The Tom Schimmer Podcast
Public Humility | Jennifer Abrams | Constructed-Response

Public Humility | Jennifer Abrams | Constructed-Response

May 17, 2021

In Don't @ Me (2:11), Tom discusses why public proclamations of humility are really an attempt to cover up a hidden superiority complex. Then, Tom is joined by Jennifer Abrams (13:15) to discuss how we prepare for (and follow through on) difficult conversations. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:04:48), Tom explores the research on quality constructed-response items and offers some suggestions specific to extended written responses.

 

 

 

With Age Comes… | Yvette Jackson | Non-Verbal Cues

With Age Comes… | Yvette Jackson | Non-Verbal Cues

May 10, 2021

In Don't @ Me (1:18), Tom explores the societal contradiction that emerges when we finish the expression, "With Ages Comes Wisdom." Then, Tom is joined by Dr. Yvette Jackson (13:55), author of Pedagogy of Confidence to discuss the equity issue surrounding Special Education and Gifted programs. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:32:14), Tom discusses the formative role of non-verbal cues in making instructional decisions.

 

  • Yvette Jackson does not have an active social media presence.
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  • National Urban Alliance: www.nuatc.org

 

 

Teacher Appreciation | Natalie Vardabasso | Assessment Purpose

Teacher Appreciation | Natalie Vardabasso | Assessment Purpose

May 3, 2021

In Don't @ Me (1:58), Tom expresses his appreciation to all teachers who have, over the past 12-14 months, done heroic work in supporting learners through these unprecedented times. Then, Tom is joined by Natalie Vardabasso (12:57), Assessment Instructional Design Lead at Calgary Academy and host of the EduCrush Podcast. Finally, in Assessment Corner (58:35), Tom discusses the importance of knowing your assessment purpose and why it sets up everything else throughout the assessment cycle.

 

 

 

False Dichotomies | Catlin Tucker | More than Verbs

False Dichotomies | Catlin Tucker | More than Verbs

April 26, 2021

In Don't @ Me (2:06), Tom addresses the current obsession with false dichotomies and asserts that one in education has to stop. Then, Tom is joined by Catlin Tucker (17:05), author, speaker, leader, and expert in Blended Learning to discuss the ways teachers can efficiently and effectively implement a variety of models. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:05:45), Tom highlights why examining standards is more than just identifying the verb; that the depth of thinking must also be considered if assessment tasks are going to rise to the promise of the standards.

 

 

 

 

Father Phil | LaVonna Roth | Homework (2)

Father Phil | LaVonna Roth | Homework (2)

April 19, 2021

In Don't @ Me (2:01), Tom tells the story of Father Phil and why he was responsible for Tom choosing education as a career. Then, Tom is joined by LaVonna Roth (16:26), Founder and Lead Presenter at IGNITE your S.H.I.N.E.™ for a discussion about student strengths, SEL, and neuroscience. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:08:36), Tom, in part 2, explores homework and suggests six important questions every teacher should ask about their homework routines.

 

 

 

 

Debating Both Sides | Muhammad Khalifa | Homework

Debating Both Sides | Muhammad Khalifa | Homework

April 12, 2021

In Don't @ Me (1:50), Tom discusses how, by taking a balanced approach to issues or topics, people end up debating the extreme positions on both sides. Then, Tom is joined by Dr. Muhammad Khalifa (18:07) to discuss his book "Culturally Responsive School Leadership" and racial equity, in general. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:21:48), Tom begins the first of two parts on the topic of homework.

Happiness Booster | Lee Ann Jung | Habits of Learning

Happiness Booster | Lee Ann Jung | Habits of Learning

April 5, 2021

In Don't @ Me (2:37), Tom, as a counter to last week, identifies the most efficient and effective happiness booster. Then, Tom is joined by Dr. Lee Ann Jung (14:37) to discuss sound assessment practices within the Universal Design for Learning framework. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:07:02), Tom describes five guidelines for schools as they separate academic achievement from the most essential habits of learning.

 

 

 

 

Happiness Killer | Defining Success | Transcripts

Happiness Killer | Defining Success | Transcripts

March 29, 2021

In Don't @ Me (2:16), Tom identifies the most efficient and effective happiness killer. Then (15:11) hear how the first 24 guests have answered the question, "What's your definition of success?" Finally, in Assessment Corner (37:02), Tom describes why conversations about a new vision for university transcripts need to be thought through in terms of plausibility for the end-users; that visions that have no real plausibility of execution are counter-productive to bringing about meaningful change. 

 

 

 

Relentless Outrage | Matt Townsley | Leading Change in Assessment (2)

Relentless Outrage | Matt Townsley | Leading Change in Assessment (2)

March 22, 2021

In Don't @ Me (1:24), Tom takes aim at the relentlessly outraged and details why we are all at risk of losing all perspective, resiliency, individuality, & common-sense. Then, Tom is joined by Dr. Matt Townsley (15:30) to discuss the implementation of standards-based grading at the Secondary level. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:11:40), Tom (continuing from last week's episode) uses Dr. John Kotter's research to explore the important phases necessary to transform the assessment & grading culture of a school. 

 

 

 

Happy for Others | Peter DeWitt | Leading Change in Assessment

Happy for Others | Peter DeWitt | Leading Change in Assessment

March 15, 2021

In Don't @ Me (2:45), Tom examines the question of why it's so hard for us to be happy for others. Then, Tom is joined by Dr. Peter DeWitt (17:38) to discuss what it means to be an instructional leader. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:19:07), Tom uses Dr. John Kotter's research to explore the important phases necessary to transform the assessment & grading culture of a school. 

 

 

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