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You’ll Never Guess What Scares Teachers Most About AI (besides cheating). - Teach Different 01/02/2024

According to this Forbes article, it isn’t just academic integrity that is worrying teachers about AI. Teachers are also scared that AI will start replacing human interaction. Chatbots and other technologies are already starting to promise big things for things like tutoring and independent student remediation and some are even promising to help students develop social emotional learning skills....

You’ll Never Guess What Scares Teachers Most About AI (besides cheating). - Teach Different Teach Different: Healing Minds and Uniting Communities - One Conversation at a Time

Voice Over Code: Reclaiming the Power of Speech in AI-Driven Education - Teach Different 12/28/2023

The amount of time and energy being spent by researchers, education policy makers, parents, school leaders and pretty much any adult trying to get their proverbial head around the emergence of AI as a threat to education is overwhelming. The written word is now suspect. Who wrote that paper? Who completed that assignment? Is it that youngster or is it some machine that that youngster is using to “cut corners?”...

Voice Over Code: Reclaiming the Power of Speech in AI-Driven Education - Teach Different Leading the way in Social Emotional E-Learning. We help teachers have unforgettable SEL conversations everywhere.


“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

When should we use our head, and when should we use our heart? When should we use both? When we come into situations that test our ability to balance the two, it can be difficult to know how to respond. Do we engage with our emotions or stay rational? How do we know what to rely on?

Join us as we unpack this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt and discuss social awareness.

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In our latest episode, we got the chance to talk to Dr. Robert Spicer, principal consultant with Restorative Strategies, LLC.

Dr. Spicer consults with school districts throughout the U.S on how to create “Ecosystems of Care” using restorative justice practices. Dr. Spicer has worked in the CPS system and served as the first Culture and Climate Coordinator in a US school district. His work in restorative justice has lead to him speaking on CNN, appearing in 8-part CNN docudrama “ChicagoLand,” and visiting the White House in 2015.

We can’t thank Dr. Spicer enough for joining us in such a great conversation! Check out our most recent episode to hear from this phenomenal guest on social justice and service in education!

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“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Working with others can be hard if you work fast; it can be hard to be patient for a group. At the same time, cooperating with others brings a measure of success that is much grander than what could have ever been created alone. What does this mean for the classroom, and how should teachers respond?

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When it comes to making decisions, we often take time to determine the best course of action, but is indecision a sign of fear? Should we rely more on our instincts? Tune in to our newest episode and join us as we wrestle with Shakespeare.

What do you think? Is careful decision making a sign of weakness? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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This week on the Teach Different Podcast, we are joined by Cindy Zucker of Loyola University Chicago. Mrs. Zucker is currently an adjunct instructor at Loyola University Chicago in the School of Education. She has taught in Chicago Public Schools for 17 years as a bilingual teacher, and she was an assistant principal at Jordan Community School in Chicago for 17 years. She is also a political activist. Join us this week as we discuss decision making and whether it is brave to do the right thing.

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“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” -Rosa Parks

Join us as we engage in our 3-Step method and discuss the importance of self awareness when it comes to being a role model.

Think about this essential question: is being a role model worth it? What is the cost?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Check out our newest conversation on self-discipline using our 3-Step conversation method. Quote—> Counter Claim—> Essential Question. To listen to the full podcast check out this link: https://teachdifferent.com/podcast

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"Success is walking from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."

Being a student during the Covid-19 Pandemic is extremely tough and many are feeling like they are not successful. Let's help our students redefine what success means and talk about past experiences that might help.

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Focus on the SEL strategy of Self-Awareness and bring up this quote to your students. Some might be more willing to share personal stories that relate to the idea of happiness when viewing this topic through the lens of a philosopher!

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"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything."

Bring up this topic with your students to get them thinking about the importance of making a stand.


Daily reminder to always push forward!

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New conversation of the week! Is it healthy to have role models?

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-Are role models healthy for us?

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Are role models healthy for us?


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What in life do we actually have control over?

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Happy Monday! What is your “why” today?

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Teach Different was founded on the belief that all students deserve the opportunity to ask the biggest questions and participate in conversations that have the power to alter their life forever. All too often, our education system fixates on measuring student learning and not inspiring the learning process, which is what true education is all about.

We subscribe to the Socratic ideal that learning is a way of life, not an achievement. The goal of all our teaching methods is the same — create Big essential questions and great conversations. We call it “humanizing” the classroom because it requires trust and empathy in order to work and it nurtures a learning environment where everyone has a voice.

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