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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. 

Apr 10, 2017

In this episode, we get to know a Physical Education teacher, podcast co-host, and former ball boy for the Oklahoma City Thunder - Matt Shellenberger. He graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a degree in Sports Information and is currently working towards an M.Ed in Educational Leadership at his alma mater. I've taught and coached with Matt the last three years at my current school. Matt is a relationship builder with not only his students but also his coworkers. He has the positive demeanor and attitude most parents desire as a role model for their child. We learn about his background as a Sports Information major to what changed his path away from that career. He discusses some failures in the classroom and as a coach. 

The ongoing theme from past episodes is 'building relationships with students' as THE factor to being an effective teacher. Matt gives some tips on how he builds those relationships and some simple rituals he has throughout the days. 

SHOW NOTES
Intro: Fun Fact 

  • Changing paths from Sports Information to Teaching
  • Jobs during college
  • Team attendant for the Oklahoma City Thunder 
    • Job duties
    • Favorite and least favorite players
  • Sports Information & the switch
  • "I really wasn't that good around kids until I became a teacher." 
  • Family of teachers
  • Failure in teaching and what Matt learned from it
  • Reading as a punishment
  • Failing as a coach - "An opposing fan yelled at me..." 
  • "Building relationships with each kid" 
  • Tips for building relationships
    1. Learn about the student interests 
    2. Build trust (1 on 1 conversations)
    3. Go to their games and events
  • Stereotype of a Physical Education teacher
  • "When they get into a gym it's a different mindset" 
  • Broadcasting & Sports
  • Rituals
    • Exercise
    • Reading articles before bed on Twitter
  • Mentors in life
    • Critical when needing to be critical
    • Honest, smart, funny
    • JAG Lawyer who got me interested in law
      • Made a difficult class easy
        • Giving great examples 
        • Using narratives
        • Sports aspect
        • "He knew subjects that we would like"
  • Best purchase under $100 
  • Book to gift to someone
    • "Even though he has billions of dollars, he's empty..."
  • Podcast recommendations
  • Theme music when walking into his gym

Find Matt on Twitter

@mattshelly6
@theprospects23

Books and Links mentioned in the show 
"Shoe Dog" by Phil Knight
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
Southern Nazarene University
Breaking Bad & Mad Men
Oklahoma City Thunder (Nick Collison & James Harden
"Shots" (Broiler Remix) by Imagine Dragons
Beats by Dre Pill 
Revenge of the Nerds - Movie
Chronotype by Michael Breus


Previous episodes mentioned
Episode #12 - Allie Newcomb

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Music
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 
Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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