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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.
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91 - Latezeon Balentine: Empathy, Literacy, and Empowerment
LATEZEON BALENTINE is a mom of three boys, teacher, and founder of September Chances, Inc. - a nonprofit organization created to show the joy in reading and increase reading fluency and literacy. Latezeon is also a Donors Choose Teacher Ambassador, dog lover, an advocate for mental health awareness, and blogger. And she’s got a book on the way, stay tuned! In our conversation, Latezeon discusses the adversity that she and other educators face in her state and district. She’s definitely “in it for the outcome - NOT the income,” she laughs. Thankfully, things have improved from her first year, when she was hired and compensated as a substitute teacher - but expected to do the work of a full-time teacher. Latezeon shares her commitment to growing the joy of reading for learners, her passion for supporting other educators through Donors Choose, and her dedication to removing the stigmas around mental illness.  Connect with Latezeon: On Twitter @LHBLovesEdu On Instagram @LHBlovesEDU On her blog: https://lhblovesedu.home.blog/. Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On The Teachers on Fire Magazine: https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Easy (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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July 14, 2019
90 - Scott Nunes: Creativity, Technology, and Communication
SCOTT NUNES is a dad, teacher, coach, Schoology ambassador, and CCCUE board member. He’s also Nearpod certified, MIE certified, a site leader, rapper, and co-host of the TNT EdTech podcast! In our conversation, Scott describes the challenging experience that led him from a career in design to education. He talks about the culture of celebration, music, and freestyle rap that inhabits his classroom, and explains the vision behind the TNT EdTech podcast. He also describes why he plans to do more blogging, shares his favourite beach activity, and credits the voices that shape his thinking and inspire his professional practice today. Connect with Scott: On Twitter @MrNunesteach On Instagram @IAmMrEdtech On the TNT Edtech podcast: https://sites.google.com/view/tntedtech Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On The Teachers on Fire Magazine: https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Easy (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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July 7, 2019
89 - Lynmara Colon: Leadership in Equity
LYNMARA COLON is a dynamic leader committed to student learning and growth. She is passionate about technology, access, and equity for all students, and was named in the NSBA 20 to Watch for Innovative Practices. As a former teacher, assistant principal, and principal, Lynmara is focused on building healthy cultures by leading with a Disney mentality where all stakeholders are welcomed.  Lynn holds two master’s degrees: a degree in curriculum and instruction, and the other in educational leadership. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education through Old Dominion University. She is also the co-author of the recently published Empower Our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More. In our conversation, Lynn describes the importance of building rapport and relationship on school teams before introducing new policies and practices. She talks about the heart and message of Empower Our Girls, and also shares her passion for changing mindsets around English Language Learners in our schools. You’ll also hear about Lynn’s professional goals, productivity habits, personal interests, and the voices that inspire her practice today. Lynmara brings full value in this conversation - I loved it! Follow Lynn on Twitter @TheColon_S and on her blog at https://www.leadwithmagic.com/. Connect with Lynmara: On her blog: https://www.leadwithmagic.com/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheColon_s Empower Our Girls on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xjf56L Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On The Teachers on Fire Magazine: https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Easy (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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July 1, 2019
88 - Alicia Ray: Innovator, Blogger, and Lifelong Learner
ALICIA RAY is the Lead Digital Learning & Media Innovation Facilitator at Surry County Schools, NC. Possibly THE most committed reader and reviewer of the education books from Dave Burgess Consulting, Alicia is also the author of the soon-to-be-released Educational Eye Exam! Follow Alicia on Twitter @ILuvEducating and on her blog at https://aliciaray.com/. In our conversation, Alicia shares candidly about the challenge of confronting professional insecurities in the presence of peers who seem to have it altogether. She explains the why, what, and how of her incredible book review habit, and previews her own upcoming book, Educational Eye Exam. She points to the personal passions and productivity habits that work for her, and shouts out the voices and resources that shape her thinking and inspire her practice today. Finally, we end the conversation with a good laugh about what The Office would look like in a school context!  Connect with Alicia: On her blog: https://aliciaray.com/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/iluveducating On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iluveducating/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On The Teachers on Fire Magazine: https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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June 23, 2019
