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Recess Duty

Recess Duty

By Levi Allison

Recess Duty is a podcast for all educators to share success and challenges in and outside of the classroom. Coming together to collaborate but most importantly to have a little fun with friends far and wide. We will chat with friends from around the globe to discuss their experiences in education both big and small. Let's add a little fun back into our Recess Duty!

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Levi Allison




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Recess Duty Episode 037 - Megan Gless
Recess Duty Episode 037 - Megan Gless
This week during Recess Duty we chat with PYP teacher, Megan Gless! Megan is an enthusiastic and passionate educator and learner who has just started an exciting and exhilarating career as a PYP educator at PREM located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has recently decided to continue her education through Endicott College‘s International Education Master’s program excited to bring this learning into her classroom to give her students a rich inquiry learning experience. She talks about the different ways to support her EAL students along with her journey as a newer PYP teacher. Check out what tips she has for you! Don't forget to follow Megan to continue learning! Twitter Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty! Do you want to be heard in future episodes? Leave me a message here! https://anchor.fm/recessduty/message Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
23:20
November 17, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 036 - Louise Heard
Recess Duty Episode 036 - Louise Heard
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Louise Heard! We discuss early years teaching and questioning and how even our youngest learners are inquirers! We talk about her latest adventures in the classroom and how she keeps her classroom student-focused with bringing in their wondering and passions.  Louise is a passionate advocate for child-led, play-based and inquiry-driven education, that inspires and motivates children to develop and sustain their own love of learning. She is an early years specialist having taught children from 2-8 years old in London, Bangkok and now in Luxembourg.  She believes that our youngest learners' fingerprints should be on all aspects of their education - planning, assessment, and their environments. As a forest school educator, Louise is passionate about continuing learning in the outdoor environment and using this to foster and support students to be active global citizens.  She is committed to impacting all members of her school community, students colleagues, and parents. This has led to developing documentation not only to support student learning but to engage parents in an understanding of play and inquiry.   As a strong believer in collaboration, Louise is looking to connect with and learn from other PYP educators as she begins her PYP experience. Don't forget to follow Lousie to continue learning! Twitter Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty!  Do you want to be heard in future episodes? Leave me a message here! https://anchor.fm/recessduty/message Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
28:10
October 26, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 035 - Aga Chojnacka-Al Atat
Recess Duty Episode 035 - Aga Chojnacka-Al Atat
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Aga Chojnacka-Al Atat! We discuss student agency and how she builds a stage for students to share their voice with the wider learning community. We also talk about loving our true selfs and how we can all embrace our own truth as we are enough.  Aga Chojnacka-Al Atat is a leader of learning, maker, play advocate, and SDGs goalkeeper. She holds a B.A in Teaching English to Young Learners and a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics - Teaching and Translation. In her life and work, Aga is driven by values of courage and kindness. Throughout her professional life, she has worked across Europe and Asia as a PYP Teacher (20 years), curriculum director and coordinator (14 years), professional learning coach, maker space facilitator, IB workshop leader, and consultant (9 years). Aga's professional expertise and inquiry focus on building culturally responsive communities, life-long learning, agency by design, play as a way of knowing and the environment as the 3rd teacher. She is a mom to two amazing TCKs (Nina 14, Zoja 10).  Aga and her family are currently based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia where they are a part of the IGB International School community of learners. Don't forget to follow Aga to continue learning! Twitter Website Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty! Do you want to be heard in future episodes? Leave me a message here! https://anchor.fm/recessduty/message Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
25:25
October 13, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 034 - Marcelo Staricoff
Recess Duty Episode 034 - Marcelo Staricoff
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Marcelo Staricoff! We discuss his new book "The Joy of Not Knowing" and the culture that this idea can help create. We discuss the origin of his philosophy and how we might help our own students develop their own growth mindset.  Marcelo Staricoff is the creator of the Joy of Not Knowing (JONK) approach, founder and director of JONK Thinking and Learning Ltd, a School Tutor in Education at the University of Sussex, and an educational consultant, speaker, and trainer working with schools nationally and internationally on applying the principles contained in this book. He is the author of Start Thinking and a former scientist who became a primary school teacher and headteacher. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching (elected in 2019). Don't forget to follow Marcelo to continue learning! Twitter Website Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty! Do you want to be heard in future episodes? Leave me a message here! https://anchor.fm/recessduty/message Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
41:53
October 05, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 033 - Jessica Vance
Recess Duty Episode 033 - Jessica Vance
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Jessica Vance! We discuss her new book "Leading with a Lens of Inquiry" our journey of becoming inquiry-driven educators in the classroom and how we guide students through their own inquiries in all subjects. With a professional teaching and leadership background in both private and public international schools (IB PYP Educator & PYP Coordinator), Jessica brings a unique perspective to her role as Enrichment & Environment Coordinator. Her passion for student-centered learning, collaboration, and coaching stem from the students themselves, finding inspiration in their natural curiosity as they authentically engage in learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Jessica strongly believes in the power of leading with a lens of inquiry, facilitating innovative professional learning opportunities and coaching sessions that provide the space for educators to collaborate and reflect while supporting their professional growth as inquiry practitioners. Her journey and experience as an inquiry educator in IB schools and Place-Based Education fuels her passion and global work in coaching both teachers and leaders in their roles, as well as supporting schools in implementing inquiry-based learning. Jessica understands the power of curiosity to guide the next steps, creating the space we all need as learners as we actively engage in reflective practice. In her newest publication, Leading with a Lens of Inquiry, she outlines the ways in which we, as leaders, need to support and facilitate our teachers in the same ways in which we want our teachers to engage with their students. Be sure to connect with Jessica here! Twitter Instagram Website Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty! Do you want to be heard in future episodes? Leave me a message here! https://anchor.fm/recessduty/message Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
