Edspiration Podcast

036: Break Through Student Apathy

Posted on

In this episode

You have to have a short memory when working with disengaged young people but you can get them motivated. Divorce, violence, negative peer influence, alcoholism, and difficult home environments can all be at the root of student apathy. Guest Mike Hicks lights a path for helping students escape their apathy and negative stories to write a new future.
(more…)


035: Be your own agent of change

Posted on

In this episode

You don’t have to wait for a general professional development session or any school leader to give you what you need. You can be your own agent of change. There’s a learning revolution happening now with Personalized Professional Learning (PPL). Guest Brett Salakas powerfully advocates for this shift and discusses how you can get what you need to benefit you and your students.
(more…)


034: Mindfulness for Learning & Living

Posted on

In this episode

Students cannot calm their bodies until they learn to calm their brains. The power of mindfulness is being accessed by educators and parents to prime students for learning and to help young people manage their own behavior. Author Joree Rosenblatt explains how the growing practice of mindfulness helps adults and students reduce stress and experience deeper levels of gratitude and happiness.
(more…)


033: Tap the Power of Positive Youth Development & Gratitude

Posted on

In this episode

Do you view students as contributors or consumers? It isn’t any individual’s or organization’s job to develop contributing, caring and healthy young citizens. If it’s true that all kids are our kids then everyone has a role to play. Educators may not realize all the great things they are already doing to build students’ strengths. At the same time, we can all be more intentional using a strength-based approach to working with youth and tapping into the power of gratitude. Join host John Linney for this special abbreviated holiday show to re-invigorate your teaching and improve your ability to teach and reach young people.
(more…)


032: The Classroom of the Future | How Everyone Can Benefit Now

Posted on

In this episode

Tomorrow’s classroom is here today. Schools and classrooms are all being flattened and expanded into a global learning community where no resource, expert or lesson is out of reach. Guest Jerry Blumengarten, known world-wide as the Cybrary Man, shares his “one stop educational shop” and how you can tap your students’ techspertise to engage them in problem based learning that will excite and energize your schools and classrooms.
(more…)


031: Innovative Ideas to Engage Students

Posted on

In this episode

We might think we’re engaging students but they could be pretending. Adults must learn how to be more engaged with students than they are with their content. Neuroscience now tells us if we use creative ways to engage students they’ll learn and retain more. In addition, if you utilize these fresh ideas and resources from Dr. Todd Finley you will enjoy teaching more too.
(more…)


030: What Every Adult Needs to Know About Students Who Self-harm

Posted on

In this episode

Self-injury in young people is growing with an alarming number of boys and girls who deliberately self harm. Their pain on the inside is being expressed on the outside and every adult needs to know how to help these young people. There are a number of critical do’s and don’ts when it comes to approaching the issue with students. Professional counselor Susan Bowman explains why they self-injure and shares a number of creative methods for helping them start and continue the healing process.
(more…)


029: Empathy Matters | Preventing the Selfie Absorbed

Posted on

In this episode

The root of kindness is empathy. It gives kindness the fuel it needs to be acted out. It’s important to help students by giving them the voice and choice they need to express empathy. Energetic author Barbara Gruener shares her tips and practical ideas to weave empathy into the lives of young people and gives important advice regarding how we can express empathy for ourselves too. Empathy works so spread it like confetti!
(more…)


028: What to do when teaching gets tough with peers & parents

Posted on

In this episode

How can we help difficult colleagues act more respectfully, challenging parents be more supportive, or make rigid policies more flexible? Dr. Allen Mendler offers strategies to help us cope and cooperate with challenging people whether they’re peers, parents, or supervisors. Using his ideas will help you build your resilience when teaching gets tough to reduce stress and experience more freedom.
(more…)


027: Increase your Conversational Intelligence & Transform Students

Posted on

In this episode

It is the quality and impact of our conversations that produces the results we see in students and in the world. . We have to notice when we slip into judgment and positional authority and instead do things “with” rather than teach “over” students. Best selling author Judith Glaser offers brilliant advice for altering our own chemical state to increase bonding and even help students increase their IQ through connectedness.
(more…)