Confessions of a PYP Teacher

Confessions of a PYP Teacher


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C134 (Book Club): Supporting Culturally Responsive Relationships with our Learners (pg 72-87)
April 16, 2024

Something I’ve been thinking about has been learner relationships and why they are not the primary focus in many elementary classrooms.  Usually within the first month of school, teachers are building systems and routines of how the classroom will operate

C133 (Book Club): Continuing to Become Aware of our Actions (pg 59-69)
April 08, 2024

In the past episode, we discussed our own role as a culturally responsive teacher and how it shapes our frame of reference when teaching a classroom full of learners from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, let alone language acquisition, disabilities

C132 (Book Club): Becoming a Culturally Responsive Educator (pg 52-60)
March 19, 2024

Welcome to another deep dive into the fabulous book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond. This week will be full of insights about ourselves. Are you ready to go deep into your practice? To be honest, this chapter left me wi

C131 (Book Club): How Culture Effects the Brain (pg 36-51)
March 08, 2024

Welcome back to another episode of Confessions of a PYP Teacher and our exploration of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brian by Zaretta Hammond. Im not going to lie, this next part of the book makes me feel like a numpty. Zaretta Hammond begins t

C130 (Book Club): Understanding the Power of Cultural Roots (pg 21-35)
February 28, 2024

Welcome back to another episode of Confessions of a PYP Teacher. We are continuing our exploration of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond. This week, we will examine the influence of culture and shine light on our need for aw

C129 (Book Club): From Pedagogy of Poverty to Ready for Rigor (pgs 14- 20)
February 07, 2024

Welcome back to our book study of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain (CRT) by Zaretta Hammond. As I reviewed my notes for the last episode, I discovered that I missed two key significant ideas that I want to explore before moving forward. Hamm

C128 (Book Club): Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain (pg 1-13)
January 25, 2024

Welcome my friends to a new book study. I have wrestled with what to talk about next within my podcast series and I kept circling back to Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguist

C127 (Application): Making our Classrooms reflect the PYP journey
January 19, 2024

Hello, dear educators, and welcome to the final episode of our application series. I'm Lu Gerlach, your host and fellow advocate for empowering young minds through thinkchat. Today, we're embarking on a thrilling journey, exploring how to craft

C126 (Application): Lessons from The Expert Effect
January 12, 2024

Hidee Ho Neighbor, my name is Lu Gerlach and Im from thinkchat. Welcome to confession #126! In this episode, we'll be exploring some of the big ideas presented in the inspiring book, 'The Expert Effect' by Zach Rondot and Grayson McKinne

C125 (Application): Local and Global Inquiry in our Context
January 05, 2024

Welcome back my Lu Crew. Im Lu Gerlach from thinkchat, just in case you forgot my name. This is confession #125! We are going to sit for a moment and reflect on how to make local and global inquiry happen within our context. This seems like quite an