PEBC BLOG

Season 1

Talking About Talk During Distance Learning

By Michelle Morris Jones / December 10, 2020

In this episode PEBC Staff Developers Sathya Wandzek and Dr. Sarah Littmann-Berger join Michelle Morris Jones to talk about talk! The PEBC Teaching Framework highlights Discourse as an instructional strategy that supports student agency, equity, and understanding. John Hattie’s meta analyses indicate that student discourse has an effect size of […]

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Reading Aloud in the Age of Distance Learning

By Michelle Morris Jones / December 3, 2020

Typically, Patrick Allen’s classroom brims with over 3,000 children’s books and his students pour over them tucked into nooks and crannies all around the room.  This year Patrick is teaching remotely and most of his collection is in storage;  yet he is still bringing the gift of high quality literature […]

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Leveraging Community & Workshop to Develop Mathematical Agency & Understanding

By Michelle Morris Jones / November 20, 2020

Why is math important? Why do so many people hate math? How can we promote positive STEM identity for all learners? Wendy Ward Hoffer and Michelle Morris Jones dive into these questions and more as they discuss ways to “turn over the mathematical gymnastics to the students” by developing Math […]

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Facilitating Phenomenal Virtual Engagements: Connect Purpose, People, and Tools to Elevate the Impact of Our Virtual Meetings

By Michelle Morris Jones / November 12, 2020

As school leaders grapple with the many challenges related to leading schools during this time, the need for staff meetings, PLC’s, and professional learning remains constant.  PEBC’s Director of Leadership, Scott Murphy,  joins us to talk about the importance of facilitation and crafting high quality virtual engagements that are rooted […]

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Less is More: Mitigating Trauma So Teachers and Students Can Engage

By Michelle Morris Jones / November 5, 2020

Educators are heart centered individuals who can be caught up in the “more is more” culture, however, at this time it is crucial to embrace a “less is more”  attitude so that we can support students and colleagues who have experienced trauma.  Trauma is like a wound and takes time […]

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Elevating Teacher Voice: Education Policy Should Be All About People and Perspectives

By Michelle Morris Jones / October 29, 2020

When it comes to education policy, practicing educators need a voice at the table! Listen in as Evan Kennedy, PEBC Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy, joins the Phenomenal Teaching podcast to share how PEBC works with local, state, and national leaders to inform the development of sound education policy. […]

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Teacher Feature: Possibilities & Pitfalls of Virtual Learning

By Michelle Morris Jones / October 22, 2020

PEBC Lab Hosts Patrick Allen, Jenn Brauner, and Carrie Halbasch get real in a round table conversation about the possibilities and pitfalls of virtual teaching. All three of these Phenomenal Teachers are experienced educators whose classrooms exemplify the strands of the PEBC Teaching Framework, so what happened when they shifted […]

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A Day in the Life of a Virtual Learner with Mary Korte

By Michelle Morris Jones / October 15, 2020

Mary Korte is a PEBC Lab Host and primary teacher who has historically co-taught a multi-age primary class at the Jefferson County Open School. In years past Mary could be found sitting eye to eye with her young learners and discussing the ways in which words can create beautiful images […]

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What is Critical Multicultural Education?

By Michelle Morris Jones / October 8, 2020

Ashlee Saddler and Michelle Morris Jones discuss how the definition of “multicultural education” has evolved beyond recognition and celebration of different cultures to deepening our collective understanding of critical multicultural education and the concept of hegemony. In order to serve each and every student we must build meaningful relationships with […]

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Leading a Complex System During a Time of Great Complexity

By Michelle Morris Jones / October 1, 2020

In this episode, Scott Bain shares the complexities of leading a complex system of four schools within a school, the importance of leaning into one’s beliefs, and actions he is taking as an instructional leader. Scott has found that leadership during this time requires: Maintaining a Strong Collective Vision Delegating […]

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Combatting Quarantine Fatigue for Teachers & Students: Slowing Down, Prioritization, and Wellness 

By Michelle Morris Jones / September 24, 2020

In this episode Dr. Andra Brill joins the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast for a follow-up conversation on tending to the well being of students, families, and educators as the COVID 19 Pandemic continues to impact our everyday lives.  We are now faced with the impact of chronic stress and quarantine fatigue […]

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Teacher Feature: Monitoring and Supporting Progress During Remote Learning

By Michelle Morris Jones / September 21, 2020

Each and every day Jennifer Engbretson, a PEBC Lab Host in Denver, Colorado crafts math workshops that prioritize student thinking and understanding while also considering the importance of assessment and feedback. In this episode Jennifer and Michelle Morris Jones discuss ways to monitor and support progress while teaching remotely that […]

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From Corporate America to ECE

By Michelle Morris Jones / September 10, 2020

What does it mean to be a pre-service teacher in the midst of a global pandemic? If you are PEBC Teacher Residency it means learning alongside mentor teachers from day one, establishing connections with colleagues, and deep study of the PEBC Teaching Framework just like you would in any year. […]

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Teacher Feature: Promoting Joy AND Understanding By Tending to Thinking, Content & Habits During Virtual and Hybrid Learning

By Michelle Morris Jones / September 3, 2020

In this episode, PEBC Lab Host, Tracey Shaw shares how she and her students have found their “happy place” as they navigate their collective journey through hybrid and virtual learning. As a high school math teacher, Tracey knows the importance of building a community of learners who can think and […]

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Storytelling in the Age of Remote Learning

By Michelle Morris Jones / August 27, 2020

In this episode Antonio Sacre and Michelle Jones discuss the history of storytelling, the art of storytelling, ways to bring stories to your classroom, and how to encourage students to tell their stories. Antonio encourages teachers of all age groups and content areas to share their stories with their students […]

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