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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!

I'd love to connect with you to hear your thoughts and feedback!

Levi Allison




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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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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