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Featuring expert educators ready to share progressive tactics to reach more students. Teach Better Talk is created by teachers, and fueled by passion! Every week, Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas, of the Teach Better Team and www.teachbetter.com, chat with educators from all around the world, discussing failures, successes, exciting new tactics, and dishing out loads of tips, tricks, and advice for teachers of all levels.
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This is an audio version of the blog post, "4 Ways to Engage Students With Your Community" Written by Rae Hughart (@RaeHughart). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/4-ways-to-engage-students-with-your-community. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Elementary School Principal, Aaron Else, chats with us about being an optimist, focusing on giving students what they need to grow, and why the secret to life is in the clichés. Aaron shares how their school is focused on a culture of taking risks and doing what's right for kids, the power of asking questions, and why you should love Mondays. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/aaronelse Episode Highlights 1:22 - Chatting about some of the great conferences we're headed to soon. 6:34 - Previewing the episode with Aaron Else. 10:13 - Aaron introduces himself. 11:46 - Aaron's failure: Thinking he knew it all. 14:36 - Aaron's success: Building a culture of taking risk. 16:32 - Talking more about the House System in Aaron's school. 19:30 - What's keeping Aaron excited about education right now: Where education is heading. 22:00 - Aaron's advice for teachers: Don't be "23 year old me." Ask questions. 25:40 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 28:19 - How to connect with Aaron Guest's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Twitter Book: "Call Sign Chaos" by General Mattis. Who to Follow on Instagram: Trevor Ragan (@learner_lab) Martina Wagner (@martinawagnerEL) Jon-Eric Ziaer (@zlearnmore) YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Journaling.  Reflection is key to learning.  Stop. Reflect. Journal. Reflect some more.  Best piece of advice you've ever received: “The secret to life is in the cliches.” - Aaron's Mom. Links to Connect With Our Guest Twitter: @PrincipalElse --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Instructional coach, Suzanne Dailey, chats with us about patience, perspective, and finding that one small thing you can do today to be better, happier, and more positive. Suzanne shares her vision for "Teach Happier," how we need to scan for the good, and why she has the best job in the world. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/suzannedailey Episode Highlights 1:47 - Chatting about Suzanne Dailey's new "Teach Happier" series. 3:05 - Celebrating some of our awesome guest bloggers. Kendall Lawson Matthew Joseph Jacqueline Goodburn Jeremy Rinkel Brian Faulkner Whitney Choate Jorge Valenzuela Karen Evans Aubrey Jones 7:24 - Previewing the episode with Suzanne Dailey. 10:27 - Suzanne introduces herself. 12:28 - Suzanne's failure: Moving to a standards-based reporting. Part of leadership team. Rollout not as thoughtfully planned out. Did not anticipate push back and logistical problems. 15:04 - Suzanne's success: Developing "QUEST." For more information on Suzanne's school's QUEST Program, visit: CBSD.org/quest 17:33 - What's keeping Suzanne excited about education right now: The shift to emotional wellness of students, and of teachers. 18:52 - Talking about teacher emotional wellness, and Suzanne's vision for her "Teach Happier" series at www.teachbetter.com. 20:38 - Suzanne's advice for teachers: Quiet the noise. 25:27 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or  less. 28:30 - How to connect with Suzanne. Suzanne's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Digital Inking Book: "UnSelfie" by Dr. Michele Borba Who to Follow on Instagram: @Teacher2Teacher and @BehaviorFlip YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Brene Brown's "Daring Classrooms." Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily gratitude. Compliment someone every day. Every month, use your gift outside your comfort zone. Best piece of advice you've ever received: "The secret to life is surround yourself with good people." - Suzanne's parents.
