Episode 59: Amanda Miliner, 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year

June 17, 2015
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Amanda is an elementary teacher in Houston County, Georgia who was recognized as the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year. In 2006 she was Miss Georgia and competed for the title of Miss America.

This last year she spent time in schools model teaching, presenting, co-teaching and talking with various organizations across the state. She also traveled to Washington, DC where she met the President, twice.

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She sees herself as a self-made person. She knows how important education is. She likes to explain to kids that she came from a single parent home but that she has not let that interfere with her life journey. She is a first generation college graduate in her family and now she is working on her doctorate.  She emphasizes to kids that she wanted something better for herself.

Amanda has a no excuses mentality in the classroom. She expects the kids to work hard and not ask for handouts.

She comments that she didn’t start out wanting to be a teacher, but explains how the desire to teach rose to the top.

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Listen closely as she talks about the teacher who hooked her into wanting to be a teacher because she had a classroom that was like an educational theme park!

We talk about what her ideal classroom would look like as well as what her favorite resources are.

She describes herself as being orange not blue and how that impacts her teaching and her interactions with the kids.

She will challenge you to think about how you see and work with the kids.

Catch up with Amanda on Twitter @gatoty2015

Amanda mentioned these resources:

Kidblog

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Length: 30:36

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Episode 58: iPrincipal update with Mark Wilson

June 12, 2015
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This is my third of an on-going conversation with Dr. Mark Wilson about his book in the works called iPrincipal. 

Check out our earlier talks at Episode 48 (The Introduction), and Episode 53 (Intentional). 

Also, you can find out more about Mark and his focus on leadership at Episode 8 as well as his website
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The iPrincipal...today's fully prepared and highly effective principal is inspirational.

While the iPrincipal is expected to be an instructional leader (to be discussed in another episode), to lead effective schools, principals also need to be inspirational leaders.

Inspirational Principals excel in:

1. Seeing Connections
2. Sharing Ideas Clearly
3. Seeking Opportunities

I think that you will find Mark's thoughts engaging and thought provoking.
Enjoy!
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Length: 18:00
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Episode 57: Team Building Tips with Steve

June 3, 2015

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This month I am introducing a new addition to the Teaching Learning Leading K12 library:

Team Building Tips with Steve.

These episodes will be monthly and run between 5 and 10 minutes.

I will be talking about ways to get your team to be a team.

Each episode will feature a resource that you can use to help you focus on the growth and health of your team.

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On today’s show I ask the question “Is your team a team?”

So is it?

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Here is a list of the resources that I mention:

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John Maxwell

This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt (A Podcast)

Episode 163 of Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn (A podcast) where the host interviews Michael about Team Building and Leadership

Also, Don’t forget to stop by my blog article called Principals: 5 Things to do Before Next School Year

Additionally, I did a few full podcast episodes about Team Building. Check out Episode 35: The Law of the Inner Circle and Team Building

Episode 31: Trust-The Key to Team Building

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I hope that you enjoy this new segment and will follow the links to the awesome resources that can help you become more team oriented.

Best wishes!

Have fun!

Go Team!

  

Length 6:30

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