Edspiration Podcast

026: Bullies, Friends & Families: What we must do to stop bullycide

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Cassidy McMillan is the director & producer of “Bullies & Friends,” an award-winning movie documenting the tragic story of a girl repeatedly mistreated by other students until she took her own life. Schools and others can be held accountable in civil and criminal courts. Listen to this important interview to get valuable tips for both educators & parents to prevent tragedies like this in the future.
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025: Don’t say THAT to students! Here’s what you should say…

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Rewards are about manipulation but students thrive on appreciation and encouragement. Behavior is not a commodity to be bought and sold. There are many default strategies & sayings adult educators must avoid, but what do we say instead to improve behaviors & motivation? Richard Curwin delivers key insights and strategies to meet students’ basic needs of identity, connectedness & power.
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024: How to Go from Technophobe to Tech Savvy

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Is your school debating whether to let students use their devices in class? Technology is tearing down walls and it isn’t going anywhere so how you can become more tech savvy? Anyone can be a digital leader as a teacher, administrator or student. You don’t have to be fearful, it’s easy if you know where to start. Guest Katrina Keene offers great tips such as the Tweechme app, leveraging Twitter Chats and Skype Classroom, or creating a Parent University to learn in easy, bite size chunks.
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023: Letting your passion shine! Tap into your Passion Quotient

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Join our PLC – PASSIONATE Learning Community and reignite your drive to educate and serve others. No successful person went without suffering before triumph. It’s your personal fire that lights up learning in students and inspires those around you. Tap into your PQ – Passion Quotient to be a passion driven educator in this energetic conversation w/ guest Angela Maiers.
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022: Dive In! YOU can bridge the school & home tech divide

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Technological devices are being embedded as education tools in schools everywhere. It’s possible to overcome the fear of these devices and apps and incorporate them as instruments to serve educators, parents, and student learning. Lee Kolbert offers practical advice for using technology in healthy ways to engage everyone, deepen learning, and bridge the home and school technical divide.
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021: How classroom color, decor, and design affects learning & what to do about it

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The color in your classroom, the decor on your walls, posters and other parts of the physical classroom environment affect student happiness and learning. Eoin Lenihan explains simple, practical, & powerful things you can do to your classroom tomorrow to improve student experiences & interactions while creating a dynamic thinking rich environment.
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020: Building Relationships as an Egoless Educator

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It’s common sense that educators need to build relationships and connectedness so students can learn and feel safe. But how exactly do we do it? Moving towards being an egoless educator is a step in the right direction. Guest Jim Sturtevant shares how to do that and more practical ideas to move relationship building from being common sense to being common practice.
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019: Experience based leadership: What schools can learn from the military

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The root of leadership is relationship. Students can become leaders too if given more opportunity to lead, fail, learn, and ultimately succeed. Veteran educator Sung Lee shares his philosophy and approach to building a strong student “middle class” to create a classroom culture of leaders.
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018: Reach & Teach in Challenging Schools

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With 51% of students living in poverty every classroom is impacted. To be an effective educator we have to understand a child’s circumstances so we can address their emotional needs and help them focus on achievement. Improve your ability to overcome the challenges that come with child poverty & create a supportive classroom community with tips from experienced guest Sonya Romero.
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017: Win over students & improve behavior in 5 days

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Students no longer respond to the punishment or rewards adults often offer. Guest Rick Lewis provides essential communication strategies you can use in the first 5 days of school and beyond to improve behaviors and create a positive learning climate. We need more than the authority that comes with our positions and titles, we need relational power to become a knowledgeable student ally.
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