Teachers on Fire
Profiling agents of growth and transformation in K-12 Education
Profiling agents of growth and transformation in K-12 education. Advocating for collaboration, communication, creation > consumption, critical thinking, design thinking, growth mindset, inquiry, PBL, and strategic uses of technology in education.
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When it comes to professional comparison, we have two choices.
We can indulge in the judge-and-be-judged framework by avoiding the work of other education professionals in order to protect our self-confidence.
Or we can embrace the…

DR. HAYLEY WATSON is the founder of Open Parachute, an organization that supports the mental and emotional wellbeing of teachers, parents, and students. She is a clinical psychologist, entrepreneur, and documentary filmmaker with a PhD in bullying…

These two learning management systems are a partnership made in LMS heaven. Wherever your loyalties currently lie, I think you’ll find this discussion helpful and interesting.
Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite…

STEPHANIE EDMONDS. Stephanie is a passionate high school educator in the Bronx, NY. She’s a mom, a content creator, YouTuber, a hockey player, an activist, and – as her brand indicates – a disruptor!
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On Twitter @classdisrupti0n…

Back to school has never looked like this. Teachers, students, parents, and districts across the globe face an uncertain future as they navigate the experience of learning through a pandemic. Thankfully, schools with a baseline of internet access and…

GABRIEL CARRILLO is an Instructional Technology Specialist in San Antonio, TX. He currently supports teachers with all of their EdTech needs in the classroom including troubleshooting, planning lessons/units with teachers, modeling lessons for…

In a few days, for districts headed for F2F instruction, hundreds of students will fill our buildings. They’ll come with spanky new shoes and that first-day sense of nervous excitement.
And they’ll look to their teachers for the same things they…

BRIAN ASPINALL is a globe-trekking educator on a mission to encourage everyone to take risks in their learning! Brian is a TED-X speaker and has authored several books, including Code Breaker, Block Breaker, and Risk Taker.
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My new position has me psyched to start new initiatives, explore the greatest pedagogies, and experiment with the latest learning tools. But a lot of that will have to wait.
The reality is that we face chaotic circumstances. There is so much…

ANN KOZMA is the Educator Innovation Lead at Flipgrid and presents regularly at education conferences across the country including CUE, ISTE, and many others. Her heart beats for student voice, choice, agency, and inclusion for every learner. Her…

Doubt, discouragement, and disillusionment: as education professionals, most of us have experienced these emotions at one time or another.
Deep in those periods of adversity, it can be tempting to only see the success stories. The victories. The…

ERIKA SANDSTROM is where green screens meet social-emotional learning. She is a digital media teacher and instructional coach for 6-8th grades who loves nothing more than sharing her creative passions with students of all ages. Erika is the founder of…

In this turbulent season of education and with more demands on us than ever before, teachers and education leaders need to find efficiencies wherever possible. Our mental, physical, and social health depend on it. With that in mind, here are some of…

REBECCA GIBBONEY is a curriculum specialist at BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 in Williamsport, PA. She is also the author of The Tiebreaker:  A Scouting Report on Building a Culture of Gamification in Professional Learning. Rebecca is passionate about two…

My interviews with educators on the Teachers on Fire podcast are simply conversations that could be enjoyed between two professionals over a phone call. But instead, they’re being heard thousands of times by educators everywhere.
And perhaps that is…

BRUCE REICHER is a dad, husband, author, technology teacher, sportscaster, state presenter, and Google Certified Educator. He is also an edtech master and has certifications from Brainpop, Wevideo, Wakelet, and other platforms. Bruce is a co-author of…

What might it look like if as a professional learning community, we took ten minutes out of every week to answer these questions from the context of our professional practice and shared our results with each other?
1. What are you currently learning…

PAWAN WANDER, or “Pav,” as she is known around Twitter, is a middle school math and science teacher in Toronto, a co-host of The Staff Room Podcast (@StaffPodcast), and a co-host of The Drive with Chey and Pav, a real-time radio show for educators….

