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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 17, 2017

Joe Ferraro is getting 1% One Percent Better every day and he's hoping to help you get better with him. Joe's podcast, 1% One Percent Better is helping one individual at a time develop an arsenal of information to get better with every listen.  Joe is in his 18th year and he teaches English and Public Speaking to seniors as well as the Head Varsity Baseball Coach. 

In this episode we discuss

  1. Joe being hired at Manhattanville College as the youngest head coach in NCAA history at age 21
  2. The Alumni Classroom he started last year 
  3. Favorite books and Podcasts,
  4. and his 1% Percent Better Podcast


Show Notes

"Marry someone you like." Joe Ferrero 


Favorite Books/Audiobooks
The Four Agreements by Don Luiz Miguel
Debbie Millman - Look Both Ways
Malcolm Gladwell
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Solo by Kwami Alexander
City of Thieves by Simeon Beneoff

Favorite Podcasts
The Moment with Brian Koppelman
Learning Leader with Host Ryan Hawk
ABCA Calls From The Clubhouse


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Nov 13, 2017

Monday Meditations #11 - Definition of Virtue

 

Oct 23, 2017

On today’s episode, we have a friend of mine all the way from the UK, Tallal Gondal. Tallal is a Math Lecturer at Brooksby Melton College in the United Kingdom. He was born in Saudi Arabia, lived in Pakistan and now calls the United Kingdom home. He started a YouTube channel less than a year ago called Hustle Is 4 Life Motivation where he brings on "amazing guests from all over the world who are doing awesome things to add value to others." Like me, he is learning from their habits, strategies, and routines. We discuss the growth mindset, his networking strategies that have guided him to speak with some great people on his channel, negative self-talk and of course book recommendations.

In the episode we discuss: 


"It's not about passive learning it's about active problem-solving." Tallal Gondal 

Networking {3 Things}

  1. Be more interested in what's happening in their lives than interesting
  2. Bring value into their lives
  3. Leverage your social media account 

 

  • Habits to add and subtract
  • Negative Self-Talk 
  • Positive Morning Routine
  • Favorite Quotes


BOOKS MENTIONED
The One Thing by Jay Papasan & Gary Keller
Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

PODCASTS MENTIONED
Freedom Fast Lane
MWF Motivation
Self-Made Man

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Oct 16, 2017

"It's in keeping with Nature to show our friends affection and to celebrate their advancement as if it were our very own. For if we don't do this, virtue, which is strengthened only by exercising our perceptions, will no longer endure in us." 

Seneca, Moral Letters, 109.15

 

Have you ever caught yourself feeling jealousy or selfishness when looking upon others successes? 

 

“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” 

Lao Tzu

 

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Oct 2, 2017

In this edition of "Monday Meditations," I talk about reading, and why we should stick with one author and dig into their content and life. 

 

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Aug 28, 2017

This edition of Monday Meditations takes us to the topic of organization. I list 3 organizing tips I will be working on this week to get my life and work organized. If you need an accountability partner contact me at http://www.teachertunnel.com

Aug 21, 2017

Welcome to another edition of Monday Meditations. This week we will focus on a weekly challenge, and this challenge stems from a quote by Knute Rockne

“Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.”
– Knute Rockne

Weekly Challenge
1. List three things that you perceive as your weaknesses
2. List how those perceived weaknesses could become strengths

I know that my weaknesses hold me back from so many things in my life, but listing them and seeing them on paper plus visualizing how they can become our strengths can be a tremendous breakthrough and habit to build.

You have roughly 10,000 minutes to accomplish the challenge this week. That puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
To end is a quote from the greatest basketball player of ALL TIME: Michael Jordan

“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”
⏤Michael Jordan

Aug 14, 2017

"A year from now you may wish you started today." Karen Lamb

Thanks for listening, and happy Monday! 

