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Perfect Chaos

By David and Ronda Blevins
Learning happens when all the things come together in what can only be described as "Perfect Chaos." Join us as we look at what is going on in education right now and how we can keep finding our perfect chaos. We will cover education from Kindergarten to Post-Doc, pencil and paper to Ed Tech, CTE to Academic, philosophy to practice, and a little of everything in between while having some fun with our particular brand of perfect chaos as we talk.
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Episode 27 - To Certify or not, that is the question...

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Episode 27 - To Certify or not, that is the question...
Ronda and David get behind the mic in the Perfect Chaos Studios this week to record this week's episode of the show, and have a great conversation about certifications.  While we focus on education, we recognize that this is something that can have relevance in other professions such as EMS and the Fire service, computer science, even retail.  Now we aren't talking about the role of initial licensure, and we aren't evening talking about the role of professional development and licensure renewal, this is talking about add on certifications.  Ronda makes mention of several to include KaHoot certifications, Microsoft and Google certifications and some from organizations such as ISTE.  We answer the questions, about why do certifications at all, what are the benefits of certifications, and are all certifications created equal.   Here are some examples of certifications Kahoot, Bronze, Silver and Gold Certifications: https://kahoot.com/certified/ Google Certified Educator:  Microsoft Certified Educator: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/microsoft-certified-educator/ *These are just a few examples of educational certifications.  There are many and these are just some that Ronda referenced.  Feel good/Tip of the Week:  In this week's tip, David mentioned a big milestone accomplished by Ronda this week.  Her textbook Educational Technology: Big Ideas and Practical Applications for the Classroom has been completed.  This has been a labor of love, and now they move to the online content, but it will be ready for implementation this Spring.   https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/educational-technology-big-ideas-and-practical-applications-classroom Ronda reminded us about the need to be intentional.  Her 2020 word has led to continued internal self reflection about the need to be intentional in our lives. Don't forget to go by the Pursue Company and see our line of Perfect Chaos Apparel.  Find them at www.thepursueco.com and find us under the affiliate tab.  They have comfortable apparel in long sleeve and short for your needs.  Our Website is www.perfect-chaos.org | Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev | Instagram - @perfectchaos7 | Facebook - Aperfectchaos7 Remain calm in your perfect chaos.
53:32
October 25, 2021
Episode 26 - Teacher Shortage Part 2
In this week's episode of the Perfect Chaos Podcast, Ronda and David follow-up with the second half of the conversation about data related to the teacher shortage.  We talk about the change in war stories and how they are used, whether we can follow Justin Timberlake's advise and bring the sexy back and end with where do we go from here.   Ronda brought up points from a recent seminar that we hosted about Stress, Mental Health and Chronic disease in how to increase about physical presence, but a lot of the topics help in other areas as well.  To see that seminar, you can view on the Mossy Creek Fitness YouTube at https://youtu.be/dsieSBWCUmI.   In her tips of the week, Ronda mentioned her current project writing an educational technology textbook that will be available for Spring adoption.  You can find out more about Educational Technology: Big Ideas and Practical Applications for the Classroom by visiting this link: https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/educational-technology-big-ideas-and-practical-applications-classroom David used his tip time to provide a dedication of the week and this week is to educators, whether active or inactive.  Over the past year and a half, you have done everything that has been asked of you and more.  Changed teaching methodologies, focused on making sure to take care of kids and how they were getting taken care of and much more...for each of you, thank you.  Don't forget to go by the Pursue Company and see our line of Perfect Chaos Apparel.  Find them at www.thepursueco.com and find us under the affiliate tab.  They have comfortable apparel in long sleeve and short for your needs.  Our Website is www.perfect-chaos.org | Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev | Instagram - @perfectchaos7 | Facebook - Aperfectchaos7 Remain calm in your perfect chaos.
