CQ 041: What does the tech journey look like for teachers and where am I at currently?

John talks about the “stages” of the teacher tech journey in this solo show.

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CQ 039: Why book clubs can be some of the best (and worse) professional development for teachers?

John and AJ share their thoughts and experiences on “book clubs” and how they can truly work as professional learning (and also how they can bomb).

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CQ 038: What is a “lab school” and how can it help you as a teacher?

In this episode John and A.J. talk about the idea of a “lab school” and John shares his experience with this unique type of teacher learning.

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CQ 037: Do teachers need a Genius Hour too?

John and AJ talk about “Genius Hour” and why teachers need a time to work on projects and do things they are passionate about…and why that means it shouldn’t always be connected to education.

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CQ 036: What’s the difference between professional development, training, and responsibility?

John and AJ discuss the difference between professional development, training, and what our responsibilities are for professional learning as teachers and educators.

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CQ 035: Should every teacher go to an Edcamp?

John and A.J. talk all things “Edcamp” in this episode. Should teachers try out an Edcamp? Is it valuable for every educator? Learn more about this type of un-conference in the show.

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CQ 034: Can “sit and get” work in professional learning?

John talks about his recent TEDx experience in this solo show and what makes sit and get work (and not work) for professional learning.

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CQ 032: Top 5 Ways to Boost Student Engagement

In this final episode of April’s “student engagement” theme, John and A.J. look back on the Top 5 ways to boost student engagement in the classroom.

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CQ 030: Are extroverts always engaged, or are we missing an opportunity for learning?

A follow-up episode to the previous discussion on introverts, John and A.J. talk about how we often miss an opportunity to engage extroverts in our classrooms.

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CQ 029: How do we engage the shy student in class?

John and A.J. discuss whether being shy is the same thing as being an introvert, and why the distinction is important when it comes to engaging students in our classrooms.

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CQ 028: How can positive peer pressure drive student engagement?

John and A.J. discuss the possibility of positive peer pressure in the classroom, and how a negative terms might be thought about differently.

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CQ 027: How can I take an old lesson, and revise it for flow? (Part 3)

John and A.J. take two of their personal lessons (that tanked) and fix them up to include a space for student engagement and flow!

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CQ 026: Flow in the classroom, continued (Part 2)

John and A.J. continue their discussion on flow in the classroom.

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CQ 025: What is “flow” and how does it impact learning? (Part 1)

John and A.J. begin a three-part discussion on Flow and how important it is for student learning.

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CQ 023: Is technology a distraction in the classroom?

In this episode John and A.J. discuss whether or not technology is engaging or distracting in the classroom. Each shares stories of their use of tech in the classroom and how it played a role in engagement.

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CQ 022: How can inquiry increase student engagement in the classroom?

John and A.J. discuss the power of inquiry in the classroom and how any teacher can make time in their curriculum for inquiry (and student choice).

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CQ 021: How do you engage a student who really doesn’t like Math?

In this episode John and A.J. discuss how to work with a student who can’t stand the content and specific subject you teach…in this case it’s math.

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CQ 020: How can student choice increase engagement?

A.J. takes on this question in a solo show about student choice. In this episode you’ll learn about A.J.’s journey as a teacher with choice in the classroom and what led him down the road to starting the 20% Project with his class.

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CQ 019: Should teachers assess the process or the product when grading student work?

John and A.J. debate which piece of student work is better to focus on and assess: process or product. Things get a bit heated as they sit on opposite sides of this question!

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CQ 018: Do badges increase student engagement?

A.J. and John debate the pros and cons of badges in the classroom, and whether or not they actually increase student engagement.

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CQ 017: How do you help that one student who is not engaged?

John and A.J. discuss what it’s like to have one student who never seems to be engaged, and offer up strategies and some stories on how they dealt with this issue in their classrooms.

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CQ 016: How can we make informational texts more engaging?

John and AJ discuss the power of informational texts in learning, and why they don’t have to be boring!

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CQ 015: What does an engaged classroom look like?

John and AJ kick off a month-long theme on “Student Engagement” and talk about what an engaged classroom actually looks like (or doesn’t look like) in this episode.

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CQ 014: How do I get started with coding in the classroom?

John tackles the concept of coding in the classroom in this solo show. Drawing on experience in his own classroom, John talks about the best (and worst) ways to get started coding with your students.

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CQ 013: Why do some teachers openly share online, while others do not?

Social media, blogs, and other online spaces have led many teachers to openly share their work as an educator. However, some still don’t share online. John and A.J. discuss some of the reasons for this decision, and whether or not it is a good (or bad) thing to share so openly.

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CQ 012: I’m ready to give up traditional homework. What are some resources, strategies, and ideas to help with this shift?

In this solo show, John takes on the topic of “homework” and how move away from traditional assignments to a more creative approach.

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CQ 011: Is it possible for teachers to work a 40-hour workweek?

In this episode John and A.J. debate whether or not a 40-hour workweek is possible…and if it is something teachers should try to do. Things get heated as they go back and forth on what is professional responsibility, and what is going above and beyond.

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CQ 009: Where can I find good Project-Based Learning ideas, resources, and examples?

In this episode John and A.J. discuss Project-Based Learning and how to get started in your classroom. You’ll hear about ideas for PBL, where to find great resources, and how to make it work!

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CQ 008: How do I deal with this one class that is noisy and will not be quiet (ever)?

We’ve all had that one class that will not be quiet. What do you do? John and A.J. look at practical strategies for handling that noisy class without losing your mind.

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CQ 006: Do you need to differentiate to be a great teacher?

Differentiation is a much-used buzzword in education. But what does it really look like in the classroom? A.J. and John discuss whether or not you need to differentiate in order to be a great teacher.

In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • What it looks like when differentiation goes bad
  • Why this is not an “all or nothing” decision
  • What great teachers do naturally (or focus on naturally)
  • The basics of differentiation and how to try it out
  • How “not” to differentiate

Resources Discussed in the Show:

  • Rick Wormeli’s book on differentiation
  • Carol Ann Tomlinson’s work
  • Tiering activity AJ mentions

Great books on differentiation:

  • The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Carol Ann Tomlinson
  • Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom by Rick Wormeli