School’s Too Important to Sleep Through (Parent Digest #2)

Every week, I write a short blurb about teaching and learning for my school's parent newsletter. I've decided to post old ones on this site from time to time so that teachers and leaders can steal them to use in their own newsletters. I hope doing so saves you time. - Dr. G School’s Too … Continue reading School’s Too Important to Sleep Through (Parent Digest #2)

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S2E15: Jade Pearce on Evidence-Informed Education

In this episode, we are going to be talking about the road to becoming an evidence-informed school with the one, the only, Jade Pearce! Jade is the author of What Every Teacher Needs to Know, and so it was fitting that we began this interview talking about three things that every teacher should know. And … Continue reading S2E15: Jade Pearce on Evidence-Informed Education

Has Google Revolutionized Education? (Parent Digest #1)

Every week, I write a short blurb about teaching and learning for my school's parent newsletter. I've decided to post old ones on this site from time to time so that teachers and leaders can steal them to use in their own newsletters. I hope doing so saves you time. - Dr. G Has Google … Continue reading Has Google Revolutionized Education? (Parent Digest #1)

S2E14: Ryan Campbell on Nuance and Educational Leadership

In this episode I interview Ryan D. Campbell, a teacher and associate principal who has spent the majority of his career in international schools. Avid followers of this podcast and my blog, educationrickshaw.com, will know about my international school teaching experience in Vietnam, Sudan, and China. International schools vary in shape and size, but what … Continue reading S2E14: Ryan Campbell on Nuance and Educational Leadership

Book Review: The Scientific Principles of Reading Instruction

When I was just starting out my career as an elementary teacher, I attended a staff meeting where the principal asked us what we thought about ending the practice of giving out homework. I was one of the few in the room who expressed their concern that such a move would deny students sufficient opportunities … Continue reading Book Review: The Scientific Principles of Reading Instruction

PBL or Direct/Explicit Instruction: What Works?

I was recently invited to debate the merits of direct instruction and project-based learning with Drew Perkins on the TeachThought podcast. It was fun being back on the other side of the interview table after hosting so many consecutive episodes of Progressively Incorrect. There are a couple of tweaks I would make to my "performance" … Continue reading PBL or Direct/Explicit Instruction: What Works?

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S2E13: Sarah Cottingham on Retrieval Practice and Diagnosing Teaching Problems

In this episode, Sarah Cottingham discusses effective teacher professional development, as well as one of the most powerful strategies derived from cognitive science: retrieval practice. First things first, what is retrieval practice? Retrieval practice is the use of practice tests or quizzes to enhance learning. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that having students "retrieve" or recall … Continue reading S2E13: Sarah Cottingham on Retrieval Practice and Diagnosing Teaching Problems

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S2E12: Katharine Birbalsingh on Discipline and Traditional Education

In this episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Britain's "strictest" headmistress, Katharine Birbalsingh. Katharine is the founder of Michaela Community School, a secondary school in London that always seems to be mired in controversy. As other school leaders have sought to innovate their programs by opting for child-led learning and a softer touch to … Continue reading S2E12: Katharine Birbalsingh on Discipline and Traditional Education

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S2E11: Bradley Busch on Illuminating the Science of Learning

This week I'm speaking with an all-around legend, Bradley Busch, co-author of The Science of Learning, 99 Studies that Every Teacher Needs to Know. Bradley works at InnerDrive, a UK-based professional development company that specializes in bringing the science of learning to life through fantastic visuals, workshops, and webinars. If you follow my blog, educationrickshaw.com, … Continue reading S2E11: Bradley Busch on Illuminating the Science of Learning

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S2E10: Jim “Broccoli Guy” Allen on Substitute Teaching

In this episode of the Progressively Incorrect podcast, I talk substitute and supply teaching with Broccoli Guy (real name: Jim Stewart Allen)! Broccoli Guy is a bit of a local celebrity over here in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Tune in to any of the Seattle sports games, and the probability is high … Continue reading S2E10: Jim “Broccoli Guy” Allen on Substitute Teaching