Teachers on Fire

Teachers on Fire

By Tim Cavey
Profiling agents of growth and transformation in K-12 education.
Advocating for collaboration, communication, creation > consumption, critical thinking, design thinking, growth mindset, inquiry, PBL, and strategic uses of technology in education.
Available on 12 platforms
60 - AJ Bianco: MS Social Studies Teacher, Aspiring Leader, Podcaster
AJ BIANCO is a husband, father of two boys, aspiring leader, and middle school teacher at Harrington Park School in Bergen County, NJ. A fan of the flipped classroom and blended learning, AJ is also a co-host of another great education podcast called Podcast PD. Follow AJ online here: TW: https://twitter.com/AJBianco IG: https://www.instagram.com/ajbianco/ Podcast PD: https://podcastpd.com/ In our conversation, AJ recalls the challenge of being moved from school to school due to budget cuts. At his lowest, he had lost his passion to teach and was simply doing a job for a paycheque. After finding and connecting with a vibrant PLN on Twitter, he slowly regained his passion and vision for a career in education. AJ also describes how #PodcastPD came to be a thing, identifies his professional goal for this school year, points to some of the voices and resources that are shaping his practice, and much more. Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
18:47
December 10, 2018
59 - Dr. Sam Fecich: Professor, EdTech Innovator, and Author
DR. SAMANTHA FECICH is a former special education teacher and now a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She’s also a mom, edtech innovator, and most recently, the author of Edumagic: A Guide for Pre-Service Teachers (https://amzn.to/2U47UtD). Follow Dr. Sam online here: TW: https://twitter.com/SFecich IG: https://www.instagram.com/sfecich/ Website: https://www.sfecich.com/ In our conversation, Dr. Sam recalls the disappointment of having her application to a PhD program rejected and explains how she moved past it. She describes how her new book, Edumagic, challenges the thought that your teaching career starts when you receive your teaching diploma. Sam also shares her professional goal for this year, makes the case that every educator should be active on Twitter, and offers some great picks on Twitter, in books, edtech tools, and more. Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
32:05
December 2, 2018
58 - Michael Drezek: Technology Integration Specialist, Blogger, and Podcaster
MICHAEL DREZEK is a Technology Integration Specialist for the Lake Shore Central School District in upstate New York. Michael is in his 15th year as an educator and is the host of the Quest 4 Edlightenment podcast. He is a former teacher of the year and has earned too many accolades to list here! Find out more about Michael’s innovative work with technology in education at https://michaeldrezek.com/. Follow Michael online here: TW: https://twitter.com/m_drez IG: https://www.instagram.com/mdrez07/ Blog: https://michaeldrezek.com/ Podcast: https://twitter.com/Quest4EdPodcast In our conversation, Michael recalls the mistake he once made of putting content above relationships with students, and he talks about how he would do things differently today. He defines his professional goal for this school year, explains why he is so passionate about the state of education today, and shares what makes him productive in so many different domains of service. Michael gives us some great recommendations on Twitter, books, edtech, and more! Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
23:01
November 25, 2018
57 - Ari Flewelling: EdTech Integration Specialist, Blogger, and Speaker
ARI FLEWELLING is a staff development specialist at Riverside Unified School District in Riverside, California. A former high school English teacher, Ari holds a Master’s degree in Education Technology and is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator. She can often be found sharing her knowledge at EdTechTeam events. Ari’s Twitter profile says “Cool on the internet. Even cooler IRL,” which should tell you that Ari is a person who enjoys engagement and is just a fun person to be around! Follow Ari online here: TW: https://twitter.com/EdTechAri IG: https://www.instagram.com/edtechari/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/EdTechAri/ Blog: https://www.edtechari.net/ In our conversation, Ari describes the time in her career when she found herself in a work environment that was "less than collaborative." It was during this time that she really started to build her professional learning network on Twitter and elsewhere, using these platforms to reconnect with former colleagues and building relationships with new ones. To educators looking to integrate more technology in their classrooms, Ari offers this sage word of caution: always consider context and content. How does this piece of technology help move my students toward the learning objective? Ari also shares her professional goal for this year, explains what ignites her passion about education today, lets us in on some of her passions outside of education, and offers some great picks on Twitter, YouTube, and more. Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
24:49
November 18, 2018
56 - Jon Harper: Assistant Principal, Blogger, and Podcaster
JON HARPER is an Assistant Principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. He’s the smooth-sounding voice of the My Bad Podcast & Co-Host of the Teachers Aid podcast. Follow Jon online here: TW: https://twitter.com/Jonharper70bd IG: https://www.instagram.com/jonharper70/ Blog: https://jonharper.blog/ The My Bad Podcast: https://www.bamradionetwork.com/my-bad/ The Teachers Aid Podcast: https://www.bamradionetwork.com/teachers-aid/ In our conversation, Jon describes a time in his career when the stresses of work and life overtook him and he was unable to get out of bed for two days. Since then, he’s seen the power of being vulnerable and reaching out for support, and it’s become a mission that drives his creative work. Jon also explains why he’s excited about education today, talks about a professional goal, and gives us some great picks on Twitter, books, podcasts, and more. Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
26:17
November 11, 2018
55 - Dr. Todd Schmidt: Elementary Principal and Education Innovator
DR. TODD SCHMIDT is the principal of Harbor View Elementary School in Corona del Mar, CA. Follow Todd on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/tsschmidty and catch his thoughts on education at http://tsschmidty.blogspot.com/. In our conversation, Todd recalls the challenges he faced around entering administration and describes his ongoing journey with Shiny Object Syndrome. He discusses his commitment to fatherhood, the inspiration he takes from #LeadUpChat, and the reasons he’s so passionate about caring for the whole child in today’s education system. He also shares a great productivity tool, a personal habit that contributes to his success, a book worth reading, and much more. Follow Todd online here: TW: https://twitter.com/tsschmidty IG: https://www.instagram.com/tsschmidty/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/hv.principal Blog: http://tsschmidty.blogspot.com/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
