25: Shift This – Joy Kirr chats with us about why she loves her job, and why you shouldn’t grade everything.

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Episode 25 - Teach Better Talk Podcast

24 year veteran teacher, speaker, and author of “Shift This,” Joy Kirr, chats with us about why she loves her job. Joy digs into what Genius Hour has done for her students, the importance of involving parents in your classroom, and why you need to first find out who you’re speaking to.

Joy discusses the power of making connections with students and tying them into your curriculum, and shares why you shouldn’t grade everything.

Episode Highlights

  • 2:24 – Joy introduces herself.
  • 3:00 – Joy’s failure.
  • 5:55 – Joy’s success.
  • 8:08 – Joy describes “Genius Hour.”
  • 12:05 – Joy’s tips on effective parent communication.
  • 17:45 – What’s got Joy excited about education.
  • 19:07 – Joy’s advice for new teachers.
  • 20:56 – Joy talks about her book, “Shift This.”
  • 22:32 – 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less.
  • 25:38 – How to connect with Joy

Joy’s Recommendations

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