Living On The Edge of Chaos

Living On The Edge of Chaos

This podcast explores the world of education through the lens of story.
What will your story be?

As you prepare to embark on the next chapter in your own story it sometimes helps to hear from others who have done the epic work to get it done! Be inspired by others to empower others!

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    075: Octavia Abell and the bigger picture for computer science

    In this episode I speak with Octavia Abell. Octavia is the CS Lead for ISTE and Strategic Advisor for CS4RI. She previously served on Governor Raimondo’s policy team and as the Director of Strategy for the RI Office of Innovation where she led efforts to advance organizational effectiveness and catalyze innovation across Rhode Island. Her successes include leading the initiative to bring CS education to every public school, spearheading a redesign of the state’s digital presence, and launching a leadership development program for state employees. She believes that individuals can be powerful change agents, and is committed to connecting people with the resources necessary to scale impactful work. 

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    074: Dana K. White and How To Declutter Our Spaces with the A Slob Come Clean Method

    In this episode I speak with Dana K. White, A Slob Comes Clean, about her method for decluttering and how we can infuse her methods into our learning spaces. This is such a helpful episdoe especially as educators from around the world are working through our #declutterlearning challenge taking place right now

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    072: Amanda Glover: A story of building an amazing learning space for makers!

    In this episode I speak with Amanda Glover who is exploring how to create powerful learning spaces mixed with makerspaces. She is also a 4th and 5th grade math and science educator. I came across her space on LinkedIn and after seeing the pictures and following the journey I knew I wanted to speak with her to help all of you figure out how to make this happen.

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    071: Dane Barner and the Discussion of Innovation and Engagement

    In this episode I speak with Dane Barner, a music teacher, who has spent many years crafting a philosophy of education and really trying to sift through all the jargon in education to figure out what it all means. In this conversation we dive into the topics of engagement, inquiry, and creating a classroom that is suitable for learning for all kids.

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    070: Steve Isaacs: Minefaire, Education, Gaming, E-Sports

    In this episode I speak with Steve Isaacs. He is someone who I have admired for a long time. Not only does he do amazing work in his classroom, but the outreach and support he creates for communities with MineFaire and other programs is astounding. We tackle some topics that are exciting and I hope you enjoy his story as much as I did.

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    066: Matrix of a Learner With Tracy Hanson

    In this episode I bring awareness to the work of Tracy Hanson and her Matrix of a Learner philosophy. This episode brings to light the philosophy and her journey. Be sure to listen to the end as we have something really special for you to be part of if you wish.

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    065: How To Organize and Manage a STEM Classroom with Terri Smith

    In this episode I have a chat with Terri Smith who is an amazing STEM Educator here in Iowa! We discuss her learning space and how she manages students, materials, and organizational strategies to survive all the things that come with being a teacher.

    To see her learning space check out the images and videos here

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    064: Say NO! To One Thing This Week

    In this episode. I want to share a challenge for you, the listener, to take on this week. It is something I did this weekend and want to challenge you to do the same!

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    063: Making Learning Awesome with Nerdy Teacher

    In this episode I was so lucky to have a chance to have a conversation with the Nerdy Teacher. This guy is leading by example of what it takes to have success in the classroom by keeping it real and doing what is best for kids. Check out all the info below to learn more as we dive into a great conversation about learning.

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    061: FLL, EV3, and More with the Seshan Brothers

    In this episode I am so lucky to speak with the Seshan Brothers. These two amazing young men have paved the way for anyone intereseted in learning about robots, coding, EV3, and FIRST LEGO League. They are two young men who are examplars in this day and age of celebrating the power of student voice and agency. Not only have these guys reached ultimate success in FLL by winning the top awards, but they have launched several websites that are used and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. A the ripe ages of 15 and 13 they have acccomplished more than most and their digital footprint has paved the way for a very successful future.

    Listen to this show to hear how they have begun their journey and where the journey has taken them.

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    060: Code Equity with Tara Linney

    In this episode I get a wonderful opportunity to connect with Tara Linney who is the author of Code Equity, a book about how to get more females and minorities involved in STEM, coding, and Computer Science in education. She is an international educator and coach who has been able to teach in many countries to expand her work and message.

    Tara is amazing. We talk about the issues facing females and minorities and ways to help make the transition easier in our classrooms. A great conversation that will leave you with new thoughts and ideas to use in your own setting.

