Episode 16 – Maria Thompson

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MARIA THOMPSON 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 15 – Adam Miller

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ADAM MILLER is a middle school physical education teacher in Dhahran, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.

In this conversation Adam tells a hilarious story of having to manage a swim class for a group of kindergarteners within 20 minutes of their first day of school. He shares about why he’s so passionate about physical education, the pleasure he finds in brewing good beers, and a personal habit that translates into personal success in every area of his life. You’ll also want to hear his recommendations for books to read, an awesome edtech tool that provides formative assessment in the gym, and more.

Follow Adam on Twitter @MillerAdamL and on Instagram @ALMiller50.

In this episode, Adam discusses …

  • 0:53 – his current teaching situation
  • 3:25 – an over-the-top teaching experience
  • 10:19 – why he’s passionate about physical education
  • 17:16 – another area of personal interest and learning
  • 21:27 – a personal habit that contributes to his success
  • 24:34 – an educator to follow on Twitter: Tim Stuart
  • 26:25 – an app he uses to provide formative assessment in PE classes: BaM Video Delay
  • 30:08 – a book recommendation: Legacy by James Kerr
  • 33:05 – a YouTube channel recommendation: Phys Ed Games
  • 34:39 – the best ways to follow him

Song Track Credits

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

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Episode 13 – Adam Moler

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ADAM MOLER is a middle school history teacher at New Richmond Middle School in New Richmond, OH, USA.

In this conversation, Adam speaks openly about what it was like to address some authentic doubts he was having about his own practice. He credits a solid PLN on Twitter and some inspirational reading as the key resources he looked to for the exciting reinvigoration he has experienced in his teaching over the last year, with more ideas and higher goals planned for the year ahead. He also talks about one of his true passions outside of education and shares some great recommendations for books to read, Twitter accounts to follow, and more.

Follow Adam Moler on Twitter @Moler3031 and visit his blog at molersmusings.wordpress.com.

In this episode, Adam discusses …

  • 0:56 – his current teaching context
  • 2:03 – a challenge he experienced and learned from in his teaching practice
  • 3:59 – one of the reasons he is passionate about the state of education today
  • 5:09 – another passion and source of renewal outside of education
  • 6:18 – a personal habit that he lives by
  • 8:09 – a Twitter account to follow: @EdTechTiff
  • 9:25 – an edtech tool (Flipgrid) that he loves using with students (and some non-edtech tools as well)
  • 12:16 – two solid book recommendations: Teach Like a Pirate (by Dave Burgess) and Learn Like a Pirate (Paul Solarz)
  • 13:15 – podcast and YouTube recommendations: Essential Tennis (on YouTube and iTunes)
  • 14:19 – his classic Netflix taste: Friends

Song Track Credits

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

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Episode 12 – Roy Smith

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ROY SMITH is an English teacher and department chair at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas, USA.

In this interview, Roy describes what it was like to fight thyroid cancer while remaining in education, and credits his students with supplying the energy needed to get through his most difficult days. He also tells us what currently ignites his passion for learning and shares a core personal habit that has stood the test of time. Roy is an avid reader and he gives us some great recommendations in books, educators to follow on Twitter, and more.

Follow Roy Smith on Twitter @english_roy and visit his blog at englishroy.com.

In this episode, Roy discusses …

  • 1:22 – his current education context
  • 2:33 – a challenging experience from a few years ago
  • 4:44 – what ignites his passion for education today
  • 7:20 – other areas of personal interest and learning
  • 8:45 – a personal habit that contributes to his success
  • 10:29 – Twitter accounts worth following: Susan Barber, Jori Krudler, Karla Hillard, Brian Sztabnick, Melissa Smith
  • 11:23 – his favorite edtech tools for the English classroom: Google Docs and Sheets, Twitter, Voxer, and Flipgrid
  • 13:16 – book recommendations: The Poet X (Elizabeth Avevedo), Beartown (Fredrick Backman), and Embarrassed (C.J. Person).
  • 15:30 – his top podcast recommendations: Brian Sztabnik’s Talks with Teachers
  • 16:18 – a YouTube channel recommendation: TED Talks
  • 17:00 – favourite shows when he’s looking to laugh and relax: Tudors, House of Cards, Schitts Creek, Big Bang Theory
  • 17:31 – the best ways to follow him online

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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TERRY JONES is a 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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