Jim Spradley - Child of Sharecroppers - Education, part 2 - 168

October 17, 2017


This is part 2 of my interview with Jim Spradley. He was born in 1923 in south Georgia.

He is in his 90's. Today we are talking about education and a desire to go to school.

Jim mentions books that made an impact on him when he was young. He liked the stories of the hero making it to the top by working hard.

He discusses his father allowing him to go to school but that when he got home from school he changed clothes to do his chores.

Jim shares thoughts about teachers celebrating kids who did something great! He comments that many of the older boys talked about getting old enough to quit school not school as a way out.

Enjoy this new segment of my interview of Jim Spradley.

Make sure that you listen past when we say goodbye. We talk a little longer. 

Next week I will have a short episode as I reflect on Jim's comments in part two.


Length- 14:38



Reflections on Jim’s Comments - 167

October 13, 2017


In episode 165 I talked about the upcoming series of shows that would be focused on my interview with Mr. Jim Spradley. In the first segment of the interview (episode 166), Jim shares his thoughts about growing up in rural Dooly County (south Georgia). He was born in 1923. 

Today, I am focused on reflecting on some of what Jim talked about. 

Think about how you could use Jim's comments to help your classes understand what it was like living in south Georgia in the 1920s and 30s.

How could you use his comments to create an engaging activity?

Next week will be part two of Jim's interview.


Length: 7:52



Jim Spradley - Child of Sharecroppers - Rural Georgia - 166

October 10, 2017


 Mr. Jim Spradley was born in 1923. He was the child of sharecroppers in Dooly County, Georgia.

This is the first part of my interview with Jim. At the time of this interview he was 91 years old. (By the way, one of his dogs was sitting with him on the couch, from time to time you can hear the dog at his side.)

This episode is focused on growing up in rural Georgia.

Our talk is an excellent source of information for generating discussions with students about life in rural Georgia on farms.

You will hear Jim- also known as Watson and Bud- recall going to school, buying supplies, working on the farm, and daily life.

Food for thought... How could you use Jim's recollections of his life to create an engaging activity for your classes?

He talks about overalls, sharecropper, mules, cotton, and much more. Could you use these words to help explain life on a farm in rural Georgia?

Listen to his story about not wearing shoes for the class picture. What did the boys try to get away with and why?

At the conclusion of this episode we even talk about needing to see a doctor.

By the way, at the beginning of the episode, you hear Jim mentioning an interaction with a WWI veteran who he ran into just before he shipped out to WWII. He was worried about what was going to happen and whether he would return and the gentleman wanted to tell him stories about WWI. He promised himself that he would never tell boring stories of how he won the war. I think that you will discover that these stories are far from boring.

Thanks for listening.



Length - 27:17


Primary vs Secondary Resources - 165

October 3, 2017


Do you take time to explain the difference between primary and secondary sources of information to your classes?

Do you require the kids to learn to use primary sources not just secondary?

Today I will introduce you to the difference between primary and secondary sources. Then, in the coming weeks, I will share my interview with Mr. Jim Spradley.

At the time of my interview he was 91 years old. He has lived life. He is the children of sharecroppers in south Georgia. He was in the US Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he focued on starting a business to make a living. He was quite successful.

This is the first episode of a five part series. I hope that you will be inspired as well as think about how you could use this interview to help engage the kids in your classes.

Thanks for listening.

Length: 12:52


Homework - 164

September 28, 2017


Do you give homework?

If so, do you know why you give homework?

Today's discussion centers around questioning why we give homework. 

I talk about 3 great reasons for giving homework and 5 problematic reasons.

Additionally, I speak to understanding that when homework is assigned you may not know who is actually doing the work (like a friend or a parent) as well as if the kids are simply doing the work to get it done or actually improving their understanding of the content.

I also spend a little time around the choices that kids make when confronted with too much homework.

I hope that you will revisit why you give homework and make sure that you are focused on good, appropriate practices.

Thanks for listening.


Length: 19:07