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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. 

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