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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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Episode 20: Gahmya Drummond-Bey - "The World's Teacher"
"...we all learn better through a lens of joy." - Gahmya Drummond-Bey Season 1 of An Unconventional Teacher comes to an incredible finish with this inspiring and motivating interview with Gahmya Drummond-Bey, "The World's Teacher".  Gahmya is an award-winning curriculum writer and learning expert who has taught in over 30 countries and helped to redesign curriculum in over 20 countries. She has been a nominee for the Global Teacher Prize three times, speaks 5 languages, and is an international selling author.  Oh, did we mention this is her 3rd pandemic in her career?  After serving in the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan, Gahmya moved to South Korea to learn from her students how to teach. This was her graduate program, she says. Quickly, Gahmya found her problem to solve: education around the world.  Currently, she is based in Malaysia right now, continually dedicating herself to "spreading healthy transformative education to kids and teens around the world" (https://www.evolvedteacher.com/my-vision).  Here are a few more links to Gahmya's incredible work: Evolved Teacher (Founder & CEO)  Ted Talk: "Teaching Kids to Find Their Mission" Ted Talk: "How has hunger motivated her toward her purpose?" Kid Youniversity (Founder and CEO) Affirmations for kids Children's Book: "The Life of Ideas" (Author) Episode Highlight Quotes: "If I would put 8+ years into being a doctor, why not do that into being a great teacher?!" "There is something that we all bring that we all bring in different cultures all around the globe that could be so amazing if we can put them together." "Children naturally love to learn; so it's all about the way that you approach it." "...we all learn better through a lens of joy." "Teachers...Invest in yourself....When you feel happy and fulfilled, that definitely emanates throughout the spaces and throughout your classroom as well." Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon.  Thank you to Ryan, Steve, Amber, and Clark for being our wonderful Patrons since the beginning! Podcast Credits: An Unconventional Teacher Founder & Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Media Designers:  Nina Telthorst & Gracie Bonwich
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March 9, 2021
Episode 19: Nicole Butler-Hooton (2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year)
"My mission is to create an environment where all students feel they belong. I will continue my efforts each day to be an educator who makes a difference for equity and social justice." Nicole Butler-Hooton Episode 19 features one of the kindest, most selfless, talented, and foreword thinking educators in our country, Nicole Butler-Hooton.  In 2021 he earned the most prestigious award of Oregon Teacher of the Year. Nicole is a much-loved 2nd Grade Teacher at Irving Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon with over 14 years of experience in the classroom.  Nicole is doing so much to advance thinking in Oregon and beyond on equity as it relates to anti-colonial education. As an indigenous woman herself, she is investing a lot of time and energy into supporting other indigenous educators around the country.  Furthermore, Nicole has become an amazing sounding board for many folks (including myself) and quite frankly has become a friend throughout this whole process of interviewing and releasing this episode. Episode Highlight Quotes: "Thinking about the framework for anti-racist or anti-bias education...that is something that is a passion of mine." "Knowing our students is more than just teaching what's in the book. In order to teach, we have to know our students....our students are our framework for teaching." "Being an unconventional teacher means, to me, teaching with your heart and finding where your joy is, and where your passion is." "Being vulnerable and open minded with this profession can really go the extra mile for parents and students." "Another thing that I think is really important in our work that we're doing is to know that we're not the expert at all things. And it's ok to showcase that to our students. It's ok to ask for help." "Not all opinions are equal. Some opinions are oppressive." Links to Nicole's Projects/Groups Affiliations: Sapsik'ʷałá Teacher Education Program Oregon Indian Education Association University of Oregon Elementary Education, Western Regional Educator's Network (WREN) Affinity Planning Team Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon. Thank you to Ryan, Steve, Amber, and Clark for being our wonderful Patrons since the beginning! Podcast Credits: An Unconventional Teacher Founder & Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Media Designers:  Nina Telthorst & Gracie Bonwich
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March 2, 2021
Episode 18: Lynette Stant (2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year)
"How am I ensuring that there is beauty in my classroom, and peace in my classroom, and balance in my classroom." - Lynette Stant  Lynette Stant, 2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year and the first indigenous woman to earn that extraordinary honor, is our extraordinary and unconventional guest of part 1 of our 3-part Season 1 Finale.  Lynette, or Mrs. Stant as her 38 students lovingly call her, is Navajo (Diné) and believes one of her primary roles as an educator is to be a mirror for her students as they see themselves and their culture reflected in her. She teaches at Salt River Elementary in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Like most dedicated educators, she often works many hours past the last bell and focuses her countless, selfless hours of service to her students and community on being a voice for equitable education for her students.  