31:50
September 30, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 032 - Doreen Garrigan
Recess Duty Episode 032 - Doreen Garrigan
This week during Recess Duty, we talk with PYP Educator and Leader, Doreen Garrigan! We talk about leading change and how we can all be the change we want to see as well as her work during COVID-19 in Brazil and the ups and downs that led to her school submitting their PYP application. Doreen Garrigan is the Lower School Principal at Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro and has been at EARJ since July 2020. Before coming to Rio, Doreen served as Primary Principal at the Western International School of Shanghai (China). Prior to Shanghai, she spent 5 years as the IB Primary Years Programme Coordinator at the American International School of Bucharest (Romania). Doreen spent the majority of her classroom teaching experience back in the U.S. as a gifted education specialist, writing curricula for identified gifted students in the state of Virginia. Originally from the state of California, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies at California State University, Fresno, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from George Washington University, in Washington D.C.  Doreen has been partnering with teachers, students, and parents for 30+ years and consider it a dream professional to ‘pay it forward’. Doreen is an American citizen and has two grown daughters who she enjoys watching navigate adulthood.  In her spare time, you can find Doreen exploring local highlights and enjoying bright sunny days at the beach. She is an avid dancer and loves a variety of music. Be sure to connect with Doreen down below! Twitter Linkedin Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Do you want to share your favorite Recess Moment? Leave a message here!  https://anchor.fm/recessduty/message Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
28:41
September 21, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 031 - Kath Murdoch
Recess Duty Episode 031 - Kath Murdoch
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Kath Murdoch! We discuss her new book "Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning" and how we all can grow in our understanding of inquiry and how students can grow their own inquiry learning through personal connections.  Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, writer, university lecturer and popular consultant who has worked for many years with teachers and students in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Canada,The United States, The UK and Europe. Author of 15 books and numerous articles for teachers – including the best selling  ‘The Power of Inquiry’ (2015), Kath is widely respected for her work in the field of inquiry-based learning in which she has taught, researched and published for well over 30 years. Kath began her professional life as a classroom teacher in Melbourne, Australia.  Her fascination in how students’ constructed their understandings and her interest in the way questions and big ideas could drive curriculum soon lead to a passion for integrative and inquiry based methodologies. This passion has become a career long focus for teaching, research and writing.  The methodologies in which Kath specialises are now central to curriculum frameworks in many parts of the world – including the popular International Baccalaureate, PYP program. Critical to Kath’s success is her continued commitment to classroom teaching. Whether it is to demonstrate techniques, coach teachers or build her own repertoire of practices, Kath is committed to regular and ongoing work with students. Her classroom work and research feeds a dynamic and ever-evolving expertise in the area of integrative, inquiry-based learning. Kath’s professional development offerings are diverse. They range from intensive, ongoing partnerships with schools through to one-day workshops for beginning or experienced inquiry teachers. She is a popular keynote speaker and conference presenter. Whether in her home town of Melbourne or on the other side of the world, working with a team or speaking to a packed auditorium Kath’s style is refreshingly practical, inclusive and always connected to the real world of teaching. Kath lives in Melbourne, Australia. Be sure to connect with Kath here!  Twitter Linkedin Instagram Website Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty! Do you want to be heard in future episodes? Leave me a message here! https://anchor.fm/recessduty/message Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
44:09
September 14, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 030 - Kasey Bell
Recess Duty Episode 030 - Kasey Bell
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Kasey Bell. We discuss Google Education in the classroom and how COVID-19 has impacted the world of education and how many of us turned to technology to shake up learning to help support our students from a distance. Kasey Bell is a former middle school teacher turned award-winning digital learning coach, international speaker, author, blogger, and podcaster with a Texas-sized passion for technology and learning. She is part sparkling smile, part witty personality and a whole heap of passion as big as a Texas–go big or go home, y’all! She is a disruptor of the boring. An engaging, innovative, from the heart sharer who inspires educators while transforming their teaching with original, timely, and use-tomorrow ideas for student choice, differentiation, and technology integration. Whether it is learning from home through online courses, professional development, conference workshops, or as a keynote speaker Kasey is a relentless innovator of ideas and a devoted transformer of classrooms and teaching. Through teacher empowering publications and award-winning educational resources at ShakeUpLearning.com, learner-driven workshops, and presentations, and hosting two weekly podcasts, Kasey proves why we should never settle for the boring when it comes to bringing out the very best in our students, and we should always strive to Shake Up Learning! Be sure to connect with Kasey Bell here! Twitter Website Linkedin Facebook Instagram Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
29:45
May 25, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 029 - Misty Paterson
Recess Duty Episode 029 - Misty Paterson
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Misty Paterson. We discuss her work in Pop-up Studios and how we all can make adjustments in our own classroom to invite more student learning in a variety of ways and look out for those moments when learning just pops up.  Misty is a seasoned facilitator and certified concept-based teaching consultant with over 20 years of teaching experience. As the founder of Pop-Up Studio and author of the best-selling Pop-Up Studio book, Misty champions a creative approach to education. She empowers teachers of all kinds to integrate concepts, inquiry, and play into multimodal studio spaces at a kitchen table, around a microscope, under a tree, across a classroom desk-- anywhere really! Spanning dozens of countries and thousands of learners, Misty’s research and practice supports a global movement to ‘pop-up’ curriculum with hands-on experiences that inspire meaningful, memorable, and merry learning. Be sure to connect with Misty Paterson here! Twitter Website Instagram Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
