In episode 99, Rebecca Blouwolff interviews her favorite educational podcaster, Jennifer Gonzalez, creator of the Cult of Pedagogy blog. Rebecca and Jennifer talk about four specific blog posts/podcast episodes: To Learn, Students Need to DO Something, Is Your Lesson a Grecian Urn?, Retrieval Practice, How Accurate Are Your Grades? The blog posts/podcast episodes were crafted from the perspective of Jennifer, an ELA teacher, and during their conversation, Rebecca provides her perspective as a teacher of world language.

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Resources related to this episode…

…Check out the Cult of Pedagogy blog and podcast!

…The Cult of Pedagogy episodes mentioned today: To Learn, Students Need to DO Something, Is Your Lesson a Grecian Urn?, Retrieval Practice, How Accurate Are Your Grades

Also check out Rebecca Blouwolff’s previous episodes of We Teach Languages…

Episode 93: Teaching for Proficiency with Kara Parker and Megan Smith

Episode 80: Reflections and Takeaways from #ACTFL18

Episode 47: Professional Development and Working Together with Rebecca Blouwolff and Tim Eagan




7 thoughts on “We Teach Languages Episode 99: Cult of Pedagogy with Jennifer Gonzalez

  1. What a treat to listen to a mashup of two of my favorite podcasts! The Cult of Pedagogy has made a much more thoughtful and (I hope) effective world language instructor. I’ve made retrieval practice a regular part of my classes. The episode about Grecian Urns brought back memories of overly difficult projects that looked great, but delivered minimal long-term learning. Like many language instructors, I’m implementing proficiency-based instruction and performance-based assessment. I’m mulling over the statement, “We’re giving students summative grades on formative assessment.” Yes, yes, yes!

  2. What momdam said! 🙂
    As a fan of We Teach Languages and Cult of Pedagogy podcasts, it was terrific to find this episode. Listening to Rebecca’s reflections on some CoP epsiodes, and discussing them with Jennifer, added so much to the originals. And like momdam, I had many “Yes, yes, yes!” moments.

  3. This was a wonderful podcast, but I have to disagree with some parts of it, the Grecian urn. Growing up with two parents who worked from 8am until about 10pm every night, I didn’t have the chance to get exposure to a lot of art related experiences. Luckily for me though, my 4th grade teacher did take classes making paper mache masks. Although at the end of the unit I may not have known as much as I could on the unit we were working on, I still remember the joy I feel now.

    1. Thanks for sharing! I think that for a class of 4th graders, integrating arts and fine motor skills is probably very useful! And I’m really glad you got that experience.

      I think it’s really about finding that balance between focusing on language development and including other skills in the classroom. I know for my college students, any time at all spent on art projects is just not feasible, and not within my program’s or my course’s goals.

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