Meet Tim Cavey, the Host of the Teachers on Fire Podcast
Welcome! My name is Tim Cavey. I’m an 8th grade educator and middle school vice-principal in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In 2019, I completed a Master’s of Educational Leadership degree through Vancouver Island University, and the 2020-2021 school year was my 20th in education.
My MEdL program re-invigorated my passion for education. My favorite education topics include the 5Cs, design thinking, growth mindset, inquiry, PBL, visible learning, and strategic uses of technology in education. My Master’s thesis focused on the tremendous power of asynchronous professional development media, inspired in part by this podcast.
My Mission (The HOW)
On the Teachers on Fire podcast, I profile agents of growth and transformation in K-12 education. I chat with inspiring educators to bring you their highs and lows, passions and goals, and the voices and influences that are shaping their thinking and inspiring their practice. In the fall of 2020, I began streaming these conversations on the Teachers on Fire YouTube channel as well.
I launched the podcast in March of 2018 without knowing much about the technical side of this passion project. Growth has been slow but steady, and the reach of the show continues to build month after month. As I continue to learn, improve, and connect with other educators, it’s been a pleasure to play a small part in professional learning 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 lifelong learners, we are never more engaged and thoughtful than when we are creating. 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 that spark thinking and ignite innovative practices by educators around the globe. Not a week goes by that I’m not reminded of the positive impact that the show is making on listeners and viewers around the globe.
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.
For a long time, John’s entrepreneurship podcast followed 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 used 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.
I have long ago given up on trying to keep up with guest recommendations and requests, so in a spirit of under-promising and over-delivering I have removed the contact page from the site. If you would like to connect with me, please comment on any of the blog posts here or look for @TeachersOnFire on any social media platform. I regret that I cannot accept guest requests at this time.
Thanks for Listening
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Grateful to have you in my PLN,