Episodes #219-226

Episode #219: Keith K. L. Belvin


Keith K. L. Belvin is a certified Crisis Specialist, Personal & Marriage Counselor, Award-Winning Author, and Educational Consultant who listens to and helps address emotional problems through Person-Centered Counseling. Keith works with men, women, children, and couples by addressing their current issues and works to help them become experts in their lives and feelings. In addition, Keith helps mentor many to become more self-aware of how powerful they indeed are and were created to be. Keith’s friendly and transparent style makes him the perfect person to open up to and communicate your problem. 

Trench story: When he first started teaching in NYC in 1998, worked with ED & ASD students. Difficult neighborhood. Lost 2 students to gang violence. Over 6 years, lost 9. Mom could grieve for 1 who died who had 5 other kids. Pushed him to figure out how to reach the kids. Every Fri, went to happy hr, 5 hrs. Lost self at home. Pushed him to a point where he said, “do what you can”. Walked away 16.5 years later to DE. Blessing in that moved him to counseling.

Talk about your 6 books and being featured in 7 others? Is finishing up 2 more. Added 2nd counseling company. Will feed audience whatever I tell him my audience needs. His story is something he tells often. Writes non-fiction, self-help. Memoir “From Gigolo to Jesus” was misogynistic. Re-acquired his faith. Wrote about his “dirt”, put about what he was 37 years old. It shows how the last 18 have been different. His first book was poetry “The Man in Transition”. Sold himself. chose 3 pieces from his book. 

How were you featured in Essence, Ebony, Black Expression book club (mid 2000’s) and Jet Magazine? between 2012-14 featured with his wife. Had convo w/ editor, they talked about faith. He’d been in anthologies. The Black Expression book club featured him in other magazines for Black authors. Reached out to a friend. Rocha Aller’s daughter- he asked about this. Gave him intl. exposure. Allowed him to feel more comfortable being an author. Gave him more motivation to do the things he was doing. Was invited back to be parts of series “The Soul of a Man”. 13 men of color. 2009-best anthology of the year. Part 2 2016. 2021, Part 3: “I can’t breathe”. Very well received. His goal was to write something professionally every year. Has done except 3 years since 2012. Be comfortable be able to speak about the “why”. Is working on “Lukewarm Saints Part II”. Tries to write from the heart. Touches the reader. It’s hard to lock in time, as he has a busy counseling schedule. 

What is your Young Kings Mentor Program? an in-person program. Started in 2010 in NYC based on the neighborhood he taught in. As a HS dean in Brooklyn, he had to figure out how to keep young ppl safe. Control stem of violence. Had dialogue over what they “got out of” being in gangs. Understand life is more precious than they see it it. Created after school program w/ 8-9 kids. Switched hats to father, man. Brought in police. Came to DE in 2016 & local juvenile detention center picked it up. Re-instituted the program in 2019. Was also an investigator in DE. Went virtual from July 2020-Jan. 2021. Is also starting Young Queens, 3-4th graders. Has an 8 y.o. daughter. Working with 2 young ladies who worked in after-school program. He needs their energy. Opportunity to have convos about social media, myths, etc. Have convo about they feel about social media. How to not get transferred in larger prison. He supplies food, t-shirt. Allows kids to be kids. Comes w/ Dean of St. lens. Edu knowledge paired with street knowledge. You have to make someone feel comfortable. 

 Talk about your experience in the New York City Dept of Education? taught 22 years there, 13 was MS. Had grown to the point where he felt that he’d done everything he could for kids of NYC. Some places he was both a dean & teacher. Very last yr- worked with ES kids. Was called “disciplinarian specialist”. Taught everything but music or Spanish. Specialty was P.E. & health.  Realized discipline has to be fair, firm, found. T’s who didn’t take teaching as a craft, but a job. Regretted he’s only worked w/ littles at the end. W/ littles, he didn’t have the mental stress. Kept them entertained. More disciplined. Control body before mind. Helped get new t’s to buy into it being a craft not a job. Having worked in a school system with families as they grew up helped w/ discipline. Has dealt with many types of criminal situations. Hard when kids get past your radar.

Left NYC when his daughter was 2. Got his Human Services M.S. Specializing in Christian ministry since 2019. Had to be able to present to pastors. 

