Welcome to Season 4 of My Disney Class Podcast! Ryan and Howie are thrilled to be starting their fourth season co-hosting the show and are incredibly grateful to all the listeners for tuning in. In this episode, we look at what it is like to let go, sing it with me now, of control of your classroom as well as letting go of some control during your family visit to WDW. We know that letting go of control for the first time can be hard whether you're letting your kids visit their first attraction on their own or letting your students choose how they represent their learning. Either way, we believe that once you do, you won’t regret it and it will make a major difference in the confidence of the children involved.
Howie starts us off on this journey by sharing one of his personal family stories from his last trip to WDW this summer. He shares how a simple ride on Space Mountain made worlds of difference in confidence and empowerment with his grandkids. He might also let on that the adults learned a little bit too!
Ryan and Howie then share some of their tips and stories about how they have given up some of the traditional control and power inside their classrooms. Whether it is in an administrative position or a teacher in the classroom, there are several ways that you can bring your students or staff into a role of empowerment.
We hope that you have enjoyed the last 3 years of the My Disney Class Podcast and we are excited to bring you year 4! Starting with this important and timely topic of letting go of control in your classroom. We hope that you give it a try this new school year and we wish you the best as you start the new school year.
We are joined by our very special guest, Dr. Sam Patterson who is the Makerspace Coordinator at Echo Horizon School and is coordinating and inspiring youth to be dreamers, creators, and doers.
Our conversation spans Makerspaces to puppets and everything creative in between. Learn how he created a classroom environment that helps break down insecurities in his students and allows them to take risks that often pay off in large learning dividends.
On today’s episode, Ryan and Howie continue their discussion on using cell phones and apps in the classroom. You can tell that they are “Appy and they know it” in this show as they take turns sharing different apps and tools to make education more efficient, engaging, and effective.
Organizing apps in the different ways that they may help you can be an effective way to think about which apps you may want to use in your classroom. Otherwise the sheer number of apps out there, some may find quite overwhelming. Some apps that Howie and Ryan share to help acquire information are apps like; Kahoot, Epic!, and Google Hangouts. Apps that help you make meaning of things include; Symbaloo, SeeSaw, and Padlet. So you get the idea, breaking down the different categories of apps for you and sharing some of our favorites in each category was really fun. Hopefully, you find it fun and valuable to your professional growth. Ryan and Howie love sharing what others have taught them and this episode was filled with resources that they picked up all over their PLN. Now it’s your turn to try some out and share your favorites with other educators, so they too can bring the magic of apps to their teaching.
We hope you enjoy this part 2 of “Picture Perfect End To The School Year.” There are plenty more apps that we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. We may have to jump back into this topic from time to time.