Episode 26: Bobby McCutcheon

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26 - Bobby McCutcheon

Bobby McCutcheon is the principal of Randall Elementary School in Independence, MO. He’s a husband, father, #GeniusHour advocate, travel junkie, Royals fan, and occasional political expert.

After teaching for several years at the middle and high school levels, Bobby was offered the position of elementary principal and has never looked back. He points to a decision to transform his diet and fitness three years as a turning point in what has become an exciting journey of growth. Today, Bobby is passionate about building a positive culture at Randall and promoting creativity in his students through Genius Hour. You won’t want to miss his remarkable story about a struggling student who dove deep into learning about K-9 police dogs. His learning took him to places he’d never imagined, and he was able to share that journey with the entire school community.

Follow Bobby McCutcheon on Twitter @Fight4Mizzou and see what’s happening at Randall Elementary School @RandallBears.

TIMESTAMPS. In this episode, Bobby discusses …

  • 0:53 – his current context as principal at Randall Elementary School
  • 1:34 – the challenges associated with students who are dealing with trauma, and the positive community culture required to create safe spaces
  • 4:11 – what really ignites his passion for education today: teachers who think outside the box, students who explore their creativity through Genius Hour
  • 8:14 – other areas of passion and learning: sports, history, and politics
  • 11:40 – personal habits that have transformed his mental and physical health in three years: regular workouts and an improved diet
  • 15:21 – an education leader to follow on Twitter: Adam Welcome (@MrAdamWelcome)
  • 16:29 – an edtech tool that facilitates PLN participation: TweetDeck
  • 18:08 – a book recommendation: Lead Like a Pirate by Shelley Burgess (@Burgess_Shelley) and Beth Houf (@BethHouf)
  • 19:52 – a podcast recommendation: StartEDup with Don Wettrick (@DonWettrick)
  • 20:59 – two Youtube channels to subscribe to: Message to a New & Aspiring Principal (by @PrincipalKefele) and Athlean X
  • 22:11 – what he’s watching on Netflix these days: all the Marvel and Avengers movies
  • 23:17 – the best ways to follow him online (see above)

Song Track Credits

Intro: Relax (by Simon More)
Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)

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Episode 14: Antonio Vendramin

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14 - Antonio VendraminIn this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Antonio Vendramin. Antonio is the District Principal of Communicating Student Learning in the Surrey School District of BC, Canada.

In this conversation, Antonio discusses the exciting opportunities made possible by the recent shift toward a competency-based curriculum in British Columbia. He describes the power of good digital storytelling, and explains how the habit of running has transformed his mental and physical health in recent years. He also shares a number of great recommendations for books to read, edtech tools to consider using in the classroom, hashtags to follow on Twitter, and more.

Some highlights and takeaways from this interview:

  • Whatever your passion is, spend a lot of time living there because that passion will rub off on your students.
  • The most successful learners are the ones who know how to learn.
  • At the end of the day our job is not to teach curricular content. Our job is to teach children and build the competencies that we know they will need today and in the future.
  • Transformative uses of technology do not include using technology to replicate things that could be done without technology. Transformative technology creates unique learning experiences that could not happen without technology.

Follow Antonio on Twitter @Vendram1n and visit his blog at https://abvendramin.com/.

In this episode, Antonio discusses …

  • 1:07 – his current context in education
  • 2:50 – a challenging year he experienced early in his teaching career
  • 6:38 – why he’s excited about the new BC curriculum
  • 9:14 – an area of passion and learning: digital storytelling
  • 11:14 – a personal habit that contributes to his success: running
  • 13:52 – hashtags he recommends following on Twitter (#SD36 and #SD36Learn)
  • 16:08 – edtech tools to consider using in your teaching practice (Skype or other video conferencing applications)
  • 18:40 – book recommendations: The Invisible Classroom by Kirke Olson, Mindset by Carol Dweck, and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • 21:05 – a podcast recommendation: Radiolab
  • 22:05 – a YouTube channel recommendation: Poke My Heart
  • 23:22 – what he’s currently watching on Netflix: Riverdale, Peaky Blinders
  • 25:04 – the best ways to follow him online: @Vendram1n and https://abvendramin.com/.

