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Author: Deedee Wills and Adam Peterson

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The Classroom Collaborative Teacher Podcast is a show about teaching, classroom, and education. Join Deedee Wills and Adam Peterson we tackle new classroom tips and tricks in every episode. Our hearts are centered in primary education with our years of experience in Pre-K, kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade classrooms, but we also connect with outside experts and teachers throughout the K-12 professional development. This teacher podcast is for you! Support this podcast:
77 Episodes
Adam and Deedee chat about the #betheyellow movement and the worldwide celebration called Make Someone's Day Yellow! Visit for more information! Get the FREE pack here: English Version Spanish Version --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam chat with Hilary Statum. Hilary is a teacher out of Tennessee!  In this episode, Hilary discusses her life in the classroom while balancing pregnancy, motherhood, and life! Here is where you can find Hilary Pencils to Pigtails Blog Instagram Facebook Pinterest --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam talk about ways to take learning outside!  The weather is starting to get warmer so why not take the kiddos outside! You can find some ideas in Adam's book, Teach, Play, Learn!: How to Create a Purposeful Play-Driven Classroom Here are a few additional places you can get inspiration! 63 Outdoor Learning Activities 130+ FREE Outdoor Learning Activities For Kids Unexpectedly Stuck at Home --- Support this podcast:
The Educator Summit!

The Educator Summit!