33:12
November 5, 2018
54 - Jeff Kubiak: Elementary Principal and Blogger
JEFF KUBIAK is the principal of Nelda Mundy Elementary School in Fairfield, CA. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffreykubiak and catch his blog posts at http://principalkubiak.blogspot.com/. In our conversation, Jeff recalls feeling so broken and unsupported as a rookie teacher that he left education entirely. He describes the strategies he is following to build school culture, and explains why he is so passionate about the state of education today. He tells us about the personal passions and routines that give him energy and contribute to his success. He also gives his picks in Twitter, books, edtech tools, and much more. Follow Jeff online here: TW: https://twitter.com/jeffreykubiak IG: https://www.instagram.com/aquakube/ Blog: http://principalkubiak.blogspot.com/ Subscribe to the Teachers on Fire podcast on your mobile device: On iTunes: https://apple.co/2ozOTRb On Google Podcasts: https://goo.gl/iA6swC On Anchor: https://anchor.fm/teachersonfire On Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2QkF2KW Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
19:13
October 28, 2018
53 - Curtis Wiebe: Elementary Teacher and EdTech Innovator
CURTIS WIEBE is an elementary school teacher in Surrey, BC, Canada. He’s interested in the ways that technology augments learning, boosts creativity, and creates new opportunities for learners. Follow Curtis on Twitter https://twitter.com/DivisionW and see his work at https://mrwiebesclass.weebly.com/. In our conversation, Curtis identifies the key to bringing about positive changes in schools and structures in education. He describes why he’s passionate about preparing students to find creative solutions that address real-world problems, and he explains what his learners are doing with makerspaces and robotics. He tells us where he gets his best ideas, and offers us top picks on Twitter, in books, and much more. Follow Curtis online here: TW: https://twitter.com/DivisionW Tech Blog: https://mrwiebesclass.weebly.com/texploration.html Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
20:38
October 21, 2018
52 - Paul Stevens-Fulbrook: HS Science Teacher and Blogger
You might know Paul Stevens-Fulbrook better on Instagram as @TeacherofSci. Paul is a father of five and head of Year 7 and 8 Science at his school in the UK. He writes at teacherofsci.com with the mission of “supporting teachers’ lives through strategy, wellbeing and extra income.” In our conversation here, Paul explains why it’s critical for teachers to remain true to who they really are, even - or especially - when they’re in the classroom. He tells us the most exciting opportunity that edtech tools offer: improved student engagement. He shares about some of his other loves outside of the classroom: running, cooking, and spending quality time with his family. He also offers us his picks on Twitter, in books, on YouTube, and more. Follow Paul online here: TW: https://twitter.com/TeacherOfSci1 IG: https://www.instagram.com/teacherofsci/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/243218023094483/ Blog: https://teacherofsci.com/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
22:52
October 15, 2018
51 - Mandy Froehlich: EdTech Innovator, Speaker, and Author
MANDY FROEHLICH is the Director of Innovation & Technology for the Ripon Area School District in Ripon, WI. She is a blogger, speaker, and co-host on the @bamradionetwork’s Teacher's Aid podcast. She is also the author of The Fire Within: Lessons from Defeat That Have Inspired a Passion for Learning (https://amzn.to/2EdqBH4) and the soon-to-be-released Divergent EDU. In our conversation, Mandy recalls an experience of discouragement and burnout early in her career, and describes the formula that helped her recover and recapture her passion: avoiding negativity, reading uplifting and accessible education books, engaging on Twitter, and starting a blog. She explains the heart and message of The Fire Within: the journey to view past trauma not as a source of shame or stigma but as a potential source of strength in order to serve students better. She talks about the joys of raising teenagers, the benefits of working outdoors, and her top picks on Twitter, books, edtech tools, and more. Follow Mandy online here: TW: https://twitter.com/froehlichm IG: https://www.instagram.com/froehlichmandy/ Blog: https://mandyfroehlich.com/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/
29:23
October 7, 2018
50 - Bethany Petty: HS Social Studies Teacher, EdTech Innovator, and Author
BETHANY PETTY is a teacher, coffee fanatic, and 2017 EdTech Digest School Leader Finalist. She writes about thoughtful uses of technology in education at http://usingeducationaltechnology.com/ and is also the author of Illuminate: Technology Enhanced Learning (https://amzn.to/2DGx6lz). In our conversation, Bethany recalls the challenges around teaching students not much younger than her. She discusses the main message of her book, Illuminate, and the ways that her passion for history plays out in and out of the classroom. She also talks about coffee, the importance of exercise, and some of her top picks on Twitter, edtech tools, and more. Follow Bethany online here: TW: https://twitter.com/Bethany_Petty IG: https://www.instagram.com/bethanypetty_educ8 Blog: http://usingeducationaltechnology.com/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire.
16:01
September 30, 2018
49 - Colby Sharp: Elementary Teacher, Reading Advocate, and Author
COLBY SHARP is a husband, father of five, fifth grade teacher, avid reader and book reviewer, runner, and self-proclaimed nerd. He is the author of The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection (https://amzn.to/2zpzGZf) and 2018’s Game Changer!: Book Access for All Kids (https://amzn.to/2QTtsqX). In our conversation, Colby recalls the discouragement of a harsh professional evaluation and explains how he grew from the experience. He describes the mission and process of The Creativity Project, and explains how teachers can use this anthology to inspire creative expression in their English classrooms. He also shares about his passion for reading, putting books in the hands of kids, creativity, daily exercise, podcasts, Casey Neistat, and much more. Follow Colby online here: TW: https://twitter.com/colbysharp IG: https://www.instagram.com/colbysharp/ Blog: https://www.mrcolbysharp.com/ YT: https://bit.ly/2OIfAyt Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links!