45:29
May 18, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 028 - Rachel Poff
Recess Duty Episode 028 - Rachel Poff
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Rachel Poff. We discuss her journey of diversity, equity, and inclusion and how we could help our school and classrooms be more diverse, equitable, and safe for all students. We also discuss the resources that she has come across to help support our own learning of what it means to be anti-racist and what we can all do today for our students of tomorrow and how we fit into a world that may not be as easy for some as it is for others.  Rachel is an enthusiastic and energetic educator with 20 years of international experience. She has been both a single subject and homeroom teacher, PYP coordinator, and principal. She is also an IBEN and loves connecting with teachers around the world. Rachel is currently focusing on becoming an indigenous ally and anti-racist educator. She has been reading, listening, and experiencing FNIM culture and history with a lens on truth and reconciliation. This journey has led her back to Canada. Since this episode was recorded, Rachel has completed a course on Truth and Reconciliation at the First Nations University of Canada and is currently enrolled online at Cornell University in a certificate for  Diversity and Inclusion education. She believes in lifelong learning and encourages everyone to follow their passions. Be sure to connect with Rachel Poff here! Twitter https://twitter.com/ttrpoff Email msrachelpoff@gmail.com Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
25:50
May 11, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 027 - Michael Palagi
Recess Duty Episode 027 - Michael Palagi
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Michael A Palagi. We discuss his experience and journey of diversity, gender, and play in an early years classroom and how he has those complex discussions with his youngest learners.  Michael is a very energetic and goal-oriented teacher who is passionate about growing and teaching in a school that uses inquiry-based learning. He believes it is important for students to learn through real-life situations that are relevant to their lives while expanding on problem-solving, critical thinking, decision-making, and academic skills. Michael is an International Educator at NIST located in Bangkok and teaches PYP Year 1/Kinder. He is into play-based, early years, STEM, inquiry, innovation & word inquiry. Be sure to connect with Michael A Palagi here! Twitter Website Linkedin Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
31:21
May 04, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 026 - Niko Lewman
Recess Duty Episode 026 - Niko Lewman
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Niko Lewman. We discuss how Minecraft allows students to be creative while also teaching essential skills such as planning, designing, and coding. We also share about our we are designers or learning and how now reach our students wherever they might be.  Niko Lewman, like a true third culture kid, hails from Tucson Arizona, and Helsinki Finland. He is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme workshop leader and a visiting team member. He has taught in Europe, the Americas, and South-East Asia, whilst working at KIS international school in Bangkok he was also the PYP Coordinator’s network chair for the Thailand IB network. He has been at the International School Mainfranken for the past 4 years and is currently the IB PYP Curriculum Coordinator and a Grade 4 teacher. He has been an IB educator for over 15 years. Niko holds a Masters of Education; Pre-Primary and Primary Education. Premium Sponsor Thank you to a premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges. Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth. You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. Be sure to connect with Niko Lewman here! Twitter Website Linkedin Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
43:27
April 27, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 025 - Yuni Santosa
Recess Duty Episode 025 - Yuni Santosa
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Yuni Santosa. We discuss her journey from teaching to administration back to teaching and all the wonderful things she's learned in each role. We discuss agentic learners and how to best empower our learners each and every day so that they may plan their own learning and strategies.  Yuni is a learner and PYP educator. She has been teaching since 2002 and is passionate about teaching and learning in an inquiry-based environment. As a part of the learning community, she takes time to think and reflect on her thoughts and practice sharing them with others. This is a way to extend and challenge her own thinking and practice in order to grow as an educator. Through this blog, she shares about her teaching and learning journey and relates any relevant links, people, websites, or apps to the content of her articles. Every product/idea that has been shared in this blog is based entirely on my own opinion and for the sake of sharing my learning with others. Premium Sponsor Thank you to a premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges. Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth. You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. Be sure to connect with Yuni Santosa here! Twitter Website Linkedin Facebook Groups Moderated: Food for thoughts PYP  Inquiring into how ICT support Teaching and learning in my class Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone and be sure to check out our Recess Duty Merch store to get your very own t-shirt, sweater, hoodie and so much more!  Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
29:40
April 21, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 024 - Mihai Catrinar
Recess Duty Episode 024 - Mihai Catrinar
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Mihai Catrinar. We discuss his work with Learning that Transfers and how they work with students and educators to find connections outside of the classroom as well as inside that classroom across subjects. We discuss his passion for physical health and how we all can be a little better than we were yesterday. He shares how he defines learning with his students and why we are learning physical education and the importance and history.  Mihai educates in an IB school as a PHE Coordinator, where he enjoys taking students and teachers on a purposeful journey to self-improvement. He is the LTT Physical Education specialist where we empower students and teachers to use learning that transfers to construct meaning and agency in pursuit of equity, sustainability, and well-being. You can also find him on the Learning that Transfers platform where he leads a PEH course along with Julie Stern. At Learning that Transfers they are passionate about quality physical education and think it is a major pillar of understanding the world around us so that our students are able to contribute to innovative development for a safe and healthy world full of possibilities for everyone. Core values are Passion - Adaptability - Trust As a leader he believes that we must collaborate to stay on top, we must embrace risk and take ownership of change. Premium Sponsor Thank you to a premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges. Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth. You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. Be sure to connect with Mihai Catrinar here! Twitter Website Linkedin Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
