129: Positive Athlete with Ryan Pederson

January 30, 2017



It is awesome when an organization takes time to work with kids and to recognize what magic they can make happen.

It is also wonderful when a company makes it's purpose to celebrate those young people. 

Positive Athlete does just that.

 Today, I am talking with Ryan Pederson who is the Director of Partnerships and Programming for Positive Athlete. He shares with us the history of Positive Athlete and its vision and focus.


 I really like this statement from the Positive Athlete website:

"Positive Athlete is a movement by high-character professional athletes tied to professional and collegiate sports teams to celebrate young athletes who have overcome difficult circumstances, give back to their communities, or have an infectious attitude that positively affects those around them."

Too often young people are portrayed by modern media as being negative and uncaring. This image is not true. Postive Athlete brings that to light.

 Anyone can nominate a young person, take a look at the end of the show notes for links to understand more and to nominate.



 Connect and find out more:

Connect with Ryan at rpederson@celebratepositive.com







Also, you can connect on Twitter @PositiveAthGA and

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/PositiveAthGA/


During the interview Ryan mentioned Dave Ramsey's book "Total Money Makeover" as a book everyone should read. Here are links to that book and to Dave's website.

Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover

Dave Ramsey's website


Length: 35:47


128: The Reading Intervention Toolkit with author Laura Robb

January 22, 2017



Laura Robb is an author, teacher, and coach and speaker. 

She has more than 40 years of teaching in grades 4-8.

She has written more than 25 books on literacy.

Today, we are talking about her book The Reading Intervention Toolkit.

Check out my review of The Reading Intervention Toolkit.




This book will help you understand how to address the reading challenges of your students.

It is designed for the classroom teacher to quickly put strategies for reading intervention immediately into place in the classroom. 

It is easy to read and understand.




Laura believes that addressing the reading challenges of the kids is probably one of the most important steps a teacher can take to increasing student achievement and success in content areas.

This book was written for the practitioner. It will help you move your kids forward. 




Listen to my review of Laura's The Reading Intervention Toolkit


Connect with Laura and find out more:

Laura's Website

Here is my YouTube Review about The Reading Intervention Toolkit by Laura

My interview with Laura about her book Vocabulary is Comprehension

Shell Education phone number for ordering multiple copies 1-800-858-7339 ext 169

Shell Education's Website to find out more about The Reading Intervention Toolkit

Take a look at The Reading Intervention Toolkit by Laura (Amazon)

Here is a link to Laura's foundation

Take a look at Vocabulary is Comprehension by Laura Robb

Connect with Laura on Twitter

Connect with Laura on Facebook



Length: 47:53


127: 3 + 1 Ways to Not Show Frustration with the Kids

January 16, 2017


Do you ever just get so incredibly frustrated with one or two kids?

Today’s show is all about recognizing when you are frustrated and how to deal with it. Especially, when you know that it is one kid who is really driving you nuts.



So here are my 3 + 1 ways of not showing that you are frustrated:

  1. Put something happy on the wall behind the child who frustrates you.
  2. Just before the kids arrive remind yourself of something positive about the child.
  3. Make a list of positive attributes of the child and keep that list where only you can see it and revisit it during the class.

Plus One…

Put yourself in timeout….


Really, put you in timeout...go outside, take a deep breath, watch something funny, play at recess or during lunch with the kids, or how about play an instrument with the band class or participate in an art class...See where I am going with this?




So let’s talk about 6 signs of Adult Frustration

  1. Eye rolling
  2. You take a deep breath or you sigh right before talking with one specific student
  3. Exasperated statements directed at one student
  4. Angry body language
  5. Ignoring and only responding when you finally have to
  6. Overreacting

We have to get control of ourselves.

When you recognize and admit to yourself that the kid is driving you nuts then you need to take the steps to help you control you.

Look at my 6 signs of frustration and then take a look at my 3 + 1 ways of overcoming your frustration.

You will be glad that you did.

Have an awesome week!


126: Vision 2020 with Matt Jones

January 5, 2017



Today, I am talking with Matt Jones, the Chief of Staff for the Georgia Department of Education.

He is a former teacher and technology director from Toombs County, Georgia.

We get a chance to talk about what he does as Chief of Staff as well as what he liked most about working with kids as a teacher.




The focus of our talk is on the initiative Vision 2020. According to Matt, "It captures where we want to go as a state."




We talk about several of the key elements of Vision 2020 and Matt explains the point and purpose of each.

 You will hear Matt's passion and focus on the children of Georgia as well as take away a keen understanding of Georgia's focus for the next several years.

Thanks for listening! Enjoy!




Find out more information:

Georgia Department of Education

Vision 2020

Educating Georgia's Future

email Matt: mattjones@doe.k12.ga.us


Length: 37:33