Jan. 21, 2014

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You’re Never Too Young to Go Global – An Interview with Kathy Cassidy

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan speaks with Kathy Cassidy, a first grade teacher in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Since 2005, Kathy’s first grade classes have shared their learning with the world through a class blog. Kathy shares how this opportunity has expanded the boundaries of learning with classrooms around the world, and has helped her students become leaders in building online community. Additionally, Kathy shares the thoughtful process she uses in keeping her students safe as they share in this online environment.

Kathy will be a presenter at this year’s Building Learning Communities Conference, being held in Boston, Massachusetts in July. […]

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Jun. 11, 2013

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Connecting the “Dots” of Creativity – An Interview with Peter Reynolds

Alan is honored to have this interview with Peter Reynolds; award-winning author & illustrator of children’s books and founder of FableVision. Peter shares inspiring stories of how he started publishing newspapers with his brother when he was in first grade and how his math teacher changed his life by embracing his interests when he was twelve. These experiences guide Peter’s thoughts about the role of creativity for students, teachers and the very core of what education can be.

Peter will be a presenter at the 2013 Building Learning Communities Education Conference,  http://www.novemberlearning.com/blc. We invite you to BLC. Peter invites you to the creative studios at FableVision, on the waterfront in Boston, during the BLC festivities.

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Jan. 10, 2013

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The World has become “Too Big to Know” – An Interview with David Weinberger

In this podcast episode, Alan November speaks to David Weinberger, Internet philosopher and author of the book, Too Big to Know. The two discuss what knowledge means and what type of learning must take place in a connected world of overabundant information. Alan and David share a series of ideas and stories that will have you thinking more about the structure of assignments in your classroom.

David will be a returning keynote speaker at this year’s Building Learning Communities conference. We invite you to join him and us in Boston this July. For more information, visit http://www.novemberlearning.com.

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Dec. 10, 2012

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Implementing the First 5 Days – An Interview with Ian VanderSchee

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan November speaks to Ian VanderSchee, an upper level mathematics teacher at Coppell High School, in Texas. The two discuss Ian’s implementation of Alan’s “First 5 Days” ideas at the start of this school year and how these ideas have positively impacted his students ever since.

To learn more about these and other possible “First 5 Days” implementations, we encourage you to read Alan’s book, Who Owns the Learning, and we invite you to attend the Building Learning Communities conference being held this summer in Boston. You can learn about […]

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Sep. 28, 2012

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Transforming Geometry with Creativity, Depth, and Student Ownership

In this episode, Alan speaks to Jessica Caviness, geometry teacher at Coppell High School in Texas and winner of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching . The two will discuss Jessica’s use of Twitter to engage her students in real-life applications of geometry. Supporting examples of this work can be found in a blog post titled Connecting Students to Geometry Through Twitter and an article titled How Twitter Can Be Used as a Powerful Educational Tool.

To learn more about this type of teaching and learning with Twitter, we invite you to Boston to attend our Building Learning Communities Summer Conference. More information on our conference is also available at novemberlearning.com.

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Jan. 11, 2012

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Webinar with Alan November and Dr. Eric Mazur

This is a very special episode of our podcast series. It’s an archived recording of our first of what we hope will be many live webinars complete with audience Q&A at the end.

In this conversation, Alan talks again to Dr. Eric Mazur, Area Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University and 2011 Building Learning Communities Conference keynote speaker. Alan and Dr. Mazur revisit his work on flipped learning along with peer instruction that is guided by the questions and misconceptions students bring to class each day. This process, being done using his Learning Catalytics software, is allowing him to visualize […]

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Dec. 19, 2011

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Managing a Classroom Full of Angry Birds – An Interview with Lachlan Hull

In this episode, Alan speaks to Lachlan Hull, a first year teacher working with students between the ages of four and six years old at St. Joseph’s Primary School – Kangaroo Point, located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. During this discussion, Lachlan explains how he uses a classroom management tool created by ClassDojo to build a sense of group accountability through personal behaviors amongst his young students. In addition, Lachlan shares a very interesting project his students developed using the popular game, Angry Birds.

Lachlan will be a presenter at the 2012 Building Learning Communities conference being held this July in […]

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Dec. 19, 2011

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Learn From a School That Has Completely Flipped Out – An Interview with Greg Green on Flipped Learning Model

While many individual and small clusters of teachers have been utilizing the flipped learning model within their classrooms, Greg Green, Principal at Clintondale High School, located just outside of Detroit, Michigan, has been pioneering the infusion of this model across his entire school. In this episode, Alan and Greg discuss how this effort began and continues to develop as well as the substantial improvement this model has brought over past failure rates amongst his school’s at-risk population.

Greg Green will be a presenter at the 2012 Building Learning Communities conference being held this sumer in Boston. To learn more, visit http://www.blcconference.com.

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Jul. 22, 2011

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Rethinking Science Education – An Interview with Bob Goodman

In this conversation, Alan November and Bob Goodman, Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, discuss the inspiring work he is leading in the redesign of science curriculum. Through a logical reorganization of content, a rethinking of what good homework looks like and a robust teacher development program that has been initiated, students are graduating high school with an understanding of science at a depth that is truly remarkable.

The curriculum being used in this endeavor is free and open to use by anyone. It can be found at http://www.njctl.org.

Also, Bob will be a presenter […]

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Jul. 19, 2011

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Fostering Change Through Leadership – An Interview with Dr. Eric Williams

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan speaks with Dr. Eric Williams, Superintendent of the Yorktown School Division in Yorktown, VA. The two discuss the important role of a leader in setting policy, modeling the learning process and encouraging expanded learning opportunities for students, teachers and school administrators for the purpose of building a solid foundation for learning in a 21st century school environment.

Dr. Williams encourages your questions and comments through his Twitter account and his blog.

Also, Dr. Wiliams will be a presenter at the 2011 Building Learning Communities Conference being held this July in Boston. For more information, […]

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