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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 29, 2017

Today's episode is a little different than the previous long-form episodes. We go back to our previous guest - Jodi McKenzie - and she shares a lesson she started in the fall with her students and she breaks that lesson down from the beginning middle and the overall end result. This lesson is from an English II teacher, but you could adapt this lesson to any subject. I hope you enjoy this brief lesson overview from Jodi, and if you have any feedback, please email me. 

FAVORITE LESSON SHARED

BIG QUESTION
What is important in life? 

Find the show notes of the lesson at the teacher tunnel website

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Music
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 
Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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Mar 22, 2017

In this episode, we meet Jodi McKenzie. Jodi is an English II Teacher at Gautier High School in the Pascagoula School District and the 2017 Mississippi Teacher of the Year. She serves as the Department Chair and represents Student Council at her school. Jodi received her Bachelor’s from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Master’s from William Carey College both in Elementary Education and Teaching. She loves cultivating relationships with her students and gives some insights on how she does this, as well as some great student stories she's had along the way. 

Show Notes

  • Jodi’s hidden talent
  • The compounding moments that led Jodi to into teaching
  • Teachers that made an impact
  • Learning from Hurricane Katrina as a 2nd-Year Teaching
  • Favorite Exercise
  • Her Senior Project that helped with her teaching
  • How to begin the process of cultivating relationships
  • Quote “We are a family, this is your safe place” Jodi McKenzie
  • What makes a good Department Chair?
  • Quote “Not a leader that is going to tell you what to do, and how to do it all the time, but a leader that is going to get in there and do it with you.” Jodi McKenzie
  • Getting feedback
  • Simplifying Writing
  • Favorite Technology
    • Chromebooks
    • No Red Ink
    • Google Classroom
    • Slate and Active Board + Clickers
  • Profession other than teaching
  • Moving teachers to be considered professionals
  • Teacher of the Year Schedule
  • Morning Routines
    • Agenda
    • Thought of the Day “Something to Think About”
  • Writing and Speaking Processes
  • Student Stories
  • Contacting an author
  • What would you take if your house went up in flames?
  • Favorite Podcasts

Contact Jodi 
Twitter: @jodi_mckenzie
Facebook: @mstoy2017

Books and Links mentioned in the show 
Horn Island Dream by Wes Dannreuther
Impact Theory by Tom Bilyeu
Knight by Elie Wiesel
Artist: Walter Anderon
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Nicholas Sparks Books Eye of the Tiger by Survivor  

Podcasts mentioned in the show
Truth for Teachers by Angela Watson
Every Classroom Matters by Vicki Davis
Teaching Learning and Reading K–12
Talks With Teachers by Brian Sztabnik

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Music
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 
Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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Mar 15, 2017

In this episode, we meet Allie Newcomb. Allie brings many tools into her classroom, including building student relationships, trying new things, and whole brain teaching. Allie has given me ideas, and avenues to explore in my classroom even though they may not work or be perfect, the ability to be flexible and just try has helped grow me as a teacher. Allie is a colleague of mine and teaches in the same hallway two classrooms down. She is the 6th-grade math teacher at Mayfield Middle School in Oklahoma City and we share the same students. Allie has taught at the elementary and middle school levels and gives great perspectives on teaching in both. She received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and just wrapped up her Master's degree in Secondary Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Allie is a relationship builder and loves being around her students.

 SHOW NOTES

  • Jobs Allie had during and after college (1:50)
  • The benefits of the restaurant industry (2:50)
  • A teacher in college that helped guide her, unknowingly in the direction of education (6:06)
  • "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson
  • Why we should be talking to our professors in college. (7:48)
  • Career after college (10:55)
  • What makes a good salesperson (11:25)
  • Whole Brain Teaching (12:30)
  • First teaching job (14:10)
  • Elementary to Middle School to Elementary to Middle School (15:00)
    • Seeing every grade in Middle School
    • “calling out the positive, reinforcing the positive, and they follow suit”
  • A strength in connection (21:10)

Tips for teachers to connect with kids (23:40)

Helping and Mentoring Severe and Profound students in Elementary School as an elementary student

  • Something that Allie wishes she was better at in the classroom (29:10)
  • One book that helped her become a better teaching (30:15)
  • What is Whole Brain Teaching?
  • Scoreboard
  • Story from a first year observation (35:25)
  • Morning Rituals
  • After-School routine (40:34)
  • Mortician & Magician (41:35)
  • Book recommendation (41:12)
  • Running and Favorite Smart Phone App
  • Tim Ferriss Podcast
  • Do you make your bed? Commencement Speech by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven (50:10)
  • Theme music if walking into a classroom

 

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Music
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 
Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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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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Mar 1, 2017

What does it mean to have grit in the classroom? According to the 2017 Washington Teacher of the Year, it takes "doing something hard on purpose, every day." Her message gives students the opportunity to work their brain, and give them the opportunity to be at their best. 

Camille Jones is a gritty elementary school teacher in Quincy, Washington.  She is currently her State Teacher of the Year and enjoying the process of connecting with other Teacher's of the Year from across our great land. Camille is in her 7th year teaching, and currently on a roll at Pioneer Elementary as the STEAM Enrichment Teacher for K-3. She studied abroad in Mexico and Spain while getting her degree in Spanish.  She is currently working towards her Master's in Teaching the Gifted and Talented. Farmtableteach.com is her recent project where she hopes to make it into a resource center for all things STEAM education. 

  • Camille’s current Teacher of the Year schedule.
  • STEAM Lab
    • “Looking at every single student to find some abilities and strengths that are going undiscovered.”
  • Camille’s evolving process for becoming a teacher.
    • Her realization in 2008
  • Spanish degree and going abroad
  • The typical day in the classroom
  • Running with the dog after-school routine
  • “Do something hard, on purpose every single day.” Camille Jones
  • “If we don’t embrace the challenges that all these changes bring we are going to fall behind in school.”
  • “Don’t strive for perfection, strive for progress.” Ryan Holiday
  • How Camille greets her students
    • Hand Shake and greeting by name
  • Struggle in the classroom
    • Connecting with the community outside of school
  • Tech in the Classroom
    • Ipads
    • Computer Science Education Week (coding)
    • Implementing
  • Overwhelming moment during her 4th year. 
  • Teacher of the Year connection with other teachers
  • Writing Processes
    • Word of the day: Perseverate
  • Farmtableteach.com (Camille’s website/blog)
  • Morning Routines
    • “I go with the sun in the morning” Camille Jones
    • Summer = Early morning run with dog, Big Breakfast
    • Winter = a little different routine
  • After-School Veg out Session
  • Homemade Pizza
  • Profession other than teaching if forced
  • Bedside Table
  • Books to gift
  • Bucket Book
  • Habit to start implementing
    • One and One card
  • Favorite Smartphone App
  • Theme Music in the background
    • Bueno Vista Social Club
    • Charlie Brown Soundtrack
  • Message to teachers in education
    • “Are we teaching them the skills they need for the future?” Camille Jones

Items mentioned in this episode include:

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