24:24
September 23, 2018
48 - Craig Kemp: Digital Innovator, Blogger, and Speaker
CRAIG KEMP is a head of Digital Learning and Innovation, teacher of teachers, blogger, workshop facilitator, and speaker. Although he hails from New Zealand and now calls Singapore home, Craig is truly a global force for innovation in education. In our conversation, recalls the challenge of rebuilding a school community after the tragic loss of a student. He describes how his current role constantly requires him to look, investigate, and use technology in new ways that improve learning. He tells us why team sports represent the perfect mix of fitness, play, and collaboration … and how he always plays to win! Craig also shares great recommendations in books, Twitter, YouTube, and more. Follow Craig online here: TW: https://twitter.com/mrkempnz FB: https://www.facebook.com/Mrkempnz/ Blog: http://mrkempnz.com/ Follow Teachers on Fire! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes, links, and more.
18:13
September 16, 2018
47 - Kimberly Snodgrass: MS Teacher and Edu GIF Master
KIMBERLY SNODGRASS is a 7th grade ELA teacher. She advocates for creative thinking, BookSnaps, Sketchnotes, Edu GIFS, and other creative ways for students to represent their learning. In our conversation, Kim recalls the challenge of beginning a high school teaching assignment with a lot of preparation required and next to no experience in education. She credits this period with allowing her to learn the art of teaching without preconceived ideas or the pressure of textbook mentality. Kim talks about the importance of staying hungry as an educator, cultivating creativity and critical thinking in the classroom, and engaging regularly with other education thinkers. She also passes on some solid recommendations for books to read, educators to follow on Twitter, edtech tools to try in the classroom, and much more. Follow Kim online here: TW: https://twitter.com/KimSnodgrass Class blog: https://kimsnodgrass.weebly.com/ https://teachersonfire.net/ https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire
29:17
September 10, 2018
46 - Katelynn Giordano: MS Teacher and Blogger
KATELYNN GIORDANO is a sixth grade language arts teacher in Sugar Grove, IL. You can find more of her insights on learning, reading, and writing at https://curriculumcoffee.com/ - a written shot of espresso for educators. Katelynn recalls the time early in her career when a veteran colleague told her not to speak during faculty meetings. Part of her recovery from that discouraging blow involved moving to a new middle school position, where she was fortunate to come under the wing of a mentor who was supportive in every way. Katelynn also explains why she’s passionate about education and describes the activities that fuel her personal fire outside of the classroom. She tells us about the daily routines that make her productive and offers some awesome recommendations on Twitter, books, edtech tools, and more. Follow Katelynn online here: TW: https://twitter.com/Mrs_Giordano IG: https://www.instagram.com/curriculumcoffee/ Blog: https://curriculumcoffee.com/ https://teachersonfire.net/
24:53
September 3, 2018
45 - Jarrod Dumas: MS Assistant Principal and Author
JARROD DUMAS is an assistant principal at Oak Hill Middle School in Sabattus, Maine. He recently published Unlocking Excellence: A Guide to Becoming an Extraordinary Educator. Check it out at https://amzn.to/2woY9Lh. In our conversation, Jarrod recalls a great story about how his own sarcasm once cost him in the classroom. He shares about the heart and message of his book and discusses the sources of his excitement in education today. We also get into Carl Jung’s archetypes, fitness, educators to follow on Twitter, Sherlock Holmes, and more! Follow Jarrod online here: TW: https://twitter.com/Xtraordinary247 IG: https://www.instagram.com/xtraordinary_educator/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/xtraordinaryeducator/ Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! TW: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. IG: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for show notes and links from this episode!
28:07
August 26, 2018
44 - Joshua Stamper: MS Assistant Principal and Podcaster
JOSHUA STAMPER is an assistant principal, husband, father, blogger, and graphic artist in Frisco, TX. He’s also the host of Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast. You’ll find his writing at https://joshstamper.blogspot.com/. In our conversation, Josh discusses the mission and vision of his podcast on leadership in education, Aspire. He tells us why he’s excited about the incredible changes that have come to education in the last decade, pointing out that “But this is the way we’ve always done things” doesn’t fly anymore. He explains how his experience in graphic design contributes to his current work, and reminds us that school cultures aren’t built from behind desks. Finally, he gives us some great recommendations for books to read, Twitter personalities to follow, and more. Follow Josh online here: TW: https://twitter.com/Joshua__Stamper IG: https://www.instagram.com/joshua__stamper/ Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/mr_stamps Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for more info!
18:30
August 23, 2018
43 - David McFarland: HS Humanities Teacher
DAVID McFARLAND is a high school IB humanities teacher at Pacific Academy in Surrey, BC, Canada. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MrMcFteaches. In our conversation, David talks about how “We don’t even know you!” challenged him to rethink the importance of building relationships with his students. He describes some of his passions in education today: helping students navigate knowledge critically instead of merely absorbing content, using digital tools to customize learning experiences, and continuing to advocate for some reading on paper. David also shares some of his lifelong learning outside of the classroom, a daily ritual that builds relationships, and his top picks in books, Twitter, Youtube, and more. Follow Teachers on Fire on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links. Song Track Credits Relax (by Simon More) Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
29:49
August 19, 2018
42 - Jamie Osborne: Teacher-Librarian, Blogger, and Podcaster
JAMIE OSBORNE is a middle school teacher-librarian in Richmond, BC, Canada. She writes at https://thebiblioz.wordpress.com/ and recently published her first episode of The Biblioz podcast for teacher librarians. In our conversation, Jamie addresses the challenges of moving students from an unhealthy focus on grades to the uninhibited freedom of failure-free learning. She explains why she enjoys her new role in the library so much and describes her personal transformation from Twitter lurker to contributor, blogger, and now podcaster. Jamie also shares some of her personal habits and passions and offers solid recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, and more. Follow Jamie! TW: https://twitter.com/thebiblioz IG: https://www.instagram.com/thebiblioz/ Blog: https://thebiblioz.wordpress.com/ Podcast: https://apple.co/2MTMBXL Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links. https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire
19:54
August 16, 2018
41 - Jarod Bormann: Tech Integration Specialist and Author
JAROD BORMANN is an advocate for educator empowerment, a tech integration specialist, adjunct professor, learning designer, speaker, blogger, and the author of a new book, Professionally Driven: Empower Every Educator To Redefine PD. In our conversation, Jarod talks about the need to redefine and reimagine PD with three main features at the core: 1 growth mindset, 2 intrinsic motivation, and 3 sustainable autonomy. In the age of Google and instantly available facts, he also explains how technology can unleash greater creativity, higher level thinking, and problem-solving for learners. Check out Jarod’s book on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2B4dTci Follow Jarod! TW: https://twitter.com/jbormann3 FB: https://www.facebook.com/professionallydriven/ Website 1: https://www.professionallydriven.com/ Website 2: https://www.professionallydriven.com/the-book YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxdYkAmeElPKdbEVEipA-A Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for notes and links from this episode!
