The TeachThought Podcast

The TeachThought Podcast delivers an insightful exploration of how teaching and learning are changing in a connected world, from the rise of project-based learning, to technology-driven inquiry, and the new possibility of personalized learning. Our mission is to grow teachers.
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Feb 8, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Shahrazad Kablan about her role in the overthrow of the Libyan regime and her efforts to help establish a working education system there. 

Feb 5, 2016

In this episode, Terry Heick speaks with James Sturtevant, a social studies teacher and author of 'You've Gotta Connect: Building Relationships That Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms, and Higher Achievement.' He speaks with James about the importance of building relationships with students, and offers 3 ways to do so.

Feb 3, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Jason Korreck and Rob Phillips about their documentary, Teacher of the Year which explores the complexity of the teaching profession. 

Feb 1, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Dyme startup founder Joey Prather about the parallels between the startup and the education worlds and how being more entrepreneurial can benefit teaching and learning. 

Jan 27, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with internationally recognized education thought leader Yong Zhao about changing education from a standardized and deficit mindset to one that builds on student strengths. Also discussed were two of his recent books, Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes and Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job: Correcting the Top 5 EdTech Mistakes

Jan 25, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Jamie Brooker, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Kahoot! about their mission driven approach to learning, how Kahoot! is more than just an assessment tool, their growth and the future of Kahoot!

Jan 20, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Dr. Matt Harris about his work as the new Board Chair of ISTE, the refreshed ISTE Standards, teaching internationally and the integration of technology in teaching and learning. 

Jan 18, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Ted Dintersmith, the producer of Most Likely to Succeed, about the film and book and why we need to innovate our current school model.


Jan 18, 2016

In this episode, Terry speaks with Dr. Adam Feinberg, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and a leader in the field of the creepy and stunningly interesting field of bioprinting.

Jan 15, 2016

Drew Perkins talks about the TeachThought Levers for PBL Quality with a brief explanation of the 5 Levers. 

Jan 13, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Justin Tarte about his role as the Director of Teaching and Learning and Accountability in a school district near St. Louis, MO as well as his Life of an Educator site and social media presence and how educators might think differently about technology and social media.

Jan 11, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Andrew Brennen, National Field Director of Student Voice, about his work as a student to elevate and amplify student voice in schools around the country.

Jan 6, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Grant Lichtman about his books, The Falconer: What We Wished We Had Learned In School and #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education which detail his insights on both the why and how we should change our schools. 

Jan 4, 2016

In this 'quick' episode, Terry Heick reviews different types of assessment (e.g., formative, norm-referenced, etc.), and the defining characteristics of each.

Jan 4, 2016

Drew Perkins talks with Scott Barry Kaufman about his book Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined which challenges the traditional measures of intelligence in a way that can actually help students unlock their possibilities.

Dec 30, 2015

Director of Teachthought PD, Drew Perkins talks with Julian Vasquez Heilig about what is driving education reform, charter schools, poverty and the politics behind it all. 

Dec 28, 2015

Drew Perkins talks with Warren Berger, author of the book A More Beautiful Question, about the importance of increasing inquiry in innovating education. You can learn more about Warren at his web site.

Dec 11, 2015

Drew Perkins and Anthony Cody discuss education reform efforts by the Gates Foundation, his book The Educator and the Oligarch, teacher accountability, the future of education--and his treehouse. 

Dec 3, 2015

Terry Heick and Drew Perkins discuss what's so wrong with current approaches to professional development, and how TeachThought's new professional development company seeks to improve on those failures while helping to bring innovative thinking and approaches into the classroom.

Dec 1, 2015

Critical Pedagogy and Critical Literacy both involve the idea of thinking carefully about human and social contexts--using knowledge to think critically about the systems that impact the way people live. 

In this conversation, I speak to Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, Deputy Director at the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School. We discuss social improvement, equity, and how teachers can begin to think about critical pedagogy for a more authentic and human educational experience.

Nov 15, 2015

In this conversation, among other topics I talk with Jennifer Gonzalez about where she's from, how to pronounce "pedagogy," and how and why it's useful to connect with other teachers, and the struggles of teaching in a non-progressive district.

Oct 25, 2015

Would Shakespeare be on twitter? Was he an intellectual, or a budding Capitalist? In episode 4, I speak to Cass Foster, a theater professor, about making Shakespeare relevant to a modern audience.

Oct 15, 2015

In this episode we talk with Nita Nehru from Kinsa, the company that created the world's first app-enabled thermometer. Among other topics, we discuss how emerging technologies are influencing our behavior.

Oct 14, 2015

In this episode, we talk with Anthony-James Green, who's been profiled by the Wall Street Journal for commanding $1000 an hour for his services. We discuss test prep, how students can use what they don't know as a starting point for learning, and what tests like the ACT and SAT really measure.

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