What are the Mental Health Ministries you set up with churches? He will preach, he doesn’t hide/project he’s a Christian. He is an actual Christian counselor. Sets up mental health facilities within a church. People are uncomfortable sharing … w/ their pastor. As outside entity, person pays what they can, church picks up the difference, they feel more comfortable talking about the problem. The Lord says, “we’re supposed to take care of our Brothers & Sisters”. There’s a lot of prayer but not the HOW. How to take away the negative feeling. Getting closer to God, etc. He has a MA in Christian counseling from Liberty Univ. Needs to help flock get better. He can also be a guest speaker at churches. Showing members HOW. Is the pastor comfortable. Works with DE, Maryland, AL, TX churches (3 churches) so not just local. Pastors are getting overwhelmed. They weren’t taught how to purge negativity. He’s an outside agent. Alot of ppl are uncomfortable sharing “dirt” about themselves cause they don’t want to be judged. It’s like a primary care MD referring you out to another specialist. He’s not a member of that church. He lets ppl pay what they can, church covers the rest. They say, “my church helps take care of ME”. If they’d like him to come & speak to groups he can. It removes the insurance barrier. In churches, he takes “therapy” off the table. Uses “crisis counseling”. 

Talk about Mentoring and Educational Consulting you provide in general to ppl who might be looking? He wants folks to bridge the gap w/ race convos, Covid, etc. What happened to the “we’re all the same”? It’s one of the biggest fantasies on planet. Skin colors shouldn’t matter. Have the middle where we can all have convos. Most ppl are taught to believe we’re in a deficit, there’s not. Tries to be as fluid as he can. Explain there’s bad folk of every race. He blows up race myths. Overall, in sports they don’t care about person’s skin color. How can we have unified joy watching a sporting even but become animalistic just after? We need to push for less racial outcomes. The middle ground has to be fought for. REalize things will change if we really present it. If we want things to change, someone has to figure out how to fix. He does a presentation on how to protect your children from social media. Parents are giving in b/c the parents aren’t regulating it themselves- they’re not regulating it inside their own home. That’s what’s hurting our children. He moved into counseling to help parents understand their role better. He set the wellbeing app for time limits on social media. (good idea)

Out of everything…2 intellectuals having a convo w/ hope everyone will be uplifted from what they’ve seen. It’s the goal when he works w/ clients of every race/ethnicity. How can we sit down & have an honest/truthful/heartfelt convo?

Where can ppl find you online? Counseling and Consultant Info, www.BravinConsultants.com   

Counseling Email: info@BravinConsultants.com

Books, Publishing, & Literary Services: www.BravinPublishing.com

Publishing Email: MainOffice@BravinPublishing.com  IS on FB, Tictoc, IG, LinkedIn. Find books on his website for 55% off the top. Reach out  & let him know what you enjoyed about this podcast. Circle of influence with our students. 

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Episode #220: Dan Tricarico


Dan Tricarico has been a high school English teacher for over thirty years. He’s also the author of The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom (DBC, Inc. 2015) and Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed Out Teachers (DBC, Inc. 2018). In his spare time, he enjoys writing fiction, listening to music (especially Roots Rock and The Blues), reading mystery novels, staring out of windows, and watching movies. One of his first loves is writing poetry, and he’s published many poems both in print and on-line.

Trenches story: his whole story. About 8 years ago, he was facing massive burnout. Had been in the CR for 25 yrs. Didn’t have the bandwidth to change the system so changed himself. Was a drama major, started blogging about it (called it The Zen Teacher), and that turned into a book. Now he’s doing workshop. Drama part- how did that tie into blogging. He’s always loved to write. It’s a way to clarify what you’re thinking. When he was blogging about strategies, talking w/ self, when he did this, it helped. When he tells his students “take what works and throw out the rest”.

How long have you been doing this? 8 years, definitely before pandemic. His school shut down 3/13/20 and stepped up by creating a pop-up FB group 3/14/20 The Zen Teacher pop-up sanctuary. He always was a relaxed teacher. Strategies took him to the next level. 

