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Christina Corser & Nick DiNardo: K-12 Teacher and Blended Learning Strategist

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Christina Corser & Nick DiNardo: K-12 Teacher and Blended Learning Strategist

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The Be Education Podcast is your one-stop-shop for all things related to K-12 classroom teaching. Practical tips to learn how to implement blended learning techniques, driving classroom culture, differentiation, how to approach rigor and mastery, and much more. Whether you are a new teacher or a veteran educator, the Be Education Podcast will have actionable tips to help you drive student learning.

Latest Episodes

BEP073 – Families as Experts Series: SEL at Home

Continuing our family-facing series on supporting your child at home, we talk about practicing social emotional learning (SEL) at home, what SEL means, and its familiar and unfamiliar applications. 02:00 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is about being able to manage one’s self and relationships.CASEL defines SEL as the process, through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) https://casel.org/ 08:04 What do you suggest that families do for their kids at home to help practice social emotional learning? 09:05 Science behind learning, stress, and mindfulness 10:00 Managing emotions and starting by, you know, engaging in activities around mindfulness and connection. http://mindfulness.org 12:33 Helping kids recognize when they’re feeling anxious, when they’re feeling stressed, when you know that they’re getting that fight or flight response, what are the things that calm them down 15:15 Setting up an emotional or mental break space and laying out the foundation to then apply academics 15:29 Sources and effects of stress 19:00 Another strategic way that families can support kids is by reiterating the value of what they’re learning so that they’re reframing learning from a source of stress, to something that is interesting and relevant and fun and inspiring and can be an empowering force in their lives, a transformative force in their lives. 20:00 How do we help kids just reframe their mindsets around learning so that it has value for them and it’s meaningful for them, and it’s a source of inspiration and even refuge when there are so many stressors that they can not control? 22:00 Start with doing guided meditation together or create a little toolbox of like strategies that you do when you’re stressed out. 23:00 how to motivate kids – concept of the learning challenge 27:39 James Nottingham’s learning pit The Learning Pit https://www.challenginglearning.com/learning-pit/ 29:00 James Nottingham’s book, “The Learning Challenge” https://www.challenginglearning.com/product/the-learning-challenge-usa/ BEP052 – What Does “Developmentally Appropriate” Mean? http://meeteducationproject.com/2020/04/14/bep052-what-does-developmentally-appropriate-mean/ 32:36 Teaching kids to know how to name and recognize emotions to help them know what they need to do to shift their behavior 36:01 caregivers, give yourself a break. You don’t need to be an expert. You don’t need to be a tutor. You just have to be a coach for your kids.

37 minNOV 3
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BEP073 – Families as Experts Series: SEL at Home

BEP072 – Families as Experts Series: The Learning Environment

Malika Ali joins us in this series about parents supporting their distant learners; a resource for parents on how to set their child up to be able to learn at home. In this episode, we talk about how to set up the learning environment, and develop routines and procedures at home that allow the student ultimately to be self-directed. 03:10 This series is essentially meant to support the student to be self-directed, and the parent to manage the process… But ultimately it’s about working with students to really own the process so that we can be their cheerleaders and not so much their coaches, not so much their tutors. 06:36 Creating a dedicated space for learning to help the child to have structure, have some predictability, and feel organized. 09:53 The key to setting up the learning environment, very similar to setting up a classroom as a teacher, is to make the resources student-friendly and accessible to eliminate the need for questions. 10:08 Have a dedicated space for breaks. ...

27 minOCT 29
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BEP072 – Families as Experts Series: The Learning Environment

BEP071 – Teacher’s Guide to Bizarroland Success

This episode is a deep dive on teachers and what they’re dealing with as they go back to school and focus on student success. 01:44 The teachers are on the front lines of this, having to focus on student success, but also, redesign and rethink how they’re approaching these models. 04:39 Polarization of emotions for teachers, like the excitement of being able to see the students, but also, the exhaustion. 06:41 I can imagine being excited to be with students and see students, but are they (the teachers) in general, excited to be in person, or is there a hesitation? 09:38 Things that teachers are nervous about going back to school How do I communicate to families the right kind of help? How do I coach parents and families around letting their kids struggle but not feeling helpless? How do I get to know my students who might happen to be distance learners? What’s one way I can get to know my students collectively that works in person or virtually? 11:36 Families, you want to help, h...