87 - Kristen Nan: Disruptor, Risk Taker, and Idea Generator
KRISTEN NAN is a 3rd Grade teacher who serves near Pittsburgh, PA. She's a blogger, presenter, and award winning educator for innovative practices. Kristen describes herself as a believer in goodness, idea generator, risk taker, and disruptor in education!  Follow Kristen on Twitter @nankr1120 and on her blog at https://kristennan.com/. In our conversation, Kristen discusses the challenge of always having a tsunami of creative ideas: the people around us won’t always share our enthusiasm! She defines GRIT (goal setting, responsibility, imagining excellence, and a tough mindset) and explains why it’s so critical for educators to model grit for our learners. She also talks about her upcoming book, shares some of her personal passions and productivity habits, and lists a few of the education voices and resources that inspire her practice today. Connect with Kristen: On her blog: https://kristennan.com/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/nankr1120 On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nankr1120/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On The Teachers on Fire Magazine: https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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June 17, 2019
86 - Pernille Ripp: Teacher, Blogger, and Author
PERNILLE RIPP is a prolific blogger, highly recognized speaker, literacy expert, creator of the Global Read Aloud, and the author of several books, including Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child. She’s also a Danish educator living in the US, mother of 4, and soulmate to an incredible man that makes it all possible. Follow Pernille on Twitter  https://twitter.com/pernilleripp and visit her blog at https://pernillesripp.com/. In our conversation, Pernille discusses the reality that we won’t always be able to reach every student in precisely the ways we hope to. She recounts the bullying that her daughter experienced in third grade, and the incredible meeting with Pink that helped to breathe new confidence and optimism into her daughter’s outlook and self-identity. She defines the purpose that lies at the core of her legendary blogging activities, and articulates the political (non-partisan) nature of books that speak for the marginalized. Pernille also shares a couple of her keys to productivity and lists some of the voices and resources that have been shaping her thinking and inspiring her professional practice this year. Connect with Pernille: On her blog: https://pernillesripp.com/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/pernilleripp On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pernillesripp/ At her Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PassionateReadersBook/ Check out her books: https://amzn.to/2Wo9Bly Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On The Teachers on Fire Magazine: https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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June 9, 2019
85 - Andrew Milne: Speaker, Blogger, and Health Ed Teacher of the Year
*I need your help! As a listener of the Teachers on Fire podcast, please contribute to my MEdL research on educational podcasting and impacts on professional practice by completing this survey: https://forms.gle/kQk6wdLFcyRe6zPEA. It should take no longer than 5-15 minutes and will mean the world to me! I will be glad to share the results of my research once it is completed. Thank you so much! - Tim - - - - - - - - - - ANDY MILNE is a charismatic PE educator who has hopped the pond from London to Chicago! He’s also a speaker, blogger, and was named 2017 Health Ed Teacher of the Year. As soon as you hear him speak, you’ll understand why Andy is a Teacher on Fire! In our conversation, Andy shares about the experience of leaving education for a period of time in order to rethink his purpose and core identity. He offers some sage advice about how teachers can bring energy, creativity, and empathy into their classrooms, and speaks to his recent focus on marginalized learners. He also talks about the profound importance of sleep and rounds out our discussion with some of the voices and resources that shape his thinking and inspire his practice today. Connect with Andy: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/carmelhealth On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carmelhealth/ On his blog: www.slowchathealth.com For his cause: www.sendateacher.com Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On The Teachers on Fire Magazine: https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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June 2, 2019
84 - Jennifer Wolfe: Loving Fiercely, Teaching Audaciously, Thinking Deeply
