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An Unconventional Teacher

An Unconventional Teacher

By Jon Hinthorne
An Unconventional Teacher is an exciting new podcast that explores how to be an unapologetically unconventional teacher and why it matters so much! We hope to uncover why it is that the unconventional ways of yesterday are now becoming the conventional ways of today.

An Unconventional Teacher features short, dynamic episodes feature intriguing interviews with unconventional educators from all walks of life.

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We hope you join this exciting community of educators: instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher
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An Unconventional Teacher

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An Unconventional Teacher

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Episode 8: An Interview with Kevin Dua: 2017 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year
Kevin Dua is an unconventional teacher through and through. He invests so much energy in creating a culture of trust, mutual respect, and fairness in his classroom.  In 2017, Kevin earned the prestigious honor of being the first African American History Teacher of the Year for the entire state of Massachusetts.   Since then, he has taken this humble honor and used it as a springboard to help support his students and fellow teachers of color enter and stay in education. This engaging and insightful episode illustrates what happens when a teacher truly demands high expectations and respect in and out of his classroom. His students rise to the occasion and flourish.    Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Become a patron of our show through Patreon! Make a one-time donation through PayPal Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Website: www.anunconventionalteacher.com Blog: https://www.anunconventionalteacher.com/blog/  Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher Website and Media Designer: Nina Telthorst Graphic Designer: Gracie Bonwich Podcast Available on: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Breaker, and Overcast
27:19
January 12, 2021
An Unconventional Teacher - Season 1 Trailer
In November 2020, Jon Hinthorne (Spanish Teacher at Central Coast New Tech High School in Nipomo, California) launched Season 1 of this pay-if-forward project to unify and amplify the voices of unapologetically unconventional educators. Project Mission: We at An Unconventional Teacher aim to uncover why it is that the unconventional ways of yesterday are now becoming the conventional ways of today. We encourage you to join our growing community on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well as on our blog and weekly podcast (new episodes every Tuesday).  Be unconventional!   Notable guests on upcoming episodes on the podcast:  1) Lynette Stant ~ 2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year (1st indigenous woman to earn that honor)  2) Kevin Dua ~ 2017 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year (1st African American to do so)  3) CherylAnne Amendola ~ 2017 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year & founder/host of The Teaching History Her Way Podcast  4) Kelsie Brook Eckert ~ 2017 New Hampshire History Teacher of the Year & founder/host of “The Remedial Herstory Project: the other 50%”  5) Nicole Naditz ~ 2015 ACFTL National World Language Teacher of the Year, PBS 2016-2017 LearningMedia Digital Innovator, and 2013 CLTA Teacher of the Year  Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Become a patron of our show through Patreon! Make a one-time donation through PayPal Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Website: www.anunconventionalteacher.com Blog: https://www.anunconventionalteacher.com/blog/  Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher Website and Media Designer: Nina Telthorst Graphic Designer: Gracie Bonwich Podcast Available on: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Breaker, and Overcast
01:23
January 8, 2021
Episode 7: An Interview with Mary Korte
Mary Korte is an incredible educator that uses fun, play, and experiential learning as her main tools in a 2nd/3rd grade combo class at the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood, Colorado. This episode highlights her enormous talent to connect on a real level with each of her students and their families. This connection that she cherishes with each student guides her quest to learn through manipulating real objects in the world.  She is the mother of two children currently enrolled at the Jefferson County Open School.  She has an MA in Curriculum and Instruction.  Mary enjoys hiking, skiing, running, reading, and time at the beach with her family.   Episode Highlights:   -Fun and play in the classroom -Excitement to learn with the students each day  -Giving students another chance in the toughest of situations Mary Korte's School: https://jcos.jeffcopublicschools.org Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider joining as a patron of our show through Patreon. Each dollar goes to the production and amplification of our show. Anything extra at the end of the month will be donated to educational charities. Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Website: www.anunconventionalteacher.com Blog: https://www.anunconventionalteacher.com/blog/  Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher Website and Media Designer: Nina Telthorst Graphic Designer: Gracie Bonwich Podcast Available on: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Breaker, and Overcast Inquiries: anunconventionalteacher@gmail.com RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/40e71874/podcast/rss
