Welcome to Adequate Yearly Progress, episode 12.  This episode features Chris Bach, a teacher and friend of mine who only started at Eckstein last year but is someone who I feel like I’ve known for a long time. Chris has taught high school, has his principal credentials, is now teaching middle school and what comes across in this interview is his full commitment to education, love of teaching and how he tries every day to make learning both relevant and fun for students. Listen to Chris talk about how he transitioned from someone who was not engaged in school into someone completely motivated to change the world through teaching.

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Welcome to Adequate Yearly Progress, episode 11. Today’s interview features Jessica Levine, a compassionate, musical, energetic science teacher at Eckstein Middle School.  Jessica and I not only have a shared interest in using theater and music in the classroom, but also love John Green novels, sharing books of all types we’re reading with each other, and we both went to small liberal arts colleges. (I went to Carleton College and she went to Oberlin). Listen to Jessica talk about how she transitioned from working in environmental after-school nonprofits to public school, the power of song and rhythm in teaching, and a new way she’s engaging students in their own assessments this year.

Plus, a bonus! In this episode, instead of using the normal intro and outro music,  you get to listen to Jessica singing and playing the ukelele for a science parody of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising that explains the concepts Conduction, Convection, Radiation. A great test for you who haven’t studied science since high school. (I’ve put the words below). 

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Download a copy of just the song parody here


Conduction, Convection, Radiation

I see the temperatures a-risin’

I see the heat move away

I see particles move like lightning

I see heat transfer here today



Cause you can’t get cold tonight

Heat’s bound to leave your life

When heat transfer’s on the rise


Conduction, convection, radiation

I know the heat is coming soon

I know the way that heat’s a-flowin’

I know it’s hot to cold it’s true




Conduction, convection, radiation

I hope that you’re getting this all right

Looks like we’re in for nasty weather

Losing heat til equilibrium