Episode 37 – Dan Jones

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37 - Dan Jones

DAN JONES is a 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Mansfield, OH. He is the K-12 Editor for Flipped Learning Review Magazine and the author of Flipped 3.0 Project Based Learning: An Insanely Simple Guide.

In this conversation, Dan tells us about the time his passion for teaching died and he almost quit the profession entirely. Instead, he Googled “new and innovative teaching practices” and stumbled across the flipped classroom, which set him on a journey of transformation. Dan also tells us about a personal passion that energizes him, a habit that contributes to his success, and recommends some amazing resources for educators.

Check out Flipped 3.0 Project Based Learning: An Insanely Simple Guide on Amazon!

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Find the highlights from our conversation at the timestamps below:

  • 0:58 – Dan describes his work as a 7th & 8th grade Social Studies teacher and website director at the Richland School of Academic Arts, flipped learning trainer, editor of FLR magazine, blogger, and author.
  • 1:48 – He tells about a time seven years ago when he realized he hated his job, felt ineffective, depressed, and wanted to quit. Thankfully he was encouraged to stay by supportive administrators. He then Googled “new and innovative teaching practices,” and the flipped classroom began a journey of personal and professional transformation.
  • 9:16 – Dan explains what the Flipped Classroom 3.0 is all about, how it combines with PBL, and the opportunities it creates for educators and learners. Check out his book, Flipped 3.0 Project Based Learning: An Insanely Simple Guide.
  • 20:11 – Dan shares about the personal passions and learning that helps him relax and refuel: using fine craftsmanship tools to make pens, shaving equipment, Christmas ornaments, and more.
  • 21:50 – A habit that contributes to his personal and professional success: carving out quiet “me time” to allow him to be the best he can be.
  • 23:03 – Dan’s Twitter recommendation: @JonBergmann.
  • 24:23 – Over to edtech, Dan suggests we check out PlayPosit (@PlayPosit) as a place to distribute instructional videos to students. He also applauds the amazing Kahoot platform (@GetKahoot), which engages students and gives teachers a powerful tool for formative assessment in the classroom.
  • 25:22 – In books, Dan suggests Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters by Kylene Beers (@KyleneBeers).
  • 26:43 – Need a new source of education inspiration on your daily commute? Dan recommends tuning in to the BAM Radio Network (@BAMRadioNetworkand Jon Bergmann’s podcast, Flipped Learning Worldwide.
  • 27:18 – When he’s got no energy to plan lessons, write books, produce videos, or make pens, Dan is watching The Office on Netflix – especially when a good laugh before bed is in order.
  • 27:46 – We sign off on the conversation, and Dan shares the best ways to follow him and keep receiving his great content (see above).

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Song Track Credits

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

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Episode 21: Brooke Moore

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21 - Brooke Moore

In this episode of the Teachers on Fire podcast we speak with Brooke Moore. Brooke is the District Principal of Inquiry and Innovation in Delta, BC, Canada. She is also an instructor at Vancouver Island University and the editor-in-chief of UBC’s Transformative Educational Leadership Journal, located at teljournal.educ.ubc.ca/.

In our conversation, Brooke describes the experience of working through stiff parent resistance while introducing progressive strategies around assessment in a West Vancouver high school. She shares about some exciting cross-curricular learning initiatives she’s involved with and lists some of her biggest passions outside of education: parenting, writing, and storytelling. Brooke also gives us some great recommendations regarding books to read, a Twitter account to follow, and much more.

Follow Brooke on Twitter @BMooreintheloop and her blog at teljournal.educ.ubc.ca/.

In this episode, Brooke discusses …

  • 0:58 – her current education situation
  • 1:24 – the experience of disrupting the status quo around assessment
  • 5:21 – what excites her about education today: IBL and PBL initiatives like Delta Farm Roots
  • 7:30 – areas of personal learning outside of education: parenting, writing, story-telling
  • 9:22 – a personal habit that contributes to her success: consistent enthusiasm
  • 10:19 – a Twitter account to follow: @ClaireDaoust
  • 11:48 – her edtech tool recommendations: Canva.com and Google Read & Write
  • 12:56 – two book recommendations: Leadership for Teacher Learning (by Dylan Wiliam) and Embers (by Richard Wagamese)
  • 13:33 – a podcast recommendation: Office Hours (by Daniel Pink)
  • 13:57 – a Netflix recommendation: Jane the Virgin
  • 14:26 – the best ways to follow her online

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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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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