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The Classroom Collaborative

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Join the conversation on all things education! Deedee Wills and Adam Peterson discuss tips, tricks, current trends, and more - all related to teachers!

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How to Decompress During Stressful Times

May 14th, 2020

30:34

There is no doubt that this moment in time of distance learning is stressful. Teachers are being asked to stretch themselves in ways that nobody …

Virtual Field Trips

April 30th, 2020

20:30

During this time of social distancing, taking students on a virtual field trip might be exactly what you need! Deedee and Adam discuss a few ideas for virtual field trips.

Find a few additional suggestions at:

Next Level Teaching w/ Jonathan Alsheimer

April 20th, 2020

30:47

Adam and Deedee sit down to talk to Jonathan Alsheimer, the author of the book, Next Level Teaching. Jonathan is an international speaker and they talk about the limitless impact teachers have on their classroom and …

Embrace, Love, Free with special guest Justin Sandler

April 13th, 2020

57:26

Deedee and Adam sit down to talk with director, film maker, actor, drummer, writer, speaker, and cancer survivor, Justin Sandler.  Justin shared his positive message of how he overcame obstacles and how you can too! …

Tools For Teaching Remotely!

April 13th, 2020

36:36

Deedee and Adam sit down to talk about tools teachers can use during this time of distance learning.
-Seesaw https://web.seesaw.me/
-Flipgrid

5 Must-Have Technology Sites for Kids with Guest Mary Amoson

March 30th, 2020

28:18

Adam and Deedee site down with their good friend, Mary Amoson.  Mary shares her favorite technology sites for primary grade students.  There is even …

Balanced Literacy: Writing Instruction

March 30th, 2020

29:37

Deedee and Adam discuss writing instruction in the primary grades. They will share their tips for keeping writing instruction fresh and how to instill the love of writing for yourself and your students.

Recommended …

LIVE Episode: Teaching Remotely

March 20th, 2020

37:49

With the closings of schools due to the Clovid-19 virus, teachers are working in overdrive to try to create meaningful lessons and connections with …

Powering Through Self-Doubt with guest, Tara Martin

March 16th, 2020

31:34

The Classroom Collaborative Teacher Podcast: Powering Through Self-Doubt with guest, Tara Martin.

Adam and Deedee sit down with instructional coach, …

Balanced Literacy Part 4: Phonemic Awareness

March 3rd, 2020

24:50

In today's teacher podcast, Deedee and Adam continue their conversation about balanced literacy and the importance of phonemic awareness in early childhood education. They discuss the importance of segmentation and …

Balanced Literacy Chat with Melissa Leach

March 3rd, 2020

26:28

In today's teacher podcast, Deedee and Adam sit down to talk to literacy professional staff developer, Melissa Leach. Deedee and Adam continue their conversation surrounding balanced literacy and the implications for …

BALANCED LITERACY PART 3 – PHONICS INSTRUCTION

March 3rd, 2020

31:52

TEACHER PODCAST PHONICS INSTRUCTION
In this teacher podcast episode, Deedee and Adam talk about phonics instruction in light of the science of reading. As life long learners, Deedee and Adam discuss how, sometimes, …

Balanced Literacy - Part 2: Sight Words

February 10th, 2020

28:52

In this podcast episode, Deedee and Adam talk about a new approach to teaching sight words in elementary classrooms. Based on the research, they discuss how sight words can actually be part of your explicit phonics …

Finding Your Authentic Self with Jeff Koziatek!

January 28th, 2020

24:44

Finding your authentic self with Jeff Koziatek!

Adam and Deedee had the honor of chatting with Jeff Koziatek about how teachers can be true to themselves and bring out the best in those around them.

Learn more about …

What is Balanced Literacy? Part 1 - Phonics

January 28th, 2020

34:36

What is Balanced Literacy: Part 1-Phonics

Deedee and Adam discuss the alarming statistics on language-related learning challenges and how that influences classroom instructional practices. They offer practical advice on …

Teach Better in 2020 with special guest Rae Hughart

January 7th, 2020

22:21

Ep 24: Teach Better in 2020 with special guest Rae Hughart

"Teach better today than you did yesterday. Teach better tomorrow than we did today." - Rae Hughart

Three Tips for 2020:
1. Allowing your students to own their …

Make Someone's Day Yellow...All Year Long!!!