29:34
August 11, 2018
40 - Kristin Hundt: MS Teacher and Blogger
KRISTIN HUNDT is a devoted wife and mother of four boys, a 6th grade teacher, lifelong learner, and global citizen. Her passions include genius hour, project-based learning, the outdoor classroom, the 40 book challenge, and student voice. In our conversation, Kristin talks about her drive to provide good reading materials for her students. An engaged reader herself, she advocates for student voice and choice, genius hour, going gradeless, standards-based feedback, and revision of work. Kristin also shares some awesome recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, and much more. Kristin was recently featured in The PBL Playbook by AJ Juliani. Check out that title on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2noKqQM. Follow Kristin! TW: https://twitter.com/KMHundt Blog 1: www.voicechoiceandpaperairplanes.com (education) Blog 2: www.theluckiestnomatterwhat.blogspot.com (parenting) Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links.
18:25
August 9, 2018
39 - CJ Reynolds: HS Teacher and YouTuber
CJ REYNOLDS is better known by his YouTube channel, Real Rap with Reynolds, where he talks teaching, relationships, and life. As a passionate educator and creator, his two truths in teaching are #1 Relationships Are King, and #2 It's Only Ever About the Students. In this episode, CJ recalls the fatigue he faced as a rookie teacher and discusses the importance of learning to say no to some things. He talks about how a project with his son turned into a YouTube presence with over 13,000 subscribers, and the tremendous opportunities that the internet allows teachers and students today in terms of global connections and collaboration. He also shares about personal passions outside of the classroom, his morning routine, and much more. Check out Real Rap with Reynolds on YouTube HERE: https://bit.ly/2vm711T. Follow CJ! TW: https://twitter.com/realrapreynolds IG: https://www.instagram.com/realrapwithreynolds/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/realrapwithreynolds/ https://teachersonfire.net/
33:52
August 5, 2018
38 - John Sowash: Author of The Chromebook Classroom
JOHN SOWASH is an educator, freelancer, presenter, husband, and dad. He is also the author of The Chromebook Classroom, which you can check out at http://chrmbook.com. In this conversation, John describes how a dead end in his high school context launched him into the business of teaching teachers - a true passion. You’ll hear him explain why the Chromebook is so much more than just a web browser - it’s a creation tool as well. You’ll also hear about the personal habit that keeps him on track, some great edtech tools to consider using, and much more. Check out The Chromebook Classroom on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2O34vap Follow John! TW: https://twitter.com/jrsowash IG: https://www.instagram.com/jrsowash/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/chromebookclassroom YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/jrsowash WWW1: http://electriceducator.blogspot.com/ WWW2: https://www.chrmbook.com/ WWW3: https://www.geducator.com/ Visit www.TeachersOnFire.net for links and notes on this episode.
32:20
August 2, 2018
37 - Dan Jones: MS Teacher, Trainer, Author
DAN JONES is a 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Mansfield, OH. He is the K-12 Editor for Flipped Learning Review Magazine and the author of Flipped 3.0 Project Based Learning: An Insanely Simple Guide. In this conversation, Dan tells us about the time his passion for teaching died and he almost quit the profession entirely. Instead, he Googled “new and innovative teaching practices” and stumbled across the flipped classroom, which set him on a journey of transformation. Dan also tells us about a personal passion that energizes him, a habit that contributes to his success, and recommends some amazing resources for educators. Check out Flipped 3.0 Project Based Learning: An Insanely Simple Guide on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2K0Vzjy Follow Dan ... TW: https://twitter.com/ideasforteacher IG: https://www.instagram.com/ideasforteachers/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/mrjonesflippedclassroom/ WWW: https://flippedtrainer.weebly.com/ Visit TeachersOnFire.net for more info!
29:32
July 28, 2018
36 - Andi McNair: Speaker, Trainer, Author
Andi McNair is a keynote speaker and trainer specializing in edtech, genius hour, and innovation in education. She is also the co-founder of #makeithappenEDU and the author of Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry. In this conversation, Andi describes the low moment in her classroom that changed it all for her - when she realized her learners were completely disengaged and she knew she needed to reimagine her practice. Thanks to some inspiring education leaders, she began a journey of passion-based learning and has never looked back. Andi also tells us why it’s a great time to be an educator and shares some great recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, and more. Check out Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2uR037B Follow Andi on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mcnairan3 and on the web at http://www.andimcnair.com/. Visit TeachersOnFire.net for more info!
18:49
July 26, 2018
35 - Joy Kirr: MS Teacher, Author
Joy Kirr is a 7th Grade ELA teacher in Elk Grove, Illinois. She writes at http://geniushour.blogspot.com/ and in 2017 published Shift This!: How to Implement Gradual Changes for MASSIVE Impact in Your Classroom. In this conversation, Joy takes us to a moment when a parent criticized her publicly with “Genius Hour is crazy - and all the parents think so!” She shares what she learned from that experience and how it has changed her communication going forward. Joy describes the main message of her book, Shift This, which puts the focus on student-directed learning opportunities. She also points us toward a Twitter account to follow, an edtech tool that she is enjoying, and more. Check out Shift This! on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2O4rsL8 Follow Joy online: TW: https://twitter.com/JoyKirr IG: https://www.instagram.com/joykirr1/ Web: http://geniushour.blogspot.com/ FOLLOW Teachers on Fire on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire VISIT https://teachersonfire.net/ for more info!
