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‘Moving’ Towards Better Learning for Students

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/moving_to_learn_Curtis_chandler.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy wife and I have four boys—four squirrely boys. They aren’t what we would consider belligerent or even really disruptive. But each parent teacher-conference we have ever had goes about the same. We come… Continue Reading

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Lasagna, Santa Clause, and Other Lessons in Listening and Speaking

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Lasagna_Santa_and_Other_Listening_and_Speaking_Lessons.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhile much of education acknowledges the need for us to focus on literacy and numeracy, not everyone realizes the paramount importance of listening and spoken language skills. For example, I remember that when my… Continue Reading

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TEACHER ENGAGEMENT-The Key to Improved Student Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/teacher_engagement.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere has been a lot of talk lately on how we might improve student learning and student engagement.   One widely accepted notion is that improving student engagement is likely to result in improved student… Continue Reading

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What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Student Motivation and Engagement

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/motivation_engagement_podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs human beings, most of us tend to avoid things that are difficult. For example, I was recently visiting a school where kids were running the mile as part of their physical education class.… Continue Reading

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Working to Reach the Reluctant Reader

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/working_to_motivate_reluctant_readers_Curtis_Chandler.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs a teacher and as a father, I have watched a number young people fall in…and then out of love with books.  Even in homes where reading is valued, book-time often finds itself in… Continue Reading

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Big-Time Learning in Small-Time Towns

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/Curtis_Chandler_Big_Time_Thoughts_From_Small_Time_Towns_Podcast_Episode_005.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadI recently visited a classroom where a teacher was working with students to examine changes that are underway in ‘how’ and ‘from whom’ that we learn.  This educator insisted that students must work to… Continue Reading

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A ‘Customized’ Approach to Student Learning

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/personalized_learning_betterlearningforschools_podcast_001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs teachers, we must seek to move beyond traditional, prescriptive classrooms and instead, utilize tools and techniques that meet students where they are at right now—tools and techniques that make learning accessible, meaningful, and… Continue Reading

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Staying Afloat: College and Career Readiness in a Time of Financial Crisis

Even with limited resources, effective educators keep ‘learning afloat’ by making use of free technology tools, school resources, community members, and a little ingenuity to ensure that rigor and relevance don’t drown.       Years ago, when I was younger and… Continue Reading