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The Classroom Collaborative Podcast
Deedee Wills and Adam Peterson
The Classroom Collaborative Podcast is a show about teaching, classroom, and education. We tackle new classroom tips and tricks in every episode.
4 days ago
Facilitating Student Talk with Virtual Teaching
As the start of school draws near, Deedee and Adam discuss questions they have received about how to facilitate student talk while virtual teaching. Adam shares his experience with break out rooms! *About the Podcast* The Classroom Collaborative Podcast is a show about teaching, classroom, and education. We tackle new classroom tips and tricks in every episode. *About Your Hosts* Deedee Wills is an early childhood educator, instructional coach, and international educational consultant. She is also the author of the award-winning blog, Mrs. Wills Kindergarten. Adam Peterson is a kindergarten teacher, nationally recognized speaker, and educational consultant. He also the creator of the popular YouTube channel, TeachersLearn2.com. I hope you enjoyed this episode! See you on the next one! Deedee & Adam
Jul 20, 2020
Conversations with the "Other Side"
How do you have conversations with the "other side." In light of the divisive atmosphere we are experiencing at this time, how can we have conversations with people who believe differently than we do? Deedee and Adam discuss this issue during Episode 46. TED TALK RADIO SUGGESTED LISTENING: https://www.npr.org/transcripts/825903777 TED TALK COMPLETE EPISODE ON DIALOGUE AND EXCHANGE: https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/558307433?showDate=2019-07-26
Jul 13, 2020
Preparing for Conversations with your Students about Race and Covid-19
As we begin to think about back to school time, have you thought about conversations your students may bring up? We know students have been home and listening to some of the tough questions that have been debated these last few months. Questions about social issues such as race and Covid-19. Are you prepared to respond to students when they ask questions or share the opinions they have heard at home? Deedee and Adam share some tips so you can be prepared.
Jul 6, 2020
Back to School in 2020?
Deedee and Adam talk about what "Back to School" might look like in 2020.
Jun 29, 2020
Virtual Professional Development
Teacher conferences in your own living room! Deedee and Adam return to talk about virtual teacher conferences! We discuss what we love about them and what we miss about in-person conferences! Join us!
Jun 15, 2020
Why Is It Hard to Talk to People About Race Part 2 with Marisol Rerucha
Deedee and Adam continue their conversation with Marisol Rerucha. They talk about why it is so hard to talk about race? Marisol is an educational leader who shares her expertise on restorative practices, equity, social justice, trauma-informed care, and generational poverty. This is Part 2 of a 2 part series.
Jun 8, 2020
Why Is It Hard to Talk to People About Race Part 1 with Marisol Rerucha
Deedee and Adam sit down to talk to Marisol Rerucha and talk about why it is so hard to talk about race? Over the last two weeks, the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and many others have rightfully driven our nation to sorrow and outrage about systemic racism and its profound impact on Black lives in America. Marisol is an educational leader who shares her expertise on restorative practices, equity, social justice, trauma-informed care, and generational poverty. This is Part 1 of a 2 part series.
Jun 1, 2020
Summer Living List While Social Distancing
For many teachers, summer is here! This is usually a time when teachers travel, visit friends and family, and recharge their teaching batteries. So what do you do during this time of social distancing? Deedee and Adam talk about their "Summer Living List." Join them!
May 18, 2020
Trauma Informed Intervention with Guest Linsey McDanel
There are times when we, as teachers, feel helpless. I think we can all recall a student who really struggled with behaviors that were disruptive. Adam and Deedee sit down with Linsey McDanel who shared her personal journey with Trauma-Informed Behavior Interventions. On Facebook & Instagram: Linsey McDanel Facebook group: (I can add after they friend request me) TBRI Resources...Make it Count Email: email@example.com To learn more: Click here for more info on TBRI: KARYN PURVIS INSTITUTE OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT
May 11, 2020
How to Decompress During Stressful Times
There is no doubt that this moment in time of distance learning is stressful. Teachers are being asked to stretch themselves in ways that nobody could imagine. So how can teachers recharge their batteries? Deedee and Adam have a few suggestions. You can see these tips from Teachology.com here
Apr 27, 2020
Virtual Field Trips to Engage Your Students
During this time of social distancing, taking students on a virtual field trip might be exactly what you need! Deedee and Adam discuss a few ideas for virtual field trips. *Find a few additional suggestions at:* https://deannajump.com/virtual-field-trip-ideas/ https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html
Apr 20, 2020
Next Level Teaching with Jonathan Alsheimer
Adam and Deedee sit down to talk to Jonathan Alsheimer, the author of the book, Next Level Teaching. Jonathan is an international speaker and they talk about the limitless impact teachers have on their classroom and school culture. You can follow Jonathan on Twitter: @mr_Alsheimer Grab his book today on Amazon: Next Level Teaching
Apr 13, 2020
Embrace, Love, Free with Special guest Justin Sandler
Deedee and Adam sit down to talk with director, film maker, actor, drummer, writer, speaker, and cancer survivor, Justin Sandler. Justin shared his positive message of how he overcame obstacles and how you can too! You do not want to miss this episode! You can find Justin Sander here Watch his award-winning film on Amazon Prime here.
