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The MindShift podcast explores the innovations in education that are shaping how kids learn. Hosts Ki Sung and Katrina Schwartz introduce listeners to educators, researchers, parents and students who are developing effective ways to improve how kids learn. We cover topics like how fed-up administrators are developing surprising tactics to deal with classroom disruptions; how listening to podcasts are helping kids develop reading skills; the consequences of overparenting; and why interdisciplinary learning can engage students on all ends of the traditional achievement spectrum. This podcast is part of the MindShift education site, a division of KQED News. KQED is an NPR/PBS member station based in San Francisco. You can also visit the MindShift website for episodes and supplemental blog posts or tweet us @MindShiftKQED or visit us at MindShift.KQED.org.
||CleanCourage To Change: What It Takes to Shift to Restorative Discipline||Many schools are transitioning to restorative discipline practices in recognition that suspensions don't help kids succeed academically. We take you inside two schools at different stages of the transition.||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Listening to Podcasts Helps Students Read and Learn||What does listening to podcasts have to do with English language arts? A whole lot, according to one English teacher who dropped Hamlet in favor of teaching Serial.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBe The Change You Want To See||Catlin Tucker and Marika Neto are shaking up the traditional high school experience and learning a lot about what it takes to make change along the way.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStepping Back from Overparenting: A Stanford Dean’s Perspective||Parents are essential to a child’s development. But when parents get too involved in helping and directing a child’s every move, they can end up doing more harm than good.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues||Classroom management is a fundamental element of a strong learning environment, but it has been a struggle at MLK Middle School. Principal Michael Essien is changing that story by emphasizing teamwork among adults.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Preview of the MindShift Podcast||Sample a preview of the latest season of the MindShift podcast.||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Epic April Fool’s Day Prank||Teachers Alex Fernandez and Al Julius set up their students for an April Fool’s Day prank that ultimately landed Mr. Julius in handcuffs. Once the prank was over, the teachers learned about their students’ characters in ways they didn't anticipate.||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Makes a Teacher Special to a Student?||Great teachers are constantly evaluating what works to help their students learn. But teachers don't often hear what impact they have made on students.||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Coach||For high school science teacher and basketball coach Jim Clark, coaching went beyond the classroom and the court. More than ten years later, he's still plays a support role for one of his former athletes who wouldn't let go of his dream to become a doc.||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuestions Adolescent Boys Ask About Puberty||For boys, the world of puberty is often a silent one when it comes to meaningful conversations with their dads and adult caregivers. Health educator Dr. Rob Lehman empowers dads and demonstrates helpful ways to answer a boy’s wide-ranging concerns abo||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Puberty Lady||Sex education is supposed to be for the kids, but Julie Metzger, known as "The Puberty Lady," also targets her message to moms who are often the ones feeling awkward talking about puberty. A mother and daughter open up about their journey of feeling em.||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWet Sundays||The first year of teaching can be so tough, a teacher can't help but cry on Sundays. Sadie Guthrie recalls her first year of teaching special education and surviving with the help of her mom, boyfriend, and the inspiration she found in her incredible s.||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Creative Writing Assignment||When English teacher Alexa Schlechter gave an assignment to her high school students asking them to think about their personal memoirs, she received details about a student’s life that stunned her.||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I loved hearing teachers' voices in a way that was so real to the experience. There are many other teachers like Alexa and Sadie out there in the world. Thank you!
Stories Teachers Share: Boys and Puberty
As both a former teacher, and a formerly awkward pubescent boy, this story was a delight. “We all yelled penis as loud as we could,”—that’s not something I recall from any class when I was a kid. What a great model for demystifying puberty and sex for young boys and their fathers. Thanks for bringing Dr. Rob’s story to a broad audience.
Stories Teachers Share is a breath of fresh air in a stagnant education debate that seems to continually circle around the same tired themes. It was fascinating to learn about the large and small dramas that play out in classrooms daily from the people who spend so much time with out children. Bravo!
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