Edspiration Podcast

006: How to use humor the right way in schools and at home with Maurice Elias

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There are right and wrong ways to use humor with young people and even with our colleagues. If we learn to use humor correctly we can improve learning, experience more joy at work, and even avoid nagging our children in our own home. (more…)


005: Don’t stress out: how to overcome your school stressors w/Keith Herman

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Develop the mindset and proactive skills to transform and diminish school stressors with valuable tips from Dr. Keith Herman. Everyone experiences stress but how we think about and respond to it affects our happiness and even our students’ success. (more…)


004: Stop misbehavior and develop self-control in adolescents with guest Randy Sprick, Part 2

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In Part 2 of this special two-part interview, Dr. Randy Sprick shares how anyone can effectively improve off task student behaviors. Fifty percent of high school students are emotionally disengaged from school. So what can we do, in specific, age appropriate ways, to address misbehavior while improving student engagement in high school and years before? (more…)


003: How to reduce problem behaviors with the right expectations with Randy Sprick Part 1

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In Part 1 of this special two part episode, Dr. Randy Sprick demonstrates how to prevent and stop problem behaviors using an effective classroom management strategy; STOIC – Structure, Teaching expectations, Observe and supervise, Interact, and Correct. (more…)


002: You are powerful; Avoiding shaming ourselves or others with Dr. Jeanne Forrester

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Guilt or shame we inflict on ourselves or others is never helpful. Sometimes adults don’t know how to escape patterns of talking and teaching that can hurt a student, our peers or ourselves. Guest Jeanne Forrester helps us learn how to avoid wounding and build the esteem of students to help them get back on track. (more…)


001: Turning “I Can’t” into “I Will”; Reaching Discouraged Students with Dr. Bob Bowman

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Dr. Bob Bowman, co-founder of Youthlight Books, provides inspiring tips to help discouraged and disengaged students and explains to how help troubled youth move from thinking, “I can’t,” to believing, “I will.”

About today’s guest
Bob started his career as a school teacher and school counselor and now teaches in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He has written over 24 books and provided services in over 11 countries and territories primarily as a specialist in working with students when “all else fails.” (more…)


Edspiration Anticipation: New Podcast Coming Soon!

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I am so excited that very soon I get to introduce the Edspiration Podcast. I created Edspiration after countless conversations with educators around the world who shared their wishes, needs, challenges and hopes. In one school I worked with, the principal said something that hit me in the heart. She said, “I don’t know where to turn, I feel like we have tried everything but we are so busy dealing with fires,” then she started to choke back tears and said, “I don’t know what to do, I feel like I am losing hope.” I later thought, if she is losing hope, I wonder how the staff feel and how the students feel. But deep down, she was still looking for solutions to building a school everyone wanted to be. It’s time to fight small fires with a bigger fire; the fire, passion, and knowledge to apply solutions. (more…)