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Adjust Your Leans - Student Behavior is Information." Written by Jacqueline Goodburn (@PDwithJG). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/adjust-your-lens-student-behavior-is-information. In This Post: The importance of removing your personal feelings from student behavior issues. Behavior is information, use it to help provide a better learning experience! Ways to adjust your thinking to better meet the needs of your students and colleagues. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
19 year teaching veteran, Jana Zipfel chats with us about taking time to focus on relationships, the importance of self-care, and why you shouldn't try to do everything. Jana shares how she's implemented student led conferences, how it takes time to figure things out, and why we need to learn to let it go. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/janazipfel Episode Highlights 1:37 - Rae talks about Seesaw, and how she uses it in her classroom. 5:37 - Previewing the episode with Jana Zipfel. 8:19 - Jana introduces herself. 10:18 - Jana's failure: Early years of  her career. Not taking the time to build relationships. 12:55 - Jana's success: Student led conferences. 16:12 - What's keeping Jana excited about education right now: Working toward her admin certification. 18:00 - Jana's advice for teachers: Do not try to do everything. Jeff mentions the "5 Minute Journal" app he uses. Get it for Apple iOS Get it for Android 22:20 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 24:52 - How to connect with Jana. Jana's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Seesaw Book: "Fully Charged Systems" - PJ Caposey Who to Follow on Instagram: PJ Caposey, Maria Papiez, Joe Sweeny YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Kid President, Ryan and Craig Storytime Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Self care - make some kind of daily routine Best piece of advice you've ever received:  “Let it Go” Links to Connect With Jana Twitter: @JanaMrszipfel Instagram: @firstgradecoolcats --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
18 year veteran teacher, Kate MacFarlane, chats with us about building relationships, connecting with others, and why we should think of teaching like a taco. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/katemacfarlane Episode Highlights 0:46 - Chatting about our friend, Jorge Valenzuela's new book, "Rev Up Robotics." Follow Jorge @jorgedoespbl. 6:39 - Previewing the episode with Kate MacFarlane (@PrimarilyKate) 9:24 - Kate introduces herself. 12:00 - Kate's failure: Attempting to implement an idea to help with a divisive environment, and making it worse. 16:11 - Kate's success: Teaching 2nd graders that were struggling. Setting up co-teaching and seeing success in students. 18:04 - What's keeping Kate excited about education right now: Connecting with other educators. 20:31 - Kate's advice to teachers: Think of teaching like a taco. 22:39 - Chatting about Teachers Pay Teachers. Kate recommend's Kayse Morris's course. 24:35 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 26:16 - How to connect with Kate. Kate's Recommendations EdTech Tool: FlipGrid Book: "Think and Grow Rich" by Napolean Hill. Who to Follow on Instagram: eddiebcomedy YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: classroomscreen.com  Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Gratitude journal. Best piece of advice you've ever received: This too, shall pass. Links to Connect With Kate Website: primarilykate.com Facebook Page: Primarily Teaching Instagram: @PrimarilyKate --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Supporting Student Productive Struggle" Written by Dr. Matthew Joseph (@MatthewXJoseph). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/supporting-student-productive-struggle In This Post: The definition of student productive struggle. Why productive struggle is important for students. Ways to promote productive struggle in your classroom, from planning to implementation. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Instructional technology coach, P. Sloan Joseph, chats with us about being transparent, being reflective, and finding the humor in life. P. Sloan shares why you need to give your students, and yourself, some grace, the importance of self-care, and why you need to water the flowers, not the weeds. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/psloanjoseph Episode Highlights 2:00 - What's got Rae excited right now: The new Teach Better Speakers Network. 6:52 - Previewing the episode with P. Sloan Joseph. 10:56 - P. Sloan introduces herself. 12:05 - P. Sloan's failure: Not realizing that culture is the first, and most important thing. 14:15 - P. Sloan's success: Past students telling her about things she did or said, that still impacts them. 16:11 - What's got P. Sloan excited about education right now: Her podcast and the opportunity it provides her to share education with others not in education. 