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Halloween Special 2019
Grab a blanket, get comfortable, and dim the lights for our annual Halloween special. Join Jenny and Greg as they read a classic short horror story. Enjoy!
Happiness Phase Two:
Holding Each Other Able
What do you do when you hear someone make a comment or act in away that goes against one of your core beliefs or your school's core beliefs? Jenny and Greg try to answer that question in this the final episode of our Happiness Phase 2 series. Enjoy!
Happiness Phase Two:
How is your presence?
How you show up matters. It matters a great deal. How we act and carry ourselves often speaks much louder than our actual words. Join Greg and Jenny as they dig into the concept of presence and learn how to level up during difficult situations.
Happiness Phase Two:
As we continue our dive back into Happiness we find ourselves reflecting on values and how you can come to your core values. Join Greg and Jenny in this episode as they talk all things values and provide ways to hone in on values as well as to keep a check on them.
Happiness Phase Two:
What is happiness? What determines our happiness? Join Greg and Jenny as they jump back into the topic of happiness to answer these questions. Three years ago we spent eight episodes going through different happiness tactics. Phase 2 will be adding onto those and bringing it to more of an individual level. Enjoy!
Summer Bonus Episode
(Just for Fun)
It is summer time! What do Jenny and Greg enjoy most about summer time? Well, find out here. There is a pretty solid 5 minutes on one of Iowa's most iconic foods, corn on the cob! This is one of those episodes that you may want to simply listen to on a walking, car ride, etc.
The Growth Mindset Coach
With Annie Brock Part 2
Join Greg and Jenny as they continue talking with Annie Brock author of "The Growth Mindset Coach" a book that lays out the what and how of teacher mindset to our children. Follow her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/msanniebrock?lang=en and check out her book here:
The Growth Mindset Coach
With Annie Brock Part 1
Join Greg and Jenny as they dive back into the world of growth mindset. This time they are joined by Annie Brock author of "The Growth Mindset Coach" a book that lays out the what and how of teacher mindset to our children. Follow her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/msanniebrock?lang=en and check out her book here:
Write you Story: Journaling
With Jon Barth
Join Greg, Jenny, and author Jon Barth as they dig into the power of journaling. In this episode you will hear powerful stories of impact from journaling as well as tips and strategies to support you along the way. Journaling is far more than simply writing words - this is a reflective practice. Check out Jon's books and resources at
Utilizing video as a professional learning tool with Adam Geller
Join Greg and Jenny as they dig into using video as a tool for professional growth. This is the second time we have discussed this topic and this time we are joined by guest Adam Geller who is the author of "Evidence of Practice Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning" Find more from Adam here: Edthena: Evidence of Practice:
How Guided Reading Works: Wrapping it up
Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss their favorite parts of the guided reading series. This concludes the official series but we will continue to drop shows with a literacy focus along with many other topics. This show also includes the first song we have ever recorded. Enjoy!
How Guided Reading Works: Interview with Jan Richardson
Join Jenny and Greg as they sit down with Jan Richardson author of "The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading" book. A great conversation about guided reading, fluency, and the important role that guided reading plays in a child's education.
How Guided Reading Works: Centers W/ Megan Scherrman
We have spent a lot of time talking about what is happening at the reading table during guided reading. But, what do the rest of the kids do? Well you are in luck. In this episode of the series we dive into centers/stations and talk about how to connect them to guided reading and other areas. Enjoy!
How Guided Reading Works: Comprehension W/ Tiffany Shekleton
One of the greatest parts of Jan Richardson's model of guided reading is that it includes plenty of comprehension instruction. Join Jenny, Greg, and Tiffany Shekleton a 2nd grade teacher at Epworth Elementary as they talk comprehension. Although heavily focused on Jan Richardson's Next Step Forward book there are certainly plenty of nuggets of information for all spread throughout.
How Guided Reading Works: Fluent Readers
What do you do when kids no longer need word work, decoding, and phonics... do they just graduate from Guided Reading? No not at all they move into fluent lessons and double down on vocab and comprehension. Join Jenny and Greg as they continue the "How Guided Reading Works" series.
