4: Additional Resources

Check out these Teaching Resources that go along with our theme from Episode 4, Celebration.

Check out these videos below that show teachers in both an elementary and second setting positively narrating what students are doing.

Also, check out these research-based articles that explain the importance of celebration and how it can be easily implemented into your classroom.

Click here for to Explore Further Research on Celebration

Check here for ways you can implement celebration into your classroom space.

3: Additional Resources

“I believe that all students, and I mean all students, can blow us away with what they can achieve. But they can’t always do it alone.”
“Lots of students are breaking the class rules. The rules we had made are being broken. And I don’t want that to happen. I want the behavior of our class to be the very best.”
“Kids these days are extraordinary. Kids these days are passionate. Kids these days are creative. Kids these days are inspiring.”

2: Additional Resources

Summer Brain Drain

“Students loose average of 2 months of reading skills and 2 months of math skills over the summer”

Check out this video about a program in New York that focusing on closing the achievement gap by tackling the Summer Brain Drain: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/a-solution-to-summer-brain-drain/

Check out this video about a program in New York that focusing on closing the achievement gap by tackling the Summer Brain Drain.

“Studies show that two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income students is created in the summer, when kids aren’t in school” – Adriana Daz

Check out the Article, “Developement of social relationships, interactions and behaviors in early education settings” – Alison Kington, Peter Gates, Pam Sammosn

follow this link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1476718X13492936

Quote from the research: “Attendance at such early environments should help children begin to feel comfortable in formal educational settings and develop relationships and interaction skills with peers and adults; they may also help prepare the parents. Such a strategy might go some way to alleviate the disadvantages experienced by many young children who start formal schooling unprepared both cognitively and socially, thus fitting well within an early intervention strategy”

1 Response: Nina’s Take on Dedicated Hogwarts Professors

Three professors (apart from Dumbledore) come to mind:

First, Minerva Mcgonagall. In the Order of the Phoenix, we see Minerva go head to head with Umbridge about Harry’s future. She’s dedicated to Harry’s well being, but also to standing up for students in the face of admin/legality trying to pass along further harm. In the 7th book, she is dedicated to Harry’s success against Voldemort, arguably for the greater good but also out of pure love and admiration for Harry. In the 3rd book, she’s dedicated to Hermione achieving all her goals by providing her a time turner. The moral: Minerva is my queen. She’s the teacher I aspire to be. 

Second, Severus Snape. Odd choice, and not only because I’m a Slytherin. I see Snape’s dedication in both a positive and negative light. He only accepts students with the highest potions scores for his advanced classes, making it clear he’s purely dedicated to the success of his brightest which arguably isn’t so good. He’s positive in that he is dedicated to Harry’s occlemency (spelling idk) lessons, although they don’t go so well. He’s dedicated to Dumbledore, which in turn in my eyes makes him dedicated to students because at the end of the day, if he didn’t believe in students or education he would have found another job.

Third, and twisted, is Dolores Umbridge. She is the example of the kind of dedicated teacher no one wants or needs. She believes she’s doing what is best for Hogwarts. She does not take into account the school culture, the culture of the students, or their best interests to her but rather pursues wholeheartedly what she deems is the “right” form of education. She’s dedicated to proving all those she disagrees with wrong that she ends up doing more harm than good. She’s the example of a teacher so dedicated to her students that she fails to see the harm she’s doing. We have to be aware of those who are seemingly dedicated to students but actually dedicated to their own self interest, then use students as a decoy. 

1: Additional Resources

But one of the things that we never discuss or we rarely discuss is the value and importance of human connection … relationships.

– Educator, Rita Pierson
Listen to Rita Pierson discuss how the power of relationships is essential to effective learning.

When that student knows that you care about them, when they know that you’re a human, their academic performance in your class is going to be better. 

– Educator, Bobby Shaddox
“The Skillful Teacher” by Jon Saphier, referenced by Erin Johnson in Episode 1
“Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain” by Zaretta Hammond, referenced by Erin Johnson in Episode 1