James Dean – The Gap Between Research and Reality

Planning Period Podcast
James Dean - The Gap Between Research and Reality

Hello, and welcome to Episode 88 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.

Before I get to this week’s episode, I have an exciting announcement! Planning Period Podcast is participating in its first in-person meetup! I will be joining up with Chris Nesi, Stacy Lindes, and AJ Bianco of Podcast PD, and others at ISTE 2019 in Philly. The meetup will be on Sunday, June 23rd at 6 pm. We will be meeting at Pat’s King of Steaks. We are going to do the Pat’s vs. Geno’s challenge, which means eat a cheesesteak at Pat’s then go across the street to Geno’s. So, if you’d like to meet me and other education podcasters, and you’ll be in Philly on Sunday, join us at Pat’s King of Steaks, June 23rd at 6 pm!

This week on the show I am joined by James Dean. James is a former classroom teacher, and current representative for Thinking Maps. James and I have talked at a couple of different conferences now and when he suggested some other guests for the show, I asked if he would come on the show as well.

James and I talk about how worksheets won’t innovate your school, the variables that impact and hinder change in schools, what Thinking Maps are and how to use them, the disconnect between research and reality of what’s going to improve our schools and student learning, that the test will work itself out if you’re just teaching kids and doing the right thing for kids, how instructional coaches can be critical to making change happen, the importance of connecting on Twitter and other social media,

So, sit back and enjoy Episode 88 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with James Dean.


James, thanks so much for an awesome chat.

To connect with James, find him on twitter @James_C_Dean or email him james@thinkingmaps.com.

If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler, and now on Instagram @BradShreffler as well. I love to hear from you there. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, the Feedback Page on my website gives you options for feedback as well, which you can find at BradShreffler.com/Feedback. And I look forward to meeting some of you at ISTE on Sunday, June 23rd at 6 pm!

Until next week, think about teaching, not testing.

Music provided by:

Vicious by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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