    Even more importantly, be sure to check out her book as she has so many great ideas and tools.

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    059: BuilderDude35 and The Process of Making and Building

    Once again, I have gained invaluable knowledge and insight from someone more than half my age younger. In this episode I chat with Kyle, but many of you know him as BuilderDude35 on YouTube. If you have done anything with FIRST LEGO League, then you have used his videos at some point in your journey.

    Even if you don't build with LEGO EV3 or participate in FIRST LEGO League, then don't run away. What Kyle shares in this episode are some powerful insights for any student or adult to learn and apply to their own life.

    Be ready to be amazed as we dive into the journey of BuilderDude35

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    058: RYAN LONGENECKER: LEADERSHIP FROM STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

    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

    Enjoy!

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    57: Intro to New Season

    This is a brief podcast explaining all the awesomeness to come in the new season of the podcast.

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    054: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Living Your Passion

    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 Rest 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? Lion 14. Final Thoughts or Nuggets of Wisdom Love Tough

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    053: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Hacking STEM with Todd Beard

    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 Eagle Final Thoughts Be an educational advocate Check out the show and episodes on iTunes

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    052: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Head Thoughts

    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.

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    051: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Don’t Compare Yourself

    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

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    050: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Don't Settle

    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.

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    049: Living On The Edge of Chaos – How To Leverage Technology For Authentic Learning Part 1

    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 Check out the show and episodes on iTunes Shownotes 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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    048: Living On The Edge of Chaos – How To Be Miserable with Randy Paterson

    We have been reading the book, How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, in our Coffeechug Mastermind Group and we have had our ideas and habits challenged with this book by Randy Paterson. Check out the show and episodes on iTunes I would love it if you would review and rank the show and/or the episodes. It greatly helps us gain traction to bring in more people to the show. I reached out to Randy asking for a chance to ask him some question for the podcast based on the conversations we have had online in the group. In this episode we discuss the following: How did this book concept come to reality? How did it develop based on his work? Does self esteem exist? People with high self esteem are not doing positive affirmations. They are doing nothing. Why the list of self affirmations are lies How do we remove the plug and stop thinking negatively? How do we ingest a proper balance of proper social nutrients to stop isolating ourselves by staying online? How we actually use our 24 hours in a day? Average American consumes 10 hours of screen time Mix in sleep of 8 hours We are not left with many hours left! Is there a correlation between isolation vs. mental health issues How a Men in Black Activity will make you rethink your habits How to rethink the mental healthy system to allow for better heath Why it is easier to label a person with a disorder vs. personality? You can his work on his website that will lead you to all of his work, books, social media and more. Here is a link to the video that started it all. Join our Coffeechug MasterMind Group Buy the book, How To Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1626254060?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=1626254060&linkCode=shr&tag=cofothbr-20&linkId=NIY7GB3WC2KBZECN&qid=1503229374&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+be+miserable

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    047: Living On The Edge of Chaos - Fear and Excitement are Confusing

    In this episode I am sharing a big learning moment I have had as I attempt to launch a non-profit STEAM Innovation Hub called 212 STEAM Labs. In this particular episode I am finally able to announce that we are actually moving into the space. The dream is becoming an official reality and it makes me sweat a bit as reality is setting in for my vision. When doors don't open, all is safe and not risky Open doors means you have to put your money where your mouth is! Fear and Excitement - when these emotions catch you off guard! Let me know what you think. How does this connect to your life and your thoughts? What questions do you have? What do you think about sharing the behind the scenes podcast episodes?

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    046: Living on the Edge of Chaos - Wishy Washy

    In this episode I am sharing another learning moment I have had as I attempt to launch a non-profit STEAM Innovation Hub called 212 STEAM Labs. In this particular episode I was working to learn how to speak in business meetings and make sure that the communication between both sides are clear to avoid any misunderstandings. I learned this the hard way in a few meetings I was part of as I was trying to figure things out. Wishy Washy is a form of communication in education Business world has no time for wishy washy as you will get ignored Clear and effective communication starts with a vision and bit of confidence Let me know what you think. How does this connect to your life and your thoughts? What questions do you have? What do you think about sharing the behind the scenes podcast episodes?

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    045: Living on the Edge of Chaos - Risk Sucks!