Beyond that, she hopes to be a voice for all Arizona students living in rural areas and on Native American reservations.  In one previous interview with Lynette, she notes that it is remarkable we are in this situation in the first place because the 19th century education system for indigenous peoples was all about assimilation. That is certainly not the case today thanks in part to educators like Lynette who work day in and day out to change the narrative of how Native peoples are discussed/treated in education. Episode Highlight Quotes:  "Our indigenous students do so much just to have to just be present in the classroom. Whether that's getting in a horse-drawn wagon and then running part of the way and then getting in another wagon to be at school...it hasn't changed, you know, since then."  "In the midst of this pandemic, the inequities have definitely been spotlighted on marginalized communities."  "I've actually met students who are literally trying to sign in to class from a cell phone on top of a mesa because that's where they can catch cell service....but my students face the same inequities, you know that big digital divide."  "It is not a secret that COVID has ravished indigenous nations across our country because the infrastructure wasn't even established for good health care at that time ."  "Some of our kids come to school just needing us to nurture them. They need that socio-emotional connection to us."  Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project  Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal. Thank you! Podcast Credits: An Unconventional Teacher Founder & Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Media Designers:  Nina Telthorst & Gracie Bonwich
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February 23, 2021
Episode 17: An Interview with Don Doehla
Don Doehla, our guest on Episode 17 of An Unconventional Teacher, is a king among kings when it comes to language teachers and a pioneer of the Project Based Language Learning methodology. His passion for making the subject of world language learning shines through everything he does and this episode is a window into that!  Don recently retired from being a classroom French teacher of 35+ years in northern California. His last school where he spent more than a decade was Vintage High School in Napa, CA. Early on in his life, he connected with his teachers who took him under his wing and supported him to attend and graduate from University of California Berkeley. Beyond teaching, Don has always believed in paying it forward (hence why he is a perfect guest on our show)! He is a Co-Director at the Berkeley World Language Project as well as the Director of the California World Language Summer Seminar.  His work also stretched to being a Facilitator for Edutopia.org as well as a Moderator for #LangChat on Twitter.  Here is Don's Project-Based Language-Learning website as everyone is encouraged to go there for tips, articles, and a wealth of knowledge. Episode Highlights: “I really connected with my teachers in High School...She (my French teacher) encouraged me to go to Berkeley.” - Don Doehla "I found that doing an inquiry based approach engaged students so that the apathy tended to go away. Kids were more interested, more engaged, because they had more control over what they were doing, and what they wanted to explore and learn." - Don Doehla "You have to love kids. An then, once they know that, then you can teach them anything, especially when you give them the opportunity to have control over it in their own way." - Don Doehla Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal. Thank you! Podcast Credits: An Unconventional Teacher Founder & Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Blog An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst and Gracie Bonwich
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February 16, 2021
Episode 16: An Interview with Brian Riordan
Brian Riordan is the featured unconventional educator on this exciting episode of An Unconventional Teacher. Brian is a high school Spanish teacher in Howell, Michigan, focused on engaging his students in comprehensible Spanish language experiences and having fun while doing so.  Partway through Brian's career as a teacher, he realized he needed to make a change and received empowering trainings from podcasts and online resources to move his class from grammar and worksheet-focused lessons to more engaging, "Comprehensible Input" strategies. These included using leveled reading for fun, music videos, and engaging brain breaks.  Now, his class is much more exciting and his students are enjoying their learning much more.   Brian's website and blog is worth a look as well and can be found at https://proferiordan.wordpress.com/.   Episode Highlight Quotes:   "I used to think that being that rigorous, traditional teacher was maybe what I was built to do." - Brian Riordan  "Teach with joy!...Once I realized that everything I need to do is coming from a place of joy, it just makes everything so much better." - Brian Riordan  "I always throw my lesson plan book away at the end of the year and try to start fresh every year." - Brian Riordan  "Just taking a chance. Being brave. Making courageous decisions and saying, 'I'm going to completely change things up. Throw out all my old notes, all sweet, beautiful grammar powerpoints that I had....and ever since then, our participation in our program is up and kids feel more successful." - Brian Riordan  Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal. Thank you! Podcast Credits: An Unconventional Teacher Founder & Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Blog An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst and Gracie Bonwich
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February 11, 2021
Episode 15: An Interview with Kristen Wolf ("La Loba Lista") - 2019 MT World Language Teacher of the Year