Apr 6, 2020
Tools for Teaching Remotely
Deedee and Adam sit down to talk about tools teachers can use during this time of distance learning. *Resources Mentioned* * Seesaw * Flipgrid * Alive Studios (our sponsors) * Zoom (be mindful of security settings) Book recommendations by Alice Keeler on Google Classroom can be found on Dave Burgess Consulting
Mar 30, 2020
5 Must-Have Technology Sites for Kids with Guest Mary Amoson
Adam and Deedee site down with their good friend, Mary Amoson. Mary shares her favorite technology sites for primary grade students. There is even a bonus recommendation! *Resources Mentioned In This Episode* Teach Your Monster to Read Epic! Sight Word Ninja ABC Mouse Class Dojo for Portfolios Vooks You can find Mary on her popular blog: Sharing Kindergarten
Mar 23, 2020
Balanced Literacy Part 5 - Writing Instruction
Deedee and Adam discuss writing instruction in the primary grades. They will share their tips for keeping writing instruction fresh and how to instill the love of writing for yourself and your students. *Recommended Resources:* In Pictures and In Words by Katie Wood Ray
Mar 20, 2020
Facebook Live Broadcast, Teaching Remotely
The Classroom Collaborative Teacher Podcast: With the closings of schools due to the Clovid-19 virus, teachers are working in overdrive to try to create meaningful lessons and connections with their students. Distance teaching can be challenging, but Adam and Deedee will share a few tips to make it a bit easier. Be well!
Mar 16, 2020
Powering Through Self-Doubt with Guest, Tara Martin
Adam and Deedee sit down with instructional coach, keynote speaker, and author Tara Martin to hear her incredible journey. Tara tells the story of her journey and how a second-grade teacher took her under her wing to change her life forever. Listen how she went from paddling in the shallow end to being a jumper in the deep end! She tells us to be real and cannonball in! Tara will inspire you! You do not want to miss this episode! You can find Tara Martin's children book, Cannonball In on Amazon You can find her inspirational book, Be REAL: Educate from the Heart on Amazon You can read more about Tara and find out how to reach her by visiting her website.
Mar 9, 2020
Encore Episode: Our Favorite Games and Activities to Foster Learning Through Play with Special Guest Kim Adsit!
We are going to do an encore episode this week because we got overwhelmed with conferences. Join Adam and Deedee as they continue their discussion on bring play into the classroom. They are joined by their special guest, Kim Adsit, as they share their favorite ways to couple learning with play. Kim Adsit taught kindergarten for over 30 years and now works as a national presenter. She has a passion for teaching and shares her ideas on her popular blog, Kindergals.
Mar 2, 2020
Balanced Literacy Part 4 - Phonemic Awareness
In today's teacher podcast, Deedee and Adam continue their conversation about balanced literacy and the importance of phonemic awareness in early childhood education. They discuss the importance of segmentation and blending of sounds and their essential role as young children learn to read.
Feb 24, 2020
Balanced Literacy Chat with Melissa Leach
In today's teacher podcast, Deedee and Adam sit down to talk to literacy professional staff developer, Melissa Leach. Deedee and Adam continue their conversation surrounding balanced literacy and the implications for classroom instruction. *More on Melissa!* Leach’s Literacy Training, LLC provides unique and dynamic professional development for schools and school districts across the country. Melissa Leach, owner and president, is a sought after literacy change leader for her knowledge of the Balanced Literacy Framework and her ability to make success in each and every component feel achievable to every participant. Melissa has been a dynamic classroom teacher (Michigan and Texas; 2000-2008), a state-level Literacy Specialist (Texas; 2008-2012) a Professional Learning Designer for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DC; 2012-2014), and a K-12 ELAR and SLAR Specialist (Texas; 2014- 2015), and she currently works full-time alongside her team of literacy consultants to run Leach…
Feb 17, 2020
Balanced Literacy Part 3 - Phonics Instruction
In this teacher podcast episode, Deedee and Adam talk about phonics instruction in light of the science of reading. As life long learners, Deedee and Adam discuss how, sometimes, being a reflective teacher can be challenging.
