Welcome to the Nerd in the Classroom podcast!

Welcome to the website for our humble podcast! Thank you for giving us a try and we hope to create content that will consistently earn your attention. In the first episode, we will delve into the show’s secret origin story and perilous mission. That mission is simple: To contribute to growing a culture of education.

The show notes format for each episode will resemble a day’s lesson plan written on the whiteboard in my classroom. Each episode will have OBJECTIVES going over the goals for the day, a numbered AGENDA to guide the proceedings, and a HOMEWORK (HW) section that will preview the next episode and sometimes indicate what I’m reading or working on. Sort of unconventional as far as podcast show notes go, but hopefully relevant to the show’s theme.

Also, here is a brief disclaimer: As a teacher, I strive to be constantly learning and a large part of that learning comes from experimenting, exploring, failing, repeating – so I will not claim to have any all-curing solutions to the types of educational challenges that face us in this profession. As such, what I will endeavor to present throughout these episodes are constantly evolving ideas about how to use various elements in teaching and learning. Not all of them have worked for my students, but they have not all failed either. Some of the show’s content may seem irrelevant to many classroom settings (I teach high school, so that’s where my focus will usually be) or may seem so basic that you’ll wonder why anyone even bothered to mention it. There is no one way to teach, but oh so many ways to critique it as I’m sure many of us have experienced. Please presume positive intent.