41:44
September 27, 2021
Episode 25 - Teacher Shortage - Part 1
Ronda and David take time on Labor Day to talk about the Teacher Shortage in the US.  The goal of this was to peel back the layers of the shortage and look outside the pandemic to see how the numbers stack up.  Looking at data published about certified teachers in the State of Michigan between the 2013/2014 and the 2019/2020 school years, we find out reasons that have been identified by this teachers, and whether this is surprise.   What do you think about the shortage of educators?  Don't forget to go by the Pursue Company and see our line of Perfect Chaos Apparel.  Find them at www.thepursueco.com and find us under the affiliate tab.  They have comfortable apparel in long sleeve and short for your needs.  Our Website is www.perfect-chaos.org | Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev | Instagram - @perfectchaos7 | Facebook - Aperfectchaos7 Remain calm in your perfect chaos.
01:01:49
September 7, 2021
Episode 24 - Knowing When to Take A Break
After summer vacation (not necessarily planned that way) Ronda and David return to the Perfect Chaos microphone as the podcast returns.  In this week's episode we talk about why do we feel the need to fill the need.  A conversation that both Ronda and David have a hard time, but saying no when it is so easy and filling to say yes.   As educators we have a desire to help, and with most institutions from K-12 to Higher Ed, we already have additional responsibilities from bus and lunch duties, to committee assignments and professional development.  Then we add on sports coach, club leader, advisor, counselor and many others.  Hear our thoughts.   Don't forget to go by the Pursue Company and see our line of Perfect Chaos Apparel.  Find them at www.thepursueco.com and find us under the affiliate tab.  They have comfortable apparel in long sleeve and short for your needs.  Our Website is www.perfect-chaos.org | Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev | Instagram - @perfectchaos7 | Facebook - Aperfectchaos7 Remain calm in your perfect chaos.
39:57
August 30, 2021
Episode 23 - Digital Citizenship
On this week's episode of the Perfect Chaos we talk about the citizenship, and digital citizenship in the pre and post pandemic.  When we moved the entire aspect of our lives into the Digital verse, what happened to our interactions in the formal and informal sessions.    Make to visit www.pursueoutfitters.com/perfect-chaos to see the line of stylish and comfortable t-shirts and long sleeve shirts. Our Website is www.perfect-chaos.org | Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev | Instagram - @perfectchaos7 | Facebook - Aperfectchaos7 Remain calm in your perfect chaos.
58:50
May 3, 2021
Episode 22 - Discussion Masters
Of course, with this title we must be talking about us...or maybe not.   If you have been around education long enough, you know the dreaded phrase, the discussion board post.  Many of your students feel the exact same way, but as we know, the discussion can be an excellent place to determine the students understanding on the topic.  It may even be better than trying to use a quiz or exam to get the information.   It is all about how we use the discussion board, and whether we are able to inspire buy-in from our students.  Try the method Ronda mentions such as the discussion master and let us know what you think.   Reference: www.perusall.com Make to visit www.pursueoutfitters.com/perfect-chaos to see the line of stylish and comfortable t-shirts and long sleeve shirts. Our Website is www.perfect-chaos.org | Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev | Instagram - @perfectchaos7 | Facebook - Aperfectchaos7 Remain calm in your perfect chaos.
47:15
April 19, 2021
Episode 21 - How Many Eyes are Looking Back at You
This week's episode of the Perfect Chaos Podcast is one that is a little different than most that we have recorded.  We talk about the teacher specifically and the spot of the job description that stated "other duties as assigned."  Teachers have always been held in high esteem, and it is from more than the teachers we teach.  In those other duties, teachers commonly become role models, and much of that behavior must continue even outside of the classroom.  After 20 years of sitting with your eyes glued to the teacher, what do you need to know about when they eyes are on you.   Recommendations: see 1/2 of the Perfect Chaos Podcast presenting on Thursday.  Register at www.nwelearn.org/conference.   Make to visit www.pursueoutfitters.com/perfect-chaos to see the line of stylish and comfortable t-shirts and long sleeve shirts. Our Website is www.perfect-chaos.org Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev Instagram - @perfectchaos7 Facebook - Aperfectchaos7 Remain calm in your perfect chaos.  
