Sunday Sources: February 7th, 2021

Teachers, get a lot of new tips and strategies sent our way. It’s hard to carve out the time to gain insights or sort our professional learning. I’m attempting to solve that problem by curating three sources, tips, or strategies every single week.

The Staff Room Podcast Episode 71: How Easy is it to Form a Good Team?

I love this tandem of Chey and Pav that get together for a weekly podcast. Their personalities contribute greatly to engaging the listener.

This particular episode focuses on the discussion surrounding an article from google about forming teams.

I love it so much because it ties in with a company that is outside of education. I find it so impactful when I see a concept outside of education that can be applied successfully in education. 

The hosts’ discussions about leadership are indispensable and while worth the listen!

Social Emotional Learning Panel

I’ve recently been binging a lot of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) content. I’ve established it as a weakness of mine. If I was providing any SEL in my classroom, it was without intention and awareness.

What I’ve discovered has been so valuable in terms of meeting my students where they are. I’m at just the beginning of this SEL journey, but it’s already helping me scaffold to their emotions and mindsets, just like I scaffold content. Research Ed put together this fantastic virtual event that provides useful insight into SEL practices at a micro-level and the research at a macro-level.

The Cult of Pedagogy Episode 162: Up-Down-Why: A Feeling-Based Approach to Literature

If you’re in education, you probably know about Jennifer Gonzales and her company Cult of Pedagogy. I’ve been following for years, dating back to before I was even in my own classroom. She never misses when it comes to providing value to educators across the globe.

She brought on Sarah Levine, an assistant professor of education at Stanford University, to discuss a reading comprehension strategy she coined, “Up-Down-Both-Why”

The strategy is beneficial because it builds upon making connections and then making determinations about answers. Once kids find a way of relating to the text and making judgments, they can feel more comfortable and peel back the onion layers of actually understanding and discussing the content.

I loved this idea so much that I implemented it straight away! I was in the middle of a poetry unit when I first listened to this podcast, and students, especially at the middle school level, seldom connect with poetry. The Up-Down-Both-Why method led me to have kids make many more connections surrounding diction, denotation, and connotation.

Honorable Mentions:

If you have not made it to clubhouse yet, DM me on twitter, and I’ll send you an invite. There are so many high quality conversations happening there each day and especially on the weekend. If you reach out, I’ll provide you with a list of people worth following to grow in our profession!


If you’ve made it this far, do me a favor and reach out to me on Twitter to connect and let me know what you think.

Interested in reading more? Here are my last three bits of writing.

#07: How to Fix Frequent Mistakes in Student Writing

#06: A Teacher Combatting Imposter Syndrome

#05: One Word for 2021 #Explore

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