*I need your help! As a listener of the Teachers on Fire podcast, please contribute to my MEdL research on educational podcasting and impacts on professional practice by completing this survey: https://forms.gle/kQk6wdLFcyRe6zPEA. It should take no longer than 5-15 minutes and will mean the world to me! I will be glad to share the results of my research once it is completed. Thank you so much! - Tim - - - - - - - - - - JENNIFER WOLFE is a mother, writer, English and AVID teacher, Google Certified Educator, hyperdoc fanatic, and WeVideo Ambassador. In our conversation, Jennifer shares about an extraordinarily difficult school year that pushed her from the profession, along with the formula that allowed her to eventually return to the classroom. If you’ve ever felt pushed to the brink as an educator, her story will resonate! Jennifer also describes her work with the AVID program, hyperdocs, WeVideo, inquiry-based learning, and more. She tells us where “Mama Wolfe” comes from and defines her philosophy around relationships in education. She also lists some personal passions and shares the voices and resources that shape her thinking and inspire her professional practice today. Connect with Jennifer: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/@mamawolfeto2 On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mamawolfeto2/ On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mamawolfe/ On her educator blog: jenniferwolfe.net On her classroom blog: https://sites.google.com/djusd.net/jwolfe/home Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On The Teachers on Fire Magazine: https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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May 27, 2019
83 - Travis Jordan: Connection Over Conformity
TRAVIS JORDAN is a husband, father of four, superintendent, education commissioner, speaker, aspiring author, conformity breaker, and status quo shaker. How’s that for disruption in education? In our conversation, Travis shares a tragic story from his learning community, explaining how the passing of one student has forever impacted him and put the focus on connections over content. “This is not a job - it’s a calling,” he says. Travis also dismisses the idea of educators faking it until they make it. “Why not be real and feel and let our students and colleagues let us heal?” When he thinks of building leaders in his learning community, he asks his team members to encourage, empower, and empathize with everyone in their care. As we close out our conversation, Travis also shares a few of the voices and resources that shape his thinking and inspire his professional practice today. Connect with Travis: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/Supt_Jordan On his blog: https://tjordan.org/ On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/supt_jordan/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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May 19, 2019
82 - Tara Martin: #BookSnaps Creator, Speaker, and Author of Be REAL
TARA MARTIN is an educator, administrator, coach, and speaker. She’s also the founder of #BookSnaps, the @DBC_Inc Media & Communications Director, and author of Be REAL: Educate from the Heart. In our conversation, Tara shares about a tragedy that struck her family during her very first year of teaching, and describes the difficult journey and surprising breakthroughs that followed as a result. She explains the mission behind her book, Be REAL, and gives me some practical advice about how to utilize BookSnaps in my laptop classroom. Tara also talks about her work with Dave Burgess Consulting, offers some hints about the 2020 conference, describes how she stays productive, and points to some of the key voices and influences that shape her thinking and inspire her practice today. Connect with Tara: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaraMartinEDU On her blog: tarammartin.com On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarammartin.real/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taram.martin.1 On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu8Fvq6vhxHplySiiRztTQQ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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May 12, 2019
81 - Kelly Croy: Educator, Author, and Podcaster
KELLY CROY is a committed husband, father of four girls, educator, speaker, Apple Distinguished Educator author of Along Came a Leader and the producer of The Wired Educator podcast. Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyCroy and @WiredEducator, and visit his blog at https://wirededucator.com/. In our conversation, Kelly discusses the keys to effective leadership, explains why iPads make such fantastic creation tools, and argues that “Our best moments in education will be culture moments.” He also tells us about the mission of The Wired Educator podcast, shares about passions and productivity hacks, and lists some of the key voices and influences that shape his thinking and inspire his practice today. Connect with Kelly: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellycroy On his blog: https://wirededucator.com/ On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kcroy/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wirededucator/ On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/WiredEducator Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
