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 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 035: Larry Phifer

Larry Phifer:

Larry is a full-time real estate attorney in El Paso, Texas, and a part-time picture book author. After his mother passed, he wrote a picture book, World on a String, to help young people deal with loss in a positive way.

World on a String was the 2013 Moonbeam Silver Award Winner in the Best Illustrator category (Danny Popovici, illustrator, www.dannypopovici.com), the 2013 Writers’ League of Texas Discovery Prize Winner, and a nominee for the 2015 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award.

Larry does author events at elementary schools and loves sharing his story with children, particularly those dealing with loss. He is currently working on a second book about bullying.

Resources:

World on a String at Amazon

World on a String at Barnes & Noble

Contact Information:

PhiferLH@gmail.com

Episode 034: Joy Fisher Hein

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Joy Fisher Hein:

Our guest explains why we need wasps and reveals some little known details of Davy Crockett’s early life. Joy Fisher Hein created the art for the multi-award winning book, MISS LADY BIRD’S WILDFLOWERS; How a First Lady Changed America, by Kathi Appelt.  Joy continues to celebrate her love of Texas by illustrating the following books; SAM HOUSTON; Standing Firm, DAVID CROCKETT; Creating a Legend by Mary Dodson Wade.  Her newest book, BLOOMIN’ TALES; Legends of Seven Favorite TEXAS Wildflowers, by Cherie Foster Colburn.

The city of San Antonio selected Joy to design and paint thirteen large art panels that interpret the history of Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park.  The Texas State Library and Archives also selected Joy as the artist to create twenty-three pieces of art for their Texas Reading Club, including a wildflower poster.  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center selected Joy’s painting of Red Drummond Phlox for their official 2014 wildflower.

Joy loves nature and gardening.  She is a Texas Master Naturalist, member of the Native Plant Society of Texas and is certified by the National Wildlife Federation to create School Yard Habitats.  She lives with her husband, artist, Professor Emeritus, Frank Hein, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Joy enjoys sharing her journey as an illustrator and naturalist with students of all ages.

Recommended Resources:

Joy’s Web Site

National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation School Program

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – The University of Texas

Contact Info:

www.joyfisherhein.com

 

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

 

Episode 027: Virginia Bigler

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Virginia Bigler:

Virginia Bigler is a self-professed bibliophile on a mission to change the way students experience the library.

After stepping away from the classroom to raise her children, Virginia found her ideal career in education as a high school librarian. Although not in the classroom, Virginia continues to teach and help foster a love for reading and literature.

Virginia Bigler has been the librarian for Taft High School in Northside ISD for four years. She was an inaugural planning member of LibraryPalooza, San Antonio’s only teen author festival, and has helped organize and run that popular literary event for five years. This year, Virginia won the distinction of being the first high school librarian in Northside ISD to be awarded Educator of the Year for her high school. She loves teens, books, and authors, and anytime she can bring those three together, she is happy.

To see what “LibraryPalooza” is all about, click here.

Recommended Resources:

Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy by Judith L. Irvin, Julie Meltzer and Melinda S. Dukes

Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Kelly Galagher

Social Readers: Promoting Reading in the 21st Century by Leslie B. Preddy

For some insight on teen book festivals click here.

To visit the Taft High School Library site click here.

Other recommended resources:

http://thatauthorthing.weebly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thatauthorthing/

https://twitter.com/NISD_LibPalooza

Contact Information:

virginia.bigler@nisd.net

 

 

Episode 026: Kara Rickman Revisited

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Kara Rickman

“Read like a writer, write like a reader.”

Kara Rickman made a return trip to the recording studio to tell us about her new project. Kara has recently opened a store on the Teacher’s Pay Teachers web site and has already produced 40 different educational products with an emphasis on helping other teachers teach reading and writing. In this episode Kara talks about starting her store and answers questions about copyright, product creation, pricing and marketing. She also talks about some of the resources she uses to create her products.

Don’t forget to visit her store and check out her FREE “Writers Workshop Starter Templates“.

If you enjoyed this episode go to iTunes and subscribe and don’t forget to give us a review. Thanks!

Recommended Resources:

Kara’s Kurriculum Korner

Scrappin Doodles

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs

Writer’s Workshop Starter Templates

Contact Info:

kara.rickman@boerne-isd.net

Episode 25: Cari Garcie

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Cari Garcie:

Cari started out teaching elementary school Special Education but later transitioned to teaching students in a Gifted and Talented Program. In this interview she talks about the challenges she faced in both positions. 

This year Cari is in her second year with the students and staff at East Central ISD & Heritage Middle School in San Antonio, TX. Her previous experiences range from elementary Special Education, middle school language arts, and middle school Gifted & Talented. She is currently thrilled to begin the work of building a STRONG Gifted & Talented program  at Heritage through academics in the Humanities courses and critical thinking & creative problem solving with Odyssey of the Mind.

Cari lists her passions outside of her classroom as reading young adult fiction (yes, even the vampire books), fishing, raising chickens, and traveling! Cari is married and has two daughters, one who attends the adjacent intermediate school and one who attend her school and is involved in GT & Humanities.

Other little know facts about Cari is that she is adopted, she is allergic to blue food dye, loves coffee and candy, and rarely makes her bed:)

Recommended Resources:

National Association for Gifted Children

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

Texas History Day 

Odyssey For The Mind

National History Day

Contact:

Email: cari.garcie@ecisd.net

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