48:48
April 6, 2021
Episode 20 - Not Playing Favorites
Sometimes our inspiration comes from others, and this week's episode is just that.  After taking a week off for spring break (no we didn't go anywhere cool), we come back together for an episode based upon a Linked in Post.  Do you take into consideration the rewards your give to ensure that you aren't providing an atmosphere of favoritism.  The individual that asked this question was asking in the context of his profession, and the decision to give crews a "cake" assignment, or simply buying their lunch.  In P-12 and Higher ed, we certainly aren't providing overtime pay, but do we reward others and create or foster the environment of teacher's pet.   Make sure to check out this episode and see our thoughts, thank for the inspiration Mike.  Make to visit www.pursueoutfitters.com/perfect-chaos to see the line of stylish and comfortable t-shirts and long sleeve shirts. Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev Instagram - @perfectchaos7 Facebook - Aperfectchaos7
36:12
March 22, 2021
Episode 19 - Looking from the Student's Perspective
On this week's episode, Ronda and David take on a podcast topic that was suggested by their son, what about looking from the student's perspective.  So they tried to do that, but have they lost the ability like the babies after they started their transition to a toddler in Boss Baby.  Does changing your perspective help the student?  Does it change how you teach?   Ronda's tip of the week: https://teach.com/what/teachers-change-lives/grants-for-teachers/ In addition, this week, Ronda and David reveal their recent partnership with Pursue Outfitters to offer Perfect Chaos Apparel.  Make to visit www.pursueoutfitters.com/perfect-chaos to see the line of stylish and comfortable t-shirts and long sleeve shirts. Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev Instagram - @perfectchaos7 Facebook - Aperfectchaos7
59:59
March 8, 2021
Episode 18 - Working with Your Students
In this week's episode of the Perfect Chaos Podcast, Ronda and David look at the customer service venture of education.  The topic of working with your student truly has a slack line mentality.  Working to make sure they succeed is vital to giving students the understanding that you care, but also setting boundaries to protect the relationship.  
01:01:24
March 1, 2021
Episode 17 - Virtual Field Trips
Virtual field trips, do we like them, love them, hate them, or even really know what they are? Join Ronda and David as they talk about virtual field trips, regular field trips, and take a few trips down memory lane. Oh yeah, and David can’t remember the difference between Schoolhouse Rock and School of Rock! References:  www.goosechase.com - The Original Scavenger Hunt App  www.generationgenius.com - Next General Science Videos for K-8 www.calendly.com - Free Online Appointment Scheduling Software www.mindjournals.com - The #1 Journal for Men
01:01:46
February 22, 2021
Episode 16 - Textbooks v Open Source
In this week's episode of the Perfect Chaos Podcast, Ronda and David talk about textbooks and open source materials.  Have you ever contemplated the idea of making your course one in which a textbook isn't necessary?  This episode discusses the history of textbooks, the development process and how to switch over to an environment of open sources.  Have you changed to an open source environment, or are you required to keep a required text?  Either way, leave us a message on this episode.   In addition, this week, Ronda and David reveal their recent partnership with Pursue Outfitters to offer Perfect Chaos Apparel.  Make to visit www.pursueoutfitters.com/perfect-chaos to see the line of stylish and comfortable t-shirts and long sleeve shirts.  
01:00:06
February 15, 2021
Episode 15 - Going Beyond the Curricula
In this episode, we talk a little about going beyond the curricula, plus you get a bonus movie review! In all seriousness, we look at why we should do more than just what is in the curriculum and throw some ideas out about how to accomplish that very thing. David references a book in the episode, and that can be found here: https://www.carminegallo.com/books/talk-like-ted/. Ronda references her blog post about asking students what they want to learn, and it can be found here: https://perfect-chaos.org/2021/01/27/what-do-you-want-to-learn/. We hope you enjoy this episode of Perfect Chaos. Make sure you follow us on Social Media (Facebook https://www.facebook.com/APerfectChaos7/ , Twitter @perfectchaos7 , and Instagram @perfectchaos7 ) for a special announcement coming on Saturday, February 13th.
