In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews John D. Couch, the 54th person hired at Apple, the first VP of Education at Apple, friend of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and the author of a hot new book titled: Rewiring Education: How Technology Can Unlock Every Student's Potential.
Apple’s iconic co-founder Steve Jobs had a powerful vision for education, employing technology to make an enormous positive effect on the lives of millions of students. The man Jobs tapped to realize this vision was John D. Couch, a trusted engineer and executive who had a passion for education. Couch believed learning needed to be personal and collaborative. He argued the real purpose of education was to help children discover their uniqueness and empower them to reach beyond their perceived potential. However, changing a system that has notoriously resisted change for the past century proved to be no small task, even for an Apple vice president.
Now, though, technology is increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives, rewiring our homes, our jobs, and even our brains. Most important, a rewiring of education is finally beginning to unlock the potential of our schools, children, and society.
In Rewiring Education, Couch shares the professional lessons he’s learned during his 50-plus years in education and technology. He takes us behind Apple’s major research study, Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT), and its follow-up (ACOT 2), highlighting the powerful effects of the Challenge-Based Learning framework. Going beyond Apple’s walls, he also introduces us to some of the most extraordinary parents, educators, and entrepreneurs from around the world who have ignored the failed promises of memorization and, instead, utilize new science-backed methods and technologies that benefit all children, from those who struggle to honor students.
Rewiring Educationexamines the future, looking at the most promising of the emerging technologies, and how we, as parents, teachers, and voters, can ensure our children are provided with opportunities and access to the relevant, creative, collaborative, and challenging learning environments they need to succeed both today and tomorrow.
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John's new book: Rewiring Education: How Technology Can Unlock Every Student's Potential.
John's Non-Profit is: BeyondSchool.com
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Steve Wozniak's Woz University: https://woz-u.com/curriculum/
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In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, I interview Wes Molyneaux on how to successfully implement a 1:1 tech deployment, how a district might be able to improve upon an unsuccessful attempt, creating great professional development opportunities, Apple's Education Event in Chicago, and so much more. (Topics include but not limited to: 1:1 deployment, fixing a bad deployment, Great PD, instructional leaders, best practices, student engagement, Mar
I know you are going to love this interview! Wes is the director of technology in the Elkhart Community School district, an Apple Distinguished Educator, on the ADE Advisory Board for the Americas, a Google Certified Teacher L1 and L2, a great friend and a brilliant educator. Wes shares so much. He is Brilliant! Follow Wes on Twitter!
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In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Brian Kight, CEO of Focus 3 and international expert on on leadership and culture.
Focus 3 is providing school districts across the country with the tools they need to make a difference in the lives of students by making transformational changes in the school's culture. It simply works.
You are going to love this interview with Brian.
Brian Kight is a multi-industry leader on the topics of leadership, culture, and behavior.
He provides simple systems that produce exceptional results for organizations, teams, and people.
Simple, clear, and immediately actionable.
Brian applies the timeless “physics” of performance to the most important challenges in life and business.
His clients across the globe include professional and collegiate sports teams, schools, banks, manufacturing, healthcare, accounting, insurance and many others.
As the CEO at Focus 3, Brian has worked for over a decade directly with all levels of executives and associates. The trust clients have in Brian and his impact has made him one of the top-rated keynote speakers and consultants based in the United States.
Follow Brian Kight on social media at @TBrianKight
Mentioned in this podcast:
Book Creator: One of the best apps in education! www.BookCreator.com
Brian's favorite book: Anti-Fragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Brian is currently reading: Roots of Strategy Book 1.
Brian's Podcast: The Focus 3 Podcast
Focus 3 website: https://www.focus3.com
My interview with Brian's dad, the Founder of Focus 3, Tim Night: Wired Educator Episode 89
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In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly Croy interviews Jerry Blumengarten, aka: Cybraryman.