30:03
April 13, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 023 - Lu Gerlach
Recess Duty Episode 023 - Lu Gerlach
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Lu Gerlach. We discuss designing reading spaces to help promote inquiry and student passions and she took this from a theory to practice in how she redesigned several libraries and continues to help libraries around the US help support their units of inquiry.  For nearly 20 years, Lu Gerlach has been crafting learning, challenging misconceptions, making relevant connections to everyday life, and connecting to significant global issues.  This curiosity led her to become part of the PYP program as a teacher, coordinator, workshop leader, site team member, and online workshop facilitator within the United States, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates. Currently, Lu is a consultant for ThinkChat, an educational consultancy that supports teachers to create a curriculum that is more learner-driven. Her podcast, Confessions of a PYP Teacher, focuses on all things related to inquiry, agency, action, and more. Take a listen for bite-size actionable steps to deepen your practice. Premium Sponsor Thank you to a premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges. Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth. You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. Be sure to connect with Lu Gerlach here! Twitter Linkedin Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
30:45
April 06, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 022 - Sean Walker
Recess Duty Episode 022 - Sean Walker
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Sean Walker. We discuss the importance of play for our students and how we can facilitate purposeful play in our students. We share the myths about what is play and the balance needed between uninterrupted play and structured play. He shares with us his strategies in how he teaches concepts such as "Curiosity" through play and how his students interacted and grew from this connection.  Sean is currently a Kindergarten teacher at the International School of Paris, France, having previously worked in London and Atlanta, Georgia. Sean has held positions of responsibility such as curriculum coordinator and deputy principal alongside being a classroom teacher for the past 25 years. Sean is a workshop leader for the PYP (Primary Years Programme) and is a certified Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Leader (trained by Dr. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois Lanning). Sean is passionate about inspiring students to think deeply about ideas and be curious about the world around them. It is Sean's first year in Kindergarten and he is enjoying seeing the connections between play, inquiry, and conceptual learning. Premium Sponsor Thank you to a premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges. Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth. You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. Be sure to connect with Sean Walker here! Twitter Website Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
26:24
March 30, 2022
Recess Duty Powered by Toddle - Episode 21.5 with Cindy Blackburn
Recess Duty Powered by Toddle - Episode 21.5 with Cindy Blackburn
This week during Recess Duty we have a special episode powered by Toddle! We flip the script with Cindy Blackburn interviewing me about my inquiry project into assessment over the last few years. We discuss how I work towards creating assessment capable students while also empowering all students at all levels to continue to grow through goal setting, reflections, and using strategies learned to help them move through the learning cycle we use here at Chadwick International.  I am excited to share with you my learning and my story of creating assessment-capable students. For more information, please click here to head towards Toddle's Learn section where you can read "3 Ingredients for Growing Assessment Capability" and review different photographs and content further describing my assessment journey.  Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty! Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
41:42
March 25, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 021- Lea Pedlow
Recess Duty Episode 021- Lea Pedlow
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Lea Pedlow. We talk about being a Global Citizen through DEIJ and what that means for education moving forward. We discuss having difficult conversations that we should be having within ourselves and how we bring about change.  Lea is a fun, empathetic, focused, positive, open-minded, and driven educator and passionate leader! Mom to both a pre-teen and rescue kitten! She currently is the PYP Coordinator at Vienna International and is continuing to learn how to better support her learner's progress in inquiry teaching in the PYP.  Premium Sponsor Thank you to a premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges. Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth. You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. Be sure to connect with Lea Pedlow here! Twitter Linkedin Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
38:28
March 23, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 020 - Tania Mansfield
Recess Duty Episode 020 - Tania Mansfield
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Tania Mansfield. We discuss the what, how, and most importantly the why of "Building Capacity" in not only our students but also in each other. We discuss the importance of relationships and how we might build relationships to help build each other's knowledge and how we use our strengths to support our program.  Tania was raised as an Intercultural Child, calling Hong Kong home for 43 years. Over the past 20 years,  Tania has taught in state schools in NZ, & international schools in Hong Kong, China, the Middle East, Vietnam & Thailand. She is currently the PYP Curriculum Coordinator at KIS International School in Bangkok, Thailand.  Tania has had the privilege of teaching, mentoring, & coaching learners from the ages of 3 through to adult learners, and has been involved in educator training, coaching & mentoring throughout the Asia Pacific region and worked with the IBO for 15 years.   Tania is a lifelong learner - always looking for ways to develop her craft - be it in leadership, coaching or teaching. Her commitment to education is reflected in her drive to learn and continually strive to be the best educator she can be in order to support all members of her learning community.  As an advocate of lifelong learning,  Tania’s professional passion is in building capacity in others. She has worked over the past three years to establish structures & systems through a model of situational leadership to support individuals and teaching teams so that they too can develop their craft, be the best educator they can be and support the next wave of leaders in education.     Her professional blog: Learning to wear the big shoes. Premium Sponsor Thank you to a premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges. Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth. You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. Be sure to connect with Tania Mansfield here! Twitter Website Linkedin Email: MANSFIELDTANIA@YAHOO.CO.NZ Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
