Stories from the Classroom

Stories from the Classroom

Stories of teachers that are creating meaningful and memorable experiences for their students and how you can do the same. Created and hosted by Thom Gibson; a two-time Teacher of the Year educator, podcaster, YouTuber, and lifelong learner.... Show More

Episodes

In this Q&A show, we discuss:

  • How do you support students & help them master content after they've scored low on a test?
  • How do you find time to prep, grade, plan without using all of your free time outside of school if you don't have a prep period?
  • How do you correct students & stimulate competition in a robotics classroom?
  • Any... Read more

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  • Today I chat with two educators who are all about Skype in the classroom. Jeni Long & Salleé Clark (who go by the dynamic duo name of Jenallee) are two Microsoft Innovation Educators with over 36 years in education collectively.

    In our conversation, we discuss:

  • how teachers are using Skype to supplement the work they're doing in their classes by Skyping in experts to speak with their classes or havin... Read more

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  • During my semester as a sub before becoming a full-time teacher, I had many a days of little to no sub plans. I also had a good handful of days of detailed and thorough sub plans. Days with the full set of sub plans were far better both for me and for the students and I've sought to provide subs in my own classroom with the same direction.

    In today's episode I discuss:

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  • My guest today is Roberto Germán, director of middle school and creator of the educational consulting group 'The Multicultural Classroom.'

    In today's episode we explore:

  • the differences between multiculturalism vs. a multicultural classroom vs. social justice
  • Roberto's journey from an extremely poor and under-performing school in Lawrence, MA to one of the wealthiest ... Read more

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  • Class jobs in and of themselves have tremendous value in creating a positive classroom culture, building responsibility in students, and saving YOU time as the teacher.

    My classroom jobs are part of a larger classroom economy system. If you want to dive into how I do that, check out the course I created for teachers linked below:

    'How to Teach Kids About Money' course - Read more

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    January 17, 2020 33 min

    It's good to be doing the podcast again after some time off over the holidays!  When I got back to school, I led a PD session for my colleagues on how to save time grading and thought it'd make for a valuable podcast.

    TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 3:47 - Update on the podcast
  • 6:17 - Why grading takes so long
  • 7:28 - Hack 1 | Grade fewer things
  • 10:23 ... Read more

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  • In this Q&A show, we discuss:

  • What are the top three books that guide you in building a self-sustaining classroom culture?
  • As a first year robotics teacher, do you compare one class with another as a way to motivate students?  In Brazil, if one class is falling behind another, it's common to say 'the other class is already on the next topic.'  Does... Read more

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  • September 28, 2019 50 min

    A conversation on Facebook with my friend Jake led me to ponder the nature of teaching kids how to do creative work. Jake Ritter is a broadcast journalism teacher and John Mulvany is an artist and art teacher of 26 years.

    In this episode we chat about:

  • what the schools of thought when it comes to teaching creativity are
  • what the most challenging aspects of teaching creativit... Read more

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  • Chris Nesi and Jeff Bradbury are two of the biggest names in educational podcasting. Chris is the creator of the House of Ed Tech podcast as well as the Education Podcast Network, which is a community of educational podcasters that includes the likes of The Cult of Pedagogy with Jennifer Gonzalez and The Google Teacher Tribe.

    Jeff Bradbury from TeacherCast is the creator and host of NINE different educational podcasts, ... Read more

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    Join me as I sit in on Chalimar Chieza's 9th grade World Geography class as they dive into a socratic seminar. Hear students form hypotheses around the question**"why do people around the world have different skin tones?"** as well as my discussion with Chalimar on how she structures the socratic seminar so all students have a voice.

    We discuss the following:

  • her role as facilitator<... Read more

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  • Michael Hernandez & Don Wettrick are two educators that are actually assigning students social media homework; tweet at least three times a week, connect with an influencer on LinkedIn, discuss how the new Instagram updates will change your content strategy.

    They're not utilizing social media for it's own sake, but to leverage the greater work of students telling stories and directing their own learning.

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    CJ Reynolds is a high-school teacher in West Philadelphia with an active YouTube and Instagram channel where he documents the meaningful learning experiences in his classroom with the goal to inspire, engage, and motivate new and veteran teachers to be the teacher they always wanted to be. Reynolds uses "real rap" to share teaching tips and strategies and to give an authentic look at what it means to be a teacher in inne... Read more

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    April 26, 2019 55 min

    I spoke with several people that are on the front lines of where esports and education intersect. We discuss:

  • What exactly are esports
  • What types of esports scholarships and programs are available at the college level
  • How an esports program is so much more than just playing video games
  • Why educators need to consider starting an e... Read more

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  • A few months ago I didn't know that storytelling competitions were a thing. Then I heard Matthew Dicks on a podcast and he shared what makes for good storytelling. I thought it was interesting but it wasn't until he told a short 5-minute story that I was convinced of his mastery of the craft and I wanted to learn more.

    I found out Matthew Dicks was not only a champion storyteller but also a classroom teacher and... Read more

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    In this short episode, I share a little bit of why I started this podcast, why I changed the name, and the vision going forward. Hope you like the new podcast art!

    Connect with me:
    Thom Gibson

  • www.thomgibson.com
  • twitter.com/gibsonedu
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  • January 28, 2019 42 min

    In this episode:

  • I speak with mindfulness specialist James Butler to discuss best
    practices surrounding how to get started
    with mindfulness in the
    classroom.
  • I interview psychologist Dr. Tori Olds about the deeper
    happenings in the mind
    when mindfulness is being practiced.
  • I chat with educator Jaclyn Mann about her experience in leading
    min... Read more

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  • December 26, 2018 15 min

    Epic Rap Battles of History is one of my favorite YouTube channels. I knew that giving students opportunities to write songs about content was a good assessment, but I never thought of utilizing raps / slam poetry specifically. So much opportunity for students to show what they know in this creative assessment.

    Chalimar Chieza has been doing rap battles in h... Read more

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    I got the chance to go into Mike Franz's high school gov & econ class when they were playing YOLO, a year-long game where one week of school represents one year of life. The first week of the game the students are 18 years old, the last week of the game they are near retirement age. What will they make of their society, of their economy, of their investments, of their world?

    We explore the following:

  • wha... Read more

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  • October 28, 2018 7 min

    Currently working on a couple Thom Gibson Podcast episodes that aren't quite done yet but I did want to get an episode out this month.

    In this, I pulled a review that I did for my #bookstagram Instagram account. It was a review of Carla Shalaby's 'Troublemakers' which is a book on what we can learn from kids who we generally deem as 'troublemakers' and how can we love and honor them as members or ... Read more

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    September 30, 2018 36 min

    With the start of the school year upon us, I've been thinking a lot about the first day of school.

    Is it the most important day?
    How do you balance the need for rules & procedures with getting kids stoked about being in your class?
    How do you ensure students have a voice and feel seen & heard on the first day?
    How do you not only begin to develop a positive relationship with students but also... Read more

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