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 43: Karen and Terry Discuss Figurative Language

In this episode Karen and Terry discuss how they use figurative language to re-enforce  positive character traits.

For examples of figurative language posters, 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 41: Karen and Terry Discuss “The Gritty Kid” – Part 1

Karen and Terry begin a two part series on the importance of developing qualities of persistence, perseverance, confidence and a strong work ethic to help children succeed in and out of the classroom.

 

Episode 038 : Dr. Francis Gonzales-Garcia

Introducing Dr. GG

Frances Gonzalez-Garcia, Ph.D., is a children’s and literacy advocate that has been in the education sector for 18 years with experience including that of a classroom teacher, Master Reading Teacher, District Job Embedded Trainer, Adjunct Instructor, Reading Clinic Assistant, Reading Specialist and Independent Educational Consultant.

Currently, Dr. Gonzalez-Garcia serves as the K-5 ELAR and Dyslexia Coordinator for Boerne Independent School District working in collaborative efforts with district Content Coordinators, Special Education/504 Directors, K-12 teachers and administrators, Literacy Leaders, Dyslexia Specialists and community members.

She is an active presenter for local, state and national conferences and has been recognized for her efforts in education by being named the national recipient of the International Literacy Association/MyOn Legends in Literacy Award along with being the state recipient of the H.E.B. Excellence in Education Award in Elementary Leadership.

Her professional interests include multiple metacognitive approaches, dyslexia, technology, reading/writing motivation, teacher education and leadership education.

Contact Info:

Twitter handle: @FrancesLGarcia

Blog: www.teachalacarte.com

Website: Trinity Elite Education & Co.  www.trinityeliteeducation.com

Email: francesgonzalezgarcia@gmail.com

Recommended Resources:

 International Literacy Association (ILA)

Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

International Society for Technology (ISTE)

Top 30 Favorite Twitter Handles to Follow in Education:

  1. Nell Duke @nellduke
  2. Douglas Fisher @DFISHERSDSU
  3. Alec Couros @courosa
  4. George Couros @gcouros
  5. Alan November @globalearner
  6. Sir Ken Robinson @SirKenRobinson
  7. Alfie Kohn @alfiekohn
  8. Harvey “Smokey” Daniels @smokeylit
  9. Laura Robb @LRobbTeacher
  10. Nancy Steineke @nsteineke
  11. Peter Dewitt @PeterMDeWitt
  12. Todd Whittaker @ToddWhitaker
  13. Tony Wagner @DrTonyWagner
  14. Michael Fullan @MichaelFullan
  15. Jim Knight @jimknight99
  16. Linda Darling-Hammon @LDH_ed
  17. Steven W. Anderson @web20classroom
  18. Jennifer Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy
  19. Todd Nesloney @TechNinjaTodd
  20. Scott McLeod @mcleod
  21. Joyce Valenz @joycevalenza
  22. Kasey Bell @ShakeUpLearning
  23. Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
  24. Tony Vincent @tonyvincent
  25. Cris Tovani @ctovani
  26. Jana Eschevarria @Jechev
  27. Penny Kittle @pennykittle
  28. Troy Hicks @hickstro
  29. Jennifer Seravallo @JSeravallo
  30. Regie Routman @regieroutman

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

May Beasley

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

Terry Owens

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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