Middle School Connection
In this episode, we meet Allie Newcomb. Allie brings many tools into her classroom, including building student relationships, trying new things, and whole brain teaching. Allie has given me ideas, and avenues to explore in my classroom even though they may not work or be perfect, the ability to be flexible and just try has helped grow me as a teacher. Allie is a colleague of mine and teaches in the same hallway two classrooms down. She is the 6th-grade math teacher at Mayfield Middle School in Oklahoma City and we share the same students. Allie has taught at the elementary and middle school levels and gives great perspectives on teaching in both. She received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and just wrapped up her Master's degree in Secondary Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Allie is a relationship builder and loves being around her students.
Tips for teachers to connect with kids (23:40)
Helping and Mentoring Severe and Profound students in Elementary School as a student
b. Be positive
2. Find something about each student
a. Quiet kids might be priority
3. Outside of class, make a point to talk with kids
a. I want the kids to see me as someone who is positive
b. Acting the role
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Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque)
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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.
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