The premiere has arrived! This week we air the first episode of The Classroom Beyond Informal Education Podcast. Here’s what’s in store:
I talk with Tellus Science Museum (Georgia) educator Kady Yeomans about museum floor techniques. Tellus is a world-class museum in a small town, Cartersville, Georgia, a city of about 25,000 in rural northern Georgia. The town’s dream was to become a regional museum hotspot. The Tellus is its crown jewel, and Kady and I talk about museum floor techniques and how to teach content like evolution that may be at odds with your audience’s values. Here’s a link to the podcast episode.
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Not an active podcast listener? Here are some hints.
- There are a lot of ways to hear podcasts. First, you can listen right from the Web site.
- Most folks, though, like to use a smartphone app like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. I’ve got direct links for all those apps on the Web site.
- You can also search for the podcast from whatever app you use. The best search phrase is “The Classroom Beyond Informal Education Podcast.”
Along with the podcast, each week I post to the Web site. First, I write a lot about education jargon – like the post on audience-centered teaching that accompanies this week’s podcast. When I entered the career as an outdoor educator, I never got briefed on all the educator-speak I needed to know! So I’m trying to make up for the gap.
Sometimes I will also focus on a topic from the conversation, like this week’s post about research into early-life nature experiences.
Finally, at the end of each podcast conversation, I feature a fun fact from one of the educators. We teachers are, after all, learners, too! This week, for example, there’s a peripheral vision demo from naturalist Claire Dobie. So make sure you listen until the end!
- Dec. 6: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (California) educator Jim DePompei
- Dec. 13: San Antonio Zoo (Texas) preschool educator Eileen Garcia-Sanchez
As always, please feel free to get in touch with feedback or ideas. It’s a brand new project and I’d love to know which parts are working for you.