    In this episode I am sharing another learning moment I have had as I attempt to launch a non-profit STEAM Innovation Hub called 212 STEAM Labs. In this particular episode I was working to learn how to create a flyer to promote classes and how expensive things can be. Even more importantly, I talk about Risk Sucks Why most people avoid risk Why we must be passionate about our work Let me know what you think. How does this connect to your life and your thoughts? What questions do you have? What do you think about sharing the behind the scenes podcast episodes?

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    044: Living on the Edge of Chaos - No Job Is Too Small

    In this episode I am sharing another notch on my journey attempting to create and develop a non-profit education center focused on STEAM education. I am working to record the journey so people can follow along and understand what it takes. You can learn more about 212 STEAM Labs at www.212steamlabs.com Be sure to let me know what you think as well as any questions or topics you would like for me to explore.

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    043: Living on the Edge of Chaos - New Direction and Bigger Goals

    Please remember to leave a rating and feedback. We would love it if you took 3 minutes to leave us a rating In this episode I will be discussing new changes coming to the podcast. Don't panic, it is nothing too crazy and actually all changes are for the better. I will discuss the new direction of the show in regards to the non-profit STEAM Innovation Hub I am trying to launch called 212 STEAM Labs (https://www.212steamlabs.com/) We will also discuss how I will be sharing the behind the scenes of how to actually launch a non-profit. We will finally discuss the types of guests we will be adding to the show. Be sure to leave a comment or email if you have someone who you think would be a good fit for the show. Finally, let me know what you think about this episode and where things are headed. I am excited and hope you are too. Until next Tuesday, stay awesome

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    Living On The Edge of Chaos Roundtable talk on The OA

    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

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    040: Living On The Edge of Chaos Podcast with Brian McCormick

    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 https://180shooter.com/ http://learntocoachbasketball.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/thecrossovermovement

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    039: Living on the Edge of Chaos Podcast with John Cole

    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] Check out the show and episodes on iTunes

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    036: Living On The Edge Of Chaos with Sarah Loomis

    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

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    035: Living on the Edge of Chaos with Todd Flory

    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

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    034: Living On The Edge of Chaos Podcast with Ginger Lewman

    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. screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-6-15-38-am 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/

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    033: Living on the Edge of Chaos with Tammy Dunbar

    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

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    032: Quad Cities Ghost Hunters

    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.

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    031: Math Masterpiece

    Interview with Amanda Maurer and her algebra math art project.

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    030: November 2015 Month Goals, What Are Yours?

    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 Follow and Subscribe on Stitcher so please follow here if you use Stitcher

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    BMS 6th Grade Bat Project

    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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    Make Your Move

    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.

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    029: Kristin Galle - 2014 PBS Digital Innovator and Therapy Classroom

    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. Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 1.34.07 PM 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 Shownotes http://www.symbaloo.com/

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    028: A Few Bad Apples: #Stuvoice Social Experiment Part 1/5

    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. Enjoy Lisa Barnes, 8th grade Language Arts teacher explains the project in this podcast (insert podcast) 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

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    027: Allison Edwards - Author of Why Smart Kids Worry

    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. [mybooktable book="why-smart-kids-worry-by-allison-edwards" display="summary"] 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. [youtube id="h7eKJZeWbyE"] 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 Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 3.32.04 PM Website: http://www.allisonjedwards.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whysmartkidsworry Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/whysmartkidswor Instagram: http://instagram.com/whysmartkidsworry

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    026: Weekly Dose of Caffeine 10.31.14 Podcast for Newsletter

    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. Enjoy!

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    025: Living on the Edge of Chaos - Story of George

    No music for this podcast. No intro songs. Just a story. A good story. A story to hopefully get you think about simplifying your life and remembering what it is like to create things with pride and passion and more importantly purpose. Enjoy

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    024: Living on Edge of Chaos – Book Discussion: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

    Today I bring to you a new podcast and one that I am very excited to bring to you. This podcast has been one that Lisa and I have been wanting to do for quite some time. I was lucky enough to have her on the show last year which is well worth the listen for Episode 5. Check out more at www.coffeeforthebrain.com In this episode we hold a book discussion. We discuss the book [mybooktable book="david-and-goliath-underdogs-misfits-and-the-art-of-battling-giants-by-malcolm-gladwell" display="summary"] This is well worth the read. You don't have to read the book to understand the chat, but hopefully it will inspire you to pick it up and read. [youtube id="csEGatu0Vrg"] All Social Media for Lisa Van Gemert – Please follow and learn from one of the best! Twitter: http://twitter.com/gifted_guru Websites http://www.lisavangemert.com/ http://www.giftedguru.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GiftedGuru Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/brightkids/ Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/lisavangemert Links to items mentioned in the podcast Malcolm Gladwell books worth reading Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Ma... by Malcolm Gladwell Other Books The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons... by Shane Snow

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    021: Living On The Edge of Chaos: Season 2 Episode 3 - Mini Thought on Caring in Classroom

    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.