 

Aug 7, 2017

We all have goals in one form or another, and some come to fruition and others die quickly. I’m talking about the big lofty goals because many times we want them to happen tomorrow, but what about the lightweight goals underneath the heavier ones. Are those most important? 

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 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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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 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

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Album: ccMixter
 
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Jun 14, 2017

On today’s episode we have the 2017 Michigan Teacher of the Year - Tracy Horodyski - Tracy is the the outgoing teacher that is always learning and growing with her students, colleagues and all others she gets the pleasure to meet. Tracy is a product of the Grand Rapids Public School system in which she went through from K-12. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Group Science with and Masters in General Education. She is currently an Instructional Coach - teacher consultant with the Lake Michigan Writing Project and working towards National Board Certification. We discuss what occupies her time in the summers, the process of getting nationally board certified, and she shares a student success story of the method she used to get him to enjoy poetry and many other topics. 

Show Notes
 

  • Summer Plans
  • Teaching a writing camp at Grand Valley State University
  • Lake Michigan Writing Project
  • This or That
  • Meditation Routine
  • Random writings
  • Michigan Teacher of the Year
  • 2017-2018 Michigan TOY - Luke Wilcox
  • The moment Tracy decided she wanted to be a teacher
  • American Youth Foundation (Youth leadership compact camp)
  • “I realized I was doing all these things that involved teaching and encouraging others…”
  • What am I doing? (Her First Year)
  • The best advice she ever received..”make it more about them and less about you.”
  • Expert practitioner and lead learner
  • “It’s important to me to suspend judgment.” 
  • Pausing and Prompt to implement
  • National Board Certification (Upside and Process)
  • Student story of building a reading identity
  • See Think Wonder resource
  • Project Zero - Harvard University
  • Morning Rituals
  • Cosco Kirkland Brand
  • Something to be intentional about
  • Who Tracy considers successful
  • Theme music when walking into a classroom
  • Barrier to tunnel through rather life or education
  • http://stateofmilearning.blogspot.com/  - Educators as Learners (Tracy's Blog)

Podcast mentioned in the show
Hidden Brain Podcast

Books and Links mentioned in the show 
“Opening Minds Using Language to Change Lives” by Peter Johnston 
“Making Thinking Visible” by by Ron Ritchhart  (Author), Mark Church  (Author), Karin Morrison
“How are You Feeling Today?” by Jim Borgman
“Jesus Calling” by Sara Young
“Comprehension Through Conversation” by Maria Nichols 

Where to find Tracy
Tracy's Twitter
Tracy's Email

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Jun 8, 2017

The current New York Teacher of the Year, Amy Hysick drops back in to share her lesson that she loves! The main reason she loves it so much is because how funny it is. It's a urinalysis lab conducted by her students, and they just can't believe they use real urine - or is it? 

Some links I've found about how to conduct your own Urinalysis Lab in the classroom
S-O's Mad Scientist
Creative Chemistry
Summer Research Project for Science Teachers

I just googlied Urinalysis Lab Lesson Plan and many great resources popped up! 

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May 31, 2017
On today’s episode, we have the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year - Casey Bethel. Casey is the teacher we all want, and his authentic voice and love for the profession is magnified throughout this episode. We learn about his path to the teaching profession, his love of science, his work vs effort rubric, and the book that changed his paradigm to elevate his love of reading. Casey currently teaches AP Biology, Biology, and Physics at New Manchester High School in Douglasville, Georgia. Before that, he taught at Martin Luther King High School in Lithonia, Georgia. He graduated from Fort Valley State University with a degree in Biology (Pre-Med) and he received his Masters in Agronomy which is (plant genetics) from the University of Georgia. So if you’re listening to this on your way to work, laying by the pool, or while you’re doing chores you’re about to be enlightened by another great leader in his field. 
 
