Chasing Squirrels
Pushing past the boundaries in education
Sometimes the best stories about education have nothing to do with school.
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Deb can be found on Twitter @Daustring.
The two books that Deb mentioned in this episode are:
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey
and
Unlocking Happiness at Work: How Data-driven Happiness Strategy Fuels…

Jenn can be found on Twitter @JennMacBrown and on her blog http://mrsjbrown1975.edublogs.org/. Or send her a message at jennifer.m.brown@peelsb.com
You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on WordPress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ 
Chasing Squirrels…

Beth can be found on Twitter @mrslyonslibrary and on her blog https://thelibrariansjourney.blogspot.com/?m=1
You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on WordPress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ 
Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes…

Jonathon can be found @boypodcast on Twitter and http://breakingtheboycode.com/
You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on WordPress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ 
Chasing Squirrels is also on iTunes…

Sanjeevan can be found @sanjsiva108 on Twitter.
You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on WordPress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ 
Chasing Squirrels is also on iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 
The…

Sara Vitelli can be found @Ms_Vitelli on Twitter.
You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on WordPress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ 
Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 
The track…

Jocelyn Kervin can be found @jkervs on Twitter.
For more information on Multiple Myeloma visit Myeloma Canada at https://www.myelomacanada.ca/en or follow on twitter @MyelomaCanada
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Eugene Chun can be found @echundotcom on Instagram AND his website http://echun.com/
You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on WordPress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ 
Chasing Squirrels is on…

Whitney Gardner can be found @HeyWhitney on Twitter AND her website http://www.heywhitney.com/
You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on WordPress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ 
Chasing Squirrels is on…

This episode should have been posted 5 months ago.
Life got in the way and then digi-laziness and digi-procrastination and finally digi-denial kicked my butt.
I apologize Mike for dropping the ball on this one.
Your time is valuable and your story…

Darren Groth can be found @darrengroth on Twitter AND his website Myperbole AND Facebook AND with his brother Simon on Instagram as the Brothers Groth.
The song Stints used in this episode is provided by Royan Lee / Roystar House Music
You can find me…

Alicia Pascual can be found @aliciajpascual  on Twitter. 
Check out Youth for Reconcilliation at https://youthforreconciliation.ca/ and on Intstagram at  https://www.instagram.com/youthforreconciliation/?hl=en
The songs in this episode: Ukrainian…

Last June Allison and I tried to get something on tape, but tech issues crashed our party … funny thing, we ended up chatting for over 30 minutes through sketchy wifi on a bunch of topics, some of which popped back up in this episode.
I love that we…

 
When I started this podcast a year ago I had little idea about the what, the how, or even my why in chasing conversations. I quickly cobbled together a list of questions that I thought an EDU podcaster would ask. And even as I struggled through my…

 
I highly reccommend that you check out The Beast blog on WordPress at the same time as you listen to this podcast. Kelly and Andrea’s pieces set up a scale to our conversation that cracks open many of the silos that are so easy to lock ourselves…

 
I have been thinking a lot about the EDU bubble. Not just the challenges that are created by it or the frustrations that arise from it, but also the composition of it. Honestly, it is way too easy to call out the competitive agendas that exist…

 
Hair, nails, and humour got me connected with Doug Robertson AKA @TheWeirdTeacher on Twitter in the first place. 
And the sharp and observant mind behind his tweets and posts pantskicked me into getting him on the podcast.
Our convo swerves all over…

 
At least once a week I find a post in my social that focusses on tracking future jobs. Often it is couched in a convo about our students aiming for a job force that has not even been dreamed of yet. And that future is seeded by helping students…

Welcome to the podcast’s 1st year anniversary episode … or just call it the ‘really, really’ episode.
Either way, sitting down with with these three guests again, one year later[ish], and reconnecting the dots from our first convo was awesome. When…

Kudos has got to go out to @jenapgar for suggesting I connect with @Chadreay. Somewhere during our first Twitter chat we called out this podcast as a bit of blind date and without the usual profile lurking we dove into an amazing convo about adaptive…

Trail Mix explores topics of interest from Maddie and Jake.
Trail Mix can be found with Chasing Squirrels on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 

I was sent home the first day                                                                                                                  with a note: Danny needs a ruler.                                                                           …

