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Edspiration Podcast

079: Sparking children’s hearts & minds with Whole Child Education

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How do we reach a student’s heads, hands and hearts so they are caring, curious, and excited to learn? All learning emanates from the heart. Since education does not operate in vacuum schools cannot educate the whole child alone. Schools function best when we authentically engage the family and the community through whole child education. Guest Jonathan Raymond explains how to put children at the center and approaches to meet the needs of each child.

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078: How to Strengthen Your Leadership Style

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We all have a foundation of leadership and a type of leadership approach. Are you more of a square or a triangle? How can you modify your approach to strengthen your connection to staff or students to improve learning and the school in which you work? You can leverage what you do naturally to get better at things that are not so natural. Guest Mark Stevens explains what you’re missing in your leadership style and how you can get it.
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077: Manage Students without Meanness

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It’s a misconception that if you want classroom discipline with clear boundaries then you have to be mean-spirited. In fact, old ideas of intimidation and anger are no longer effective. Students have changed and educators must change and grow as well. Guest Doug Campbell shares approaches to discipline and classroom management that anyone can use to be a better educator and perhaps an even better parent.
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076: Using education an antidote to poverty

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Some wonder why any developed country would invest in education in poorer countries. Guest Brad Brasseur explains how this investment pays off for everyone. He also shares strategies for building bridges to help educators mine the potential of any student anywhere. Education is an antidote to getting out of poverty.
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075: Inspiring kids to change the world

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Are you making learning memorable for your students? Guest Michael Morrison explains how to tap into the passion for learning and teaching by encouraging moonshot thinking. Make sure you celebrate your learning too. By helping teachers tap into why they got into teaching and engaging students in projects that make a meaningful impact, we can inspire kids to change the world.
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074: The 3 M’s for Creating a Global Classroom

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Every young person benefits from learning about their own culture and how they connect with other societies and nations. From the conversations you have, to wall displays, to food festivals, or inviting in key partners, there are many strategies for developing global citizens. Guest Jesse Rizzo explains the 3 M’s of cultural awareness because all children deserve to learn about their heritage and have it honored.
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073: Let’s Go Outside for Life-Centered Learning

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Being student-centered is a fantastic practice for helping young people learn but what about being life-centered? You can excite learning and activate new thinking if you take the opportunity to bring innovation outside through activities such as a school garden. Guest Derek Rhodenizer explains how to bring an exciting experiential, life-centered approach to education and break free of ho-hum patterns of teaching and learning.
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072: The Power of Making Mistakes

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Making and sharing mistakes is one of the most powerful tools for learning. However, many adults and students do all they can to avoid and hide those mistakes. Guest Jon Harper explains how to strengthen your courage to discuss mistakes so you and the young people you influence most can become learners for life.
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071: Student voice & choice through innovation and, yes, cardboard

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Wonder how you can engage students in learning for hours at a time without teacher instruction or videos then get your license to take risks! Guest Christopher Weiss explains how personalized learning and self-regulation can go hand-in-hand when you increase student ownership through innovative practices such as the Global Cardboard Challenge. Increase your students’ abilities to problem-solve and learn and find yourself enjoying teaching more.
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070: Developing Empowered & Aware Girls

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Breaking boy & girl stereotypes in the classroom. Everyone contributes to building the self-confidence and self esteem of girls. Media images and messages play a key role but how we speak to them in the classroom also has a big impact. Dr Jennifer Hartstein explains how we have to challenge our own views and overcome conversations around “locker room talk” and then challenge young people to be critical thinkers and actors themselves.
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