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The Teacher Tunnel Podcast is a real, entertaining, and enlightening look at teachers 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 stories. 

Dec 27, 2016

What does it take to be a leader outside the typical classroom? Ken Williams, founder of 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: 

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.

Sep 14, 2016

What does it take to be a leader? Todd Finley, Ph.D is a professor at East Carolina University, popular Edutopia blogger and author (Dinkytown Braves & Rethinking Classroom Design) breaks down his experiences in education that helped shape him into a leader in education. Todd discusses: *Book writing process *Failures that helped propel his teaching *Goals *Habits and Routines *Recommendations