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Updated February 2020
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Packed with trivia, comedy and celebrity guests, Ask Me Another is like an amusement park for your brain. Host Ophira Eisenberg and musician Jonathan Coulton take brilliant contestants on a roller coaster that'll make you laugh and scream (out the answers)—and barely anyone throws up in a trash can.
 
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Project-based learning is sooooo much fun! Right? But it can be daunting, too. The preparation, the organization, the performance-based assessments- Ugh! Sometimes it feels like we're suiting up for a football game, only to figure out that we forgot the football once we get out on the field! All kidding aside, there's a lot that goes into a success…
 
Welcome to our last episode in our Fostering a Culturally Responsive Classroom. In this episode, we relive our tragic elementary school cooperative project experiences and pick at the group-grade scabs and scars we all carry. In a culturally responsive classroom, choice is offered to students. That doesn't mean it's a free for all. On the contrary,…
 
Welcome to our sixth episode of Book Talk Theme Talk. This month, We Teach So Hard is discussing hope-themed books to enrich your reader's workshop. In this episode, we offer a wealth of kidlit recommendations and teaching ideas. Some of these ideas you can implement in your classroom the next day! With suicide being the 2nd leading cause of death …
 
This episode has got us singing our Patti LaBelle! Some sequins, a few feathers, and a blinged-out mic... "I got a new attitude!" In this 3rd episode of our 4-part series, we explore how culturally responsive practices can provide an attitudinal paradigm shift for our students. We include some tips and ideas for stretching your pedagogy so it's inc…
 
Writer and performer John Cameron Mitchell talks about portraying a nightmarish boss in Hulu's comedy Shrill, Hedwig and the Angry Inch's enduring legacy, and working with Patti LuPone on his new musical podcast. Then, Mitchell plays a game called "We're Going to Make You Sing," where he's quizzed on 1970s glam and punk that inspired Hedwig. Plus, …
 
In this second episode of a 4-part series on the culturally responsive classroom, we explore how we foster student motivation and engagement. We muck around in four research-based conditions that must be present for student motivation and engagement: Establishing inclusion, developing attitude, enhancing meaning, and engendering competence. We know…
 
In this first episode of a 4-part series on the culturally responsive classroom we explore how we build a respectful environment where our students feel safe and valued. We answer questions like: How do we make sure that all students feel safe enough to take learning risks? We give tips for building a bridge with parents, educating ourselves on cul…
 
Actor Justin Long returns to the Ask Me Another stage! Known for the "Get a Mac" ads, Long talks about hosting his new podcast Life Is Short, and interviewing his 103-year-old grandmother. Then, he plays a game of "Shorter or Longer?" Later, comedian Marina Franklin tells the story of how she bombed her first big break, and then tests her knowledge…
 
"Love is a Many Splendored Thing..." "All You Need is Love..." "Love Me Tender..." Love IS in the air at We Teach So Hard! February is just around the corner and there's no time like the present to start gathering books to teach and think about the theme of love with your kiddos. This is the 5th episode in our Book Talk Theme Talk series. If you ha…
 
You're over the hump of the school year. January is here, and it's a new month, new year. If you're anything like us, January is for tweaking ... Sometimes we tweak classroom management strategies; sometimes we tweak instructional strategies. If you're looking to make some changes in your classroom, or with your students, this episode is for you. W…
 
Actor Kal Penn and comedian Dan Soder drop by Ask Me Another's first-ever Tournament of Champions, where we bring back four previous winning contestants to find who will be the big big winner. Penn talks about representing New York City's diversity in his comedy series Sunnyside. Then, he enters the ring to play a wrestling quiz against Soder, who …
 
We've all had those students. When you ask them how they think they did, they always say, "I did awesome!" Sometimes, they ask questions like, "What if we don't really think we need improvement? Then what do we do?" THAT'S CRAZY TALK, isn't it? In this episode, we discuss ways to move your students past the crazy talk, toward real self-assessment. …
 
