Matt and Courtney have pulled off a coup of some sort, interviewing Dr. Alfie Kohn, an education researcher and author. He answers a bunch of questions Matt and Courtney had, including why we might have to change our podcast name. Read the stuff on his website at alfiekohn.org and become more critical thinkers about what we are doing in our education system to our learners. Follow him on Twitter at @alfiekohn
Matt and Courtney continue their critical thinking series with Annie Taranto, the Senior Lead Staff Developer for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (aka Lucy Calkins project). Annie talks about why argument is so important, how to deal with controversial topics in the classroom, how teachers with limited resources can still bring a rich argument environment into the classroom, and much more. Thanks for listening, and don't forget to rate and review!
Matt and Courtney return to talking amongst themselves. In this episode, they discuss Venn diagrams (sorry Mr. and Mrs. Venn!) and how teachers can do something similar yet much stronger for our learners - comparison matrixes! They are so much easier than they sound, and the rigor is through the roof. They also involve all kids by meeting the target, but perhaps not in the same way - take a listen to find out! You'll also hear Courtney's dogs in multiple places throughout the episode. Everyone wants to be on Personalized Learning with Matt and Courtney!
Matt and Courtney talk with Dan Meyer of Desmos.com in our critical thinking series. Dan is the Chief Academic Officer at desmos, and has been blogging at https://blog.mrmeyer.com/ for a very long time. Dan talks about personalized learning, proficiency, elementary level math, and much much more. Follow him on Twitter at @ddmeyer.
Matt and Courtney continue their critical thinking trimester series with an interview of author and education consultant George Couros. George is the author of two books: The Innovator's Mindset and Innovate Inside the Box (with Katie Novak). We discuss the elements of his Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning, what he's learned along his journey (and some things he used to do, but no longer does), and how to innovate inside the current system - inside the box, as it were. Follow George on Twitter at @gcouros and sign up for his newsletter at https://georgecouros.ca/blog/
Dr. Patrick Hardy: Principal, The Proviso East High School
Aurora Institute 2019 Student Panel
Wendy Surr & Krissy Zeiser, Students At The Center Hub
Dr. Derek Wenmoth, CORE Education
Brandon Goon and Brandt Redd
Julianna Finnegan, The Learning
Barbara Bray and Rose Colby
Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Tony Monfiletto, Future Focused Education
Kristen Beasler, North Dakota Superintendent of Schools
Dr. James Lane, Virginia Superintendent of Public Education
Jason Swanson, Knowledge Works
New Hampshire Learning Initiative
Brian Stack and Jonathan Vander Els
Brian Kosena, Westminster Public Schools, CO
Michael Lamb, Turnaround For Children
Camille Farrington and Dr. Gisele Shorter
Shawn Rubin, Highlander Institute
Caitlin Scales and Ashlee Greenwood, OneStone
Kankakee School District and Building 21
David Miyashiro and Ed Hidalgo, Cajon Valley Schools
Matt and Courtney return from their travel break to start off trimester two - what does critical thinking have to do with personalized learning? We also talk about the Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye, and THEME!! (A++++++++++ for Matt)
Courtney mentions the criticalthinking.org site, check it out!
Matt and Courtney traveled to California to manage the VoicesHub at the annual iNACOL Symposium, and not only did they come away with a month's worth of episodes, they changed the name of the symposium while they were there! iNACOL is now the Aurora Institute, and the energy out of this gathering was evident in the amazing interviews Matt and Courtney wrangled from the attendees.
These interview episodes will be out every day Monday through Friday starting November 18. They are a collection of some of the leading minds in the personalized learning field, and we hope you will like listening to them as much as we had talking to them. Look for the pods in this feed, and check out the Aurora Institute Innovation Spotlight podcast, where Matt and Courtney host long-form interviews with the Aurora Institute's leaders.
Matt and Courtney return from a small break attending the Aurora Institute Symposium in California (more on that soon) to do a mailbag in between our trimester formats! Four listener questions are answered, with a learner-centered focus.