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May 5, 2019
80 - Kevin O'Shea: Primary Teacher, Outdoor Educator, and Podcaster
KEVIN O’SHEA is a primary teacher currently in Beijing, China who will be moving to a school in Shenzhen, China in the fall. Kevin is a big fan of nature, outdoor education, inquiry, and photography. He’s also the producer of the Just Japan Podcast and the new Making Better Teachers Podcast. In our conversation, Kevin recalls the time he assigned differentiated work to his students - only to experience a nightmare that tempted him to leave education entirely. He discusses the mission and vision of his new Making Better Teachers podcast, and explains how past years of content creation have led him to this point. He also talks about the dynamics and importance of his international PLN, the beauty of Outdoor Classroom Day, and the voices that shape his thinking and inspire his professional practice.  See more from Kevin: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadForMaple On YouTube: http://youtube.com/c/BusanKevin  On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jlandkev/ On his blogs: https://makingbetterteachers.com/ & http://justjapanstuff.com On Facebook: http://facebook.com/makingbetterteachers & http://facebook.com/justjapanstuff Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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April 28, 2019
79 - Karen Caswell: Apple Educator, Seesaw Ambassador, and Founder of #TLAPDownUnder
KAREN CASWELL is a 4th grade teacher in Australia. Her favorite themes in education include relationships, reading, kindness, and global connections. She’s also an Apple Certified Teacher, Seesaw Ambassador, and the founder of #TLAPdownunder! Follow Karen on Twitter @kcasw1 and visit her blog at https://www.karencaswell.com/. In our conversation, Karen recalls a crisis of disillusionment which threatened to pull her away from teaching completely. Thankfully, a leave of absence from the classroom and some inspirational reading from Dave Burgess Consulting helped to reignite her passion, and she’s been a different educator ever since. Karen also shares some of her practices on Seesaw, one of several good online portfolio platforms that connect parents with student learning, and she describes some of her passions and goals in the area of student literacy. Finally, Karen talks about the education voices that shape her thinking and inspire her passion for education today. See more from Karen: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/kcasw1 On her blog: https://www.karencaswell.com/ On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrsc_teaching_passionately/  Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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April 21, 2019
78 - Aaron Blackwelder: HS Teacher and Assessment Leader
AARON BLACKWELDER is a high school English teacher and golf coach at Woodland Public Schools in Woodland, Washington. He’s the founder of the Teachers Going Gradeless website and Twitter chat @TG2Chat and #TG2Chat. He’s also a father, husband, autism advocate, Google Certified Educator, and he’s loving life!  Follow Aaron on Twitter @AaronSBlackwel1 and visit his blogs at mrblackwelder.wordpress.com and https://teachersgoinggradeless.com/, where he welcomes contributions from anyone with experience in the areas of gradeless assessment. In our conversation, Aaron recounts the beginnings of the TG2 site, chat, and mission. He gives us some great practical examples of gradeless assessment, feedback, and reporting philosophies from his own practice, and makes the case for more schools to consider this paradigm shift. He also shares a personal passion that fuels him outside of the school, an edtech tool that makes his practice more efficient, and the education voices that shape his thinking and inspire his passion today. See more from Aaron: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/AaronSBlackwel1 & https://twitter.com/TG2Chat On his blog: mrblackwelder.wordpress.com On the TG2 blog: https://teachersgoinggradeless.com/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
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April 15, 2019
77 - Adam Welcome: Runner, Author, and Speaker
ADAM WELCOME is a former teacher, principal, and director of innovation. He’s also a recognized education leader, speaker, and the author of Kids Deserve It and Run Like a Pirate. Follow Adam on Twitter @MrAdamWelcome. In our conversation, Adam recalls the disillusionment he once felt when he realized that colleagues weren’t prepared to sacrifice to put their learners first. He explains how this period led to a career in education leadership and Kids Deserve It, a book he co-authored with Todd Nesloney. He also tells the story of Run Like a Pirate, a book that followed an incredible year of 13 marathons, and argues that we all have more power inside of us than we think we do. He goes on to share personal passions, habits that make him more productive, and the voices that shape his thinking and inspire his passion today. See more from Adam: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/mradamwelcome On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mradamwelcome/ On the Kids Deserve It blog: https://www.kidsdeserveit.com/ On his personal blog: https://mradamwelcome.com/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
