One of the things I've learned while teaching reading and writing to 6th graders is that some -- many? -- of them don't realize how much they read and write. So, I figured I'd create a label on this blog for posts about how I learn and maybe it'll help get some people to realize that they too enjoy learning. Or maybe I'm just over-thinking it and I should get on with the goods.
I end up behind the wheel a fair amount. My parents live four hours from us and Becky's are two hours away. While driving, I end up listening to a lot of podcasts. I've rotated a few in and out over the past few years and I finally have a decent lineup to choose from. I'm always looking for more, so please share in the comments what you listen to.
Here's my current lineup. They're not in any "favorites first" type of order. I just put them into loose categories.
My first degree is in media, specifically radio and television. I've always had an interest in media, though, which is why I find the conversation in On the Media so fascinating. Brooke Gladstone's manifesto is worth checking out to get a feel for the theory behind the show.
We've quickly moved into the "stories" category in my podcast lineup. I love stories. I love reading them, listening to them, and telling them. Just love em. These four podcasts give me all the stories I need. There's always room for more, so let me know if I'm missing some storytelling shows.
I don't consider myself political, but I do like feeling knowledgeable about the current events shaping our world. This is how I fill that bucket.
Maybe this should go under "stories." Or maybe it fits under "current events." Not sure, but it's one of the few of which I never miss an episode.
This Week in Google
I can't say that I always -- or even usually -- finish the full episode of TWIG, but I enjoy the perspectives of the hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Gina Trapani. The show is not all about Google. They cover all kinds of technology news and also go deeper into what that news means.
Mr. Cheatsheet.com's Fantasy Baseball Performance Enhancing Discussions
While I've begun to grow tired of football and I haven't paid attention to the NBA since high school, baseball will always have a special place in my heart. Baseball Today is where I go for news and discussion. Mr. Cheatsheet's PED is where I go to talk baseball with my buddy Luke. Yup, he's Mr. Cheatsheet. And I am the Mrs. to his Mr. You'll need to listen to the first episode for that to make sense.
With Students In Mind
The Center for Make/Hack/Playcast
Write on Through
The Learning Grounds Podcast
Hack Education Weekly Podcast
It wouldn't be a podcast list without a little self-promotion. Besides the self-promotion from the previous paragraph, of course. Matt and I have recorded With Students In Mind off-and-on for more than three years now. Three years! Check it out if you're interested in education topics. The other education podcasts I keep up with are from Bud Hunt, Steve Moore, Zac Chase, and Audrey Watters and Steve Hargadon.
What are you listening to? Feel free to share in the comments.