Teach Wonder

Teach Wonder

We know that powerful things are happening in education and that those powerful things often go unnoticed or are siloed (within a community). We’ve built a space to share those powerful things, where we aren’t constrained by distance and scheduling. We’ll combine our 35 years of K - 12 teaching experience with the unique perspectives of our guests to connect you to relevant ideas and experiences. Listen in to motivate your practice, challenge your current pedagogy, and expand your horizons with stories from educators near and far.

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January 16, 2022 37 min

In Season 2, we're looking to share the voices of teachers and reflection on the work that they're doing. In this episode, we visit Mrs. Peach's classroom. As she teaches her her small group math lessons, we'll see what we can learn from her decisions and thought process. No matter your grade, experience level, or content area- this episode has something for you.

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Core Teaching Practices Episode
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Our season closes with a conversation with Rick Joseph. Rick is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught 5th and 6th grade at Covington School in suburban Detroit since 2003. He previously served as a bilingual educator (Spanish) and trainer for nine years in the Chicago Public Schools. Rick is the 2016 Michigan Teacher of the Year. In our conversation we touch on literacy, STEM, equity, and more.

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December 17, 2021 2 min


Session 2 is coming! Listen in to hear what's coming. This season we're featuring a mix of interviews and audio captured from schools, workshops, and more!

We're focusing on Core Teaching Practices that focus on building respectful relationships, working in small groups, and making content explicit for students. Tune in to learn, celebrate, and grow with and from the teachers around you.

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December 5, 2021 38 min

Lori Flippin is the  STEM Initiative Leader for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. In this episode, we talk about work it takes to make change and build infrastructure for programs in schools. The hard work that teachers do is supported by businesses, partners, and leaders. Lori is one of those leaders sharing the importance of partnering in education, how soft skills and business needs should be a part of the education convers...

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November 21, 2021 46 min

As a Michigan Teacher of the Year, a life-long educator, and executive coach to individuals of all ages, Gary Abud Jr. is uniquely positioned to see how some of the challenges occurring in K - 12 translate beyond the classroom. Join us for a talk that may challenge your assumptions about teaching and invigorate you to question some of your practices. This conversation is a great one to share with individuals who can make changes wi...

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Can we capture the conversations and experiences of an in-person workshop and bring it to our listeners? That's the challenge  we gave ourselves this summer. This episode is one of a series we'll be bringing you. We've threaded audio from conversations with teachers together with interviews from the team  leading this project and finally project reflections. Listen to the this episode to learn more about Core Teaching P...

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This episode focuses on how stepping off the stage to learn alongside our students can be equal parts rewarding and scary. In our interview with Dr. Troy Hicks, he shares some of the thinking that goes into this style of teaching- workshopping writing, teacher as coach, teaching online. We dig into the challenges and successes that Troy's worked through and worked on over his teaching career. Ashley discusses her perspective as...

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In this Bonus Episode, we talked about the ways that COVID changed teaching. The challenges of teaching during this time are not to be minimized; nor are the challenges families and individuals have faced.   In this episode, however, we focus on the changes that Eric thinks will stay in his own work and the teachers he works with. Eric shares some specific experiences that have benefited his learners, and he discussions the examina...

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September 26, 2021 24 min

Eric Carpenter is back to talk more about what a makerspace model could look like in a school. He shares some ways to think about activity planning and talked about how STEM and makerspace learning should start in a school. This episode is a deep dive, filled with specific examples and ideas for anyone who is on a makerspace journey in education.

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Ashley talks with Eric Carpenter, the Executive Director and Chief Education Designer at Rocky Mountain Education Design. The first in a three-part series, this episode focuses on Eric's entry into education. He shares how he started working with the makerspace model with K - 12 students. Eric discusses the importance of collaboration and brings some practical advice on how makespaces facilitate that process. He also discusses ...

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We met with Doug Oppliger, instructer at MTU and member of the MiSTAR team. We talked with Doug about how writing middle school curriculum transformed his thinking about content and his own teaching. We learn more about the reasons behind this curriculum and the work that went into creating it. Doug brings specific examples of how science and engineering content are interrelated and talks about what it's like to really dig deep...

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September 12, 2021 32 min

We connected with Rich Van Tol, a dynamic leader at Bay Arenac ISD. Rich shares what STEM means to him, and how out-of-school educators are working together to support children in the region. Listen in to hear Rich talk about the importance of focusing on equity and one exciting new project that has come from those conversations.

Out of School Time
STEM Activities Calendar
STEM Passport
Center for Excellence in STEM Education

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August 29, 2021 33 min

Jenn Kirts is the Director of Programs and Chippewa Nature Center. Jenn shares her passion for Place-Based Learning and gives practical tips on how to get started! She walks us through the "why" and "how" of getting kids connected outdoors. She also discusses the value of getting children invested in their community and the power of seeing and interacting with local nature.

Chippewa Nature Center
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August 15, 2021 37 min

Listen to this interview with Kim June - fourth grade teacher. She shares valuable insights into how she's gotten her room to be a place of learning and curiosity for everyone. She brings humor and respect into every interaction. Kim's sees possibilities everywhere and her stories and advice are relevant for anyone who calls themselves an educator. 

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August 1, 2021 32 min

Welcome to Teacher Wonder- before we ask our guests questions about their own passions, practices, and pedagogy, we thought we'd ask them of each other. Hear about how teaching has changes over time, what we are most passionate about currently in education, and what else we are listening to to stay inspired and connected. Thanks for joining us!
- Julie and Ashley

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Core Teaching Practices in Michigan
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August 1, 2021 29 min

We interview Dr. Corey Drake, professor in Education at Michigan State University. She shares some powerful perspectives on children as sense makers ,and what she views as the biggest responsibility for teacher educators. Listen to hear how she ties Core Teaching Practices into the essential work of addressing student inequities.

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Michigan Teacher Education Network


Original Music by: David Biedenbender 

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July 8, 2021 1 min

Listen to a sneak peak of what's coming soon from the Center for Excellence in STEM Education. 

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