Teaching Learning Leading K-12
Warren Berger and “A More Beautiful Question” - 210

Warren Berger and “A More Beautiful Question” - 210

August 30, 2018

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Warren Berger is the author of eleven books, including our focus for today - A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (2014) and the soon to be released The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions that will Help You Decide, Create. Connect, and Lead. (Oct. 2018).

I had the pleasure of hearing Warren speak earlier this year. He is insightful, thought-provoking and inspiring. His book is also.

Join us as we talk about being a "Questionologist", questioning the question, and focusing on questions that Google cannot anticipate or easily answer.

So much to learn. So much to think about. So much to start asking & answering questions about.

Thanks for listening and make sure that you go to Warren's website www.amorebeautifulquestion.com to learn more.

Don't forget to look for The Book of Beautiful Questions coming out the fall of 2018.


Contact Warren and Learn More:


Contact page on amorebeautifulquestion.com


@glimmerguy on Twitter

Warren's Pinterest page

Warren's YouTube page

Warren's Facebook page

Information about the next book - The Book of Beautiful Questions

Length - 46:10

Sargy Letuchy & Voice and Choice is Important but Sometimes It’s Not Enough - 209

Sargy Letuchy & Voice and Choice is Important but Sometimes It’s Not Enough - 209

August 23, 2018

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Sargy Letuchy is the author of The Visual Edge: Graphic Organizers for Standards-Based Learning and is an ESL teacher in suburban Chicago. Today we are focused on his recent article in EdSurge - "Voice and Choice Is Important but Sometimes It's Not Enough" (June 2018).

The article begins with Sargy recounting his attempts to get a student engaged in class and lessons. He focuses on the lessons learned. One of his opening statements is this, "I realized while giving students opportunities to pursue their interests can improve engagement, it's not always enough."

Sargy will make you think and question what you do.

It was great to have him back on Teaching Learning Leading K12. You can hear our original talk on episode 162 where we talk about his book the Visual Edge.

Additionally, on today's show, Sargy shares his thoughts about scaffolding and what it means to a teacher to use the strategy as well as his ideas about helping kids develop a better understanding of the content.

If you would like a copy of Sargy's Visual Edge, send him an email and he will provide you a discounted price.

Thanks for listening.


Contact Sargy and Learn More


Voice and Choice is Important, but Sometimes It's Not Enough - EdSurge

Connect with Sargy through LinkedIn

The Visual Edge - Amazon

The Visual Edge - Barnes and Noble

Episode 162 - The Visual Edge with Sargy Letuchy

Length - 46:50


Allison Kerley Townsend - The 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year - 208

Allison Kerley Townsend - The 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year - 208

August 17, 2018

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Allison Kerley Townsend is the 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year. She is a 3rd Grade teacher at Barnwell Elementary School in Fulton County, Georgia (US). 

Allison believes that all children start out as curious and excited learners. She sees her goal as an educator is to nurture their passion for learning. As a classroom teacher, Allison strives to give each child a voice in their learning and tries to inspire them to grow beyond engagement to ownership.

Mrs. Townsend not only seeks to make a difference in her classroom and school but also globally. She connects with others through conferences and Twitter. She uses Twitter to open her classroom to the world.

Allison has taught pre-k, third, fourth, and fifth-grade students.

She is a 2012 graduate of Clemson University's elementary education program.

From the beginning, you will hear her passion and it is catchy!

Thanks for listening!


Connect with Allison:






Length - 43:47

12 Tools for a Successful Start to the New School Year - 207

12 Tools for a Successful Start to the New School Year - 207

August 2, 2018


 12 Tools for a Successful Beginning to the New School Year

1. Greet students when they enter your class.

2. Use a seating chart to help you learn their names.

3. Develop your "Spidey Sense."

4. Know you.

5. Plan - big (unit) & small (daily).

6. Include opportunities for checking for understanding (formative assessment).

7. Get better at giving feedback.

8. Start and stop class.

9. Have a way for you to stay in touch with parents.

10. What will you do?

11. Attitude check and adjustment.

12. Reflect on what happened.

What do you think?

Have an awesome year!

Check out these other links for more information:











Here are some of my youtube links:

https://youtu.be/vHN9Ym4_cR0 Opening Class

https://youtu.be/SFWTxLwl7_E Do You Need a Timeout?

https://youtu.be/N-kD9YqEWgk Use Their Names

https://youtu.be/QK9EbDr5Gb0 Greet Kids at Your Door

https://youtu.be/0rm1THfbpbA Make Contact with Parents Now


Books on Feedback and Checking for Understanding - Formative Assessment:

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students by Susan M. Brookhart

Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey


Length - 33:49


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