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    020: Living On The Edge of Chaos: Season 2 Episode 2 - Mini Thought on Courage

    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.

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    019: Living on the Edge of Chaos - Season 2 Opener

    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

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    018: Living on the Edge of Chaos - My First Keynote Speech: So What? (rough draft)

    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.

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    017: Living on the Edge of Chaos: Preparing from Elementary to Middle School

    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

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    016: Living on the Edge of Chaos: Courage PBL

    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

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    015: Living on the Edge of Chaos: 8th Graders Talk Social Media

    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

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    014: Living on the Edge of Chaos: PBL Exhibition Night

    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 blaughbaum@bettendorf.k12.ia.us Kevin Roling 6th Grade kroling@bettendorf.k12.ia.us Susan Owen 6th Grade sowen@bettendorf.k12.ia.us Connie Jeschke 6th Grade cjeschke@bettendorf.k12.ia.us I leave you with the following questions to answer after listening to this podcast

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    013: Living on the Edge of Chaos: Student Entrepreneurs – Frankie Ballard

    I am so excited and proud to share with the world this podcast. I was pumped when I introduced everyone to Dennibro a few weeks back to help showcase the power of students and sharing the stories of students who have the courage to chart their own path. This episode is amazing and not because I am involved. It is amazing because this student continues to inspire me as I follow her journey. Today I share with the world the AWESOMESAUCE Frankie Ballard who is a high school student currently on work on her third book. What is amazing is that I never directly taught Frankie in my class, but she has been part of my blogging world when it first began and we connected that way as a Teacher - Student. Through my book reviews and various other things I would share on the blog and things I would offer in school it felt like she was in my class at some point. I still have my NANOWRIMO coffee mug that I sip my coffee from weekly. I had a chance to catch up with her to have her share some insights into the mindset of a young writer. Her story inspires me to get going and finally publish my book I have been working on for years. The goal of this podcast series is to bring more exposure to the students who are doing amazing things outside of the classroom. These might be the students that go unnoticed at school. They might not get straight A's. They might not have perfect handwriting. They might not fill in every blank on a worksheet. Frankie is exceptional. She actually does many of the things mentioned above, but what I love about her and students like her is the ability to be their own person and not for attention, but because they are strong in character and mind to see above the artificial world that exists as we try to figure out who we are. But what they do have is a skill set. What they do have is a mind that can take them places. I view them as entrepreneurs who have the world at their fingertips. As this continues I would love to chat and interview students from all over the world. If you have a student in mind I would love to have the chance to share their story on this podcast. You can reach out to Frankie through her Twitter https://twitter.com/frankiesername And you can check out the book referenced in the podcast that she has published on Amazon. You will read the book and  not believe it was written by a student! Rebecca                   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

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    012: Living on the Edge of Chaos: Fear Factor PBL with Steph Cleveland

    As I continue to push forward with the job of instructional coach at a school that has morphed into a PBL building I am looking for new ways to help out educators. One of the things I did to help my staff is give a short little survey asking two questions: What is something that you would like help with for this year? What is something that you would like help with to plan and prepare for next year? I received some really thoughtful replies from the staff. One of the ideas that came up several times was the need for teachers to see and hear from other teachers in our building about their projects, how they put it together, resources, etc. I know that to get a variety of staff together is very hard to do with our schedule. I opened up my podcast equipment and asked for volunteers to come in and record an episode. Stephanie Cleveland, 8th grade language arts teacher, was kind enough to give up a prep period to record an episode. Stephanie discusses her Fear Factor project. I hope you find the episode helpful. She has provided a ton of resources below to go along with the episode. If you want to know more or have questions contact me or reach out to Stephanie. I would like to continue to document PBL to continue to help educators learn from one another. If you would be interested in sharing your PBL please let me know. The more we have the better we can all help one another. Shownotes To get in contact with Stephanie Cleveland Blog: http://sclevela.wordpress.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsclevelandbms Below are some novel movie posters, trailers, and a few public service announcement links from the project.......... http://hndamewood.wix.com/child-abuse http://130306.wix.com/zweifel-westerkamp#!psas/aboutPage http://schizophrenia-depression.tumblr.com/ http://131834.wix.com/arrivealive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO2Cke869BY&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA4yBH_-iGY&feature=youtu.be    