Jerry Blumengarten taught for 32 years in the New York City School System. Twenty in the classroom as a teacher in multiple subjects and multiple grades, and twelve as a teacher/librarian. Jerry developed and wrote curriculum for his school district, the NYC Board of Education and Open Doors a school-business partnership. He also created educational materials for the utility industry for over 30 years. He is the co-author of the book Connecting Your Students with The World. Jerry co-moderated numerous educational chats on Twitter, including #edchat for five years, and he created #engsschat. He has presented at numerous edcamps, #ISTE and #FETC, was a Featured Presenter at #METC and #GaETC, and the keynote speaker for Tomorrow's Classrooms Today. Jerry is also a very proud grandparent of five grandchildren ages 6-18.
Follow Jerry on Twitter: @cybraryman1
Bill Daggett is the Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with their school improvement initiatives. Dr. Daggett has also collaborated with education ministries in several countries and with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and many other national organizations. He serves on several advisory boards, including:
NASA Education Advisory Board - 2008 to present
USA Today (national newspaper) Education Advisory Board
Before founding the International Center for Leadership in Education in 1991, Dr. Daggett was a teacher and administrator at the secondary and postsecondary levels and a director with the New York State Education Department, where he spearheaded restructuring initiatives to focus the state's education system on the skills and knowledge students need in a technological, information-based society.
Dr. Daggett is the creator of the Application Model and Rigor/Relevance Framework , a practical planning and instructional tool for determining the relevance of curriculum and assessment to real-world situations. Dr. Daggett's Rigor/Relevance Framework has become a cornerstone of many school reform efforts throughout the United States.
Dr. Daggett is the author of numerous books about learning and education, textbooks and research studies, reports, and journal articles.
Dr. Daggett has spoken to hundreds of thousands of educators and education stakeholders in all 50 states. His enlightening, entertaining, and motivating messages have helped his listeners to look at education differently by challenging their assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of American schools. Dr. Daggett inspires his audiences both to embrace what is best about our education system and to make the changes necessary to meet the needs of all students in the 21st century.
Dr. Daggett has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by both Temple University and the State University of New York at Albany.
Dr. Daggett has a special commitment to individuals with disabilities. He and his wife, Bonnie, volunteer their time and lend their support to Wildwood Programs in upstate New York. Wildwood serves the needs of people of all ages who, like their daughter Audrey, have neurological impairments/learning disabilities or autism, by enabling them to become the best that they can be.
Mentioned in the Podcast:
PlanBook: www.Planbook.com The best way to create & share your lesson plans.
Dr. Daggett's book: Rigor and Relevance from Concept to Reality
Dr. Daggett's site for: The International Center for Leadership in Education
BookBook iPhone by 12South: A superb wallet/case for your iPhone.
BookBook MacBook by 12South: The greatest case for your MacBook in this Galaxy.
The Principled Principal: 10 Principles for Leading Exceptional Schools: Jeffrey Zoul & Anthony McConnell
The Limitless School: Creative Ways to Solve the Culture Puzzle by Abe Here & Adam Dovico
Google Apps for Littles: Believe They Can by Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler
Thanks for listening to the Wired Educator Podcast where it really is all about becoming a better educator so you can make a greater impact and live a more dynamic life.
I am so proud to have documented the amazing stories of so many talented educators! Over one hundred hours of tips, tricks, inspiration and more helping teachers in their classrooms to make a difference in the lives of students.
One hundred episodes is a milestone, and I wanted to do something totally different, so... I did.
Buckle-up buttercup, this episode has a few surprises for you! Still, I guarantee you will walk away inspired and with a few new tools to put to use.
Thank you for being a listener. I hope you enjoy this episode. Please send me a message.
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In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Dr. Jo Boaler about her amazing book Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages, and Innovative Teaching.
Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and co-founder of www.youcubed.org. Formerly the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education for England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a researcher at King’s College, London. She is the author of eight books including What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2015) and Mathematical Mindsets (2016). She is the recipient of the NCSM award for equity, the author of the first MOOC on mathematics learning for teachers and parents, a White House presenter and an advisor to the PISA team at the OECD.
Mentioned in this episode:
Book Creator is one of my favorite apps for any device! www.BookCreator.com
Here is a list of all of Jo's books!
One of Jo's favorite mathematicians is Maryam Mirzakhani: Here she is in a 6 Set of Prints from NASA: Mighty Women in Science Poster Set.
Jo used math counting sticks like these as a child and recommends similar to parents: Educational Math Counting Sticks.
Jo cofounded: www.Youcubed.org a resource to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics to transform their classroom.
How to Learn Math: A free course for students by Jo Boaler.
Kelly has a new podcast title The Future Focused Podcast. Please give it a listen!
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In this 97th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Jake Miller.
Jake is an authorized Google Apps for Education Trainer and is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Brady Middle School in the Orange City School District in Ohio. At Brady, Jake helps manage the implementation of Google Apps, 1:1 Chromebooks and Schoology, while working with a team to envision the building’s future integration of STEM, Project Based Learning and the school's new Fab Lab. He previously taught STEM, math & science in the Stow-Munroe Falls School District. Prior to that he taught 9 years of math and science in various grades. In his free time, Jake is passionate about sharing ideas, tips and support for educators through his website, Twitter account and the #EduGIFs that he creates.
Kelly and Jake talk about makerspaces, Fab Labs, Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education, Productivity Tips, Screencast, and so much more. Get your notebooks ready because your brain is about to get full of knowledge. This is a fantastic discussion on education and technology.
Mentioned in this interview:
Potato Pirates: A Card Game that teaches you programming. Great for classroom, family and friends.
Jake's favorite book: DRIVE by Daniel H. Pink.
Jake's website: www.JakeMiller.net
Camtasia screencast application.
#EduGifs: A huge collection of Jake's micro PD Gifs. They are awesome!
In this 96th episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Julie Hasson, the co-author of the amazing book, Unmapped Potential: An Educator's Guide to Lasting Change. Julie has a unique perspective in education from multiple vantage points, she has been an educator, and administrator, and now trains future teachers as a college professor. Julie and Kelly have an incredible conversation about educational data and the best ways to use it. This is a great conversation with a brilliant educator and author, Juie Hasson. You are going to love this interview.
Julie is a third generation educator and a former public school teacher and principal. She is currently a professor at her alma mater, Florida Southern College, where she teaches graduate courses in educational leadership. When Julie is not teaching, she is doing qualitative research in schools, delving into educator expectations and impact. Julie is also a speaker, trainer and author of Unmapped Potential. Julie Hasson, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Coordinator for the Master of Educational Leadership at Florida Southern College.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Our Sponsor: Potato Pirates: A fun card game that teachers you programming! <<< Check it out!
Julie's book, Unmapped Potential: An Educator's Guide to Lasting Change by Julie Hasson & Missy Leonard.
Books Kelly is reading and recommends:
The Wild Card: 7 Steps to an Educator's Creative Breakthrough by Hope & Wade King
Culturize: Every Student Every Day. Whatever it Takes. by Jimmy Casas
An Interview with Paul Solarz, author of Learn Like a Pirate: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed.
Paul Solarz has been teaching since 1999. He is a National Board Certified Educator and has been awarded numerous honors including: Top 50 Finalist for the Varkey GEMS Global Teacher Prize (like the Nobel Prize for Education), was named 2014 Educator of the Year by then Illinois Computing Educators. He earned his Master's Degree from Illinois State University in Curriculum and Instruction.
His book, Learn Like a Pirate is about:
Collaboration. Empowerment. Student Leadership. These buzz words get a lot of press, but what do they really mean for today's students? Can students really handle the responsibility of leading the class? Can they actually learn what they need to if they are working together so often? Won't all this freedom cause chaos in the classroom? Not if you're teaching them to learn like PIRATES!
