Allison Kerley Townsend - The 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year - 208

August 17, 2018

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Allison Kerley Townsend is the 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year. She is a 3rd Grade teacher at Barnwell Elementary School in Fulton County, Georgia (US). 

Allison believes that all children start out as curious and excited learners. She sees her goal as an educator is to nurture their passion for learning. As a classroom teacher, Allison strives to give each child a voice in their learning and tries to inspire them to grow beyond engagement to ownership.

Mrs. Townsend not only seeks to make a difference in her classroom and school but also globally. She connects with others through conferences and Twitter. She uses Twitter to open her classroom to the world.

Allison has taught pre-k, third, fourth, and fifth-grade students.

She is a 2012 graduate of Clemson University's elementary education program.

From the beginning, you will hear her passion and it is catchy!

Thanks for listening!


Connect with Allison:




Length - 43:47


12 Tools for a Successful Start to the New School Year - 207

August 2, 2018


 12 Tools for a Successful Beginning to the New School Year

1. Greet students when they enter your class.

2. Use a seating chart to help you learn their names.

3. Develop your "Spidey Sense."

4. Know you.

5. Plan - big (unit) & small (daily).

6. Include opportunities for checking for understanding (formative assessment).

7. Get better at giving feedback.

8. Start and stop class.

9. Have a way for you to stay in touch with parents.

10. What will you do?

11. Attitude check and adjustment.

12. Reflect on what happened.

What do you think?

Have an awesome year!

Check out these other links for more information:

Here are some of my youtube links: Opening Class Do You Need a Timeout? Use Their Names Greet Kids at Your Door Make Contact with Parents Now


Books on Feedback and Checking for Understanding - Formative Assessment:

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students by Susan M. Brookhart

Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey


Length - 33:49



Steve Miletto Talks About Getting Ready for the First Day of Class - 206

July 27, 2018


The first day of class is almost here. Are you ready?

Have you actually planned for that first day?

Oh, I know...lots of peers say that they have but they really have just gone through the motions.

I love the first day of class because you only get that one first day.

Here are my 5 Ideas about Getting Ready for the First Day of Class

1. Is your classroom looking good?

2. Have you created the procedures (How you operate your class.) that the kids need to know on the first day of class?

3. Have you created engaging instructional plans for the first day that make the kids want to come back?

4. Have you taken time to reach out to the kids and parents to say hi before school begins?

5. Have you planned to be you?

Have fun on that first day of class.

You only get one.

Thanks for listening.

Additional information:

 Opening Class 

Dealing with Angry Students

Procedures and Routines

5 Ways to Use Your Classroom Walls for Instructional Support

Length - 20:23



Future Ready Librarians with Ge-Anne Bolhuis - 205

July 20, 2018


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Ge-Anne Bolhuis is the Instructional Technology Specialist and Media Specialist Liaison for a Georgia (US) school system. Today, we are talking about Future Ready Schools and Future Ready Librarians.

According to their website, "Future Ready Schools® helps K-12 public, private, and charter school leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential." 

Additionally, a Future Ready Librarian is expected to be an instructional leader to help schools become Future Ready.

Ge-Anne shares with us her thoughts about the need to have the instructional talents of the librarians used to help teachers implement better practices in the classroom. She shares that building administrators really have to have a better understanding of the role that librarians can play in keeping the school on track.

You'll hear us discuss the expectations of a Future Ready Librarian as well as some of the tools that the librarians can use to help drive the school to new levels of success.

We also talk about her favorite app - Google Keep and other tools that the Future Ready Librarian can share with the faculty of schools and students.

Listen for us to talk about EdCamps and CoffeeEDU meetups, as well.

Lots to learn about today.

Ge-Anne is inspiring!

Thanks for listening.



Connect with Ge-Anne and find out more information:



Future Ready Institute - Atlanta - October 2018


Length - 39:03


Bob Baird and Fix My Career Now.Com - 204

July 13, 2018



Bob Baird is the founder of He helps job seekers get that better paying job by developing their complete toolkit. He believes that finding a better, higher paying job requires more than just a great resume and LinkedIn profile. According to Bob, "the complete toolkit" includes developing skills in networking, interviewing, negotiation skills, and more.

From professional musician to CEO of a 60 year old nonprofit, Robert - Bob - Baird climbed the career ladder through a series of career pivots.

Before becoming a CEO, he was a Navy supply corps commander, a technology consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Services, a risk management consultant and the Chief Information Officer for a major insurance company.

He has successfully pivoted 12 times to obtain career success and now is a career transition practioner and expert. As a former "C" level executive, hiring manager, and on occasion job applicant, he knows what management's looking for.

Bob's helpful advice will be welcomed by all job seekers. He provides that guiding hand to get you not just through the process of job seeking but to develop your skills at landing that dream position.

Lots to learn today.

Thanks for listening.

Make sure that you look at the links below and check out the many free resources that Bob has shared with us.




Additional Resources:

Get Noticed: 8 Great LinkedIn Hacks

Free Video: “How to Write a Resume that Lands the Interview” + Bonus Training: Resume Keyword Optimization


Blogs Discussed on the Podcast

Resume Keywords: Beating the Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Get a Better Paying Job Now and Love Your Life

What is your LinkedIn “Poachability” Index?

Networking Strategies that Work: Part I

Networking Strategies that Work: Part II

Is Your Elevator Pitch Going Up? If Not, Fix It.

What is the Toughest Interview Question You Will Ever Be Asked?


Cover Letter Training Course

Cover Letter Secrets: Land the Interview


Connect with Bob and learn more:

Fix My Career Now - YouTube Channel

How to write a resume that beats the ATS and gets you the interview


Length - 42:15