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    010: Living on the Edge of Chaos: Student Entrepreneurs - Dennibro

    I am so excited and proud to share with the world this podcast. I have wanted to add more student voice to the Living on the Edge of Chaos podcast series. I cannot be more proud to introduce to you Dennis Davis or as he is known on YouTube Dennibro.  I have had the honor to work/teach Dennis for the last five years as part of our ELP program and as of the last few years as a member of our robotics team. The goal of this podcast series is to bring more exposure to the students who are doing amazing things outside of the classroom. These might be the students that go unnoticed at school. They might not get straight A's. They might not have perfect handwriting. They might not fill in every blank on a worksheet. But what they do have is a skill set. What they do have is a mind that can take them places. I view them as entrepreneurs who have the world at their fingertips. As this continues I would love to chat and interview students from all over the world. If you have a student in mind I would love to have the chance to share their story on this podcast. Now it is time to go back to Dennis. I hope you enjoy this interview. He offers some really insightful ideas that I don't think he even realizes. I won't spoil it all, but I would love to hear some feedback to share back with him. I hope you enjoy this podcast. I hope you check out his YouTube Channel and like his music and if you feel like it, be sure to leave him feedback over on his channel as well. Dennis has made me the intro that you hear for my podcasts as well as several other little intros for some upcoming audio projects we have in production. Here is the link to the song he suggested on the podcast for you to check out   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

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    Eagle Eye To The World Podcast Episode 1: John Riches

    This is the first episode in a new podcast series operated by Coffeechug where we will be interviewing and sharing out information related to bald eagles and in particular two eagles, Liberty and Justice. Eagle Eye To The World – This is one of my favorite projects as it is my first big global project that I helped to create and operate. It is like my own little baby. We follow the journey of two bald eagles, Liberty and Justice, as they live life along the Mississippi River, lay eggs, and work to keep them alive. We have a lot going on and you can stay updated with the Eagle Blog. This is the first episode using new audio equipment in the Coffeechug Cafe. In this first episode we chat with John Riches who is the man behind the cameras at ALCOA. We welcome feedback and questions. Enjoy! Don't forget to check out the site - http://www.alcoa.com/locations/usa_davenport/en/info_page/eaglecam.asp

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    008: Living On The Edge of Chaos: Goals, Systems, and Resolutions: Effective or a Waste of Time?

    Welcome to the second season of Living on the Edge of Chaos. I am kicking off this season talking about goals, systems, and resolutions. It is that time of year where everyone is jumping on board to create plans and goals to accomplish great things in 2014. However, many people fail at these goals within a month or two. This podcast is discussing what exactly is effective at attaining goals and systems. As I post this podcast I am developing a system to accomplish great things in 2014. I am trying to stay away from "goals" in the sense that they are end all, be all. Listen to the podcast and let me know what you have found to be successful. 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. Show Notes Michael Hyatt Best Year Ever Program - http://bestyearever.me/register/ - I have not paid for this system, but I have used his other work and it was great. If you use this let me know I would love to know what you think. I will be reading up on James Clear http://jamesclear.com/ In particular you can read http://jamesclear.com/goals-systems I will also be tracking down content from John Maxwell http://www.johnmaxwell.com/ Quote from Scott Adams can be found in his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. You can more on his blog http://www.dilbert.com/blog/ Here is a post based on the quote http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/systems/

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    Living on Edge of Chaos - Episode 7 - Todd Henry