Feb 10, 2020
Balanced Literacy Part 2 - Sight Word Instruction
In this podcast episode, Deedee and Adam talk about a new approach to teaching sight words in elementary classrooms. Based on the research, they discuss how sight words can actually be part of your explicit phonics instruction! *Book Recommendations:* A Fresh Look at Phonics by Wiley Blevins This is Balanced Literacy by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Nancy Akhavan
Feb 3, 2020
Encore Episode: When Students Struggle
This week, Deedee and Adam wanted to share an episode they recorded earlier in 2019. From time to time, we will have students who struggle. It might be academically or it might be with their behavior. Deedee and Adam share some tips to help communicate with parents to help support the student in and out of the classroom.
Jan 27, 2020
Finding Your Authentic Self with Guest Jeff Koziatek
Finding your authentic self with Jeff Koziatek! Adam and Deedee had the honor of chatting with Jeff Koziatek about how teachers can be true to themselves and bring out the best in those around them. Learn more about Jeff Koziatek and bring him to your school.
Jan 20, 2020
What is Balanced Literacy? Part 1 - Phonics
*What is Balanced Literacy: Part 1-Phonics* Deedee and Adam discuss the alarming statistics on language-related learning challenges and how that influences classroom instructional practices. They offer practical advice on how to incorporate more focused implicit instruction in less time. Read more on the article Adam shared on 2019 Educational Research.
Jan 6, 2020
Teach Better in 2020 with Special Guest Rae Hughart
"Teach better today than you did yesterday. Teach better tomorrow than we did today." - Rae Hughart *Three Tips for 2020* 1. Allowing your students to own their own learning. 2. Build-in community purpose and relevance. 3. Connect with other educators. *Helpful links* LEARN MORE ABOUT RAE: http://hugharthangout.weebly.com/ VISIT THEIR WEBSITE: www.teachbetter.com FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1897034833860708/ TWITTER: @teachbetterteam MASTERY CHAT ON TWITTER Thursday nights 7pm CST, 8pm, EST: #masterychat TEACH BETTER TALK PODCAST: https://www.teachbetter.com/podcast/ EMAIL: Rae@teachbetter.com
Dec 30, 2019
Episode 23: Make Someone's Day Yellow... ALL YEAR LONG!
How can we make kindness an active part of our community? Adam will share the movement he started in 2013 that has spread around the nation. Y: It starts with you E: Engaging in a conversation L: Listen L: Learn O: Offer a compliment W: We Learn more and join in here!
Dec 23, 2019
Growing Professionally with Special Guests Dave and Shelley Burgess
Deedee and Adam are joined by the husband and wife team behind Dave Burgess Consulting, Dave and Shelley Burgess. We discuss how they, through their company, help give voice to teacher and education leadership authors. Learn the story behind Dave's blockbuster book, Teach Like a Pirate. You can find out more about Dave Burgess Consulting by visiting their website here.
Dec 16, 2019
Engaging Students with Augmented Reality with Special Guest Cynthia Kaye
Adam and Deedee sit down with the creator of Alive Studios, Cynthia B. Kaye, to discuss the past, present, and future of her award-winning software program that engages even the most reluctant learners. Cynthia and her company were recently featured in the prestigious, Authority Magazine. You can read that article by clicking: Social Impact Heros Find more about Alive Studios by clicking here. Additional news articles about Alive Studio can be found here.
Dec 9, 2019
Our Favorite Winter Books
Join Deedee and Adam as they share some of their favorite winter books to use in your classroom! Here are some of the books we mentioned in this episode: Winter Dance Snow The Snowy Day Ice Bear The Snowbelly Family of Chillyville Inn The Missing Mitten Mystery Snow Day The Emperor's Egg Find additional winter read-aloud book suggestions by clicking here
Dec 2, 2019
Celebrating in the Classroom
Adam and Deedee talk about some fun holiday projects that can be enjoyed by the entire classroom! *Links discussed in this episode:* You can find Adam's Christmas Giving Project video by clicking: https://youtu.be/8S_op8mEKwk You can find Deedee's Snowman Project by clicking: https://mrswillskindergarten.com/christmas-projects-done/ You can learn more about Heifer International by clicking: https://www.heifer.org/
Nov 25, 2019
Classroom Fixer Upper with Special Guest Jose Cortez
Adam and Deedee sit down again with their special guest, Jose Cortez of Berteau and Company. Jose shares his latest project, Teacher Fixer Upper. Learn how this project came to be and listen in as he shares his thought process around designing a classroom that is student-centered. *Links discussed in this episode:* National Business Furniture: Save 10% with code: Berteau YouTube episodes of Teacher Fixer Upper ESGI: Pajama Campaign Use code: GoodnightPodcast
Nov 18, 2019
5 Side Effect of An Organized Teacher with Special Guest Jose Cortez
Deedee and Adam sit down to discuss organization with their good friend, Jose Cortez of Berteau and Company. Jose discusses the 5 side effects of an organized teacher! They also discuss how organization and planning extend beyond the school day!