In this bonus episode, Deedee and Adam discuss the upcoming event of the summer - The Educator Summit! I am thrilled to announce that I will be a featured presenter at The Educator Summit!  The Educator Summit is a three-day virtual conference with over 30 sessions presented by nationally recognized educational leaders. As an attendee of the summit you will receive: ·  Over 30 hours of on-demand professional development sessions ·  The ability to watch and replay to all of the sessions until September 27, 2021* ·  Certificate of attendance (please check with your district for their requirements) ·  Exclusive VIP free products that have been created specifically for this event *30 days for The Keynote Speakers Check out all of the event information and keynote speakers by going to: --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam share some of their favorite books and some top picks that are available now! Here are some of the books that were discussed: Mrs. Spritzer's Garden Just Read Jasper and Ollie My Teacher is a Robot Dude! Just Ask! Dancing Hands Are We There Yet? --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam talk about a few of their favorite teacher-related YouTube channel recommendations for teachers. Here is a list with links to their channels: The Lettered Classroom Kris Szajner (Tech) Pocketful of Primary IMSE (Orton-Gillingham Training) The Kinderhearted Classroom ESGI Assessments and Webinars TedX Talk Parent to Parent (Matt Glover writing) --- Support this podcast:
Adam and Deedee are joined by their good friend, Cindy Price.  Cindy is a first-grade teacher in Delaware and has been teaching virtually since last March of 2020.   She explains how she maintains her energy despite being pulled in so many directions.   --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam discuss ways to support not only your multilingual students but all of your students through 5 specific strategies that were discussed in the Edutopia article. Read this article for yourself by visiting: Supporting Multilingual Students in the Early Grades You can find this free website for wonderful photos that will help spark conversations and help build student background knowledge: Photos for Class --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam talk about ways to increase the writing your students do across all of the subjects. Why? "Writing about content material facilitates learning by consolidating information in long-term memory." Professor Steve Graham from the Teachers College at Arizona State University Having students write down what they understand about a topic, helps to identify gaps in their understanding. How? Here are a few of the suggestions that were listed in the article: I "wonder" journals Travel journals Low-stakes writing Student-created magazines Creative writing Read this entire article by clicking: The Research is in:  Why Students Should Write in All Subjects Additional ideas to incorporate writing throughout the day: Project-Based Learning Anywhere by Dr. Lori Elliott A Place for Wonder | Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades by Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam chat with Katie Mense about her new book, Yani, the Yeti.  Katie shares about the process she went through to self publish her first children's book!   Katie offers her tips for finding an illustrator to make the story come to life. You can find this book on Amazon Affiliate link by clicking:  Yani the Yeti: and the Power of Yet Here are a few of the links to resources we mentioned in the podcast: Yeti Mountain Adventure Kindergarten Classroom Transformation Yani the Yeti and the Power of Yet: Book Companion Activities FREE Yani the Yeti and the Power of Yet Coloring sheet Here is how you can find Katie Mense: Little Kinder Warriors Blog Little Kinder Warriors on Instagram Little Kinder Warriors on Facebook --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam chat with Ryan Nevius from Illinois ASCD.  Every year, this is a massive Pre-K and Kindergarten conference that is going virtual this year.  Ryan shares how nimble they needed to be to bring amazing content to teachers everywhere!  Learn more about this conference by clicking. ILLINOIS ASCD 2021 PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN CONFERENCE --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam discuss ways to check for understanding digitally.  Back in 2015, an article was written for The Reading Teacher, but it seems like it was made for 2020-2021!  Teachers today have expressed how challenging it is to keep students engaged during distance learning.   Some of these tools may help improve student involvement while also providing great feedback around student understanding. Here are a few of the tools Adam and Deedee discussed: Kahoots Socrative Poll Everywhere Doodle Buddy Quizizz Seesaw Ozmo BOOM Learning You can find the article that Deedee and Adam discussed in: The Reading Teacher Vol.69 Issue 3 November/December 2015 --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam discuss an article from The Reading Teacher on text selection and integration.  The article titled, "Five Steps Towards Successful Culturally Relevant Text Selection and Integration," walks teachers through the changing demographics and the need for culturally responsive pedagogy.  Here is some information that you might find helpful: The Reading Teacher Vol.71, NO.3 pp 295-307  November/December 2017 Websites with Book Lists American Indian Youth Literature Award Americas Award Arab American Book Award  Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Batchelder Award Belpre Medal Caldecott Medal Carter G Woodson Book Award Children's Africana Book Award Coretta Scott King Book Award ILA Notable Books for a Global Society Jane Addams Children's Book Award Newbery Medal Skipping Stopes Honor Awards Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Suggested Additional Professional Reading Unpack Your Impact: How Two Primary Teachers Ditched Problematic Lessons and Built a Culture-Centered Curriculum Teachers Who Share Book Ideas on Social Media Vera Ahiyya The Tutu Teacher on Instagram Mike at The Book Wrangler on Instagram --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam catch up after a long winter break and chat about some fun ways to make the 100th day of school as fun as possible in this ever-changing year of education! --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam sit down with Cynthia Kaye to talk about the exciting new learning platform from Alive Studios called Zoo Camp! Students learn letters and sounds with live teacher instruction and engagement. HINT: Adam is the teacher! Learn more: --- Support this podcast:
Get your copy of PrincipalED From fighting wildland fires with the U.S. Forest Service to putting out fires in the classroom, education was the last place that Rachael thought she’d end up.  It wasn’t until a hard conversation with a base manager in Grangeville, Idaho did Rachael realize she needed to put her chainsaw down and make a bigger impact on the world.  Rachael is a member of the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2015 and currently serves as the principal of Sandy Grade School in the Oregon Trail School District.  Over the past seven years, Sandy Grade School has moved from being one of the lowest ranked elementary schools in the state of Oregon to performing in the top 20% of elementary schools.  Sandy Grade School has been recognized by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) as a Model School for closing the achievement gap.  Prior to serving as an elementary principal, she was a middle school principal of an “outstanding” and two-time “Level 5: Model School” as recognized by the State of Oregon.  Rachael serves as the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators President Elect, is the NAESP State Representative for Oregon, and is an NAESP Fellow. Rachael just released her first book PrincipalED: Navigating the Leadership Learning Curve with two friends and has two other books in the works. She specializes in curriculum development, instructional improvement as well as working with at-risk students and closing the achievement gap.  Connect with Rachael on Twitter @DrRachaelGeorge. --- Support this podcast:
In this episode Deedee and Adam talked about trying to find gratitude in this moment in time. --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam continue their discussion on how to help students who are struggling to learn to read. They discuss the Orton-Gillingham approach to instruction. Join them! --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam discuss how to help students who are struggling to learn to read. They discuss the Orton-Gillingham approach to instruction. Join them! --- Support this podcast:
Deedee and Adam are joined again by their special friend Tara Martin. In this episode, Tara gives a preview of some of the teacher professional reading books that are available through Dave Burgess Publishing! --- Support this podcast:
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