“Nature” is what we see—The Hill—the Afternoon—Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—Nay—Nature is Heaven—Nature is what we hear—The Bobolink—the Sea—Thunder—the Cricket—Nay—Nature is Harmony—Nature is what we know—Yet have no art to say—So impotent Our…

Trail Mix explores topics of interest from Maddie and Jake.
Trail Mix can be found with Chasing Squirrels on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 
The song lalalalala lala lala in this episode is used under…

We kind of picked up from where we left off … but like all great conversations sometimes where you start, inevitably goes to places unforeseen and where you end, doesn’t matter so much. I knew this time around even if I didn’t get to my list of…

I started only reading my Twitter feed in the very early morning hours, as I take my dog for a walk. At that time of day even the internet is fairly calm and peaceful. It feels like in the predawn hours I can actually focus on the feed and even find…

On Wednesday October 4th, I shared the story of the program I co-facilitate, the kids that I support, and the context of challenge that wraps around our work.
In the room were members of the EdCan Network, comprised of EDU upper leadership from across…

I’ve been thinking about the times in my EDU career when I was witness to a kind of deeper truth or source code. The moments tend to be fleeting and sometimes I missed large parts because my mind was launchd into in a different place than my ears….

I got a process for approaching a podcast. I usually lurk the blogosphere and twitter profiles once I find a person who piques my interest. After that my mind races, I shape questions, and then connect with the potential guest. Remarkably, cold calls…

When I last chatted with Jocelyn she was heading up a thriving music program and firing on all cylinders -keeping her department connected to the school, the local community, and to each other. In September, she transitions into a new position with…

I have tried in the past to get my classrooms outside. Sometimes it works others not so much. I can’t say for sure what anchors a learner to one ideal space for learning, but I can definitely say that I crave to read and write while sitting under a…

I have been embarrassingly slow to embrace my inner Mickey. Just recently the full weight of my upcoming Disney family trip kinda crashed my system. In spite of the countless communications bounced back and forth between us and the kingdom since last…

Scheduling podcast connections can be challenging. Educators are busy. I first connected with Sylvia back in March to see if she had some time for a convo. She agreed to chat, soon. Between then and now she has been incredibly busy with projects, and…

Jil asked me to come talk with her students about Modern Learning. I offered to build a podcast out of the session. Check out the epi to see where the convos lead to. 
You can find Jil on Twitter @jilstam
Chasing Squirrels is on…

Initally, when I found out that a 1:1 school existed in my board, I was jealous. I wanted a laptop too. I wanted my students to have laptops. Everything would be more awesome if my school became that school. If only my longview had been informed with…

I reallly appreciate the balance that Arthur brought to our topic of teachers going gradeless. In many ways, I intuit, that any classroom that espouses an uber feedback model before numerical, is logistically complex. The tensions to provide an…

Chasing Squirrels Lab explores the rules and tools that educators, innovators, and makers use to keep their learning energized.
Richard can be found on Twitter @rerdmann
Power Up Presentation Slidedeck https://goo.gl/noG8H2
SOURPUSS by Greater Than or…

Trail Mix explores topics of interest from Maddie and Jake.
Trail Mix can be found with Chasing Squirrels on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 
Podcast images can be found at https://chrisjcluff.tumblr.com/

Jay and I made fast friends, in truth it would be difficult not to be. His energy is infectious and his view of education draws you in and busts out the wows at every turn. He is rockin’ authentic learning experiences that are cleverly accelerated…

I got a bit ramped up for this convo and I totally forgot to greet Theresa at the beginning of the podcast. Sorry Theresa … but it’s easy to get happy hanging with her. The joy she shares from her stories and experiences in education are what…

It took a bit longer than usual to push this episode out – life can be like that. My family is pretty busy and in the end, I gotta follow their lead … and it seems like the same deal for Jonathan So. He, like me, is trying to rock the intersection…

Pam honoured me with an honest and authentic peek into her teacher story and personal narrative. In it, she shares what drives her to leap from the intersection of her wisdom,  pedagogy, family, heritage, and her vision for education to be a connector…

Chasing Squirrels Lab explores the rules and tools that educators, innovators, and makers use to keep their learning energized.
Tina can be found on Twitter @tina_zita and contacted via email at tinazita@gmail.com
Tiny Tap App Tutorial…

Chasing PreSquirrels lays out some of the ideas that I post as VLOGs on Youtube Chasing Squirrels VLOGs
Chasing Squirrels Podcast is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 
You can find me on Twitter…