18:21
July 21, 2018
34 - Sarah Johnson: Author, Speaker, Consultant
Sarah Johnson is an author, speaker, and consultant in the areas of instructional leadership and personal-professional balance. With experience as an English teacher and principal, she likes to laugh, sing, and makes a habit of running every day. She is a co-author of Balance Like a Pirate: Going Beyond Work-Life Balance to Ignite Passion and Thrive as an Educator. Her mission? Helping Educators Thrive at Work, Home, and Life. In this conversation, Sarah describes the main message and heart of her book, which describes her experience and the lessons she’s learned from living out of balance as a school principal. She talks about the personal passions and practices that support her self-care and growth today, and offers some great recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahSaJohnson & @BalanceLAP, on Instagram @SarahSaJohnson, and on Voxer @sarahsajohnson.
21:14
July 18, 2018
33 - Bryon Carpenter: HS Teacher
Bryon Carpenter is a high school teacher at the Abbotsford Virtual School in Abbotsford, BC, Canada. As a trained scientist, passionate creator, and lifelong learner, Bryon serves in the spaces of library, math, science, and ADST (Applied Design and Skills Technologies). Bryon’s passion? Seeing teachers utilize new technologies to advance student learning and help them represent their learning in new and creative ways. Outside of education, Bryon is passionate about fishing and woodworking, and he credits daily journaling as a key to his personal and professional success. Bryon also points us toward a Twitter account to follow, a podcast to check out, a title to add to our book lists, and much more. Follow Bryon on Twitter @BryonCar, on Instagram @Bryon.Carpenter, and visit his blog at http://bryoncarpenter.com/. VISIT TeachersOnFire.net for more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links.
37:28
July 14, 2018
32 - Jeff Bradbury: Educator, Speaker, Broadcaster
Jeff Bradbury has been recognized as an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Teacher and Trainer, and digital innovator. The founder of TeacherCast.net, Jeff has spoken at TEDx and other conferences, provides training and consulting for educators across the United States, and currently produces ten regular educational podcasts. Simply put, there aren’t many people in the world producing more resources for educators than Jeff. In this episode, Jeff talks podcasting, ISTE, funding models for content creators, the Twitter algorithm, how to build a PLN, learning management systems, personal branding, and more. When it comes to creating education content, Jeff advises, make it from a place of personal passion and you'll never get bored. Follow Jeff on Twitter @TeacherCast, visit TeacherCast.net to access all of Jeff’s podcasts and instructional resources, and subscribe to Jeff’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/TeacherCast.
34:29
July 12, 2018
31 - Jeff Gargas: Educational Consultant
Jeff Gargas is the COO/Co-founder of Progressive Mastery Learning and The Teach Better Team. Jeff works with teachers across the United States to help them improve their practice and “reach the unreachable student.” An entrepreneur at heart, Jeff shares about the challenges of hitting walls in the music industry and the educational training space. He shares how he redefined his mission, finding strength in gratitude and the knowledge that as long as he was doing the right thing for learners, the rest would follow. Today, Jeff loves nothing better than to see teachers learn, grow, and take risks to improve their practice. In our conversation, he points to an app that reliably corrects his mindset, recommends some great Twitter accounts to follow, and more. Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffGargas & @TheGridMethod, and check out the great resources he offers teachers at TeachBetter.com, TeachBetterAcademy.com, and www.facebook.com/thegridmethod. For more info, visit TeachersOnFire.net.
32:42
July 8, 2018
30 - Nicholas Amaral: District Technology Coach
Nicholas Amaral is the district staff development coordinator at the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District in Bergen County, NJ. Nick’s passion is education technology: helping teachers help students create and innovate in their classrooms. In our conversation, Nick shares about a point early in his teaching career when he faced deep discouragement and a lack of motivation. Rather than turn in the towel, he doubled down, reinvented his practice, and engaged his learners like never before. Today, Nick gets excited about blended, personalized, and mastery learning, and he describes the personal habit that energizes him outside of education. Don’t miss his recommendations in books, Twitter, edtech tools, and more! Follow Nick on Twitter @NAmaralEDU and check out his blog over at https://edtechforay.wordpress.com/. VISIT the Teachers on Fire Podcast official site for more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links: TeachersOnFire.net.
13:27
July 5, 2018
29 - Soney Day: Elementary Teacher
Soney Day is a 2nd grade teacher at Coy Miller Elementary School in Frisco, TX. As a teacher, mom, tech integrator, proud Texan, and Seesaw ambassador, Soney enjoys advocating for young learners and strives to have an innovator’s mindset. In our conversation, Soney shares about an emotionally draining challenge she faced in just her second year of teaching. Although it was nightmarish at the time, she calls it a learning experience today and mentors new teachers using some of the knowledge gained from that ordeal. Soney tells us why she’s such a big booster of social-emotional wellness for learners, and encourages teachers to pay more attention to education policy decisions and governance. She also offers some great recommendations for Twitter accounts to follow, books to read, and more. Follow Soney on Twitter @DaysMrs. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net.
26:02
June 30, 2018
28 - Jordan Potrzeba: Elementary Teacher
Jordan Potrzeba is a 4th grade teacher at Walter Caldwell Elementary School in Auburndale, FL. Imagine being told by your principal in your first year of teaching that you were different and didn’t belong. After experiencing just that, Jordan moved from Nebraska to Florida, where he found a school community that welcomes his energy, ideas, and unique personality. In our conversation, Jordan shares about his passion to see teachers grow, share, be vulnerable, and take risks. He also describes how travel and music enrich his life, and offers some great recommendations around books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, a great YouTube channel to subscribe to, and more. Follow Jordan Potrzeba on Twitter and Instagram @JordanPotrzeba, and check out his reflections on education at https://bloggingjungle.blogspot.com/. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net.