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April 7, 2019
76 - Kali Slusser: Instructional Coach, Blogger, and Reader Extraordinaire
KALI SLUSSER is an instructional coach, fitness obsessor, and kombucha fanatic! She is also a wife of a fellow teacher and a mom of three. Connect with Kali on Twitter @KaliSlusser and follow her ongoing reviews of the DBC books with Greg Moffitt at https://readlikeapirate.wordpress.com/. In our conversation, Kali recalls the moment when her identity as an educator was shaken and she considered changing industries completely. She explains what she loves about her current role as an instructional coach, and updates us on her quest to read and review every one of the titles from Dave Burgess Consulting. Kali also shares a reading tip, describes her morning routines, and shares some of the voices and resources that shape her thinking and inspire her practice today. See more from Kali: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaliSlusser On her book review blog: https://readlikeapirate.wordpress.com/ On her personal blog: https://kalislusser.wordpress.com/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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March 31, 2019
75 - Annick Rauch: French Immersion Teacher, Blogger, and Global Collaborator
ANNICK RAUCH is a Grade 1 French immersion teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She’s a loving mom to 4 boys and wife to the man who allows her to do it all! Her passions in education include growth mindset, global collaboration, and all things innovation. You can follow her on Twitter @AnnickRauch and visit her blog at http://www.annickrauch.ca/. In our conversation, Annick recalls a challenging situation in her classroom involving a live image search gone wrong, and explains how she, parents, and students grew from the experience. She talks about the Power of YET and the global collaboration happening through YouTube read-alouds. Annick also describes how the books from Dave Burgess Consulting have made such a positive difference in her life and practice, including influential relationships with people like Tamara Letter, author of A Passion for Kindness. Annick concludes by sharing her professional growth goal for this year, productivity strategies, and the voices and resources that shape her thinking and inspire her practice. See more from Annick: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnickRauch On her blog: http://www.annickrauch.ca/ On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annickrauch/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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March 24, 2019
74 - Susan Jachymiak: Rookie Teacher, Leader, and Author
SUSAN JACHYMIAK is a 4th grade teacher in Orland Park, IL. She’s a rookie this year, and she’s clearly on fire! Follow her on Twitter @MsJachymiak and visit her blog at http://msjachymiak.weebly.com. In our conversation, Susan recalls a couple of unfamiliar challenges she was forced to figure out at the outset of her very first teaching position. She describes the thinking behind the #NewTeacherJourney chat and explains how she hopes to support other new teachers using the power of social media. Susan also shares what excites her about education today, her professional growth goal for next year, her productivity strategies, and the voices and resources that shape her thinking and inspire her practice. See more from Susan: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsJachymiak On her blog: http://msjachymiak.weebly.com On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susan_jachymiak Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
24:47
March 18, 2019
73 - Rae Hughart: Teacher, Podcaster, and Consultant
RAE HUGHART is a middle school Math teacher, educational consultant, Director of Training & Development for the Teach Better Team, and a co-host for the Teach Better Talk Podcast - and if you haven’t given Teach Better Talk a listen, you need to! Connect with Rae on Twitter AND Instagram @RaeHughart, and check out her course offerings and resources at TeachBetter.com. In our conversation, Rae recalls the struggle of school during most of her own years in K-12, thanks largely to a reading disability and associated comprehension issues that made learning incredibly difficult. She talks about how those memories motivate her to continue to improve her own practice today and reach disengaged students who are having similar experiences. Rae also gives us a summary of the Teach Better mission, a preview of their upcoming book, a description of #MasteryChat, and some good insights for best practices around professional activities on Twitter and Instagram. She goes on to share a personal passion, her productivity tips, and some of the voices and resources that shape her thinking and inspire her practice. See more from Rae: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaeHughart On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raehughart/ At the Teach Better Team Site: https://teachbetter.com/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teachbetterteam/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
