In this episode, it is all about amplifying your students’ voices. We are really happy to have Katelynn Giordano joining us and sharing her teaching strategies of years.
Katelynn Giordano is a Middle Level Language Arts Educator, a blogger at Curriculum Coffee, a writer for the Teachers on Fire magazine, and a Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the Teach Better Team.
She is a dynamic educator who is passionate about student voices, promoting equity, and valuing teachers as professionals.
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Show Notes with Selected Links
- [01:30] Not only Katelynn is a 6th grade teacher but also an instructor in Northwestern University Center for Talent Development and working for the Teach Better Team. Except for being a 6th grade teacher, how did Katelynn decide if she wanted to take on these roles and thus actualize her beliefs in education ?
- [03:26] What did Katelynn want to do for a bigger reach in Education at the beginning?
- [05:05] The reason why Katelynn is passionate about advocating amplifying students’ voices.
- [07:14] From Katelynn’s personal take, what does it mean by giving your students’ voices.
- [09:30] How do students behave differently before and after having their own voices out?
- [12:30] Tips to give students more voices or choices in writing classes.
- [14:46] How did Katelynn help students to find their own passion for projects?
- [16:54] How long to do “soul searching”?
- [17:30] Tools Katelynn used for students’ feedback.
- [22:38] How did Katelynn know that she addressed the feedback on point?
- [24:08] When and how did the students do the feedback form?
- [25:33] Books that influenced the core values or thinking of Katelynn.
- [28:46] If Katelynn has a superwoman power, what does she want to change the education system of the US?
- [30:04] Parting thoughts.
Please go here
- Can your curriculum help your students to see who they are ? Or is the curriculum written by the people from the homogenous or diverse background?
What can you do tomorrow
- Start from one writing assignment. Let your students write about their passion projects and see how that trigger their intrinsic motivations.
Song Tracks Credits
- Opening & Ending: Smiling at the Sun
- The breaks in the middle