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104: Kelly Croy - The Wired Educator

104: Kelly Croy - The Wired Educator

June 28, 2016


Kelly Croy is a parent of four, a 7th grade language arts teacher, an author, speaker, and podcaster.

He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher.

Recently, he was named a Top Innovator in Education by the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Program.

His show, The Wired Educator Podcast, is a great place to meet new people and set your brain on fire with awesome ideas about many subjects but most have some connection with tech in the classroom.

Make sure that you check out his website.


Kelly says, " I love going to work. I love teaching."

He has completed 25 years as a classroom teacher. 
As Kelly chuckles, "Pretty much in the same classroom."
He first started teaching at 21 years old. Wow!

We talk about what he likes about being a parent and get into discussing the importance of rapport with kids.

His comment is awesome, "I think having teachers who connect with students is that first great way to bridge that engagement with kids."

When asked about what advice he would give teachers trying to enage kids in the classroom Kelly reflected, "...having students do real work for real audiences is key."

Kelly is fun to talk with and has a great focus on the classroom. 
You can tell that he likes working with kids and helping them 
to get excited about the world and all that it has to offer!
I love it when he talks about the classroom and maker space-
"...look at your classroom not as a hub to relay information, but to have students to build, create and make." Cool!

Here is a link to the Learn Like a Pirate book that Kelly mentioned.

Kelly and  I talk about Twitter being his favorite way to learn and why. 
Here is his Twitter link.


By the way, here is a link to a commercial for The Big Trak he references.

We also talk about his favorite technology for the classroom.
His response to me goes like this, I look at ..."What's the coolest thing and how could I use that in my classroom."

Check out his cool answer to my question about whether he likes paper or e-books.


Additionally, we spend time discussing his wonderful book, 

Easy to read and understand. 

My favorite chapter is Three- "Everyone is Called to Lead."

Look for some of his thought provoking comments throughout the book like, 
"Leadership roles await each of us around every corner." and

"Know Your Krytonite"
"Leading isn't a Game of Simon Says" 

(When you get to this point in his book you've got to visit his thoughts about 
Six Things Those Who Lead Need to Hear)


I encourage you to follow Kelly on Twitter ,subscribe to The Wired Educator Podcast and 
get a copy of his book, 

Connect with him at Kelly@kellycroy.com or kelly@wirededucator.com

Length: 55:48
103: Jeremy S. Adams & The Secrets of Timeless Teachers

103: Jeremy S. Adams & The Secrets of Timeless Teachers

June 20, 2016


Jeremy S. Adams is an author, teacher, husband, and father.

He is the author of the book The Secrets of Timeless Teachers: Instruction that Works in Every Generation published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 

He also wrote the critically acclaimed memoir, Empty Selves: Reflections on a Decade of Teaching in an American High School (2012). 

Additionally, he is a regular contributor and columnist for the national online journal The Educator’s Room and has written editorials for The Washington Post, among other online and print outlets.

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Jeremy is a full-time teacher of political science at Bakersfield High School in California and a lecturer of political science at California State University, Bakersfield.

In 2012 he was named the Kern County Teacher of the Year and was a semifinalist for the 2013 California Department of Education’s Teachers of the Year Program. 

In 2014, he was recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution with the 2014 California State Teacher of the Year Award.

Also, he is the founder of the Earl Warren Constitutional Competition, is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and lives in Bakersfield, California with his wife and three children.


In The Secrets of Timeless Teachers Jeremy explains his The Six Habits of Timeless Teaching:

Habit #1: Passing the Rearview Mirror Test

Habit #2: Teaching in the Front and the Back of the Classroom

Habit #3: Becoming an Expert in Your Subject

Habit #4: Being a Continual Innovator

Habit #5: Being a Dynamic Communicator

Habit #6: Striking a Triangular Balance: The Three E’s of Timeless Teaching-Education, Entertainment, and Edification

In the introduction of Secrets, Jeremy states, ““Impactful teachers possess a medley of characteristics and habits that distinguish them from the proverbial herd.” We discuss this comment for a little bit before looking deeper at a few of the six habits especially Teaching in the Front and Back of the Classroom, Being a Dynamic Communicator and his Three E’s.

Also, check out our discussion about the importance of continuing education for a teacher to be impactful.

Make sure that you listen for Jeremy to say, “Great teaching is about modeling.”  You will love his thoughts about this.

Jeremy Adams is an amazing educator. 

You will like his stories about teaching and will be inspired by his thoughts about Timeless Teaching.

I encourage you to get a copy of his work, The Secrets of Timeless Teachers: Instruction that Works in Every Generation you will be happy that you did.

Connect with Jeremy:

Twitter: JeremyAdams6

Find his book The Secrets of Timeless Teachers: Amazon

Here is a link to his work Full Classrooms, Empty Selves: Amazon

Also, reach out to him at Bakersfield High School- Jeremy_adams@khsd.k12.ca.us

Or at California State University in Bakersfield

Length: 41:10

Episode 102: 3 Reasons Why Professional Reading is a Must

Episode 102: 3 Reasons Why Professional Reading is a Must

June 13, 2016


Ok, I know we all are busy and it is so easy to say, 

"You know I will gladly read something tomorrow, but today, I just need to do this." 

Come on, you know what I'm talking about. 
Just say no to that inclination. 
You need to be constantly learning if you are going to work with kids. 

Classroom teacher, building administrator, instructional coach, 
athletic coach, graduation coach, so forth and so on.

Reading is a must.

You must continually seek to expand your understanding of what works with kids at different ages.


Today, I am focused on my 

3 Reasons Why Professional Reading is a Must:

When we take time to read professional writings we are able to-

1. Address what we don't know.
2. Learn more about what we have some knowledge of.
3. Discover new information that can help us be better at what we already do.

Here are some great resources for professional reading:
* Some of these readings I have interviewed the author so look for a podcast link to hear the author and/or a YouTube link for a book review.

Audio Podcasts that can help with the lack of actual sit down reading time:


Time to read.

Time to Address, Learn, and Discover.


Length 21:03

Episode 101: Bryan Cohen - Writing, Self-Publishing, and “Ted Saves the World”

Episode 101: Bryan Cohen - Writing, Self-Publishing, and “Ted Saves the World”

June 2, 2016


Bryan Cohen is an author, podcaster, actor, and a freelance writer.

He has written over 30 books, which have sold more than 30,000 copies. 

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These include 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, The Writing Prompts series, and Bryan’s “Ted Saves the World” books.

He recently published the fifth book in the Ted series, Veil to the Chief.


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He has an amazing background. Listen for him to tell you about his acting and writing experiences as well as his victory on a game show.

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He is the co-host of a podcast called The Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral which is one of my favorites. It is a weekly podcast where Bryan and Jim talk about current trends in self-publishing and the world of e-books.


Bryan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but he currently resides with his wife and cat (Rocket) in Chicago.

By the way, wait until you hear who the models were for his villains.


Connect with Bryan through the following links:







Length: 43:13

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