I'm a two-time Teacher of the Year math and robotics teacher with a lot of varied interests.
I love to create videos on YouTube, post reviews of books I'm reading and beef jerky I'm trying on my Instagram, and create/host this here educational podcast!
Outside of creating digital media, I'm studying Mandarin, am learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and am an avid runner :)
I got the chance to go into Mike Franz's high school gov & econ class when they were playing YOLO, a year-long game where one week of school represents one year of life. The first week of the game the students are 18 years old, the last week of the game they are near retirement age. What will they make of their society, of their economy, of their investments, of their world?
We explore the following:
- what the game looks like from beginning to middle to end
- how Mike utilizes class jobs to stay organized and to have the game virtually run itself
- salient teaching opportunities that come up when using gamification in the classroom
- how teachers can begin to incorporate gamification into their classes
- how The World Peace game inspired YOLO
- instances where the game took a turn for the worst
- an invitation for other teachers to try YOLO in their government and economics class
If you'd like to reach out to Mike about YOLO or gamification, he can be reached at:
If you'd like to take a look at the YOLO rule book, here it is (it's a living document always being revised):
Big Bird's Date Night (Full) by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
In this, I pulled a review that I did for my #bookstagram Instagram account for Carla Shalaby's 'Troublemakers' which is a book on what we can learn from kids who we generally deem as 'troublemakers' and how can we love and honor them as members or our learning community.
Is the first day of school the most important? Seems like a lot riding on it with trying to make sure every student feels seen & heard, gets excited about your class, AND begins a positive relationship with you, their classmates, and the content. Let's explore the first day of school.
Think of your Kindergarten teacher. How do you think your educational experience would have been different if that teacher continued to be your teacher for every year until you graduated high school? In today's podcast I chat with Mark Rogers, who will be starting a 13-year experiment this year.
In Kindergarten, students are bursting with curiosity; why are doorknobs round, what is carpet made out of, why are my fingers little? Unfortunately, as students progress through their education, they tend to become less curious about the world around them and settle for just asking the questions that will get them the answers to pass the tests that determine their future.
In todays episode, I chat with two-time Teacher-of-the-Year science teacher Kelley Janes who takes time out of every class to allow students to ask questions about the world around them; fostering, encouraging and nurturing that innate curiosity.
After a rough go as a kid in some of the schools I went to, I vowed to learn martial arts some day.
A month after I turned 30, I joined a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. I've been going strong now for a little over 5 months and I've begun to see a little bit of overlap between the mats and the classroom.
How did becoming a learner at level 0 again impact me in the classroom? What insights did my coaches give me into teaching that I hadn't paid as much attention to? What can educators learn from the world of martial arts?
A bonus track to the podcast:
Our first book club review - Man's Search For Meaning. I share the things that made me thing, that I connected to, and the mindsets I hope to also maintain.
Can High-5's really make that much of a difference in school culture?
In this episode, I explore the various ways I've begun to greet students at the door right at the beginning of class and how they've helped build a positive culture in my classroom and school. I also have another teacher, Justin Aion sound off of why he started High-5 Fridays at his school and the effects it had on his own school culture.
In episode 2, I recorded the sounds of my robotics classroom for a couple of days while they worked on and presented their final projects.
I reflect on some of the observations of going back and listening to the audio. You also hear students working to troubleshoot their creations which included an electric guitar, a whack a mole, an etch-a-sketch, and robotic arm controlled via sensors on a glove connected bluetooth.
I wanted to start a podcast so I did. Think of it as being a fly on the wall in my (and others) classroom.
In this episode we go into the classroom economy auction that we have every month. Students bid on items, start their own businesses, create loyalty programs, and more. You hear the sounds of students arguing about prices, the excitement build up over a 'mystery item' in the auction, and the groans of buyers remorse.