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038: Living On The Edge Of Chaos 2nd Roundtable Insanity Talk
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December 04, 2016 06:04 AM PST
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Our second roundtable discussion of 4 educators being human beings. We each bring a new topic to the table to discuss live. You don't want to miss it.

To read all shownotes and more head over to our website http://coffeeforthebrain.com/038/

So many goodies layered into this show you don't want to miss out.

037: Living On The Edge Of Chaos Roundtable Talk of Insanity
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November 23, 2016 09:54 AM PST
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Be sure to check out the 360 degree video footage of this podcast as well.

Head over to www.coffeeforthebrain.com/037 for shownotes, links, and video 360.

036: Living On The Edge Of Chaos with Sarah Loomis
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November 19, 2016 01:07 PM PST
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I am so pumped to share this episode with everyone. Sarah Loomis is an educator that has inspired so many people to be great. I was lucky to meet her this past summer in Colorado and her presentation on Makerspaces and Literacy has motivated me to create these experiences myself by using her ideas and testing out some new ones.

You can find Sarah on Twitter at @dodeastoy2015FOLLOWS She is a Department of Defense Instructional Tech Coach working in Germany. She is also a DoDEA Teacher of the Year, MIE Expert #mieexpert, MIE Surface Expert #surfaceEdu, Microsoft Cert. Ed, and SMART Exemplary Ed #see

My favorite part of this podcast is when she talks about a student who says

[shareable]I'm a quitter. I don't want to be![/shareable]

and the one question that has stuck with me

[shareable]Do I give too may instructions?[/shareable]

In this podcast you will learn about

Makerspaces and how to make it work with limited supplies
How to connect books to making
The power of the lightbulb moment
How to help students see the world in a new way
If we don't limit students, then they will soar
The importance of wanting students to be creators, not just consumers.
Two important rules to have in your space
Check out her resources on how to get started

Check out the show and episodes on iTunes

035: Living on the Edge of Chaos with Todd Flory
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November 11, 2016 06:16 AM PST
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In this episode I have the pleasure to chat with Todd Flory. Todd is a 4th grade teacher from Kansas. He is doing some amazing work in regards to global education.

This was a fun episode as we explore the ins and outs of expanding your classroom beyond the four walls. This topic has been covered many times, but Todd brings a new level to the conversation as we discuss

How do you find another classroom to connect with?
How do you go about finding experts to speak to your students?
The benefits of mystery skype
What happens when a global learning moment ignites a spark for a student?
His latest project of doing a Skype BreakoutEDU
How to connect global projects to the standards
There are plenty of examples to get you started.

You can find more about Todd at the following

https://twitter.com/Todd_Flory
https://toddflory.wordpress.com/
Shownotes

Skype in the Classroom - this page will help you find other classrooms and experts from around the world
Get Started Resources
Skypeathon Event
Flattening Classrooms by Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay
The Global Educator: Leveraging Technology

034: Living On The Edge of Chaos Podcast with Ginger Lewman
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October 30, 2016 04:39 AM PDT
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You are in for a treat with this episode. My great friend and educational hero, Ginger Lewman, was kind enough to spend some quality time discussing project based learning, quality learning, and a ton of other powerful concepts in this latest podcast episode.

If you have not check out her work, then you must check the resources at the bottom of this page.

I recently read her latest book and after reading the book, scribbling mass notes in the margins, and being reminded about the key things we must be doing in schools I just had to pick her brain some more.

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In this episode we cover some key questions such as:

What is project based learning?
What are the common misunderstandings of pbl?
Are shorter projects better?
The importance of Wows, Hows, and Bows
How to get started with pbl?
How to make pbl work within the confines of the school system?
Why did we get into the profession of teaching in the first place?

[shareable cite="Ginger Lewman"]Everybody is somebody else weirdo. Did you think you were normal? How weird is that?[/shareable]

Grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and be ready to gain some new ideas to enhance your practice. As always we would love feedback, questions, a nice review on iTunes, and more.

Enjoy

Lessons for LifePractice Learning
The book in Paperback or Kindle on Amazon
PBL unit ideas: http://www.lifepracticepbl.org/

033: Living on the Edge of Chaos with Tammy Dunbar
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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

https://docs.com/tammy-dunbar/8170/liberating-genius-onenotes

Liberating Genius Into Sways by Tammy

https://docs.com/tammy-dunbar/3662/liberating-genius-sways

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

https://choose2matter.org/liberatinggenius

Liberating Genius by Angela Maiers

http://amzn.to/2ezyRBj

032: Quad Cities Ghost Hunters
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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
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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?
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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!

Follow and Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes

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BMS 6th Grade Bat Project
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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.

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