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In today’s show, Howie and Ryan welcome first time guest Nicole Mancini.  Nicole is a Reading Specialist that is currently teaching 5th grade ELA at Bedminster Township Public School in Bedminster NJ.  Nicole also is a freelance writer, literacy advocate, Flipgrid Ambassador, and a Skype education teacher.  Five minutes into today’s show and you will see that the word passionate is an understatement and that Nicole doing more than can ever be listed in an opening paragraph.

To start the show-off, Nicole tells us her story and how she became a Disney fan and how she found her way into education.  We then learn about how she structures her ELA classroom and how she uses the reader workshop approach.  Through this discussion, you will learn how she instills a passion for reading in her students and how she gets them begging for more and more homework using a relatively new software app called Flipgrid.  You won’t want to miss her explanation of Flipgrid and how she is creatively using it to capture her student's knowledge, understanding, and excitement.  

We also talk to her about using Skype in the classroom and several other resources you can use to bring relevance and real-world applications to your classroom.  Of course, we can’t resist talking with Nicole about how she brings the Disney magic to her classroom and she doesn’t disappoint.  She gives us several ideas about how she brings Disney into the classroom as well as brainstorming other new ways to incorporate the magic that she just thinks of on the spot through our conversation!

We don’t think you are going to want to miss this show with one of our most passionate Disney loving educators that we have had on to date.  We know you will love hearing Nicole’s story as much as we did and we think you will be equally inspired by her as well.



Skype: missnikkiIN5th








Getting Students to Flip for ELA with Nicole Mancini

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