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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. 

Jul 31, 2017

In this addition to Monday Meditations, and this quick audio essay is based on the quote by the Roman Poet: Horace "That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided." 

Jul 31, 2017

On today’s episode, we have an English Teacher of thirty-six years - Glenda Funk is an evolving teacher going into her thirty-seventh year as a teacher. She is nationally board certified, has a blog called Evolving English teacher, and created 113 lesson plans and 14 units on the Better Lesson Series website which gets 500 downloads a week. She graduated from SW Baptist University with a degree in Speech Education and a Masters in English from Idaho State University. In this episode we learn about the balance she’s adopted in her work and life, her blog, and the declining retention rate of teachers staying in the profession as well as entering it.

Show Notes

  • This or That
  • Moment Glenda decided to be a teacher
  • Failures in life and the classroom
  • A classroom overwhelming moment
  • Learning from divorce
  • Evolving English Teacher
  • Seth Godin
  • Why start a blog
    • Glenda's writing process
    • "How important it is to be consistent"
    • Keeping notes in phone with blog ideas
    • Writing about what she reads

Books mentioned on the show
"Big Magic"  by Elizabeth Gilbert Better Lesson series
"Spark" by John Ratey
"Readicide" by Kelly Gallagher
"The Art of Slow Reading" by Thomas Newkirk
"Minds Made for Stories" by Thomas Newkirk
"Make it Stick" by Peter Brown
"Deep Work" by Cal Newport
"Debunk it"  by John Grant
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Links mentioned in the show
Better Living Through Beowulf Blog
Better Lesson series
https://www.polleverywhere.com/
Talks with Teachers with Brian Sztabnik
You Are Not So Smart Podcast

Places to find Glenda
Her Blog
Her Twitter

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Music
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 
Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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Jul 24, 2017

Weekly Challenge: I challenge you listening to reach out to a friend you haven’t seen in a while and ask them to join you in an activity. See if they want to go to a movie, bowling, out for drinks, a walk, hike, or maybe even a yoga class. Sometimes, our comfort zones keep us from reaching out and showing we care. This is a simple challenge that we can all accomplish. Who is your reach going to?

Educator and Historian George Burton Adams is known for saying:   

"There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success."

Happy Monday! 

Jul 24, 2017

On today’s episode we have author, teacher, podcaster, and triathlete - and did I mention she has Cerebral Palsy-CP for short. She just turned thirty and the sky is the limit for this expert on everything CP. In this episode, we discuss self-publishing a book, the triathlon in Hawaii she attempted, and her podcast "Butterflies of Wisdom" which I was a guest on her show. We learn a lot about how a disability can't stop you from accomplishing your dreams. 

Show Notes

Links mentioned on the show
Libsyn
Google Docs
"Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson
Always a Lesson Podcast
Dreams and Drive Podcast
Out of My Mind  by Sharon Draper

Places to find Win
Butterflies of Wisdom Website

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Music
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 
Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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Jul 17, 2017

If you are like me you love to collect journals with the hope of filling them up, and then months go by and nothing. I always have these grand ideas of "I'm going to journal today!" I get pumped and at night I write my thoughts - maybe even the next day I write something down and like any new skill, the excitement slowly fizzles and the journals start collecting dust. I have a nice collection of journals.

There are numerous amounts of health benefits to journaling, and here are some blog posts I have found to be helpful plus this helps me to justify having so many blank journals. 

https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-health-benefits-of-journaling/
https://penzu.com/journaling-benefits
https://confinedtosuccess.com/benefits-of-journaling-for-mental-health/

Last year I found a journal I can actually fill in. I fill in this journal every morning and most nights, but it's not the type of journaling you are thinking. It's called the Five-Minute Journal, it's a beautifully designed hard back journal that focuses on being grateful for the day. It's more or less fill in the blank, and its mission - to take five minutes to fill it out. It comes with a daily quote and a weekly challenge. I love it, and I will continue to fill it. So, that is where I started, and lately, I began having a 'Google Doc' practice. I made a 'Google Doc' and put the date, and then I googled two-minute timer, and I have two minutes to type my thoughts, feelings, or whatever is on my mind. At first, I began with one minute, but have gradually added more time. It's a practice I get excited for, and many of the health benefits are happening from it, such as: 

  • solving problems
  • stimulating ideas
  • resolving feelings
  • building self-esteem
  • developing a positive daily practice


We can all do two minutes a day. 

