The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 34: David Theriault & Sean Ziebarth


Sean Ziebarth and David Theriault are high school teachers on a mission. They are connected to other educators on social media and believe in engaging their students in outside the box activities. Tune in to this special Halloween episode as David, Sean, Scott and I discuss topics like blogging, music, and student centered education. This is probably our zaniest show yet. Enjoy!

Show Notes

Movember

Follow Sean on Twitter

Follow David on Twitter

David’s Blog

Engage NY Common Core Materials

The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 32: Dave Burgess


Ahoy! Dave Burgess is the author of the ridiculously popular book Teach Like a Pirate. On today’s show he takes us beyond the pages of his book and challenges us to take student engagement to another level. This episode isn’t for ye land lubbers, so proceed with caution. Aye aye!

 

Show Notes

Dave’s Website

Follow Dave on Twitter

Teach Like a Pirate on Amazon

Chronicles of Narnia as Free Audio Books

The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep 31: Genein Letford


Charismatic, humble, and lighthearted, Genein Letford is a finalist for the People Magazine’s Teacher of the Year award. She teaches music in Los Angeles and has received acclaim for her innovative approaches to integrating the arts into the regular ed classroom. It’s another dynamic episode of the Bedley Bros. EdChat! Free PD baby!

Show Notes

Genein Letford on Twitter

American Teacher book

The Bedley Bros #EdChat Ep 24: Susan Cain


Join my brother Scott and me as we speak with author Susan Cain. Susan shares how educators and parents can impact their classrooms for those students who may be introverted. Susan talks about best practices that you may want to consider offering as you plan for your school year. Listen to this powerful discussion about introversion in the classroom on The Bedley Brothers EdChat episode 24.

Show Notes

Watch Susan’s TED Talk

Visit Susan’s website

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Inspiring Video: Richie, the Engineer with No Arms


Richie was born with no arms. His whole life has been a course in design engineering. As you kick off your new school year, this is a perfect time to show this awe-inspiring video to instill determination, hard-work, and positive attitude in your students. Personally, I couldn’t watch this video without tearing up. Richie is one of my new heroes.

Here are some suggestions for classroom use. Give your students some time to pair share their feelings after watching the video. Don’t rush into a whole class discussion or assignment right away. After ample time to process, ask your students some questions: What challenges do you face in life? How does Richie inspire you to become a greater person? What questions would you ask Richie if you could meet him? Perhaps you will assign a response essay or ask your students to blog about Richie. Maybe you could write to Richie and thank him for the example he sets for young people.

The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep. 21: Gene Bedley


The Bedley Bros. have finally reached the pinnacle of education rock stars. This week, we interview our dad, Gene Bedley. Dad was honored as the PTA National Educator of the Year in 1985. He is the Executive Director of the National Character Education Center. Our dad’s innovative work in values-based education has brought him national and international acclaim and recognition by receiving the Rotary, Paul Harris National Outstanding Educator Award and the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Award for his work in value-based education. The Bureau of Education’s presented Dad with the National Distinguished Teacher Award for his work in character development and school discipline.

He has been described as a Catalyst, Climate Creator, “Value Driven” educator with a compelling message for Americas teachers, parents, and children. Dad Bedley believes that responsibility is the foundational value of all the core values. As a learning behavior strategist, he has trained over 3,000,000 educators from around the world and his Values in Action! Program is in over 25,000 schools worldwide.

But most importantly, he’s a great dad.


The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep. 17: Bill Selak



Bill Selak is an EdCamp organizer and one of the recipients of the 2013 ISTE Emerging Leaders award. Check out this latest episode of the Bedley Bros. as we learn more about  #EduAwesome EdCamps and what it takes to put one together.

Show Notes

Bill Selak’s #EduAwesome Website. Tons of free resources!

Follow Bill on Twitter

Fostering Critical Thinking Tip #2: Area Outside the Box


I gave my 4th and 5th grade students the following math problem:

“Draw as many rectangles as you can that have the area of 18 square inches. You may use a calculator.”

15 minutes later all of my kids understood that there were three clear possible answers:

1 in X 18 in

2 in X 9 in

3 in X 6 in

But then something magical happened. I pushed them a bit harder and said that there were unlimited answers to this problem. “Can you find other answers besides these three? Don’t forget, you are allowed to use a calculator.”

Every student sat by her/himself and formulated an answer to the best of her/his ability. The students then met others in the back of the room to share their results and reach consensus (while the others continued to try to solve the problem near the board.) Eventually, all of the students realized that they could get answers like:

1.5 in  X 12 in

or

4 in X 4.5 in

My students developed much better mathematical understanding and reasoning skills through this critical thinking lesson. You see, I didn’t spoon feed them the answers. I gave them a challenge and let them figure it out with the help of their peers. The problem was challenging enough for about half my kids to get some correct answers initially on their own, and the other half to at least take a stab at it. Then, by collaborating, the entire class was able to wrap their brains around the idea. This is the direction education is headed with Common Core.

The Bedley Bros. #EdChat Ep. 9: Interview with Alex Kajitani



Watch Alex’s engaging discussion with Tim and Scott on the latest episode of The Bedley Bros. EdChat. Alex, the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, shares ideas from his new book Teacher of the Year Handbook. Both of the Bedley Bros. also share a quick tip for teachers. Whether or not you are in the running for Teacher of the Year, educators will benefit from this lively interview with the Rappin’ Mathematician.

Show Notes

Teacher of the Year Handbook

Rappin’ Mathematician

Alex on Twitter

FaceTime for Absent Students



Last week, Jordan, one of my fifth grade girls, was caught doing something without permission! AND I LOVED IT!

Jordan’s classmate, Koral, was on a trip out of town to attend a funeral. During our book clubs (literature circles), I noticed that Jordan had propped her iPad up in front of her and was talking to Koral on FaceTime. Jordan knew that our class was a safe place to try something new. She also knew that I would approve of anything she did that enriched her education or that of a classmate. So here is Jordan reading Chomp to Koral, separated by a measly 1000 miles.