How do you incorporate “zen” into your classroom? He learned mindfulness, meditation techniques in his drama studies. He recommends Dr. Christopher Willand, he took his mindfulness training program last yr. He has a book “Growing up mindful”. He has tools on how to use mindfulness with adults- Dan’s here to help teachers. He uses it to avoid burnout. Noticing things in day. Focusing on things he loves about his job. Doesn’t intentionally bring into CR. He acknowledges the conservative area & discomfort. He uses life approach, secular, it’s noticing what’s around you. He wrote for an article “Is teaching worth it”. It’s the education profession he wouldn’t recommend. Teaching part is great. Stress is the difference b/w what we’re doing and what we want to be doing. How can we adjust/make changes, put selves in a tank-filling position more often.

New book: Right Here and Now: The Mindful Teacher’s Guide to Finding Zen in their Pen. It’s about How to Teach Writing through the Lens of Mindfulness. (Came out late Oct.) Lessons he’s learned through teaching writing have filtered through the lens of mindfulness. Mindful writer. There’s stress and anxiety around writing, journaling. Blogging, journaling. A really good reason to write is to clarify your thoughts, philosophies. Even if you don’t share it with the world. It’s helpful to share w/ the world. It’s for teaching st’s not to be stressed w/ writing. There are poem excerpts from Dan’s writing journey as a teen. Book for anyone who is interested in writing.Good for anyone who wants to write. 

Started podcast The Zen Professional Moment (on anchor) as well, is on episode #28. His podcast is like blogging. It’s how ppl are consuming content. He enjoys doing it. He interviews people. A few episodes are on his own. He took a podcast course, she said it’s important to do solos as well. Has a small but loyal following. He wants to broaden the audience to business & corporate ppl. Wants HR ppl, executives as guests. We have opportunities to learn so much.

Sign up for his newsletter, you’ll get an offer- a free, 14-page “7 Self-Care Secrets for Stressed Out Teachers” workbook for t’s to become Zen teachers. Online course- self-paced- Instant Zen zenprocourses.com $47. Highlights 5 S’s. Stillness, silence, space, subtraction and slowing down. We can choose to implement it on your own. Our culture doesn’t value them. You have to be intentional.

Out of everything? His sign-off for his podcast- you’re ok exactly how you are, you have more power than you can. You don’t have to have a Pinterest perfect CR. Start to look around and see what you can change. We make a ton of decisions per day.

Where can ppl find you online? www.thezenteacher.com Twitter @thezenteacher IG @zenteacher TikTok @thezenprofessional teachingzen@gmail.com

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Episode #221: Dr. Michele Schmidt Moore


For over two decades Dr. Michele Schmidt Moore, host of the Design Lessons podcast, has worked as a district and school level administrator, instructional designer, coach, and teacher.  Through individual coaching sessions and workshops, Michele uses design thinking and project-based learning principles to support educators with actionable steps to become leaders and change-makers in their lives and the lives of their students.

Trenches story: she tells about 3 events that led for her to change her life. Led her to life design. Feels like 1 year in her life was a “watershed” time. Hers happened before pandemic. Worked 6am-9pm. Her dad had a health crisis. When she got there, he was lifeless, he got better though. She learned to be more cognizant of family. 2nd- her husband’s company closed so he retired. 3rd-she had a panic attack in the parking lot-therapist said she had unrealistic expectations for self. She helps clients to design the life they’re wanting to achieve. She works w/ ppl in all fields. Look at steps of design thinking. 

HerLife Design Masterclass- view michelleschmidtmoore.com 30-day plan. Walks you through L.E.A.D.E.R. process. It will help you solve a daily conference. What’s the format. It can be in person or a cohort class online (6-week cohort). Offered every 2 months, like in January. Through a leader process. Vibe then a mindset. Refinement. LEADER Acronym gives you steps to walk through daily challenges. Where do you wanna be 10 years from now? designing pathway. Actually going through and designing your day. Based on design thinking. It’s based on being curious about your life. She used to supervise Eng. at a large district. Design thinking can be used outside of educational world.  What’s your passion project? Forecasts for 10 yrs out. Who do you need to be to walk in that strategy? Ppl who are reflective are open to being reflective. Be willing to step outside comfort zone.

