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We Teach So Hard!
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Tracy, Kathie, Deann & Retta

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Four teaching friends from across the country who've discovered that if you don't laugh you cry, and lose sight of your "why." Pour yourself a cup of coffee...or a glass of wine and join us as we talk shop, trash, and mull over our teaching lives. We promise, you'll laugh!

Latest Episodes

Episode 63 Teaching Your Students to Self-Assess

We've all had those students. When you ask them how they think they did, they always say, "I did awesome!" Sometimes, they ask questions like, "What if we don't really think we need improvement? Then what do we do?" THAT'S CRAZY TALK, isn't it? In this episode, we discuss ways to move your students past the crazy talk, toward real self-assessment. If you'd like to stop banging your head against that metaphorical brick wall, give this episode a listen! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward “The Show Must Be Go” Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

28 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 63 Teaching Your Students to Self-Assess

Episode 62 Book Talk Theme Talk: Using Books to Teach About Honesty

Another book list for you because no one has time to hunt for books when you're teaching themes. November's theme is HONESTY. This is We Teach So Hard's fourth Book Talk-Theme Talk post. In this episode, we share fantastic children' books for teaching about honesty, along with tons of lesson ideas, too. We've done the hard work for you so you don't have to! Give this episode a listen. And, if you missed our first three themed book talks on BELONGING (EPISDOE 49), PERSEVERANCE (EPISODE 53), BULLYING (EPISODE 57), check those out, too! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward “The Show Must Be Go” Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

28 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 62 Book Talk Theme Talk: Using Books to Teach About Honesty

Episode 61 4th in The Technology Series: Using Technology to Differentiate

Raise your hand if you have umpteen million learner needs in your one little ole' classroom. Differentiation is the name of the game, and yet it can be one of the most challenging things to implement in your teaching. In this episode we discuss ways to use technology to help you differentiate. We talk about apps and programs, and then go beyond to explore more creative ideas. Even the most technologically challenged can do this because we've got you covered! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward “The Show Must Be Go” Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

26 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 61 4th in The Technology Series: Using Technology to Differentiate

Episode 60 3rd in the Technology Series: Using Technology to Engage Students

What's a teacher to do with her reluctant learners? You plan, you agonize, you teach small group lessons... sometimes the urge to throw up your hands and yell, "I give up!" is overwhelming. Adding technology to your lessons can be that missing link. Our 21st century learners are different than we were in school. They come to us as digital citizens. So why not meet them where they are at? In this episode, we discuss ways to infuse technology into your every day teaching. Purposeful technology planning can truly rock your classroom world. This is the third episode in our technology series. If you missed the first 2, be sure to check them out, too! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward “The Show Must Be Go” Keivn MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

25 MINNOV 14
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Episode 60 3rd in the Technology Series: Using Technology to Engage Students

Episode 59 2nd in the Technology Series: Using Technology for Collaboration

Want an engaging approach to collaboration? Try adding technology. Whether you're teaching kids how to podcast or setting up book discussion skyping sessions across your school district, state, country, or even the world, adding technology to any collaborative lesson can really motivate your learners. In this episode, we discuss ways we've used technology to teach collaboration...and we wouldn't be "us," if we didn't rant a little, too. This is the second episode in our technology series. If you missed the first, be sure to check that out, too! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) LIcensed under Creative Commons: by Attribution 3.0 LIcensed https://creative commons.org/license/by3.0

24 MINNOV 7
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Episode 59 2nd in the Technology Series: Using Technology for Collaboration

Episode 58 1st in the Technology Series: Using Technology That Teaches

What's that we hear? Is that wailing and the gnashing of teeth? Did someone say, "Technology?" All kidding aside, technology is a powerful teaching tool, but it can bring a teacher to his or her knees when it doesn't work the way it's supposed to. In this episode, we explore different apps and websites that we've used in our classrooms to teach content. We also include some tips for getting started before you add the technology to your lessons. If you're looking for some new tech ideas, this one's for you. Be sure to stop back over the next four weeks as we'll be exploring more technology in the classroom topics. Links mentioned in this podcast: JASON Project - Live STEM Role Models https://www.jason.org/live Two great sites for ancient history are: https://www.historyforkids.net/ This one has games, quizzes , powerpoint programs and more. https://ancienthistory.mrdonn.org/games.html Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/

31 MINOCT 30
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Episode 58 1st in the Technology Series: Using Technology That Teaches