Action Steps
Begin this week by just thinking about this positive practice

  1. Get your favorite empty journal (if you need one I've got plenty) -OR- create a Google Doc and title it
  2. Put the day's date
  3. Find a timer and put it on one minute
  4. Start writing - no judgments/critiques and no worries about spelling or punctuation, just write...
  5. If you are having trouble - start writing or typing about how you have nothing to say
  6. Sometimes I think of topics before I began to help the flow...
Jul 13, 2017

On today’s episode, we have Sean Carney, and this episode is a little different from previous shows because Sean isn’t a teacher in the traditional sense. He will be teaching us some things today about his profession. so think of it as a guest speaker to the classroom. A few years back, I taught a 7th grade ELA class and I had a quiet student named Logan, but Logan had a talent. He had the deepest voice I've ever heard from a 7th grader. Lets just say I would have enjoyed listening to him read Apple's Terms & Conditions pages we all love to NOT read. Sean is a voice actor, who recently graduated from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and received his degree in Integrated Marketing Communications,  with a Minor in Communication Studies focused on public speaking. He was looking to pay for expenses at college his freshman year in 2013 and heard about an online platform called Fiverr - and after about a year he committed to it full time. He is now the top rated voice-over actor on that site, and in the last four years has completed well over four-thousand gigs. Sean drops everything you need to know to get into the voice over business. We discuss actions you can take today, tools and resources for those aspiring to be in his industry, teachers that influenced his success, and even what microphone to use.

 

Show Notes

  • Professional Voice Actor and why he does it
  • Signing up for freelance websites his freshman year
  • Fiverr.com
  • What does voice-over mean? 
  • School makes an impact in Sean's life
  • Teachers that made an impact
  • The 3 things Sean would teach on how to get into voice acting 
  • Tools to use in order to produce a Demo
  • The 3 actions steps you could take today
  • David Caplan 

“Admire people who are better than you and you'll better yourself because there is going to be somebody looking up to you." Sean Carney

  • 3 habits that help Sean succeed in business
    1. Be ready to work all hours and 7 days a week
    2. Make every customer VIP
    3. Learn new skills to offer
  • Pronouncing words like 'While' are not as easy as it looks
  • Scariest thing Sean has done
  • Best purchase under $100
  • Theme Music

 Voice-Over Links mentioned in the show
Fiverr
Voices
Voices123

Audio Software mentioned in the show
Audacity 
Garageband
Adobe Audition
Pro Tools 

Microphones-Mixing Boards mentioned in the show
AT 2035 XLR
AT 2020
Peavey 6 Mixing Board
Focusrite - Scarlett 2i2

Where to find Sean
Sean's Website
Sean's Twitter

Sponsor
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Music
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 
Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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Jul 10, 2017

Welcome to the first edition of Monday Meditations. I am your host Jon Belt,  and this is an addition to the Teacher Tunnel Podcast with just me and no guests as of right now, maybe in the future, we will have guests. and just to clarify what this is and what this is not.

What this is not: 
This is not a meditation series 
I will not have calm, relaxing music on to quiet the mind
I will not start chanting or delivering instructions on chanting
What this is: 
A short audio essay to propel you into the week. We all, especially teachers look at Mondays as a struggle, and even on break, I find Mondays still give me a certain level of anxiety. So, this is to help in rendering Mondays as an exciting and happy time.

Links discussed in the episode
Voxer Group (Sign up and email your username and why you want to join, and I will add you to the group)
My email

Books mentioned in the episode
"The One Thing" by Gary Keller and Jay Papsan

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Jul 3, 2017

On today’s episode, we have Nick Mataish - Nick is a Ninth Grade Algebra teacher in Webster, New York at Webster Schroeder High School. He is an aspiring relationship coach, writer, and has developed a blog called movingpastmediocre.com - where his focus is Mindset, Marriage and Manifesting Greatness, and like me, he is a fan of alliteration. He received his bachelor's degree in Math Education and a Masters degree in Special Education from his hometown Niagara County, NY at Niagara University. He is all about self-improvement and self-development not only for himself but for his students and relationships he builds. We discuss many topics including a student teaching setback during his sophomore year in college, his foundational-five morning routines, the goals for his website and the math rap he made for his students.

 

Show Notes

Podcasts Documentaries mentioned in the show
"I Am Not Your Guru" 
"Red Pill" 
"Impact Theory" by Tom Billyeu
"Resist Average Academy by Tommy Baker

Books and Links mentioned in the show 
"Mindset" by Dr. Carol Dweck
"Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey
"Think and Grow Rich" by Dale Carnegie
"Linchpin" by Seth Godin
"Awaken the Giant Within" by Tony Robbins


Where to find Nick
Nick's Facebook
Nick's Website

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