17:06
January 5, 2021
Episode 6: Interview with Jennifer Stillittano
Jennifer Stillittano is known widely by her peers, students and others as a Project Based Learning (PBL) guru. Her knowledge about all things related to Project Based Learning is vast, and what is most impressive is how she implements that knowledge with her students each day.  She discusses her willingness to take risks in her teaching in this podcast in relation to her entrepreneurship class. This class actually started its own candle making business and is still in business four years later. Beyond this, Jennifer plans and facilitates the adult learning at the school where she worlds, Central Coast New Tech High School in Nipomo, CA. She is extremely thoughtful in her work and a powerful figure in her field.  Check her work on PBL out at her website: www.pbllab.com for more details.  Lastly, go check out her student run candle making business out called Direlights at www.direlights.com and order a few hundred of their handmade and scented candles! All proceeds go back into building their business on campus. Central Coast New Tech High School Information: www.ccnth.org New Tech Network information: https://newtechnetwork.org/ Episode Highlights: Asking for Feedback (Checkout our Podcast blog here on this theme) 5 Whys Protocol Entrepreneurial Mindset in the Classroom: Student-run business: Direlights Real World Scholars: Grant given to Jen and her class to start and run their business Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Website: www.anunconventionalteacher.com Blog: https://www.anunconventionalteacher.com/blog/  Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher  Website and Media Designer: Nina Telthorst Graphic Designer: Gracie Bonwich Podcast Available on: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Breaker, and Overcast Inquiries: anunconventionalteacher@gmail.com RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/40e71874/podcast/rss
19:46
December 29, 2020
Episode 5: Why This? Why Now?
Our Podcast host, Jon Hinthorne, dives deeper into our Podcast Theme: How do we be unconventional teachers for the sake of our students?  He sheds light on this incredible pay-if-forward project in more depth so that all the listeners know where we are going and why.  He also shares an awesome way to have the whole school explore their passions as he introduces Passion Projects to the Podcast discussion. More to come on passion projects in future episodes.  We hope you enjoy this engaging episode as much as we enjoyed making it for you all.   Today's Episode Charity of Choice: City Year Please go donate to City Year, or, better yet, go serve with them if you are within the ages of 18-25! They truly make an impact in some of the schools and communities around our nation that need the love and support the most. Donate to them at at CityYear.org  Highlights In this Episode:   Part 1: Taking and digesting feedback about this project  Part 2: Qualities of an unconventional teacher  Part 3: Passion Projects  Finally, stay tuned for next week's episode (released: December 29): An interview with Jennifer Stillittano. We got a chance to sit down with one of the bright stars of teaching and a master of Project Based Learning and the episode is riddled with little gems for you to think about and implement in your work as an educator! Check out Jen's work at PBLLab.com You don't want to miss that! Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Website: www.anunconventionalteacher.com Blog: https://www.anunconventionalteacher.com/blog/  Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher  Website and Media Designer: Nina Telthorst Graphic Designer: Gracie Bonwich Podcast Available on: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Breaker, and Overcast Inquiries: anunconventionalteacher@gmail.com RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/40e71874/podcast/rss
10:23
December 22, 2020
Episode 4: An interview with Kim Sorenson
