March 6, 2020
Known to our students in Nordonia as "Mr. W", Mr. Albin Weiler is a dedicated and passionate Nordonia Hills City Schools bus driver. He has self-published a book titled, Driven to Learn: Journey of a School Bus Driver and in this episode, listen as we discuss a variety of topics about the life of a bus driver including a few stories related to Mr. W's bus driving adventures.
For anyone interested in purchasing a copy of his book: all proceeds from the sale of his book go directly to charities including Unicef and Catholic Charities. Please contact Albin to order by emailing him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $15 plus $3 for mailing.
October 23, 2018
Join us as we discuss the role of the school librarian in terms of collaboration and co-teaching with classroom teachers, and the effect those collaborations have on student achievement. Our host Erin Bugarcic interviews school librarian Angela Wojtecki and chemistry teacher Kelly Nyzen to get a glimpse into their successful collaborations and feelings on the topic.
For a deeper understanding of today's discussion, please take a look at the following journal articles.
Keegan, N. (2013). Socratic Seminar and Creating Prior Knowledge. Library Media Connection, 32(3), 50–51.
Loertscher, D.V., & Koechlin, C. (2015). Finland, Collaboration and Co-teaching. Teacher Librarian, 42(3), 56-57
March 30, 2018
In this episode we speak with Emily Rion, current 10th grade Guidance Counselor and 2018 Nordonia Hills City Schools PTSA Educator of the Year. Join us we discuss how her role has changed over the last few years with more technology, and her ideas for ways to build relationships with students and families. It is clear thay Mrs. Rion leads with compassion and positivity to help her students thrive throughout their high school careers and beyond! Emily would like to thank all the administration and staff of Nordonia! She feels truly blessed to work with such compassionate and caring educators. Emily feels proud to work and collaborate everyday with such a dynamic team.
March 4, 2018
This episode features Katie Patterson, Kindergarten teacher at Northfield Elementary. Listen and learn as she discusses some new innovative and collaborative spaces being added at Northfield this year. She will discuss what a makerspace is, an upcoming collaboration with Camp Invention, and the creative idea of STEAM boxes. Creation, imagination, and innovation is the theme in this episode with our special guest Miss Patterson!
January 28, 2018
This episode we interview Mr. Matt Gaugler, Nordonia's Business Director. Join us as he discusses his overall role in the district and his vision for creating more hands-on, flexible, and teacher/student-driven learning spaces. Also we discuss how reaching out to the community can help increase district relationships and also positively impact our students.
January 6, 2018
Looking for ways to increase student achievement with engaging and motivating activities? Want to learn about how to integrate flexible seating in your classroom? This episode has many ideas from 6th grade Lee Eaton teacher, Mrs. Dawn Monroe. Join us as we discuss some concrete examples and suggestions on ways to grow as a teacher, and increase student drive through technology integration. Dawn also discusses with us the keys to thinking differently about our role as educators.
October 29, 2017
This episode dives into a few topics including the power of podcasts in education. Listen as we share some examples of podcasts teachers should know about and try, as well as suggestions from our guest on examples of ways to be more flexible in the classroom and grow as an educator in order to help students be successful after high school.
October 15, 2017
Join us this episode as we talk to high school science teacher Aaron Coleman about her previous career as an animal behaviorist. Her previous career with training animals such as killer whales and dolphins has led her to some interesting and valuable teaching advice and insight. She also has some advice for new teachers regarding what to focus on, and for veteran teachers, how to keep growing and becoming a leader in our school communities. This is an episode we all need to check out!
September 24, 2017
Join us as we talk to Nordonia Hills City School District's Technology Director, Mike Russ. Mike started with Nordonia last April and has many exciting plans for this school year. Hear about what his team has been working on and his vision for our future educational techology in Nordonia.
May 30, 2017
Andy Matlack is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teacher at Nordonia Middle School. In this podcast episode he talks about how his teaching has changed as a result of his training with PLTW and also his ideas for the future of his classroom, which fosters critical thinking and problem-based learning.