Episode 45: Karen and Terry Discuss how to use “Theme Contest”

 

Karen and Terry talk about the “Theme Contest” and how they use it as a Classroom Management Tool.

For more information, click on Theme Contest.

Episode 44: Karen and Terry Discuss “Fairy Tales on Trial”

Karen and Terry discuss how they use “Fairy Tales on Trial” for project based learning and a way to encourage creativity and confidence.

To learn more about Fairy Tales on Trial click this link.

Episode 42: Karen and Terry Discuss “The Gritty Kid” – Part 2

Karen and Terry continue their discussion on the need to develop a “Gritty Kid” mentality in your students by stressing work ethic, accountability and perseverance.

For more information regarding Theme Contest, click on this link.

Episode 39: Karen and Terry Discuss Self control – Part 1

Karen and Terry team up to talk about the importance of teaching your students self control. They discuss various tools and techniques that they have used to teach self control as a way to achieve a self-managed classroom.

You can check out the Classroom Mastery web side by clicking on the link.

www.classroommastery.com

Or check out the Creating The Self Managed Classroom on Amazon.

 

Episode 037: Miriam Martinez

 

In this episode Terry Owens talks to Miriam Martinez about her journey into teaching and her role bringing technology into the classroom.

Miriam on her story:

“I work in the beautiful small town of Boerne, Texas, north of San Antonio. My position in the school district is Educational Technology Coach, I serve 4 of the 9 schools (2 elementary and 2 middle schools). I find my job very rewarding as I help teachers integrate the available campus technology with their lessons. I am a certified teacher and usually co-teach with them to model the use of the devices and then just stay for support with the students. Also, provide professional development in different areas, district wide.
 
I started my graduate studies a couple of years ago in the University of Texas in San Antonio. Due to my father’s failing health in the last two years, I had to put a pause in my goals. Interesting fact: my father had this same graduate degree from Michigan State back in the 70’s, he was and still is my inspiration. My father passed last October. I decided to return to school to finish, and evaluated Boise as an alternative, it was a match! This is my first semester at Boise, I will be taking 502 together with this course. My plan is to concurrently achieve the Online Teaching Certificate.”

Episode 036: May Beasley

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Meet May Beasley:

May is a fifth grade teacher with a passion for teaching in disadvantaged urban schools.  May is a graduate of Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN where she attended on a softball scholarship and received a Bachelors in Early Childhood Growth and Learning. She subsequently followed this up with a masters from Vanderbilt University in Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools.

May participated in the Metro Nashville Public Schools 100 Teacher Turnaround Core program where the district serves high needs schools. May is entering her eighth year of teaching; six of those years having been in priority schools (schools in the bottom 10% of the state for testing}. She is also a member of the Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach program “Scientist in the Classroom”. The program allows a real scientist to come in and assist in labs once a week.

May is also a member of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Teacher Leadership Institute where the district identifies 15-20 teachers a year by teaching  effectiveness and leadership.

Oh, and May is married, has two dogs, a Bearded Dragon and is an amateur powerlifter, gamer and wrestling fan!

Recommended Resources:

Writing in Science in Action by Betsy Rupp Fulwiler

Word Nerds: Teaching all Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary by Brenda J. Overturf, Leslie H. Montgomery, and Margot Holmes Smith

Discovering the 5 Love Languages at School by Gary Chapman

Kagan Cooperative Learning by Dr. Spencer Kagan

Crash Course Kids on Youtube

Ron Clark Academy App

Contact Info:

Maybeas13@gmail.com

Instagram: lifttoteach

 

Episode 030: Terry Owens Revisited

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Terry Owens:

In this episode we talk to Terry as she is preparing to make a presentation to the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association in Austin Texas. Terry and Karen Aitken will be presenting on various elements of their  character development focused instructional approach to teaching. Terry specifically talks about the importance of training students to be responsible, accountable and credible.

Recommended Resources:

Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is a nationally recognized training and certification program for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. There web site is:   http://www.lsci.org/

Boys Town is home to parenting and child behavior experts who have developed a wealth of original content over the years that is available for free in their For Parents section at:   http://www.boystown.org/

CPI was established in 1980 for human service professionals to address the need for training in safe, respectful, noninvasive methods for managing disruptive and assaultive behavior. Their web site is:    http://www.crisisprevention.com/

Recommended Book:

Mindset by Carol Dweck – Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist  in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

http://www.mindsetonline.com/thebook/buythebook/index.html

Teacher Pay Teacher Store:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Top-Notch-Teaching-Tools

Terry can be reached via email at: owensterry1953@gmail.com

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Episode 029: Karen Aitken Revisited

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Karen Aitken:

Karen is a repeat guest and joins us for a new episode to discuss the importance of filling your students “emotional tank”. Karen believes that it is important to develop a relationship with her students and let them know that she knows and cares about them before she try to discipline them. If they know and trust you as a teacher discipline becomes instructional and not punishment.

Karen talks about the techniques she uses to build relationships that lead her students to self awareness and accountability for their own actions and behaviors.

Karen is the author of Creating The Self Managed Classroom and will be speaking at the upcoming Texas Elementary School Principals and Supervisors Association meeting in June.

Recommended Resources:

Karen has a store on Teacher-Pay-Teacher

Karen can be found on Facebook

Karen’s web site: https://www.classroommanagementspecialists.com

Episode 028:Linda Kardamis

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 “Don’t let those little things go and start the year with a vision of how you want your classroom to look like.”  

Linda Kardamis

Our guest took her first year experience in the classroom and wrote a book to help prepare other teachers to not only survive but to thrive in that critical first year. In this episode we talk to Linda Kardamis, a writer, blogger, podcaster and video course creator and the  founder of Teach 4 the Heart (www.teach4theheart.com). Prior to embarking on this ambitious path she also taught middle school math for four years, including Math 6, pre algebra, and Algebra 1. She also taught English and accounting.

When Linda stepped away from the classroom to help raise her young children, she couldn’t stay away from education. Using her own early classroom experiences she decided to write a book to give helpful advice and teaching tips to other teachers. That led to “Create Your Dream Classroom” which she followed up with a blog, a podcast and an online training program.

Linda says she leans towards a more traditional teaching style, but is always open to new ideas. She also believes technology should aid in genuine learning, not just be used for its own sake.

Linda graduated from Heritage Christian School in 2004 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Math Education from Pensacola Christian College in 2008.

If you want to try Linda’s FREE Classroom Management Solutions mini-course, click HERE

For a free video series about Work/Life balance click HERE

Recommended Resources:

Teach 4 the Heart

Create Your Dream Classroom, by Linda Kardamis

The Cornerstone

The Teachers 40 Hour Work Week, by Angela Watson

Contact Information:

linda@teach4theheart.com