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Steve Miletto talks about 3 Scary (ok, not really scary) moments for a teacher - 218

Steve Miletto talks about 3 Scary (ok, not really scary) moments for a teacher - 218

October 26, 2018


3 Scary (Ok, not really scary) Moments for a Teacher 

There are times when a classroom teacher has to address some issues or take care of a situation that can really feel scary sometimes. Today, I'm sharing three of these types of moments and my thoughts about dealing with them.

1. It's Monday morning and the principal or your evaluator steps into your room to observe you teach.

2. A student challenges your authority.

3. You have to call a parent.

Today, I share some thoughts to help.

Thanks for listening.

 Check out some other helpful resources:

2 Things Not to Say When You Are Angry with a Student's Behavior

Shhhh - Doesn't Work

#1 Rule When Dealing with an Angry Student - Be the Adult

12 Tools for a Successful Start to the New School Year

9 Thoughts for Successful Daily Lesson Plans

10 Secret Ingredients for Better Unit Planning

Classroom Management - Consequences

Classroom Management - Rules

Classroom Management - De-escalation

Length - 29:37

Math for America with Megan Roberts - 217

Math for America with Megan Roberts - 217

October 19, 2018

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Math for America is focused on changing the way we think about teachers and teaching in America. MfA's goal is to improve retention nationally by establishing a network of independent programs that support communities of accomplished mathematics and science teachers across the country.  

Dr. Megan Roberts is the executive director of Math for America. Prior to joining MfA, she served for four years as the executive director for the Office of Innovation within the New York City Department of Education. She began her career in education as a science teacher in Manhattan where she was also a middle school principal and then Regional Director for STEM.

Dr. Roberts is a past Woodrow Wilson Science Teaching Fellow; a Fulbright Memorial Teaching Fellow; and a Columbia University Science Teacher Research Fellow, for which she now serves on the advisory board.

Megan has published articles and presented nationally and internationally on topics in geosciences, science education, professional development, educational technology, and innovation in education.

We had a wonderful talk. Math for America is doing amazing things! Makes me want to teach math and science - awesome collaboration and professional development.

Check out the links below to find out more about the amazing work that teachers are doing in MfA as well as how MfA supports teachers and their work with children.

Thanks for listening. Please share with your colleagues and friends.

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Length - 46:11

Mark C Perna and Answering Why - 216

Mark C Perna and Answering Why - 216

October 12, 2018



Mark C. Perna is the founder and CEO of TFS (Tools for Schools) in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference. Today we are talking about his book - Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, which was written to help educators, employers, and parents understand Generations Y and Z and inspire them to greater performance in all areas of life.

As an international expert on Generations Y and Z, Mark has devoted his career to empowering educators and employers to unleash the tremendous potential of today’s young people, both in the classroom and on the job.

Parents, schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations across North America have successfully used Mark’s insights and strategies to connect more effectively with the younger generations.

A dynamic and motivational public speaker, Mark frequently delivers keynote speeches at national and statewide events. He has published numerous articles in national publications as a recognized voice in student engagement and success.

Mark is passionate about the mission that he has created for himself. You will hear his energy and drive as we talk.

Check out his comments about his favorite line from Apollo 13 (the movie) and tell me that it doesn't become your favorite line as he explains why he remembers it.

Lots to learn. His book is easy to read and is written such that you want to keep reading.

Thanks for listening.

I hope that you will share it with your colleagues and friend.

Check out the links below to find out more about Mark, his book Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, and so much more.


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Length - 49:35

Julia Freeland Fisher and Who You Know -215

Julia Freeland Fisher and Who You Know -215

October 5, 2018

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 Julia Freeland Fisher is the author of Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks (Wiley, 2018). The book focuses on emerging tools and practices that leverage technology to radically expand who students know – their stock of “social capital” – by enhancing their access to and ability to navigate new peer, mentor, and professional networks.

Julia is the director of education research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres through its research.

Join us as we have an awesome conversation concerning the importance of teaching kids about the power of connecting with others - networking. One of the awesome takeaways is that the teaching of networking needs to go beyond the skills and actually focus on helping the students find and become part of networks that they may have very little or no access to without help. 

Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks is an excellent read that will make you want to start counting the ways that you can integrate networking into your daily plans. This was an awesome talk that opened my eyes to a very real need.

Thanks for listening and sharing! 

Find Out More:

email Julia: jfreeland@christenseninstitute.org











Length - 46:03

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