Show Notes
 
  • Icebreakers (This or That)
  • Moment Casey decided to become a teacher
  • Teacher influences on his love of Science
  • Favorite Failures
    • "I had to take the time to learn how to teach." Casey Bethel
    • "We made each other a promise that we would teacher with our classroom doors open." Casey Bethel
  • Building relationships or Knowing your subject
  • Tony Wagner & James Altucher
  • Is the the public education system obsolete? 
  • Something unique about Casey
  • Casey's outlook on life from past to future
  • Jobs before teaching
  • "Teaching is by far the most fulfilling thing I have ever done." Casey Bethel
  • Expert in? 
  • Better at? 
  • What success looks like to Casey...
  • Casey's third and fourth year teaching (I've got this) 
  • Teacher of the Year not once but twice
  • Goals after winning Teacher of the Year in Georgia
  • Writing process
  • Teachers of the Year in Washington D.C. 
  • Public Speaking processes
  • Book that changed his paradigm
  • Habits to add or subtract
  • Grade Versus Effort (student assessment)
  • Grade Versus Effort Rubric (Attachment)
  • "As my effort in class goes up so does my grade..." Casey Bethel
  • Rituals or Routines 
  • Says the same thing every day to his class before and after it begins
  • Mentoring
  • "Some of them know they're my mentors and some of them don't" Casey Bethel
  • Asking a colleague to be his mentor
  • Hidden Talents
    • Finding the cure for Alzheimer's 
    • Authentic Biochemistry Research
  • Book Recommendations
  • Theme Music
  • Question Casey wished I would have asked
 
Podcast mentioned in the show
Teaching Learning Leading K12 by Steven Miletto 
 
Books and Links mentioned in the show 
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley
"1984" by George Orwell
"Animal Farm"  by George Orwell 
"Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare
"Closing the Attitude Gap" by Baruti Kafele
Superman Theme by John Williams
 
Where to find Casey
Casey's Twitter
Casey's Instagram
Casey's Facebook
Casey's Email

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May 17, 2017

On today's episode, we have Ruth Arseneault. Ruth is in her eighteenth year as a full-time teacher, although she has been teaching for thirty years - five years of that was as a substitute teacher which is kind of amazing. Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She earned a Master of Arts in Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She has been teaching English 11 and 12 for the past ten years at Riverview High School in New Brunswick, Canada. Before that, she taught Theatre Arts and has produced and directed numerous plays. 


-Ruth’s journey in becoming a teacher
-Amateur acting
-Theater Arts Teacher
-Thoughts on the introversion 
-Stress at work and talking with a psychologist.
-Hand Work & Creative Outlets
-Getting students (especially boys)  life-long readers
-The effect of a father reading
-What successful looks like to Ruth
 
“There is no perfect administrator because people are human…”

-Scariest thing Ruth has ever done
-Habit that Ruth wants to get started again
-Ann Davies - Canadian Researcher 
-Do one thing and stick to it
-Bringing our own ideas to the profession, and relying less on the internet
-Ruth’s typical day
-What is a fiddlehead
-42 Fun Facts about New Brunswick
-Nighttime winding down
-Favorite Smartphone App
-Finding a mentor or support group through twitter
-Books to gift
-Favorite quote

Items discussed throughout episode
 “Deep Work” by Cal Newport
 
Podcasts  & App mentioned in the show
Talks with Teachers by Brian Sztabnik
CBC Radio
Voxer

Books and Links mentioned in the show 
“Quiet” – Susan Cain
“Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese
“A Long Way Gone” by Ismael Beah
“Someone knows my name” by Lawrence Hill
“Seven Myths about Education” by Daisy Christodoulou
The Learning Spy (website)
42 Fun Facts about New Brunswick (website)
Hack Learning (website)
Twitter Chats (website)

 

Where to find Ruth
Ruth’s Twitter

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Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 
Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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May 3, 2017

We have a first for the show. Not one but two guests are on today, and they are teachers I work with every day. Mandy Deason has been teaching for twelve years and previously graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education & Special Education, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. She is also our Site Teacher of the Year for Mayfield Middle School. Kristen Cawthorne is in her fourth year as a teacher and previously graduated from Michigan State University and received her degree in Elementary Education and Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities plus she received her Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders. You couldn’t have more sweet, caring, and knowledgeable advocates for their students.

