Vrain Waves: Teaching Conversations with Minds Shaping Education
By Benjamin Kalb, Rebecca Peters
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
Vrain Waves seeks to provide teachers powerful professional learning anywhere, and anytime. We feature interviews with educational giants, successful professionals, and sought-after consultants to help teachers feel more informed, inspired, and connected. Join us each week as we highlight educational theory, strategies, and tools that all teachers can put to use in the classroom.
||CleanSylvia Acevedo on Building Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character||In this episode, Girl Scout CEO Sylvia Acevedo shares so much wisdom and insight into how to reach learners at every level, especially girls. Her stories, both from her own life and from being the CEO of girl scouts and seeing the projects that students||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSolving Wicked Problems with Design Thinking||Co-authors Alyssa Gallagher and Kami Thordarson stop by Vrain Waves to share the 5 elements of design-inspired leadership. Alyssa & Kami “believe that educators can solve the challenges that face our schools faster and more effectively than any policy||2/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEducated by Design with The Tech Rabbi||In his new book, Educated by Design, The Tech Rabbi Michael Cohen shares his journey to education through design, while providing useful tools and resources for the reader to help expand students’ belief in their own creative ability. Today on Vrain W||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Learning Spaces with Dr. Robert||We’ve covered what we teach, and how we teach, and why we teach… but we have never really talked about WHERE we teach. So today, enjoy the insights and inspirations of Dr. Robert Dillon. In this interview, we discuss the research behind where we lea||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInto the Classroom!||For our first show of 2019, we decided to outsource for more tangible tips and creative ideas for your classroom to kick off second semester. We asked Vrain Waves listeners to give us a 2-3 minute voice clip of them describing something in their classro||1/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAuld Lang Syne: The Best of 2018||We’ve condensed 1,273 minutes of Vrain Waves 2018 into our 5 top moments. Let's put this advice of giants into practice and make 2019 our best year ever!||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStarting with Why with Stephen Shedletsky||Stephen Shedletsky is the Head of Brand Voice at Start with Why. Join us to hear about Simon Sinek’s Start with Why movement and how it can help you not only live a more fulfilling life but also make your work less stressful and more authentic. He men||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Couch on Rewiring Education||In this episode we speak with a former executive of one of the most influential companies on the planet! In addition to being a personal friend of Steve Jobs, John Couch was the Vice President of Education at Apple Inc. for 16 years. This giant in educa||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding How We Learn with the Learning Scientists||The Learning Scientists are cognitive psychologists who spend their time sharing research-backed study methods via their podcast, their blog, and their new book, Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide. Today, they talk to us about their research and||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan Heath on the Power of Moments||How can poolside popsicles and chirping crickets help us be better teachers? Best selling author Dan Heath stops by to teach us all how to build peak moments by avoiding the soul sucking force of reasonableness!||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStudent Engagement with Allison Zmuda||This is your A-Z guide to student engagement with the one and only AZ (Allison Zmuda)! Allison Zmuda is going on 19 years as a full-time education consultant specializing in curriculum, assessment, and instruction. She helps educators design work that i||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCatlin Tucker on Blended Learning||Catlin Tucker is the goddess of Blended Learning! She is a best selling author, Google Certified Innovator, international trainer, frequent Edtech speaker, and a former teacher of the year. In this episode we discuss blended learning basics, station rot||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeorge Couros on The Innovator's Mindset||When it comes to innovation in education, George Couros is simultaneously the man, the myth and the legend! The author of The Innovators's Mindset stops by Vrain Waves to discuss mindsets, guinea pigs, and what parents really want for their students...||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSocial and Emotional Learning with Denise Pope||Step into the classroom of one of Stanford's most engaging professors as we interview Dr. Denise Pope! Denise discusses the role that stress plays in our students lives, how we can work to decrease that cognitive takeover, and some digestible research w||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Hattie on Visible Learning and Feedback||John Hattie is one of the most acclaimed educational researchers on the planet! The author of 13 books, 300+ conference papers, and all around educational giant stops by this episode of Vrain Waves. We discuss why the type of feedback a teacher gives is||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Rock the First Week of School: strategies, techniques, and activities for kicking off the school year right!