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March 11, 2019
72 - Tisha Richmond: EdTech Integrator, Speaker, and Author
TISHA RICHMOND is a Technology Integration Specialist serving 19 schools in Medford, Oregon. She’s also a speaker and author of Make Learning Magical: Transform Your Teaching and Create Unforgettable Experiences in Your Classroom.  In our conversation, Tisha recalls her professional tipping point: just as doubt and discouragement prompted her to think of leaving the profession, she encountered a host of innovative tools and practices that rejuvenated her passion for education. That turnaround now fuels her passion to inspire other educators, and she unpacks an inspiring vision and practical suggestions for change within Make Learning Magical. Tisha also shares her professional goal for this year, her tips for personal productivity, and the voices that shape her thinking and inspire her practice. See more from Tisha: On Twitter: @tishrich At her Blog: tisharichmond.com Her Book: https://amzn.to/2SFGBDV Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
38:37
March 4, 2019
71 - Rose Pillay: Education Consultant and Learner on Fire
ROSE PILLAY is an education leader and curriculum consultant for the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese. Her One Word for 2019 is SMILE, and Rose keeps educators inspired on her mission to serve, support, and celebrate growth and relationships. Buckle up for this interview! Her colleagues call her a girl on fire, and you’ll understand why when you hear her passion and commitment for learning. Follow Rose on Twitter @RosePillay1 and visit her blog at https://teachafl.wordpress.com/.  In our conversation, Rose discusses how she manages the dark days when doubts creep in and she wonders if she is making a difference. She describes how her faith informs her practice, explains why educators should engage in PLNs, and recalls the origin of her blog, Fail Better. Rose also tells us about her professional goals for 2019 and shares some of the voices and resources that are shaping her thinking and inspiring her practice today. Follow Rose: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/RosePillay1 At her Blog: https://teachafl.wordpress.com/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
1:13:36
February 25, 2019
70 - AJ Juliani: Speaker, Author, and Director of Learning and Innovation
 AJ JULIANI is a dad, a sought-after speaker, and prolific author of several education books, including The PBL Playbook, Empower and Launch. He is a recognized authority on design thinking, genius hour, growth mindset, IBL, PBL, and all things innovation in education. Read more from AJ at http://ajjuliani.com/ and follow him on Twitter @AJJuliani. In our conversation, AJ recalls his professional turning point 2011, when he moved from a teacher discouraged by the game of school to an educator set on fire by the possibilities in education. He goes on to share essential advice from the PBL Playbook, the power and purpose of blogging as an educator, and the ideas behind “be more chef.” He also discusses his current professional work, a learning obsession, and some of the voices that shape his thinking and inspire his practice today. Follow AJ: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajjuliani On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ajjuliani/ On YouTube: https://bit.ly/2EfmXui On his website: http://ajjuliani.com/ At the PBL Playbook: https://amzn.to/2X9iYXR Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
34:32
February 18, 2019
69 - Mike Paul: MS Math Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist
MIKE PAUL is a middle school math teacher, edtech leader, Google Certified Innovator, and the co-founder of Edcamp Kentucky. Follow Mike on Twitter @mikepaul and check out his blog at https://pikemalltech.com/. In our conversation, Mike recalls the disappointment he felt when he first realized that not every education leader is in education for the right reasons. He gets into the ways that tech tools have changed the ways students learn (and the ways educators teach) about Math. He also discusses what energizes him in education today, his One Word for 2019, a productivity hack he applies to his mornings, and the voices and influences that most inspire his work. Follow Mike: Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikepaul Instagram: http://instagram.com/iammikepaul Website: https://pikemalltech.com/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
24:33
February 11, 2019
68 - Dr. Brad Gustafson: Principal, Speaker, and Author
DR. BRAD GUSTAFSON is a National Distinguished Principal, best-selling author, and speaker. He is also a Digital Innovation in Learning Award winner and a member of the National School Boards Association "20 to Watch." Brad recently released a new book that is making a stir: Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education. Find out more about his work at www.BradGustafson.com and follow Brad on Twitter @GustafsonBrad. In our conversation, Brad recalls an important lesson he once learned about the value of investing in the most challenging students. He talks about the heart and main message of his book, Reclaiming Our Calling, and talks about why connection must be the focal point of everything we do around technology in education. Brad also discusses a professional goal, his personal passions outside of education, a productivity hack, and the voices that inspire him today. Follow Brad: Twitter: @GustafsonBrad Instagram: @GustafsonBrad Website: https://www.bradgustafson.com/ Reclaiming Our Calling: https://amzn.to/2t2hgtp Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