18 minOCT 27
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BEP071 – Teacher’s Guide to Bizarroland Success

BEP070 – Back to School 2020

How are people making back-to-school decisions for K-12? We share our perspectives on some of the different strategies for going back to school. 01:24Guidance from the state for how schools should be considering going back to school. 02:58 How are the school leaders impacted and trying to make these decisions and what are some of the decisions you’ve already seen? 03:21 As a school leader, as the school administrator, we talk about teachers wearing different hats. And the same is true for leadership, where you go from kind of being an expert in knowing your people and an expert in the bird’s eye view of your school curriculum. 06:19 It also makes me think about longer term. Does this adversity create some amazing strength in the school leaders and these teachers to be able to adapt? 11:32 And the thing that we feel like we’ve really boiled down, what we’re all about, are people, like putting the student at the center, and really focusing on the experience of the people that make...

13 minOCT 20
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BEP070 – Back to School 2020

BEP069 – Today’s One Thing Week 6: Differentiation

Today’s One Thingis a series produced in partnership withThe Learning Accelerator. Week 6:How do you differentiate remote instruction? 00:42 Recap of past episodes 01:40 What differentiation is and is not 03:35 Tips for looking at differentiation in 3 different ways: Targeting instruction by strategically grouping your students Offering opportunities for choice Universal accessibility of content 04:31 How are you using data? 05:04 Buffet analogy 05:41 Targeting instruction by strategically grouping your students – heterogeneous or homogenous grouping 07:00 Assigning differentiated playlists 07:13 Using leveled reading tools 07:50 Students know when they’re getting different content 08:25 Having interactive online discussions Flipgridhttps://info.flipgrid.com/ 09:28 Thinking about what do all of my students need and what do some of my students need 10:56 Why some teachers have been hesitant to dive into differentiation 13:08 Offering opportunities for choice * Khan Academy https:/...

25 minJUL 2
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BEP069 – Today’s One Thing Week 6: Differentiation

BEP068 – Distance Learning Feedback: What do we leave behind?

In this Part 2 of the Distance Learning Feedback series, we share what students and teachers want to leave behind once we get to a new normal in the classroom. 01:04 Why talking about the “leave behinds” is important 01:22 Students and teachers miss actually being in person 04:16 Some students are struggling with independent work 06:49 Students think that virtual and distance learning doesn’t feel real 07:05 For teachers, it’s hard to put a cap on communication09:50 For teachers, teaching other kids and their own at the same time is a challenge

15 minJUN 30
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BEP068 – Distance Learning Feedback: What do we leave behind?

BEP067 – Today’s One Thing Week 5: Assessment for Learning

Today’s One Thing is a series produced in partnership withThe Learning Accelerator. Week 5: How do I assess learning to inform and improve instruction remotely? 01:12 Data points to be used not to assign grades but as a concrete way to collect information to meet students instructional needs 02:24 What is important is how we can measure how our students are progressing with the assignments we are giving them, and what kind of formative data we can collect to help us inform future lessons that we’re going to be rolling out 03:29 Step 1: What past data do I have access to? * Illuminate – https://www.illuminateed.com/ * iReady – https://www.curriculumassociates.com/products/i-ready 05:46 Step 2: How are you going to collect progress and formative data now? * Poll Everywhere – https://www.polleverywhere.com/ * Edpuzzle – https://edpuzzle.com/ * Go Formative – https://goformative.com/ 08:38 Using rubrics 11:25 Step 3: Non-academic data 13:39 Creating learner profiles for your stud...

24 minJUN 25
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BEP067 – Today’s One Thing Week 5: Assessment for Learning

BEP066 – Distance Learning Feedback: What Do We Keep?

