October 14, 2014
Cordy is the Executive Director of the Oconee RESA.
up in Wrightsville, Ga-Johnson County…the son of sharecroppers. As you listen
to Hayward talk, think about the ultimate lessons that his family taught him.
He could have complained and wanted someone to save him. He could have bemoaned
his station in life. Instead, he focused on succeeding. He didn't let others
derail his focus, he stayed the course and earned college degrees and
eventually became the superintendent of the same school system where he had
once attended class.
Hayward to explain … Damaged Goods, Choices and Consequences, The Greatest
Lesson Taught to him by His Family, and An Improbable Dream Became Reality.
many lessons to be gleaned from Hayward’s memories.
I hope that
you will come back and listen, again and again and share with others.
In a world
where it is easy to be negative about all of life experiences…Hayward’s recollections
make you realize that hard work and determination do pay off!
listening! I hope that you will take his words to heart!
more about the Oconee RESA or to connect with Dr. Cordy use the link or address
August 6, 2014
Williams started teaching elementary school and now teaches beginning teachers
at Utah Valley University. She has been
in education for 28 years. She specializes in how to teach science.
I think that
you will really enjoy this very practical and user friendly episode. It is
filled with ideas for challenging your students to expand their understanding
of the content through the use of foldable graphic organizers and interactive
explains what foldable graphic organizers and interactive notebooks are and
describes how to use them. She talks about why teachers should want to use them
and how they can help the kids with retention. Lynda states, “The notebook
gives the kids a chance to process an idea in writing…it is great for
explaining and recording information visually and linguistically.” She notes
that kids and students of all ages enjoy using the organizers and the notebook,
even her adults in college.
notebooks is engaging and retention of content information is increased but
there are other benefits. Lynda reflected, “ A couple of side benefits of using
these resources is that the notebook makes an awesome study guide and the
students have created a portfolio of their work.”
that teachers who are experimenting with the organizers and notebooks should
model frequently and keep their instructions clear.
Lynda has an
amazing blog, posts on Twitter, has very helpful boards on Pinterest, and has a
store at Teachers pay Teachers. See the links below. I hope that you will take the time to check out her many resources.
Lynda's Teachers Pay Teachers Store
Teaching Learning Leading K12/ Lynda's Guest Blog
Enjoy the Show!
June 11, 2014
Mrs. Tonya Hair teaches first grade at Pulaski County
Elementary School located in Hawkinsville, Georgia. This is her 11th
year of teaching. Mrs. Hair grew up in Hawkinsville and is now a teacher at
Pulaski County Elementary School where she attended as a child. She is working
with some colleagues who were teachers when she was a student. How cool is
Mrs. Hair has some amazing routines and practices. Her kids
know them and it is obvious. They transition between activities and different
locations in the classroom with no down time or disruption to the learning. I
asked Mrs. Hair to explain how she is able to accomplish this. She commented, “Practicing routines. If you
set it up in the beginning then it is not that hard as the year goes on.” Tonya
also noted, “Organization and planning are keys to being successful, as well as
learning from your mistakes.”
Tonya uses groups quite successfully. She says that she is
looking to find the best fit for the child. She uses these groups to help her
address the individual needs of her students.
As you listen to us talk teaching and learning you will hear
us touch on…
reading and math stations
showing numbers in different ways
starting class with an activity
charts that she uses to make notes on student
progress (she uses this information to adjust her instruction)
using mini-white boards
Her favorite resource for her classes is her SMART board and
if she could have anything for her classroom where money wasn't an option it
would be a parapro and a set of laptops.
If she had a chance to give advice to 30 brand new
elementary teachers she would tell them, “Always be prepared and forward
thinking. Be flexible.”
At the very end you will hear Tonya express her thoughts
about a teacher who made a difference in her life… She says that she was like…
Mrs. Hair has much to share!
May 29, 2014
Jean Mixon has been teaching for 32 years all as a
kindergarten teacher. She teaches at Pulaski County Elementary School in
Hawkinsville, GA. This year she is retiring. She says that kindergarten has
changed over the years. I hope that you will take time to listen and learn from
her many nuggets of awesome teaching practices!
I had the pleasure of watching her work with her kids. As
you listen, you will hear us talk about classroom management techniques like
becoming consistent in what you do, developing procedures and routines, and
practicing what you want the kids to do in class. Mrs. Mixon reflects,
“We have to practice… The first two weeks in Kindergarten are so important…they
are learning procedures and routines.” She also talks about the importance of using
their names to connect... “You have to build
that personal relationship.”
By the way, she has this very cool rug that helps her
establish that consistency…I think that you will find that discussion very
illuminating and also just cool.
We also talk about instructional strategies and her use of
formative assessment, modelling and getting the kids to doing.
She always is with kids… “Just part of good teaching, be
right there with them…”
Her favorite resource is the SMART board!
She was fun to watch and is an amazing teacher!
I am sure that you will learn much from her!
May 9, 2014
Kristie is a former special education teacher who eventually
became a Special Education Director for a school system. She now is a Georgia
Account Executive for Classworks.
Classworks is a web-based tool for assisting students in
achieving more during their education. It has tools for assessment and
instruction that are used to personalize learning and to support teachers as
they help students achieve academic goals.
Kristie and I explore the following questions and many more…
How can software programs go beyond the “computer
lab” to impact classroom teaching and student engagement?
How does Classworks use student data to form
individualized plans? How can a teacher use this tool to help with
What do you think is the greatest challenge for
teachers working with kids? How can Classworks assist with these challenges?
Hope that you enjoy the conversation.
Spend some time at their website or contact Kristie if you have any questions.
For more information go to…
or contact Kristie at