The 10,000 Push-Up Challenge

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with seven of the 171 inspiring educators who have joined the Teachers on Fire 10,000 Push-Up Challenge in 2021. The Challenge isn’t just about bragging rights … it’s about helping educators build new habits that will permanently improve their fitness so they can be at their best and serve others at full capacity!

Questions That Guided Our Discussion

  • 1:37 – Who are you and what does your context in education look like?
  • 6:52 – What is your why for the push-up challenge? Where does your motivation come from
  • 14:06 – How is the challenge going so far for you? Update us.
  • 19:46 – What are your tips, tricks, or strategies for getting in your reps and keeping this going with consistency?
  • 28:04 – Let us know how we can connect with you and your work in 2021!

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Over 172 educators are tracking their push-ups through 2021. Leave a message in the comments to join us!

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Episode 140 – Elena Aguilar: Coaching, Equity, and Resilience

Meet Elena Aguilar

ELENA AGUILAR is an accomplished educational presenter, speaker, and author. She strives to help leaders learn, be their best selves, and serve students well. In 2018, Elena published Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators, and in 2020 she released Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice.

Questions That Guided Our Conversation

1:15 – Why don’t you start by telling us a little more about your current context in education?

2:27 – First things first: how are you doing right now? How are you handling the home quarantine and social distancing?

4:37 – It’s story time! Please share with us about a low moment or an experience of adversity that you’ve faced in your teaching or education career, and describe how you overcame it.

08:48 – In 2018, you published Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators. This seems like an especially timely focus today, with educators everywhere having to reinvent their practice and respond to challenges on a variety of levels. What are some pieces of wisdom and insight that you could share from your book that might provide educators with some hope and encouragement during a very challenging time in our schools?

15:00 – Let’s talk about your most recent work, a book called Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice. What was the mission and vision of this book? Who is it aimed at, and what would you like educators to take away from it?

18:46 – If you could offer one practical strategy or bit of advice to educators around the challenges of building equity, what would that be?

21:24 – How are you looking to grow professionally and improve your practice right now? Can you share about a specific professional goal or project that you’re currently working on?

22:41 – Outside of education, what’s another area of learning for you? What is it that ignites your passions outside of the classroom and brings you alive as a human being? Tell us why this area interests you and why you enjoy it.

23:39 – When it comes to writing, are you the sort of structured or disciplined writers that follows the same writing time each day?

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  • Sunrise Drive by South London Hifi*
  • Anthem by The Grand Affair*
  • Species by Diamond Ortiz
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Teacher Fitness: Why Is It Important and How Can We Make It Happen?

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with seven uplifting educators to discuss the WHYs and HOWs of educator fitness. With everything we have going against us right now, is fitness actually important? How can we make it a part of our daily practice?

Questions That Guided Our Discussion

  • 1:17 – Who are you and what is your current context in education?
  • 13:30 – Give us a quick snapshot of your journey with health and wellness. How has fitness positively impacted your personal and professional life?
  • 29:49 – As we head into the heart of winter still in the grips of a pandemic, why should fitness be a priority? Is it even possible right now?
  • 35:18 – Speak to that educator who feels exhausted, burning out, and discouraged. What are some simple strategies for that educator to start to improve their fitness and wellness?
  • 54:02 – Who are the voices and resources that inspire you in the fitness space?
  • 55:34 – How can we connect with you?

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The Amazing Power of Gratitude: How can it serve us as educators?

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with eight uplifting educators to discuss the incredible power of gratitude. Why is it important and how can we make it a more intentional part of our daily practice?

Questions That Guided Our Discussion

  • 0:53 – Who are you and what is your current context in education?
  • 7:35 – How does gratitude make a difference in your life?
  • 31:09 – What are some intentional gratefulness practices that figure into your day?
  • 34:57 – What is another habit of wellness and self-care that you could share?
  • 51:36 – Sharing circle: what is one thing you are grateful for today? (no repeats)
  • 1:00:17 – How can we connect with you? What other resources can you share?

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FISA Leaders Discuss Assessment, PLNs, Wins, and Self-Care

In this edition of the Roundtable, I joined Darren Spyskma, Brenda Ball, and Tom Williams to discuss changing assessment practices, the power of professional learning networks, recent wins for our learning communities, and self-care strategies. This is our conversation.

Questions That Guided Our Discussion

  • 1:30 – Who are you, and what is your current context in education?
  • 3:30 – What are your thoughts on assessment practices in K-12 education today? What, in your view, needs to change?
  • 13:06 – Despite the challenges of education in a pandemic, what is one win for learning that you are seeing right now?
  • 21:13 – Why is it more important than ever to be a connected educator?
  • 32:08 – How are you finding self-care during times of stress and uncertainty?

Thanks to the Guests Featured in This Roundtable

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