Let Me Introduce Myself
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
- Adobe Audition – all audio editing
- Anchor – hosting, publishing, and distribution. It’s FREE.
- Canva – most logos and graphics
- Headliner – animates episode art for publication on the YouTube channel
- Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – the laptop that I use to record, edit, and publish episodes
- Rode NT-USB Versatile Studio-Quality USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone – the plug & play microphone I use to record
- WeVideo – my cloud-based video editor for intros and outtros on my Youtube content
- Zencastr – the cloud-based, audio-only, laptop-to-laptop recording platform that I currently use to record interviews
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
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Grateful to have you in my PLN,