Top of the Class

By Emily Pottinger and Dr. Meredith Critchfield

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This podcast was developed by educators for educators of all kinds, so whether you’re an undergraduate student studying to become a teacher, maybe you’re a paraprofessional, a classroom teacher, a master’s student, or an administrator, you are welcome here and we hope you’ll join us each month.

Episode Date
Top of the Class Episode 12-Project-Based Learning with Robyn & Robin
Wow, we are really excited about this session with Dr. Robyn and Robin, two experts in the field who also happen to share the same name! We also know that this topic is a popularly requested concept in many teaching circles. So, in this episode, we’re chatting about project-based learning. Project-based learning, or PBL, as it’s often called, is a method where students get to engage in sustained inquiry around a real-world problem, develop some solutions for that problem, and then share their solutions in a public way. We hope you enjoy our chat as much as we did. Happy listening! Also, we LOVE your feedback, so please feel free to tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our handle @GCU_TOTC. GO LOPES!
Mar 04, 2019
Top of the Class Episode 11-Why Choose Education?
Today’s episode we’re talking about why we all should choose education. This episode is for pre-service teachers and veteran teachers alike. We want to dive into why education is such an important arena now more than ever. In this episode, we will be chatting with two wonderful guests  and pre-service teachers, Makenna Ray and Ivonne Carmona.  This topic matters to everyone in the field of education because as educators, we know that there are other tempting fields of work out there that might lure us away from schools and from our classrooms, especially during these challenging and contentious times in education! But, we ALL need that reminder about why we initially chose this profession, why this is such an important profession, and why we continue to choose teaching every day! We wanted to bring in some rising superstars and college students who have chosen to pursue education as a career. We want this dose of insight today to inspire you all, regardless of the position you are in life! Also, we LOVE your feedback, so please feel free to tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our handle @GCU_TOTC. GO LOPES!
Feb 19, 2019
Top of the Class Episode 10- Full Steam Ahead with STEAM
Top of the Class is so excited about this episode because we know just how powerful this topic is! Today, Meredith and Emily will be chatting about how to build momentum in our schools and classrooms through STEAM or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. So, climb aboard this podcast "STEAM" boat as we dive a bit deeper with today’s special guests, Cori Araza & Marni Landry. Also, we LOVE your feedback, so please feel free to tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our handle @GCU_TOTC. GO LOPES!
Feb 04, 2019
Top of the Class-Extra Credit-Five Ways to Make your Classroom More Engaging
Our Extra Credit episodes are shorter than normal episodes. Our goal is to share helpful tips to make your life as an educator a bit easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable! In this Extra Credit episode, Meredith and Emily outline 5 ways to help make your classroom more engaging. We all know that an engaging classroom leads to better learning! Also, as always, we love your feedback, so please feel free to tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our handle @GCU_TOTC. GO LOPES! Ok...now ready, set, and here we go!
Jan 22, 2019
Top of the Class Episode 9- Giving Voice to Your English Learners
It is a new year and there is no better way than to kick it off with a new episode of Top of the Class! Take a listen as hosts Emily Pottinger and Dr. Meredith Critchfield chat with assistant professor and former K-12 educator, Katy Long. In this episode we’re talking about our language learners: what’s it mean to be a language learner, how we can support their language development, and how to make sure they’re culturally valued in the classroom. Happy podcasting and happy New Year! Also, we LOVE your feedback, so please feel free to tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our handle @GCU_TOTC. GO LOPES!
Jan 07, 2019
Top of the Class Episode 8- From the Parent Point of View
In this month's Top of the Class podcast episode, "From the Parent Point of View," hosts Emily Pottinger and Dr. Meredith Critchfield chat with associate professors, former K-12 educators, husband-wife duo, and parents of two Tom Dyer and Dr. Rebekah Dyer about what parents really think of teachers. We chat about ways teachers can improve relationships with parents, as well as the big "dos" and "do-nots" when communicating with parents.  We LOVE your feedback, so please feel free to tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our handle @GCU_TOTC. GO LOPES!
Dec 03, 2018
