Episode 2.8: It’s Our Podcast, I Can Do Whatever The Heck I Want

Last week, in the Project Based Awesome Podcast, Erin and Chris talked what you can do as a teacher when you’ve hit a creative wall.

This week they discuss a conference that they attended last weekend. The conference, “Moving Students for Consumers to Creators” was put on by Eduro Learning and led by Jeff Utecht.

Credits are in the show notes below.

Enjoy

 

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Episode 2.7: Erin and Chris Sing A Hall & Oates Tune At The 2:45 Mark

Erin and Chris discuss what you can do as a teacher when you’ve hit a creative wall.

Erin and Chris give some specific insight into things they do and places they go to get inspired, find new ideas, re-stoke that creative fire. They name drop a ton of people they follow, sites they use, conferences they attend, and books they read for inspiration.

 

Credits are in the show notes below.

 

Enjoy

 

Until next time...peace.

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Episode 2.4: ...And There Were Some Exciting Stories He Had To Regale Us With

This week, Erin and Chris talk about how to set up a gradebook to work with Project Based Awesome. They focus on a couple of options that work well with PBA: setting up weighted categories for formative and summative assessment or only including summative assessments in the gradebook. They also discuss the benefits of changing from a “traditional” 100 point scoring scale to a 4 point scale. They wrap up the discussion by talking about a one column rubric and the benefits of using that type of rubric and how it ties with standards based grading and PBA.

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Episode 2.3 (Part 2): Good People, Good Times, Great Oldies

This week, Erin and Chris talk about grades some more in part 2 of episode 3! More specifically, they explore their thoughts on the overall purpose of grades and how it fits with what they do with Project Based Awesome. They touch on the fact that grades should be tied directly to standards, should truly communicate students’ academic abilities and skills and should not be tied to extraneous factors such as attendance or work ethic etc.

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Episode 2.3 (part 1): Good People, Good Times, Great Oldies

Last week, in the Project Based Awesome Podcast, Erin and Chris talked about setting up routines for classes at the beginning of the school year.

 

This week, Erin and Chris talk about grades! More specifically, they explore their thoughts on the overall purpose of grades and how it fits with what they do with Project Based Awesome. They touch on the fact that grades should be tied directly to standards, should truly communicate students’ academic abilities and skills and should not be tied to extraneous factors such as attendance or work ethic etc.

 

This is a pretty deep philosophical dive into Erin and Chris’ (and in turn PBA’s) beliefs of the purpose of grades and some of the discussion is challenging and difficult. It’s meant to be. We hope you enjoy our discussion on this topic.

 

Episode 2.3 is the first part of a two part podcast exploring this topic.

 

 

 



 

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Episode 2.2: I Was Like A...What Turns Into a Butterfly? Caterpillar. That’s the One.

In this episode, Erin and Chris beginning of school routines, setting norms, and foibles. They dive into everything from how to handle that first week of school when things go haywire to setting beginning of class period routines, establishing workflow, and how to begin to establish a culture of student participation and sharing.

Erin talks at length about her first week back in class and some struggles she’s dealing with in setting up the flow of her class.

They also discuss the importance of icebreakers as a way to get to know your students and for them to get to know each others.

They wrap up with some mistakes (foibles) they have made...Chris specifically...in his past as a teacher and lessons learned from those.

Thanks for listening.

Enjoy.

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Episode 2.1: Just Get On Your Friend’s Phone and Subscribe Them to Our Podcast

In the first episode of season 2. Erin and Chris welcome you back to school and their Project Based Awesome Podcast thing. They recap season one, discuss what listeners can expect for season two, catch the listeners up on what they’re doing professionally in their district this year, and drop some knowledge on and upcoming E-book they are writing and will have available for download around the holidays.

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Episode 1.10: What’s Like The Suckiest Thing I Can Imagine A Student Producing?

In episode #10 Erin and Chris are digging into assessment. Standards, rubrics, formative vs. summative and other awesome things.

In episode #10 Erin and Chris are digging into assessment. Standards, rubrics, formative vs. summative and other awesome things.

In episode #10 Erin and Chris are digging into assessment. Standards, rubrics, formative vs. summative and other awesome things.

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Episode 1.8: It’s the Book With The Boys on the Island... Everyone Knows That Book

In episode #8 of Project Based Awesome, Erin and Chris discuss the process of Project Based Awesome. We’re taking a deep dive into the process of this thing we call Project Based Awesome, from planning to day-to-day implementation to final outcome. These are the three main parts of the process of putting together a unit based on the idea of unit planning with this thing we call Project Based Awesome. We go into detail, giving specific ideas and examples based around planning, day-to-day implementation, and the final outcome of a Project Based Awesome unit.

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