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February 3, 2019
67 - Dr. Erik Youngman: Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
DR. ERIK YOUNGMAN has been a first grade teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Today, he’s the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the Libertyville School District in the Greater Chicago Area. He advocates for continuous learning, feedback, growth mindset, metacognition, innovation, and visible learning. Follow Dr. Erik on Twitter @Erik_Youngman. In our conversation, Dr. Erik discusses the challenges presented by change, and the importance of feedback for continuous reflection and growth. He talks about the incredible opportunities in education today, and shares some of his professional goals for the coming year. Erik also opens up about his personal passions outside of education, a productivity hack, and points to some of the voices that shape his learning and inspire his practice today. Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
16:54
January 27, 2019
66 - Dr. Sarah Thomas: Technology Coordinator, Speaker, and Publisher
DR. SARAH THOMAS is a regional technology coordinator in Maryland and serves as affiliate faculty at Loyola University. In 2014, Sarah founded the EduMatch Project, and she has spoken and presented at numerous conferences since. Find out more about Sarah and her work at https://www.sarahjanethomas.com and follow her on Twitter at @sarahdateechur. In our conversation, Sarah recalls the challenges of finding her place in education during the first three years of her career. She describes how EduMatch was created as a solution to help like-minded educators connect around the globe, and explains how that early vision continues to shape its activities and contributions today. She also tells us what makes her so passionate about education, one of her professional goals for 2019, the thing that energizes her as a human being when she’s away from education, and so much more. Follow Sarah ... On Twitter at https://twitter.com/sarahdateechur & https://twitter.com/edu_match On Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sarahdateechur/ On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/edumatchers/ On her website at https://www.sarahjanethomas.com/ On EduMatch at http://www.edumatch.org/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
25:44
January 20, 2019
65 - Kate Lindquist: Artist & HeARTist
 KATE LINDQUIST is the founder of PeaceLoveArt, which is all about “Enriching heARTS thru self expression and soul connection.” With a Master’s degree in Education, Kate is a passionate educator, artist, consultant, speaker, and contributor to @DisruptEDTV. Follow Kate on Twitter and Instagram @heARTISTatWORK. In our conversation, Kate talks about the frustration of teaching in learning environments that don’t seem to value the arts, and explains how finding her own creative voice on Twitter and other platforms helped restore her hope for the future of “creative academics.” Describing artistic activities as a gateway to curiosity and learning, she strives to help learners of all ages find their voice and express themselves in creative ways. Kate shares her professional goal for this school year, the things that bring her alive outside of the classroom, a productivity hack, and the voices and influences that inspire her practice today.  Follow Kate ... On Twitter @heARTISTatWORK On Instagram @heARTISTatWORK On Facebook at Peace Love Art Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/TimWCavey On Medium: https://medium.com/@teachersonfire On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDPjkAn7lZb-rahyVDttKA Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
29:52
January 13, 2019
64 - Jennifer Casa-Todd: Teacher-Librarian, Author, and #DigCit Expert
 JENNIFER CASA-TODD is a mom, wife, teacher librarian, speaker, a coordinator for Google Educator Groups of Ontario, an ISTE Librarians leader, and an @ONedSschat advisor. She is also the author of Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @JCasaTodd. In our conversation, Jennifer recalls the tremendous challenge of battling concussion symptoms for ten months and identifies the keys that helped her emerge from the fog to regain her health. She talks about the context, mission, and vision of her book, Social Leadia, and discusses the mindset shift that educators must make around social media tools. She also shares why she’s excited about education today, what her professional goal looks like for 2019, why you should stay connected with book clubs even when you fall behind on the book, and much more! Follow Jennifer ... On Twitter at @JCasaTodd On Instagram at @JCasaTodd On her blog at https://jcasatodd.com/ On her podcast at The Social Leadia Podcast Check out Social Leadia on Amazon Explore free Social Leadia resources at https://www.socialleadia.org/ Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: @TeachersOnFire On Instagram: @TeachersOnFire On Facebook: Teachers on Fire On LinkedIn: Tim Cavey On Medium: Teachers on Fire On YouTube: Teachers on Fire Song Track Credits Intro: Stand Up (by Mike Cosmo -- license purchased at https://taketones.com/) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) 
