The Classroom Collaborative Podcast

The Classroom Collaborative Podcast

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The Classroom Collaborative Podcast is a show about teaching, classroom, and education. We tackle new classroom tips and tricks in every episode.


Facilitating Student Talk with Virtual Teaching
Aug 3 • 33 min
Deedee and Adam discuss questions they have received about how to facilitate student talk while virtual teaching.
Conversations with the “Other Side”
Jul 20 • 26 min
Deedee and Adam discuss this “other side” issue in this episode.
Preparing for Conversations with your Students about Race and Covid-19
Jul 13 • 27 min
Deedee and Adam share some tips so you can be prepared.
Back to School in 2020?
Jul 6 • 32 min
Deedee and Adam talk about what “Back to School” might look like in 2020.
Virtual Professional Development
Jun 29 • 36 min
Deedee and Adam return to talk about virtual teacher conferences! We discuss what we love about them and what we miss about in-person conferences!
Why Is It Hard to Talk to People About Race Part 2 with Marisol Rerucha
Jun 15 • 33 min
Deedee and Adam continue their conversation with Marisol Rerucha and talk about why it is so hard to talk about race
Why Is It Hard to Talk to People About Race Part 1 with Marisol Rerucha
Jun 8 • 29 min
Over the last two weeks, the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and many others have rightfully driven our nation to sorrow and outrage about systemic racism and its profound impact on Black lives in America.
Summer Living List While Social Distancing
Jun 1 • 27 min
Deedee and Adam talk about their “Summer Living List.” Join them!
Trauma Informed Intervention with Guest Linsey McDanel
May 18 • 41 min
There are times when we, as teachers, feel helpless. I think we can all recall a student who really struggled with behaviors that were disruptive. Adam and Deedee sit down with Linsey McDanel who shared her personal journey with Trauma-Informed Behavior…
How to Decompress During Stressful Times
May 11 • 30 min
There is no doubt that this moment in time of distance learning is stressful. Teachers are being asked to stretch themselves in ways that nobody could imagine.
Virtual Field Trips to Engage Your Students
Apr 27 • 20 min
During this time of social distancing, taking students on a virtual field trip might be exactly what you need! Deedee and Adam discuss a few ideas for virtual field trips.
Next Level Teaching with Jonathan Alsheimer
Apr 20 • 30 min
Adam and Deedee sit down to talk to Jonathan Alsheimer, the author of the book, Next Level Teaching. Jonathan is an international speaker and they talk about the limitless impact teachers have on their classroom and school culture.
Embrace, Love, Free with Special guest Justin Sandler
Apr 13 • 57 min
Deedee and Adam sit down to talk with director, film maker, actor, drummer, writer, speaker, and cancer survivor, Jason Sandler. Jason shared his positive message of how he overcame obstacles and how you can too! You do not want to miss this episode!
Tools for Teaching Remotely
Apr 6 • 36 min
Deedee and Adam sit down to talk about tools teachers can use during this time of distance learning.
5 Must-Have Technology Sites for Kids with Guest Mary Amoson
Mar 30 • 28 min
Adam and Deedee site down with their good friend, Mary Amoson. Mary shares her favorite technology sites for primary grade students. There is even a bonus recommendation!
Balanced Literacy Part 5 - Writing Instruction
Mar 23 • 29 min
Deedee and Adam discuss writing instruction in the primary grades. They will share their tips for keeping writing instruction fresh and how to instill the love of writing for yourself and your students.
Facebook Live Broadcast, Teaching Remotely
Mar 20 • 37 min
The Classroom Collaborative Teacher Podcast: With the closings of schools due to the Clovid-19 virus, teachers are working in overdrive to try to create meaningful lessons and connections with their students. Distance teaching can be challenging, but Adam…
Powering Through Self-Doubt with Guest, Tara Martin
Mar 16 • 31 min
Adam and Deedee sit down with instructional coach, keynote speaker, and author Tara Martin to hear her incredible journey. Tara tells the story of her journey and how a second-grade teacher took her under her wing to change her life forever. Listen how…
Encore Episode: Our Favorite Games and Activities to Foster Learning Through Play with Special Guest Kim Adsit!
Mar 9 • 31 min
Join Adam and Deedee as they continue their discussion on bring play into the classroom. They are joined by their special guest, Kim Adsit, as they share their favorite ways to couple learning with play.
Balanced Literacy Part 4 - Phonemic Awareness
Mar 2 • 24 min
In today’s teacher podcast, Deedee and Adam continue their conversation about balanced literacy and the importance of phonemic awareness in early childhood education. They discuss the importance of segmentation and blending of sounds and their essential…
Balanced Literacy Chat with Melissa Leach
Feb 24 • 26 min
In today’s teacher podcast, Deedee and Adam sit down to talk to literacy professional staff developer, Melissa Leach. Deedee and Adam continue their conversation surrounding balanced literacy and the implications for classroom instruction.
Balanced Literacy Part 3 - Phonics Instruction
Feb 17 • 31 min
Deedee and Adam talk about phonics instruction in light of the science of reading.
Balanced Literacy Part 2 - Sight Word Instruction
Feb 10 • 28 min
In this podcast episode, Deedee and Adam talk about a new approach to teaching sight words in elementary classrooms. Based on the research, they discuss how sight words can actually be part of your explicit phonics instruction!Book Recommendations:A…
Encore Episode: When Students Struggle
Feb 3 • 31 min
