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033: Living on the Edge of Chaos with Tammy Dunbar
October 23, 2016 04:54 AM PDT
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I am back!

Season 3 of Living on the Edge of Chaos podcast is here in the now and ready.

It has been a long time since season 2 ended. In that void of episodes I had a series of small side podcasts(all on the same channel) testing things out.

After some learning, revision, and moving into action it is here.

And I cannot be more excited to start off season 3 with anyone other than Tammy Dunbar. Tammy is a 5th grade teacher who also teaches technology and does a ton of trainings for teachers around the world. She is one who not just talks the talk, but walks the walk.

In this episode we discuss Genius Hour. Genius Hour has been covered many times, but this episode looks at the bigger picture of Genius Hour.

How does one connect this concept to the standards?

How do we move away from it being a "pocket of innovation" into the culture of innovation for a school?

Can implementing a program like this actually raise test scores?

What happens when we treat students as more than simply a number and data plot?

Below are the links to all references in the podcast to learn more.

We hope you enjoy. As always please reach out with questions, ideas, thoughts, and reviews by leaving a comment on iTunes or leaving a comment on the blog(coffeeforthebrain.com)

Last, you can reach out to Tammy on her website or on Twitter.

Enjoy this episode and be ready for an amazing season of pushing our thoughts on the status quo of education.

Show Notes

CV: https://docs.com/tammy-dunbar/about

Liberating Genius OneNote Journals/Lessons by Tammy


Liberating Genius Into Sways by Tammy


Free eBook “Liberating Genius” By Angela Maiers & Mark Moran


Liberating Genius by Angela Maiers


032: Quad Cities Ghost Hunters
October 12, 2016 11:30 AM PDT
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I am really excited to share some amazing work of 7th grade students. One of our incredible educators from Bettendorf Middle School launched a project in her language arts class where students went on field trips to a variety of locations in the Quad Cities to explore whether or not these places are indeed haunted. Students conducted field research and came back to work and develop a podcast to showcase and highlight their experiences. What you are about to listen to are the top recordings of each location to give you the best listening experience. Sit back, listen, and enjoy the podcast. The students welcome any feedback, comments, ideas, and most importantly if you have any stories from these locations or other locations. In a future episode we will record a podcast with the students and teachers about the actual project and how to implement in your classroom. But for now, we hope you don't get too scared and maybe check out some of these locations for yourself.

031: Math Masterpiece
April 17, 2016 05:37 AM PDT
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Interview with Amanda Maurer and her algebra math art project.

030: November 2015 Month Goals, What Are Yours?
November 01, 2015 11:44 AM PST
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My podast is back! Check out this episode where I discuss my four goals for the month of November. I have 4 big goals

Weight under 230
Donation of 500 books
Build a robot that delivers coffee to teachers
NaNoWrimo nonfiction style to finally finish my book!

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BMS 6th Grade Bat Project
October 04, 2015 05:01 PM PDT
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This is the first podcast covering a 6th grade science and language arts project where students are working to eliminate the mosquito problem in one of our local parks. This group of students are discussing what they are doing and why.

Make Your Move
April 26, 2015 03:12 AM PDT
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Friday, I was given a wonderful opportunity to speak to students at Bettendorf High School. Students had a choice between three speakers who were all speakers that the students were able to connect with. I was beyond honored that the student council reached out to me to speak.

I won't lie, after saying yes I was very nervous. I was not nervous for the sake of giving a talk, but I was nervous because high school students can be a challenge to hold their interest AND I also know there is a chance that the words I speak could make an impact.

The whole week the school focused on the theme The Power of One helping students to understand that they matter, their voices matter, and that they can do amazing things if they want to.

As I plotted, organized, developed, and practiced my speech over and over I finally was able to connect the dots and make it work. I only had about 23 minutes to deliver my talk which is not a lot of time. My first practice run was over 80 slides and 47 minutes long. Through practice and practice and more practice I was able to get the talk down to under 25 minutes.

