Welcome to the Teacher Learning Sessions To Be Listened To List!
It’s like Someday Pages for the ears.
Here is a podcast you may want to add to your TBLT List:
The New Yorker Radio Hour from The New Yorker and WNYC.
In print, The New Yorker is one of my favorite magazines. I was fired up to learn they had teamed with WNYC to start a podcast. The show premiered last week and will come out weekly.
Episode 1 includes a great interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me, a memoir of childhood friendship and growing up as a person of color in a small New England town, an interview about sexism in Washington, a profile of a punk pop band, and more. My reaction: wow! I loved it.
I was surprised when I went to the iTunes listing for this and saw a bunch of negative reviews after the first episode came out last week. I can only speculate that two off-putting aspects of the show are the length–it is a radio hour–and the fact that the first segment was the audio equivalent of their Shouts and Murmurs piece.
I’m sure their research shows that Shouts and Murmurs is where most people go first in the print magazine, but I’m also sure that a one-page humor piece is an easy read and a trickier listen when it becomes a minute or two radio theatre performance.
I hope listeners give the show a chance. The show may not be typical podcast fair, if future episodes live up to what they set as early standards, it may be more.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments section below.
Here’s what’s on my TBLT list…
I’m on a WNYC podcast kick lately. Here is how they describe this episode: “It’s about the late hip-hop producer J Dilla’s personal tape collection, and the quest to get it into the hands of the right person: Dilla’s mom. The contents of the tapes remained a total mystery until she popped them in a cassette player, during this episode. What’s on them is pretty remarkable.”
What’s on yours? Leave it in the comments below. I’d love to hear about the podcasts that interest you. And other people reading this would benefit from it, too.
If you missed any episodes from our podcast network this week, you can catch up this weekend.
Stories from the Teaching Life from Penny Kittle. Last week’s episode was “Wings, Shoes, Stories, Truths.” In this episode, Penny’s story is about her high school classroom and the costumes her students wear.
Teachers Ask Jen Serravallo. Last week responded to a question from Allison about the differences between guided reading and strategy lessons, when to use each, and why. And, she talked about a question from Glenda, asked about balancing it all in her upper elementary reading workshop.
Re:Teaching, Conversations with Educators. Last week Katherine Sokolowski talked about story in the classroom, writing with her students, what she’s reading, her work on Nerdy Book Club, and the importance of her PLN and how you can improve and build yours as well. That’s a lot!
If you listen to our podcasts on iTunes, please take a moment to leave a review and a rating. Your input helps other teachers learn what the shows are about, helps us know if we’re producing shows you enjoy, and helps the shows get heard by others. Thank you very much.
And also, Happy Halloween!