Episode 27: Tonya Gilchrist

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27 - Tonya Gilchrist

Tonya Gilchrist is a literacy coach and language teacher at Tokyo International School in Tokyo, Japan. An experienced speaker and presenter, Tonya advocates for learner agency, the inquiry mindset, and joyful leaders.

Tonya knew she wanted to become a teacher since she was in third grade, but the daunting pressure and prescriptive directions to teach to standardized tests threatened to make her quit the profession altogether. It was after Googling “What else can I do with a teaching degree?” that she discovered the incredible opportunities in overseas education, and the rest is history. Today, you can hear the passion in Tonya’s voice as she talks about the influences of growth mindset, inquiry-based learning, translanguaging, and the importance of self-care. You’ll also want to hear Tonya’s recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, and more.

Follow Tonya Gilchrist on Twitter @Mrs_Gilchrist, check out life at the Tokyo International School @TISLearns, and read Tonya’s latest thoughts on literacy and education at TonyaGilchrist.com.

TIMESTAMPS. In this episode, Tonya discusses …

Song Track Credits

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

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Episode 16: Maria Thompson

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I16 - Maria Thompsonn this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Maria Thompson. Maria is a middle school teacher at Snow Hill Middle School in Snow Hill, Maryland.

Maria is an expert in Summit Learning, a program that personalizes learning and supports students while they direct the focus of their own studies. She has great insights to share that fit nicely within the models of project-based and inquiry-based learning that many educators are seeking to move towards. Maria also offers some helpful recommendations for a Twitter account to follow, a book to read, a YouTube channel to subscribe to, and more.

Follow Maria on Twitter @MThompsonSHMS.

In this episode, Maria discusses …

  • 1:21 – her current teaching situation
  • 2:16 – her most challenging year of teaching, and what she took from it
  • 5:45 – why she’s passionate about Summit Learning
  • 16:23 – another area of personal learning
  • 17:24 – a personal habit that contributes to her success
  • 18:26 – an account to follow on Twitter: @SteeleThoughts
  • 19:08 – an edtech tool to use in the classroom: NaturalReaders.com
  • 19:51 – a book recommendation: Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow, by Karen Casey
  • 21:33 – a podcast recommendation: Summit Sparks
  • 22:28 – a YouTube channel recommendation for the classroom: Mr. Zoller
  • 23:24 – what she’s watching on Netflix right now: Flint Town

Song Track Credits

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

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