The other challenge lied in the issue that I needed to deliver a message that they have heard a million times but in a new way. Students are constantly being talked to about failure, growth mindset, achieving your goals, etc.

For the first time I brought to life personal stories that I have never shared before to a public audience.

029: Kristin Galle - 2014 PBS Digital Innovator and Therapy Classroom
January 04, 2015 01:22 PM PST
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Towards the end of 2014 I put out for a challenge to help spread the positive vision of educators. I asked educators to nominate themselves or others to help share the amazing things in education

Increasing Teacher Voice: Challenge and Nominate a Teacher

The first episode for this season is with an amazing educator named Kristin Galle from Wisconsin.

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Kristin is a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator and is doing some really intriguing things with therapy, mental health, and more in her classroom. It really is something worth hearing.

I hope you enjoy this first episode. Remember if you know someone who would be good to have on the show make sure you nominate them so we can get connected.

Increasing Teacher Voice: Challenge and Nominate a Teacher



028: A Few Bad Apples: #Stuvoice Social Experiment Part 1/5
November 09, 2014 05:59 AM PST
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I am so pumped to launch this five part series about how a class of 8th grade language arts students took a project and made something happen. I was lucky enough to see this project unfold through the lens of one of our amazing educators at Bettendorf Middle School.

Lisa Barnes, an 8th grade language arts teacher took a chance. She pushed her comfort zone and took an idea she developed to a new level. She had the kids move from just research and regurgitation which so often happens in schools into a phase of Doing Something! They students had to act on their own learning.

It was interesting to work with them briefly when I had time.

They did not believe that it mattered.

They did not believe that their voice held any power.

Some still are not quite sure that their voice matters.

However, they stuck with it and through the journey they found their voice.

This week I will be sharing a post each day for five days. Today the goal is to simply introduce you to the project. I will share a short podcast we recorded so you can hear from the teacher herself about this project. There is also an project outline form.

I will also share a few other things as well. This is the setup. The next four days I will share out the projects the students developed. They are really good. We have all types of students involved in this project. This is what makes it so special.

Please reach out. Leave comments, ask questions, let the students what you think of their work. The more we can bring back to the classroom the more powerful this all becomes.


Lisa Barnes, 8th grade Language Arts teacher explains the project in this podcast
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Project Forms

To get them thinking about ideas to enact upon we did a brainwriting activity.
Brainwriting Activity, not Brainstorming http://wp.me/p4covo-121
If there are other things you want information about please let us know.
Tomorrow we will show you the first batch of student work.
If you want to reach out to Lisa Barnes here is her email lbarnes@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

Read more at www.coffeeforthebrain.com/fewbadapples

027: Allison Edwards - Author of Why Smart Kids Worry
November 01, 2014 05:33 PM PDT
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I recently read an amazing book. This book is called Why Smart Kids Worry by Allison Edwards. I found this book helping me learn more about my own children and how to be a better parent. This book is not only helpful for parenting, but also for educators.

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This podcast episode is my wonderful chat with the author Allison Edwards. It is well worth the listen to gain some insights about anxiety in children and some new ideas that are not in the book. After you listen please take time to read her book. It is really helpful.

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Show Notes
Follow this podcast on iTunes and please feedback and ratings.If you would like to watch the podcast check that out here

All Social Media for Allison Edwards

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Website: http://www.allisonjedwards.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whysmartkidsworry
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/whysmartkidswor
Instagram: http://instagram.com/whysmartkidsworry

026: Weekly Dose of Caffeine 10.31.14 Podcast for Newsletter
October 31, 2014 07:51 PM PDT
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This is a new experiment. I am creating a podcast to go along with the newsletter.

Check out the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/6PDQL

If you want the backstory and reasons for what I chose watch the video or the listen to the podcast.

If you like it please review on iTunes, like on YouTube, and let me know your thoughts.


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