25:19
March 16, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 019 - Tom Rehm
Recess Duty Episode 019 - Tom Rehm
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Tom Rehm. We discuss how and what coaching looks like within the classroom. We share our thoughts on getting students to self-adjust in their own learning and how we might not only get their best but also get them to strive for more each and every time.  Tom is a Fourth Grade New Teacher Intern at Chadwick International. He began his teaching career in an English Academy in Incheon, South Korea. After one year of teaching in South Korea, he and his now fiance moved to Vietnam. Tom spent the next five years teaching ESOL to anyone that would listen. He found his niche using Total Physical Response to teach vocabulary and grammar structures to young learners.  After six years of teaching ESOL, Tom earned his teaching credential and began job searching at international schools.  He now helps out in Mr. White and Ms. Pia's classrooms by day and hangs out with his dog Mr. Jose, by night. He's becoming more and more comfortable with the PYP and inquiry-based learning every day. Premium Sponsor Thank you to a premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges. Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth. You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. Be sure to connect with Tom Rehm here! Twitter Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
28:56
March 09, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 018 - Tania Lattanzio
Recess Duty Episode 018 - Tania Lattanzio
This week during Recess Duty we talk with Tania Lattanzio, an educational consultant, author, and co-found of Innovative Global Education. She is here to share her journey in education. We discuss what does challenging means to us and how we can challenge our students that allow them to explore these challenges to grow and problem solve. Tania Lattanzio is an author and renowned international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Director of Innovative Global Education. Innovative Global Education has been established for over 10 years and in this time, Tania has worked as an educational consultant globally, in both local and international educational settings.   This role involves developing and conducting professional learning for teachers and leadership, modeling pedagogy in classrooms, and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching, and assessment.  An advocate of inquiry, she works with educators to provide students with an education that is purposeful, meaningful, and relevant to their lives, where students have opportunities to be motivated and have agency and control of their learning.   A passionate educator Tania works closely with educational institutions through supporting school reform, making significant shifts in pedagogy, and developing conceptual curriculum frameworks in both local and international settings. Tania has worked with schools and teachers from early childhood through to high school. Tania believes in the importance of building relationships. No two schools are the same so tailoring professional learning to meet the specific needs of educators and schools is key to the success of her work.  Premium Sponsor Thank you to a premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges. Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth. You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. Be sure to connect with Tania Lattanzio here and check out her book "Taking the Complexity out of Concepts" here!  Twitter Website Linkedin Facebook Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
22:38
March 02, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 017 - Jay Leroy
Recess Duty Episode 017 - Jay Leroy
Thank you to our premium sponsor, TNG Coaching! TNG Coaching's vision is to teach values through activity and experience. To guide creativity, instill confidence, champion self-worth, and celebrate identity. This journey begins by reflecting on our own performance. By collecting our thoughts and feelings on paper, both positive and negative, we begin to discern ways to respond to challenges.  Opening a personal dialogue and sharing concerns has been proven to create deeper bonds with peers. Journaling how these relationships evolve can help assign roles and build the support structure every team needs to function effectively. When complete, your journal will stand as a lasting reminder of your commitment to your cause and your ambitions for personal and professional growth.  You can find the Coach’s Journal on Amazon through the link, or go to TNG.coach for more information. This week during Recess Duty we talk with Jay Leroy, an MYP Physical Education educator to share his journey in education and how he teachers more than just skills and drills. We discuss the process and journey of moving students from learning skills within physical education to learning conceptually and applying those concepts across multiple sports and activities.  Jay is an international school physical and health educator with experience spanning four countries over the past 14 years. 'Jay grew up in Ontario Canada where he was a student-athlete at the University of Western Ontario and a semi-professional lacrosse player in the Ontario Junior Lacrosse League'. Trained in Australia, Jay began his teaching career in primary classrooms of East London where he quickly realized his passion for educating through the specialization of PHE.   Jay has since become an Athletic Director and Head of Department at three different international schools in East Asia. Most recently he has been focusing his professional growth on promoting conceptual inquiry in IB PHE. Jay is also a certified youth trainer and exercise therapist who uses his expertise to help staff and students alike realize their health and fitness goals. Be sure to connect with Jay Leroy here!  Linkedin Youtube Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
35:06
February 23, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 016 - Brian Host
Recess Duty Episode 016 - Brian Host
Thank you to our sponsor, Toddle, for sponsoring an episode of Recess Duty! TIES is back for its third and largest edition yet. Designed to be a festival of learning like no other, TIES 2022 will feature 100+ phenomenal thinkers and doers across 10+ unique session formats. Head to www.toddleapp.com/ties now to get your All-Access Pass! As listeners of the Recess Duty Podcast, you can get up to 20% off on TIES 2022 Passes by using the discount code TIES2022RDP at the checkout. So hurry and get your All-Access Pass today! Brian is a passionate educational leader, driven by the possibilities digital and physical technologies have for classroom practice. He is an advocate for students and teachers taking ownership in becoming lifelong learners that engage with their world as active citizens. Brian is a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, SeeSaw Certified Educator, Director of ICTENSW and holds a Masters of Educational Leadership with his research focusing on the leadership practices that foster the uptake and development of high quality, future-focused teaching and learning across the school. With particularly interested to him is the pedagogical impact of personalised learning, STEM, differentiation and transdisciplinary learning integration has on learner outcomes.  As a connected educational leader, Brian continues to research how schools are changing in order to accommodate the needs of today's learners, creating confident and discerning leaders prepared for a world beyond the school. He does this by prioritising genuine relationships, actively engaging and contributing to professional learning communities via face to face and online networking that helps him to interpret current and cutting edge educational research focusing on theory and practice. Currently, Brian is a Coordinator of Primary and Middle School. Be sure to connect with Brian here: Website: http://brianhost.blogspot.com/p/about.html Twitter: https://twitter.com/HostBrian Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianhost/ Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