      Todd Henry is the author of two great books - The Accidental Creative and his latest release Die Empty. You can check out his website http://www.accidentalcreative.com/ where you can find his podcasts and all social media links.  I read Accidental Creative a few months back and absolutely fell in love with this book and his work. http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/search?q=todd+henry I then pre ordered Die Empty and absorbed that book even more so. I liked it even more than Accidental Creative. The basis of the book is to help people, companies, businesses, and organizations do their most important work. As I read this book I could relate almost all of it to education and to the many ideas that I am striving for within my own job in education. I sent Todd an email about chatting with me on this podcast and I jumped for joy when he said yes.  Here is the link to his latest book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Everyday Show Notes Follow this podcast on iTunes and please feedback and ratings.If you would like to watch the Google Hangout you can watch it on YouTube All Social Media for Todd Henry - Please follow and learn from one of the best! Twitter:  https://twitter.com/toddhenry Websites http://www.toddhenry.com/ http://dieempty.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/toddhenry.ac All Social Media for Coffeechug - I would love to have you join my PLN MY BLOG http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/ ABOUT ME http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/p/coffee-for-brain-book-swap.html TWITTER https://twitter.com/coffeechugbooks GOOGLE + https://plus.google.com/u/0/113960577497815089175/posts Subscribe to my weekly newsletter(right sidebar on blog) Links to items mentioned in the podcast Steven Pressfield - War of Art Alec Baldwin Podcast Here's The Thing Google Glass for Bettendorf Middle School Students http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/google-glass-for-bms-students-and-teachers/x/5714753  

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    Living on Edge of Chaos - Episode 6 - Clive Thompson

    Holy Cow! Did I just type in the title that I chatted with the write and author Clive Thompson? The writer for New York Times, my favorite article in every issues of Wired magazine, and author of my favorite read of the year Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds For The Better       Yes, I did just name drop that. Clive took time out of his busy schedule to chat with me for about 45 minutes today to talk about how the new literacies and emerging technologies are shaping our world with a lens on education.   I feel quite honored to be able to present this podcast.   It was a chat that left me tweeting   Just had a great conversation with @pomeranian99 for upcoming podcast. He melted my brain and has opened my eye to new thought. — Aaron Maurer (@coffeechugbooks) November 26, 2013   Go ahead and give it a listen, leave me some feedback on iTunes and let me know what you thought of the conversation. I did have some audio recording feedback so my last question where I ask Clive to speak about predictive technologies was lost. That is a bummer as he gave such an awesome answer. I think the rest of the podcast will leave your brain full!     Show Notes Follow this podcast on iTunes and please feedback and ratings.Listen to podcast on Podomatic.com MY BLOG http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/ ABOUT ME http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/p/coffee-for-brain-book-swap.html TWITTER https://twitter.com/coffeechugbooks GOOGLE + https://plus.google.com/u/0/113960577497815089175/posts All Social Media for Clive Thompson Twitter: https://twitter.com/pomeranian99 Websites http://www.collisiondetection.net/ http://clivethompson.tumblr.com/

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    Living On Edge Of Chaos Podcast - Episode 5 - AMAZING Chat With Lisa Van Gemert

    This episode is one of my favorite things I have done this year in education. As I challenge myself in the things I do, this is the next step. I challenged myself to work on interviewing educators who are full of passion and living on the edge of chaos. I started big and went with Lisa Van Gemert. If you don't follow or know of her, then you are seriously missing out and need to listen or watch this podcast and learn from one of the best presenters I have ever witnessed.   Show Notes Follow this podcast on iTunes and please feedback and ratings.   MY BLOG http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/ ABOUT ME http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/p/coffee-for-brain-book-swap.html TWITTER https://twitter.com/coffeechugbooks GOOGLE + https://plus.google.com/u/0/113960577497815089175/posts If you would like to watch the Google Hangout you can watch it on YouTube Follow this podcast on iTunes and please feedback and ratings. - See more at: http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/#sthash.mPdLp5At.dpuf MY BLOG http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/ ABOUT ME http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/p/coffee-for-brain-book-swap.html TWITTER https://twitter.com/coffeechugbooks GOOGLE + https://plus.google.com/u/0/113960577497815089175/posts All Social Media for Lisa Van Gemert - Please follow and learn from one of the best!   Twitter: http://twitter.com/gifted_guru   Websites http://www.lisavangemert.com/ http://www.giftedguru.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GiftedGuru Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/brightkids/ Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/lisavangemert Links to items mentioned in the podcast   Is the Lecture Dead? - Richard Gunderman - The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/is-the-lecture-dead/272578/   Book Review: Platform by Michael Hyatt Sally Hogshead - Fascinate Jason Fried - Rework Malcolm Gladwell - David and Goliath  

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    Edge Of Chaos - Episode 4 - 5 Passion Questions