56:37
February 8, 2021
Episode 14 - Education versus Schooling
What is the difference between Education and Schooling?  Join Ronda and David in this episode as they delve into the differences between education and schooling, which one they want in their classrooms, and whether students need to understand the differences.  As always, there are a few fun rabbit holes along the way as Perfect Chaos reigns, even during the podcast.   Ted Talk: Rita Pierson "Every Kid Needs A Champion" https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion?utm_source=tedcomshare&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tedspread Don't forget to subscribe rate and review on your podcast platform. Visit our new website at www.perfect-chaos.org. Leave us a message with the Anchor Message, and if you feel led to help support the podcast, you can click support to leave a donation.
59:29
February 1, 2021
Episode 13 - Standardized Testing
This week we are going to delve into one of those topics that makes everyone involved in education groan: Standardized Testing. Although there are many different ways this could go, join Ronda and David for a little bit more of an in depth look at the ins and outs of standardized testing. Don't forget to subscribe rate and review on your podcast platform. Visit our new website at www.perfect-chaos.org. Leave us a message with the Anchor Message, and if you feel led to help support the podcast, you can click support to leave a donation. Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev Instagram - @perfectchaos7
52:54
January 25, 2021
Episode 12 - I'm Already Overwhelmed
All of us know that feeling of being overwhelmed, but how does feeling overwhelmed at the start of the spring semester compare to other times of the year? How can we combat this feeling of being overwhelmed? How can we help our students? In this episode, we are taking a look at all of those questions, plus giving a couple of tips and tricks, and doing all that with our own brand of Perfect Chaos. Don't forget to subscribe rate and review on your podcast platform.   Visit our new website at www.perfect-chaos.org.   Leave us a message with the Anchor Message, and if you feel led to help support the podcast, you can click support to leave a donation.   Twitter - @perfectchaos7 @drrblevins @dsblev Instagram - @perfectchaos7
58:23
January 18, 2021
Episode 11 - What Makes Good Professional Development in Education
On this week's episode of the Perfect Chaos Podcast, Ronda (@drrblevins) and David (@dsblev) talk about professional development in education.  What are some of the signs of good professional development, bad signs and how to make sure you are preparing the best professional development opportunities available.   In the tips for this week, Ronda discusses OneWord365 and her thoughts on selecting a word for the year, and David recommends finding time for yourself and apps that can help us in that quest.   Make sure to follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram @perfectchaos7 and visit our newest addition, our website located at www.perfect-chaos.org. Lastly, don't forget to subscribe, rate and review on your favorite podcast platform.  You can also leave us voice messages on our podcast at www.anchor.fm/perfect-chaos.  There, you will also be able to support the podcast by clicking on the support tab.  This will go towards enhancing the podcast for your. Until next week, keep calm in your perfect chaos.
01:03:11
January 11, 2021
Episode 10 - A New Calendar Year
On this week's episode of the Perfect Chaos Podcast, Ronda (@drrblevins) and David (@dsblev) talk about welcoming in 2021.  Whether you are welcoming back the same students to the same subjects, a new group of students to the same subjects, or higher education where it is like a new year altogether Ronda has some tips about making the new semester a success for you and your students.   In the tips for this week, Ronda has ideas about timely feedback from your students at the P-12 and higher ed times, and David recommends that no matter what 2021 brings, if you have an idea or a passion pursue it.   Make sure to follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram @perfectchaos7 and visit our newest addition, our website located at www.perfect-chaos.org.   Lastly, don't forget to subscribe, rate and review on your favorite podcast platform.  You can also leave us voice messages on our podcast at www.anchor.fm/perfect-chaos.  There, you will also be able to support the podcast by clicking on the support tab.  This will go towards enhancing the podcast for your.   Until next week, keep calm in your perfect chaos.  