25:34
February 16, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 015 - Kathryn Finch & Theresa Hoover
Recess Duty Episode 015 - Kathryn Finch & Theresa Hoover
Thank you to our sponsor, Toddle, for sponsoring the premiere of Season 2 of Recess Duty! TIES is back for its third and largest edition yet. Designed to be a festival of learning like no other, TIES 2022 will feature 100+ phenomenal thinkers and doers across 10+ unique session formats. Head to www.toddleapp.com/ties now to get your All-Access Pass! As listeners of the Recess Duty Podcast, you can get up to 20% off on TIES 2022 Passes by using the discount code TIES2022RDP at the checkout. So hurry and get your All-Access Pass today! Welcome to Season 2 of Recess Duty! This week during Recess Duty we talk with the Kathryn Finch and Theresa Hoover authors of "Pass the Baton", a stellar book on how music teachers might empower students within their own classroom in such content and skill heavy discipline. They come with decades of experience and knowledge to share with us a little bit about their journey so far!  Kathryn Finch has over twenty years of experience in the elementary general music classroom and currently teaches in a northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois. She speaks passionately about the shift in music education from teacher-led activities to student-led activities and focuses on practical ways music educators can transform their classrooms to empower their students to own their learning. She joined the writing team at Activate! Magazine as a contributing author of general music lesson plans and has co-authored two teaching resources, Full STEAM Ahead: Lessons to shift instruction, empower students, and transform your music classroom and Everyone Loves a Story: Bringing books to life through music. Theresa Hoover is a music educator, speaker, and writer. She is an advocate for student voice in the music room and works to empower students throughout their musical experiences and help teachers transform their classrooms to become student-centered learning environments. Theresa is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator, and Noteflight Learn Ambassador, frequently working with teachers to help integrate technology into their music classes. She is a recognized presenter and clinician for local, regional, and national conferences. Be sure to connect with Kathryn Finch & Theresa Hoover here: Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Singingfinch1 - Kathryn https://twitter.com/MusicalTheresa -  Theresea Website: https://passthebatonbook.com/ - Pass the Baton https://www.ponderingsfromafinch.com/ - Kathryn https://musicaltheresa.com/ - Thersea  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PasstheBatonBook?fref=nf Go get your copy of "Pass the Baton" here!  Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
26:18
February 09, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 014 - Kimberly Mitchell
Recess Duty Episode 014 - Kimberly Mitchell
Huge shout to, Flat, for sponsoring this episode. Please go check out Flat here and be sure to use the link here to get 3-month premiere access for free and additional 3 months access when you email edu@flat.io.  If your students are anything like mine, they will thank you! Click the link here, to get started! This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with author and speaker, Kimberly Mitchell. We discuss our learning journeys and what it is like to being a beginner in the learning process and how we should all put ourselves in that situation of learning new things.  Kimberly L. Mitchell is an internationally-recognized speaker on inquiry-based instruction, author of Experience Inquiry, and Founder of Inquiry Partners, an organization dedicated to supporting inquiry-based practices. She is a former PYP principal and IB Americas Regional Council Chair, currently on sabbatical from teaching at the University of Washington’s College of Education in Seattle. Kimberly received her MA in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University and loves coffee, listening to podcasts while cooking and learning new things (currently: tap dancing). Be sure to connect with Kimberly here: Website: https://www.inquirypartners.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/inquiryfive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inquirypartners Check out Kimberly's book, "Experience Inquiry" here! You won't be disappointed! Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
27:08
February 02, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 013 - Tom Orrock
Recess Duty Episode 013 - Tom Orrock
This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with the Director of Football at Goyang Citizen FC, Tom Orrock! We discuss his growth over the years in coaching in South Korea and how those skills translate within the classroom.  Tom has been fortunate to have worked at every tier of sport across Europe and Asia including becoming a UEFA Licensed Coach, Founding Wae In Sports & TNG.coach, author of Coach’s Journal, and mentor and advocate for women in sport. A footballing ambassador with rugby values from a farm in rural Scotland. He continues his education and learning through Concordia University in Irvine, CA receiving a Master of Athletic Administration. But now he is looking forward to his next great pursuit.  Be sure to connect with Tom here: Website: https://www.waein.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomorrock/ Email: tom.orrock@waein.com Check out his Coaching Journal here! Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
34:10
January 26, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 012 - Katie Stone
Recess Duty Episode 012 - Katie Stone
This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with leader and friend, Katie Stone! We discuss agency not only for students but teacher agency as well. What does it mean to you and how can we use it.  Katie is the Primary School Principal and PYP Coordinator at Bandung Independent School. Originally from California, she had lived in countries across Asia for almost 15 years, and has developed a passion for cultivating a community of agentic learners. Katie spends her time chasing after a curious toddler, diving into the gorgeous Indonesian reefs, and collaborating with her PLN on solutions to the educational issues of today. Be sure to connect with Katie here:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsKatieTweets Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katie-stone-878434a/ Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
27:02
January 19, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 011 - Kenneth Odoi
Recess Duty Episode 011 - Kenneth Odoi