Kristen Wolf, aka “La Loba Lista”, sits down with the host of An Unconventional Teacher to explore how she became such an unconventional educator and why it matters so much to ditch the traditional ways and usher in newer, more exciting, and enriching ways to learn and teach. Kristen teaches at an incredible school called the Bozeman Field School in Bozeman, Montana.  Kristen is a dynamic educator and presenter. Her background as a Montessori & Spanish teacher has led her to understand the process of language acquisition and human development in profound ways. Kristen thrives when creating a community with her classes. La Loba Lista’s (the ready/ clever Wolf) teaching style is engaging, holistic and supported by language acquisition research.   Kristen recently earned the distinction of Montana Language Teacher of the Year in 2019, as decided by the Montana Association of Language Teachers (MALT). Currently, Kristen loves working with high schoolers at Bozeman Field School in an experiential based program; training teachers with CI Liftoff; teaching elementary age and adult students and supporting language coaches at the World Language Initiative- MT, where she is the founding teacher. She has recently been elected to represent Montana in the PNCFL (Pacific NW Council for Languages) and is now a member of the MALT board.  She encourages you to come participate in or observe a class, online or in person. Recently published EdSurge Article. Episode Highlights:  1) Kristen shares how she did not fit the typical student mold herself and often was bored and misunderstood as a student.  2) She shares how she connects her experiences as a student to empower her and propel her as an educator now to pay it forward and be/do better.  3) She tells an inspiring story of connecting with a very difficult student and receiving a heartfelt appreciation email after connecting with him and showing him the world of languages and other cultures can be amazing. Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal. Thank you! Podcast Credits: An Unconventional Teacher Founder & Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Blog An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst and Gracie Bonwich
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February 9, 2021
Episode 14: An Interview with Jamie Carota
The host of An Unconventional Teacher, Jon Hinthorne, sits down with middle school science educator, curriculum writer, and department head, Jamie Carota. Jamie comes from a family of educators and teaches at the Don Callejon K-8 School in Santa Clara, CA. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience related to teaching science, assessment, and helping other educators think in more equitable terms in relation to their grading systems.  Jon and Jamie also discuss the exciting and innovative methods that make her an unconventional teacher.  >Jamie shares that she demands that each student turn in at least something, because with something they can move forward together.  >She encourages them to revise their work and tells them that their first attempt is not and should not be their last.  >She also connects in meaningful ways with each of her students by writing each of them a note around the holidays telling them individualized things on what she appreciates about them.  This episode is not one to miss and is definitely worth a listen!  Please share this episode and leave our podcast a review if you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed producing it for you.  Episode Highlight Quotes: "I'm really passionate about giving kids opportunities, and multiple opportunities. I try to pull myself, my ego, my biases, out of the way of their learning or growing." "I feel like I'm working against years of someone telling them (students) there is only one right answer, or you are defined by your grade, or they're going to be punished for taking a risk...."  "The first try doesn't mean that it's the only try."  - Jamie Carota Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal. Thank you! Podcast Credits: An Unconventional Teacher Founder & Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Blog An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst and Gracie Bonwich Episode Production Note: This episode was recorded using Zoom on a day when the internet was a bit spotty. We did our best to make the audio as clear and fluid as possible, but a few unstable audio spots still remain.
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February 4, 2021
Episode 13: An Interview with Aquaus Kelley
"Acknowledge and appreciate not only who we are, but also who we are capable of being." - Aquaus Kelley Episode 13 of An Unconventional Teacher features an incredible educator, human, and entrepreneur, Aquaus (Uh Kway Us) Kelly. Instagram: @aquaus  Aquaus strives to create authentic and meaningful learning experiences with his 5th grade students and community at the Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Beyond teaching, Uh Kway Us is the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group that focuses on brand development and social change agency as well as the Founder of We Love Hub City, a community engagement initiative aimed at promoting positivity through curating local culture and lifestyle to bridge the gab between business, community culture, education and government for his home city of New Brunswick, New Jersey. What strikes us most about Aquaus is his authenticity both as a person, educator, and entrepreneur. His YouTube channel and other social media is full of creativity and proof that taking risks in the classroom pays off in the end! Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal. Thank you! Podcast Credits: An Unconventional Teacher Founder & Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Blog An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst and Gracie Bonwich Episode Production Note: This episode was recorded using Zoom on a day when the internet was a bit spotty. We did our best to make the audio as clear and fluid as possible, but a few unstable audio spots still remain.