18:41 - P. Sloan's advice for teachers: Take the time to have "off the content" conversations with your students. Give yourself grace. 21:34 - P. Sloan talks about her podcast, "Greater Is In Me." #InformInspireInfluence 25:40 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 30:42 - How to connect with P. Sloan. P. Sloan's Recommendations EdTech Tool: YouTube Book: Hack Learning Series Who to Follow on Instagram: @Edutopia, @CultofPedagogy YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: www.controlaltachieve.com Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Whatever you consider self-care, do it! Best piece of advice you've ever received: Water the flowers, not the weeds! Links to Connect With P. Sloan. Twitter: @psjoseph718 Instagram: @greaterisinme_ Podcast: https://anchor.fm/greaterisinmepodcast --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
6th grade ELA teacher, and Teach Better's Digital Content Editor, Katelynn Giordano, chats with us about giving students an active role in learning, the power of personalized learning, and being someone who promotes education. Katelynn shares how she negotiates grades with her students, the power of reaching out to other educators, and why your voice matters. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/katelynngiordano Episode Highlights 2:06 - Talking about heading back to school after Winter break. 4:37 - Previewing the episode with Katelynn Giordano. 9:59 - Katelynn introduces herself. 11:24 - Katelynn chats about her role with the team. 14:02 - Katelynn's failure: Transitioning content areas, and teaching writing "so  badly." 17:28 - Katelynn's success: Changing the way she reports grades in her classroom. 21:34 - What's keeping Katelynn excited about education: Personalized learning gaining popularity. Kids taking a more active role in education. Conversations about equity and representation in education. 24:23 - Katelynn's advice for teachers: Your voice matters. 26:22 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 28:28 - How to connect with Katelynn. Katelynn's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Google Docs. Book: "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo.  Who to Follow on Instagram: Cornelius Minor (@MISTERMINOR) YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: TedEd. Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily- hitting the gym & taking time for YOU Weekly- checking in with students in the classroom Monthly - planning ahead to ensure your lessons/plans are good to go Best piece of advice you've ever received: Reach out to other educators, connect with them, hold your dates to chat/hangout. People are always willing to share. Links to Connect With Katelynn Website: curriculumcoffee.com & katelynngiordano.com Twitter: @kngiordano Facebook Page: Katelynn Giordano Instagram: @kngiordano --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Tips For Happier Teaching." Written by Suzanne Dailey (@DaileySuzanne) as part of our Teach Happier Blog Series. Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/teach-happier-tips-for-teaching-happier. In This Post: Introducing a new monthly piece: Teach Happier! An overview of what Suzanne will be sharing each month to help educators teach happier. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Sarah Lalonde chats with us about navigating the first few years of your teaching career, building strong relationships, and taking risks. Sarah shares how she had to do a lot of unlearning to start embracing failures, the feeling of community social media can offer, and how having a podcast is like another extension of yourself. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/sarahlalonde Episode Highlights 1:35 - Let's talk goal setting for 2020. 13:03 - Sarah introduces herself. 14:02 - Talking about Sarah's podcast, "Que Sera Sarah?" 17:12 - Sarah's failure: The month of November last year. 21:00 - Sarah's success: Taking her podcast to "the next level" this season. 23:41 - What's keeping Sarah excited in education right now: The continuous connections, and the new conversations coming from social media and the podcast. Her students' Eco-Friendly Thrift Store project. Check out the project's Instagram! @Deuxieme.vaguee 28:25 - Sarah's advice for teachers: Take risks. Go with your gut. 31:16 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 33:46 - Jeff's EPIC BURN on Rae. 35:55 - How to connect with Sarah. 37:51 - Sarah takes us out in French! Sarah's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Canva.com Book: "Relentless" by Hamish Brewer. Who to Follow on Instagram: @DerekRhodenizer @noasbobs @deelanier YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: The Explained Show Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Tweet weekly about a successful practice in your class.   Creates portfolio. Inspires others. Values students (if you show them). Best piece of advice you've ever received: If it’s not a HELL YES, it’s a no. Links to Connect With Sarah Website: sarahannelalonde.com Twitter: @sarahlalondee Podcast: Que Sera Sarah? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
