Edspiration Podcast

046: Unleash Creativity & Start Having Fun Again

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Most of us have seen an educator or presenter who wasn’t creative, interesting or fun. You may have even found yourself in a rut where you felt you weren’t tapping your own creativity and had even forgotten to have fun as you led a lesson or workshop. Award winning artist and educator Tim Needles outlines easy ways to put creativity and fun back into your class, your profession and your life.
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045: Should schools care about customer service?

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Do you give everyone who walks into your school, class, or office a positive first impression? A positive or negative school environment is shaped by individual attitudes and attention to service. But being service focused is more than just meeting someone’s needs. In this special episode, learn about a powerful shift to help you, your school, and even your relationships reach a new level of connectedness, satisfaction, and productivity.
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044: Flipping Classrooms without Flipping Out

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If students can watch a video of your lesson and learn a topic then they don’t need to be in class. But now educators are flipping classrooms and meetings around the world. You can spend less time making students remember information and more time on creation, learning and evaluation. Listen to Jon Bergmann’s strategies to make teaching more engaging by flipping learning while strengthening relationships.
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043: Hacking Education to Save Time & Energy

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You might view something as a big problem but there is probably a simple, quick fix you don’t know about. You don’t need a 5 year plan or more deep training. Best selling author and educator Mark Barnes shares some easy, practical education hacks you can use tomorrow to overcome common barriers educators face.
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042: Digital Citizenship in a World that Doesn’t Forget

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We all create digital artifacts for others to discover but do students have a right to have their digital childhood forgotten? Students and adults are learning to navigate this new “nearly now society.” Digital citizenship requires a balanced mindset between electronic and face-to-face interactions. Alec Couros gives guidance and tips for connecting and creating an online identity and developing digital citizenship.
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041: Go Beyond Testing for Positive Change

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How can educators & parents escape the culture of over-testing & overscheduling to create movements for meaningful teaching & learning? Learning is a process and right now many schools are too focused on the product. Award winning filmmaker & best selling author, Vicki Abeles shares research and strategies from courageous schools breaking free from that obsessive culture and making powerful changes.
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040: Homework: Too Much of a Bad Thing?

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Tips for finishing homework are common but few ask if we should even be assigning it in the first place. Kids are not vending machines to put homework in and get learning out. Renowned author and educator Alfie Kohn offers research and advice to escape the drill & skill approach. Reducing or eliminating homework can support education while creating less stress and more joy in learning for everyone.
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039: Refresh & Energize Your Learning Spaces

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Do you create a thinking rich environment in your school, classroom or at home? Wall spaces are often overlooked but they can become a dynamic part of the learning if we know how to use them. In part 2 of this special two part interview, Eoin Lenihan explains practical & powerful things you can do to your classroom, home or other physical spaces. Doing so will improve student success while create an energizing teaching and learning environment.
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038: If you could create your own school…

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What would your ideal school look, feel, and sound like? Imagine how staff, admin and students would grow and interact. No Child Left Behind is no more. What takes its place and how should we prepare? Schools and policy makers can embrace this chance to shift away from a narrow definition of accountability. Host John Linney breaks from the usual show format to discuss this opportunity to focus on the whole school and the whole student to bring more joy into education.
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037: Break Down your School Walls & Invite in your Community

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Schools do not have enough resources to overcome all the barriers to learning students bring into classrooms. Alleviate unnecessary stress on teachers and school leaders by inviting community resources into the education setting with a community schools approach. In this special edition, get ideas from host John Linney to help students be ready to learn and help parents support learning by opening up to the resources surrounding your school.
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