Welcome to Adequate Yearly Progress, episode 6. In my sixth episode, hear from a friend of mine, Amity Gann, who used to work with me at Eckstein Middle School as a science teacher and has since moved to Philadelphia. She is a teacher who is thoughtful, intelligent, nerdy (in the best of ways), and a true science educator. Listen to Amity in this conversation talk about the challenges of being seen as an expert by parents, her delight in being able to share nerd culture with students, and how she loves it when a student finally gets a concept.
Welcome to Adequate Yearly Progress, episode 5. In my fifth episode, hear from a friend of mine, Mark Ballinger, who used to work with me at Eckstein Middle School and now works at the nearby Jane Addams Middle School as a language arts, social studies, and tech teacher. He is an incredibly smart person with a dry sense of humor who gives me great book suggestions. In this conversation, we talk about using humor in the classroom, the plight of media not understanding what teachers do, and why he chose teaching as a second career.