How Guided Reading Works: Transitional Readers
Join Jenny and Greg as they dive into and discuss the work horse of the guided reading lessons. Transitional readers could start at 1st grade and go well past 4th. This is also where we begin to see three day lessons with more time dedicated to the writing process.
Growth Mindset: Beyond a catch Phrase
Growth mindset could very well be one of the biggest buzz words in education at this point. For the past several years Jenny and Greg have explored what it looks like to bring the concept of a growth mindset into school. Join them as they talk about five key components to make this more than a catch phrase. This was also our first live show so enjoy! Finally, we discuss GRIT stations which are group challenges kids work on. We failed to mention that in the show.
How Guided Reading Works: Early Readers (Part 6)
The adventure continues as Greg and Jenny move past the beginning stage of reading and move into the early reading stages. Join them as they discuss what guided reading looks like as kids start to advance though the levels.
Christmas Extravaganza 2018
The stockings are hung, the lights are strung, the hot chocolate is poured. It can only mean that it's time for the annual ICCpodcast Christmas Special. Grab a blanket, a warm cup of coco, and get comfy as Greg and Jenny exchange gifts that reflect personality traits and values. Disclaimer: no education content but you should laugh.
How Guided Reading Works: Emergent Readers (Part 5)
Join Greg and Jenny as they dive into Emergent lessons for young readers. This lesson plan typically utilizes level A-C books. Even if you are not looking to completely change your guided reading time there are plenty of little take a ways that could be very helpful in this episode.
How Guided Reading Works: Pre-A and Letters (Part 4)
Can preschoolers and early kindergarten students be in a guided reading lesson? You better believe it. Join Greg and Jenny as they dig into what a pre reader guided reading lesson looks like. From name puzzles to interactive writing this episode is packed with reading ideas for very early readers.
Stories Are Powerful: A Halloween Special (2018)
Jenny and Greg have talked about the power of stories as a teaching tool in past episodes. In this Halloween special they demonstrate the power of stories by reading "Harrington's Hearse" a short horror story by author Lake Lopez. So dim the lights, bunker yourself in a corner, pull the blanket up, and enjoy! Check out Lake's other content at http://www.thescarystory.com/
How Guided Reading Works: Assessment (Part 3)
The word assessment is like nails on a chalk board for many educators. It doesn't have to be this way though. Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss assessment that matters, allows us to know our students, and guides our instruction. This is the third part of our "How Guided Reading Works Series" enjoy!
10ish Learns and goals for the year(2018-2019)
The beginning of the year is always a great time to sit back and reflect on what we want to change or do differently in the upcoming year. Join Greg and Jenny as they dig into their goals for the year and somethings they are trying a bit different this year. Greg even breaks into song 3 times in the episode! Enjoy.
Burnout Part 1 With Dan Butler
In the past several decades dozens and dozens of responsibilities have been added to teachers and school leaders. However, not a minute has been added to the length of the school day. The stress of this has been leading to teacher burnout throughout our country. Join Greg and Jenny as they sit down with Dan Butler and discuss what leads to and causes teacher burnout.
Burnout Part 2 With Dan Butler
Join Greg, Jenny, and Dan as the wrap up the conversation about teacher burnout. Fear not as in this episode they discuss ways to prevent and combat teacher burnout. Burnout is a real thing and in this episode you will get a few pointers on how to address and prevent this problem.
Buddy Berry Live @ KPEC in Dubuque, IA
Buddy Berry is a practicing superintendent in Kentucky. He has transformed his district and community through his philosophy of “Light Your School on Fire.” Join Greg and guest host Kelly as they breakdown Buddy’s 3 key philosophies to driving school change. This was recorded at the KPEC conference in Dubuque, IA in an open format.
LaVonna Roth Live @ KPEC Conference
LaVonna Roth is the founder of Ignite Your Shine. Join Greg and guest host Kelly as they sit down and talk to LaVonna about her core SHINE principles and other takeaways from her keynote address at the KPEC Conference in Dubuque, IA. This was recorded live and in an open setting.
How guided reading works: an introduction (Part 1)
Guided reading…it is one of the largest blocks of time in any elementary classroom. There are multiple groups learning to read and comprehend material at their specific instructional level. It is also one of the most questioned times of the day for many teachers. Join Greg and Jenny as they dig into the concept of guided reading and discuss an overview of what it is and what it should entail.
