Friday Follow: Podcast Edition #sol19
March 1, 2019
As a literacy coach, I am often creating my own professional development on the fly based on what I think might be helpful to my learning community or things that I seek to make a closer connection to through deeper thinking. However, there are only so many hours in one day.
To that end, I am often listen to a book or a podcast on my commute to and from school. I know I’m not alone in that, many of my colleagues recommend new ideas to me. A couple of podcast have been transformative to me over the last year or so.
The first may be familiar to many other literacy professional, the Heinemann Podcast. This podcast has been the fodder for many blogs over the last year. Recently, it has been helpful to get me into some professional texts that either I haven’t purchased… yet or that I have purchased but can’t seem to get around to reading. Particularly powerful was a recent was Lucy Calkins discussing her new book Leading Well and Cornelius Minor reading the introduction to his new book, We Got This. I had the opportunity to see Cornelius Minor speak at Heinemann in their summer teacher day two years ago when this book was in development. This is a very powerful podcast for all that will encourage you to be semi-brave. While all beneficial, another one I recommend whole-heartedly is Debbie Miller speaking about her book, What’s the Best That Can Happen? I’ve written about this book in one of my weekly slices. So powerful. These podcasts are around twenty to thirty minutes long, a typical commute time for me.
My second podcast recommendation is The Yarn alternately hosted by Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp and sponsored by School Library Journal. These very quick podcasts are usually a quick interview with a children’s author about their craft. This podcast is perfect for finding out tidbits to share with your students. Both Travis and Colby are easy to listen to and I believe each podcast is usually 10-15 minutes long. Look for their year review “brocast” (longer) where they discuss their favorite books of 2018, a don’t miss.
So my Friday Follow for this week, podcasts. It makes me sound and feel a whole lot smarter.
Please share your favorite podcasts as well.
Thanks to my inspiration, Two Writing Teachers including Kelsey, Stacey, Lanny, and all the rest along with my favorite fellow writers. We got this! Thirty one day writing streak, Day 2(ish).