Can talk about the session At a breakout session, she asks ppl to find out their watershed moment. Challenge that’s getting in your way every day.  “Project You: Design a Life Made for You” to take the first step in solving one of your personal or professional challenges. Don’t worry if you don’t have a challenge in mind. That’s all part of the process. You will leave with solutions to your challenge and a Project You 30 Day Action Planner free on http://www.micheleschmidtmoore.com. I can’t wait to collaborate with you. Is on “pop pd”, will be out in the winter. Go w/ inquiry ? of “How do I wake up excited throughout the day”? How do I continue to work w/out external validation? 

Design Lesson Podcast-it’s convos w/ ppl about their lives and passion projects. 60% her/40% interviews. Decided to do 2 a month. It depends on the season/topic. Talks about a particular topic. Podcast came first. She thinks about authentic learning experiences. Gives concrete strategies. It was her passion project to expand her PLN. They do a bit of coaching on the podcast. Sometimes ppl in the cohort agree to have a coaching session or others who have a project to share.

 PD you offer to districts/schools? use design thinking to make a strategic plan. F.ex. to listen to stakeholders. Use the LEADER process w/ students during online learning. Some came up w/ prototypes for week, day, etc. Do divergent thinking to access multiple solutions. Works with teachers for PD, working with students. 

Out of everything? listen- we get caught up in business of living. Take this week & find out what lights you up, what brings you down. Amplify what lifts you up.

Where can ppl find you online? www.micheleschmidtmoore.com @mschidtmoore IG, Twitter, FB. Get your Project You 30-Day Action Planner View this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_8J-q5Zn_AA


Episode #222: Dwight Carter


Dwight Carter is a nationally recognized and award-winning education leader from Central OH and the Director of Student Support Systems for the Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical School District.

He is the co-author of What’s In Your Space? Five Steps to Better School and Classroom Design (Corwin, 2016), Leading Schools in Disruptive Times: How to Survive Hyper-change (Corwin 2017/2021); and a contributing author to Because of a Teacher: Stories of the Past to Inspire the Future of Education written and curated by George Couros. His first solo book, Be GREAT: Five Principles to Improve School Culture from the Inside Out, was published recently (IMPress, 2022).

Trenches story: when was a building principal, racially-charged language spray painted over campus. Students saw it first. Supt, asst. supt all came together, put out statement. Wanted to check in with students to see how they felt. Week before “peace week”, it went well. St body united against spray painting. A lot clarity/unity came out of it.

Book Be Great: Five Principles to Improve School Culture from the Inside Out published in July. Amazon description: “When school leader Dwight Carter decided to become more intentional about his personal and professional growth, he asked himself a key question: “What does being great mean to you and why?” He reflected on his experiences as a student, teacher, coach, and principal. He thought about his relationships. He thought about his successes, failures, opportunities, and setbacks. He thought deeply about his core values and whether his attitude aligned with the beliefs that guided his behavior. It was no easy task, but in the years since, Dwight’s journey has led to more appreciation, awareness, clarity, and intentionality in his life—and it can do the same for you”. Be grateful, relational, authentic, teachable. Culture comes from each ind. person. We want to have the best culture possible for students to learn from. He still uses handwritten thankyou notes. He uses intentional language- specific to ind. person. Senior staff select- a senior was new to school- students picked staff member to give them diploma at graduation. They had to organize what it was going to look like. Strategy on how students could invite staff members. No staff members knew they’d receive the invitation until knock on door. Classified staff as well. Tradition started in 2015, still doing today. There were more staff members than students so some didn’t receive invite. 

Director of St Supports role: removes Barriers to student success, health/wellness,  interventions, climate, culture, PBIS, DEI, MTSS, SEL framework, it’s divided into 3 depts. sped coordinators. He assists principals with climate & culture. Taylor made 2nd year in this position. It’s his.28th year in education. Told his new super. he didn’t want to do building admin anymore. Had left in 2018, wanted to move into another district-level position. He’s learning the world of career tech ed. Wants to talk about career tech edu & it’s growth- over last 20 yrs. it’s gone thru a lot of transitions. Now it’s viewed as a more viable optional for all students. 36 labs students can choose to attend. His district provides CTE for 16 districts. 99% of students with them all day. Academics in morning, lab in afternoon. 2.5 hours/day lab. Diverse by design- large district geographically. Can obtain college credits as well. T’s are going thru inquiry-based learning cohorts. 