LaTezeon Humphrey Balentine chats with us about helping others reach their maximum potential, making mistakes, and being driven by a purpose. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/latezeonhumphreybalentine Episode Highlights 0:35 - Nonsensical argument about goals, and a little #TeachBetter19 and #TeachBetter20 conference talk. 9:07 - Previewing the episode with LaTezeon Humphrey Balentine. 12:01 - LaTezeon introduces herself. 16:14 - LaTezeon's failure: Rejections. 19:33 - LaTezeon's success: A student that struggled with reading, volunteering to read, and reading more than she was required. 22:34 - What's keeping LaTezeon excited about education: Knowing that she's helping. 24:20 - LaTezeon's advice for teachers: Focus on the outcome, not the income. 26:45 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 32:06 - How to connect with LaTezeon. LaTezeon's Recommendations EdTech Tool: KaHoot Book: "Teach Better." by Teach better Team. Who to Follow on Instagram: @MelSideB, @tinormous, @EducationGalaxy YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: www.teachbetteracademy.com Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Something for yourself. Get some "Me Time." Best piece of advice you've ever received: "Enjoy the moment." Links to Connect With LaTezeon Website: lhblovesedu.home.blog Twitter: @LHBLovesEdu Facebook Page: LaTezeon Humphrey Balentine Instagram: @LHBLovesEdu YouTube: LHBLovesEdu Pinterest: --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Chief Academic Officer and Co-Founder of Kiddom, Abbas Manjee, chats with us about focusing on what you can control, redefining what it means to learn skills, and the importance of taking care of yourself. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/abbasmanjee Episode Highlights 0:47 - Happy Holidays! 2:32 - Celebrating the FREE PD Series in our Facebook Group. 5:35 - Previewing the episode with Abbas Manjee. 8:18 - Abbas introduces himself. 9:07 - Chatting about Kiddom, how it came about, and what it's built for. 12:02 - Abbas's failure: His student during his 4th year of teaching, slipping through the cracks. 15:05 - Abbas's success: Forging a partnership that helps them to offer a resource of high quality curriculum. 18:02 - What's keeping Abbas excited about education right now: Enabling schools and districts to operate and meet the needs of growing learners in equitable fashion. 19:44 - Abbas's advice for teachers: Don't let perfect be the enemy of good. 22:23 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 24:43 - How to connect with Abbas. Abbas's Recommendations EdTech Tool: YouTube Book: "The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio’s Quest to Save the Soul of New York" by Joseph Viteritti.  Who to Follow on Twitter: Twitter - Matt Barnum, Instagram - Nathan Pyle YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Cult of Pedagogy Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Make your own routines, figure out a way to stick to them, and then break them from time to time. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Everything in moderation, including moderation Links to Connect With Abbas Website: blog.kiddom.co Twitter: @Yo_Mista @KiddomApp --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Kay-Twelve founder, Kevin Stoller, chats with us about surrounding yourself with positivity, the importance of planning your day, and the power of your classroom's environment. Kevin talks about getting rid of the things we know are doing harm, what the worst marketing campaign ever looks like, and why change requires changing the physical environment. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/kevinstoller Episode Highlights 1:31 - Chatting with Rae about her classroom environment. 6:12 - Previewing the episode with Kevin Stoller. 9:53 - Kevin introduces himself. 11:36 - Kevin shares some changes he sees coming in education. 17:41 - Kevin's failure: The worst marketing campaign ever. 21:05 - What's keeping Kevin excited about education right now: Visually seeing the level of engagement changing when you change the environment. 27:20 - Kevin's advice for teachers: Start with a blank slate. 30:05 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 32:43 - How to connect with Kevin. Guest's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Calendly Book: "Talking With Strangers" by Malcolm Gladwell. Who to Follow on Twitter: Dr. Robert Dillon (@drrobertdillon) YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog:  A4LE Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Surround yourself with positivity - podcasts, books, mastermind groups Best piece of advice you've ever received: Plan your day. Links to Connect With Our Guest Website: www.kay-twelve.com Twitter: @KayTwelve Free Ebook: Creating Better Learning Environment --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Recharging Yourself and Your Students After Winter Break" Written by Kendall Lawson (@ELAwithLawson). Read by Jeff Gargas (@jeffgargas). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/recharging-yourself-and-your-students-after-winter-break. In This Post: The excitement and frustrations of returning back to school after break. Some tips to help ease your students (and yourself) back into the routine and rigor of school. Ideas to start the new year and keep the great learning going until summer! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Instructional coach, Lauren Vaclavik, chats with us about being a part of something bigger, the power of reflection, and creating a culture of coaching. Lauren talks about how change is difficult, but she sees teachers out there putting in the time, and how she wants to open doors for her students. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/laurenvaclavik Episode Highlights 1:26 - Chatting about our Winter Break Live PD Series in our Private Facebook Group. 7:00 - Previewing the episode with Lauren Vaclavik 10:37 - Lauren introduces herself. 13:02 - Lauren's failure: 2 years of basically just "trying to show up" and not being there for her students. 15:48 - Lauren's success: Being a part of something bigger. 19:53 - What's keeping Lauren excited about education: That we are focusing on learning and learning for all students. 21:24 - Lauren's advice to teachers: If you let people in and let them support you, you have the ability to go further, faster. 24:14 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 27:06 - How to connect with Lauren. Guest's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Mentimeter Book: "Relentless" by Hamish Brewer. "Peer Power: Unite Learn, Prosper: Activate an Assessment Revolution" by Paul Bloomberg, Barb Pitchford, and Kara Vandas. Who to Follow on Instagram: @BrianFaulkner44 @jimknight99 @TeachBoost YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog:  https://www.fishbowlapp.com/  Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Self care.  Get that workout in! Best piece of advice you've ever received: Nothing is important if everything is important. Links to Connect With Our Guest Website: laurenvaclavik.com Twitter: @mrsvaclavik Instagram: @coachvaclavik (newbie to IG) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Gifted intervention specialist, instructional coach, and author, Jen Molitor, chats with us about choosing to embrace all the things thrown at you every day, following your heart, and believing that all kids deserve to learn. Jen talks about deciding to love your job, being 200% in, and reconnecting with your why. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jenmolitor Episode Highlights 0:33 - Shoutout to Katie Alvarez. (@freshfromthe4th) 3:19 - Shoutout to Katelynn Giordano. (@Mrs_Giordano on Twitter. @curriculumcoffee on IG) 7:09 - Previewing the episode with Jen Molitor. 10:19 - Jen introduces herself. 11:11 - Chatting about the 2019 Teach Better Conference. 12:13 - Talking about Jen's book, "The Happy Teacher’s Handbook." 13:57 - Jen's failure: Allowing herself to become "that teacher." 16:35 - Jen's success: Making "a heart decision." 17:58 - Chatting about The Grid Method and how her district uses it. 22:16 - What's got Jen excited about education right now: Her new writing group. 22:50 - Jen's advice for teachers: Remember why. 25:41 - 6 questions in 15 seconds or less. 28:40 -  How to connect with Jen. Guest's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Google Classroom Book: "Teach Better" by Teach Better Team, "Everything is Figureoutable" by Marie Forleo, "Why Smart Kids Worry" by Allison Edwards. Who to Follow on Instagram: @MichaelBonner_  @alienearbud @IanAByrd YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Cult of Pedagogy Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: A daily, healthy morning routine- drink 20 ounces of water first thing or exercise Best piece of advice you've ever received: Keep being awesome for kids Links to Connect With Our Guest Website: www.happyteachershandbook.com Twitter: @Teache --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Dr. Matthew Barr chats with us about his research with video games, creating a work-based element in higher education, and telling too many dad jokes. Matt shares how he accidentally enrolled in the wrong degree program, what he calls the "art of failing," and why we need to stop wasting time over-preparing for things. www.teachbetter.com/podcast/mattbarr Episode Highlights 1:15 - Talking about Rae's sister and her veterinary program. 5:30 - Previewing the episode with Matt Barr. 8:40 - Matt introduces himself. 9:35 - Diving into Matt's research into video games. 11:57 - Matt's failure: Accidentally enrolling in geology. 17:13 - Matt's success: Students taking positive things away from games, and getting positive coverage in the press. 22:02 - What's keeping Matt excited about education: Their apprenticeship degree program. 