To help educators think strategically about moving from surviving to thriving, Grace Voo (@GraceLoVoo) put together a beautiful graphic that illustrates 50 Strategies to Move from Surviving to Thriving. Inspired by her collage, I’ve decided to share…

DR. FRANCOIS NAUDE is an award-winning teacher, education engineer, co-founder of the Work Integrated Learning tracker, speaker, presenter, author, podcaster, consultant, mentor, entrepreneur, and Crossfit fan.
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I’ve taught in schools in four cities. In each context, the student populations have been majority non-white while the staff populations have been majority white.
Take my two stepsons, for example. They are finishing tenth and eighth grade. Their…

MIKE WASHBURN is a Microsoft in Education expert, the Director of Engagement at @Participate, co-host of the fabulous @OnEducationPod, and the co-founder of the @OnPodcastMedia podcast network. When you visit Mike’s website you encounter this phrase:…

Recently a friend reached out to me with a question. “I’m thinking of becoming a teacher,” he shared. “What do you think?”
I’m 41, and I’ve been teaching for 19 years, so I have a pretty good sense of this profession. But education looks different for…

EVAN WHITEHEAD is a school district administrator, national consultant for the Aha Process, and an advocate for equity, mental health, mindfulness, and the UN sustainable development goals in education.
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On Twitter @EvanWhitehead00…

Back in the normal classroom, I seat students in groups because it’s in their engagement, their interaction, their support of each other’s work that they develop the 5 Cs each and every day.
They learn to communicate effectively.
They learn to…

SHANNON SCHINKEL is an inclusive BC high school drama teacher, progressive assessment maker, part time actor, blogger, and reader. She is also the creator and administrator of two Facebook groups called Beyond Report Cards and Humanities Zone on…

Drawing boundaries with our time isn’t easy, and I’ll admit that there are ebbs and flows in the course of the school year.
But I believe it’s essential, because Parkinson’s Law is a thing. Give this work more time, and it will take it.
I’ve learned…

ANDREA FERRERO brings over a decade of experience in teaching and learning, curriculum and program development, and community capacity building together to design award winning educational programs and digital products. She holds a teaching credential…

Teaching is partly about loving kids enough to empower them. It’s about teaching them how to fish instead of just tossing them more fish.
And in the remote learning environment, there’s never been a better time for students to learn how to learn. To…

RABBI MICHAEL COHEN is a designer, educator, creativity instigator, podcaster, YouTuber, speaker, and an Apple Distinguished Educator. He’s also the Director of Innovation at Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School and the author of…

9 Ways That Corona Will Improve K-12 Education:
1. Improved responses to learning inequities.
2. Increased attention to the social-emotional needs of learners.
3. Refined assessment practices.
4. Increased emphasis on skills over content.
5. Greater…

DR. ANNMARIE THOMAS is the director of the Playful Learning Lab, creator of Squishy Circuits, author of Making Makers, co-founder of OK Go Sandbox (co-PI), and a professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas. Dr….

Featured in this episode: routines that are working, apps that are crushing, and questions I’m left with.
Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written…

ELENA AGUILAR is an accomplished presenter, speaker, and author. She strives to help leaders learn, be their best selves, and serve students well. In 2018, Elena published Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators, and she will soon…

As educators, we will do what we can during this crisis.
We will acknowledge the shape of our sadness.
And we will love kids. We will serve parents. We will support each other.
Where we find problems, we will form solutions.
Where we lack resources,…

EVO HANNAN is an educator, education leader, freelance designer, and speaker. He is passionate about promoting confidence in students through innovation and agency. You’ll find him on Twitter at the hashtags #Agents4Agency and #CrazyPLN.
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EVO HANNAN is an educator, education leader, freelance designer, and speaker. He is passionate about promoting confidence in students through innovation and agency. You’ll find him on Twitter at the hashtags #Agents4Agency and #CrazyPLN.
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We are facing unprecedented challenges, but there is still much to be thankful for and much to look forward to.
With remote learning around the corner, listen to the letter I wrote to the parents of my 28 8th graders today.
Welcome to SPARKS:…

RILEY DUECK is a sixth grade teacher in Surrey, BC, Canada. He’s a second year educator, speaker, innovator, blogger, and the host of the Not Many of You Should Become Teachers podcast. He’s also a colleague, a friend, and source of personal…

Love, learn, and laugh: ten days in Hawaii gave me fresh perspective on what really matters in education.
Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written…

JESUS HUERTA is an elementary school teacher, instructor for the Krause Center for Innovation, a 3D print enthusiast, a futurist, and a believer that technology is for everyone.
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On Twitter @JesusH1979 (https://twitter.com/jesush1979)
On…