Top of the Class-Episode 7-Practicing Mindfulness as an Educator
As teachers, we wear a lot of hats and help dozens of students every day, but we also want to make sure we pay attention to ourselves. We can't pour from an empty cup! In our latest Top of the Class episode, “Practicing Mindfulness as an Educator,’’ your hosts Emily Pottinger and Dr. Meredith Critchfield discuss ways for us, as teachers, to be mindful and take care of ourselves -- all so we can best support our students! This episode is jam-packed with tips and tricks on how to practice mindfulness as an educator. PS: We LOVE your feedback, so please feel free to tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our handle @GCU_TOTC. GO LOPES!
Nov 05, 2018
Top of the Class-Episode 6-Helping Your Students in Need
This month we’re chatting about how to help our students who have very specific learning and behavioral needs that we may, or may not, have the expertise to help. We’re talking to two experts, Katie Sprute and Crystal McCabe, who can help us understand how best to help exceptional students. We’re also going to dive into what we can do to reach all students and support everyone’s learning and social needs. We love your feedback, so please feel free to also tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our new handle @GCU_TOTC. GO LOPES!
Oct 01, 2018
Top of the Class-Episode 5-Networking Outside the Classroom
In episode 2, we discussed how we can build positive relationships within our schools and with our colleagues. If you haven’t listened to that episode, dip back in and check it out! This month, we’re diving into how to network outside our classroom walls. This is a hot topic because most educators, like us, WANT to network outside the school, but we just don’t know HOW or WHERE to get started or we feel frustrated by the logistical blocks that prevent us from getting there. We look forward to you joining us in our discussion. Please feel free to also tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our new handle @GCU_TOTC. 
Sep 04, 2018
Top of the Class-Episode 4-Rising Up: Becoming a School Leader
This month we’re chatting about rising up and becoming a school leader with special guest, Dr. Debbie Rickey. We all know leadership comes in many forms in the field of education and the world of teaching. So, we are here to chat about some tips on how to become a “teacher leader” or school leader, and maybe even some trials and errors that might occur when being a leader. We look forward to you joining us in our discussion. Please feel free to also tweet us any thoughts or ideas on Twitter using our new handle @GCU_TOTC. 
Aug 06, 2018
Top of the Class-Episode 3-Tech Trends
Join us, Emily Pottinger and Dr. Meredith Critchfield, in Top of the Class. This podcast was developed by educators for educators of all kinds, so whether you’re an undergraduate student studying to become a teacher, maybe you’re a paraprofessional, a classroom teacher, a master’s student, or an administrator, you are welcome here! This month we’re chatting with field experts and assistant professors, Jillian Hartman and Brandon Juarez, about Tech Trends. We’ll focus on what’s new and useful in educational technology. We’ll also chat about what’s worth spending our time and resources on in terms of tech in the classroom -- and what’s not worth our time.
Jul 02, 2018
Top of the Class-Episode 2 (Part 2)-Tales from the Teachers’ Lounge
In this special two part episode we’re chatting about Tales from the Teachers’ Lounge. We have guests, Stacy Rucker and Dr. Ben Vilkas here to discuss all about making connections in your school and building positive relationships. This is part 2. So, join us as we finish the conversation we started with Stacy and Ben. If you have requests for podcast topics or want to respond to anything we’ve talked about, tweet us at @gcu_coe.
Jun 20, 2018
Top of the Class-Episode 2 (Part 1)-Tales from the Teachers’ Lounge
In this special two part episode we’re chatting about Tales from the Teachers’ Lounge. We have guests, Stacy Rucker and Dr. Ben Vilkas here to discuss all about making connections in your school and building positive relationships. This is part 1; keep your eye out for part 2 later this week! If you have requests for podcast topics or want to respond to anything we’ve talked about, tweet us at @gcu_coe.
Jun 13, 2018
Top of the Class-Extra Credit-Five Reasons you Make a Difference as an Educator
In this session, we will chat about 5 reasons why you make a difference every day as an educator.  In light of everything going on in the field of education, we know it can sometimes be easy to forget how big of an impact we make on  a daily basis. So, this is our personal podcast love letter to all of our fellow educators.
May 23, 2018
Top of the Class-Episode 1-Elevating the Profession
In this first episode, we will look at ways we can elevate teaching as a profession and we welcome our guest, Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, Dean of the College of Education at Grand Canyon University.
Apr 09, 2018