      Follow this podcast on iTunes and please feedback and ratings. MY BLOG http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/ ABOUT ME http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/p/coffee-for-brain-book-swap.html TWITTER https://twitter.com/coffeechugbooks GOOGLE + https://plus.google.com/u/0/113960577497815089175/posts  Show Notes   This show will focus on the following 5 questions based on my prior podcast on Passion https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/coffeechug-cafe-episode-1/id438001112?i=162564070&mt=2   Questions/thoughts I have been thinking about:   1.  How can I balance a passion with reality?  Seems like when I have a passion, it can turn in to an obsession where I am thinking about the topic and wanting to work on various tasks related to the topic all of the time, which can then take away from time I need to be spending with my family and the mundane chores (dishes, laundry, etc.) that need to be done.  I've been trying to think of ways to balance the two.   2.  If I  am in one of the "valleys" where I don't seem to be passionate about anything, how can I get "fired up" again?  Maybe watch motivational videos, reading blogs, keep up on the latest and newest technologies?   3.  Can passion turn into stress if I get too absorbed?  (Back to the whole finding a balance idea)   4.  How can I address 100+ students' passion in my classroom? I am brainstorming ideas  for projects where students can work on a topic that they are passionate about.   5.  I am still thinking about the question, "What is my wow?"  I am wondering if it would be beneficial to do an activity with my team where we share with other team members what we see as their strengths.  For me, it is easier to see other people's strengths than my own.  This might help to identify my wow.     Theme Song: All credit goes to  https://twitter.com/BigRonCrowley https://twitter.com/schink10

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    Edge Of Chaos Podcast - Episode 3 - Augmented Reality

    Head to my website for all links - www.coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com Awesome to have your here! Here is episode three to the Coffeechug Cafe Podcast: Living on the Edge of Chaos This episode I will be sharing out some amazing ideas generated from Teacher Tinker Time this week where we took a look at Augmented Reality in education. I would love to hear from you so please leave any feedback, reviews, questions, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @coffeechugbooks Please subscribe and leave a review on iTunes(I will be very happy for any help you can provide!): https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/coffeechug-concepts-podcast/id438001112?mt=2 - See more at: http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2013/11/coffeechugcafe-podcast-series-living-on_9.html#sthash.mj3sjKkq.dpuf Listen to the episode On Friday I set up several tables that looked like the following Augmented Reality Teacher Tinker Time is ready to go! #AR #coffeechugcafe #augmentreality #Framatic I sent out the following email to all staff to come down to my room for Tinker Time Just a reminder that Friday during periods 6,7,8 I will be hosting Teacher Tinker time. We will be looking at Augmented Reality If you have a smartphone or tablet it would be great if you could download the following apps so you can begin to experiment and learn so we can create something very cool in the following weeks. Aurasma Layar Blippar colAR AR Flashcards Brain Scan For Aurasma if you want to follow me (Coffeechug) and another teacher I know (pvjhscience) I can show you some classroom examples. See you tomorrow. Here are some past blog posts regarding Augmented Reality Teach Like A Pirate Poster + Augment Reality = Awesome Classroom Poster FINAL VERSION - See more at: http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2013/07/teach-like-pirate-poster-augment.html#sthash.AK6X5gzy.dpuf Teach Like A Pirate Poster + Augment Reality = Awesome Classroom Poster FINAL VERSION Speedgeeking Notes from #ITEC13 via Evernote (my presentation) #ITEC13 Conference Presentations by Coffeechug #coffeechugPLN Theme Song: All credit goes to https://twitter.com/BigRonCrowley https://twitter.com/schink10 Books I Am Reading This Week David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (finished and book review and future podcast coming) Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day (will finish this weekend) Lexicon (will start this week)

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    Living on Edge of Chaos - Episode 2 - Tinker Time for Teachers

    All hyperlinks can be found on my blog http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/ Here is the second episode to the Coffeechug Cafe Podcast: Living on the Edge of Chaos This episode I will be sharing out my new AMAZING theme song and how I am creating and developing Tinker Time for Teachers in my building. I would love to hear from you so please leave any feedback, reviews, questions, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @coffeechugbooks Theme Song: All credit goes to https://twitter.com/BigRonCrowley https://twitter.com/schink10 Books I Am Reading This Week David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day Lexicon Tinker Time Blog Posts Tinker Time For Teachers: Where Is It? Tinker Time Is Happening In My School Tinker Time for Teachers #1 Reflection If you want to listen to Living on the Edge of Chaos Podcast #1

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    Living on Edge of Chaos - Episode 1

    I am back to the podcasting world. This episode is the first of my new podcasting series titled, "Living on the Edge of Chaos" This particular run of podcast episodes will focus on the cutting edge ideas that are not yet mainstream, but will hopefully one day be something that all educators implement into their teaching. This podcast series is my personal edge of chaos goal by creating a weekly show. I give much support and thanks to Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) for helping me get back into the game of podcasting to help share out my ideas beyond just this blog. As always, I would love for you to leave any feedback or comments on iTunes, this blog, or Twitter (@coffeechugbooks) Here is the episode The song intro was created by the iTunes app Figure - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/figure/id511269223?mt=8

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    Coffeechug Cafe Episode #2: Why Go Global in the Classroom?