HOw guided reading works: Mindset Shifts (Part 2)
It is often said that someone who went to school in the 1800s would recognize much of the same concepts and teaching techniques in the classroom today. In some situations this is sadly true, however, many in education are pushing the boundaries of their thinking and practice to deliver top notch instruction to students. Join Greg and Jenny as they dive into the latest mindset shifts in today’s literacy world.
Christmas Extravaganza 2017
Wait what...JHills favorite Christmas food memory is cheese curds? You mean GD enjoys Christmas songs in the tune of Metallica and ACDC? Join Greg and Jenny as they share some Christmas memories and joys in the sencond annaul Christmas special. This episode contains zero education content
Ask Powerful Questions with Will Wise Part 3/3
In part three of this three part podcast series Greg and Jenny sit down and talk with author of Ask Powerful Questions Will Wise and discuss why vs. what/how questions and the power of empathy.
Ask Powerful Questions with Will Wise Part 2/3
In part two of this three part podcast series Greg and Jenny sit down and talk with author of Ask Powerful Questions Will Wise and discuss the importance of rapport and listening
Ask Powerful Questions with Will Wise Part 1/3
In part one of this three part podcast series Greg and Jenny sit down and talk with author of Ask Powerful Questions Will Wise and discuss the importance of sharing our intentions within collaboration, team time, and conversations.
Stories - A Powerful Teaching Tool
Stories...we all have them. We have all learned from the stories of others and most likely shared some of our own. Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss the power of story as an instructional strategy. From why stories matter to tips and tricks for powerful story telling this episode is packed full of helpful content to get us started on our story telling adventure.
10 Things we learned kicking off the year
Education is unique in that there are set ends and beginnings to our work. Join Greg and Jenny as they reflect, laugh, and dig into 10 things that they learned as they started a new school year. Additional show note: sorry to the late Johnny Cash for Greg’s attempt at singing Man in Black with a twist…
Falling Up - Happiness Series 8/8
So often we are told that when we fall down there are only two options. We are worse off than we were before, or at the very least the same. Join Greg and Jenny as they fight back against this mindset and discuss a third option that we often ignore. This is the conclusion of an eight part serious on the Happiness Advantage.
Social Investment - happiness series 7/8
Education is the ultimate people buisness. Each day we all have the oppurtunity to impact the lives around us. The crazy thing is when we invest in others our happiness increases! Join Greg and Jenny as they dig into the principle of social investment and how it relates to happiness.
Zorro Circles - Happiness Series 6/8
Have you ever taken on a large task? We all have and it is challenging to complete large tasks as a whole. Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss a method of breaking down tasks into smaller "Zorro Circles." This is a podcast in a series on The Happiness Advantage.
The Tetris Effect Happiness Series 5/8
If we are looking for red cars we will find red cars. The same is true for positives and happiness. Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss a positive Tetris Effect.
Mindset Matters Happiness Series 4/8
How we view things often becomes the reality. Join Greg and Jenny as they continue working through a series on Happiness as they dig into mindset.
Happiness Matters Happiness Series 3/8
What comes first, success or happiness? Often we assume that success is what leads to our happiness, however, this isn’t really the case. Join Greg and Jenny as the share some thoughts and insights on the power of happiness.
Parable Overview Happiness Series 2/8
Greg and Jenny have been gearing up to share about the “Happiness Advantage” that their district is going through. In the last podcast Mr. Colpitts shared the reasons that the district is pursuing positive psychology district wide. In the coming podcasts Greg and Jenny will be reflecting on and sharing principals to happiness. “The Orange Frog” parable by Shawn Achor will give us all some common language moving forward. With that, sit back, relax, and enjoy the story and reflections.
Over View Orange Frog With Guest Rick Colpitts Happiness Series 1/8
The research behind the benifits of positive psychology shows that it has a big impact on an organization. The Western Dubuque Community School District is digging in and training staff members through the happiness advantage. Join Greg and Jenny as they kick of a series on positivity.