January 2nd, 2020

37:04

How can we make kindness an active part of our community? Adam will share the movement he started in 2013 that has spread around the nation.
Y: It starts with you
E: Engaging in a conversation
L: Listen
L: Learn
O: …

Growing Professionally with Dave and Shelley Burgess

December 24th, 2019

30:36

Deedee and Adam are joined by the husband and wife team behind Dave Burgess Consulting, Dave and Shelley Burgess. We discuss how they, through their …

Engaging Students with Augmented Reality w/Special Guest Cynthia Kaye

December 16th, 2019

21:18

Adam and Deedee sit down with the creator of Alive Studios, Cynthia B. Kaye, to discuss the past, present, and future of her award-winning software program that engages even the most reluctant learners.

Our Favorite Winter Books!

December 9th, 2019

27:29

Join Deedee and Adam as they share some of their favorite winter books to use in your classroom! Here are some of the books we mentioned in this episode:

Winter Dance https://amzn.to/367MQY9
Snow https://amzn.to/367MQY9

Celebrating In The Classroom!

December 3rd, 2019

27:51

Adam and Deedee talk about some fun holiday projects that can be enjoyed by the entire classroom!

You can find Adam's Christmas Giving Project video …

Classroom Fixer Upper with Jose Cortez!

November 29th, 2019

32:59

Adam and Deedee sit down again with their special guest, Jose Cortez of https://www.berteauandco.com/. Jose shares his latest project, Teacher Fixer Upper. Learn how this project came to be and listen in as he shares …

Side Effects Of An Organized Teacher w/Jose Cortez!

November 21st, 2019

47:49

Deedee and Adam sit down to discuss organization with their good friend, Jose Cortez of Berteau and Company. Jose discusses the 5 side effects of an organized teacher! They also discuss how organization and planning …

Rich Literature!

November 13th, 2019

28:23

Teaching students to not only read but to LOVE reading is our passion! Join Deedee and Adam as they discuss engaging students in reading through rich literature!

Technology That Works!

November 4th, 2019

28:34

Adam and Deedee share some of their classroom technology essentials!

Vooks: Animated books free for teachers at this time! https://www.vooks.com/

Project Based Learning w/Special Guest DR. LORI ELLIOTT

October 28th, 2019

28:45

Dr. Lori Elliott shares her passion for project-based learning with Deedee and Adam. She helps clarify the differences between themed classroom units of study and true PBL experiences. Dr. Elliott travels extensively to …

Our Favorite Fall Books!!!

October 21st, 2019

17:20

Deedee and Adam discuss some of their favorite books for fall! Here is a list of the classroom books that were discussed. These books are perfect for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade teachers!

Scarecrow by …

Engaging Students with Room Transformations w/Special Guest - HOLLY EHLE!!!

October 21st, 2019

28:31

Join Adam and Deedee while they chat with teacher, Holly Ehle. Holly shares her passion and practical tips for adding that something special to her …

Empowering Teachers w/Special Guest - ADAM DOVICO!

October 21st, 2019

29:25

Join Adam and Deedee as they talk with Principal Adam Dovico empowering teachers! Adam Dovico shares how he helps celebrate teachers' strengths and …

Games and More with special guest Kim Adsit!

September 30th, 2019

31:30

Deedee and Adam invite their first guest to the podcast and chat all about learning games with the Dollar Store Diva, Kim Adsit!

Tips For Teaching Writing

September 30th, 2019

33:18

Join Adam and Deedee as they offer a few tips to help foster student independence during writing.

Recommended Professional Development Books:
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Strategic Assessments To Guide Your Instruction

September 23rd, 2019

20:46

How do you use assessments to guide your teaching?  Deedee and Adam discuss how to use formative assessments to help drive instruction!

Want to try ESGI Software for streamlining your one-on-one assessments!?!?!  Visit

Purposeful Play In Every Classroom. Yes, you can!

September 9th, 2019

29:53

Ep.7  Deedee and Adam discuss balancing play with teaching in today's classroom.  They offer practical solutions on how to merge play with learning …

Bring KINDNESS Into The Classroom!

September 2nd, 2019

28:10

Deedee and Adam share their favorite ways to create a kinder classroom and make the world a brighter place!

Positive Partnerships with Parents!

August 26th, 2019

30:46

Deedee and Adam share their tips for creating positive partnerships with the parents of your students!

Favorite Books To Read To Your Students!

August 19th, 2019

26:50

Deedee and Adam share their favorite back-to-school (or anytime) books to read!!!

Make The First Day Of School Special!

August 12th, 2019

29:58

This episode focuses on Deedee and Adam's favorite ways to make the first day of school as special as possible!

Teachers...take care of YOU!

August 5th, 2019

26:22

In this episode we share our favorite ways to separate school and home.  We strive to create a work/lie balance and offer our tips on doing so!

Why a podcast? Find out!

August 5th, 2019

14:10

In this episode we introduce ourselves and let you all know our why for starting this podcasting journey!

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