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The Teacher Tunnel Podcast is a real, entertaining and enlightening look at teacher and leaders in education and beyond. We learn from these leaders narrative, daily rituals, habits, and routines. As a teacher and life-long learner, Jon Belt wants to bring great people and thinkers to the surface and share their story. 

Mar 8, 2017

In this episode, we get to know the 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year, Sean Wybrant. Sean is crafting super heroes one student at a time at William Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. His teaching focus is Digital Media Studies, Computer Science, and Video Game Design – but he is doing so much more than just teaching high school curriculum courses. Sean is developing our future minds to think beyond their blocked walls and constrained parameters, and “Hulk Smashing” their way to success. Sean’s approach to learning is through problem solving and service-based learning. With this approach, he is getting the absolute best out of his students.

 SHOW NOTES

  • Rapid Fire Icebreakers (1:56)
  • Sean’s Teacher of the Year Schedule (3:03)
  • Sean’s background in English Literature (7:33)
    • Personalized Learning
    • Next Generation Learning
      • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Computer Science/Video Game Development
  • Mentorships (8:53)
  • Compounded moments that Sean realized he wanted to become a teacher (10:10)
    • Bad teacher experience in High School
    • Great teacher experience
      • Rebuilding students
      • Interviewing techniques, balancing a checkbook, relationships
  • Coffee drinking habits
  • Sean’s story of students (14:43)
    • Augmented reality periodic table of the elements (Parabola)
    • Fully functional holographic periodic table
    • Presentation to NASA from a 17-year-old
    • Microsoft HoloLens (20:36)
      • Contacted by the inventor of this hardware
    • Software development business by a student
  • Favorite Super Hero (21:45)
  • If Sean had to give a Professional Development tomorrow (22:45)
  • Teacher of the Year in Colorado (26:28)
    • “We are working on real authentic problems in my classroom.” Sean Wybrant
  • Transferring the problem-solving classroom into core subjects (28:56)
  • Partnering with Local Businesses (35:08)
  • Sean talks about overwhelming effects of teaching (36:35)
    • “We need teachers to be advocates.” Sean Wybrant
    • Telling the stories of students
  • Public Speaking
  • Sean’s website (43:02)
  • A profession Sean would do if forced out of teaching in the classroom (47:01) & (47:30)
  • Sean’s hidden talents 
  • Morning Rituals/Routines (48:28)
  • Books that Sean would gift to someone
  • A book(s) Sean wished he had written
  • Pandora
  • What person comes to mind when referring to the word successful
  • Sean’s message to teachers and leaders in education


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Music
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 

Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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