Chasing Squirrels Lab explores the rules and tools that educators, innovators, and makers use to keep their learning energized.
Christine Chin can be found on Twitter @MmeChinYRDSB and contacted via email at christine.chinpokoi@yrdsb.ca
Check out her…

Chasing Squirrels Lab explores the rules and tools that educators, innovators, and makers use to keep their learning energized.
Kim Pollishuke can be found on Twitter @KimPollishuke and on her blog http://kimpollishuke.com and via Gmail…

Chasing Squirrels Lab explores the rules and tools that educators, innovators, and makers use to keep their learning energized.
Aviva Dunsiger can be found on Twitter @avivaloca and on her blog https://adunsiger.com/
Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes…

Chasing Squirrels Lab explores the rules and tools that educators, innovators, and makers use to keep their learning energized.
Stephen can be found on Twitter @Stephen_Hurley

Chasing Squirrels is on…

All that I can say is, spend time with Debbie Donsky. You could read her blog, explore her posts, reach out and ask her questions, just be present with her and her thinking. So much of what modern learning aims to grow- leadership, empathy,…

Heads up edu-friends check your PLN … make sure that you have cross panel connections! Jill Stambolich is rockin’ the elementary block with innovative and integrative approaches that all levels of student would benefit from. Jill can be found on…

First it was a VLOG, then it morphed into a PODCAST. Here’s some of the beginnings for Chasing Squirrels Podcast.
Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 
You can find me on…

Trail Mix explores topics of interest from Maddie and Jake.
Trail Mix can be found with Chasing Squirrels on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 
Podcast images can be found at https://chrisjcluff.tumblr.c

Trail Mix explores topics of interest from Maddie and Jake.
Trail Mix can be found with Chasing Squirrels on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 
Podcast images can be found at https://chrisjcluff.tumblr.com/

I could not be happier to finally talk with Rolland. This dude epitomizes the heart of and soul of the connected educator. Add to this that he is gracious and supportive of his PLN in their own edu-pursuits and you have a true inspirator.
Please…

Will is a part of my mentor list for several reasons. His open and genuine care of the learning communities around him is clear and consistent. And his drive to connect with learners outside of his classroom is evident in his blog writing and…

Trail Mix explores topics of interest from Maddie and Jake.
Trail Mix can be found with Chasing Squirrels on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 

Trail Mix explores topics of interest from Maddie and Jake.
Trail Mix can be found with Chasing Squirrels on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 
 

Elif is a Teacher-Candidate from York University. There are two driving forces motivating Elif to be the best teacher possible. First, is her belief that success at school is about more than reading and writing well. Second, that teacher perfection is…

Diana is a Teacher-Candidate from York University. She is in the final months of her teaching degree and eagerly soaking up learning opportunities in her practicum to the fullest. In a few short months, Diana will be a teacher and I am sure that her…

AJ is an edurockstar. Her teaching experiences are varied and edgy. Currently,  she wears several hats, Personalized Alternative Education, Special Education, and Guidance – all of them let her build deep connections with her students. AJ has also…

Royan’s expressive nature brings out the joy in our conversation. Throughout the convo his words leapt to life and held emphasis in the air as he used his hands to finesse his thoughts. His thoughts of being on the other end of his social media posts…

Andy is a soulful educator. He is connected to education in the more radical sense, less about edtech, more about the heart and mind. Every moment that I spend with Andy is precious. He has been a part of my apprenticeship into the into the art of…

Jocelyn is in top form. She is building musical families, creating diverse extracurricular experiences, and digging deeper every day into her professional learning. I have no doubt that her love of teaching and learning makes tremendous impacts in her…

I am so fortunate to have mentors like Derek Rhodenizer in my learning network. From the get go, he was open to sharing his podcast space with my podcast. Our convo went deep into the need for personalized professional development, we hashed out why…

…a few thoughts that I had after talking with Jen Giffen.
Please connect with Jen on Twitter @VirtualGiff and Blogger at http://virtualgiff.blogspot.ca/ 
You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and Blogger at http://gobeyondbinders.blogspot.ca/ 
If…

It was pretty amazing to chat with Jen Giffen this past week. The convo flowed from calling out key mentors in her life to the power of saying yes and finally onto how ‘change’ can feel like an alien invasion. All in, this conversation was an…