Nov 11, 2019
Engaging Students with Rich Literature
Teaching students to not only read but to LOVE reading is my passion! Join Deedee and Adam as they discuss engaging students in reading through rich literature!
Nov 4, 2019
Technology That Works!
Adam and Deedee share some of their classroom technology essentials! *Resources Mentioned in this Episode* Vooks: Animated books free for teachers at this time! Chatterpix: Students can animate their illustrations (free) eeSaw: Document student learning and share it with parents (free) Osmo: An app that interacts with real objects Dot and Dash Coding: Robotic coding Bee Bots Coding: Robotic coding Reading Eggs/Math Seeds: Online games that are differentiated for the individual student. ESGI: Online assessments. Use code: PODCAST for a discounted rate and 2 months free access
Oct 28, 2019
Project Based Learning with Guest Dr. Lori Elliott
Dr. Lori Elliott shares her passion for project-based learning with Deedee and Adam. She helps clarify the differences between themed classroom units of study and true PBL experiences. Dr. Elliott travels extensively to schools and districts as a mentor and facilitator. Learn more about her work by visiting her website.
Oct 21, 2019
Our Favorite Fall Books
Deedee and Adam discuss some of their favorite books for fall! Here is a list of the classroom books that were discussed. These books are perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teachers! *Resources Mentioned in this Episode* Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant Boo! by Robert Munsch Creepy Pair of Underpants by Aaron Reynolds Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies Otis by Loren Long Autumn's First Leaf by Steve Metzger Stellaluna by Janell Cannon They also discussed Storyline Online Audiobook Site
Oct 14, 2019
Engaging Students With Room Transformations! Special Guest: Holly Ehle
Join Adam and Deedee while they chat with teacher, Holly Ehle. Holly shares her passion and practical tips for adding that something special to her classroom lessons that elevate student engagement. Follow Holly on her Facebook page to find inspiration!
Oct 7, 2019
Empowering Teachers with Special Guest: Principal Adam Dovico
Join Adam and Deedee as they talk with Principal Adam Dovico empowering teachers! Adam Dovico shares how he helps celebrate teachers' strengths and works to build a positive school culture. *About Adam Dovico* Adam is a principal, college professor, and national speaker. Additionally, he is the author of the books The Limitless School: Creative Ways to Solve the Culture Puzzle and Inside the Trenches: An Educator's Guide for What You CAN Do in the Classroom.
Sep 30, 2019
Tips for Teaching Writing
Join Adam and Deedee as they offer a few tips to help foster student independence during writing. *Links Mentioned in this Episode* Recommended Professional Development Books: Engaging Young Writers by Matt Glover In Pictures and In Words by Katie Wood Ray Related Blog Posts: Blog Posts About Writers Workshop.
Sep 23, 2019
Strategic Assessments to Inform Your Instruction!
How do you use assessments to inform your teaching? Deedee and Adam discuss how to use formative assessments to help drive instruction. * LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE* * *ESGI* – USE CODE: *podcast* to get 2 months free and $40% off the first year * *TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR RUBRICS* * *HOW TO TAKE A RUNNING RECORD!*
Sep 16, 2019
Our Favorite Games and Activities to Foster Learning Through Play! Special Guest: Kim Adsit!
Join Adam and Deedee as they continue their discussion on bring play into the classroom. They are joined by their special guest, Kim Adsit, as they share their favorite ways to couple learning with play. Kim Adsit taught kindergarten for over 30 years and now works as a national presenter. She has a passion for teaching and shares her ideas on her popular blog, Kindergals.
Sep 9, 2019
Purposeful Play in Every Classroom... Yes, You Can!
Deedee and Adam discuss balancing play with teaching in today's classroom. They offer practical solutions on how merge play with learning so everyone wins!
Sep 2, 2019
Bring Kindness into the Classroom
Deedee and Adam discuss ways to model, show, and encourage a kind classroom and school community.
Aug 26, 2019
Parents as Partners... When Students Struggle
Adam and Deedee discuss how to create a meaningful partnership with parents. They also share a few tips on how to have those, sometimes, difficult conversations with parents when students struggle.
Aug 19, 2019
Favorite Back to School Books
Deedee and Adam sit down to talk about some of their favorite read-aloud books to read during the first few days of school! Discover a few new back to school favorites!
Aug 12, 2019
Make The First Day Of School Special!
This episode focuses on Deedee and Adam's favorite ways to make the first day of school as special as possible!
Aug 6, 2019
Why a Podcast? Find out!
In this episode, we introduce themselves and let you all know our WHYs for starting this podcasting journey!
Aug 6, 2019
Teachers... Taking Care of You!
In this episode, we share our favorite ways to separate school and home. We strive to create a work/lie balance and offer our tips on doing so!