Another book list for you because no one has time to hunt for books when you're teaching themes. November's theme is HONESTY. This is We Teach So Hard's fourth Book Talk-Theme Talk post. In this episode, we share fantastic children' books for teaching about honesty, along with tons of lesson ideas, too. We've done the hard work for you so you don't…
 
At the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas, Americana singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen describes how his early days spent in Houston barrooms led to a career in music, how he first met his longtime friend, Lyle Lovett, and why his daughter had to talk him into doing his own podcast. Then he demonstrates one of his superpowers: knowing every U.S. …
 
Raise your hand if you have umpteen million learner needs in your one little ole' classroom. Differentiation is the name of the game, and yet it can be one of the most challenging things to implement in your teaching. In this episode we discuss ways to use technology to help you differentiate. We talk about apps and programs, and then go beyond to …
 
What's a teacher to do with her reluctant learners? You plan, you agonize, you teach small group lessons... sometimes the urge to throw up your hands and yell, "I give up!" is overwhelming. Adding technology to your lessons can be that missing link. Our 21st century learners are different than we were in school. They come to us as digital citizens.…
 
Latino punk veteran Alejandro Escovedo talks about growing up in a big musical family, his year living in the Chelsea Hotel, and his latest album, The Crossing. Then, his love of surfing and French cinema is tested in a gnarly game of This, That, or the Other. Plus, contestants channel their inner fifth grader in a game where every answer can be sp…
 
Want an engaging approach to collaboration? Try adding technology. Whether you're teaching kids how to podcast or setting up book discussion skyping sessions across your school district, state, country, or even the world, adding technology to any collaborative lesson can really motivate your learners. In this episode, we discuss ways we've used tec…
 
What's that we hear? Is that wailing and the gnashing of teeth? Did someone say, "Technology?" All kidding aside, technology is a powerful teaching tool, but it can bring a teacher to his or her knees when it doesn't work the way it's supposed to. In this episode, we explore different apps and websites that we've used in our classrooms to teach con…
 
At the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and "yacht rock" pioneer Michael McDonald reflects on his father's disappointment when he put down the banjo for rock and roll, and why he still considers himself a Doobie Brother. Then he plays a game inspired by his love of singers from the 1960s and '70s. Plus, meet t…
 
We love book lists. In fact, we suspect that most teachers do because we have so much on our plates. Looking for books with similar themes so we can work our literary magic with cross-text connections is so time consuming. This is We Teach So Hard's third Book Talk-Theme Talk post. In this episode, we share four fantastic children's books for teach…
 
We think behavior modification is like going to Weight Watchers. We plan ahead, set things up for success, buy a new scale, and then fall apart on the third day of the first week. In our classrooms, we plan ahead, put things in place so the behavioral plan is successful, create a new scale or feedback form, and then fall apart on third day of the f…
 
Emmy and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth joins Ask Me Another in Houston, Texas. She reflects on her Wicked-ly impressive career on stage and her latest album, For The Girls. Then, the Broadway star belts it out in a game where she sings the titles of famous musicals, and takes on a quiz inspired by her love of 7-Eleven Slurpees. Plus, a final …
 
Sometimes, goal-setting with students can feel like a root canal. You know it's needed, but the time expense, effort, and white-knuckled anticipation can be daunting. We want our students to think about their learning and how it changed their thinking, but often times they're just not there yet. This episode breaks down some great approaches for le…
 
The classroom that laughs together, learns together. That's our mantra at We Teach So Hard. Humor is such a powerful teaching tool. Whether we're laughing at ourselves or enjoying a good curriculum-based joke, when our students' eyes are shining, we know we've got them hooked. Listening to this episode will for sure make you chuckle, and we promise…
 
We love book lists. In fact, we suspect that most teachers do because we have so much on our plates. Looking for books with similar themes so we can work our literary magic with cross-textual connections (sounds kind of kinky, doesn't it?) is so time consuming. This is We Teach So Hard's second Book Talk-Theme Talk post. In this episode, we share f…
 
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