25:04
June 28, 2018
27 - Tonya Gilchrist: Language Teacher and Literacy Coach
Tonya Gilchrist is a language teacher and literacy coach at Tokyo International School in Tokyo, Japan. An experienced speaker and presenter, Tonya advocates for learner agency, the inquiry mindset, and joyful leaders. Tonya knew she wanted to become a teacher since she was in third grade, but the daunting pressure and prescriptive directions to teach to standardized tests threatened to make her quit the profession altogether. It was after Googling “What else can I do with a teaching degree?” that she discovered the incredible opportunities in overseas education, and the rest is history. Today, you can hear the passion in Tonya’s voice as she talks about the influences of growth mindset, inquiry-based learning, translanguaging, and the importance of self-care. Follow Tonya Gilchrist @Mrs_Gilchrist, check out life at the Tokyo International School @TISLearns, and read Tonya’s latest thoughts on literacy and education at TonyaGilchrist.com.
43:24
June 23, 2018
26 - Bobby McCutcheon: Elementary Principal
Bobby McCutcheon is the principal of Randall Elementary School in Independence, MO. He’s a husband, father, #GeniusHour advocate, travel junkie, Royals fan, and occasional political expert. After teaching for several years at the middle and high school levels, Bobby was offered the position of elementary principal and has never looked back. He points to a decision to transform his diet and fitness three years as a turning point in what has become an exciting journey of growth. Today, Bobby is passionate about building a positive culture at Randall and promoting creativity in his students through Genius Hour. You won’t want to miss his remarkable story about a struggling student who dove deep into learning about K-9 police dogs. His learning took him to places he’d never imagined, and he was able to share that journey with the entire school community. Follow Bobby McCutcheon @Fight4Mizzou and see what’s happening at Randall Elementary @RandallBears.
24:54
June 21, 2018
25 - Dan Ryder: Author, HS Teacher, Education Director
Dan Ryder is the co-author of Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom and is currently the Education Director of the Success & Innovation Center at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, ME. In our conversation, Dan shares about what ignites his passion for education today: seeing the philosophical focus shift from the acquisition of information to problem-solving, creativity, and design thinking. He challenges teachers to go beyond learning activities that build things just for the sake of building things (ie. “dumpster projects”), and reflects on a personal habit that creates learning and growth in every area of his life. Dan also describes the main message of his book and gives us some awesome recommendations for accounts to follow on Twitter, channels to subscribe to on YouTube, and more. Follow Dan Ryder and catch more of his inspiration on these platforms: TW: @WickedDecent IG: @WickedDecent Websites: DanRyder207.com and IntentiontheBook.online
33:53
June 16, 2018
24 - Christopher Nesi: HS Teacher, Professor, Podcaster
Christopher J. Nesi teaches 9th grade history at New Brunswick High School in New Jersey and is a Professor of Communications at Rutgers University. He also hosts the House of EdTech and Podcast PD podcasts and operates the Education Podcast Network. In our conversation, Chris shares his passion to see educators and learners of all ages take up the endeavour of creative work: “You don't have to share it with the world ... but just create,” he says. He also shares a personal habit that contributes to his success, and gives us some awesome recommendations for accounts to follow on Twitter, the best maker channels to subscribe to on YouTube, books to read, and more. Find more of Chris’s content on these platforms: TW: @MrNesi, @HouseofEdTech, @PodcastPD, @EduPodNet Websites: ChrisNesi.com, HouseofEdTech.com, PodcastPD.com, edupodcastnetwork For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit https://teachersonfire.net/.
24:19
June 14, 2018
23 - Danielle Peters: Elementary Teacher
Danielle Peters is an elementary teacher at Westerman Elementary School in Surrey, BC, Canada. Recently completing her Master’s in Ed. Tech., Danielle is passionate about helping kids learn, create, and innovate using technology. In our conversation, Danielle talks about how team teaching allows her to better meet the social-emotional needs of her learners and learn from her colleague’s perspectives each day. She describes how her third graders are using green screens and stop motion to make stories come alive, and explains how she combines her loves of book reading and photography to produce beautiful book reviews. Finally, Danielle gives us some great recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, a YouTube channel to subscribe to, and more. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps, links, and contact information, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
17:27
June 10, 2018
22 - Diana Williams: Elementary Teacher
Diana Williams is an elementary teacher at Bayridge Elementary School in Surrey, BC, Canada. She is also a speaker, a consultant for her district, a student of PBL, award winner, and constant innovator. In our conversation, Diana speaks candidly about the challenges teachers face during labor disruptions and shares some frank advice for up and coming teachers. She talks about some of the initiatives that really excite her about education today, describes an important personal habit that contributes to her success, and offers some awesome recommendations for books to read, Twitter personalities to follow, YouTube channels to subscribe to, and more. Follow Diana on Twitter @TeacherDiana1 and on her blog at teacherdiana.com. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
33:27
June 6, 2018
21 - Brooke Moore: District Principal
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we speak with Brooke Moore. Brooke is the District Principal of Inquiry and Innovation in Delta, BC, Canada. She is also an instructor at Vancouver Island University and the editor-in-chief of UBC’s Transformative Educational Leadership Journal, located at http://teljournal.educ.ubc.ca/. In our conversation, Brooke describes the experience of working through stiff parent resistance while introducing progressive strategies around assessment in a West Vancouver high school. She shares about some exciting cross-curricular learning initiatives she's involved with and lists some of her biggest passions outside of education: parenting, writing, and storytelling. Brooke also gives us some great recommendations regarding books to read, a Twitter account to follow, and much more. Follow Brooke on Twitter @BMooreintheloop and her blog at http://teljournal.educ.ubc.ca/. Visit TeachersOnFire.net for more info on this episode!
