjung).

The Real World | Anthony Muhammad (Pt. 1) | Effective Feedback

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yewiv-ed63f1

In Don’t @ Me (2:05), Tom talks about why it’s time to retire the expression “Wait until they get into the Real World.” Tom is then joined by best-selling author Dr. Anthony Muhammad (15:32) for part 1 of their discussion about the racial equity work in society. In the News (44:21) includes stories about learning pods and the curriculum reviews taking place in many school districts. Assessment Corner (58:47) includes a question about “leveled questions” and Tom expands on last week’s conversation about feedback. Finally, in Tweets of the Week (1:10:33), Tom highlights the #ATAssessment Twitter chat and the four moderators: Katie White (@KatieWhite426), Mandy Stalets (@MandyStalets), Ken Mattingly (@kenmattingly), and Anisa Baker-Busby (@AnisaBusby).