Christina did a survey in mid-March, asking students and teachers: What was successful about distance learning? What do you want to keep? 01:29 Reason for the survey 03:03 Use of choice boards and playlists so that students can learn at their own pace 03:51 What is a choice board? 05:18 What is a playlist? 06:11 Why do you think these things (choice boards and playlists) have worked in this environment? 09:46 Opportunity for more teacher collaboration 10:42 Are teachers replacing this with live Zoom calls or are they doing it to complement it? 12:08 The students liked having choice and they liked being able to have a little bit of control of when and how they complete their tasks 12:46 Teachers liked using screencasts to create their mini lessons 13:05 Using appointment calendars for communications Calendly – http://calendly.com 14:00 Students liked seeing their teachers 14:17 What action can we help teachers potentially take based on this feedback? 14:35 Choice-based asynchronous ...

18 minJUN 23
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BEP066 – Distance Learning Feedback: What Do We Keep?

BEP065 – Today’s One Thing Week 4: Curating Content

Today’s One Thing is a series produced in partnership with The Learning Accelerator. Week 4: How can educators flip existing content or curate content online to personalize and engage students, still with high levels of rigor? 01:41 Teachers, don’t recreate the wheel 02:21 Flipping the content: How can teachers translate their already existing super high-quality materials into the remote space? 05:12 Curating content: * Open Educational Resources Commons https://www.oercommons.org/ * EdReports https://www.edreports.org/ * Teaching Tolerance https://www.tolerance.org/ * The Learning Accelerator https://learningaccelerator.org/ * Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/ * Imagine Math https://www.imaginelearning.com/ * IXL https://www.ixl.com/ 08:19 Do screencasting for a kickoff lesson to set expectations 08:52 Think about authentic tasks to challenge kids to get involved in The Smithsonian https://www.si.edu/ 09:43 Providing options around the learning experiences that the kids a...

17 minJUN 18
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BEP065 – Today’s One Thing Week 4: Curating Content

BEP064 – Screencasts: What, How, and Why?

We’re talking about screencasting in the classroom: how is it used and how can it help re-imagine effective learning in this new virtual world. 01:30 What is screencasting? 02:14 Screencastifty https://www.screencastify.com/ 03:07 Making interactions more efficient 04:19 A teacher’s experience, and feedback from students 05:56 What Screencastify can do for thinking and learning 06:32 How do we focus on outcomes first and design backward as to how we’re going to make this the best experience for somebody virtually, and then figure out the tools that complement that? 06:46 Doing synchronous and asynchronous work for blended learning 08:05 Teachers’ challenges and how they can use Screencastify to address these concerns 10:45 How can I best use my instructional time? 11:13 Loom http://loom.com

12 minJUN 16
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BEP064 – Screencasts: What, How, and Why?

Latest Episodes

BEP073 – Families as Experts Series: SEL at Home

Continuing our family-facing series on supporting your child at home, we talk about practicing social emotional learning (SEL) at home, what SEL means, and its familiar and unfamiliar applications. 02:00 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is about being able to manage one’s self and relationships.CASEL defines SEL as the process, through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) https://casel.org/ 08:04 What do you suggest that families do for their kids at home to help practice social emotional learning? 09:05 Science behind learning, stress, and mindfulness 10:00 Managing emotions and starting by, you know, engaging in activities around mindfulness and connection. http://mindfulness.org 12:33 Helping kids recognize when they’re feeling anxious, when they’re feeling stressed, when you know that they’re getting that fight or flight response, what are the things that calm them down 15:15 Setting up an emotional or mental break space and laying out the foundation to then apply academics 15:29 Sources and effects of stress 19:00 Another strategic way that families can support kids is by reiterating the value of what they’re learning so that they’re reframing learning from a source of stress, to something that is interesting and relevant and fun and inspiring and can be an empowering force in their lives, a transformative force in their lives. 20:00 How do we help kids just reframe their mindsets around learning so that it has value for them and it’s meaningful for them, and it’s a source of inspiration and even refuge when there are so many stressors that they can not control? 22:00 Start with doing guided meditation together or create a little toolbox of like strategies that you do when you’re stressed out. 23:00 how to motivate kids – concept of the learning challenge 27:39 James Nottingham’s learning pit The Learning Pit https://www.challenginglearning.com/learning-pit/ 29:00 James Nottingham’s book, “The Learning Challenge” https://www.challenginglearning.com/product/the-learning-challenge-usa/ BEP052 – What Does “Developmentally Appropriate” Mean? http://meeteducationproject.com/2020/04/14/bep052-what-does-developmentally-appropriate-mean/ 32:36 Teaching kids to know how to name and recognize emotions to help them know what they need to do to shift their behavior 36:01 caregivers, give yourself a break. You don’t need to be an expert. You don’t need to be a tutor. You just have to be a coach for your kids.

