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Rockstar Teachers Podcast
39 minutes | 3 months ago
EP. 07 How to inspire resilient students during covid-19
Many people are nervous about the uncertainty and adversity Covid-19 brings to the classroom. However, after interviewing JC Pohl of Teen Truth, you quickly realize that this pandemic also creates a "once in a life-time opportunity to teach resiliency amongst students" as JC put it. JC is has worked with over 1,200 schools across the United States. He is an award winning documentary producer, renown speaker, coach and author. He has worked with students, administrations and entire districts develop strategies to create positive school culture from the inside out. On today's episode we get to peak inside JC's mind for a dose of inspiration, reality check and motivation. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEFREE E-BOOK | Culture By DesignSchool culture is the collective manifestation of the attitudes, outlooks, and behaviors of the entire student, administrative, and faculty body. It’s what gives a school its own unique feeling as you walk through the halls. CLICK TO DOWNLOADTHE SELF-DRIVEN CHILD A few years ago, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: Even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed and lacking motivation. Many complained they had no control over their lives. Some stumbled in high school or hit college and unraveled. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives. But this doesn't mean giving up your authority as a parent. In this groundbreaking book they reveal how you can actively help your child to sculpt a brain that is resilient, and ready to take on new challenges. CLICK HEREMADE TO STICKIn Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating curiosity gaps. Along the way, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds—from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony—draw their power from the same six traits. CLICK HERE
24 minutes | 4 months ago
How To Build A Resilient Staff Culture
If you took a polled your staff with the question, "Do you think next year will be easy?" . . . I would be willing to bet the resounding answer would be 'No'. The reasons would vary. From current economic status of the families, virtual learning, kids getting sick to the uncertainty of what the next week or month holds. Then if you asked the question, "Do you think we can still create a world-class teaching environment, regardless of the circumstances?". . . well, those answers may not all be the same. The goal of a leader is to prepare, inspire and support your team to weather any storm - even COVID-19. We all realize the uncertain times we are about to embark on, but how do you create a team that is confident, excited and prepared for any adversity that comes their way? That is what we explore in today's podcast. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE#1 Kindness Speech (link)ABOUT THINK KINDNESSThink Kindness (link) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspire measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the world. Each year, the organization hosts a national kindness school tour, where schools take on a challenge to change the world, in just 15 Days!
47 minutes | 5 months ago
EP. 05 | Productivity Hacks From A Master
Juan Bendana is a renowned speaker, author, and DJ who speaks on high school & University campuses as well as conferences internationally. He speaks to 50,000+ students, educators, and parents across Canada & the United States every year.He is the Founder of The 100 Day Playbook, a guided Journal that helps students build better habits, boost productivity, & optimize their life.SHOW HIGHLIGHTSProductivity is something that takes constant practice. There are good days and there are 'not so productive' days. But there are some simple strategies that you can implement to help ensure you have all the right pieces aligned to ensure a successful & productive day! MINDSET & ACTIONBefore productivity begins, you must first start with the right mindset. There are simple things you can do to 'trick' your brain to into a productive mindset. 1) Environmental Cues (setting the stage & be intentional)2) Real Clothing (get out of your PJ's)3) Be Present TAKING ACTION:1) Work out and be active! 2) Have an accountability partner3) Drink Water4) Stay organizedEPISODE SPONSOR: Revolution LightboardsBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEAlter Ego | An award-winning performance expert reveals the secret behind many top athletes and executives: creating a heroic alter ego to activate when the chips are down.King Warrior Lover Magician | Redefining age-old concepts of masculinity, Jungian analysts Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette make the argument that mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others. Moore and Gillette clearly define the four mature male archetypes that stand out through myth and literature across history: the king (the energy of just and creative ordering), the warrior (the energy of aggressive but nonviolent action), the magician (the energy of initiation and transformation), and the lover (the energy that connects one to others and the world), as well as the four immature patterns that interfere with masculine potential (divine child, oedipal child, trickster and hero).
12 minutes | 7 months ago
EP. 04 Creative Ideas To Boost Your Virtual Classroom Experience For Your Students
In this episode we'll give you several ideas to add a boost of creativity, excitement and just plan 'ole FUN to your virtual classroom. This will boost engagement and excitement amongst your students and make this new world of virtual teaching fun!If you have more ideas to share, you share them with us at: www.thinkkindness.org/podcast
36 minutes | 8 months ago
EP. 03 Virtual Teaching Ideas To Boost School Culture
Meet Jimmy, a high school leadership advisor & VP implementing creative virtual learning ideas that creates stronger school culture, digitally. During this episode Jimmy will give actionable fun ideas to utilize social media, instagram, tiktok and even creative games to keep students engaged with their teachers and one another. In addition, Jimmy will touch on the administration side of managing social behavior in this new digital classroom world we have been thrusted into. Listen to today's episode and we promise you'll walk away with some amazing ideas. CLICK HERE for today's show notes.
11 minutes | 8 months ago
EP. 02 Jam Session - 20 Fun Questions To Ask Your Students, Friends & Family
Sometimes you just need to change it up a little bit. Spark some questions that will spark some fun debates, creative ideas and outside-the-box thinking. After a long-week of testing, drama or just to ease the tension in a room, simple fun questions can help create some fun dialogue between everyone. Plus, this encourages critical thinking and teachers the ability to see someones answers from a different perspective. . . and at the end of the day, it will spark some laughs.CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTESEPISODE SPONSOR: "I Wish They Knew"YOUR HOST: Brian Williams - InstagramThis podcast is powered by Think Kindness, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspire measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the world.
26 minutes | 8 months ago
EP. 01 Helping 8th Graders Become Published Authors
Cynthia Milone is teacher that used creative tactics to curb bullying in her school by utilizing technology, the internet and creatively crowd sourcing content from her students. The impact this had on her school and the students far surpassed her expectations and created a massive change within their school culture. In addition, over 27 8th graders graduated as published authors! You can read their blog and purchase their You Are Not Invisible, directly on Amazon. For more resources and information visit ThinkKindness.org/podcast
12 minutes | 9 months ago
Welcome to the Rockstar Teacher Podcast
Meet Brian Williams, the founder of Think Kindness and host of the Rockstar Teacher Podcast. Brian travels the country speaking to schools from coast-to-coast on a mission to spark tidal waves of kindness. Throughout his travels he meets some of the nations most inspiring, creative and authentic educators. So rather than just keep their awesomeness to himself, he decided to create a podcast to showcase their stories, projects and to help other teachers & educators follow in their footsteps. For more information and show notes, please visit www.ThinkKindness.org/podcast
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