When Stephen Hurley asked if I was ready to propose a show for VoiceEd Radio, I was. I hadn’t thought it through, but I wondered if a show on a personal playlist would work.  While I was explaining the Building Outside the Blocks project that inspired this notion, he was already thinking through his songs. It was my very first podcast idea, and I was almost as excited as he was. The Personal Playlist Podcast (P3) was born.

Stephen is an amazing man with an eclectic background.  He has been a classroom teacher, a teacher educator and a consultant. In the 30 years that he has been contributing to the field of education, he continues to be mindful of “powerful learning opportunities… for people of all ages”.

That is what the P3 is about. It is a powerful opportunity for educators to learn more about themselves while connecting to the ways students can be engaged in the classroom. The spark that this experience ignited in Stephen is a window into the possibility of the impact of personalizing projects like BOBs on learners of any age.

Stephen sent me the three songs that would encompass his personal playlist.  When this was a project called the Personal Soundtrack (the second in a tri-BOB called the PS Series) in my Grade 7 class, I called the songs: nostalgic, identity and theme song. After listening to the podcast last night, I can see that there is some need for iteration in terms of the descriptors. The Personal Playlist Podcast invites guests to share a song from their past, one that shows their identity, and a song that pumps them up and/or inspires them- an anthem of joy. Each one of Stephens’s choices told a piece of his story.

Stephen always dreamed of being in radio. While he actualized a life-long vision by creating and developing the first 24/7 internet-based radio station dedicated to all things education in Canada, with voicEd.ca, in many ways he has come full circle. Since the first time he called into a radio station to request a song, he has been building ways for people to have their voices heard both literally and figuratively. He joyfully recalled calling in to CHIC Radio whose tag line was: where the girls are. His name was Steve at the time. When listening to his nostalgia song choice, I could imagine the radio playing his song and the empowerment of a young boy that fuelled his passion and began to deepen his life-long interest in radio. Here’s Hitchin’ a Ride by Vanity Fair

When Stephen began introducing his identity song, he shared that he knew exactly what it would be. It was a song that he shared with friends over the years as reflective of his journey. Having married later in life, he had been out ridin’ fences for so long and was lucky to liberate himself from the prison of walking through this world all alone.  Stephen spoke about how this song was the one that his band allowed him to sing and play, with the piano in the foreground. I look forward to seeing this happen again one day soon.  This song also reflects a turning point in his life when Stephen stopped walking away from the good things and embracing love. Here’s Desperado by The Eagles (I wish there was another video of this version of the song- suggestion welcome):

 When Stephen began to introduce his pick-me-up song, he painted a picture of spring, with warm weather flying through the open windows and hope on the breeze. The opening riff is a classic ,and I can see why he chose it. Stephen explained that when this song came on the radio, “There was something about it that captured my imagination.” That unique Dire Straight guitar, as he referred to it, tells the story of a hard working band and was their first single. You could hear from his voice and his statement about bopping around the studio that this was a wonderful selection for his pick-me-up song. He added, “ I needed that today.” That is something we can all relate to and why it’s good to have a song like that in your back pocket. Music has so much power, and can really help us when we need it. This is Sultan’s of Swing by Dire Straights:

When we were finished going through Stephen’s personal playlist, we could both see that this could work as a show. I am often amazed by the way that I have been able to use my projects in adult scenarios.

The PS2 was something that really touched my students. I was privileged to hear from a group of them through a video that was being filmed in the classroom next door. They explain why the PS 2 ( their Personal Soundtrack) was so impactful. This project, like all my Building Outside the Blocks projects, is an opportunity for students to connect to themselves and have their lives and interests become a conduit for learning. Here is what my students had to say about this a few years ago. Their testimonials begin at 1:47.

We’ve only just begun. It’s not just a song by The Carpenters. I have a wonderful line-up of guests and a summer to record their stories through the Personal Playlist Podcast. There is something so special about music, and I am excited to keep exploring people’s playlists with them. You can listen to the entire podcast with Stephen Hurley here:

If you are interested in being a guest on the P3, please email noa@buildingoutsidetheblocks.com.

