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The Great Disconnect: Interview with Michael Gramling

 
 

Michael Gramling is a lifelong advocate for social justice who found his professional home in 1979 when he discovered Head Start and embraced its values and its goals working as a Head Start teacher. Currently he spends most of his time visiting early childhood programs all over the United States as a consultant and a trainer helping programs to elevate the level of discourse in classrooms and to meet the needs of individual children. In doing so he has gained a unique perspective and a thorough and intimate understanding of how early childhood education is practiced in the United States.

Michael earned his Masters Degree in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College in 2000 and has served as the coordinator and chief trainer for the Region IV Head Start Teaching Center at Western Kentucky University. In 2000 he developed the national training material used by the Head Start National Center for Family Literacy. He was a contributing author to the Zero to Three 2003 tome, Learning to Read the World, and has had two articles published in Child Care Exchange. Today he joins us to discuss his book The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education: What We Know Vs What We Do.

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Our Favorite Books

 
 

Today is a listener requested topic. What are some of our favorite books for professional and personal development? Here are the books we mentioned. Buying these books through these affiliate links will help to support the podcast.

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Becoming Brilliant: Interview with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D

 
 

Our interview today is with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D, author of the book Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less about the new book she has written with Roberta Michnick Golinkoff: Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children. It's so inspiring to hear her vision for the future of education. Here's a sample:

"I want to suggest that teacher's make a difference every day. I meet wonderful people who are out there giving of themselves to help every child get a chance and I think teachers are just the most remarkable people. I don't believe that any of us, including teachers, can do it all and sometimes society expects us to solve every problem, to make every cure, and I think that's an unfair burden. Trust yourself... learn what we know and use it. There's a lot of science of learning that's out there for the taking so we shouldn't just do what the book told us to do on Tuesdays because it's Tuesday. Learn a little bit about what goes behind the teaching. Not just what the response ought to be; what the processes are. I'll tell you why that's so important. One day I went to a school and a little girl raised her hand because they were asking about an animal, what animal was it, and the kid got it wrong, but the kid said "tiger" instead of "cat". There was an opportunity there because "tiger" wasn't as wrong as "bear" or "snake" or "bird". If you thought about the process you could say, "Actually, a tiger's related to the feline family!" That helps the kids make connections to have stronger vocabulary. So learn what's out there. Trust yourself. Learn what's out there. Help parents understand that you're their best advocate and amid all the constraints that are out there, and, gosh, I know there are many. Try, at least, beyond those constraints to add you. To add a love of learning, a little bit of playful learning, in that classroom."

Trust yourself... learn what we know and use it.
— Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
 
 

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We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

If you enjoy the podcast and can review us on iTunes that would be amazing. We really appreciate your reviews as they help us continue to make the podcast and help other teachers to find us. 

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Balancing the Equation: Interview with Timothy D. Kanold PhD

 
 

In today's episode we get the chance to talk to Dr. Kanold about his book Balancing the Equation. Dr. Kanold is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant. He is former director of mathematics and science and served as superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a model professional learning community (PLC) district in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Dr. Kanold is committed to equity and excellence for students, faculty, and school administrators. He conducts highly motivational professional development leadership seminars worldwide with a focus on turning school vision into realized action that creates greater equity for students through the effective delivery of PLCs for faculty and administrators. Dr. Kanold currently serves as the director of Mathematics at Work, a comprehensive K-12 school improvement program to promote and improve student learning in mathematics.

He is past president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and coauthor of several best-selling mathematics textbooks since the late 1980s. He has served on writing commissions for NCTM and NCSM and has authored numerous articles and chapters on school leadership and development for education publications.

Dr. Kanold received the prestigious international 2010 Damen Award for outstanding contributions to the leadership field of education from Lyola University Chicago the 1986 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the 1994 Outstanding Administrator Award (from the Illinois State Board of Education). He serves as an adjunct faculty member for the graduate school at Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Kanold earned a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in mathematics from Illinois State University. He completed a master's degree in educational administration at the University of Illinois and received a doctorate in educational leadership and counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

To learn more about Dr. Kanold's work, visit his blog, Turning Vision Into Action.

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We also had the chance to talk to Maria Mottaghian and Aimee Brown from the Oregon Child Development Coalition about helping migrant students. You won't want to miss hearing their experiences and advice. You can find it on our main blog.

If you enjoy the podcast and can review us on iTunes that would be amazing. We really appreciate your reviews as they help us continue to make the podcast and help other teachers to find us. 

Kindergarten Kiosk is a proud member of the Education Podcast Network, a network of podcasts for educators by educators. Check out the other great podcasts!

Play: Interview with Kristi Mraz

 
 

Today we have an interview with Kristi Mraz to tell us how to make our classrooms more joyful, exciting, and playful!

Kristine Mraz is coauthor—with Alison Porceli and Cheryl Tyler—of the book Purposeful Play
A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day
. She is also the author of the bestselling A Mindset for Learning, as well as (with Marjorie Martinelli) Smarter Charts and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies. Their popular blog chartchums keeps teachers in touch with ongoing and relevant classroom issues and ways to use charts as a support. Chartchums is also on Facebook and on Twitter @chartchums!

Kristi teaches Kindergarten in the New York City Public schools. In addition to writing and teaching, she consults in schools across the country and as far away as Taiwan. She primarily supports teachers in early literacy, play, and inquiry based learning. On the off chance she has free time, you'll find Kristi reading on a couch in Brooklyn with her dog and her husband. You can follow all of her adventures on twitter @MrazKristine or on her blog: kinderconfidential.wordpress.com.

We also share a teaching experience from Allison Hogan, who has taught her class, through playful inquiry, how to be producers and consumers, and then watched them extend the learning at recess as they exchanged sticky note artwork for sticks and rocks. Here are some pictures of the work from Allison's classroom:

We sincerely hope you'll pick up a copy of Kristi's book. It's fabulous! Purchasing the book through this affiliate link helps to support the podcast.

 
 

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