MindShift Podcast The MindShift podcast explores the innovations in education that are shaping how kids learn. Hosts Ki Sung and Katrina Schwartz introduce listeners to educators, researchers, parents and students who are developing effective ways to improve how kids learn.We cover topics like how fed-up administrators are developing surprising tactics to deal with classroom disruptions; how listening to podcasts are helping kids develop reading skills; the consequences of overparenting; and why interdisciplinary learning can engage students on all ends of the traditional achievement spectrum.This podcast is part of the MindShift education site, a division of KQED News. KQED is an NPR/PBS member station based in San Francisco.You can also visit the MindShift website for episodes and supplemental blog posts or tweet us @MindShiftKQED or visit us at MindShift.KQED.org.
MindShift Podcast

MindShift Podcast

From KQED

The MindShift podcast explores the innovations in education that are shaping how kids learn. Hosts Ki Sung and Katrina Schwartz introduce listeners to educators, researchers, parents and students who are developing effective ways to improve how kids learn.We cover topics like how fed-up administrators are developing surprising tactics to deal with classroom disruptions; how listening to podcasts are helping kids develop reading skills; the consequences of overparenting; and why interdisciplinary learning can engage students on all ends of the traditional achievement spectrum.This podcast is part of the MindShift education site, a division of KQED News. KQED is an NPR/PBS member station based in San Francisco.You can also visit the MindShift website for episodes and supplemental blog posts or tweet us @MindShiftKQED or visit us at MindShift.KQED.org.

Most Recent Episodes

MindShift Presents "Who Wants to Be a Teacher" From the Educate Podcast

Today, we're looking at a huge problem in education: teacher shortages. Across the US, schools are struggling to fill teaching roles. Large numbers of teachers are quitting after only a short time on the job, and 9 out of 10 teachers hired are replacing a teacher who has left the profession. The high turnover means more classrooms are run by beginner teachers, substitute teachers, emergency teachers and teachers from new, for-profit teacher training companies. This story is an excerpt from the four-part series, "Who Wants to Be a Teacher" from the Educate podcast at APM Reports. To listen to the full series visit the Who Want to Be a Teacher project page: https://www.apmreports.org/episode/2021/07/28/who-wants-to-be-a-teacher

The 'Great Resignation' for Teens

After reflecting in isolation, millions of adults got fed up and voluntarily quit their jobs in record numbers, and teenagers have also been ready for a change. But what does that look like? Today on MindShift, we're talking to Caroline Smith about the great resignation and what that looks like for schools.

Does My Kid Have a Tech Addiction?

With social distancing, stay-at-home orders and remote learning during the pandemic, many caregivers allowed more screen time than usual. Teenagers' screen time doubled during COVID, and now many caregivers and parents are afraid their kid's screen time has gone overboard. Dr. Anna Lembke, author of "Dopamine Nation," makes the case for how technology, with its promise of nonstop engagement and flashing lights, can be addictive.

Student Proposals on How to Rethink School

MindShift partnered with KQED Education to create the "Rethink Schools" youth media challenge. Here are a few of the student proposals.

Retaining and Sustaining Black Teachers

Nested within the national teacher shortage is an equally concerning Black teacher shortage. In response to push out factors that cause Black educators to leave the profession altogether, Mosley founded the Black Teacher Project, an organization that supports the shrinking population of Black teachers through leadership-focused professional development. In this minisode she shares the thinking behind their tagline "Every Student Deserves A Black Teacher" and strategies to improve Black teacher retention.

In Defense of Fidgeting

We spend a lot of time thinking about how to improve our brains — from apps to help you focus to games that purportedly keep your mind fresh. But science journalist Annie Murphy Paul says we're not focusing enough on what's happening outside of the brain — with our bodies. When it comes to work that is all about thinking — like writing, math, reading — our society is largely designed around sitting still at a desk. Annie will share some of the latest research on embodied learning and how teachers and parents can apply some of those findings at home.

Is It Ok for Teachers to Cry in Class?

Most teachers feel they have to hide negative emotions from students. That puts them in a tough situation because - as we showed in our episode on toxic positivity - research shows suppressing negative emotions can make stress worse. In this minisode, we look at what happens when teachers show their real emotions in class, from the highs to the lows.

A Framework for Conversations About Race in Schools

Glenn Singleton is the author of "Courageous Conversations About Race," which gives helpful ground rules when talking about race. One Florida school district taught Singleton's techniques to all their educators so they could develop cultural competency and address systemic inequities. What can their experience teach others?

How Do You Cultivate Genius In All Students?

Gholdy Muhammad, a teacher and professor at Georgia State University, spent years researching Black literary societies of the early 1800s, where people debated ideas, cultivated a deeper understanding of themselves and thought critically about change needed in the world. From this model, Muhammad developed the historically responsive literacy framework to help teachers and parents raise the geniuses of tomorrow.

How to Improve Mental Health at School

For many students, their mental health took a nosedive during the pandemic. But there are bright spots. One Oakland school was able to meet most students' mental health needs – and it didn't call for anything too drastic.