15:08
June 3, 2018
20 - Lindsey Danhoff: Elementary Teacher
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Lindsey Danhoff. Lindsey is a first grade teacher (soon to be third grade) at Evening Street Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio. Lindsey shares about the challenges and rewards of working to change school practices, and speaks to what really ignites her passion for education: a growing emphasis on creativity and innovation. She also tells us how Harvard’s Project Zero is changing her entire mindset, and describes a 5-minute personal habit that never fails to inspire. Finally, she offers some great recommendations for a book to read, a Twitter account to follow, a Youtube account to subscribe to, and more. Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LindseyDanhoff and at her blog at https://lindseydanhoff.wordpress.com/. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
18:32
May 31, 2018
19 - Gallit Zvi: Elementary Principal Intern
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Gallit Zvi. Gallit is currently a principal intern in Surrey, BC, Canada, and a co-author of The Genius Hour Guidebook. Gallit describes how she overcame the challenges of transitioning into a new grade level earlier in her teaching career. She talks about the things that really ignite her passion in education today, including the magic of Genius Hour and how it supports the shift toward inquiry-based learning. Gallit also shares about an area of interest outside of education and gives us some great recommendations for Twitter personalities to follow, a book to read, a funny YouTube channel to subscribe to, and more. Follow Gallit on Twitter @Gallit_Z and check out her blog at GallitZvi.com. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
13:15
May 27, 2018
18 - Lynn Thomas: HS English Teacher
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Lynn Thomas. Lynn is the department head of English and Library and Digital Lead Learner at Dunnville Secondary School in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. In this conversation, Lynn shares candidly about a year of serious family health challenges, crediting the support of administrators that helped her work through this difficult time. She speaks with passion about the power of new technologies to facilitate collaborative learning across great distances, and describes how Project Kakuma is improving education in Kenya. Lynn also offers some solid recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, and more. Follow Lynn on Twitter @ThomLynn101 and check out her blog at https://wordsgrow.wordpress.com/. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
21:32
May 23, 2018
17 - Caterina Rylance: MS Languages Teacher
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Caterina Rylance. Caterina is a middle school languages teacher and ESL coordinator at St. Theresa Catholic Middle School in Sherwood Park, AB, Canada. Still in her second year of teaching, Caterina talks about how her writing at survivingteaching.org became a healthy outlet for her to reflect on the mix of frustrations and victories that come with becoming an educator. A Ukrainian folk dancer on the side, Caterina shares about the joy she finds in learning new languages and bringing the rich diversity of other cultures into her classroom. She also describes a personal habit that contributes to her success and gives us some great recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, an edtech tool to use in the classroom, and more. Follow Caterina on Twitter @CaterinaRylance, on Instagram @Miss.Rylance, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SurvivingTeaching, and on her blog at survivingteaching.org.
11:49
May 19, 2018
16 - Maria Thompson: MS Teacher
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Maria Thompson. Maria is a middle school teacher at Snow Hill Middle School in Snow Hill, Maryland. Maria is an expert in Summit Learning, a program that personalizes learning and supports students while they direct the focus of their own studies. She has great insights to share that fit nicely within the models of project-based and inquiry-based learning that many educators are seeking to move towards. Maria also offers some helpful recommendations for a Twitter account to follow, a book to read, a YouTube channel to subscribe to, and more. Follow Maria on Twitter @MThompsonSHMS. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
25:53
May 16, 2018
15 - Adam Miller: MS PE Teacher
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Adam Miller. Adam is a middle school physical education teacher in Dhahran, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. In this conversation Adam tells a hilarious story of having to manage a swim class for a group of kindergarteners within 20 minutes of their first day of school. He shares about why he’s so passionate about physical education, the pleasure he finds in brewing good beers, and a personal habit that translates into personal success in every area of his life. You’ll also want to hear his recommendations for books to read, an awesome edtech tool that provides formative assessment in the gym, and more. Follow Adam on Twitter @MillerAdamL. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
36:26
May 13, 2018
14 - Antonio Vendramin: District Principal
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Antonio Vendramin. Antonio is the District Principal of Communicating Student Learning in the Surrey School District of BC, Canada. In this conversation, Antonio discusses the exciting opportunities made possible by the recent shift toward a competency-based curriculum in British Columbia. He describes the power of good digital storytelling, and explains how the habit of running has transformed his mental and physical health in recent years. He also shares a number of great recommendations for books to read, edtech tools to consider using in the classroom, hashtags to follow on Twitter, and more. Follow Antonio on Twitter @Vendram1n and visit his blog at https://abvendramin.com/. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
27:36
May 9, 2018
13 - Adam Moler: MS History Teacher
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Adam Moler. Adam is a middle school history teacher at New Richmond Middle School in New Richmond, OH, USA. In this conversation, Adam speaks openly about what it was like to address some authentic doubts he was having about his own practice. He credits a solid PLN on Twitter and some inspirational reading as the key resources he looked to for the exciting reinvigoration he has experienced in his teaching over the last year, with more ideas and higher goals planned for the year ahead. He also talks about one of his true passions outside of education and shares some great recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, and more. Follow Adam Moler on Twitter @Moler3031 and visit his blog at molersmusings.wordpress.com. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net.
