The Tom Schimmer Podcast
Funny about Money | Tim Cavey | High School GPA

Funny about Money | Tim Cavey | High School GPA

February 28, 2022

In Don't @ Me (2:36), Tom opens with an observation about how people have a funny relationship with money. Then, Tom is joined by MS Assistant Principal and the host of the Teachers on Fire podcast, Tim Cavey (13:50) for a conversation about an array of educational topics. Finally, in Assessment Corner (49:08), Tom answers a listener question about High School GPA, credit & grade determination.

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Advocate Honestly | Tom Murray | Trauma-Informed Assessment (2)

Advocate Honestly | Tom Murray | Trauma-Informed Assessment (2)

February 21, 2022

In Don't @ Me (2:09), Tom calls on all educators to advocate their positions honestly, rather than resorting to creating caricatures on the other side of a debate. Then, Tom is joined by Dr. Thomas Murrary (9:33) for a conversation about what means for students to be "future-ready." Finally, in Assessment Corner (57:05), Tom (in part 3 of 3) shares his thoughts on which assessment & grading practices are trauma-informed, as they serve to create an atmosphere of calm rather than fear.

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Leave Wordle Alone | Allison Dillard | Trauma-Informed Assessment

Leave Wordle Alone | Allison Dillard | Trauma-Informed Assessment

February 14, 2022

In Don't @ Me (2:25), Tom expresses his concern that we - educators and society as a whole - are on the verge of ruining "Wordle," the online viral trend of 2022 so far. Then, Tom is joined by adjunct professor and podcast host Allison Dillard (10:09) for a conversation about MAth instruction. Finally, in Assessment Corner (46:41), Tom (in part 2 of 3) shares his thoughts on why being trauma-informed with our assessment practices is needed.

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Generation Wrong? | Defining Success | Emotional Side of Assessment

Generation Wrong? | Defining Success | Emotional Side of Assessment

February 7, 2022

In Don't @ Me (2:51), Tom opens with a question about why society defers to the younger generations to set societal norms and whether they ever get it wrong. Then, the podcast circles back (17:01) to previous guests and how they each defined success. Finally, in Assessment Corner (37:13), Tom begins a three-part exploration or think aloud about trauma-informed assessment practices; part one this week focuses is on the emotional side of assessment.

 

 

 

 

 

Ruining Words | Susan Brookhart | Trust the Process

Ruining Words | Susan Brookhart | Trust the Process

January 31, 2022

In Don't @ Me (2:05), Tom opens with a warning about how overusing words will ruin them and weaken their impact. Then, Tom is joined by renowned researcher, Susan Brookhart (10:48) for a conversation about a breadth of assessment and grading topics. Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:02:27), Tom shares some experiences he's had in supporting schools and districts in their efforts to transform their assessment and grading cultures and why you, especially if you are part of leading this effort, need to trust the process.

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Why Not You? | Heather Lyon | Instructional Efficiency

Why Not You? | Heather Lyon | Instructional Efficiency

January 24, 2022

In Don't @ Me (2:50), Tom opens this week with a simple question that can shift your mindset away from self-doubt. Then, Tom is joined by educator and author, Heather Lyon (13:15) for a conversation about student engagement. Finally, in Assessment Corner (57:30), Tom revisits an important residual effect of formative assessment and that is becoming more instructional efficient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enough with the Fluff | Monica Burns | Would You Accept It?

Enough with the Fluff | Monica Burns | Would You Accept It?

January 17, 2022

In Don't @ Me (1:52), Tom opens this week with a rant about how he's had enough with the educational fluff that seems to be more prominent than ever. Then, Tom is joined by educator, author, and EdTech expert Dr. Monica Burns (12:10) for a conversation about how to effectively and efficiently infuse technology into our classroom practices. Finally, in Assessment Corner (51:48), Tom highlights one simple question you can use to audit your assessment practices and know whether or not it’s something you should continue to utilize.

 

 

Impact | Andrew Maxey | Overcorrection

Impact | Andrew Maxey | Overcorrection

January 10, 2022

In Don't @ Me (2:17), Tom opens this week by sharing his #OneWord for 2022. Then, Tom is joined by educator and author Andrew Maxey (11:52) for a conversation centered on his newly released book, "Elephant in the Classroom: Tracing the Complexity of Teaching by Exploring 13 Competencies and Practices."   Finally, in Assessment Corner (58:47), Tom addresses what he sees as an overcorrection in the field with our assessment practices and why trading one restriction for another is counterproductive.

 

 

Here We Go Again | George Sugai (Pt. 2) | Your Assessment Journey

Here We Go Again | George Sugai (Pt. 2) | Your Assessment Journey

December 13, 2021

In Don't @ Me (1:52), Tom opens with a recent experience that reminded him that even the smallest connections can make the biggest difference. Then, Tom is joined by George Sugai (12:24) in part two of their conversation about PBIS; they specifically talk about positive reinforcement & the critical role of Tier 2 interventions.  Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:08:11), Tom focuses on every educator's assessment journey and the one piece of advice that matters the most!

 

  • George Sugai Email: george.sugai@uconn.edu

 

I‘m Doing That! | George Sugai | Think They‘re Right

I‘m Doing That! | George Sugai | Think They‘re Right

December 6, 2021

In Don't @ Me (2:11), Tom opens by recounting his work with George Sugai in the early 2000s and describes why George is on his Mount Rushmore of career influencers. Then, Tom is joined by George Sugai (14:04) in part one of their conversation about the origins of the OSEP Center for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.  Finally, in Assessment Corner (1:04:28), Tom focuses on the importance of student mindset and belief and how it greatly influences their receptivity to feedback and their willingness to keep learning.

 

  • George Sugai does not have a web or social media presence.

 

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