James Sturtevant Ep.9-Jennifer Gonzalez Creates a Family Atmosphere with the Open Mic

The stunning Jennifer Gonzalez

The stunning Jennifer Gonzalez

When I asked Jennifer about engagement, I figured she’d offer some high-tech contraption or exotic electronic technique. But while she loves those excursions, she’s also all about relationships, “Our students have hidden talents. In my English class, I encouraged kids to perform for their peers. We called it the Open Mic. These were tight and intimate experiences.” Listen and learn how to create your own Open Mic Experience!

JG is one of my cherished gurus. Her website the cultofpedagogy.com is exceptional! I appeared on her podcast after I published my first book on student teacher relationships. I’m so stoked she’s returning the favor! She’s a full-time mom and has taught at both the middle school and college levels. She’s authored 2 magnificent books:

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She co-authored Hacking Education with my buddy Mark Barnes.

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She also wrote the ultra-useful The Teacher’s Guide to Tech.

And finally, please check out this young man!

Owen Stevenson

Owen Stevenson

Owen Stevenson was in Jennifer’s class in 7th grade. He blew his peers away on Open Mic Day! Now, he’s a professional musician. You guessed it…I’m on a mission to contact this young man and have him listen to this episode! Here’s his site:

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Episode Template

The Problem:

It’s hard to create a family atmosphere in your class.

The Solution:

Launch the Open Mic.

What You Can Do Tomorrow: 

  • Approach an outgoing kid about the idea.
  • Prompt students with an anonymous survey.
  • Sponsor a guessing game.
  • Promote Open Mike Day.

Listen to the episode for more detail!

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James Sturtevant Ep.8-Take the Preference Pulse of your Students with SurveyMonkey

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Trying to determine what another is thinking is one of life’s great challenges. You may have spent the majority of a first date wondering just that! Understanding another’s preferences can save time, effort, and money. So, when it comes to our student’s preferences, let’s become detective-like and solve some mysteries with SurveyMonkey!

Here’s my ridiculous survey on Sturtevant Outfit Preferences:

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Episode Template

The Problem:

Teachers don’t know student preferences.

The Solution:

Utilize SurveyMonkey.

What You Can Do Tomorrow: 

  • Sign-up for Survey Monkey.
  • Create a Poll.
  • Ask a bonding question.
  • Ask about activities preference.
  • Insert a hook.

Listen to the episode for more detail!

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Ep.7-Sara Sawdey Unleashes the Vowel Squad for Peerless Peer Teaching

Sara Sawdey

Sara Sawdey

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Sara Sawdey has a knack for engaging 6-year-old boys who instead of sitting in class learning to read and write, would rather be in the gym playing dodgeball. Sara took some of these squirmy guys and transformed them into the Vowel Squad. The Vowel Squad then embarked on a journey of deep understanding and peer teaching!

Episode Template

The Problem:

Kids don’t want to sit all day. They want to move!.

The Solution:

Deputize students to teach their peers.

What You Can Do Tomorrow: 

  • Deputize a small cadre of students to peer-teach a challenging topic.
  • Have this small group create an instructional video.
  • Have your small cadre evaluate their video.
  • Display the video to the remainder of the class.

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Ep.6-Let Me See You Google

Google is the way people in the 21st Century collaborate. Are you using this tool in your classroom? If not, you’re missing a golden engagement opportunity. In this episode, We’ll explore how to introduce Google into your classroom even if you don’t teach at a Google school!

Here’s a link on becoming a Google School.

If you need a Google Account, follow this link.

Once on your Gmail homepage, access Google Drive through the box in the upper-right corner that’s comprised of 9 small boxes forming a small square. Your Google Drive appears as a blue, green, and yellow triangle. Click on it. To create a GOOGLE FORM, select the large red NEW option in the upper-left hand corner of your drive. If Google Forms is not visible in the drop-down menu, merely select MORE. Here’s my 2 question Google Form:

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Once the form is completed, you can share the link on Google Classroom and assign it, or you can provide the URL link directly to students, or you can even create a QR code which will take kids right to the assessment! By submitting this electronic form, students will provide you with plenty of information about their Google comfort level and you’ll have their email addresses!

When students submit writing assignments, have them do it via GOOGLE DOCS. Google Docs looks and feels very similar to Microsoft Word. In fact, you can easily transform a Word document into a Google Doc. You go through the same steps creating a Google Doc as you did a Google From. Google Docs gives teachers and students remarkable collaboration opportunities. Direct your students to go to their drives, select new…and then Google Docs. Have them type a brief message and share it with you!

And finally, challenge students to create a GOOGLE SLIDES presentation. Google Slides are similar to PowerPoint. Students rapidly gain confidence and mastery of this platform. Challenge them to create a 3 slide presentation that includes:

  • Interesting personal information
  • Why using Google is important
  • What’s their favorite way to express themselves with Google

After they’ve completed their presentations, they should share them with you. Then, organize kids into groups of 4 and have them present their Google Slides to one another! This will be an engaging hands-on demonstration of the potential of this amazing tool!

Episode Template

The Problem:

Teachers often don’t utilize free tech tools that could engage students.

The Solution:

Utilize Google

What You Can Do Tomorrow: 

  • Create a Google Account.
  • Walk students through the sign-up process. 
  • Direct learners to complete the Google intro Google Form.
  • Direct students to share a Google Doc.
  • Direct students to create a Google Slides presentation.