Episode 57 Book Talk Theme Talk: Books About Bullying

We love book lists. In fact, we suspect that most teachers do because we have so much on our plates. Looking for books with similar themes so we can work our literary magic with cross-text connections is so time consuming. This is We Teach So Hard's third Book Talk-Theme Talk post. In this episode, we share four fantastic children's books for teaching about bullying. We share tons of lesson ideas, video links and a few freebies, too. We've done the hard work for you so you don't have to! Give this episode a listen. And, if you missed our first two themed book talks on BELONGING (episode 49) and PERSEVERANCE (episode 53), check those out, too! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons : by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

31 MINOCT 20
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Episode 57 Book Talk Theme Talk: Books About Bullying

Episode 56 Behavior Modification 101: No Bells Needed!

We think behavior modification is like going to Weight Watchers. We plan ahead, set things up for success, buy a new scale, and then fall apart on the third day of the first week. In our classrooms, we plan ahead, put things in place so the behavioral plan is successful, create a new scale or feedback form, and then fall apart on third day of the first week. CONSISTENCY is key, but if you're anything like us, consistency is hard, too. In this episode we explore the what, the when, and the how of behavior modification plans. B.F. Skinner, eat your heart out! Pavlov! Leave your dog at home! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons : by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

39 MINOCT 16
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Episode 56 Behavior Modification 101: No Bells Needed!

Episode 55 Getting Your Students to Self-Reflect

Sometimes, goal-setting with students can feel like a root canal. You know it's needed, but the time expense, effort, and white-knuckled anticipation can be daunting. We want our students to think about their learning and how it changed their thinking, but often times they're just not there yet. This episode breaks down some great approaches for leading your students to self-reflection. Self-reflection is necessary to cement learning, change behaviors, and continue on a life-long learning path. Don't miss this episode as we share practical advice for teaching reflective thinking skills. Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons : by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

27 MINOCT 9
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Episode 55 Getting Your Students to Self-Reflect

Episode 54 Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? Exploring Humor in The Classroom

The classroom that laughs together, learns together. That's our mantra at We Teach So Hard. Humor is such a powerful teaching tool. Whether we're laughing at ourselves or enjoying a good curriculum-based joke, when our students' eyes are shining, we know we've got them hooked. Listening to this episode will for sure make you chuckle, and we promise you'll come away with some new tricks to use the next day in your classroom! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons : by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

24 MINSEP 26
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Episode 54 Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? Exploring Humor in The Classroom

Latest Episodes

Episode 63 Teaching Your Students to Self-Assess

We've all had those students. When you ask them how they think they did, they always say, "I did awesome!" Sometimes, they ask questions like, "What if we don't really think we need improvement? Then what do we do?" THAT'S CRAZY TALK, isn't it? In this episode, we discuss ways to move your students past the crazy talk, toward real self-assessment. If you'd like to stop banging your head against that metaphorical brick wall, give this episode a listen! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward “The Show Must Be Go” Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

28 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 63 Teaching Your Students to Self-Assess

Episode 62 Book Talk Theme Talk: Using Books to Teach About Honesty

Another book list for you because no one has time to hunt for books when you're teaching themes. November's theme is HONESTY. This is We Teach So Hard's fourth Book Talk-Theme Talk post. In this episode, we share fantastic children' books for teaching about honesty, along with tons of lesson ideas, too. We've done the hard work for you so you don't have to! Give this episode a listen. And, if you missed our first three themed book talks on BELONGING (EPISDOE 49), PERSEVERANCE (EPISODE 53), BULLYING (EPISODE 57), check those out, too! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward “The Show Must Be Go” Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

28 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 62 Book Talk Theme Talk: Using Books to Teach About Honesty

Episode 61 4th in The Technology Series: Using Technology to Differentiate

Raise your hand if you have umpteen million learner needs in your one little ole' classroom. Differentiation is the name of the game, and yet it can be one of the most challenging things to implement in your teaching. In this episode we discuss ways to use technology to help you differentiate. We talk about apps and programs, and then go beyond to explore more creative ideas. Even the most technologically challenged can do this because we've got you covered! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward “The Show Must Be Go” Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

26 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 61 4th in The Technology Series: Using Technology to Differentiate

Episode 60 3rd in the Technology Series: Using Technology to Engage Students

What's a teacher to do with her reluctant learners? You plan, you agonize, you teach small group lessons... sometimes the urge to throw up your hands and yell, "I give up!" is overwhelming. Adding technology to your lessons can be that missing link. Our 21st century learners are different than we were in school. They come to us as digital citizens. So why not meet them where they are at? In this episode, we discuss ways to infuse technology into your every day teaching. Purposeful technology planning can truly rock your classroom world. This is the third episode in our technology series. If you missed the first 2, be sure to check them out, too! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward “The Show Must Be Go” Keivn MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