26:55 - Matt's advice for teachers: Don't overthink it. Don't waste energy on over-preparing. 29:39 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 34:03 - How to connect with Matt. Matt's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Recorder app on his phone. Book: "The Secret Commonwealth" by Philip Pullman. "Video Gamers and Games in Therapy" by Antony Bean. Who to Follow on Instagram: Dr Vicki Dale - @vhmdale  Dr Nathalie Sheridan - @drnsheridan   @femedtech YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: The Higher Education section of the Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/education/higher-education) and the Imgflip.com meme generator (https://imgflip.com/memegenerator). Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Reflect. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Learn to say ‘no’! Links to Connect With Matt Website: matthewbarr.co.uk Twitter: @hatii_matt Facebook Page: Instagram: YouTube: Book: "Graduate Skills and Game-Based Learning" (Palgrave Macmillan) - http://bit.ly/GradSkillsGBL --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
4th grade teacher, poet, and author, Toney Jackson, chats with us about making an impact beyond your classroom, exploring everything in education, and why he thinks now is one of the  most exciting times to be a teacher. Toney shares how he brings his passions into his classroom, how we can accept criticism and use it to be better, and why we need to strive to be at the level of significance. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/toneyjackson Episode Highlights 2:41 - Avoiding the "early check out" of being close to Winter break. 6:42 - Previewing the episode with Toney Jackson. 10:14 - Toney introduces himself. 11:27 - Discussing how Toney brings hip-hop and poetry into his classroom. 12:38 - Toney's failure: A story from before her started teaching, when he was in a hip-hop group. 16:11 - Toney's success: A story about a poet that Toney looks up to, crediting Toney as an inspiration. 18:10 - What's keeping Toney excited about education: Seeing that what I do in the classroom has an impact beyond the classroom. 19:40 - Toney's advice to teachers: Explore the edu-world. 23;37 - 6  questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 26:27 - How to connect with Toney. Toney's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Flipgrid Book: "The Art of Pixar" by Amid Amidi, "Children of Blood and Bone" by Tomi Adeyemi. Who to Follow on Instagram: #EduColor #ClearTheList YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Cult of Pedagogy  and education.microsoft.com Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily reflection. Best piece of advice you've ever received: "People live life at 3 levels: Survival, success, and significance. Strive for and reach the level of significance." - Toney's dad. Links to Connect With Toney Website: www.toneyjackson.com Twitter:  @HeRhymesWithMe --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
Adam Renard chats with us about bringing others with you on the adventure, finding the fun in your content, and creating experiences kids love. Adam shares how to make things more fun, the  power of relationships, and why love is a choice. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/adamrenard Episode Highlights 1:52 - Chatting about Rae going to the AIMS Network Institute. 6:53 - Previewing the episode with Adam Renard. 9:12 - Adam introduces himself. 11:10 - Adam's failure: Not recognizing how his relationship with other people is reflected in his classroom. 15:55 - Adam's success: Working a superhero theme into a unit. Truly gamifying a unit and having the kids love it. 24:05 - Adam's advice for teachers: Look at every piece of content you have, and don't be afraid to make it look completely different. 25:50 -  6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 29:30 - How to connect with Adam. Adam's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Peardeck Book: "Play Like A Pirate" by Quinn Rollins. Who to Follow on Instagram: @staceyreeder, Megan Lawson , @Doidlife518 YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Gamably Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Look at your lessons, find the weakest piece, and figure out how you can shift it. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Love is a choice. Links to Connect With Adam Website: renardsquest.blogspot.com Twitter: @Renard_Teach --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
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Tim Cavey

Such a great episode! Thanks, Jeff and Rae.

Jun 14th
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Nick Sutton

These folks are all fantastic and I highly recommend this podcast! Their core values all align to best practices for instructional best practices for professional development, and they are also a group of inviting, wonderful individuals!

Sep 5th
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