Listen to the episode for more detail!

  

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Ep.5-Jen Wilson…the Quick Response Woman…Engages Reluctant Readers

Jen Wilson

Jen Wilson

Jen Wilson is the “Quick Response Woman”. She advocates engaging reluctant readers with QR codes. Give a listen and learn how to use QR codes, in every grade and in every subject, to engage learners!

Here’s Jen’s wonderful post on the nuts and bolts of using QR codes!

i-nigma is an easy free QR code site where you can get a QR code reader for your phone!

If you’d like to up your QR code game…check out qrstuff.com 

Episode Template

The Problem:

Many students are unenthusiastic about reading.

The Solution:

Utilize QR Codes

What You Can Do Tomorrow: 

  • Select a book or reading essential to your course content. 
  • Learn about QR codes and how to use them. 
  • Produce a QR code for the lesson prompt. 
  • Create the student prompt for the trailers.
  • Create categories for the Academy Awards presentation

Listen to the episode for more detail!

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Ep.4-Reverse Engineer Bonding with Students

Comic by James Alan Sturtevant

Perhaps you’re coming on too strong! Comic by James Sturtevant

Teachers are often lectured, “Get to know your students!” That’s not easy to do. A lot of kids can be pretty closed down and if you try to get to know them before they’re ready…it can be counter productive. This episode offers a different approach to bonding with students. Try reverse engineering these relationships!

My lovely wife Penny and I recently authored an article on Edutopia all about sharing stories to bond with students and colleagues.

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Dug Sturtevant…He looks like he needs another toenail trim!

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Dug Sturtevant suspended like a ’57 Chevy waiting for a toenail trim

 

Episode Template

The Problem:

It’s hard to get to know students.

The Solution:

Become more approachable through reverse engineering.

What You Can Do Tomorrow: 

  • Select an experience.
  • List attributes. 
  • Practice a 2-minute monolog about an interesting experience.
  • Deliver the monolog before the lesson.
  • Prompt students

Listen to the episode for more detail!

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Ep.3-Andy Jados Adventures in Classroom Management

Andy Jados

Andy Jados

Andy Jados is a high school principal who’s not afraid to admit that he struggled with classroom management as a teacher. Listen to his fascinating story about how he turned his class around…and how he now helps struggling teachers transform their classrooms!

Andy is a disciple of the classroom management techniques of Harry Wong. Here’s a link to Dr. Wong’s popular book The First Days of School. 

Episode Template

The Problem:

Some classes are chaotic.

The Solution:

Organize Classroom Procedures

What You Can Do Tomorrow: 

  • Make a list of common distractions in your class.
  • Create an organization plan.
  • Promote your plan.
  • Assign students tasks. 
  • Debrief students. 

Listen to the episode for more detail.Please check out all of the episodes of the Hacking Engagement Podcast on iTunes!

Ep.2-21st Century Journaling

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Student journaling is in desperate need of a 21st Century public relations face-lift! Listen to this episode to learn how to deeply engage students through blogging. This is blogging at a whole new level, not just…”Tell me your feelings about this topic!”

Here’s a link to my prompt on the Buddhist Meal.

Here’s a link to my prompt on the Islamic Podcast.

Episode Template

The Problem:

Many students are turned off by journaling.

The Solution:

Utilize Student Blogging

What You Can Do Tomorrow: 

  • Prepare a wonderful meal.
  • Sign-up for Edublogs.
  • Create your first blog post. 
  • Direct students to comment.
  • Create your first blog prompt! 

Listen to the episode for more detail! Please check out all of the episodes of the Hacking Engagement Podcast on iTunes!

 

Ep.1-Classroom Procedures Night at the Improv

Unfortunately, too many teachers are obsessed with laying down the law on the first day of school!In this episode, I’ll inspire you to shelve the word “rules” and christen the word “procedure”. I’ll also promote the engagement potential of “Opening Night”…the first day of school. The heart of this episode, however, is the concept of introducing class procedures through student improvs! Give a listen and then change the way you look at the first day of school!

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LISTEN AND OBEY

In this episode, I’ll inspire you to shelve the word “rules” and christen the word “procedure”. I’ll also promote the engagement potential of “Opening Night”…the first day of school. The heart of this episode, however, is the concept of introducing class procedures through student improvs! This is a much more enlightened and effective approach! Give a listen and then change the way you look at the first day of school.

Episode Template

The Problem:

Many students are bored stiff on the first day of school.

The Solution:

Utilize Student Improvs

What You Can Do Tomorrow: 

  • Decide which of your class procedures would be suitable to improv.
  • Demonstrate an improv. 
  • Organize your student groups. 
  • Give them 2 jobs. 
  • Display a large stopwatch or timer. 
  • Prepare a class procedures handout.

Listen to the episode for more detail! 

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Ep.0-Hello Colleague Hacking Engagement Podcast

ii.. This podcast was inspired by my book “Hacking Engagement…”50 Tips and Tools to Engage Teachers and Learners Daily”, which will be available in the late summer of 2016. In this episode, I’ll describe a typical listener who would enjoy and benefit from this program, I’ll provide the episode template, and I’ll introduce myself.Please check out all of the episodes of the Hacking Engagement Podcast on iTunes!