 When Stephen Hurley asked if I was ready to propose a show for VoiceEd Radio, I was. I hadn’t thought it through, but I wondered if a show on a personal playlist would work.  While I was explaining the Building Outside the Blocks project that inspired this notion, he was already thinking through his songs. It was my very first podcast idea, and I was almost as excited as he was. The Personal Playlist Podcast (P3) was born.

Stephen is an amazing man with an eclectic background.  He has been a classroom teacher, a teacher educator and a consultant. In the 30 years that he has been contributing to the field of education, he continues to be mindful of “powerful learning opportunities… for people of all ages”.

That is what the P3 is about. It is a powerful opportunity for educators to learn more about themselves while connecting to the ways students can be engaged in the classroom. The spark that this experience ignited in Stephen is a window into the possibility of the impact of personalizing projects like BOBs on learners of any age.

Stephen sent me the three songs that would encompass his personal playlist.  When this was a project called the Personal Soundtrack (the second in a tri-BOB called the PS Series) in my Grade 7 class, I called the songs: nostalgic, identity and theme song. After listening to the podcast last night, I can see that there is some need for iteration in terms of the descriptors. The Personal Playlist Podcast invites guests to share a song from their past, one that shows their identity, and a song that pumps them up and/or inspires them- an anthem of joy. Each one of Stephens’s choices told a piece of his story.

Stephen always dreamed of being in radio. While he actualized a life-long vision by creating and developing the first 24/7 internet-based radio station dedicated to all things education in Canada, with voicEd.ca, in many ways he has come full circle. Since the first time he called into a radio station to request a song, he has been building ways for people to have their voices heard both literally and figuratively. He joyfully recalled calling in to CHIC Radio whose tag line was: where the girls are. His name was Steve at the time. When listening to his nostalgia song choice, I could imagine the radio playing his song and the empowerment of a young boy that fuelled his passion and began to deepen his life-long interest in radio. Here’s Hitchin’ a Ride by Vanity Fair

When Stephen began introducing his identity song, he shared that he knew exactly what it would be. It was a song that he shared with friends over the years as reflective of his journey. Having married later in life, he had been out ridin’ fences for so long and was lucky to liberate himself from the prison of walking through this world all alone.  Stephen spoke about how this song was the one that his band allowed him to sing and play, with the piano in the foreground. I look forward to seeing this happen again one day soon.  This song also reflects a turning point in his life when Stephen stopped walking away from the good things and embracing love. Here’s Desperado by The Eagles (I wish there was another video of this version of the song- suggestion welcome):

 When Stephen began to introduce his pick-me-up song, he painted a picture of spring, with warm weather flying through the open windows and hope on the breeze. The opening riff is a classic ,and I can see why he chose it. Stephen explained that when this song came on the radio, “There was something about it that captured my imagination.” That unique Dire Straight guitar, as he referred to it, tells the story of a hard working band and was their first single. You could hear from his voice and his statement about bopping around the studio that this was a wonderful selection for his pick-me-up song. He added, “ I needed that today.” That is something we can all relate to and why it’s good to have a song like that in your back pocket. Music has so much power, and can really help us when we need it. This is Sultan’s of Swing by Dire Straights:

When we were finished going through Stephen’s personal playlist, we could both see that this could work as a show. I am often amazed by the way that I have been able to use my projects in adult scenarios.

The PS2 was something that really touched my students. I was privileged to hear from a group of them through a video that was being filmed in the classroom next door. They explain why the PS 2 ( their Personal Soundtrack) was so impactful. This project, like all my Building Outside the Blocks projects, is an opportunity for students to connect to themselves and have their lives and interests become a conduit for learning. Here is what my students had to say about this a few years ago. Their testimonials begin at 1:47.

We’ve only just begun. It’s not just a song by The Carpenters. I have a wonderful line-up of guests and a summer to record their stories through the Personal Playlist Podcast. There is something so special about music, and I am excited to keep exploring people’s playlists with them. You can listen to the entire podcast with Stephen Hurley here:

If you are interested in being a guest on the P3, please email noa@buildingoutsidetheblocks.com.