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Shake Up Learning Show

Apr 2, 2019

We’re doing something different today! This episode features my very first on-air coaching guest, Jasmine Saab.

Jasmine is a second-year fourth-grade teacher at Marrington Elementary School near Charleston, South Carolina.

She loves integrating movement and technology from her classroom. Originally from California, Jasmine fills her time with a wide array of hobbies ranging from tandem bike riding to volunteering to singing in foreign languages.

Jasmine’s awards and accomplishments list is so long that I need to include it separately, so check it out below!

As you can probably guess from that impressive list, Jasmine is an excellent teacher who’s doing some truly amazing things in her classroom.

As you’ll hear today, she also has some struggles, specifically around technology.

She’s inspired by technology without always thinking things through to the end in terms of planning and her learning goals.

And that’s why she’s on the show today! I’ll coach her through this struggle and help her think of some new ways to think of her lesson design.

One of Jasmine’s coolest projects is her robotic water cycle lesson, which involves all kinds of skills from her students.

As she’ll explain, though, the lesson didn’t go perfectly. In our conversation today, we’ll focus specifically on this lesson, and I’ll ask her a series of questions that will help guide her through ways to make it better.

We also talk about Jasmine’s new classroom toy, a 3D printer and how she can design meaningful learning experiences for her students using this device.

These questions should help her (and you!) figure out how to improve various other lessons too.

Listen in for some advice on how to make sure that tech fits your learning goals, and to hear about why it’s so important not to get distracted by the fun, shiny objects in technology.

[ctt template="1" link="N6Rh2" via="yes" ]How to Stay Focused on the Learning Goals, NOT the technology! #edtech[/ctt]

In This Episode:

[00:28] - Kasey welcomes listeners to today’s episode and explains what it will be all about.

[02:11] - Before we dive into this episode, Kasey gives a shout out to the Shake Up Learning podcast launch team!

[03:38] - Jasmine introduces herself and talks about the students and parent involvement at her school.

[08:58] - We hear about what Jasmine’s class looks like on a day-to-day basis, specifically in terms of technology.

[16:54] - Kasey shares her response to all of the awesome things that Jasmine is doing in her classroom.

[17:44] - Does Jasmine have any videos of the projects she’s been talking about?

[18:35] - Jasmine explains why she wants Kasey’s help.

[20:14] - Kasey starts off her coaching by asking Jasmine some questions specifically about the water cycle lessons.

[21:48] - On a scale of 1-10, how would Jasmine rank her water cycle lesson?

[24:57] - Kasey responds to Jasmine’s rating of her lesson, as well as the issues that she struggled with in her classroom

[26:05] - How much time did Jasmine originally plan for this lesson?

[27:44] - We hear about what would have made Jasmine’s lesson a 10 instead of a 9.

[30:50] - Kasey points out the importance of having an end goal in mind.

[32:31] - Jasmine talks about the 3D printer project that she’s working on right now.

[34:50] - Kasey takes a step back and offers Jasmine a piece of advice: always start with the learning goal!

[37:03] - Was there a learning goal that Kasey had in mind with all of this?

[41:38] - We hear Kasey’s advice on adding in tech only when it will lead directly to learning goals.

[43:25] - Jasmine replies to Kasey’s advice and talks about where her thoughts are now and what she is realizing from this conversation.

[45:48] - Kasey makes a suggestion for Jasmine.

[47:31] - What Kasey has been saying is related to the fail-forward concept, Jasmine points out.

[48:29] - We learn more about Genius Hour and how it works.

[51:40] - What are Jasmine’s next steps, and what does she think she’ll work on next?

[54:51] - Here’s this week’s podcast question: have you ever tried to integrate too much at once, like Jasmine? How do you ensure that your enthusiasm doesn’t distract from the purpose of the lesson? Share your answers on your favorite social media platform using the #shakeuplearning hashtag, or post it in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook!

[56:06] - Kasey has three Google Certification courses, for which enrollment is opening on May 21st for a limited time! These are:

The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy

The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy

Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course

If you want to take all of the courses, you can save by buying the bundle! And if you’re interested, don’t hesitate, because enrollment won’t open again until November. Head to this link to learn more about the courses!

[58:34] - Thanks for listening in! Don’t miss next week’s episode, where I’ll chat with Richard Byrne from Free Tech 4 Teachers. Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you get notified when that episode comes out, and please leave a review of the podcast! (Bonus points if you use the word “y’all” in your review.)

[ctt template="1" link="5U3d6" via="yes" ]When it comes to using tech in the classroom, always start with your learning goal in mind. Kasey Bell explores this concept in episode 5 of #ShakeUpLearning.[/ctt]

Podcast Question of the Week:

  • Have you ever tried to integrate too much at once like Jasmine? How do you ensure that your enthusiasm doesn’t distract from the purpose of the lesson?
  • Post your answers in the Shake Up Learning community or on your favorite social platform.

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Jasmine’s awards and accomplishments:

Marrington Elementary School Rookie Teacher of the Year 2018

College of Charleston Education Health and Human Performance Outstanding Student

2017 Faculty Honors List

College of Charleston Teacher Leader Alumnae

CofC Merit Based Scholar

Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Rho Scholarship Recipient

CERRA Teaching Fellow

Student Director of Project Playground

Women's Golf Captain

First Tee Golf Winner 2018

[ctt template="1" link="H4M3G" via="no" ]Technology can be a fun, shiny object, but it can distract teachers and students from the goal. - @ShakeUpLearning[/ctt]

Links and Resources Mentioned in the Episode

The Shake Up Learning Show

The Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook

Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study!

Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic by Kasey Bell

Jasmine Saab on Twitter

Jasmine Saab on YouTube

Jasmine’s teacher website

Education Podcast Network

Dash robot

Dot robot

Cue robot

Genius Hour

Shake Up Learning: Google Certification courses

The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy

The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy

Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course

Get Google Certified

Questions & Comments

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