This playful book by award-winning educator Josh
Stock shows teachers how to make simple videos to improve student learning and
classroom culture, and connect with parents.
The ability to use video to communicate has become a basic element of
literacy – inside and outside the classroom. This fun-to-read book shows
educators how to make simple videos that explain assignments, welcome students
to new schools and grades, differentiate lessons for a range of learning levels
and more. The book also helps teachers use video to address common issues like
enhancing classroom culture and managing parent communication.
Structured like a cookbook, Awesome Sauce discusses both the “why”
and the “how” behind the strategies. Each section begins with the story of why
Stock uses the strategy, demonstrating what teachers will get out of trying it
with their students. These explanations are followed by “how-to” recipes that
guide readers in creating the “awesome sauce” their videos will become.
• Provides practical ways to create videos for the classroom to boost
• Offers a creative and fresh approach to PD with
manageable layout and friendly, accessible voice.
• Offers an accessible
solution for all classroom teachers, regardless of tech skills, including basic
setups that yield great results.
For the author, it comes down to this: “I want to be the best teacher
possible and using these recipes gives me the chance to make the biggest impact
possible on the rock star students in my classroom.”
About the Author
Josh Stock is a sixth grade language arts teacher at Santa
Fe Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kansas. He’s been teaching language
arts-related subjects for 10 years, including ninth grade English, sixth to
ninth grade reading, reading seminar and newspaper. He has a bachelor’s degree
in education, English, and a master’s in instructional design and technology
from Emporia State University. As an “awesomeness expert,” Stock’s passion for
teaching and enthusiasm for all things learning are contagious, which comes
through in his presentations. He’s an active speaker and has recently appeared
at industry events such as the Mid-America Association for Computers in
Education Conference, the ISTE Conference & Expo, the National Council of
Teachers of English Conference and the Kansas Department of Education