Let Me Introduce Myself

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My name is Tim Cavey, and I’m an 8th grade educator teaching in Surrey, BC, Canada. Now in my 18th year of education, I’m currently pursuing a Master’s of Educational Leadership degree.

My MEdL program has re-invigorated my passion for education. Favorite topics include collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, design thinking, growth mindset, inquiry, PBL, visible learning, and strategic uses of technology in education.

My Mission (The HOW)

Enter the Teachers on Fire podcast, where I profile agents of growth and transformation in K-12 education. Each week, I chat with an inspiring educator to bring you their highs and lows, passions and goals, and the voices and influences that are shaping their thinking and inspiring their practice.

Still early into this passion project, it’s been a pleasure to play a small role in professional learning and networking across North America and the world.

My Vision (The WHY)

We live in an age of phenomenal opportunities for content creation. We can all write, record audio, or produce video content and share it with the world using nothing more than our smartphones. As educators, I believe we should be leading the charge on content creation by modeling a lifestyle of Create> Consume. The Teachers on Fire podcast is one expression of that intention.

My vision was and continues to be the contribution of important conversations to inspire innovative practices by educators around the globe. As you’ll see if you explore my Tributes page, I’m pleased to say that the show is already making a positive impact.

What Inspired Teachers on Fire?

Although many educators, authors, entrepreneurs,  and podcasters collectively inspired me to start this project, one content creator deserves special mention. John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneurs on Fire produces an awesome podcast that ran daily for many years. Although he’s slowed his publishing pace today, I still listen faithfully. Thanks to his guests, ideas, and constant encouragement, I found the faith in myself to believe I could contribute something of value to today’s education conversation.

John’s entrepreneurship podcast follows a fairly scripted interview format that I found enjoyable and interesting. I liked the predictability of the outline and looked forward to seeing how each new guest would answer the questions that I knew were coming. After searching for a similar show in the education space, I started to wonder and dream about producing an education version of Entrepreneurs on Fire.

Couldn’t I have thought of a more original name for my show? Honestly, I tried to find one. I brainstormed countless names for days and weeks, but every idea either didn’t sit right or it was already taken. After noticing that @TeachersOnFire was available on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Anchor, iTunes, Medium, and other platforms, I was sold.

I later discovered that Dave Burgess uses the phrase Teachers on Fire in his revolutionary book on teaching, Teach Like a Pirate. This was another happy coincidence and simply another confirmation that I was on a good track.

Equipment & Platforms That Make Teachers on Fire Happen

Guest Recommendations

If you know an educator who is doing amazing things for learners, don’t hesitate to recommend them for an interview. You can use the contact page or direct message me on Twitter @MrCavey.

Thanks for Listening

If you appreciate the content I share on the show, consider leaving a virtual tip that costs you nothing! Your comments, engagement, feedback, likes, ratings, and subscriptions on any platform help to amplify my message — and they encourage me immensely.

Grateful to have you in my PLN,

Tim Cavey

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Tim,

    Thanks for adding me on LinkedIn. Good to see a fellow Vancouver-based educator doing innovative things online.

    I’ve listened to a few episodes of entrepreneurs on fire and liked the format, so am excited to listen to a few eps of your spinoff on an upcoming roadtrip. Do you have one episode you’d recommend for someone who has never listened before to get them hooked?

    Regards,
    Chris

    1. Awesome! Glad to make your acquaintance, Chris.

      I’ve definitely learned something from every one of my guests, but you could start at ep. 85 with Andrew Milne, a Brit who now teaches in the Chicago area. He’s dynamic and fun to listen to: https://teachersonfire.net/2019/06/02/episode-85-andrew-milne/

      Thanks again for your inquiry! I really appreciate the academic work you’ve done in the educational podcasting space, including these two affirming quotes:

      “Pedagogically, conversation between panels of multiple presenters engaged in institutionalised conversation has the potential to engage listeners in higher order thinking skills like analysis and synthesis …”

      “The language use in ‘Chat Show’ podcasts works to bridge the gap between the learning environment and the workplace, bringing the granular (Barthes, 1977) and authentic voices of experienced practitioners into the e-learning space to enliven and authenticate (Madsen and Potts, 2010) the learning experience.”

      Hope to hear from you again!

      Tim

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