In Learn Like a PIRATE, teachers will discover practical strategies for creating a student-led classroom in which students are inspired and empowered to take charge of their learning experience. You'll learn strategies for:
- Crafting active, relevant, and interesting lessons
- Creating opportunities for student leadership
- Providing effective and beneficial feedback
- Instilling confidence so students can take risks
- Increasing curiosity and passion for learning
Incorporate the techniques and strategies Paul Solarz uses in his student-led classroom and watch your students transform into confident, collaborative leaders.
Follow Paul on Twitter at @PaulSolarz
Mentioned in this podcast:
Paul's book Learn Like a Pirate
Paul's Most Influential Book He's Ever Read is Teach Like a Pirate! by Dave Burgess
The Next Book Paul Will Read is: Lead Like a Pirate by Beth Hour and Shelley Burgess
Paul's Next Purchase: A Second Projector (It's Under $300)
Paul's Favorite App: Sown to Grow (Students Monitor Their Goals)
Kelly's new Podcast: The Future Focused Podcast
Kelly's book: Along Came a Leader
Kelly's website: www.KellyCroy.com
In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Rich Czyz and educational leader and author making a positive impact for educators and learners. Rich is the author of The Four O'Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide to Revolutionize Professional Development.
Author Rich Czyz is on a mission to revolutionize professional learning for all educators. In The Four O’Clock Faculty, Rich identifies ways to make Professional Development meaningful, efficient, and, above all, personally relevant.
Rich's book is a practical guide that reveals why some Professional Development is so awful and what you can do to change the model for the betterment of you and your colleagues.
Mentioned in this podcast:
One of Rich's favorite reads: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
One of the books that most impacted Rich's thoughts on education: Lead Like a Pirate! by Beth Houf and Shelley Burgess
Sphero: The Affordable Robot for Every Classroom.
Tools & Resources mentioned: Smore, Wordswag, Retype, Type O Rama, Voxer, EdCamp
Rich's one word for 2017: Push!
Ideas & Themes Mentioned: No Office Day, Use Your Commute, The Hour of Possibility, Pop-Up PD, Survey Teachers, Own Your Own PD, Go Above & Beyond Your Learning
In this episode, Kelly interviews Todd Whitaker the author of What Great Teachers Do Differently, What Great Principals Do Differently, and forty other titles that have made a profound impact in education, instruction, leadership and ultimately in the lives of countless educators and student around the world.
Todd Whitaker is one of the nation's leading authorities on staff motivation, teadher leadership, and principal effectiveness. He has written over 40 books including the National Best Seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently.
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In this episode, Kelly interviews Matt Miller about his new book Ditch That Homework, co-authored with Alice Keeler.
Kelly interviewed Matt way back on episode 6 when Matt publsihed
Matt is the author of Ditch That Textbook, Ditch That Homework, a veteran teacher, a Google Certified Educator, speaker and blogger. He is also one of the most influential voices in education. You can follow Matt on Twitter at: @jmattmiller and visit his website www.DitchThatTextbook.com
Matt is a super-cool educator that loves to help others.
You are going to love this interview.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Ditch That Homework by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler
Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller
Tribes by Seth Godin
All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin
In this episode, Kelly interviews Tim Kight, an expert in building culture within school districts.
Tim Kight is the founder and president of Focus 3, a firm whose mission is to help companies around the world align the power of leadership, culture, and behavior to achieve next level results.
A dynamic communicator, Tim focuses on the critical factors that distinguish great organizations from average organizations. He delivers a powerful message on the mindset & skills at the heart of individual & organizational performance.
Most recently, Tim has worked closely with Urban Meyer and the Ohio State football team as the Buckeyes’ leadership coach. His work with Ohio State has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN.