37 minNOV 3
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BEP073 – Families as Experts Series: SEL at Home

BEP072 – Families as Experts Series: The Learning Environment

Malika Ali joins us in this series about parents supporting their distant learners; a resource for parents on how to set their child up to be able to learn at home. In this episode, we talk about how to set up the learning environment, and develop routines and procedures at home that allow the student ultimately to be self-directed. 03:10 This series is essentially meant to support the student to be self-directed, and the parent to manage the process… But ultimately it’s about working with students to really own the process so that we can be their cheerleaders and not so much their coaches, not so much their tutors. 06:36 Creating a dedicated space for learning to help the child to have structure, have some predictability, and feel organized. 09:53 The key to setting up the learning environment, very similar to setting up a classroom as a teacher, is to make the resources student-friendly and accessible to eliminate the need for questions. 10:08 Have a dedicated space for breaks. ...

27 minOCT 29
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BEP072 – Families as Experts Series: The Learning Environment

BEP071 – Teacher’s Guide to Bizarroland Success

This episode is a deep dive on teachers and what they’re dealing with as they go back to school and focus on student success. 01:44 The teachers are on the front lines of this, having to focus on student success, but also, redesign and rethink how they’re approaching these models. 04:39 Polarization of emotions for teachers, like the excitement of being able to see the students, but also, the exhaustion. 06:41 I can imagine being excited to be with students and see students, but are they (the teachers) in general, excited to be in person, or is there a hesitation? 09:38 Things that teachers are nervous about going back to school How do I communicate to families the right kind of help? How do I coach parents and families around letting their kids struggle but not feeling helpless? How do I get to know my students who might happen to be distance learners? What’s one way I can get to know my students collectively that works in person or virtually? 11:36 Families, you want to help, h...

18 minOCT 27
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BEP071 – Teacher’s Guide to Bizarroland Success

BEP070 – Back to School 2020

How are people making back-to-school decisions for K-12? We share our perspectives on some of the different strategies for going back to school. 01:24Guidance from the state for how schools should be considering going back to school. 02:58 How are the school leaders impacted and trying to make these decisions and what are some of the decisions you’ve already seen? 03:21 As a school leader, as the school administrator, we talk about teachers wearing different hats. And the same is true for leadership, where you go from kind of being an expert in knowing your people and an expert in the bird’s eye view of your school curriculum. 06:19 It also makes me think about longer term. Does this adversity create some amazing strength in the school leaders and these teachers to be able to adapt? 11:32 And the thing that we feel like we’ve really boiled down, what we’re all about, are people, like putting the student at the center, and really focusing on the experience of the people that make...

13 minOCT 20
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BEP070 – Back to School 2020

BEP069 – Today’s One Thing Week 6: Differentiation

Today’s One Thingis a series produced in partnership withThe Learning Accelerator. Week 6:How do you differentiate remote instruction? 00:42 Recap of past episodes 01:40 What differentiation is and is not 03:35 Tips for looking at differentiation in 3 different ways: Targeting instruction by strategically grouping your students Offering opportunities for choice Universal accessibility of content 04:31 How are you using data? 05:04 Buffet analogy 05:41 Targeting instruction by strategically grouping your students – heterogeneous or homogenous grouping 07:00 Assigning differentiated playlists 07:13 Using leveled reading tools 07:50 Students know when they’re getting different content 08:25 Having interactive online discussions Flipgridhttps://info.flipgrid.com/ 09:28 Thinking about what do all of my students need and what do some of my students need 10:56 Why some teachers have been hesitant to dive into differentiation 13:08 Offering opportunities for choice * Khan Academy https:/...

25 minJUL 2
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BEP069 – Today’s One Thing Week 6: Differentiation

BEP068 – Distance Learning Feedback: What do we leave behind?

