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The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast

Author: Jennifer Gonzalez

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Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology -- if it has something to do with teaching, we're talking about it. Jennifer Gonzalez interviews educators, students, administrators and parents about the psychological and social dynamics of school, trade secrets, and other juicy things you'll never learn in a textbook. For more fantastic resources for teachers, visit http://www.cultofpedagogy.com.
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Historical simulations can be a powerful teaching tool that fully immerses students in an experience, but when it comes to traumatic or violent periods, like slavery, there really isn't a good way to do them. My guest Hasan Kwame Jeffries talks with me about why teachers should avoid these kinds of simulations, and what to do instead.
OERs have gotten really good over the last few years, but in order to steer clear of the crap, you have to know where to look. In this episode, I interview curriculum evangelist Karen Vaites about where teachers can go to find outstanding materials—from single-use resources to full-year curricula—that are 100% free.
Cognitive scientists are learning more all the time about what strategies really work to help people learn, but teachers don't always know how to apply that knowledge in the classroom. In this episode, I talk with Pooja Agarwal and Patrice Bain, authors of the new book Powerful Teaching, about the four research-based teaching "power tools" that can be used in any classroom to boost student learning.
A one-pager is a highly engaging, visual tool that allows students to synthesize learning, but some kids don't think they're creative enough to make them. My guest, Betsy Potash, host of the Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast, shares her simple solution to this problem, along with a step-by-step plan for using one-pagers in your classroom.
Ask any group of teachers if their goal is to simply have students regurgitate facts, and every one of them will say no. Despite that, it keeps happening. In this episode, we'll look at two of the most common errors teachers make when planning lessons for higher-order thinking, and some ideas for what to do instead.
When you've done lots of diversity training, but something is still missing, it might be that people still aren't comfortable having honest conversations about race. In this episode, I talk with Glenn Singleton, creator of the Courageous Conversations About Race online course, and David Watkins, Director of Equity and Diversity for Broward County, Florida, where the course has already helped over 300 teachers get more comfortable having these conversations.
Is it a reflection of a warm school culture, or a subtle way to get teachers to volunteer more time? If you suspect it's the latter, it's time to push back. In this episode, I talk with Angela Watson, author of the new book Fewer Things Better, about three popular school norms that can ultimately lead to teacher burnout, plus some specific ways teachers can push back on those messages.
Physical movement makes learning stick better. In this episode, we'll explore six different ways to add more movement to your classroom.
If you use rubrics, this episode is for you. I talk with administrator Mark Wise about five guidelines that can help make your rubrics more effective.
In this episode, I talk with Khan Academy's founder, Sal Khan, about the platform's new mastery learning feature, which allows learners to get personalized practice, filling much needed skill gaps and advancing at their own pace. And it's all completely free.
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Brad Camroux

as a student teacher I found that what I wore could significantly impact my confidence in the classroom. Best advice? Dress professionally and enjoy the confidence boost.

Jul 4th
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Lauren Taylor

I LOVED this podcast!!!! Really makes you think about how the classroom shouldn't be a teacher begging for a students participation and respect! I cant wait to try this box method of behavior management with my next class! THANK YOU!

May 8th
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mechele newell

the sad part is that those teachers were not prepared to work with the kids and the needs that they had.

Mar 30th
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Neha Goyal Gupta

just wow.. love you so much for spreading such great knowledge.. . i m sure the mysery of children in schools is going to change with ppl like you devoted to the cause

Nov 29th
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Brad Camroux

Think-pair-share is indeed a useful method of student engagement. We use it often in my classes as I prepare to enter the classroom as a teacher. Seems silly at first, but when done well is quite helpful and you can learn a lot.

Oct 3rd
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Carla Reissman

my first time listening to your podcast. great topic. I'm going to go out and buy the book.

Jun 5th
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Ashley Prata

in love with your podcasts!!!

Jun 1st
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msr015

This is a gold mine for a new teacher!! Thank you!!!

May 31st
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Adam Stryker

As always, Jennifer Gonzalez never disappoints. She is The Nation's Staff Developer (my unofficial title for her). If only she could be Superintendent of the "United States School District" ... you know, if that we're a thing. 😁

Sep 24th
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