Our host, Jon Hinthorne, interviews a most wonderful and unconventional (yet still conventional too) teacher, Kim Sorenson. Kim is an 8th grade English Teacher at the Charter School of Morgan Hill in Morgan Hill, California. In this episode, Kim explores how she balances between both conventional and unconventional methods of teaching English.  She shares with us a couple unconventional teachers moves such as asking her students to chose a goal for her to accomplish along side them as they set and achieve their goals. Beyond modeling what she expects from her students, she shares with them who she is as a person. Needless to say, her colleagues and students love her! She is a true gem in this profession.   Charter School of Morgan Hill: www.csmh.org    Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Website: www.anunconventionalteacher.com Blog: https://www.anunconventionalteacher.com/blog/  Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher  Website and Media Designer: Nina Telthorst Graphic Designer: Gracie Bonwich Podcast Available on: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Breaker, and Overcast Inquiries: anunconventionalteacher@gmail.com RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/40e71874/podcast/rss
17:10
December 15, 2020
Episode 3: Virtual Learning 2020
This intriguing episode explores the 4 main "ingredients" that Jon Hinthorne, host of An Unconventional Teacher, includes in his teaching while in this virtual learning setting: 1) Authentic Student Connection 2) Humor and Joy 3) Modeling Directions and Guidelines & 4) Physical Engagement.  COVID-19 has suddenly left our nation’s schools in a completely unprecedented situation of having to teach our students virtually. With little to no training and planning to do so, teachers are banding together to “build the road as we travel down it.” We have all had to figure out how to convert our curriculum to be either 100% digital or 50% digital for those teachers teaching in a hybrid model.  Jon explores the most important learnings so far in this incredibly new and difficult teaching environment. These learnings will continue with him as an educator for the rest of his career and beyond! What you hear in this episode might surprise you!  Resource Referenced: Señor Wooly: www.senorwooly.com   Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Website: www.anunconventionalteacher.com Blog: https://www.anunconventionalteacher.com/blog/  Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher  Website and Media Designer: Nina Telthorst Graphic Designer: Gracie Bonwich Podcast Available on: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Breaker, and Overcast Inquiries: anunconventionalteacher@gmail.com RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/40e71874/podcast/rss
11:36
December 8, 2020
Episode 2: An Interview with Micah Wolfe
Teaching is very important. We don't always get the credit that we deserve from society and from politicians. Just look to the students...your students are what matter...and they will buoy you! - Micah Wolfe (excerpt from this episode)   This exciting episode illustrates what happens when teachers and parents dare to take risks...their students excel and take risks too!  You don't want to miss out on this incredible interview full of gems and insights you might not have thought about yet!  Micah Wolfe is a 5th grade English and Social Studies teacher at Dove Science Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Micah lives with his wife, Haley, and two kids in Edmond, Oklahoma.    A huge thanks to Micah for coming on our show and we look forward to following him on his continued and impressive journey as an empowered and inclusive educator!  Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Website: www.anunconventionalteacher.com Blog: https://www.anunconventionalteacher.com/blog/  Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher  Website and Media Designer: Nina Telthorst Graphic Designer: Gracie Bonwich Podcast Available on: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Breaker, and Overcast Inquiries: anunconventionalteacher@gmail.com RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/40e71874/podcast/rss
19:04
December 1, 2020
Episode 1: An Introduction to an Unconventional Teacher
This first episode of this exciting series introduces your host, Jon Hinthorne. In this short episode, he explores three key details about his first few years of becoming an unconventional teacher. Jon describes a few pivotal moments for him as a young educator that helped him develop the courage to be unapologetically different from his other World Language colleagues.    Jon and his wife, Jenny, are both educators and live with his two young boys, Mason and Jacob, in Arroyo Grande, CA. They spend as much time out at parks, going for walks, and enjoying the central coast of California's beautiful beaches. Jon also writes and produces original solo piano music. His music is on iTunes and Spotify under his name, Jon Hinthorne. You can find more about Jon's music at his website.   Podcast Credits:  Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Website: www.anunconventionalteacher.com Blog: https://www.anunconventionalteacher.com/blog/  Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher  Website and Media Designer: Nina Telthorst  Graphic Designer: Gracie Bonwich  Podcast Available on: Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Breaker, and Overcast Inquiries: anunconventionalteacher@gmail.com RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/40e71874/podcast/rss
11:27
November 27, 2020