As always, we think that when we collaborate that great ideas bubble up so we hope that this Take50 sparks your interest, offers you new perspective, and brings you joy.
So take a breather; Take50!
And again, thanks.
Gretchen and Corey
We are both admitted podcast addicts; don't forget other favorites we have already shared in previous posts like Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Reply All!
1. StartUp - what’s it really like to start a business? Each season offers a serialized story about a start up company
2. Criminal - true crime stories with good guys, bad guys, and moral quandries; host Phoebe Judge is a magical storyteller.
3. Embedded- stories that dive deep into places we don't always go; the stories are full of both journalistic integrity and emotion not usually present in news reporting
4. Sleepover- host Sook-Yin Lee gathers three strangers together for a sleepover; each person brings with them a problem, in search of a solution
5. Crimetown- each season will focus on the culture of crime in a different American city; season one takes place in Providence, Rhode Island and is full of organized crime and political corruption
6. Twice Removed - a family history podcast that traces a new person’s lineage each week finding connections that thrill or confound
7. How I Built This - entrepreneurs dishing about the ups and downs of creating their companies.
8. Eliza Starting at 16 - a candid glimpse into the daily life of a high school senior living in Manhattan
9. Brains On! Science Podcast for Kids - from Minnesota Public Radio, each episode addresses a specific science-related topic or question -- super engaging for kids and adults alike
10. Sampler - a 30-episode podcast on podcasts, each episode offers new shows on a theme or topic
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And of course, we hope that BubbleUp Classroom also makes it on to your list!
11. Renovated Learning - blogger and librarian Diana Rendina writes about making and makerspaces, physical design of learning environments, professional growth, and all sorts of other things
12. The Unquiet Librarian - Buffy Hamilton blogs about practical ideas for bringing writing and reading into the classroom; the student examples bring her work to life.
12. Hack Learning - this blog’s tag line says everything you need to know: “solving big problems with simple ideas”
13. The Answer Sheet - stay current on state, national and local education policies and their real world implications
14. Never Ending Search - chalk full of resources from librarian Joyce Valenza (with emphasis on the techie) for any educator, but especially teacher librarians
15. TeachThought - smorgasboard of education topics: everything from books recs to tech tips to classroom ideas
16. Assorted Stuff - observations about public education (and reforms) from seasoned (former) educator and technology specialist, Tim Stahmer.
17. Heart of a Teacher - a teacher’s personal insights about social justice, writing, and equality.
18. A Mighty Girl- devoted to raising (or teaching) girls to be strong. Books, toys, and movies that do exactly that.
19. Dinner a Love Story - teachers have to eat, right? This blog not only has kid friendly recipes but emphasizes the importance of family dinner and also is incredibly well-written
20. Young House Love - teachers also have to have a place to live -- fun DIY blog with lots of ideas for home (many of which could easily translate to the classroom)
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There a lot of valuable voices on Twitter, below are just a few! We also find it useful to follow hashtags like #whatisschool, #mslibchat, #vaslchat and #sschat.
21. @sarahdateechur - a tech coordinator dedicated to using social media to help educators connect and learn from each other
22. @teresagross625 - middle school teacher with lots of ideas and encouraging words
23. @Mr._B_Teacher - an innovative, passionate teacher who knows his tech; he’s currently battling cancer and winning
24. @science7KMS - this group of teachers is constantly highlighting student work in science and literacy. Great example of a collaborative Twitter account
25. @mspatricianhfb - a creator of several edchats, this music teacher knows how to use twitter to share best practices relevant to all teachers and for building community
26. @DiscoveryAPS - This Arlington, Virginia school uses Twitter as a primary platform for communication; every teacher has an account; providing a dynamic view of the daily work of this school community
27. @theJLV- this math teacher in New York focuses on #EduColor; highlighting the needs and possibility of diverse learners
28. @Alex_Corbitt -English teacher in the Bronx with plenty of classroom ideas
29. @tolerance_org - resources for celebrating and understanding diversity
30. @Dwight_Carter- a school principal shares his perspective and his students’ successes
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We love instagram for quick inspiration, lovely snapshots of classrooms and activities, and fun quotes.
31. @rockytopteacher - 6th grade teacher with a focus on English and social studies
32. @theuniqueclassroom - 3rd grade teacher, lots of physical space ideas and quotes
33. @hmschoollibrary - 4th/5th grade school library: book recs, display ideas, games
34. @literacyforbigkids - 4th grade English Language arts teacher: lessons, quick ideas, writing
35. @weneeddiversebooks - focused on increasing diversity in children's literature
36. @bookriot - all things books: snarky, serious, fun, meaningful
37. @artbarblog - lovely art ideas and crafting inspiration (great for #makerEd)
38. @learninginhand - graphics-driven tech tips for teachers and students
39. @strandbookstore - Independent NYC bookstore; delicious pictures of books
40. @teachlikeagirl - an educator focused on empowering girls
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Pinterest: Pinners & Boards
Pinterest is incredibly useful for collecting ideas for lessons, library displays and more; we are partial to educators who offer free resources.
41. Olivia Dorman - she has boards across a range of topics arranges by school subject
42. Middle School Activities - need we say more? (this collaborative board is part of Steve Spangler Science and only includes FREE resources which is awesome)
43. Middle School Language Arts - this educator has put together a great set of pins with her eye on middle school focused English lesson and ideas
44. Hello Jen Jones - a wide range of boards on elementary literacy and instruction
45. We Are Teachers - a conglomerate of teachers posting resources; you will have to scroll (and ignore items with a price tag) but it is full of materials and ideas
46. Teachers - with 150K followers, these boards deliver with topics ranging from core subjects to back-to-school to summer learning
47. Laura Candler - resources arranged by subject and tons of freebies; geared toward lower grades
48. Bedtime Math - an organization dedicated to getting parents to engage in math problem solving at night (why do we tell bedtime stories but not offer bedtime math problems?) This is a fun place to start
49. Teacher Treasury - a board for educators by educators. Lots of freebies and ideas
50. Charity Preston @ Organized Classroom - boards across almost every possible educational topic, there is something for every teacher here
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