25 MINNOV 14
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Episode 60 3rd in the Technology Series: Using Technology to Engage Students

Episode 59 2nd in the Technology Series: Using Technology for Collaboration

Want an engaging approach to collaboration? Try adding technology. Whether you're teaching kids how to podcast or setting up book discussion skyping sessions across your school district, state, country, or even the world, adding technology to any collaborative lesson can really motivate your learners. In this episode, we discuss ways we've used technology to teach collaboration...and we wouldn't be "us," if we didn't rant a little, too. This is the second episode in our technology series. If you missed the first, be sure to check that out, too! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) LIcensed under Creative Commons: by Attribution 3.0 LIcensed https://creative commons.org/license/by3.0

24 MINNOV 7
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Episode 59 2nd in the Technology Series: Using Technology for Collaboration

Episode 58 1st in the Technology Series: Using Technology That Teaches

What's that we hear? Is that wailing and the gnashing of teeth? Did someone say, "Technology?" All kidding aside, technology is a powerful teaching tool, but it can bring a teacher to his or her knees when it doesn't work the way it's supposed to. In this episode, we explore different apps and websites that we've used in our classrooms to teach content. We also include some tips for getting started before you add the technology to your lessons. If you're looking for some new tech ideas, this one's for you. Be sure to stop back over the next four weeks as we'll be exploring more technology in the classroom topics. Links mentioned in this podcast: JASON Project - Live STEM Role Models https://www.jason.org/live Two great sites for ancient history are: https://www.historyforkids.net/ This one has games, quizzes , powerpoint programs and more. https://ancienthistory.mrdonn.org/games.html Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/

31 MINOCT 30
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Episode 58 1st in the Technology Series: Using Technology That Teaches

Episode 57 Book Talk Theme Talk: Books About Bullying

We love book lists. In fact, we suspect that most teachers do because we have so much on our plates. Looking for books with similar themes so we can work our literary magic with cross-text connections is so time consuming. This is We Teach So Hard's third Book Talk-Theme Talk post. In this episode, we share four fantastic children's books for teaching about bullying. We share tons of lesson ideas, video links and a few freebies, too. We've done the hard work for you so you don't have to! Give this episode a listen. And, if you missed our first two themed book talks on BELONGING (episode 49) and PERSEVERANCE (episode 53), check those out, too! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons : by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

31 MINOCT 20
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Episode 57 Book Talk Theme Talk: Books About Bullying

Episode 56 Behavior Modification 101: No Bells Needed!

We think behavior modification is like going to Weight Watchers. We plan ahead, set things up for success, buy a new scale, and then fall apart on the third day of the first week. In our classrooms, we plan ahead, put things in place so the behavioral plan is successful, create a new scale or feedback form, and then fall apart on third day of the first week. CONSISTENCY is key, but if you're anything like us, consistency is hard, too. In this episode we explore the what, the when, and the how of behavior modification plans. B.F. Skinner, eat your heart out! Pavlov! Leave your dog at home! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons : by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

39 MINOCT 16
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Episode 56 Behavior Modification 101: No Bells Needed!

Episode 55 Getting Your Students to Self-Reflect

Sometimes, goal-setting with students can feel like a root canal. You know it's needed, but the time expense, effort, and white-knuckled anticipation can be daunting. We want our students to think about their learning and how it changed their thinking, but often times they're just not there yet. This episode breaks down some great approaches for leading your students to self-reflection. Self-reflection is necessary to cement learning, change behaviors, and continue on a life-long learning path. Don't miss this episode as we share practical advice for teaching reflective thinking skills. Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons : by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

27 MINOCT 9
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Episode 55 Getting Your Students to Self-Reflect

Episode 54 Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? Exploring Humor in The Classroom

The classroom that laughs together, learns together. That's our mantra at We Teach So Hard. Humor is such a powerful teaching tool. Whether we're laughing at ourselves or enjoying a good curriculum-based joke, when our students' eyes are shining, we know we've got them hooked. Listening to this episode will for sure make you chuckle, and we promise you'll come away with some new tricks to use the next day in your classroom! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ http://www.mossyoakmusings.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons : by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0

24 MINSEP 26
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Episode 54 Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? Exploring Humor in The Classroom
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