59:07
January 7, 2021
Episode 9 - The Right P-12 Construct
On this week's episode of the Perfect Chaos Podcast, Ronda (@drrblevins) and David (@dsblev) talk about the many different ways that schools have been established around the country, and while both have their opinions on which is best, they concede that each has their positives and negatives.  Whether you are looking at a P-12 school, middle school (6-8) with a high school (9-12) or go P-3 elementary 4-6 middle, then add a junior high and high school...the options are boundless.  What impact do they have on students, teachers and administrators?  Does funding and community size play an impactful role in the decision?  What are your thoughts.  Make sure to reach out and let us know.  If you are on Anchor, use the message button to send us a message.  If not visit us on Twitter or Instagram @perfectchaos7.  Additionally, we have opened up the support option on Anchor.  If you feel led to helping further the Perfect Chaos Podcast, please look at supporting through the Anchor Support Link.  Lastly, don't forget to subscribe, rate and review on your favorite podcast platform.  
57:45
December 28, 2020
Episode 8 - Higher Ed or Trade
On this week's episode of the Perfect Chaos Podcast, Ronda and David talk about the higher education as broken down into college/universities and trade/vocational schools.  This topic is one that has been addressed for many years, and continues to be discussed today.  We review what is available at all higher education institutions, benefits and downfalls to both credit and vocational side programs, and how long these programs typically take.  Lastly we get into the money that is available to pay for programs and of course, the salaries when you get out. Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review on your favorite podcast platform.  Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter @perfectchaos7 and Instagram @perfectchaos7.  Individually you can reach us on Twitter @drrblevins and @dsblev.   Article Link referenced during episode:  https://thecollegepost.com/college-or-trade-school/
01:04:22
December 21, 2020
Episode 7 - Dual Enrollment, Dual Credit and AP
In this week's episode, Ronda and David talk about all things that bring together the high school student with College.  They discuss what is dual enrollment, dual credit, and advanced placement, as well as talking about the options they provide the student.  Additionally, they discuss concerns with all three including the societal growth associated with joining the university setting earlier in life.   Don't forget to subscribe rate and review on your favorite podcast platform, and also follow-us on Twitter @perfectchaos7 and Instagram  also @perfectchaos7.  
54:04
December 14, 2020
Episode 6 - Soft Skills
In episode 6, David and Ronda explore the topic of soft skills.  Specifically, they talk about what soft skills are, whether they are needed, potential ways to teach soft skills, and whose responsibility it is to make certain students have the necessary soft skills for the job market after they finish school.  Don't forget to follows us on twitter (@PerfectChaos7, @DrRBlevins, @dsblev) or Instagram (@PerfectChaos7, @dsblev, @Rondamb).  You can also find Ronda's blog at https://beautifulmindsinspireothers.blog. Reference Materials for this show: www.joyinteaching.com
57:10
December 7, 2020
Episode 5 - Digital Equity
Education technology has been working its way into the classroom for many years.  From Oregon Trail to the days of one-to-one issuance of technological devices.  During COVID, equity within the discussion of digital technologies have become a significant issue.  From the ability to access content from homes, to what schools/grades have what devices, digital equity has to be considered when implementing a distance learning curricular component.  
01:03:16
November 30, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving
Today is Thanksgiving, and from our Perfect Chaos Family to yours, we are thankful for those of you who have joined up on this journey.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving.  
