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Sure, creating an entire universe is difficult, but Brian Johnson explains that all students are up to the task.

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Creating an entire universe is hard work, but our students are up to the task. Brian Johnson enlightens the host of The Suggestion Box, Andrea Marshbank, on how his students go through the process of creating their own universe, continent, people, and set it all to a compelling plot. All sorts of issues are considered in this interview, from a student’s perception of their own creativity to the very real struggles that all writers (students and teacher!) encounter. Mr. Johnson pulls in his own experience as a published author to create a dynamic unit for his students.

It’s more than a simple unit of English, social studies, science, or research. Just like the real world, it’s complex! Which is great, since it requires the sorts of skills that we want our students to master so they can thrive in the world around them. And if they don’t like that world, they can build a new one!

Find Brian Johnson’s writing at fatherthunder.blogspot.com and his own podcast, Coffee and Catastrophe, on Podomatic.


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Flint Hills Writing Project - They believe in teachers teaching teachers. Check out fhwp.org for more information or email them at fhwp.nwp@gmail.com.

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Hannah Waldy suggests a strategy that starts her alternative classroom off with a moment of peace.

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Mindfulness is a term that we don’t often associate with education, but should we? High school teacher Hannah Waldy says “Yes!” It’s free, quick, and makes a difference. Her new question: Why wouldn’t you use mindfulness in the classroom?

The Suggestion Box host, Andrea Marshbank, and Ms. Waldy discuss practicing mindfulness as a method for creating mental calm before the beginning of any lesson. No matter the grade level you teach, we’ve all seen stress and anxiety plague our students. Mindfulness could be a tool that helps students bounce back from those overwhelming days. From techniques to trauma informed teaching, we cover the gamut on mindfulness while asking the insightful questions about using it in the classroom.

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Partner organization:

Flint Hills Writing Project - They believe in teachers teaching teachers. Check out fhwp.org for more information or email them at fhwp.nwp@gmail.com.

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Dr. Heather Caswell and Dr. Roger Caswell explain the origins of The Suggestion Box’s partner organization (and fairy godmother): the Flint Hills Writing Project.

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Today, The Suggestion Box takes a journey back home to The Flint Hills Writing Project.

The Flint Hills Writing Project is a nonprofit organization that is the happy place of many teachers all across the state of Kansas. FHWP’s institutes provide professional development for teachers that is unique, effective, and incredibly hard to put it into words. Our host, Andrea Marshbank, recruited some backup to help in the form of FHWP site directors Dr. Roger and Dr. Heather Caswell of Emporia University. Together, they explain the best parts of the Flint Hills Writing Project.

Some of our favorite concepts being thrown around willy nilly in this episode include…

  • teachers teaching teachers
  • empowering teachers
  • trusting teachers
  • inquiry based professional development
  • meaningful friendships with other teachers

If you’re an educator in Kansas and are interested in getting more involved with the Flint Hills Writing Project, first of all, congratulations. You’re embarking on adventure that you’ll never regret. Second of all, check out their website at fhwp.org or email them at fhwp.nwp@gmail.com. If you live somewhere that is NOT Kansas, check out nwp.org to see what your state’s writing project sites have to offer.

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Partner organization:

Flint Hills Writing Project - They believe in teachers teaching teachers. Check out fhwp.org for more information or email them at fhwp.nwp@gmail.com.

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Take One - what The Suggestion Box is and why you care.

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Welcome to the The Suggestion Box! We're a podcast where teachers get ideas.

This is a podcast FOR teachers, made BY teachers. If you love teaching and are looking for a way to improve your craft, while also being entertained, look no further. This is the podcast for you. This episode of The Suggestion Box is an introduction. Our host, Andrea Marshbank, talks about the WHAT, WHY, and WHERE IS THIS GOING of The Suggestion Box.

The Suggestion Box is NOT a professional development program or textbook-funded advertisement. We are NOT made by a company. The Suggestion Box is ONE teacher-host and ONE super supportive nonprofit trying to change the game of teachers teaching teachers. It's a fun way to learn about teachers all around the country who have simple yet impactful lessons, units, strategies, and more. These guest teachers are suggesting to you an idea that might be the unexpected thing you need to spice up your classroom! Take this chance to broaden your experience, learn about a teacher who is different from you, and engage in your professional sphere.

Join our community! We want to hear from you. Check out our website at thesuggestionboxpodcast.com. Also, subscribe to our show and leave a review. We're also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Partner organization:

Flint Hills Writing Project - They believe in teachers teaching teachers. Check out fhwp.org for more information or email them at fhwp.nwp@gmail.com.

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