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042: Living on the Edge of Chaos - Goals, S-Town, Mindset, and Sun Dials
April 11, 2017 03:09 AM PDT
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This episode covers some ideas that have been on my mind lately.

Goals vs. process oriented

Sundial mottos

Fear of failure


Make it happen

Living On The Edge of Chaos Roundtable talk on The OA
March 18, 2017 06:44 AM PDT
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In this episode the crew assembles once again for a roundtable discussion on our favorite show, The OA.

If you have not watched the show, then stop what you are doing and go binge watch right now.

If you have watched the show, then you must check this episode out and leave a comment sharing your ideas and thoughts.

As always please give us a like and review on iTunes to help people learn about the show. You can learn more at www.coffeeforthebrain.com

040: Living On The Edge of Chaos Podcast with Brian McCormick
March 03, 2017 03:56 PM PST
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Listen to the Show and access all links at www.coffeeforthebrain.com

Check out the show and episodes on iTunes

In this episode we discuss:

How do we work to change how we as coaches and teachers change our perception of teaching?
Why we need to change the perception on how we do the things we are currently doing.
Understand the problems when players/students don't see the reason WHY they are being asked to do the things they are being asked to do.
The fear of charting down the paths that nobody else is doing and dealing with the following:
What is the biggest difference in athletic mindsets today versus 10 years or 20 years ago?
How do we deal with the idea of continuing to do the wrong things right instead of the right things wrong?
Why children should play multiple sports instead of specializing in one.
What are skills needed to be successful in life and on the court?
[shareable]If you do things differently, then you are on an island on your own and if you are not successful you are screwed.[/shareable]

Resources Discussed in the Podcast

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Anders Ericsson

Check Out His books

The 21st Century Basketball Practice:

My book review 21st Century Basketball Practice by Brian McCormick

21st Century Guide to Individual Skill

Fake Fundamentals

Blitz Basketball:

Find Brian McCormick at the following places




039: Living on the Edge of Chaos Podcast with John Cole
February 27, 2017 03:35 AM PST
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John Cole, founder of Dexter Industries joins us for the latest episode of the podcast.

In this episode we learn a great deal about life, learning, and entrepreneurship. What I love best about this particular episode is how he is able to share a glimpse of his journey into how he has arrived at his current point in life. This journey connects to so many students who are trying to navigate their interests and passions.

We discuss the following:

How did he end up as the founder of Dexter Industries?
The key skills needed to be adaptable and mobile in the job market and being successful in life.
Why there is no discussion of the specific content needed to be hired for a job. Focus on the traits companies are looking for and no so much on what content you contain in your head.
What is missing from the next wave of people looking for a job?(hint: you must be able to WRITE)
Building a portfolio of perseverance and grit. We must prove our worth!

[shareable]There is an advantage to being an amateur because you don't know any different.[/shareable]

[shareable]You inherit an institution knowledge when viewing problems with a master's eye which could cost you from finding the solution.[/shareable]

[shareable]Force yourself to write a comment for each line of code to exercise your brain to explain what you are doing![/shareable]

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038: Living On The Edge Of Chaos 2nd Roundtable Insanity Talk
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
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
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
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


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
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.


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.


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
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


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