Teachers on Fire

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By Tim Cavey
Where 21st century educators come to grow, learn, and be inspired. We believe in the growth mindset, creativity, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and strategic uses of education technology. We’ll share news and views from educators who are getting it right and innovating in the classroom today.
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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