Talks with Teachers - Brian Sztabnik
I love all the guests I've had on the podcast so far, but this guest was special because I don't think I would have started this podcasting adventure if it wasn't for the inspiration Brian gave without even knowing me. His podcast "Talks With Teachers" is one of the most popular educational podcasts out there. He brings inspiring stories from some of the best teachers around. When I was still in my infant stage of teaching I started listening to this podcast and realized that it was okay to fail, some of the best teachers in the nation had bad days and lessons go terribly wrong. In 2013 was when I started listening. I would listen in the car on my way to work, morning runs in the icy cold weather to warm me up - corny I know. But true. It gave me ideas on how to be better, and it also helped me to stop being so hard on myself. Here are some of my favorite episodes of his podcast:
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Great quotes from the episode
"Having children changes you as a teacher because you finally realize what's it's like to want the world for someone else." Sarah Brown Wessling
"For me it was to inspire teachers." (When discussing why he started Talks With Teachers) - Brian Sztabnik
"The best thing to do is get it our there." Brian Sztabnik
"On Facebook, On Twitter, On Instagram people are in a way cropping their own lives and revealing what they want to show people but when we talk about failure in a way we are opening ourselves in ways we normally don't - Because no one likes to talk about how we failed, but I think it's so crucial to see that successful people struggle just as much as anybody else. And if anything the failure informs the way in which they became successful." Brian Sztabnik
"One Day I will find the right words and they will be simple." Jack Kerouac
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2:38 - Todd discusses the moment when he decided he wanted to be a teacher.
7:26 - Todd’s writing process “Writing is about learning.”
10:44 - Goal writing process
A book Todd Recommends for Goals: ”Getting Things Done The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen
11:33 - “The amygdala - the emotional center of the brain is really powerful for accomplishing stuff.”
12:14 - State Changes
14:12 - “Failure is a prerequisite of success.”
17:03 - Todd talks about a “Challenge Card” he gives to all his students “If you do these things there is an abundant amount of research that says you will have more resilience, you will be happier and you will be more effective in whatever you choose to do.”
17:39 - Meditate
17:54-20:40 - Box Breathing
Calm App and Headspace App recommendation
20:44 - Sleep Hygiene
Sleep Cycle App
22:00 - Exericise
22:50 - Food
23:08 - State Change
26:44 - G & G Time (Good News or Gratitude)
Whispers during G & G Time
Students: You can’t handle the storm!
Teachers: We are the storm!
Everyone Fist Bumps
Teachers: Who are We?
Students: We are the Storm!
28:38 - Goals and Goal Setting
31:27 - "Supremely focused and supremely relaxed"
33:34 - Todd’s failure with Evernote and his realization
34:37 - Giving a speech, and what the most effective speakers are doing.
“In the first 45 seconds of the speech, the speaker would do something to show that he was paying attention to the audience.”
36:35 - Favorite Apps: Prisma App
37:41 - Favorite Blogs
Heather Wolpert-Gawron & Middle Web
The Science of us
39:10 - Recommendations
Fictional Book: “Feed” by M.T. Anderson
Nonfiction Book: “Brainstorm” by Dr. Dan Siegel
Podcasts: The Unbeatable Mind Podcast by Mark Divine
Music in the Morning: “The Man” by Aloe Blacc
You can find Todd Finley at: http://www.todd-finley.com and on twitter @finleyt
Find his books: "Dinkytown Braves" & "Rethinking Classroom Design"
Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque)
The Teacher Tunnel Podcast is an entertaining and authentic look at the teacher leaders in education and beyond. What are their habits, routines, and strategies? As a teacher and learner, Jon Belt wants to bring great people and thinkers to the surface and share their thoughts and insights about teaching, learning, self-improvement, and education.
Jon Belt is a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City, and the host of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast.
If you're not struggling, you're not living, you're not learning."