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023: Living On The Edge of Chaos: Season 2 Episode 5 – French Express
Clean
September 01, 2014 12:20 PM PDT
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Story about how I made a mistake ordering at Starbucks and life lesson learned.

022: Living On The Edge of Chaos: Season 2 Episode 4 – Perception
Clean
August 18, 2014 04:03 AM PDT
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A new thought as we start a new school year. Don't forget the power we have as educators and the impact that we can deliver.

021: Living On The Edge of Chaos: Season 2 Episode 3 - Mini Thought on Caring in Classroom
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August 10, 2014 03:05 AM PDT
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This is something new that I am trying with my podcast. I am adding a new bit called Mini Thoughts where I will share an unedited, uncut idea from my iPhone. Often times when I drive I record my ideas to develop later on. I thought perhaps this could be something worthwhile to share as I work to polish these ideas.

This has been a thought I have had many times and finally going to share.

020: Living On The Edge of Chaos: Season 2 Episode 2 - Mini Thought on Courage
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August 04, 2014 05:45 AM PDT
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This is something new that I am trying with my podcast. I am adding a new bit called Mini Thoughts where I will share an unedited, uncut idea from my iPhone. Often times when I drive I record my ideas to develop later on. I thought perhaps this could be something worthwhile to share as I work to polish these ideas.

Additionally, I have shared these bits on YouTube as well. It is good to test out new avenues of growth. I will see how this works out.

019: Living on the Edge of Chaos - Season 2 Opener
Clean
August 02, 2014 04:40 AM PDT
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Shownotes

Music created by 8th grade student Dennibro

Additionally, if you would like to be on the podcast and talk about a topic please let me know.

As always, I welcome all ideas and feedback.

Follow and Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes

I finally made it to Stitcher so please follow here if you use Stitcher

018: Living on the Edge of Chaos - My First Keynote Speech: So What? (rough draft)
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May 03, 2014 03:58 PM PDT
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I am seeking some feedback. I doubt many students and parents who will be in the crowd for the National Honor Society induction ceremony reads my blog.

I am a bit nervous. Alright, not going to lie I am super nervous. Probably the most nervous I have been for anything. This is my first speech I have been asked to give and I really want to deliver. I want it to stand out and be worth the ten minutes I have been given.

Perhaps I am overhyping this a bit, but this is a big deal to me for many reasons.

So, I have recorded a rough draft of what I plan to say. I would love feedback about what is good, not good, things I should change, flow, direction, ideas, etc.

I have a few days to cement my plans and then time to recite a million times before I go up on stage.

017: Living on the Edge of Chaos: Preparing from Elementary to Middle School
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April 28, 2014 02:47 AM PDT
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This episode is designed to do a few things. Talking with one of our guidance counselors here at Bettendorf Middle School we take time to discuss four simple, but very powerful ideas to help parents and students get ready for middle school.

1. Lockers

2. Locks and Combinations

3. Middle School Summer Class: Moving to Middle

4. PE Clothes

Our goal here to help educate the people in our community. More importantly we want to share out the things that we do and the things we help families with as they transition from the elementary setting to the middle school setting. While listening if you have cool ideas that you implement in your building please let us know.

If you are a parent and have questions let us know. We would love to continue to this conversation and help out as much as we can.

Enjoy the show

If you want to reach out and contact Coffeechug please go here

Shownotes and Credits

Masterlock Combo Pack

Guidance Office at BMS

Mrs. Sones email - gsones@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

School Website: http://bms.bettendorf.k12.ia.us/

Music created by 8th grade student Dennibro

Additionally, if you would like to be on the podcast and talk about this topic please let me know as I will be creating a follow up podcast on this topic.

As always, I welcome all ideas and feedback.

Follow and Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes

I finally made it to Stitcher so please follow here if you use Stitcher

016: Living on the Edge of Chaos: Courage PBL
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April 11, 2014 03:26 AM PDT
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This episode is designed to do two things.

1. To showcase another amazing project created and developed by a teacher here at Bettendorf Middle School on the topic of courage. We hope that as we continue to share out our projects that it inspires others to develop projects, connect with us, and share out additional ideas and resources so everyone can improve.