16:15
May 6, 2018
12 - Roy Smith: HS English Teacher
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Roy Smith. Roy is an English teacher and department chair at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas, USA. In this interview, Roy describes what it was like to fight thyroid cancer while remaining in education, and credits his students with supplying the energy needed to get through his most difficult days. He also tells us what currently ignites his passion for learning and shares a core personal habit that has stood the test of time. Roy is an avid reader and he gives us some great recommendations in books, educators to follow on Twitter, and more. Follow Roy Smith on Twitter @english_roy and visit his blog at englishroy.com. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
18:42
May 2, 2018
11 - Terry Jones: HS Vice Principal
In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Terry Jones, vice principal at JL Crowe Secondary School in Trail, BC, Canada. In this interview, Terry describes the incredible influence that positive and supportive leadership can make within the culture of a school. He talks about another one of his life passions, coaching hockey, and affirms the value of healthy relationships and community in every walk of life. Terry also gives us some great recommendations for accounts to follow on Twitter, books to read, tools to use, and more. Follow Terry on Twitter @Teeray8. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
21:43
April 28, 2018
10 - Adi Aharon: Technology Integration Specialist
In our tenth episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Adi Aharon, technology integration specialist at the top-rated Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In this interview, Adi discusses the challenge of working with everybody but nobody at the same time and affirms the value of building a strong professional learning network. She fills us in on the mission and vision behind her latest project, The Emotive Web (emotiveweb.ca), a resource for parents, educators, and learners of all ages seeking to manage technology in healthy and reflective ways. Adi is also an authentic lifelong learner and gives us some solid recommendations for books to read, thought leaders to follow, podcasts to listen to, and more. Follow Adi on Twitter @_adi, and check out the resources she offers at EmotiveWeb.ca and PlayCreateInnovate.com. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps and links, please visit TeachersOnFire.net.
16:47
April 25, 2018
9 - Jade Ingels: MS Teacher
In our ninth episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Jade Ingels, middle school classroom and PE teacher at St. Theresa School in Wabasca, Alberta, Canada. In this interview, Jade talks about a significant behaviour challenge she faced in the classroom as a first-year teacher and shares the keys to building a positive classroom culture. She also tells us why she’s passionate about project-based learning and offers some solid recommendations for books, edtech tools, YouTube channels, and more. If you’ve got a comment or question for Jade, you can connect with her by email at jade.ingels@nsd61.ca. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps, links, and summaries, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
29:10
April 22, 2018
8 - Steve Lai: Primary French Teacher
In our eighth episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Steve Lai, primary French teacher at Richmond Christian School in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, and author of teachingwithipad.org. In this interview, Steve talks about Apple’s new iPad for Education and what it means for educators. He also shares some great edtech tools, strategies, and encouragement for teachers looking to grow, and gives us his recommendations for books, podcasts, Netflix, and more. Follow Steve on Twitter @sly111, Instagram @ipad_gadgets, on Facebook at TeachingWithiPad.org and of course on his blog at teachingwithipad.org. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps, links, and summaries, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
23:09
April 18, 2018
7 - Jane Silversides: Primary Teacher
In our seventh episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Jane Silversides, primary classroom and dance teacher at White Rock Elementary School in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. In this interview, Jane fills us in on what’s special about second graders, recalls a funny story from her early days in the classroom, and shares about what’s igniting her passion in education today. She also answers the question of “If you weren’t in education, what would you be doing?” and gives us great recommendations for a Twitter account to follow and a book to check out. Follow Jane on Twitter at @janeteacher2. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps, links, and summaries, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
16:58
April 14, 2018
6 - Clayton Mollica: HS Teacher
In our sixth episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Clayton Mollica, high school teacher at Fort Nelson Secondary School in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. In this interview, Clayton talks about challenges and opportunities he sees in education, passions and interests that he enjoys outside of the classroom, and the rituals that make his mornings work. He also gives us great recommendations for books, Twitter, YouTube, and more. Follow Clayton on Twitter at @MollicaEDU. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps, links, and summaries, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
17:53
April 12, 2018
5 - Sarah Robinson: HS Vice Principal
In our fifth episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Sarah Robinson, high school vice principal at Fort Nelson Secondary School in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. In this interview, Sarah talks about what really excites her in education today: shifts in the learning curriculum, new opportunities for authentic learning, and the latest research in the area of neuroscience. She also shares some personal habits that work, and gives us great recommendations for books, Twitter, YouTube, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter at @82SJR. For more show notes on this episode, including timestamps, links, and summaries, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
15:58
April 7, 2018
4 - Adam Stefiuk: HS Teacher and Acting VP
In our fourth episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Adam Stefiuk, high school teacher and acting vice principal at the Energetic Learning Campus, part of the North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada. In this interview, Adam shares his solution to the challenges he faced with classroom management early in his career. He also tells us what excites him about the new BC curriculum and gives us some great recommendations for edtech tools, books, YouTube channels, and more. Follow Adam on Twitter at @Adam6foot6. For more detailed show notes on this episode, including detailed timestamps, links, and summaries, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
21:36
April 4, 2018
3 - Simon Murti: MS Teacher
In our third episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Simon Murti, middle school teacher at Bayridge Elementary School in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. In this interview, Simon shares openly about a discouraging experience that he faced early in his teaching career. He also tells us what excites him about the new BC curriculum and where he goes to get a good laugh at the end of the day. Follow Simon’s regular adventures from the classroom on Instagram (his preferred platform) @thesmurtiteacher and on Twitter @SmurtiTeacher. For more detailed show notes on this episode, including detailed timestamps, links, and summaries, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
23:13
March 31, 2018
2 - Cordell Ware: HS Humanities Teacher
In our second episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Cordell Ware, high school humanities teacher at Fort St. James Secondary School in Fort St. James, Canada. In this interview, Cordell shares candidly about the low moments he experienced in his practicum and tells us what currently ignites his passion for education. We hear about a unique personal habit that sets him up for daily success, and he gives his top recommendations for books, podcasts, YouTube channels, and more. Follow Cordell on Twitter @cordell_jm. For more detailed show notes on this episode, including detailed timestamps, links, and summaries, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
21:47
March 29, 2018
1 - Stephanie Langlois: HS Math and Science Teacher
In this first-ever episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Stephanie Langlois, high school math and science teacher at Rock Ridge Secondary School in West Vancouver, Canada. Stephanie shares candidly about how she fought through a low moment in her career and tells us what currently ignites her passion for education. We also hear her top recommendations for books, podcasts, YouTube channels, and more. Follow Stephanie on Twitter @sclanglois and find her on Google Sites at sites.google.com/site/sclangloisteacher. For more detailed show notes on this episode, including detailed timestamps, links, and summaries, please visit TeachersOnFire.net. Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
18:12
March 24, 2018
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