Vrain Waves: Teaching Conversations with Minds Shaping Education

By Benjamin Kalb, Rebecca Peters

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Vrain Waves seeks to provide teachers powerful professional learning anywhere, and anytime. We feature interviews with educational giants, successful professionals, and sought-after consultants to help teachers feel more informed, inspired, and connected. Join us each week as we highlight educational theory, strategies, and tools that all teachers can put to use in the classroom.

Episode Date
How to Rock the First Week of School: strategies, techniques, and activities for kicking off the school year right!
And we’re back!! Thanks for tuning in for Season 2 of Vrain Waves! In this episode Ben and Becky discuss and share activities to make this first week in your classroom the best one ever! Please share your ideas using the #makesomevrainwaves so that we can learn from each other!
Aug 13, 2018
Make Some VrainWaves Summer Challenge
This time around, instead of standing on the shoulders of more giants, Ben & Becky reflect on the season with their simple next steps for action and invite you to do the same. #MakeSomeVrainWaves with us this summer and share your plans @VrainWaves on twitter or Facebook, or on our website at www.vrainwaves.com
Jun 25, 2018
Formative Assessment Strategies and Moves with Dr. Duckor & Dr. Holmberg
Today we talk with Dr. Brent Duckor and Dr. Carrie Holmberg, authors of the book Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning. In the foreword for this book, Dr. John Hattie describes the work of Dr. Duckor and Dr. Holmberg as “[bringing to life] how to think of one’s self on a trajectory of powerful practices that unite instruction and assessment.” In many conversations, we tend to separate the two and don’t think deeply enough about the intersection of instruction and assessment. A highly recommended read from the 2 authors with publisher ASCD. Our conversation with them will give you a good summary of their perspective, valuable either before or after you read their phenomenal book.
Jun 18, 2018
AJ Juliani on Genius Hour, PBL, Design Thinking and Student Inquiry
AJ Juliani is THE founding father of 20 Time/Genius Hour. He's been writing books and inspiring teachers for years, and in this episode he shares practical advice for increasing choice and empowerment in your classroom!
Jun 11, 2018
Teaching Digital Natives with Screenwise Author Devorah Heitner
In this episode, we interview Dr. Devorah Heitner, Founder and CEO of Raising Digital Natives. Dr. Heitner is an experienced keynote speaker, workshop leader, and consultant & policy advisor to numerous public and independent schools across the country. We talk to her about her books and her research, and dive into how to parent and teach a digital native.
Jun 04, 2018
Dan Meyer: If Your Content is The Aspirin, How Do You Create the Headache?
Dan Meyer has been revolutionizing math instruction for years, and in this episode he shares with us the importance of mentors in his life, a few of his favorite teaching mantras, mathematics as storytelling, and how to notice and develop perplexity.
May 28, 2018
Jennie Magiera on EdTech, Personalized Learning, ISTE, and Courageous Edventures
Jennie Magiera, ed tech guru and math education wizard, joins us for an interview about personalized learning, digital classroom practices, and courageous edventures in the classroom.
May 21, 2018
Daniel Pink and Harnessing the Power of When
Daniel Pink is not only one of the most renowned authors in the nation, he has AMAZING advice for teachers! He is the author of 6 books and multiple #1 best sellers, and we are so grateful he stopped by Vrain Waves to discuss his newest book and how it impacts teaching. In this episode we discuss how to start and end the year, what you should be doing on your off period to come back stronger, and the most effective activities for you to do during your peak, trough and recovery times.
May 14, 2018
Brain Based Teaching and Learning with Neuroteach Author Glenn Whitman
Today we talk with one of the authors of NeuroTeach: Brain Science and the Future of Education, Mr. Glenn Whitman. His dedication to understanding neuroscience and learning in order to effect change at the school building level permeates policy at the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. Glenn speaks to us about the ways in which learning about the brain can enhance our instruction.
May 07, 2018
Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius with Dr. Katie Martin
Join us for another amazing interview with educational giant, Dr. Katie Martin. Her first book, Learner-Centered Innovation, discusses how to inspire lifelong learning, creativity, and innovation - both in our students and in ourselves.
Apr 30, 2018
Critical Thinking and Creativity in the Classroom with Dan Ryder
In this episode we speak with Dan Ryder, co-author of Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom and purveyor of rigorous whimsy in classrooms around the world. Join us as we learn how critical thinking and creativity go hand-in-hand and discover easy ways to implement "critical creativity strategies" and become more informed, inspired, and connected educators.
Apr 23, 2018
How to Teach Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess
Get ready to sail the seven seas with this week’s guest, Mr. Dave Burgess. Using magic, humor, and a trademark level of enthusiasm to augment his already stellar content, Dave is a sought after speaker, well-known author, and high-quality publisher followed by educators around the world. In this episode we discuss how good teaching relates with good coaching, some of Dave's favorite hooks, and why a costume can't cover up for boring learning!
Apr 16, 2018
Kim Scott (Giving and Learning from Feedback, Radical Candor, and more!)
Great teachers must be skilled at giving feedback to their students, their peers, and their administration, and at the same time, they must be able to learn from the feedback that they receive from these groups. In this episode we discuss feedback and Radical Candor with New York Time's best selling author Kim Scott! You can find stories, advice, and instructional videos from Kim at radicalcandor.com/blog.
Apr 09, 2018
Elizabeth Green (Chalkbeat, Building a Better Teacher)
Join us as we learn from Chalkbeat founder, journalist, and teacher advocate, Elizabeth Green. She talks with us about developing educational infrastructure and supporting teachers across the country.
Mar 31, 2018
Tony Wagner (Creating Innovators, Global Achievement Gap and more!)
Don’t miss this incredible interview with Dr. Tony Wagner - widely respected author, educator, and speaker, helping us all reframe our thinking in order to transform education.
Mar 31, 2018
Mark Barnes (Hack Learning and the Results Only Learning Environment)
In this episode, we talk hack learning and Results-Only Learning Environments with the original ed hacker - Mark Barnes. Mark challenges us to rethink some of our most fundamental systems - grading, feedback, peer observation - and empowers teachers to make revolutionary changes in their classroom.
Mar 31, 2018
About Vrain Waves
The preliminary episode of the Vrain Waves podcast is a quick 8 minutes to orient listeners to the show and its hosts. Listen for bios, goals of the podcast, and information on how to connect with the content.
Mar 29, 2018