He travels some nationally for speaking engagements. Coaching clients for 3-4 years who are current principals. Has done keynotes. Great to have zoom- he started coaching principals in 2020. A principal reached out to him asked him to coach. Met monthly. Q asking, Dwight didn’t give answers. It keeps him energized. These clients aren’t in the district. 

Ohio Ascd board of directors is on the program committee. Provide PD, book study. They want to use his book for it. Planning stages of it. OH has a conf they had one last year virtual in the spring. Had a couple of twitter chats as well. Wants an in-person 1 day conference. They want to create a community.

Highlight blog & recent articles. Used to blog every week as principal, he got out of the routine- so he does it every so often. He sends out a msg to district “Think about it Tuesdays”, focused on core values. Gives them nugget to think about. “Make it a great week, the choice is yours”.1 lab teachers uses it for centering activity. Part of continuously creating culture they want to have.  

Out of everything? definition of school culture- for him it’s traditions, norms, values, behaviors all adults model on a consistent basis. If u have disengagement, absenteeism, look at adult behavior. 

Where can ppl find you online? You can connect with him on Twitter at @Dwight_Carter,  IG: @dwightcarter & linkedIn @dwightlcarter. email: mrdwightcarter@gmail.com

or on his blog at Mr. Carter’s Office (https://dwightcarter.edublogs.org/). Blogged early Nov.

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Episode #223: Betsy Springer


Betsy Springer works as an instructional coach and ELA teacher for the Gull Lake Virtual Partnership, a division of innovative programs in the Gull Lake Community School District in SW Michigan. Betsy holds a BS in secondary ed, an MEd in Instructional Tech, and is a doctoral candidate in Ed Policy. Her favorite things are her family, coffee, and doing what others say can’t be done.

Trenches story: can’t simplify. Started with her as a student. Was a good student. Teachers were her heroes. Life had other plans. Her first child has special needs. Exited CR to stay with her. Goals, her needs are moving targets. Enrolled her daughter as an art student in Gull Lake Virtual Partnership. Expressed interested in working part time. Became an online teacher. Was first teacher with 2 students. Next year there were 16 students. Inspired her to go into ed tech & policy. Wasn’t the path she envisioned starting in ed. Enjoys interacting with diff. students, educators.  

Current position instr. coach at virtual school in SW Michigan. School w/in district outside Kalamazoo, MI (in Richland). Started in 2010. Program existed before she was there. District wanted to use their own staff. They asked if she could be a local teacher for 2 students 9 yrs ago. St’s would take all their classes online. Students were lost. Then school grew to 45 within a few years. Now has 230 FT students and several PT students (400 total). Staff of 50. first 3 years “wild wild west days”. F. ex. w/ t evals. Became a DeFacto coach with new teachers. They do a lot of PD around online t’s, quarterly trainings, course reviews. Not in the beginning, was a revolving door of ½ time principals. She also got her MA in instr. tech/design. They network w/ other virtual schools in MI. Can share about starting her online school that’s now grown to 25 students. Aspects of great CR teaching with a bit of a twist. A Lot of variability in terms of student enrollment at beg. of pandemic. Staff reached out to support t’s in other districts. Shared what they knew with others. Enrollment follow trends from her policy work. Changes in types of students who want virtual school. Parents who want hybrid options.

Teach Better blogger-has only done 1, that was on her website first. Was interviewed for DLAC for proof points webinar. Couldn’t really say how they were different. They asked why she was seeing positive results, then she reached out to TB team. She did a meet up for bloggers and is part of K-12 teachers network. Her topics center around online learning.

You are a Part-time program specialist for digital learning conference DLAC (Digital Learning Annual Conference). Her Blog is about being a virtual mentor, parent engagement in a virtual setting and virtual student engagement-started it over the summer, wants to publish once a week. Anticipating more than 1000 educators, will be in Austin in Feb. Unique format. She’s spoken at the last 2. Attends webinars, speaks about growth #’s, how virtual students are doing compared to other MI schools, how parents can support. Parents often feel overwhelmed in it. They should maintain a positive attitude. 

