OCTELA Podcasts

OCTELA’s Speaking and Listening Podcast Series

Join us as we delve into discussions about all things Language Arts with some of the best thinkers in the field! You can subscribe and follow along on Soundcloud, Stitcher, and iTunes.

Check out the individual episodes below!


Episode 8: Penny Kittle

A wide-ranging interview with Penny Kittle (pennykittle.net + booklovefoundation.org), in which we discuss everything from the difficulties of keeping up with new technology, Book Love, the secret to a good writing conference, and her new book, 180 Days, which Kittle co-wrote with Kelly Gallagher.

Also available on Stitcher and iTunes 

 

Episode 7: Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell Part 2

Part two of an interview with Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell (Writing with Mentors, Beyond Literary Analysis, www.movingwriters.org), in which we discuss the importance of structure and talk in the writing process.

Also available on Stitcher and iTunes
 

Episode 6: Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell Part 1

Part one of an interview with Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell (Writing with Mentors, Beyond Literary Analysis, www.movingwriters.org), we discuss the nature of productive struggle both for teachers and students, the importance of the 11th hour, and the fear and trust involved in trying an innovative practice for the first time. In addition to all this, we dig into Allison and Rebekah’s writing process, and we answer the age-old question, “What’s the worst that could happen?”


Also available on Stitcher and iTunes

 

Episode 5: Shawna Coppola Part 2

Part two of an interview with Shawna Coppola (author: Renew! Become a Better—and More Authentic—Writing Teacher). Our conversation resumes with a discussion of what current practice Shawna most wants to see go through the the Rethink, Revise, Renew process…that is, after a brief rumination over the age old question of what should teachers do about scaffolds? In this episode, we also discuss what writing should look like in the digital age–and Shawna brilliantly answers the question about whether dyslexia should be considered a learning disability or a learning difference.

Also available on Stitcher and iTunes

 

Episode 4: Shawna Coppola Part 1

Shawna Coppola’s (author: Renew! Become a Better—and More Authentic—Writing Teacher)thought process is nothing short of inspiring. In our conversation, she reminds us that in order to teach kids to be lifelong learners, we have to be lifelong learners ourselves. 

Also available on Stitcher and iTunes.

 

Episode 3: Lester Laminack Pt. 2

In this episode, Laminack discusses ideas around the “Best Friend Collection” of books, social justice, and recommended readings!

 

Also available on Stitcher and iTunes.

 

Episode 2: Lester Laminack Pt. 1

In this first part of a two-part interview, Lester Laminack and I chat about using mentor texts with more purpose, care, and intention…and we discus how to balance Writing and Reading instruction–so that, instead of teaching them separately, we can teach them in a way that’s more akin to being two sides of the same coin…

 

Also available on Stitcher and iTunes.

 

Episode 1: Smokey Daniels

Noah Waspe interviews Harvey “Smokey” Daniels about curiosity, inquiry, and his newest book: The Curious Classroom.