Friday Follow: Podcast Edition #sol19

Screen Shot 2019-03-01 at 6.20.52 AM 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.

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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).



20 thoughts on “Friday Follow: Podcast Edition #sol19

  1. Yay! Welcome back to the challenge! The podcasts sound awesome and a great way to train and develop yourself. I did listed to Lucy’s podcast on leading well, then went and heard her speak at a recent conference. Lots of gems shared! Thanks for this slice!

  2. I read most of Leading Well during jury duty this week. I’m hit or miss on the podcasts. I should try to be more of a regular… they’re so good. Thanks for the recommendations and the push.

  3. Cornelius Minor’s book keeps popping up in my social networking, but I’m hesitant about buying more PD books w/ retirement a few months away. I love podcasts and use them w/ students. They’re wonderful for promoting listening and filling in gaps of information. And kids love creating podcasts, too.

  4. Thank you for the podcast recommendations! I’m definitely going to check out the Heinemann Podcast. I love podcasts and audiobooks too. My favourite podcasts include Scene On Radio and Witch, Please (a feminist reading of the Harry Potter series). I hope you like them!

  5. Like standingtall47, I’ve only dipped my toes into the world of podast. I know I could use my car time for this but that means I have to forgo my beloved country music — maybe podcast to work, jam on the way home??!! Balance.

  6. I do love the Heinemann Podcast. I get very excited when I see a new one has been posted. The only other ed-related one I find interesting and useful is Cult of Pedagogy. There are a lot out there that are just meh. For all things writing, I enjoy Ann Kroeker’s Writing Coach. Three NPR favorites are Pop Culture Happy Hour, It’s Been a Minute, and How I Built This. I’ll check out The Yarn this weekend! Great Slice idea, BTW! — Christie

  7. It’s great to live in an age of webinars and podcasts and books ordered online! It gives us such control over our learning, personally and professionally. Sometimes, however, there is so much it becomes overwhelming. I refuse to buy another professional book until I read the last two I bought.

  8. I just bought Debbie Miller’s book! Your post has inspired me to listen to her podcast first. I am always enticed by the Heinemann podcasts. Sounds like I should give them a try! 🙂

  9. Thanks for the suggestions! I really need to check out the Heinemann podcast – like you, I have so many to-be-read PD books I never seem to get around to!

  10. You brought up great podcasts and some great PD books. Debbie Miller’s new one is on my TBR pile. Have you heard of What Are You Grouping For? by Julie Wright? Such a great book…I also love the Book Love Foundation podcast too.

  11. I have been hooked on podcasts the last six months and just added both of your recommendations to my Stitcher. Excuse me, I’m going to go listen to them….(THANKS!)

  12. Podcasts are mostly undiscovered country for me, though the concept is appealing — especially as an audio-book alternative during car time. Thanks for these pointers to your recent favorites as well as the strategy of sometimes attacking one’s to-read list via the second prong of a to-listen list.

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