14:53
February 2, 2021
Episode 12: An Interview with Rachel Freeman (SPED Teacher and Owner of Safe Space Teaching)
"When I say flush the format, I really mean it's not just one teacher in a classroom on an island all day long. It's this constant flow of information and energy through all of the modalities that we teach. And I think that's really where the magic happens." - Rachel Freeman Episode 12 of An Unconventional Teacher features a truly unconventional special education teacher and entrepreneur, Rachel Freemen. Rachel is a dual certified special education and elementary education teacher with a masters degree in curriculum and instruction. She also has a certificate in trauma informed practices for children and adolescents. She strives to create meaningful educational experiences for students with trauma histories. She is the owner of Safe Space Teaching whose motto is: "Equal parts Do and Feel." She has worked in fully inclusive classrooms and self-contained environments. Rachel’s current role is as the special education teacher for a behavioral and emotional support program for students with trauma and behavioral difficulties. Her passion is creating a safe space where all students feel comfortable to take risks. Rachel loves connecting with other teachers and supporting their paths to incorporating trauma supportive care into their classrooms. Episode Highlights 1) Rachel shares how she is inspired by including her students and their families as they work to support each of them. 2) Rachel shares how she throws out the old playbook in the SPED world and ushers in a holistic approach to things. 3) Rachel tells an inspirational story where she advocated for a student's needs and did it in contention with a fellow teacher at her school. Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal. Thank you! Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst and Gracie Bonwich Episode Production Note: This episode was recorded using Zoom on a day when the internet was a bit spotty. We did our best to make the audio as clear and fluid as possible, but a few unstable audio spots still remain.
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January 28, 2021
Episode 11: An Interview with Patrick William James Lynch
"I want them (students) to be good, empathetic, honest, and socially responsible individuals....Those are the skills that build a better society and maybe build a better person." - Patrick William James Lynch Patrick William James Lynch is a dynamic and successful 3rd grade teacher at the Charter School of Morgan Hill in Morgan Hill, California. He leads with love and puts socio-emotional learning at the heart of his work as a teacher leader. This exciting episode highlights a bit of what makes Patrick an unconventional educator.  Patrick shares in this episode that teaching was not always his dream job, but he now considers it to be so! He began his education career as an instructional aid, where he worked 1-1 with students needing a bit more support. His success with that led him into the classroom where he has not looked back. He works at CSMH which is a highly successful project based learning and parent engagement school. The support of the parents and surrounding community truly benefit teachers like Patrick and visa versa.  Patrick Lynch began his work at CSMH as an Instructional Aide in 2012. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and his Multiple Subject CLAD credential through CSU Monterey Bay. He has volunteered for the Special Olympics and the Pacific Autism Center for Education for many years. Lastly, Patrick is a highly talented blues musician in the Bay Area and his music can be found at his Official Billy James Blue Website here.  Episode Highlights: -Socio-Emotional Learning Focused: Patrick tells his parents at the start that establishing trust with and loving his students comes before academics. -Project Based Learning: Patrick believes in seizing the organic learning opportunities that pop up so often yet are missed often because of scheduling and curriculum restrictions. -Project Based Learning and Team Oriented: Patrick tells a story of his grade-level team changing their project they had done consistently for years to something newer and better and online. This risk paid off greatly! Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal. Thank you! Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst and Gracie Bonwich Episode Production Note: This episode was recorded using Zoom on a day when the internet was a bit spotty. We did our best to make the audio as clear and fluid as possible, but a few unstable audio spots still remain. 