    I do apologize for my voice during this podcast. I had a bit of a head cold as of late. I hope to be back to normal soon. In order to go global in your classroom and develop a real world audience, you have to first understand WHY you need to go global and bring in a real world audience. I believe there are four key reasons WHY you need to connect with the world and bring down your classroom walls before you learn HOW to accomplish this goal. 1. Power of One 2. Idea Generated Jobs 3. Real World Skills 4. It is our reality This podcast will address why these four reasons are so important for understanding why we need to expand our classroom boundaries to a global perspective. I will be creating a future podcast about HOW to do this and share my experience and journey from starting very small to where I am today. There is not enough time in one podcast to do both. Listener Questions Brett Murrey @Sciology asked two great questions How do you increase your audience to reach more people in a global classroom? How can I develop myself as an educator to bring exposure to my teaching practices for real world or global classrooms? Announcements Still looking for suggestions for a 10-15 second theme song. If you are interested in connecting for a podcast let me know. I am always open to ideas so if there is something I share online via the #coffeechugPLN, this blog or elsewhere that you want to know more about please let me know. Episode Resources In this episode I mentioned several resources, including: Book: The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas Friedman Book: Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin Book: Purple Cow by Seth Godin Podcast: Episode #1: Passion Driven Classrooom Software: Audacity Choose2Matter Project Blog posts on Choose2Matter - Passion, or Email Discussion, Teacher Reflection #1, Teacher Reflection #2 Subscription Links http://coffeechug.podomatic.com/ iTunes Channel Your Feedback If you have an idea for a podcast you would like to see or a question about an upcoming episode, please email me at aarmau (@) gmail (dot) com or you can leave a comment. Also, if you enjoyed the show, please rate it on the iTunes Channel and write a brief review. That would help tremendously in getting the word out! Thanks. Question: "What is the right kind of education to prepare our students for the future?" Please leave a comment with your answer! I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on what I shared. Thanks for listening.

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    Coffeechug Cafe Episode #1: Passion Driven Classroom

    This is not a pristine podcast, but it is real and raw. I don't have a theme song(anyone want to make one?) and the tools I have are quite simple: Audacity and my Mac mic. But the message I deliver is a strong one. A message about Passion Driven Classroom and this is one that has fueled my fire for several months now. I will be speaking on this topic at the WCGTC(World Council for the Gifted and Talented Conference) in August. I have been doing extensive research and also working on some key ideas. As I continue to work the outline of my speech I wanted to do a practice run speaking on passion as well as get started with my new Coffeechug Cafe Podcast series that I have been wanting to create. I figured I could kill two birds with one stone. I would greatly appreciate it if you would give my podcast a listen and give me feedback. I want to enhance this podcast as I go along. I also want feedback on the content. As I work through my presentation and you listen to this podcast I would love to know: 1. Did my passion come through? 2. Did you find the message and content helpful? 3. How was my delivery? 4. What else does the message need? I am still looking for more quality content and real life examples of passion based classrooms. My goal is to get teachers reflecting about their passions for being a teacher and ensuring they share that in the classroom. When that happens learning can be amazing. Thank you for listening and giving me any feedback that you think will make me better as a speaker, podcaster, and as well as the message. Here are the links mentioned in the show http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2013/07/passion-starts-with-eyes-dont-lose-your.html - It starts with the eyes http://theglobalgeniushourproject.wikispaces.com/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/12/malala-day-at-un_n_3586266.html?utm_hp_ref=impact @coffeechugbooks Please leave comments at www.coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com

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    Coffeechug Concepts Podcast #1

    This is my first attempt at something new for the blog. This is a quick little audio I recorded on my iPhone using the Voice Memo. This is quick, rough, missing intro music and such, but maybe something I will continue to work if interest ensues. This episode discusses my thoughts on an Oprah episode I watched today(as non nerdy as that sounds)

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