Mr. Kight is the author of several high impact training programs: The R Factor, Lead Now, The Power of Culture, Winning, and Attitude Matters.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Some of Tim's favorite books:
Good to Great by Jim Collins
The Last Lecture by Dr. Randy Pausch
Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Tim's website: www.focus3.com
Tim's podcast: www.focus3.com/podcast
As mentioned in the interview: Tim loves his Apple Pencil.
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In this episdoe, Kelly interviews Jarrod Robinson, aka The PE Geek. While much of Jarrod's work began on the focus of the instruction of physical education, Jarrod has great insight and advice for every educator regardless of subject or grade level. This is a fantastic interview for all, and something special for those with that added entreprenuerial spirit.
Jarrod is a Physical Education teacher from Victoria, Australia, with a passion and enthusiasm for the role emerging technologies play within teaching and learning. He is known throughout the online community as “The PE Geek”, and authors a blog of the same name at www.thepegeek.com which has proved to be a pioneer for teachers seeking effective use of 21st century tools in PE. He has presented Nationally and Internationally for over 8 years, running workshops in over 40 countries. Jarrod is also the founder of ConnectedPE an online membership community for Physical Educators that empowers them to participate in professional development from the comforts of their homes.
Follow Jarrod on Twitter @MrRobbo
Mentioned in this podcast:
• Contact Kelly about starting a podcast for your school.
• Contact Kelly about hiring him for website design.
• Jarrod's favorite book is Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the Wordy by Peter Diamandis
Favortie apps: Slack, Anchor.fm, Plickthe Iners
• Another favorite book of Jarrod's is: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future
Tony Vincent used to teach fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska. Today he is self-employed and does what he can to help teachers be even more awesome. He’s proud to have lead workshops and made presentations in almost all 50 states and internationally. His website is at learninginhand.com.
Tony's website... www.LearningInHand.com, is an educator's resource for mobile and digital learning. It was started in 2002 as part of Tony Vincent's classroom website. At first focusing on Palm handhelds, Learning in Hand now encompasses all kinds of digital and mobile learning.
The only thing Tony Vincent likes better than teaching is learning. He currently resides in Council Bluffs, Iowa, but he used to teach fifth grade in Nebraska. Since 1998 he’s been a pioneer in digital learning, having a classroom website before many classrooms even had internet access. In 2001 he had a 1:1 classroom full of Palm Pilots, and in 2005 he started one of the first podcasts from an elementary school. Tony experienced how empowering it was for students to be equipped with tools to help them be productive and creative. Later he became his school’s technology coach and helped his colleagues integrate technology.
Today Tony Vincent works as a self-employed consultant. He has traveled almost every state, Canada, Australia, England, and the Caribbean to facilitate workshops and to make presentations to K-12 educators and students. He has authored books, produced videos, developed an iPad app, and blogged about learning and technology. Tony believes that students learn best when they are engaged in authentic tasks—tasks that matter to them. He has many examples to show, advice to give, and technology to demonstrate.
In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Apple Distinguished Educator Casey Cohen. This is an absolutely dynamite conversation about many topics in education that any educator or administrator can benefit. Kelly and Casey talk about: transitioning from educator to administrator, starting a new job, starting the new year, viewing curriculum as a story, backward design, The Apple Distinguished Educator Program and the ADE 2017 Academy, Casey's amazing ADE Showcase spot-lighting an amazing Holocaust unit centered around becoming globally connected educators, using Apple's Clips app for observations, and so much more. This is a great interview.
After having taught secondary school English in the city and suburbs of Philadelphia and Boston for ten years, Casey Cohen is entering a new position as Middle School Director of Hannah Senesh Community Day School. Casey received her B.A. at the University of Michigan where she studied English, history, and theater in Michigan's Residential College. She received her Ed.M. at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, where she studied English and secondary education in HGSE's Teacher Education Program. She received her Principal Certification at the University of Pennsylvania where she participated in the School Leadership Program. And, Casey is currently earning her Ed.D. in the Global Educational Leadership Program at Lamar University. She is a proud member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2015, and she is passionate about sharing her work. She presents at local, state, national, and international conferences on topics that include building school community, global collaboration, up-leveling literature circles, project-based learning in a 1:1 iPad learning environment, and course writing in iTunes U. Connect with Casey on Twitter: @cicohen.
