With my long commute (over an hour, sometimes two!) across town in the mornings and home, I decided to listen to podcasts last year. I was originally doing mainly music-related, or story-based mysteries – but I wanted some that make me think!
I have picked a few BBC and NPR shows that relate to the news, but are also a parody. I have tried listening to straight up news, and it is too dull for my attention span (for the most part). I realized that if I am laughing as well as learning, then I am much engaged in what is happening. I come home and am excited to teach Nathan what I have learned while also sharing the jokes with him 🙂
Do you have any podcast suggestions?
This made me see the connection with teaching, and how many children do not learn if they are bored. I am always finding fun ways to engage the kids and get them discussing with each other – we did a Hershey’s lesson recently in math where the children were manipulating a Hershey’s bar into different fractions.
What are your favorite methods to engage your students?
The featured image above was from Celebration of Reading day, when I was dressed up as Gerald from the “Elephant and Piggie” series!