2. The students have podcasts and they need an authentic voice. Below you will find a link to their blogs and podcasts. We would love it if you checked out their work and left them a few comments. If you have a class it would be awesome if your students left some feedback. If your students have work we would love to return the favor!

Enjoy this episode. Let me know your thoughts. If you have any questions, ideas, resources, etc. please reach out to me at aarmau@gmail.com or Rachael Dierickx at rdierickx@bettendorf.k12.ia.us

6th and 7th grade: http://kidblog.org/BMSHonorsEnglish/
8th grade: http://kidblog.org/8thGradeHonorsEnglish-2/

Here is a condensed document to give you a sense of their blogs and why they are writing what they are writing

Enjoy the show

Shownotes and Credits

Music created by 8th grade student Dennibro

Additionally, if you would like to be on the podcast and talk about this topic please let me know as I will be creating a follow up podcast on this topic.

As always, I welcome all ideas and feedback.

Follow and Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes

I finally made it to Stitcher so please follow here if you use Stitcher

015: Living on the Edge of Chaos: 8th Graders Talk Social Media
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April 09, 2014 08:37 AM PDT
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We have an 8th grade language arts teacher conducting a project right now around digital footprints. As students are navigating their way through their project I was asked to be interviewed by four students for their project. Their project is focused on helping to educate 5th graders about social media.

During the interview I decided to flip the this run of the mill interview into a conversation. I love social media and I share and discuss my ideas and opinions on social media all the time whether it is here on this site, other channels, or at school. After talking with the students I realized that this conversation needed to be shared. Not because we have answers, but because this chat opens up a conversation that needs to be had. I love talking to students about social media. When you listen to the podcast you will gain a sense that the students were not sure how answer some of the questions or perhaps were not sure how they felt on the topic.

I hope that as I flipped their interview into a chat we spark a movement. I am so excited to see what they develop for their project. Yes, I will be sharing what they create, but in the meantime I hope you reach out. What are your thoughts to these questions? What is your opinion abot social media?

I would like to open this conversation up to other educators and students. I would love to run a Google Hangout and explore this in more depth. This podcast is the start, the catalyst. The rest of you are the ones that can keep the fire going. We look forward to hearing from you. I will share their work. While we wait what are other things they should consider? The more perspective the stronger their work will become. I guess in many ways this whole podcast is a social media test and campaign itself. Let us take a listen.

Shownotes and Credits

Music created by 8th grade student Dennibro

Additionally, if you would like to be on the podcast and talk about this topic please let me know as I will be creating a follow up podcast on this topic.

As always, I welcome all ideas and feedback.

Follow and Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes

I finally made it to Stitcher so please follow here if you use Stitcher

I recently read a book about social media with teens by Danah Boyd

Coffeechug Reads It's Complicated by Danah Boyd http://wp.me/p4covo-NV

014: Living on the Edge of Chaos: PBL Exhibition Night
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April 08, 2014 03:46 PM PDT
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http://coffeeforthebrain.com/coffeechug-cafe/

 

Our school has implemented project based learning throughout all grades 6-8 this year where we have asked teachers to develop and come up with four projects this year. As we have worked through the many ups and downs of changing a culture and mindset of learners we have started to see the true value in what we are trying to achieve. Coming up in a few weeks we will host three exhibition nights where we will be celebrating the hard work and learning of students. As we continue to promote their learning we realize that we need to help express what exactly this night is all about. It is something different for parents and community members. We want them to come to these nights excited. Even more important we want the audience to engage with our students.

This podcast is designed to help provide some insights into what these nights are all about. We hope we share ideas that spark new ideas, new thoughts, questions, and excitement.

As you listen if you have questions, want more information, etc. please reach out to us. We are planning on making a series of podcasts on PBL based on our experiences. Enjoy and we look forward to reaching out to you. We will be posting video and images of our exhibition nights in the next few weeks to follow up with this podcast. Please stay tuned.

 

Here are the teachers who spoke on the podcast. Feel free to reach out to them or you can reach out to me at aarmau@gmail.com

Here is a link to our school website: http://bms.bettendorf.k12.ia.us/

Beth Laughbaum
6th Grade
Kevin Roling
6th Grade
Susan Owen
6th Grade
Connie Jeschke
6th Grade

I leave you with the following questions to answer after listening to this podcast

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