Have you ever made statements like this?
I’m not an artist.
I’m just not a tech person.
I’m not really a writer.
Most of us have. But a closer look at what these statements imply should make us think twice.
Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to…

KELLIE BAHRI is a 5th grade teacher who is is committed to making a difference. She’s a supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals, a member of Nohea Kindreds, an Agent 4 Agency, and a co-founder of the @CrazyPLN. She’s also the cohost of the EDU…

Here’s what happens when we treat grades as wages:
1️⃣ Teachers try to grade EVERYTHING
2️⃣ Teachers feel compelled to give marks for effort
3️⃣ Teachers put zeroes in gradebooks
4️⃣ Quantity > quality
5️⃣ Bonus marks distort the assessment picture…

WENDY TURNER is a 2nd grade teacher and the 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year. She is interested in trauma-informed practices, global education, social-emotional learning, and works to spark empathy in education.
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On Twitter…

When parents make the decision to take their children on family vacation during school days, should they ask their children’s teachers for homework for the road? In this episode, you’ll hear my five reasons why I think vacation homework is a bad idea….

JULIA FLISS is a 6th grade ELA teacher, activist, world changer, Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador, lifelong learner, creative, and yogi. She’s an encourager, amplifier, networker, lifelong learner, and she’s passionate about leveraging…

Do you ever sit with your students?
How does it affect the learning environment?
Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written reflections, which you can find on…

ANDREW CANLE is an Assistant Principal at Shaw Avenue School in Valley Stream, New York. He’s a three-time champion coach NBA Math Hoops, a program that engages students in math and social-emotional learning through the game of basketball. And most…

Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written reflections, which you can find on the Teachers on Fire Magazine at Medium.com.
Read the blog post featured in this…

CHANEL JOHNSON is a STEMinist, an ASCD Emerging Leader, published author, K-12 Math and Science Program Specialist, instructional tech coach, and keynote presenter based in Atlanta, Georgia.
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On Twitter @DC_STEMtastic…

Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written reflections, which you can find on the Teachers on Fire Magazine at Medium.com.
Read the blog post featured in this…

MARISA THOMPSON is a mom, wife, HS English teacher, professional development facilitator, instructor at the University of San Diego, traveler, and a liver of life!
Marisa has done a lot of work on something called the TQE Method, a process that leads…

Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written reflections, which you can find on the Teachers on Fire Magazine at Medium.com.
Read the blog post featured in this…

CHRISTINE YOUNGHUSBAND is passionate about teaching and learning and the role of leadership in enhancing the student learning experience in K-12 and in higher education. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2017 from Simon Fraser…

Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written reflections which you can find on the Teachers on Fire Magazine at Medium.com.
Read the blog post featured in this…

KRISTIN MERRILL is a fourth grade teacher in Florida who specializes in language arts and strives to make lessons interactive through engagement and the use of ed tech. She and her husband make a dynamic duo in primary education and recently published…

Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short episodes are based on my written reflections which you can find on the Teachers on Fire Magazine at Medium.com.
Read the blog post at…

CAITLIN KRAUSE is a learning and design specialist, education leader, keynote speaker, and an authority on VR, AR, and AI. She is also the author of Mindful by Design: A Practical Guide for Cultivating Aware, Advancing, and Authentic Learning…

JONATHAN ALSHEIMER is a family man, 7th grade teacher, keynote speaker, and the author of #NextLevelTeaching: Empowering Students and Transforming School Culture.
Follow Jonathan on Twitter @Mr_Alsheimer (https://twitter.com/mr_Alsheimer) and on…

JULIANNE ROSS-KLEINMANN is passionate about instructional technology to support teaching and learning, sharing what she’s learned with others, and community service — her focus for over 30 years as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.
Julianne formally…

DR. JENNIFER PIERATT is an educator, mom, speaker, coach, and project-based learning nerd. She offers tips, tools, and inspiration for Project Based Learning and is the author of three books, including Keep It Real With PBL, Secondary: A Practical…

DANIEL BAUER is on a mission to unlock the potential of global school leaders. He’s a speaker and the host of the Better Leaders Better Schools Podcast. He’s also the author of The Better Leaders Better Schools Roadmap: Small Ideas that Lead to Big…