Trevor Ragan From KPEC Conferece (2017)
Trevor Ragan has been on a mission to learn about the growth that comes from failure. Join Greg and guest host Kelly Simon as they talk with Trevor about dancing with fear and coming out stronger in the end.
Joe Beckman from KPEC Conference (2017)
Join Greg and guest host Kelly Simon as they sit down with motivation ninja Joe Beckman and discuss the importance of human to human knee to knee connection.
Pete Hall From KPEC Conference (2017)
Pete Hall sits down with Greg and Kelly (guest co-host) to discuss the power of reflection at Keystone's KPEC conference in Dubuque, IA. (This was recorded in an open room which may lead to some differences in volume from time to time.)
The WorkShop Model
Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss the key aspects to the workshop model of teaching. MiniLessons, stations, centers, conferencing, etc. are covered in this lesson. Check out iccpodcast.com for more shows.
They Need us Now more than Ever W/ Dan Butler
The world of politics as gone wild! In many aspects public education is under attack from many directions. Our leaders are not always the role models our kids need. Join Greg and Jenny as they talk with Dan Butler about what students need from us now in the midst of uncertain times.
Movement in the Classroom (Part 1)
Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss the reasons and benefits of getting students out of their desks and moving around. You will also find great ideas on how to get kids moving in the classroom.
Movement in the Classroom (Part 2) With guest Monika Steffen
The days of students sitting in desks for hours on end throughout the school day are on their way out. Join Greg and Jenny as they sit down with Monika Steffen a behavior specialist teacher and discuss the benefits of getting students up and moving. Monika gives a solid case for the need for movement and provides beneficial TIPS to help you carry out this work in your classroom or school.
Quick Tips to Thinking Prompts
Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss the power of thinking prompts. From videos to pictures to hey even a podcast could be used as a thinking prompt. Greg and Jenny will discuss types and uses of many different thinking prompts.
Christmas Special (2016)
Join Greg and Jenny as they countdown their top 5 favorite things about the Christmas season. FYI this has zero education content and is put out as a way to get to know your ICC Podcast hosts. If you are looking for something more education content rich please check out our additional podcasts.
Growth Mindset Activities in the Classroom
Greg and Jenny wrap up a four part podcast series on growth mindset by discussing things that they have seen happen in classrooms. A lot of the activities are difficult to describe so please reach out with any questions at www.instructionalcoachingcorner.com through listener mail or the contacts.
Mindset With Kelly Simon
Kelly Simon has been leading the Western Dubuque Community School District in a shift of mindset for the past five years. Join Greg, Jenny, and special guest Kelly Simon as they discuss growth mindset and positive thinking at an organizational level. It is all about the people! This is part 3 of a 4 part series on Growth Mindset.
Mindset Train Ugly (Part 1)
Growth Mindset is one of the most used phrases in education. Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss not only mindset but how to apply it to the lives of students, teachers, and ourselves. This is part one of a two part series where they sit down with Trevor Ragan from www.trainugly.com.
Mindset Train Ugly (Part 2)
Growth Mindset is one of the most used phrases in education. Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss not only mindset but how to apply it to the lives of students, teachers, and ourselves. This is part two of a two part series where they sit down with Trevor Ragan from www.trainugly.com.
Quick TIPs to a happier school
Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss little things that make a big impact on the culture, climate, and moral of a school (organizations) staff. If you have comments or thoughts please share them under the "Listener Mail" section at www.instructionalcoachingcorner.com
Video Recording Lessons
Video is a powerful tool that can help teachers and coaches see what it looks like as they do what they do. Join Greg and Jenny as they discuss the ins and outs of utilizing video for this purpose.
TIps and tricks to effective team collaboration
This is the first episode that Greg and Jenny have put together. The orignial audio would not open so it is being reuploaded. Sorry, if it is popping up as a new podcast in your feed and you have already heard it. Feel free however to take a trip to the beginning of the ICCpodcast where the time ran long and the audio was a bit choppy. Listen to Greg and Jenny talk about effective team work in this episode. Please leave us a review and comment wherever you listen to your podcasts from. Be awesome!
What is Love...?
Love is a tricky word right? You can love a spouse and you can love bacon... Love is a huge motivator as well, maybe the biggest of all motivators. Join Jenny and Greg as they dive into the word Love.