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The Podcast

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Podcast 1

Meet Your Hosts

Deedee Wills and Adam Peterson have a love for all things teacher-y!  Join them every Monday for the latest episode of The Classroom Collaborative Podcast.

Deedee Wills is an early childhood educator, instructional coach, and international educational consultant. She is also the author of the award-winning blog, Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.

Adam Peterson is a kindergarten teacher, nationally recognized speaker, children’s book author, and educational consultant. He is also the creator of the popular YouTube channelTeachersLearn2.com.

Podcasts for Kids! Teach Children in a Way They Want to Learn With Special Guest Jerry Kolber

In today’s episode of the Classroom Collaborative Podcast, Deedee and Adam sit down with the creative genius that is Jerry Kolber!  

Podcast 2

Elementary teachers in summer!   How are you taking a break and how can you fill your teacher bucket?  Adam and Deedee talk

Deedee and Adam continue their discussion on the Science of Reading. Specifically, they discuss blending and segmenting best practices. Deedee was asked by a kindergarten teacher if teachers should include alphabet cards that include the key sound picture (mnemonics) on the card to practice blending and segmenting.

Deedee and Adam continue their discussion on the Science of Reading. Specifically, they discuss blending and segmenting best practices.  Deedee was asked

How Much Time Should a Phonics Lesson Take? Deedee and Adam discuss an article by Tim Shanahan where he answers the question about phonics lesson length and best practices. Deedee and Adam talk about phonics instruction AND application in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms through the lens of the Science of Reading.

How Much Time Should a Phonics Lesson Take? Deedee and Adam discuss an article by Tim Shanahan where he answers the question

Sound walls

Deedee and Adam continue to talk about the Science of Reading and specifically get into the differences between sound walls and word

Science of reading guided reading

Deedee and Adam discuss the Science of Reading and how it affects leveled texts in kindergarten and first grade.  Many teachers continue

Deedee and Adam discuss social-emotional learning with Elizabeth Coller. Elizabeth is a kindergarten teacher in California and teaches in a Montessori-inspired charter school that emphasizes the importance of social-emotional learning from elementary school to high school. Elizabeth shares some classroom environment strategies that will change the way you approach classroom management and building classroom community. Through teaching, practice, lessons, and modeling the classroom becomes student-led with peer-to-peer accountability. This frees up instructional time so the teacher can then focus on instruction and the curriculum. Come and get inspired by what you hear!

Deedee and Adam discuss social-emotional learning with Elizabeth Coller.  Elizabeth is a kindergarten teacher in California and teaches in a Montessori-inspired charter

Teaching emergent writing to PreK, kindergarten, and first-grade students can be challenging. Deedee is joined by the author of Patterns of Wonder, Whitney La Rocca as she simplifies the process and offers advice to primary teachers! This is a must-listen episode!

Teaching writing to PreK, kindergarten, and first-grade students can be challenging. Deedee is joined by the author of Patterns of Wonder, Whitney

Homework in Kindergarten? Is it developmentally appropriate? How about letting students learn and play instead. Deedee and Adam share ideas that parents can use to drive up student engagement and keep their child learning.

  Is Homework in Kindergarten Appropriate? We get this question frequently.  The answer is sometimes and it depends!  In this episode, Deedee