ABIGAIL FRENCH is a mother of four, a teacher of sixth graders, an advocate of public education, and an explorer of the natural world in Woodstock, VA.
In our conversation, Abby recalls the how and why behind the jaw-dropping snake capture video…

Dr. DOUGLAS FISHER is a Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and is the recipient of an International…

VERNON WRIGHT is an education leader, administrator, speaker, host, editor, coach, and consultant. He’s a voice for the people, he pours into relationships, and he lives to serve, motivate, and inspire others in authentic ways.
In our conversation,…

DEANNA LOUGH is an English teacher, aspiring leader, kid Mom, puppy Mom, Mrs, theater lover, and lover of all things inspiring and positive.
In our conversation, Deanna recalls a period in her career when she was pushed to the brink by the weight of…

TREVOR MACKENZIE is a learner, teacher, speaker, consultant, and outdoor enthusiast. He is regarded by many as the preeminent voice on inquiry-based learning today, authoring Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice…

ANDREW AREVALO is an educator, speaker, innovator, and game designer with passions for blended learning, design thinking, and gamification. Andrew has his Master’s degree in education and has been recognized as a CUE Emerging Teacher.
In our…

TIFFANY OTT is a high school Math teacher, a Director of Curriculum Development with the Teach Better Team, and the founder of #MasteryChat. She’s also a co-author of the recently published book Teach Better, and she’ll be playing a big role to play…

DR. WILL DEYAMPORT III is an edtech specialist, documentary producer, and the producer and host of the Dr. Will Show, a podcast for educators looking to improve their impact and increase their quality of life.
In our conversation, Dr. Will describes a…

LISA JOHNSON is an educator by day, blogger by night, and the author of Creatively Productive: Essential Skills for Tackling Time Wasters, Clearing the Clutter, and Succeeding in School—and Life!
In our conversation, Lisa recalls the time she was…

DR. JACIE MASLYK is an educator, speaker, and author at ISTE, SolutionTree, and Steam-makers.com. She’s an Assistant Superintendent for the Hopewell Area School District Aliquippa, PA, with a passion for #STEM education, makerspaces, literacy,…

NANCY FREY is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Literacy at San Diego State University and an instructor at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has also authored or co-authored a number of books, including PLC+: Better Decisions and…

In this special episode of the pod, long-time supporter of the podcast Bryon Carpenter takes over the microphone and interviews me, Tim Cavey, using the same questions I’ve used to interview my 99 previous guests.
I share about the challenges of…

DAN KREINESS is an Instructional Coach at Norwalk Public Schools and a doctoral candidate at the American College of Education. He was also recognized as an ACSD Emerging Leader 2017 and is the host of the Leader of Learning podcast.
In our…

CHRIS WOODS is a high school math teacher, STEM presenter, and host of the STEM Everyday podcast. Chris likes to remind his students and followers that STEM is everywhere around us … we just have to learn to recognize it.
In our conversation, Chris…

NINA PAK LUI has taught at the middle and high school levels and today she instructs pre-service teachers at the School of Education at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, Canada. Nina views teaching as a sacred calling, and she’s dedicated to…

JEFFERY FRIEDEN is a teacher, blogger, presenter, and podcaster. He enjoys connecting teachers and building professional relationships in order to intensify impact on learning. He is also the author of Make Them Process It: Uncovering New Value in the…

JUSTIN BELT is a husband, father of five, and teacher of thousands! He’s an aspiring leader, innovator, musician, and he’s part of our great writing team over at the Teachers on Fire Magazine on Medium. Last but not least, Justin is the host and…

JANELLE McLAUGHLIN is a keynote speaker, education consultant and strategist, and educational leadership coach. She is a former classroom teacher, district administrator, and high ability coordinator. She loves to learn, laugh, connect, and make…

JORGE VALENZUELA is both a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student at Old Dominion University and the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined. He is a national faculty member of the Buck Institute for Education and a national teacher…

SHANE LAWRENCE is a high school educator in Alberta, Canada who specializes in film studies but also teaches digital media and art courses at the 7th and 8th grade levels. Shane is the host and producer of The Ed Podcast.
In our conversation, Shane…

LATEZEON BALENTINE is a mom of three boys, teacher, and founder of September Chances, Inc. – a nonprofit organization created to show the joy in reading and increase reading fluency and literacy. Latezeon is also a Donors Choose Teacher Ambassador,…