Song Track Credits

  • Intro: Relax (by Simon More)
  • Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)

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Episode 11: Terry Jones

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11- Terry Jones

In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Terry Jones, vice principal at JL Crowe Secondary School in Trail, BC, Canada.

In this interview, Terry describes the incredible influence that positive and supportive leadership can make within the culture of a school. He talks about another one of his life passions, coaching hockey, and affirms the value of healthy relationships and community in every walk of life. Terry also gives us some great recommendations for accounts to follow on Twitter, books to read, tools to use, and more.

Follow Terry on Twitter @Teeray8.

In this episode, Terry discusses …

  • 0:53 – his current education context
  • 3:19 – a challenging experience early in his career
  • 6:39 – what ignites his passion for education today
  • 8:54 – another one of his greatest passions: coaching hockey
  • 13:16 – a personal habit that contributes to his success
  • 14:47 – Twitter accounts to follow: Jon Gordon, Eddie Woo, Pasi Sahlberg
  • 15:37 – an edtech tool recommendation: Google Forms
  • 16:26 – book recommendations: The Energy Bus and The Hard Hat (both by Jon Gordon), The Power of Moments (by Heath & Heath)
  • 18:08 – his YouTube channel recommendation: TED Talks
  • 18:52 – a TV series that he’s finding interesting: Genius Season 1 – Einstein

Song Track Credits

  • Intro: Relax (by Simon More)
  • Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)

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Episode 5: Sarah Robinson

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5 - Sarah Robinson2In our fifth episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Sarah Robinson, high school vice principal at Fort Nelson Secondary School in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

In this interview, Sarah talks about what really excites her in education today: shifts in the learning curriculum, new opportunities for authentic learning, and the latest research in the area of neuroscience. She also shares some personal habits that work and gives us great recommendations for books, Twitter, YouTube, and more.

Follow Sarah on Twitter at @82SJR.

In this episode, Sarah discusses …

  • 1:06 – her current context
  • 2:33 – a challenge she encountered in the classroom
  • 4:15 – three things that get her excited about education
  • 5:29 – a Twitter recommendation: @MindShiftKQED
  • 6:18 – if she wasn’t a teacher …
  • 7:09 – three habits that contribute to her success
  • 8:06 – edtech tools that are working right now: Google Chrome extensions
  • 9:25 – a book recommendation: Grit, by Angela Duckworth
  • 11:32 – a podcast recommendation: The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
  • 13:18 – a YouTube channel recommendation: Expedition Overland
  • 14:31 – a Netflix recommendation: Alias Grace
  • 15:18 – how to follow her on Twitter or by email

Song Track Credits

  • Intro: Relax (by Simon More)
  • Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)

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Episode 4: Adam Stefiuk

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4 - Adam StefiukIn our fourth episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast, we chat with Adam Stefiuk, high school teacher and acting vice principal at the Energetic Learning Campus, part of the North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada.

In this interview, Adam shares his solution to the challenges he faced with classroom management early in his career. He also tells us what excites him about the new BC curriculum and gives us some great recommendations for edtech tools, books, YouTube channels, and more.

Follow Adam on Twitter at @Adam6foot6.

In this episode, Adam discusses …

  • 1:07 – his current teaching situation
  • 2:30 – a challenging moment in his teaching career
  • 5:12 – a passion in education
  • 6:47 – a Twitter recommendation
  • 8:40 – more about his unique school environment: the Energetic Learning Campus
  • 12:12 – If he wasn’t an educator …
  • 13:40 – a key to his personal success
  • 14:41 – a favourite edtech tool
  • 17:02 – a book recommendation
  • 18:46 – a favourite YouTube channel
  • 19:54 – what he’s watching on Netflix

Song Track Credits

  • Intro: Relax (by Simon More)
  • Outtro: Starley – Call on Me Remix (by DJ Zhorik)

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