Classroom Attendance: It’s Important to Pay Attention and Follow-up - 212

September 14, 2018

Steve Miletto talks about attendance.

Keeping accurate classroom attendance is very important. It may not sound like a fun topic but it is one that needs to be taken seriously.

Frequently, it is not given the attention that it needs, Some colleagues may even try to pass off the responsibility to a trusted student (Don't do this.)

Today, I share 7 thoughts about taking attendance and especially explain why follow-up with a student and his family is important when the student misses class. I share a couple of stories that show exactly what can happen if the adults do not address that "sneaking suspicion" that something is just not right.

Thanks for listening.

Length - 22:24


Barbara Oakley and Learning How To Learn - 211

September 6, 2018

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Dr. Barbara Oakley is an author, speaker, professor, engineer, and adventurer - take a look at her twitter page...she is “a female Indiana Jones.”

Barbara is the author of numerous books two of which Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (2017) and A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) [2014] have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Barbara has a cool educational background…


  • Ph.D. in Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literature
  • A graduate of the United States Army Signal Officer Course, Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • A graduate of the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California


But wait...there's so much more….

She worked as a Russian translator for several fishing seasons on Soviet fishing trawlers in the Bering Sea. Barbara wrote a book about this experience…it's called - Hair of the Dog: Tales from a Russian Trawler.

Her current work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior.

Barbara is published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.  

Her research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal.

She and her husband have been married for 33 years and have two daughters and two adopted sons from Kosovo.

So much to learn today. Even though her book, Learning How to Learn is meant for students, it should be read by parents, teachers, and school administrators. The information in her book is extremely valuable for helping kids to make learning easier and more successful.

Connect with Barbara and Learn More:

Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying

Mindshift - 2017

A Mind for Numbers - 2014


Length - 59:09


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 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

@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

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

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