135: Promoting education. – Katelynn Giordano chats with us about giving students an active role in learning, the power of personalized learning, and being someone who promotes education.

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6th grade ELA teacher, and Teach Better’s Digital Content Editor, Katelynn Giordano, chats with us about giving students an active role in learning, the power of personalized learning, and being someone who promotes education.

Katelynn shares how she negotiates grades with her students, the power of reaching out to other educators, and why your voice matters.

'Your voice matters. And your ideas are valuable and important.' - @kngiordano from episode 135 of #TeachBetterTalk #Podcast #TeachBetter Click To Tweet

Episode Highlights

  • 2:06 – Talking about heading back to school after Winter break.
  • 4:37 – Previewing the episode with Katelynn Giordano.
  • 9:59 – Katelynn introduces herself.
  • 11:24 – Katelynn chats about her role with the team.
  • 14:02 – Katelynn’s failure: Transitioning content areas, and teaching writing “so  badly.”
  • 17:28 – Katelynn’s success: Changing the way she reports grades in her classroom.
  • 21:34 – What’s keeping Katelynn excited about education: Personalized learning gaining popularity. Kids taking a more active role in education. Conversations about equity and representation in education.
  • 24:23 – Katelynn’s advice for teachers: Your voice matters.
  • 26:22 – 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less.
  • 28:28 – How to connect with Katelynn.

Katelynn’s Recommendations

  • EdTech Tool: Google Docs.
  • Book: “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo. 
  • Who to Follow on Instagram: Cornelius Minor (@MISTERMINOR)
  • YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: TedEd.
  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine:
    1. Daily- hitting the gym & taking time for YOU
    2. Weekly- checking in with students in the classroom
    3. Monthly – planning ahead to ensure your lessons/plans are good to go
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: Reach out to other educators, connect with them, hold your dates to chat/hangout. People are always willing to share.

Links to Connect With Katelynn

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