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Conversation 47 - Allison Fuisz - Teaching Outward

April 19th, 2018

For this prime-numbered episode, I'm talking with Allison Fuisz. Don't worry - we get name pronunciations cleared up right away. Allison is a passionate educator devoted to helping students develop healthy worldviews. We talk about helping students to develop and maintain a curious attitude and how we can help them to be independent learners. We eventually wind up talking about what is perhaps most central to her practice: the UN Sustainable Development Goals; why their important, and how they can help students to become better learners and citizens.

 

Links:

Allison on Twitter
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky
UN's Sustainable Development Goals

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Conversation 46 - Zach Groshell - Turning the Tables

April 12th, 2018

Zach is a passionate educator currently working in Sudan, although his experiences have also seen him teaching in Vietnam and the US as well. We talk about the differences in student populations, plus the importance of creating a welcoming and dynamic environment for students.

 

Links

Zach on Twitter
educationrickshaw.com
Facebook Group - Over-Posting Educators

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Check-in 27 - Smash All the Phones

April 3rd, 2018

In setting out to discuss the future of education, it quickly becomes clear that this is an entirely too-complex issue to wrap up in just 40 minutes. Still, me and Joe Reimer give it a shot. We cover everything from smashing cell-phones, to boredom, to the power of the internet, to what the heck a teacher is supposed to do. We're not sure about any of it, but it's great food for thought.

Links:

Joe on Twitter
Shane on Twitter
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Fortnite

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Conversation 45 - Phil Strunk - Building Future Humans

March 22nd, 2018

Phil Strunk, although relatively new to the teaching profession, is already a well-established personality in the twitter-sphere and his podcast, Wins & Losses, is a worthy addition to any and all education listening playlists. I sit down with Phil and we talk about what brought him to podcasting and why reflective practice is such an important element of a teacher's growth. We also segue into talking about the future and how we can best prepare our students for what lies ahead. Phil is a charismatic and thoughtful new teacher whose words are well worth listening to.

 

Links
Phil on Twitter (#Waledchat is every Thursday at 9pm EST)
mrpstrunk.blogspot.com

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Conversation 44 - Nick Janna - Making the Most of It

March 15th, 2018

Nick Janna is a newly minted school leader in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We bridge the time gap to chat about his take on school leadership and what it takes to create a positive learning environment. Nick has a strong desire to see students flourish not just within the classroom, but also the community. From positive relationships, to figuring out how and when helping can actually hurt, we cover the gamut of what it takes to make a healthy school with engaged and global citizens.

Links:
Nick on Twitter
Learning2Europe - upcoming EDU conference in Luxembourg

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Conversation 43 - German Villegas - What About the Boys?

March 8th, 2018

German Villegas is host of the Modern Manhood podcast, which explores masculinity from all angles. By day, he works with school-age boys and has a wealth of experience and wisdom to share. For this conversation, he joins me to specifically talk about boys in the education system and how we, as teachers, can help them on their journeys to define themselves during this crucial stage of their lives.

Links:

500 Days of Summer
Don Jon
modernmanhood.org
German on Twitter

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Check-in26 - Resiliency

March 1st, 2018

It's time for the annual convention episode. Reporting in from our big teacher gathering, myself, Joe, Jon, and Jeremy get together to talk all about resiliency, stress, failure and helicopter parents. As always, there's wins and fails, plus time-outs, too!

 

Links:

Joe on Twitter
Jon on Twitter
Jeremy on Twitter

albertapodcastnetwork.com
ecfoundation.org/grants

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Conversation 42 - Dave Burgess - Parlay with a Pirate

February 22nd, 2018

Teacher, leader, author, consultant, pirate: Dave Burgess wears many hats (or tricorns), but at the heart of what he does - whether it's leading teachers in a keynote session or publishing the latest book of hot educational ideas - is a true passion to see that students get the best possible education and that educators have fun doing it. Dave and I settle in to unpack the Pirate philosophy. We discuss what drives him and what drives teachers in general. We also get into his background as a magician, plus some unexpected chapters of his college life that influence him to this day. 

 

Links:

Dave on Twitter
daveburgess.com
daveburgessconsulting.com

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Conversation 41 - Sheldon Soper - Ahead of the Curve

February 15th, 2018

Sheldon Soper wears a few hats: teacher, innovator, dust kicker-upper, tech enthusiast, writer and much more. In sitting down with him for this episode, I discovered that all of these roles are bound up in a single man who is passionate about education. We talk about technology, writing (and why you should change the door code to your garage at least once a month), plus - surprisingly - why he thinks paper ought to have a stronger presence in the digital classroom. Our conversation is enlightening, entertaining, and above all, edifying for anyone interested in expanding their own calling in the teaching profession.

Links:

How is This Still a Thing - Christopher Columbus? (NSFW)
Encounter by Jane Yolen
Sheldon on Twitter
Sheldon's Website

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Bonus Episode 4 - Burn It All Down

February 12th, 2018

Every now and then, it's nice to pause and ask the big questions. For this bonus episode, I'm joined by Brad Shreffler of the Planning Period Podcast to ask perhaps the most fundamental question of all: do we even need public education? Over the course of our chat we get beyond the knee-jerk reactions and really dig in to what public education does right, what it does wrong, and the necessity for change in what we believe is an outdated if not outright broken system. Listen up, and don't forget to add your voice to the mix - reach out on Twitter and tell us what you think!

Links:

Brad on Twitter
Brad's homepage (where you can find his show, The Planning Period Podcast)

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