Is working on Ph.D. in education policy. Entered spring 2020. Will likely be done in spring ‘24. Did her MA and is doing her Ph.D. online, it gives a lot of empathy for your online students. They may get a short summer session. Looks at “seat time” for virtual school. Arbitrary tradition of assigning time to course credits. Looks at funding policy measures. Looks at student outcomes within virtual schools. Impact st outcomes have w/in a district. Connection with local teachers. Is fully in dissertation writing mode.

Out of everything: virtual teaching is both unique and incorporates best t practices from the classroom. Requires teachers to combine best of both worlds. Unique experience for teachers. Not for everyone. 

Where can ppl find you online? https://unboxingeducation.blogspot.com/ Twitter, LinkedIn @betsyspringer

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Episode #224: Michael Jennings


Michael Jennings has spent over a decade teaching & coaching at nearly every level. He has been a physical education teacher, strengtathlos.org/healthy-body & conditioning coach, football coach, youth athletic development trainer, and now program director for PE & character. He is passionate about the powerful role that movement, physical activity, & sport play in the holistic development of young people. He is dedicated to showing that PE, physical activity & sport build strong foundations in our youth! 

Trenches story: early on in career, taught at HS first year. Mostly in weight room. Had a successful year, was voted ToY. Got called into principal’s office, there were budget cuts, was displaced. They couldn’t guarantee where he’s been able to go. Was placed @ MS level. Was pretty resentful 1st yr. Was no longer coaching @ HS. Didn’t let colleagues in. Over time, realized it shouldn’t affect the kids. Learned to love MS. Would want to be in MS again. Got close w/ co-workers. P.E. dept was recognized as Blue Ribbon dept. Testament to the power of mindset- embraced where he was. Didn’t let the situation dictate him. 

Talk about the Athos Academies program you’re affiliated with, you write their blog posts: he’s pretty much an open book. Left CR in 2019. Taught 6-12 PE & health. His role is very unique, wears diff. hats for some of the sister companies- they all work in tandem. It makes it easier for him. They send him out of the do PD. He does pseudo-admin for a charter school network. Overseas 3 of the academic pillars for charter school model. Resource development, co-teaching, curriculum development. Overseas Althos character development program as well. Sells products for schools who aren’t necessarily in business of starting a school (yet). Even for intl. schools. Gets word out through breakout sessions, blog posts. Wants to help ppl grow and be better. He asks schools what they offer for character development & movement breaks. For many it’s not the case. 

break out Session: The best educational tool you never knew you had: (some notes)

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Coined in book “Spark”-like a miracle grow for the brain. It’s a brain transmitter that is secreted during physical activity. Physical activity is the best way of preventing Alzheimer’s and to help youth & adults learn. The more fit a person is, the better they tend to do in cardiovascular tests. He’s focusing on the academic benefits of physical activity. Executive functioning. Now there’s a lot of SEL talk but we need to address on-task behavior. If kids are active before the lesson, there will be a decrease in off-task behaviors. BDNF promotes neurotransmitter connections. Exercise spurs BDNF pathway to solidify our learning. This has a direct play on lowered anxiety levels. Can act like med. As effective as an anti-anxiety or anti-depressant. If giving an information-dense session, have students move a bit before (jumping jacks, squats). IT’s become a passion of his. 

How to present this to a school board or launch a task force in district? in his last school- 15 m after intervention period, they’d put in 15 m of physical activity. First, try the movement breaks in your own CR. Second, find/gather/reference research. He can share resources. You have “Arrows in the quiver” you can give as responses. They need to know WHY. Gather colleagues who are doing the same things. Approach admin with the stance “I want to find ways to give my students more success”. Building out task forces in charter school network. Can give quick survey- 6 teachers, give them a survey of movement breaks- they can take the survey and ask how on task students are, how much time you spend on behavior, positive energy, compare the #’s. Has been working hard to implement. Don’t need a lot of permission to implement.

For t’s for teach core subjects– how they can incorporate movement into the CR? What happens to the kids? Ask yourself, do they really grasp the content? 45 m class period, a lot of off-task behaviors. Instead, you can right the ship by saying “this is when we get our movement in”. Play game of silent ball, other brain break. Go after the early adopters, low hanging fruit. Pick it early. It becomes adult peer pressure. 

