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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 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

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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

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

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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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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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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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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

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Music
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) 
Artist: Grapes 
Album: ccMixter
 
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Feb 23, 2017

On Episode 9 of the podcast, you get to know Jennifer Wise and the 2017 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Jennifer is in her ninth year teaching mathematics to 7th and 8th grade students at Hand Middle School in Columbia, South Carolina. Before beginning her career as a teacher she received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Teaching Secondary Mathematics. She’s worked at Princeton with the Educational Testing Services and has served on different Mathematics committees and review boards, as well as having served leadership roles within her district.  Jennifer's love for math and the respect and admiration she has for the ever-changing middle school student is glaring throughout our conversation

  • The moment Jennifer decided she wanted to be a teacher.
  • Math mentality
  • Why Middle School?
  • Jennifer’s daily teacher schedule.
  • Jennifer’s independent action research project
    • Improvement with her EL population
  • Writing Process and why the custodians at her school were
  • An overwhelming moment her first year
    • Something’s burning
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Speaking in front of an audience
    • Jennifer’s process with public speaking
      • “I think what captures people the most is when they get see or experience your classroom through your words.”
  • Morning Person
    • Jennifer discusses her morning routines
    • Exercise routine on the school track
    • Exercises after school and “Reflect on the day….what went well, what are 5 things I can take away from the day that will make today great, and what are some things that maybe I want to do differently next time
  • 5-Minute Journal
  • Home therapy with HGTV
  • Bedside table catch-all!
  • Best Purchase under $100 dollars
  • Favorite Smartphone App
  • Book Recommendations
    • The Giver (For Students)
    • The Hunger Games (For Older Students)
    • Teach Like a Champion
  • Theme music when walking into the classroom
  • Message to Teachers in Education

 Items mentioned in this episode include:

Music

Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque)

Artist: Grapes

Album: ccMixter

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Feb 7, 2017

Erica Hilliker is an MSU Spartan and teacher leader that has created a one-stop shop for all things EL (English Learners) and SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol). The website is simple to navigate and beautifully designed to make searching resources stress-free. Join us for another great episode with another great leader in education.

 

Show Notes

  • What Erica really wanted to do in High School
  • What changed?
  • Erica's teacher schedule
  • How ELL's process learning a different language

Larry Ferlazzo Blog

Erica's Website

  • Use the glossary
  • Quiet Mornings
  • Writing her Agenda
  • Advice to her younger self
  • Best purchase under $100
  • Erica's mentor in college

Exit Tickets

  • Theme music from the TV Show "The Greatest American Hero."
  • Song: "Believe it or Not"

by Mike Post (music) and Stephen Geyer (lyrics) and sung by Joey Scarbury

  • Erica's message to teachers

Items mentioned in this episode include:

Music

Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque)

Artist: Grapes

Album: ccMixter

 

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Jan 15, 2017

Jon Hazell is Oklahoma's 2017 Teacher of the Year. He brings passion and inspiration to students, teachers, and leaders in education. His message of "Finding the well in the desert" for every student he teaches is a great analogy for having an important purpose every day. Join us for another great episode with another great leader.

In this episode you will learn about: 

Teacher influencers 

How to prepare every day 

Teacher of the Year process

Daily exercise

Process for his essay writing

Hundreds of hours of notes

Teacher Burnout

Advice to new teachers

One rule for the classroom

“Stay and fight” message

Why you should go to your student's after-school activities

Items mentioned in this episode include: 

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

Dec 27, 2016

What does it take to be a leader outside the typical classroom? Ken Williams, founder of unfoldthesoul.com takes us through his classroom of teachers, administrators, and leaders in order to accomplish his mission of inspiring, empowering and transforming all learners in education and beyond. 

So, tune in and enjoy!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Ken’s teacher story that led him away from law school.
  • Ken's typical day.
  • Gossip in the workplace and the term he refers to as the "Town Crier" in his "Everyday People" presentation. 
  • Ken's advice to aspiring administrators. "I had to be ready for the fact that the adults are my new classroom." 
  • Ken's idea of the word "Buy-In" 
  • Why Ken decided to begin delivering his message on a bigger platform with speaking

Items mentioned in this episode include: 

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

Dec 4, 2016

Dr. Kim Graber is a professor and researcher at the University of Illinios in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health + Director of the Campus Honors Program at the University of Illinois. She gives us her insights on the physical health/well being of students and teachers, writing processes, exercises in the classroom + her habits/routines she's developed. 2:40 - Kim's teacher story 5:23 - A typical day as a researcher and a professor 6:09 - Campus Honors Program 8:00 - Kim's writing process 9:36 - Writing research for individuals 11:00 - "Spark" by John Ratey insights 14:16 - Advice to Physical Education teachers 14:57 - HopSports 19:36 - Habits and Routines for Kim 21:00 - Reccomendations Google Maps CNN & TedTalks Bicycles to get around campus Keurig John Grisham series Ernest Hemingway "Old Man in the Sea" "The Proving Ground" by G. Bruck Knecht 26:37 - Message to teachers 28:50 - Email Kim if you have any questions Visit our show sponsor April Mass Photography

Nov 5, 2016

Ben Kern has always been a role model for so many when the topic is health and well-being. In this episode you will learn Ben's teacher journey and how the path he has led continues to help those he teaches. He gives his opinions on the obesity rates in the United States, and what you can do now in order to start lasting healthy changes. Sneak in and listen to a leader in his field.

Oct 16, 2016

What is your dominate mindset? I go solo in the first 'Five in Five' episode. 5 reasons in 5 minutes to read the book "Mindset" by Carol Dweck. I discuss my story with the fixed and growth mindset, and give reasons why this book is needed in everyones library. 1. Self Development 2. Leadership 3. Goals 4. Parenting 5. Teaching

Oct 5, 2016

31 years in the teaching profession can bring many life lessons, and joy. Episode 2 of The Teacher Tunnel Podcast brings us James Sturtevant. James lives in Ohio as a husband, father, teacher, blogger, podcaster, and author of "You've Gotta Connect," and "Hacking Engagement." In this episode James discusses: *Why he teaches *Being an author and podcaster *Frustrations and Failures *Goals and Habits *His advice for teachers This episode is a fun conversation with an enthusiastic teacher/leader.

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