||And we’re back!! Thanks for tuning in for Season 2 of Vrain Waves! In this episode Ben and Becky discuss and share activities to make this first week in your classroom the best one ever! Please share your ideas using the #makesomevrainwaves so that we||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake Some VrainWaves Summer Challenge||This time around, instead of standing on the shoulders of more giants, Ben & Becky reflect on the season with their simple next steps for action and invite you to do the same. #MakeSomeVrainWaves with us this summer and share your plans @VrainWaves on t||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFormative Assessment Strategies and Moves with Dr. Duckor & Dr. Holmberg||Today we talk with Dr. Brent Duckor and Dr. Carrie Holmberg, authors of the book Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning. In the foreword for this book, Dr. John Hattie describes the work of Dr. Duckor||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAJ Juliani on Genius Hour, PBL, Design Thinking and Student Inquiry||AJ Juliani is THE founding father of 20 Time/Genius Hour. He's been writing books and inspiring teachers for years, and in this episode he shares practical advice for increasing choice and empowerment in your classroom!||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaching Digital Natives with Screenwise Author Devorah Heitner||In this episode, we interview Dr. Devorah Heitner, Founder and CEO of Raising Digital Natives. Dr. Heitner is an experienced keynote speaker, workshop leader, and consultant & policy advisor to numerous public and independent schools across the country.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan Meyer: If Your Content is The Aspirin, How Do You Create the Headache?||Dan Meyer has been revolutionizing math instruction for years, and in this episode he shares with us the importance of mentors in his life, a few of his favorite teaching mantras, mathematics as storytelling, and how to notice and develop perplexity.||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJennie Magiera on EdTech, Personalized Learning, ISTE, and Courageous Edventures||Jennie Magiera, ed tech guru and math education wizard, joins us for an interview about personalized learning, digital classroom practices, and courageous edventures in the classroom.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Pink and Harnessing the Power of When||Daniel Pink is not only one of the most renowned authors in the nation, he has AMAZING advice for teachers! He is the author of 6 books and multiple #1 best sellers, and we are so grateful he stopped by Vrain Waves to discuss his newest book and how it||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrain Based Teaching and Learning with Neuroteach Author Glenn Whitman||Today we talk with one of the authors of NeuroTeach: Brain Science and the Future of Education, Mr. Glenn Whitman. His dedication to understanding neuroscience and learning in order to effect change at the school building level permeates policy at the C||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius with Dr. Katie Martin||Join us for another amazing interview with educational giant, Dr. Katie Martin. Her first book, Learner-Centered Innovation, discusses how to inspire lifelong learning, creativity, and innovation - both in our students and in ourselves.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCritical Thinking and Creativity in the Classroom with Dan Ryder||In this episode we speak with Dan Ryder, co-author of Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom and purveyor of rigorous whimsy in classrooms around the world. Join us as we learn how critical thinking and creativity go hand-in-hand and discover e||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Teach Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess||Get ready to sail the seven seas with this week’s guest, Mr. Dave Burgess. Using magic, humor, and a trademark level of enthusiasm to augment his already stellar content, Dave is a sought after speaker, well-known author, and high-quality publisher fo||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKim Scott (Giving and Learning from Feedback, Radical Candor, and more!)||Great teachers must be skilled at giving feedback to their students, their peers, and their administration, and at the same time, they must be able to learn from the feedback that they receive from these groups. In this episode we discuss feedback and R||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElizabeth Green (Chalkbeat, Building a Better Teacher)||Join us as we learn from Chalkbeat founder, journalist, and teacher advocate, Elizabeth Green. She talks with us about developing educational infrastructure and supporting teachers across the country.||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTony Wagner (Creating Innovators, Global Achievement Gap and more!)||Don’t miss this incredible interview with Dr. Tony Wagner - widely respected author, educator, and speaker, helping us all reframe our thinking in order to transform education.||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Barnes (Hack Learning and the Results Only Learning Environment)||In this episode, we talk hack learning and Results-Only Learning Environments with the original ed hacker - Mark Barnes. Mark challenges us to rethink some of our most fundamental systems - grading, feedback, peer observation - and empowers teachers to||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAbout Vrain Waves||The preliminary episode of the Vrain Waves podcast is a quick 8 minutes to orient listeners to the show and its hosts. Listen for bios, goals of the podcast, and information on how to connect with the content.||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Insightful and Tangible
These are the kinds of conversations that all educators need to be having in order to continue to better serve kids. A podcast is the perfect format for busy teachers, and I really appreciate the balance of philosophical discussion and very tangible resources and tips.
All I do is teach
Best. Podcast. Ever.
Thanks for producing such a great podcast for teachers. I love the interview portion of the show. What amazing guests you have on your show!