This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with ex-pat educator and world traveler, Kenneth Odoi. We discuss his journey in education and how he got started as an educator overseas. Kenneth has been an elementary school educator for almost 20 years. He's spent the last 15 years teaching in international schools across Europe and Asia. He's a native of California and enjoys good food, good wine, the beach, and tacos. Kenneth strives to encourage agency and compassion in his students and is enjoying his learning journey. Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
24:10
January 12, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 010 - Michelle Simpson
Recess Duty Episode 010 - Michelle Simpson
This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with PYP leader and consultant, Michelle Simpson. We discuss shifting a school culture and her journey in building a culture of learning and empowerment.  Michelle has been involved in education for nearly 30 years, teaching and working in New Zealand, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Oman. As an international educator, Michelle has been able to combine raising her two children, teaching, and traveling. Having recently taken time out of school to complete her master's, Michelle currently works for Professional Learning International designing concept-based Math unit plans for international schools. In August Michelle will be joining Khartoum International Community School as the Primary Principal. As a principal, Michelle believes in building strong teams and relationships based on trust. She enjoys the collaborative nature of teamwork where everyone learns from each other and is empowered to be their best. In her spare time, Michelle likes to run trails, read or cook. Connect with Michelle below: Email: mich-simpson@hotmail.com Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-simpson-82ab9278/ Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
27:04
January 06, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 009 - Brian Lalor
Recess Duty Episode 009 - Brian Lalor
This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with PYP leader, Brian Lalor. We discuss being a leader in today's educational world and the power of building relationships.  Brian has been the elementary school principal at Xi'an Liangjiatan International School for the past 6 years. Prior to China he worked in Vietnam for 9 years and was in Indonesia before that. He grew up in Tipperary, Ireland before heading off to The University of Limerick.  Through his series of blog posts, "Principal's Principles" he hopes to support new school leaders learn the ropes. Brian is an advocate for mentoring relationships in order to help leaders become successful in their first year and beyond. Connect with Brian below: Twitter: https://twitter.com/brianlalor Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-lalor-3ba64145/ Blog: http://brianlalor.blogspot.com/ Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
25:08
January 05, 2022
Recess Duty Episode 008 - Chandrani Banerjee
Recess Duty Episode 008 - Chandrani Banerjee
This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with learner and friend, Chandrani Banerjee! We discuss her journey through education and her experience teaching during COVID in her PYP classroom. We share out our student's longing for connection and the importance that taking the time to connect can bring to our students.  Chandrani Banerjee is a certified PYP facilitator and assistant PYP Coordinator in Mount Litera School International Mumbai India. She started her journey 24 years back and to engage in authentic inquiry where students are supported and challenged to become independent and self-aware learners. During her journey of teaching and learning, she realized that relationship is essential and well-being is just not a vocabulary but a requirement. Connect with Chandrani below: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeTwittey Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chandrani-banerjee-b025b916/ Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
33:55
December 22, 2021
Recess Duty Episode 007 - Jason Reagin
Recess Duty Episode 007 - Jason Reagin
This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with DesignCast Host and IB Leader, Jason Reagin! We discuss his journey through education and his various roles at home and aboard. We also discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on education and his journey through teaching Design through an inquiry lens. In 2006, Jason received a graduate certification from the University of Georgia in Educational Leadership.  This is an add-on certification to the E.S.O.L. and Technology Education Teacher certifications that Jason also holds.  Jason has had the privilege to lead many different types of teams in school successfully.  Whether IB steering committees or subject departments, Jason has a successful track record of leadership.  Jason has a ‘people person’ demeanor and believes in building strong teams through collaboration and a positive spirit of mutual respect. Since 2008 Jason has participated in IB Educator Network (IBEN) sponsored events worldwide.  To date, he has attended and conducted IB workshops, consulted for candidate MYP schools, acted as a visiting team leader, and served as a field representative for on-site regional workshops for IB visits that total over 80 IB events (in more than 10 countries).  He is currently working on several ‘advanced development’ projects with the IB which involved planning new workshop iterations and so on.  Connect with Jason below: Twitter: https://twitter.com/diskon4no Design Cast Podcast: https://anchor.fm/design-cast-podcast Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wjreagin/ Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
27:02
December 15, 2021
Recess Duty Episode 006 - Kirsten Durward
Recess Duty Episode 006 - Kirsten Durward
We have a sponsor for this episode! Huge shout to, Flat, for sponsoring this episode. Please go check out Flat here and be sure to use the link here to get 3-month premiere access for free and additional 3 months access when you email edu@flat.io.  If your students are anything like mine, they will thank you! Click the link here, to get started!  This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with Learning Nomad, Kirsten Durward! We discuss her journey through education and travels as well as what limitless learning means to us. We also discuss how might we move towards limitless learning in our own classrooms as well as her work with Toddle.  Kirsten Durward is a true global nomad who started her journey in international education in a bush school in Northern Kenya at age 3. Nearly 50 years later, between school and work, she has lived in 17 countries and voyaged through over 80. As an independent educational consultant, IB educator, and concept based learning trainer she applies her in-depth experience of teaching, curriculum construction, and educator development in both voluntary and professional practice, working with schools and individuals to support them in taking ownership of their learning and development so that they can support students to take ownership in their turn. Her professional interests span constructivism, inquiry, trans-disciplinary learning, and assessment-based practice, while personally, she enjoys sailing, drama, cookery and generally helping out and hosting! Connect with Kirsten below:  Twitter: https://twitter.com/learnerfocused Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/300141146747904 Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
39:33
December 08, 2021
Recess Duty Episode 005 - Brian Lettinga with Search Associates
Recess Duty Episode 005 - Brian Lettinga with Search Associates