Deedee and Adam share some tips to help communicate with parents to help support the student in and out of the classroom.
Finding Your Authentic Self with Guest Jeff Koziatek
Jan 27 • 24 min
Adam and Deedee had the honor of chatting with Jeff Koziatek about how teachers can be true to themselves and bring out the best in those around them.
What is Balanced Literacy? Part 1 - Phonics
Jan 20 • 34 min
Deedee and Adam discuss the alarming statistics on language-related learning challenges and how that influences classroom instructional practices. They offer practical advice on how to incorporate more focused implicit instruction in less time.
Teach Better in 2020 with Special Guest Rae Hughart
Jan 6 • 22 min
“Teach better today than you did yesterday. Teach better tomorrow than we did today.” - Rae Hughart
Episode 23: Make Someone’s Day Yellow… ALL YEAR LONG!
Dec 30, 2019 • 37 min
How can we make kindness an active part of our community? Adam will share the movement he started in 2013 that has spread around the nation.
Growing Professionally with Special Guests Dave and Shelley Burgess
Dec 23, 2019 • 30 min
Deedee and Adam are joined by the husband and wife team behind Dave Burgess Consulting, Dave and Shelley Burgess. We discuss how they, through their company, help give voice to teacher and education leadership authors. Learn the story behind Dave’s…
Engaging Students with Augmented Reality with Special Guest Cynthia Kaye
Dec 16, 2019 • 21 min
Adam and Deedee sit down with the creator of Alive Studios, Cynthia B. Kaye, to discuss the past, present, and future of her award-winning software program that engages even the most reluctant learners.
Our Favorite Winter Books
Dec 9, 2019 • 27 min
Join Deedee and Adam as they share some of their favorite winter books to use in your classroom!
Celebrating in the Classroom
Dec 2, 2019 • 27 min
Adam and Deedee talk about some fun holiday projects that can be enjoyed by the entire classroom!
Classroom Fixer Upper with Special Guest Jose Cortez
Nov 25, 2019 • 32 min
Adam and Deedee sit down again with their special guest, Jose Cortez of Berteau and Company. Jose shares his latest project, Teacher Fixer Upper. Learn how this project came to be and listen in as he shares his thought process around designing a classroom…
5 Side Effect of An Organized Teacher with Special Guest Jose Cortez
Nov 18, 2019 • 47 min
Deedee and Adam sit down to discuss organization with their good friend, Jose Cortez of Berteau and Company. Jose discusses the 5 side effects of an organized teacher! They also discuss how organization and planning extend beyond the school day!
Engaging Students with Rich Literature
Nov 11, 2019 • 28 min
Teaching students to not only read but to LOVE reading is my passion! Join Deedee and Adam as they discuss engaging students in reading through rich literature!
Technology That Works!
Nov 4, 2019 • 28 min
Adam and Deedee share some of their classroom technology essentials!
Project Based Learning with Guest Dr. Lori Elliott
Oct 28, 2019 • 28 min
Dr. Lori Elliott shares her passion for project-based learning with Deedee and Adam. She helps clarify the differences between themed classroom units of study and true PBL experiences.
Our Favorite Fall Books
Oct 21, 2019 • 17 min
Deedee and Adam discuss some of their favorite books for fall! Here is a list of the classroom books that were discussed. These books are perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teachers!
Engaging Students With Room Transformations! Special Guest: Holly Ehle
Oct 14, 2019 • 28 min
Join Adam and Deedee while they chat with teacher, Holly Ehle. Holly shares her passion and practical tips for adding that something special to her classroom lessons that elevate student engagement.
Empowering Teachers with Special Guest: Principal Adam Dovico
Oct 7, 2019 • 29 min
Join Adam and Deedee as they talk with Principal Adam Dovico empowering teachers! Adam Dovico shares how he helps celebrate teachers’ strengths and works to build a positive school culture.
Tips for Teaching Writing
Sep 30, 2019 • 33 min
Join Adam and Deedee as they offer a few tips to help foster student independence during writing.
Strategic Assessments to Inform Your Instruction!
Sep 23, 2019 • 20 min
How do you use assessments to inform your teaching? Deedee and Adam discuss how to use formative assessments to help drive instruction.
Our Favorite Games and Activities to Foster Learning Through Play! Special Guest: Kim Adsit!
Sep 16, 2019 • 31 min
Join Adam and Deedee as they continue their discussion on bring play into the classroom. They are joined by their special guest, Kim Adsit, as they share their favorite ways to couple learning with play.
Purposeful Play in Every Classroom… Yes, You Can!
Sep 9, 2019 • 29 min
Deedee and Adam discuss balancing play with teaching in today’s classroom. They offer practical solutions on how merge play with learning so everyone wins!
Bring Kindness into the Classroom
Sep 2, 2019 • 28 min
Deedee and Adam discuss ways to model, show, and encourage a kind classroom and school community.
Parents as Partners… When Students Struggle
Aug 26, 2019 • 30 min
Adam and Deedee discuss how to create a meaningful partnership with parents.
Favorite Back to School Books
Aug 19, 2019 • 26 min
Deedee and Adam sit down to talk about some of their favorite read-aloud books to read during the first few days of school!
Make The First Day Of School Special!
Aug 12, 2019 • 29 min
This episode focuses on Deedee and Adam’s favorite ways to make the first day of school as special as possible!
Why a Podcast? Find out!
Aug 6, 2019 • 14 min
In this episode, we introduce themselves and let you all know our WHYs for starting this podcasting journey!
Teachers… Taking Care of You!
Aug 6, 2019 • 26 min
In this episode, we share our favorite ways to separate school and home. We strive to create a work/lie balance and offer our tips on doing so!