DiscoverTeachers on Fire165 - SPARK - It’s About the People Next to Us
165 - SPARK - It’s About the People Next to Us

165 - SPARK - It’s About the People Next to Us

Update: 2020-08-15


My new position has me psyched to start new initiatives, explore the greatest pedagogies, and experiment with the latest learning tools. But a lot of that will have to wait.

The reality is that we face chaotic circumstances. There is so much uncertainty. And again, so many questions.

What will we do when staff members test positive for the virus this year? What will we do about substitute teachers? How can we effectively manage student supervision without burning out our staff? The list goes on and on.

Students are anxious. Parents are anxious. Teachers are anxious. Administrators are anxious.

For many, this is a time of fear. And learners of all ages don’t learn, they don’t grow, they don’t thrive in contexts of fear.

Long ago, the apostle John wrote that “Perfect love casts out all fear.” A simple but profound thought, and perhaps never more timely.

Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written reflections, which you can find on the Teachers on Fire Magazine at

Read the blog post featured in this episode at

My name is Tim Cavey, and I’m proud to contribute to the education conversation through the Teachers on Fire podcast. Make sure to connect with me @TeachersOnFire on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to catch more from me and hear from amazing educators who are bringing growth and transformation to K-12 education today.

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Song Track Credits:

Roots of Legend by Density & Time

I Did That by Diamond Ortiz

I Don’t Wanna Wait by Nana Kwabena

Anthem by The Grand Affair

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165 - SPARK - It’s About the People Next to Us

165 - SPARK - It’s About the People Next to Us

Tim Cavey