Season 1, Episode 37.
Welcome to Little Things are Big Things Education with K-Dub and T-Free. I’m Tim Freeburg, I teach high school math in Bowling Green, KY and am working on my 7th year of teaching in the classroom. In addition, I have facilitated social and emotional learning workshops around the country for 2 years with a group called Challenge Day. And I am David Kilpatrick-White. I have taught both middle school and high school social studies and am working through my 10th year. I also have coached primarily football, soccer and track over the past 20 years. I have been both a head coach and a department head. We both want to welcome you to a conversation about how valuable relationship building is with our students in the classroom. We will cover topics like; connection activities, how relationships can be used to encourage student growth, and sharing our favorite memories from teaching. Everything we have accomplished in our classrooms goes back to the relationships we build with our students and is totally replicable. Feel free to use, share, adapt everything we provide here. And if you would like to go even deeper, we would love to have you join our Live Monthly Group, called the “Teacher Vault,” where we go live, with you, every month for an hour and deep dive into the latest research and tools available for you to use in your classroom and connect with students. You will also have access to teacher resources we have created and use in our classrooms. Now, without further ado, let’s get on to this week’s episode.
Welcome to the Power of Negative Self Talk week. In this week’s connection activity K-Dub takes us a through a couple warm up activities that help prime our students for success. These includes test prep ideas, warm ups to build confidence, and best approach to scaffolding new content. One of his critical ideas to help us avoid negative self talk is to not move on until we have mastered the level we are on! We both recognize this is difficult in practice, and that eventually we must move on, AND in general, we need to stay a beat longer on topics to build a solid foundation before moving on. Shout out to Will Whitmore, the master of this concept! Break down your lessons and review each component before the test, OR get rid of unit tests all together and isolate each concept with different “levels” to show mastery and truly grade our students on what they know and the depth at which they know it!
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Until next week,
“Remember to always learn in a Peak State.” ~ T-Free
“Make it a great day!” ~ K-Dub. __________________________________________________________________________
Big thank you and shout out to the artist that is providing today’s intro music! Check ’em out!
MUSIC LINK Give by Silent Partner https://youtu.be/KGE5ZoafsY8