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In the last episode of Season 2, Melissa takes a stroll around her school to find out how her colleagues stay positive with all the changes and upheaval in education due to the pandemic. Enjoying the students' positive energy and having a work
In this episode, Melissa chats with garden photographer and podcaster, Elizabeth Wilson. Elizabeth shares her thoughts about helping students capture nature and important moments in their lives. Educators will be inspired.
In this special episode, Melissa pays tribute to her father, Lester Fleishman, who passed on 10/16. Two of his former students share their thoughts on how Lester Fleishman influenced them, not just in music, but in life.
In this episode, Melissa interviews educator Ashleigh Reade, assistant professor of theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Ashleigh teaches voice and speech for both the musical theater and contemporary theater programs, as well as the Acto
In this episode, Jamie Benning shares with educators his process for creating documentaries. He talks about interviewing, curating clips to use, and being flexible to allow the story to unfold. 
In this episode, Michael McLaughlin and Leeann Blais, educators at Austin Prep in Reading, MA collaborate to create a top ten list of tech tools for student collaboration. Michael is the head of middle school and Leeann is a 6th and 7th grade E
In this episode I chat with Eva, a 15 year old high school sophomore who loves to write. Eva provides great insight for teachers about what students really hope for when learning how to be better writers. Eva shares what inspires her, as well a
In this episode, I zoom in on research and the writing process with author and Washington Post writer, Geoff Edgers. Geoff's advice for teachers includes stressing the importance of in depth research and give students plenty of time to write an
In this third edition of the Top Ten episodes, school leaders Grant Hightower and Craig Murray collaborate to create one essential top ten list of movie quotes that are a metaphor for education. Grant and Craig are accomplished educational lead
In Episode 48, Melissa chats with investigative journalist Dave Malkoff about his work for the Weather Channel and beyond. Dave gives teachers his recommendations for improving students' interviewing skills and how they should focus on telling
What equipment and technology do I need to podcast with students and how do I share our podcast with the most listeners? In this episode, I share some affordable, realistic answers to these questions and reflect on what worked for The Birch Mea
In the second episode in the Podcasting with Students series, Melissa shares tips on how to improve students' vocal performance including pace, emphasis, diction, tone, and volume. 
What are the best content choices for podcasting with students? In this first episode in the Podcasting with Students series, I share clips from The Birch Meadow Way Podcast which my fourth grade colleagues and I started with our students this
In this second edition of the Top Ten episodes, Dr. Nicki Newton and Ann Elise Record return with their own lists of top ten math manipulatives and collaborate to create one essential top ten list. Dr. Nicki and Ann Elise are so knowledgeable a
In this episode, I interview educator Michael McLaughlin, Head of Middle School at Austin Prep in Reading, MA. Michael shares how he strives to raise the engagement of his middle school learners and how he is inspired by sharing ideas with othe
In this episode, Melissa shares a recording of her radio interview with Irish superstar Jen Zamparelli. They discuss Melissa's tweet of a student's sympathy card that went viral. Melissa shares how the grieving process is ongoing and how thankf
In this episode, Melissa and some of her students share their thoughts about dads. Melissa also shares her interview with her Dad, a former music educator, from last August. 
In this episode, Melissa chats with Pamela Malkoff Hayes. Pamela is a licensed marriage/family therapist and a board certified art therapist.  Pamela shares the thoughtful questions that she poses to her clients about their artwork and how teac
In this episode of Adventures in Coteaching, Melissa and Tricia chat with their fourth grade teammates, Patti Beckman and Arielle Mucha. They look back at the past school year and talk about supporting each other, collaborating, and taking on a
In this episode, Melissa talks to Tre Hadrick. Tre is an educator, TEDx Speaker, author, and school counselor who keeps a sharp focus on literacy in his work. 
In this episode, Melissa talks to Robert Eynatten. Robert is a high school English teacher and punk rock educator who is passionate about using primary sources to teach critical analysis. 
In this episode, Melissa talks to Kerry Tuttlebee, principal of 360 High School, a very innovative school in Providence, RI. Students, parents, teachers, and community members worked to create the school. They are a maker focused school and use
In this episode Melissa and her mother, Linda Fleishman, celebrate Mother's Day by discussing Linda's teaching career, her years raising her two children, and her second career in Human Resources. 
In this episode, Melissa talks to Carly Spina. Carly is an EL/Bilingual/Dual Language Instructional Coach who is passionate about her work with her colleagues. Carly talks about the power of the coteaching model and about her philosophy of coac
In this episode, Melissa talks to Dr. Bethany Milner about study habits and setting students up to succeed.
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