02:54
November 26, 2020
Episode 4 - The Power of Failure
Episode 4 - The Power of Failure. This week we are taking a look at the power of failure. Most of the time, we look at failure as a negative thing, but we are discussing the ways it can be positive and lead to growth.  For Ronda’s Tip of the Week, she mentions her blog. Here is the link to her blog for those that may be interested to read more: https://beautifulmindsinspireothers.blog/.  During David’s tip of the week, he talks about some work we did with Tyler’s Voice. You can find more information about Tyler and Tyler’s Voice at Tylersvoice.net. Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review.   Follow up on Twitter @perfectchaos7, or personally @drrblevins and @dsblev
56:21
November 24, 2020
Episode 3 - Redefining Rigor
Episode 3 - Redefining Rigor - In this week's episode, Ronda and David discuss academic rigor.  From defining academic rigor, breaking apart the components that make up academic rigor to how they can be used normally and during trying times, this discussion is all things rigor.   Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review.   Follow us on Twitter @perfectchaos7, or personally @drrblevins and @dsblev
55:48
November 16, 2020
Episode 2 - Has Zoom Killed the Snow Day
2020 has presented many unique issues to people around the globe, one of the biggest has been the delivery of education from the P-12 setting and higher education.  Distance learning platforms have increased in use as traditional education moved virtual and products such as Zoom and Teams have become household words.  Has the implementation of synchronous online learning through these video platforms eliminated the favorite snow days, or are there more concerns to be discussed before that can happen.  Help us choose.    You can find the toolbox that Ronda talks about in her tip of the week here: https://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Storage-Systems-Plastic-Cabinet/dp/B07G95PV8W (there are multiple different kinds, this is just the one Ronda likes) and you can find labels for the toolbox on TeachersPayTeachers.com or Etsy.  Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review.   Follow up on Twitter @perfectchaos7, or personally @drrblevins and @dsblev
59:12
November 9, 2020
Episode 1 - Finding a work/life balance when teaching in triplicate
In our inaugural episode, Ronda and David take a look at how to find a work/life balance when teaching in triplicate. This episode gives you the first real glimpse into what Perfect Chaos is for us, and will hopefully be helpful on finding a work/life balance regardless of whether you are teaching in triplicate during a pandemic or not. Make sure to subscribe now so you will have first access to episodes as they drop.  You can also find us on Twitter under @PerfectChaos7 for the podcast, @DrRBlevins for Ronda, and @dsblev for David.
41:05
November 2, 2020
Teaser 5 - One more week
It is hard to imagine that after this week, our first full episode of the Perfect Chaos Podcast will drop.  Between renovations, graphic development, editing practice, and everything else, you are going to get what this fuss has been all about.  Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review on your favorite podcast platform so you are the first to get the Perfect Chaos Podcast.  Also, don't forget to follow us on Twitter @perfectchaos7 or personally @drrblevins and @dsblev
02:08
October 26, 2020
Teaser 4 - Half Way There
Halfway there? Almost There? Either way you look at it, we are getting close to the drop of our first full episode on November 2nd. Make sure you are tuning in, subscribing to the podcast, and following us on Twitter (@PerfectChaos7) to be the first to hear all kinds of updates and exciting news.
01:54
October 19, 2020
Teaser 3 - Perfect Chaos is Coming Soon
Since our first teaser released, we have experienced tremendous knowledge growth in our podcast development.  We have received feedback from many of you and have started to incorporate that feedback into our episodes.  Just a few short weeks away until the first episode releases, and we are getting excited, and hope you are as well.  Make sure to subscribe on your favorite platform then rate and review.  
02:32
October 10, 2020
Teaser 2 - 1st episode drops 11/2/2020 - Learn More
With only 27 days remaining before the first episode publishes, Perfect Chaos hosts Ronda and David provide more insight into what this journey is going to bring as soon as the first episode drops.  Make sure to subscribe now so you will have first access to episodes as they drop.  You can also find us on Twitter under @PerfectChaos7 for the podcast, @DrRBlevins for Ronda, and @dsblev for David.
02:58
October 5, 2020
Teaser 1 - Introducing Perfect Chaos
A quick introduction to the Perfect Chaos Podcast, which will officially drop on November 2, 2020.  
02:03
September 28, 2020