Show Notes

  • “Wonder Years”
  • Special Education statistic and their reactions
  • What they hoped people knew about Special Education
  • Co-Teaching
  • Mandy shares a bad experience in the classroom and what she learned from it.
  • My failure in the co-teaching environment

Where can you find Mandy and Kristen? 
Mandy Email
Kristen Email

Books & Music mentioned on the show
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Chicago Bull’s Anthem
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

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Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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Apr 26, 2017

Amy Hysick is the teacher we all wanted in High School. Amy isn't afraid to be goofy and fun in class. From the outrageous outfits, funny tees, and a collection of reptiles that hang out in her room. Amy makes the learning fun and unique every day. Amy Hysick the 2017 New York Teacher of the Year and lover of snakes, which totally gives me the heebee-jeebees - we dive into this in the beginning of the show. Amy graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Biology, and a Master in Education. She attended Cicero-North Syracuse High School AND now she teaches there! She is in her 13th year at Cicero and loving every minute of it. 

 

Show Notes

- Icebreakers

  • Love and Fear of Snakes
  • The switch that went off during her undergrad coursework
  • "If you were a doctor you could use most of your talents if you were a teacher you could use all of your talents."
  • Substituting "If you are in a different classroom every day, there' s no opportunity for you to build anything of permanence - there's no opportunity to build a relationship with any of the students." 
  • Working as a chemist, microbiologist, and technical director of the microbiology lab. 
  • Following a recipe 
  • Mom's advice "In what other position do you get the opportunity to start over and press the reset button once a year?" 
  • Knowing yourself as a teacher
  • Teaching like a pirate
  • Needing permission to fail - look at it as feedback
  • A time-out during a lesson
  • Creating all materials from scratch
  • Teaching the whole child
  • Goals after winning Teacher of the Year
  • Moment she was most proud as a teacher
  • Superpowers
  • What reading means to Amy
  • Knitting Meditation (Brain Hat)
  • Best Purchase under $100
  • Using different parts of your brain in the classroom
  • Researching neuroscience of learning
  • Scariest thing Amy has ever done

 

Apr 19, 2017

Derek Voiles teaches English-Language Arts in the middle with his seventh-grade classroom located in East Tennessee, and he is the 2017 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Derek dresses the part every day in order to lead by example and show his students the high expectations for excellence he requires. Derek is only in his 7th year as a teacher but has the model classroom that other teachers observe in hopes to replicate for themselves. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English-Literature and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from Carson-Newman University; he also received his degree as an Education Specialist in Instructional Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University and wrapping up his Doctorate from East Tennessee State University. These are just a few of the accomplishments in Derek's busy life, and we will learn about others in this episode from another great leader in his field.


SHOW NOTES

  • Relaxing on Spring Break 
  • Derek's schedule for this year
  • How Derek relaxes
  • Moments leading up to Derek being "drug" into teaching
  • Public Speaking Process
  • Failure in the classroom with a student during his first year
  • Bow Ties and dressing the part
  • TED Talk - Expectations
  • Expert in the classroom in these two things

"I wish I was better at time....." Derek Voiles

  1. Legal Pad and Pen
  2. Running
  3. Coming back to it
  • Morning Routines 
  • Classroom routines in the morning
  • Morning Huddle 

Apps mentioned in the show
Doc Scan Pro

Books and Links mentioned in the show 
"The Crown" ⇐ on Netflix
"The Way of the Shepherd" ⇐ by Kevin Leman
"The End of Molasses Classes" ⇐ by Ron Clark
"What Great Teachers do Differently" ⇐ by Todd Whitaker
"This is How We Do It" ⇐ Montell Jordan

Where to find Derek
Twitter
Facebook
Website

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