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Homework - 164

Homework - 164

September 28, 2017


Do you give homework?

If so, do you know why you give homework?

Today's discussion centers around questioning why we give homework. 

I talk about 3 great reasons for giving homework and 5 problematic reasons.

Additionally, I speak to understanding that when homework is assigned you may not know who is actually doing the work (like a friend or a parent) as well as if the kids are simply doing the work to get it done or actually improving their understanding of the content.

I also spend a little time around the choices that kids make when confronted with too much homework.

I hope that you will revisit why you give homework and make sure that you are focused on good, appropriate practices.

Thanks for listening.


Length: 19:07

Corey Knight & Classroom Tech Made Simple - 163

Corey Knight & Classroom Tech Made Simple - 163

September 19, 2017


Corey Knight is a middle school science teacher in Indiana. He also has created a way for you to get started in using technology in the classroom. Even though he has had offers to leave the classroom (since he knows technology) he has chosen to stay and instead use his skills to create awesome support tools for teachers.

His tool for teachers is called Classroom Tech Made Simple

This is his website which has courses for helping you better understand how to implement technology in the classroom.  

Additionally, he has an incredible, informative blog, Simple App Review, and soon will have his own podcast.

By the way, everything is built around Webb's Depth of Knowledge framework (DOK). 

To help you get started, he has two freebies that you should spend some time learning how to use: Concept Maps Made Simple and a free classroom tech cheat sheet. 

Stay in touch with Corey:

corey@classroomtechmadesimple.com (His email address)

Find out more:

If you purchase a course make sure that you enter code TLL20 to get 20% off

Classroom Tech Made Simple

Classroom Tech Made Simple Facebook Page


Length: 34:31

Sargy Letuchy & The Visual Edge - 162

Sargy Letuchy & The Visual Edge - 162

September 12, 2017


Sargy Letuchy is a teacher in suburban Chicago and he has created a book that will hook you up with excellent graphic organizers to help you get the kids to a greater level of understanding.

I like to find tools that are easy for teachers and administrators to use.

This is one of those resources.

It is not necessary to read it cover to cover...instead start at the beginning to understand where he is coming from and then check out the different chapters to figure which one you would like to try first.

Worth your time. 

Thanks for listening.

Contact Sargy:


Amazon link for The Visual Edge




(By the way, I recieved no remuneration for this interview.)


Length - 34:45

John Tibbetts 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year - 161

John Tibbetts 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year - 161

September 5, 2017


 John Tibbetts is a 21-year veteran of the US Army and he is now the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year. 

He served in combat as a tank commander in Desert Storm, was deployed to Turkey in the Iraq War and saw service with NATO headquarters in Afghanistan. He was on duty in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

He retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004.

Since then he has been teaching in Georgia.

He became a teacher through the Georgia TAPP program which is an alternative certification program.

Mr. Tibbetts has taught in Tift County, Dougherty County, and now Worth County.

During his years in the classroom, he has taught US and world history, geography, government, and economics.

John currently teaches economics at Worth County High School and is the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Connect with John:


Twitter - @2018GaTOTY 

Facebook - GATeacher



Length- 49:35

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