14:06
January 26, 2021
Episode 10: An Interview with CherylAnne Amendola: 2017 Gilder Lehrman New Jersey Teacher of the Year
"Make sure every student in your class is seen in your class. Do your very best....The very best thing you can do is show up for every student every day." - CherylAnne Amendola  CherylAnne Amendola has been teaching American and World History for the last 15 years.  She graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Political Science and from Teachers College, Columbia University with an M.A. in Social Studies Education.  Currently, she is working on an M.A. in American History from Pace University in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.   She was named 2017 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History and was accepted as an Academy for Teachers fellow. HERE is an article featuring her and this prestigious award. CherylAnne published her first book in November 2019 entitled “On the Backs of the Enslaved.”  Go buy a hundred copies for you and your friends! CherylAnne also is the founder and host of the podcast, The Teaching History Herway Podcast. It is so great and something everyone should go check out and subscribe to today!  Episode Highlights  1) Inspiration to teach: "I just wanted to bring happiness and passion to other kids...I want them to see someone that loves something"  2) "I tell my students everyday that I love them...I want every kid to have that feeling of being loved."   3) "I like to teach history from different angles and different lenses...so, for example, when I teach about the 18th century...I dress up."  4) "I also try to give them (students) as many real world experiences as I can."   5) "A lot of history is not told...we hear a lot from the dead white guy."   6) Episode Ending: Story about teaching LGBT history  Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal. Thank you! Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst and Gracie Bonwich
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January 21, 2021
Episode 9: An Interview with Kelsie Brook Eckert: 2020 Gilder Lehrman Teacher of the Year
Our host of An Unconventional Teacher, Jon Hinthorne, interviews the 2015 National History Day Teacher of the Year as well as the 2020 Gilder Lehrman Teacher of the Year, Kelsie Brook Eckert. Kelsie humbly offers to our listeners a window into what makes her an unapologetically unconventional teacher of history and how she incorporates the voices of all humans, especially women, from history and not just the typical voices we normally hear from. Kelsie's Podcast: The Remedial Herstory Project Kelsie's Free Curriculum: Lesson Plans Grades K-6  , Grades 7-12 Kelsie's Bio: >Kelsie works at Moultonborough Academy as a Social Studies teacher, teaching US History, AP US History, AP World History, current events, and Psychology. She also sits on the Board for the New Hampshire Council for Social Studies. She has a MEd in Social Studies Education and a BA in Political Science, with minors in Asian Studies and Theater. >In 2020, Kelsie was named the Gilder Lehrman New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. In 2018, her lesson plan on Mercy Otis Warren was published by the History Channel. In 2016 Kelsie received the PSU award for Outstanding Graduate Alumni and became a Normandy Scholar and traveling to France to research the D-Day invasions. She also earned the New Hampshire National History Day Teacher of the Year Award in 2015. >Previously she has worked at Plymouth State University, coordinating the New Hampshire state history competition (National History Day). Since, as a teacher, she has led her own student projects to the national competition and done well there. Kelsie has experience in outdoor education and as a collegiate lacrosse coach (including a national championship win in 2010). Kelsie was nominated for a professional award at Plymouth State and received the highest graduate scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements. >Character development is a key part of her teaching philosophy, which includes critical thinking, authentic assessment, and meaningful learning experiences that promote student growth. >Kelsie is motivated, confident, and pensive. She is up for a challenge, takes initiative, and has a tremendous work ethic. >Kelsie has traveled all over the world including Mongolia, China, Mexico, Central America, and Europe. In college, she was a varsity soccer and lacrosse player and choreographed ballet for the school's dance production. Support An Unconventional Teacher - A pay-if-forward project Please consider becoming one of our patrons of our show through Patreon or through PayPal Podcast Credits: Host: Jon Hinthorne Podcast Editor and Producer: Jon Hinthorne  Official Website An Unconventional Teacher Social Media Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst and Gracie Bonwich
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January 19, 2021
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
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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" 5) Nicole Naditz ~ 2015 ACFTL National World Language Teacher of the Year, PBS 2016-2017 LearningMedia Digital Innovator 6) Nicole Butler-Hooton ~ 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year (member of the Apache and Stiltz tribes) 7) Gahmya Drummond-Bey ~ "The World's Teacher", Award-winning Curriculum Writer, Conscious Classroom Expert, Ted Resident 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 Social Media: https://instabio.cc/anunconventionalteacher Website and Media Designers: Nina Telthorst & Gracie Bonwich
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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
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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
17:11
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
11:37
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
19:05
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