Episode 12: Colin Dodds and Michelle Davis

Colin and Michelle

Colin Dodds and Michelle Davis:

Colin and Michelle are teachers interested in helping other high school teachers improve their teaching practice with tactics to stress less, save time, be creative, and feel confident in your classroom. As recent beginner teachers, we’ve been there, and we want to share what works, so teachers can re-connect with they decided to become a teacher, and so they can be successful in their classrooms without feeling overwhelmed or guilty.

Colin and Michelle also host a very lively and informative podcast called “Teacher Tactics Podcast” which is available on iTunes and Stitcher. We highly recommend you check this podcast out as it provides great tips and advice to new teachers.

Recommended Resources:

     Podcast: “Teacher Tactics Podcast” available on iTunes and Stitcher

     Website: www.teachertactics.com

Colin’s book recommendation: Fred Jones – Tools for Teaching

Michelle’s book recommendation: Parker J. Palmer –  The Courage to Teach

Other recommendations:

Zenergy Mindfulness Chime

Wireless USB Presenter Tool

Colin can be contacted via Twitter at: @colindodds

Colin’s YouTube Channel and his music videos are here: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrcolindodds

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Episode 011: Fred Navarro

Fred Navarro

Fred Navarro:

Our guest is Fred Navarro an 8th grade English teacher and coach. Fred talks about his journey into teaching and how frustration with not being able to reach all his students nearly ended his career before it began. Fred discusses how athletics kept him in school and how being a coach gives him another dimension for reaching his students.

Fred also talks about how his parents stressed the importance of education in achieving success and as a result he is one of eleven children who are 1st generation college graduates.  Fred has served on the staff of A Blue Ribbon School in San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District (Stevenson Middle School) and has years of experience with ESL students.

Recommended Resources:

“Teach Like a Champion” by Doug Lemov or visit their web site at:

http://teachlikeachampion.com

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Episode 010: Teresa Mitchell

Teresa Mitchell

Teresa Mitchell

Author and teacher Teresa Mitchell has always had a passion for learning and teaching. As a child she enjoyed playing school and teaching younger members of her family. Although she veered away from education in the beginning of her college career, she was soon drawn back to what she loved– teaching. From the very beginning of her teaching career Teresa has been recognized for her well-managed classrooms. She believes that in order to teach, you have to have control, and in order to have control it has to be taught.

As an educator Teresa enjoys the challenges that arise in today’s educational system and works to create new and innovative ways to meet those challenges. Teresa believes that teachers are limited in their ability to teach until they develop the skills to manage their classroom. Her book, “Not In My Classroom” was written to provide effective real world techniques to put teachers in charge of their classroom.

Teresa believes that every student should receive the same quality of education no matter their background or socioeconomic status. In the future Teresa looks forward to creating programs for students and teachers to help make that a reality and to close the academic gap.

You can find Teresa’s book on Amazon by clicking on the image below:

Not In My Classroom

You can also find her “Teacher Talk” page on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/Teacher-Talk-1606694962933120/?fref=ts

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Episode 009: Kara Rickman

Kara Rickman

Kara Rickman:

Kara Rickman has been teaching for 16 years. She graduated from Texas State University with her bachelors and master’s degrees in Education. She has taught third grade for 5 years, First Grade Title One Reading for 2 years and has currently taught First Grade for 9 years. She is currently teaching at Fabra Elementary where she is the first grade Team Leader. Kara has enjoyed giving workshops to other teachers in the district on Writer’s Workshop, Reading Workshop and Guided Reading. She enjoys reading books about implementing new strategies in the classroom and collaborating with her first grade team for new and improved ideas to help make her student successful and life- long learners. Kara’s hobbies include decorating, shopping, playing flute and piano and spending time with her family.

Recommended Resources:

Debbie Diller- Math Workstations

Debbie Miller- Reading with Meaning

Lucy Calkins- Launching Writer’s Workshop

Contact Information:

kara.rickman@boerne-isd.net

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Episode 008: Jolene Navarro

Jolene Navarro:

Jolene is a high school teacher working with students at an alternative school in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Jolene talks about her experience working with students to help them understand and appreciation art. She also talks about the importance of developing classroom management skills and finding a mentor to round out your teaching experience.

When Jolene is not teaching she is writing about her native Texas. In this episode Jolene talks about her experience in becoming a published author and gives us a preview of her newest book, “A Texas Christmas Wish”.   Jolene writes love stories about family & faith in the Texas Hill Country.

Jolene’s novels are published by Harlequin and can be found at all major booksellers.

Her website is:  http://jolenenavarrowriter.com/

Her Facebook Page is: https://www.facebook.com/jolenenavarrowriter/timeline

Click on the image of her book below to preview it on Amazon:

Jolenes Book

Jolene’s other books are:

Lone Star Hero, Love Inspired –  now available
Lone Star Holiday, Love Inspired –  now available

Recommended Resource:

Fred Jones, author of  “Tools for Teaching“, a resource for classroom management.

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Episode 006: Lisa Reeh

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Lisa Reeh:

Lisa is a 1st grade teacher with experience in kinder and has worked in a private school and public schools both in the inner city and a small town on the outskirts of San Antonio. She talks about her different experiences in each environment and the importance of good parental relationships and classroom management skills. She also talks about the importance of using all your resources including reading and math specialists.

Lisa is a graduate of the Texas A&M teaching program and talks about how it helped prepare her for the classroom.

Lisa mentions a book by Debbie Diller, Literacy Work Stations: Making Centers Work.  

Debbie Diller offers practical suggestions for over a dozen literacy work stations that link to instruction and make preparation and management easy for teachers. Learn how to set up work stations, how to manage them, and how to keep them going throughout the year.

Debbie Diller & Associates, Educational Consulting, can be reached at:

http://www.debbiediller.com/

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Episode 005: Terry Owens

Terry Owens

Terry Owens:

Our guest is Terry Owens, a teacher with 40 plus years of experience in the classroom with more to follow. Terry is a life long learner who believes in continuous improvement by educating herself in a wide range of disciplines . Terry shares her experiences in the classroom and her belief that her most important task is to give students the skills they need to succeed in and outside of the classroom. She also discusses the importance of behavior management and character development.

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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