Friday, September 23, 2016

Episode 83: Students Sound Off on "In Another Country"


Episode 83: Students Sound Off on "In Another Country"
Running Time: 18:43


This Week's Guests:


Daniel Danenberg
Keenan Murphy
Christopher Niland
Michael Santos
Seth Viani


What happens when you get a room full of high school guys together in a room to talk about one of the all-time "man's men" of American Literature? Episode 83 of the DJO English Round Table podcast, of course. This week, Mr. Meehan welcomes five guys from the Honors American Literature class to the podcast studio for the ultimate "bro-down" as we wax philosophical on the finer points of manliness as depicted in Ernest Hemingway's "In Another Country." Check out this week's episode for a spirited look at life and literature through the eyes of the fine young men of O'Connell High School.



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Friday, September 16, 2016

Episode 82: Students Sound Off On The Moviegoer


Episode 82: Students Sound Off On The Moviegoer
Running Time: 22:56


This Week's Guests:


Abigail Dinegar
Jennifer Joseph
Kirsten Knauf
Hannah Pin
Sophia Stalnaker

Eighty two episodes in and counting, and O'Connell's English Department Round Table continues to be a real hit with our student body! So this week, we're turning the microphone over to small groups of real, live DJO students as we wax philosophical and try to make deeper sense of Walker Percy's The Moviegoer, the 1962 winner of the National Book AwardPart expert panel and part 21st century study guide (with a splash of Catechism thrown in for good measure!), these special episodes are a fascinating, spirited look at life, faith, and literature from the perspective of an O'Connell student.



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Friday, September 9, 2016

Episode 81: Collaborative Learning


Episode 81: Collaborative Learning
Running Time: 21:35


This Week's Guests:

Mrs. Lewicki
Mr. Meehan

Mrs. Rimes
Teamwork makes the dream work! And in the information age, this old adage has never been more true. Twenty first century classrooms, colleges, and employers are embracing the power of idea-sharing and small group collaboration -- and teachers at Bishop O'Connell High School are providing increased opportunities for students to learn from one another as they take increased ownership of their education. Join Mr. Meehan and our expert "team" of English teachers in this week's podcast as we discuss a handful of strategies you can use to take full advantage of opportunities for student-centered dialogue.



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Friday, September 2, 2016

Episode 80: Annotation 101


Episode 80: Annotation 101
Running Time: 18:52


This Week's Guests:

Mr. Meehan

Mrs. Swaim
Mrs. Wentzel
Taking notes while your reading is a time-tested strategy, but it can be pretty overwhelming to establish a meaningful system of note-taking that works for you. So what does it mean when teachers ask students to "annotate a text?" And how can you develop an annotation strategy of your own? Join Mr. Meehan and Mrs. Wentzel as they welcome Mrs. Swaim to our DJO English Department Podcast family for the first episode of the new school year!



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Friday, August 26, 2016

Episode 79: Get to Know MyDJO!


Episode 79: Get to Know MyDJO!
Running Time: 20:13


This Week's Guests:

Mrs. Lewicki
Mr. Meehan
Have you heard the news about MyDJO? Teachers, coaches, counselors and school administrators are taking online learning to the next level thanks to all the cool features and functionality "MyDJO" has to offer (like Edmodo, but infinitely more awesome) -- which is transforming our school's website into a one-stop shop for personalized user content.

Completely new and optimized for mobile access, MyDJO automatically collects and filters all content posted anywhere on the school’s website and spits out personalized calendars and news feeds based on your enrollment. That means one login will get student's customized access to classes, clubs, extracurricular activities, and athletics. So when you log in to the site, you’ll see everything you’ll need (assignment due dates, electronic handouts, club meetings, team schedules, etc.) in one place. MyDJO is a game-changer! Be among the first to hear what all the buzz is about in this week's podcast.



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Episode 78: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Summer Reading Strategies)


Episode 78: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
(Summer Reading Strategies)

Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
Running Time: 12:25


This Week's Topics:

Guiding questions
Close reading strategies
Gothic novels


Original Air Date: 8/7/15


Students are often told to "take notes" as they make their way through the summer reading, but sometimes it can be tricky to determine just what we should take notes on (and why!) in each new book. This week, Mr. Meehan puts a "Five Minute Focus" -- which is actually more like ten minutes -- on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This episode is packed with sample note-taking strategies, close-reading techniques, and the types of questions that will help you make sense of a book that deliberately blurs the lines between where exactly the world of monsters begins.

Pro-tip: listen to this podcast and the Senior Summer Reading episode before you start reading! These recordings are loaded with tips and strategies on how to make clearer sense of the book and boost your comprehension as you read. (It's like extra credit in advance!)




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Friday, August 12, 2016

Episode 77: Frankenstein (Summer Reading Strategies)


Episode 77: Frankenstein
(Summer Reading Strategies)

Mary Shelley (1818)
Running Time: 12:25


This Week's Topics:

Multiple narrators
Close reading strategies
Frame narrative

Original Air Date: 7/31/15


After a two week summer hiatus, The DJO English Round Table Podcast is back!

Students are often told to "take notes" as they make their way through the summer reading, but sometimes it can be tricky to determine just what we should take notes on (and why!) in each new book. This week, Mr. Meehan puts a "Five Minute Focus" -- which is actually more like ten minutes -- on Frankenstein. This episode is packed with sample note-taking strategies, close-reading techniques, and the types of questions that will help you make sense of a book that deliberately blurs the lines between facts and fiction.

Pro-tip: listen to this podcast and the Senior Summer Reading episode before you start reading! These recordings are loaded with tips and strategies on how to make clearer sense of the book and boost your comprehension as you read. (It's like extra credit in advance!)




Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! And we'll see you again next week.