Mentioned on this podcast:
Casey's most influential book: Night by Eli Wiesel
Kelly interviews educator, author, and speaker, Trevor Muir. Trevor makes amazing inspirational videos and is the author of the book The Epic Classroom: How to Boost Engagment, Make Learning Memorable, and Transform Lives. Kelly and Trevor talk about how to make your classroom epic!
Trevor is a teacher, author, speaker, and project based learning expert. He is the author of The Epic Classroom, a book about using the power of story to make learning engaging and unforgettable. Trevor is a faculty member for the Buck Institute For Education, and travels across the country to work with educators on how to bring project based learning into their schools. He is the host and creator for the We Are Teachers show, Teacher Helpline Live, and his writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Creative Classroom, and EdWeek. He also gave a TEDx Talk titled, "School Should Take Place in the Real World," at TEDxSanAntonio. Trevor's work can be found on his Facebook page, on Epic Classroom and on his blog at www.trevormuir.com.
Mentioned in this episode:
Trevor recommends reading The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Stephen Pressfield.
Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as an educational leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.
Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat, Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of the book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.
Jimmy currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education and also serves on the Professional Development Faculty for NASSP; the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Finally, he is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectEDD, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing world class professional learning conferences and professional development services for educators across the country.
Follow Jimmy on Twitter: Jimmy Casas (@casas_jimmy) | Twitter
Jimmy's book: Start. Right. Now. Teach and Lead for Excellence
Jimmy recommends the book: The Four Agreements by Don Michael Ruiz
Jimmy's favorite app: Voxer
Jimmy's favorite hashtags: #IowaEdChat #SatChat and #Tlap
Jimmy's website: http://www.jimmycasas.com
In this episode, Kelly interviews two of the most influential and most recognized names in the research and application of reading instruction, Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. The focus of this interview is an engaging conversation about their new book, Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Think Matters, and how to help students become better readers. This is a must-listen interview.
About the Authors: Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst are the coauthors of the best-selling books Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading and Reading Nonfiction: Stances, Signposts, and Strategies, as well as Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice (with Linda Rief) and Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters. Beers, who also authored When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do, began her teaching career at a middle school in the Houston area. Probst, who also authored Response and Analysis, began his career at the junior high and high school levels in the Baltimore area. Both have taught at the university level—Beers at the University of Houston and Probst at Georgia State University. Beers is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Probst is a former member of the NCTE Commission on Reading. You can follow them on Twitter @kylenebeers and @bobprobst.
In their hit books Notice and Note and Reading Nonfiction, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst showed teachers how to help students become close readers. Now, in Disrupting Thinking they take teachers a step further and discuss an on-going problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text - fiction or nonfiction.
With their hallmark humor and their appreciated practicality, Beers and Probst present a vision of what reading and what education across all the grades could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points make it a guidebook for school-wide conversations. In particular, they share new strategies and ideas for helping classroom teachers:
“We think it’s time we finally do become a nation of readers, and we know it’s time students learn to tell fake news from real news. It’s time we help students understand why how they read is so important,” explain Beers and Probst. “Disrupting Thinking is, at its heart, an exploration of how we help students become the reader who does so much more than decode, recall, or choose the correct answer from a multiple-choice list. This book shows us how to help students become the critical thinkers our nation needs them to be."
Mentioned in this interview:
Kylene and Bob's book: Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters <<<Order Now!
Bob and Kylene recommend the books:
Telling Writing by Ken Macrorie <<<Order Now!
Literature as Exploration by Louise Rosenblatt <<<Order Now!