Welcome to "Recess Duty"! This week we talk with Brian Lettinga, a Senior Search Associate joining after a 24-year career in international education. We talk about trends in overseas job applications and advice for new and veteran international educators and how to stand out amongst a crowd of candidates. We share stories about searching for jobs and looking for that school that we can connect with and what we need to be on the lookout for. Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Western Michigan University. Following his undergraduate work, he earned his first Master’s Degree in Education from Aquinas College and his teaching license from the state of Michigan. Later he earned his second Master’s Degree from Lehigh University in Educational Leadership as well as his administrative licenses from the state of Michigan. Brian is active in international education, keeping close ties to CEESA, AMLE, ELMLE, and serving on accreditation teams for AdvancED. Brian and his wife, Annalisa, have two children, Miles and Posie. Brian also has a deep understanding of what it is like to raise a family overseas and commit to the upbringing of Third Culture Kids. After ten years teaching elementary school Brian moved into international school administration. Brian spent the next fourteen years in a wide variety of administrative positions. Brian returned to CIC as the Upper School Principal and IBDP Coordinator in 2006 and continued through 2011 as the Elementary and Middle School principal having opened the two-year-old and three-year-old programs as well as bringing the school closer to PYP authorization. Please connect with Brian with the following links! Twitter Facebook Linkedin If you are looking to go overseas please go and sign up with Search Associates, check it out here!  Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of "Recess Duty". Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
22:26
December 01, 2021
Recess Duty Episode 004 - Craig Kemp
Recess Duty Episode 004 - Craig Kemp
This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with Educational Tech Guru, Craig Kemp! We discuss his journey through education and pushing himself to continue growing to support teachers in various ways. We also talk about his exciting adventure with EduSpark, a platform for all learners to continue developing, learning, and growing, and how that came around. Craig has supported schools and organizations all over the globe to establish practices, protocols, and guidelines to support the sustainable implementation of technology into the curriculum to add value to student learning. In addition, he works as an advisor with technology vendors adding value to their products for use in schools. Craig works with these companies to help them build, develop, grow and connect with schools all over the world and has successfully supported global EdTech companies in developing a presence in APAC. Please connect with Craig with the following links below! Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrkempnz Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrkempnz/ Eduspark: https://eduspark.world/ Ignite Edtech: https://www.igniteedtech.com/ If you'd like to support this podcast and subscribe to Canva Pro, please use this link to get access to all the amazing things Canva has to offer as we are now a part of the Canva Affiliate Program!  Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
25:38
November 24, 2021
Recess Duty Episode 003 - Ali Ezzeddine
Recess Duty Episode 003 - Ali Ezzeddine
Welcome to Recess Duty! Today we are talking with Ali Ezzeddine! Ali is an educational consultant and trainer in various educational fields. A certified international trainer from Lynn Erickson institute to do concept-based workshops and international educational consultant for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Ali Ezzeddine is an experienced primary educator. He is trilingual: Arabic, French, and English. Ali loves children’s literature and he is a published author. He visits schools to lead training or consultation visits or just to share his writings with the kids. We talk about continuing to learn and try new things and about his journey of becoming a children's author. Sharing his journey in how he grows and how he leads in giving learners room to make mistakes and grow. He walks us through his process of writing and where he gets inspiration from and how they became conceptual and transdisciplinary. Please connect with Ali with the following links!  Facebook Linkedin Linktree 4 Generations- ONLINE Ali's Book: WAHID: The story is about a little boy who is different  Email: aliezzo@hotmail.com Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty. Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
22:33
November 17, 2021
Recess Duty Episode 002 - Kevin O’Shea
Recess Duty Episode 002 - Kevin O’Shea
This week during "Recess Duty" we talk with Environmental Educator, the bug man himself, Kevin O'shea! We discuss his passion for outdoor education and insect exploration and bringing that wonder and excitement to his classroom. We also talk about how we all might start to utilize outdoor learning spaces a little bit more in our own lives. Please connect with Kevin with the following links below!  Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadForMaple Website: https://makingbetterteachers.wordpress.com/ Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty.  Continue learning everyone! Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
22:47
November 10, 2021
Recess Duty Episode 001 - Tonya Gilchrist
Recess Duty Episode 001 - Tonya Gilchrist
Welcome to Recess Duty! Today, we are talking with Tonya Gilchrist!  She is an international learning strategist who specializes in helping schools around the world amplify inquiry and honor agency for deep learning and transfer across languages, literacies, and disciplines in PK-G12. She is also an internationally experienced educator, instructional coach, and curriculum specialist. Tonya earned her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Hong Kong University. She also holds an IB Certificate in Leadership Practice and an IB Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research. We will be talking about collaboration, agency, and meeting in the middle. How can we meet in the middle when collaborating and building new ideas that otherwise wouldn't exist.  Website: http://tonyagilchrist.com Twitter: @Mrs_Gilchrist Email: tonya@tonyagilchrist.com  Facebook: https://facebook.com/tonyagilchristcom If you'd like to support this podcast and subscribe to Canva Pro, please use this link to get access to all the amazing things Canva has to offer!  Don't forget to subscribe and review so you don't miss any future episodes of Recess Duty.  Continue learning everyone!  Levi Allison - https://linktr.ee/levi_allison
35:41
November 03, 2021
Recess Duty Premiere - Episode 000
Recess Duty Premiere - Episode 000
Hey everyone!  Welcome to Recess Duty! I am so excited to start a new adventure into the world of podcasting. This has been months in the making and I am thrilled to share this with you.  Recess Duty is a podcast for educators to come together to celebrate the amazing things we are doing but to also talk about the challenges we are facing. This is a place for collaboration and just friends having fun.  I named this podcast "Recess Duty" because when out of the playground with students, it was clear that they were having a blast and I knew I wanted to replicate that with our own, "Recess Duty".  I will be sharing one episode each week of friends, colleagues, consultants, and community members around the world and their experience in education.  Thank you for joining and I can't wait to see you for our next duty! Bye!  Levi
02:14
October 27, 2021