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058: Ryan Longenecker: Leadership from Student Perspective
August 14, 2018 05:19 AM PDT
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This is another special episode for me. I interviewed a former student of mine who I was blessed to work with for almost half of this education career through our gifted program, FIRST LEGO League, student voice organizations, and more.

In this episode, we explore the topic of leadership and his story about how a young man at this age has been able to develop and understand the qualities of leadership.

As you listen to this podcast, remember that Ryan was 16 at the time. We recorded this episode back in August of 2017. Ryan is now a year older and wiser and heading into his senior year.

I have been holding on to this episode for this new season and am so excited to finally get to the ears of others.

I hope this episode reminds all of us in education how powerful and insightful our students can be if we support them


Topics We Explore
What is leadership?

How do you rise about the crowd of sameness? How do we learn how to lead?

What is his current WOW project of the moment?

How do we create enrollment in our ideas?

How do we take the first step in leadership?

Show Notes & Quotes
"Leadership is someone who drives other people to their passions"

"Leadership is helping others rise up"

"Most successful people in life stood out and stopped blending in."

Current Read - A Colony and a Nation and This Town

Book To Gift Others - You're More Powerful Than You Think

A Person To Follow - Eric Liu

Spirit Animal - Bernie Sanders

Find Ryan Online



057: Intro to New Season
August 14, 2018 05:13 AM PDT
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This is a brief podcast explaining all the awesomeness to come in the new season of the podcast.

056: Living on the Edge of Chaos Podcast with Doug Bergman
February 26, 2018 04:41 AM PST
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Check out shownotes and all information from this conversation with Doug Bergman at www.coffeeforthebrain.com/podcast056

055: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Living By Leading with Laurel Braaten
November 28, 2017 04:44 AM PST


054: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Living Your Passion
October 15, 2017 05:54 PM PDT
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Check out the show and episodes on iTunes

Another great episode speaking with my good friend Todd Beard who is helping to change the education landscape of STEM across the nation.

Jen Goetz

Junior High Special Education Teacher

Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for Pleasant Valley

Show Notes

How do define the word leadership? (4:15)

What is the process to become a leader? (5:45)

Self Confidence
Self Motivation
Lifelong Learner
How do you create enrollment into the vision?(8:30)

As a leader you are the front cover of the book for them to decide where they choose to read and continue on or not!
How do you sustain the passion? (10:30)

Balance your life
Get away from the passion
Failure drives and fuels the passion
What is your WOW project of the moment? (13:20)

How to deal with haters and those who don't agree (21:00)

Difference between successful and unsuccessful leaders (22:30)

How does someone get started with leading? (25:00)

How does one cross the swamp without fighting all the aligators?(25:00)

Lightning Round

10. What are you reading right now

Leaders Eat Last
Grit to Great
11. Who is someone we should all follow and learn from?

PJ Fleek(Minnesota head coach - check spelling)
12. Gift one book to someone what would it be?

The Energy Bus

13. What is your spirit animal?


14. Final Thoughts or Nuggets of Wisdom

Love Tough

053: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Hacking STEM with Todd Beard
October 03, 2017 04:11 AM PDT
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Todd Beard

MIE Fellow

He also works with Youth Spark and a host of other job details as part of the Microsoft Philanthropy.

Todd is also part of the Hack STEM team.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeacherBeard

Show Notes

8:00 - How Todd taught grades k-12 Computer and adapted ideas to the real world

14:00 - As STEM is becoming more a buzzword, there are still many singletons trying to figure out what it all means. How have schools been able to implement successfully and not just another add on?

24:00 - Exciting stories from STEM in the fields.

"STEM solves the workforce issue"

"STEAM" is what makes America great!"

SAIL - Successful Attempt In Learning

32:00 - What is your WOW project?

Lightning Round

Current Read - Gary Paulsen Brian's Winter

Follow these people

Join a group such as BreakoutEDU and Makered

Spirit Animal


Final Thoughts

Be an educational advocate

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052: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Head Thoughts
September 19, 2017 02:38 AM PDT
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In this episode I share the battle we all face with the voice in our head.

We speak to ourself more than anyone else so it is important what we say in these conversations.

And I challenge you to frame your words in a way that has worked for me to check myself before I wreck myself.

051: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Don’t Compare Yourself
September 12, 2017 03:26 AM PDT
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In this episode I share an insight I gained while running bright and early one morning last week prior to the grand opening. It is an important lesson for all of us to remember as I am sure at some point we have compared ourselves to others. 

Don't do it.

Let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.

Check out our 212 STEAM Labs website

050: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Don't Settle
September 06, 2017 04:30 AM PDT
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In this episode I am sharing out the importance of not settling. This episode is one that I have listened to my own words as my stress levels have gone up preparing for the Grand Opening and all that needs to be done. I am learning to listen to my own advice as I have moments where I doubt the journey I am on, but I know that I am creating something of value for the community and have to ride out the bumps in the road.

Let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.

049: Living On The Edge of Chaos – How To Leverage Technology For Authentic Learning Part 1
August 29, 2017 04:34 AM PDT
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In this episode I am sharing one of the ways to leverage technology to enhance authentic learning for students.

This is not a list of apps or tools, but examples of teachers who have crafted quality projects and infused technology to take learning to the next level by empowering students to take the driver seat in learning.

This was part of a hour long Skype call I held with a college education masters program.a

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To learn how to search Twitter without an account I have provided a video tutorial

Examples of projects where technology was used to leverage the learning to authentic experiences

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