Classroom Matters

Classroom Matters
The Classroom Matters podcast aims to tell the stories and share the experiences of K-12 educators and the reality of our education system. Join Kristy Houle, former elementary teacher and principal and current home school Mom and Outreach Coordinator…

#30: A Conversation with Michelle Esswein
Mar 26 • 34 min
#29: Classroom Adjustments During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Conversation with Tim Gore
Mar 18 • 17 min
Kristy Houle and Tim Gore discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and how parents and teachers can effectively transition to online/at home learning.
Coffee with Kristy and Tim: Episode #5: The Homework Debate
Mar 18 • 10 min
This week Kristy and Tim talk all about homework and its place in the classroom. Effective? A waste of time? Where do you stand?
#28: A Conversation with Tre Gammage
Mar 5 • 29 min
Tre Gammage talks about his work with social/emotional learning.
Coffee with Kristy and Tim: Episode #4: Our First Year of Teaching
Feb 25 • 15 min
Kristy and Tim discuss their first year teaching.
#27: A Look Behind the Scenes: A Conversation with Tiffany Allen, School Secretary
Feb 20 • 36 min
Tiffany talks about what it’s like to be a school secretary.
Coffee with Kristy and Tim: Episode #3: Past vs. Present; How Teaching Has Changed Over the Years
Feb 13 • 12 min
Education has been along for the ride in a world where technology seems to be taking over. Looking back over the last 30 years of public-school education it is obvious there have been a lot of changes, challenges and hurdles that educators have…
#26: Going the Extra Mile: A Conversation with Dr. Bernard DuBray
Feb 6 • 35 min
Dr. Bernard Dubray, the longest running superintendent in Missouri, offers his perspective on the world of education.
#25: Defending Science Education: A Conversation with Eric Hadley
Jan 30 • 25 min
Science teacher Eric Hadley explains what the ideal STEM classroom looks like.
#24: I Can’t Come to Rehearsal, Cause the Hogs Got Out: A Conversation with Tom Tobias and Ed Grooms
Jan 23 • 33 min
Arts educators Tom Tobias and Ed Grooms stop by to talk about the importance of art in schools and the direction it’s headed.
Coffee with Kristy and Tim: Episode #2: What We Do Not Miss About Teaching
Jan 16 • 9 min
Special guest Tim Gore sits down on another Coffee episode with Kristy as they discuss what they don’t miss about teaching
#23: The Epidemic of Bad Professional Development: A Conversation with Becky Jennings
Jan 9 • 26 min
Becky Jennings, professional development expert, explains why PD works when it works… and why it doesn’t when it doesn’t.
Coffee with Kristy and Tim: Episode #1: What We Miss Most About Teaching
Jan 2 • 7 min
Kristy Houle and Tim Gore discuss what they miss most about teaching.
#22: School Violence: Where Do We Go From Here?
Dec 19, 2019 • 28 min
Kip Heinle explains how to keep our schools safe.
#21: Unpacking the Emotional Suitcase: A Conversation with Tierica Berry
Dec 12, 2019 • 32 min
Tierica Berry talks about how to help students grow emotionally
#20: 5 Years After Ferguson: Looking Back with Director of Security, Tom Dunlap
Dec 5, 2019 • 27 min
Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO started a national civil rights movement revolving around how police and government treat black residents. Alongside the residents and community concerns came safety concerns for the staff and students of the Fergu…
#19: A Conversation with Dr. Davis
Nov 25, 2019 • 26 min
Dr. Davis talks about his role as a superintendent and its importance.
#18: Student Series Pt. 3
Nov 21, 2019 • 31 min
Kristy ends the Student Series by talking to high school senior Jack about the good and bad of his school experience.
#17: Student Series Pt. 2
Nov 14, 2019 • 27 min
Our Student Series continues with high school graduate Nicole.
#16: Student Series Pt. 1
Nov 7, 2019 • 20 min
This episode kicks off our Student Series, in which Kristy talks to students and recent grads about their experiences in school.
#15: Challenges and Achievements: A Conversation with Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven
Oct 31, 2019 • 30 min
Dr. Margie Vandeven, Missouri Commissioner of Education, stops by to talk about her journey as an educator.
#14: The Teacher Shortage Crisis: Where Are We Going Wrong
Oct 24, 2019 • 27 min
Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Joyce talks about why she thinks there’s national teacher shortage
#12 – Transforming a Student’s Worldview: A Conversation with Lauren Wiser
Oct 10, 2019 • 18 min
Lauren Wiser, of Springboard to Learning, explains how significantly art can help a student learn.
#13: Get Yourself a Good Barber! A Conversation with Superintendent Dr. Chris Gaines
Oct 7, 2019 • 23 min
Dr. Chris Gains talks about his experience as a superintendent.
#11: But Did You Die? A Conversation with Stephen Sroka
Oct 3, 2019 • 37 min
Dr. Stephen Sroka talks about how dying changed his life and his message.
#10: Ready? or Not… Teacher Preparedness with Stephanie Koscielski
Sep 26, 2019 • 34 min
Professor Stephanie Koscielski discusses the importance of teacher preparedness and the steps involved to get there.
#9: Creating a Flipped Classroom with Tim Gore
Sep 19, 2019 • 19 min
Tim Gore explains the benefits of a “flipped classroom” and how you’re probably using some of its methods in your classroom already!
#8: Gifted or Just Smart? Detecting Characteristics of the Gifted Student with Christine Nobbe
Sep 12, 2019 • 35 min
Christine Nobbe explains what exactly “gifted” means and why supporting gifted children is so important.
#7: Diversity and Commonalities Through Literature: A Conversation with Jeffrey Blair, owner of the EyeSeeMe Bookstore
Sep 5, 2019 • 33 min
EyeSeeMe bookstore co-owner Jeffrey Blair talks about the importance of providing literary resources for African American children that reflect them
#6: Teacher of the Year Beth Davey – Keeping Arts in the Schools
Aug 22, 2019 • 31 min
Beth Davey talks about the importance of arts in schools and in the lives of us all.
#5: Preparing Students for a World of Technology with Don Goble
Jul 28, 2019 • 37 min
Don Goble shows how he uses technology in his classroom to guide his students toward the future.
#4: The Dangers of Teacher Stress with Dr. Debra Peppers
Jul 25, 2019 • 36 min
Dr. Debra Peppers discusses teacher stress, where it comes from, and how to help solve it.
#1: How Less is More with Dr. Bill Daggett
Jul 10, 2019 • 28 min
Dr. Bill Dagget discusses future-focused student prep and the Rigor/Relevance Framework
#3: Making and Keeping School Culture a Priority with Kim Bearden
Jul 10, 2019 • 32 min
Dr. Kim Bearden is explains how to create a positive and successful school climate.
#2: Living Out Your Posters with Kenneth Williams
Jul 10, 2019 • 34 min
Kenneth Williams offers ways for teachers and principals “live their posters.”
Preview of Classroom Matters
Jun 27, 2019 • 0 min
A preview of what you will begin to hear and learn in Classroom Matters.