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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. 

Nov 12, 2018

“Do I want to be right? Or do I want to be happy?” 

This is a quote from one of my favorite authors; Richard Carlson, from the book Shortcut through Therapy: Ten Principles of Growth-Oriented, Contented Living

Letting Go

This very idea of 'being right' pops up many time throughout my life. Most people believe they possess an astute sense of self-awareness. Eventually, we uncover our need to be understood, but do we really?

Is being understood necessary to be happy? 

Letting go of being wrong or tricking the brain by pretending may feel like a huge weight being released from the body. If we have to be right or understood all the time — that alone puts pressure on us to keep defending our stance. The invisible stress bubble enlarges to a point of being uncomfortable. None of us like to be corrected. We want everyone to understand where we are coming from and see our perspective. Unfortunately, we will fail if that is the goal we are trying to achieve. Stop correcting and let go. You have to decide what is more important.

  1. Keeping your ego filled...
  2. Seeing other people in your life happy...

Start listening and trying to understand their point of view.

I’m not saying for others to be right ALL the time, but what I am saying is how about letting them be right considerably more...

I’m reminded by the “Behavior Doctor” Dr. Laura Riffel speaking on student behaviors. She told the story of her son wanting to always be right, and his ability to debate aggressively at the age of three. He is now a district attorney so he found his calling. With her husband’s help they came upon the phrase “probably so” anytime they were in a debate with their son. They would try and argue their point and never win regardless of the topic. So, they decided to start saying 'probably so' to the argument. This stopped the future attorney in his tracks and there wasn’t anything to say to that four syllable phrase.

So, next time you are in a debate or argument try adding the phrase “probably so” to the conversation as an experiment to see what happens, you might be pleasantly surprised.

How about a simple action plan this week.  

Think of a family member, friend, coworker, student, or even an acquaintance that you might have overstepped or argued with and...

Try any one or all 3 Things: 

  1. Write a handwritten thank you note to say how you appreciate them being in your life or a positive comment
  2. Text them the same note
  3. Next time you see this person tell them how much you appreciate them in your life

This is just a simple way of letting them know you care, and maybe next argument or debate you will stop yourself and say “probably so…”

Our word of the week is: 

Unfeigned

Adjective

genuine; or sincere.

All eyes in the classroom immediately sparked with unfeigned interest.

Try using it this week in conversation.

Happy Monday! 

Jul 30, 2018

Katie Grams is a NEW TEACHER in her first year! She teaches at Olympic High School in North Carolina. She teaches AP Environmental Science and Biology. She is honest and real in this episode from a real new teacher! 


In the episode: 

  1. Katie's favorite failure
  2. How preparation is KEY
  3. Tips & Tools for new teachers
  4. The resource she endorses and loves

 

Quote of the Week: 

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

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Jul 19, 2018

In the episode: 

1. Background

2. Personality Type

3. Tips and Tools for New Teachers & Students Teachers

Quote of the Week: 

“Next to love, balance is the most important thing.” John Wooden

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Jul 12, 2018

In the episode: 

1. Susan Barber's background and her first years as an educator

2. Favorite Failure

3. Advice to New Teachers and Student Teachers

4. What's she loves about education

5. What she wishes would change about education

You can find Susan Barber on Twitter & Instagram @susangbarber.

All of her amazing work can be found at susangbarber.com; APlithelp;

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Mar 21, 2018

In this episode, I speak with the Teresa Danks aka "The Panhandling Teacher. Teresa has been featured on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and even the Harry Connick Jr. Show. Like many teachers in this nation, Teresa was fed up with the lack of respect towards teachers in this state and instead of waiting for someone else to step up she started voicing here concerns — first with panhandling for classroom supplies and then creating a petition after another teacher pay increase in Oklahoma failed on the Senate floor.

We discuss Teresa's journey up until this point, the fear that teachers need to relinquish, and some action steps and advice to those teachers listening.

Show Notes

  • Introduction of Teresa
  • Panhandling for the Classroom
  • Raising $40,000 for teachers
  • After the failure of Step-Up
  • Petition for Walkout 
  • Non-Profit Begging for Education
  • Action Steps Today
    • Call up another teacher, parent, or Oklahoma citizen
    • Make some signs
    • Go on a busy corner and hold up the signs

Quotes from the episode

“A teacher like you is why I'm alive today." Unknown

"You would not believe how hard it is to give away money in education." Teresa Danks Roark

"We have nothing else to lose but have everything to gain and we are worth it." Teresa Danks Roark

"Fears are educated into us, and can if we wish, be educated out."Karl Augustus Menninger

 

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Mar 18, 2018

Teacher Tunnel Podcast #37

In this episode, we speak with two West Virginia teachers that made a big impact in their county and state. Catherine Pizzino and Greg Phillips speak about the beginning and end of the West Virginia teacher strike plus give advice to those Oklahoma teachers currently in limbo. 

Show Notes

  • The beginning of the walkout
  • Informational Pickets
  • The Washington Post contacts Cathy
  • Get ALL State employees on your side
  • Greg and the stress of the walkout
  • Why we need Unions
  • Get a Megaphone
  • Get Creative with signs and chants

"Our worst enemy was ourselves." Greg Phillips

  • What can teachers do now? 

"When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Mar 12, 2018

Teacher Tunnel Podcast

Teacher Tunnel Podcast has taken a bit of a break since our last episode, and was planning on pushing out the new season of the podcast later in the month, but due to the current situation in Oklahoma I thought it would be a great time to talk with the leaders of a few movements happening in this great state.

In the episode, we discuss the Oklahoma Walkout and the impact it will have on our state, we discuss student walkouts and what to do if your son, daughter or student is fired up to invoke change and take a stand, and where this state is headed if something doesn’t get fixed. 

Oklahoma Teacher United

Larry Cagle

Topics discussed on the show

"They will not bend; we will have to break them..." Larry Cagle

  • Putting on a concert as a benefit for Oklahoma Education
  • #metoo question
  • Charter Schools & Public Schools
  • Magnet Private Schools

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