EdCuration: Where Teachers Talk Curriculum
David Van Sicklen loves Seesaw

David Van Sicklen loves Seesaw

April 4, 2020

David VanSicklen, Advanced Learning Specialist in the Middleton Cross Plains School District in Madison, WI, shares his affinity for the app Seesaw for younger elementary students.  He says Seesaw has "unlimited possibilities."

Susan Connick loves Lexia Core 5

Susan Connick loves Lexia Core 5

February 15, 2020

Susan Connick from St. Benilde School in Metarie, Louisiana shares how she uses Lexia Core 5 to support her Tier II struggling readers in grades K-7.

Sonja Herring loves Geography Alive’s Map Labs

Sonja Herring loves Geography Alive’s Map Labs

February 15, 2020

Sonja Herring from Cresthill Middle School in Douglas County, Colorado shares how she uses Geography Alive's Map Labs to make geography learning active, relevant and engaging for middle school learners.

Jared Adamson loves Big Ideas Math

Jared Adamson loves Big Ideas Math

February 14, 2020

Jared Adamson from Cherokee Trail High School discusses how Big Ideas Math helps him increase student achievement through the curriculum's Investigations, Game Closet and other tools that provide students with immediate feedback.  

Kathy Zaleski loves Restorative Justice

Kathy Zaleski loves Restorative Justice

October 29, 2019

Kathy Zaleski shares how she uses Connection Circles to build community in her classroom, which she learned from the Longmont Community Justice Center.  She discusses how restorative practices are alternatives to traditional discipline, and shares the following resources for others looking to learn more about this powerful instructional practice:

Emily Fields loves Socratic Seminar

Emily Fields loves Socratic Seminar

October 24, 2019

Today on the show we veer away from discussion of a curriculum product to focus instead on a teaching strategy.  Learn from Emily Fields in Douglas County, Colorado, how and why she uses Socratic Seminar to teach critical reading & writing in her middle school classroom.

Chris Miraglia loves Flipgrid

Chris Miraglia loves Flipgrid

October 7, 2019

Chris Miraglia discusses how he uses Flipgrid in his middle school social studies classroom to give students a voice, and engage 75% of the students who wouldn't normally participate in a classroom discussion.

Ashley Cooksey loves codeSpark

Ashley Cooksey loves codeSpark

October 4, 2019

Ashley Cooksey, a school librarian in Arkansas, shares the way that implementing codeSpark in an elementary library taught her how to code right alongside the students, paving the way to her current role as an Instructional Technology Coach and an accomplished educational leader.  While teaching coding using codeSpark, she observed younger elementary students using vocabulary like "de-bugging" and "algorithm" in their day-to-day language.  Ashley is an expert in teaching students to code through story-telling (something she learned early on with codeSpark) and has built some resources to help the rest of us do the same.  Check out - https://padlet.com/ashley_cooksey2/CodeWithBooks or bit.ly/CodeWithBooks

Diane Sweeney shares how Student-Centered Coaching supports successful curriculum implementation

Diane Sweeney shares how Student-Centered Coaching supports successful curriculum implementation

August 29, 2019

Diane Sweeney from Diane Sweeney Consulting shares how school systems can use the coaching cycles in Student-Centered Coaching to support a successful curriculum implementation.

Serri Mills loves AVID at Park Hill Elementary

Serri Mills loves AVID at Park Hill Elementary

August 28, 2019

Serri Mills shares how she found AVID, and found students' stories about AVID so compelling, that she brought it to her entire elementary school and became a "Truly Changed Teacher" as a result.