In this Part 2 of the Distance Learning Feedback series, we share what students and teachers want to leave behind once we get to a new normal in the classroom. 01:04 Why talking about the “leave behinds” is important 01:22 Students and teachers miss actually being in person 04:16 Some students are struggling with independent work 06:49 Students think that virtual and distance learning doesn’t feel real 07:05 For teachers, it’s hard to put a cap on communication09:50 For teachers, teaching other kids and their own at the same time is a challenge

15 minJUN 30
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BEP068 – Distance Learning Feedback: What do we leave behind?

BEP067 – Today’s One Thing Week 5: Assessment for Learning

Today’s One Thing is a series produced in partnership withThe Learning Accelerator. Week 5: How do I assess learning to inform and improve instruction remotely? 01:12 Data points to be used not to assign grades but as a concrete way to collect information to meet students instructional needs 02:24 What is important is how we can measure how our students are progressing with the assignments we are giving them, and what kind of formative data we can collect to help us inform future lessons that we’re going to be rolling out 03:29 Step 1: What past data do I have access to? * Illuminate – https://www.illuminateed.com/ * iReady – https://www.curriculumassociates.com/products/i-ready 05:46 Step 2: How are you going to collect progress and formative data now? * Poll Everywhere – https://www.polleverywhere.com/ * Edpuzzle – https://edpuzzle.com/ * Go Formative – https://goformative.com/ 08:38 Using rubrics 11:25 Step 3: Non-academic data 13:39 Creating learner profiles for your stud...

24 minJUN 25
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BEP067 – Today’s One Thing Week 5: Assessment for Learning

BEP066 – Distance Learning Feedback: What Do We Keep?

Christina did a survey in mid-March, asking students and teachers: What was successful about distance learning? What do you want to keep? 01:29 Reason for the survey 03:03 Use of choice boards and playlists so that students can learn at their own pace 03:51 What is a choice board? 05:18 What is a playlist? 06:11 Why do you think these things (choice boards and playlists) have worked in this environment? 09:46 Opportunity for more teacher collaboration 10:42 Are teachers replacing this with live Zoom calls or are they doing it to complement it? 12:08 The students liked having choice and they liked being able to have a little bit of control of when and how they complete their tasks 12:46 Teachers liked using screencasts to create their mini lessons 13:05 Using appointment calendars for communications Calendly – http://calendly.com 14:00 Students liked seeing their teachers 14:17 What action can we help teachers potentially take based on this feedback? 14:35 Choice-based asynchronous ...

18 minJUN 23
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BEP066 – Distance Learning Feedback: What Do We Keep?

BEP065 – Today’s One Thing Week 4: Curating Content

Today’s One Thing is a series produced in partnership with The Learning Accelerator. Week 4: How can educators flip existing content or curate content online to personalize and engage students, still with high levels of rigor? 01:41 Teachers, don’t recreate the wheel 02:21 Flipping the content: How can teachers translate their already existing super high-quality materials into the remote space? 05:12 Curating content: * Open Educational Resources Commons https://www.oercommons.org/ * EdReports https://www.edreports.org/ * Teaching Tolerance https://www.tolerance.org/ * The Learning Accelerator https://learningaccelerator.org/ * Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/ * Imagine Math https://www.imaginelearning.com/ * IXL https://www.ixl.com/ 08:19 Do screencasting for a kickoff lesson to set expectations 08:52 Think about authentic tasks to challenge kids to get involved in The Smithsonian https://www.si.edu/ 09:43 Providing options around the learning experiences that the kids a...

17 minJUN 18
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BEP065 – Today’s One Thing Week 4: Curating Content

BEP064 – Screencasts: What, How, and Why?

We’re talking about screencasting in the classroom: how is it used and how can it help re-imagine effective learning in this new virtual world. 01:30 What is screencasting? 02:14 Screencastifty https://www.screencastify.com/ 03:07 Making interactions more efficient 04:19 A teacher’s experience, and feedback from students 05:56 What Screencastify can do for thinking and learning 06:32 How do we focus on outcomes first and design backward as to how we’re going to make this the best experience for somebody virtually, and then figure out the tools that complement that? 06:46 Doing synchronous and asynchronous work for blended learning 08:05 Teachers’ challenges and how they can use Screencastify to address these concerns 10:45 How can I best use my instructional time? 11:13 Loom http://loom.com

12 minJUN 16
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BEP064 – Screencasts: What, How, and Why?
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