28:28
January 6, 2019
63 - Greg Moffitt: Elementary Principal, Blogger, and Pirate Reader
GREG MOFFITT is a dad, husband, and the principal at Winters Elementary School in Winters, California. He’s also a doctoral student at UC Davis and a big education geek. Greg has set the audacious goal of reading through all of the books from Dave Burgess Consulting in 2019, and you can catch his reflections and reviews (along with those from teammate Kali Slusser) at http://readlikeapirate.wordpress.com.  In our conversation, Greg recalls the low point at the end of the last school year when a staff member told him “You’re not smiling anymore.” He describes how an amazing instructional coach, Lead Like a Pirate, and the positive power of his PLN helped him rediscover his passion and joy for the principalship. Greg explains why SEL gets him excited about education today, shares his bold professional goal for 2019, describes how he stays productive each day, and points to the voices and resources that he’s tuned into. Follow Greg: On Twitter at @Greg_Moffitt On Instagram at @Greg_Moffitt On his blog, Read Like a Pirate: http://readlikeapirate.wordpress.com Visit the Teachers on Fire blog for all the show notes and links from this episode! Connect with Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: @TeachersOnFire On Instagram: @TeachersOnFire On Facebook: Teachers on Fire On LinkedIn: Tim Cavey On Medium: Teachers on Fire On YouTube: Teachers on Fire Song Track Credits Intro: Lax (by Fascinating Earthbound Objects, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
24:43
December 31, 2018
62 - Beth Houf: MS Principal, Speaker, and Author
BETH HOUF is a mom, middle school principal, passionate leader & learner, and forever teacher. She’s also the co-author of Lead Like a PIRATE: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff. Interact with her on Twitter @BethHouf and engage with ideas from her book at #LeadLAP. In our conversation, Beth recalls how pressure-packed early years in a principal position almost turned her off from the profession completely, and she explains how a random conversation about Twitter helped revive her passion and calling for school leadership. She describes how Teach Like a Pirate led to Lead Like a Pirate, and discusses the mission and main message of the book. She also shares why she’s excited about education, a couple of productivity hacks she lives by, her passions outside of school, and the voices and resources that inspire growth in her practice today. Follow Beth: On Twitter @BethHouf On Instagram @BHouf Lead Like a Pirate Visit TeachersOnFire.net for all the show notes and links from this episode. Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media: On Twitter: @TeachersOnFire On Instagram: @TeachersOnFire On Facebook: Teachers on Fire On LinkedIn: Tim Cavey (host) On Medium: Teachers on Fire On YouTube: Teachers on Fire Song Track Credits Intro: Lax (by Fascinating Earthbound Objects, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org) Outtro: Bluntedsesh4 (by Tha Silent Partner, courtesy of FreeMusicArchive.org)
35:27
December 24, 2018
61 - Chris Chappotin: MS Principal, Engage2Learn Coach, and Rapper
CHRIS CHAPPOTIN is the principal at Steam Middle School in Burleson, TX. He’s a husband, father, Engage 2 Learn Coach, certified Google educator, and big sports fan. He’s also a bit of a rapper as well! Follow Chris: On Twitter at https://twitter.com/Chris_Chappotin On Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/chris_chappotin/ On YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/frankginley Watch his district’s music video parodies (of which Chris has played an instrumental part) and subscribe to the Burleson Independent School District YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/BurlesonISDTV. In our conversation, Chris describes the mission and vision of STEAM Middle School. The school's mantra, Chris says, is all about creating engaging learning through an instructional design process called Engage 2 Learn. He also describes his most challenging experiences as an education leader, shares his professional goal this year, offers some great recommendations in books and on Twitter, and much much more. Visit https://teachersonfire.net/ for all the show notes and links from this episode! Follow the Teachers on Fire podcast on social media! On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersOnFire. On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teachersonfire/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersOnFire/ Song Track Credits Intro: Relax (by Simon More) Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)
19:51
December 17, 2018
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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