Could highlight blog post, possibly one he’s drafting up right now. It’s geared towards going to a conf (getting out of your silo). CR t’s can get a lot out of talking to P.E. t’s. Can glean a lot from one another. Edu in general needs to do a better job of getting out of silos. Too many stereotypes. There’s a lot more commonalities, consistency across subjects than we think. Are we really moving the needle that way?

Out of everything? Movement throughout the day is beneficial to you as a professional. They’re not taking away from instructional time. Movement is still an instr. purpose. 

Where can ppl find you online? www.amac.athlos.org access Athlos program, free program for teachers, coaches, etc. @Athlosmac @theschmike on Twitter. View this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2EwKp_MzgeQ


Episode #225: Dr. Rick Chromey


Dr. Rick Chromey uses historical insight and cultural inspiration to empower audiences to rethink and reimagine how they lead, teach, pastor and parent. With over 30 years of training experience, Dr. Chromey is a sought after speaker both nationally and internationally, He has also penned over a dozen books on leadership, culture, history, classroom management and creative communication, including his most recent book “GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are.” Chromey enjoys collecting antique technology, pop culture, watching baseball, riding his motorcycle, traveling and writing. He lives with his wife Linda, and adorable dog and an ornery cat in a small town outside of Boise, ID.

Trench story: Has taught 30 years. 15 years at univ. level. He’s seen highs and low. Was a Christian univ. professor. Got his doctorate in 2007. Became an executive director, recession hit. His job didn’t really fit. Was unemployable, 45 y.o. & overqualified.  Was completely out of education for a while. Didn’t get back into academia FT. Reinvented self as author & speaker. Started non-profit in 2017. Did training. Does speaking for American Cruise Lines on Lewis & Clark trail. Got a M.A. in Oregon Trail history. Things have just happened. If you do the right things, right things happen.

How do you motivate students authentically and honestly? How do you motivate learning naturally? it’s his heartbeat message to t’s, admin. He was “king of gimmicks” for a while. Looked at craft of teaching. Looked at G.R.O.W.L.S. Internal needs- Glasser’s Control Theory. Studied internal needs. G-Grace deep down we all want some grace R-relationship we have to have positive, productive in Cr. they all work together:  O-ownership choice & being in control  W- worth- we want to be valued, have accepted vision. Focus on these needs to grow your CR. L- laughter we want to be in entertaining environments S- security- we want to feel emotionally, physically secure. Watch emotional climate in the classroom.  

Why do children and teens act up and act out? if you don’t fulfill these needs. Start by being aware as a teacher. He subs and thinks about these needs to start with. This guy’s fun. Learn student’s names right away. They’ll be drawn to you. 

What are the four leadership styles? How do they cooperate and create conflict? Part of his study across the year. Why am I?  He turns it around into teaching styles, game show host. Look at ppl psychologically-they break down into either active or passive personality. They lean 1 way or the other. You could have ideas that bounce around. 4 area matrix- emotive (game show host type of teacher), They’re able to inspire. Other side- the chef- they’re active, mission-oriented. They see the process, plan, they love order & structure. Passive- stage manager- backstage but have script in hand, wants you to stay on script. Emotive passive- the counselor. Use the emotional side. They don’t like risk, failure, trouble. Could put a game show host in same CR as a stage manager teacher. together they’ll fill each other’s strengths, also in co-teaching environment. Students may have opposite learning styles.  

He talks about book Gen Tech (2019). It can start a conversation where people will also buy the physical book. He’s a cultural historian, studied generations since 1980. Millennials were being born then. 1991 book “Generations” described the subset born since 1982. 1995- put name on next generation (Z). You can’t give them a name until you see the characteristics. Gen X got “slapped” on our generation.   

What are the characteristics of the Net Generation (born since 1990) and their implications for employers, educators and other organizational leaders? 

What are the characteristics of the iTech Generation (born since 2000) and their implications for employers, educators and other organizational leaders? They were being influenced by particular tech. It’s not a demographic, it’s the tech you come of age to. 

What are the characteristics of the Robo Generation (born since 2010) and their implications for future employers, current educators and other organizational leaders? He doesn’t put the generations back to back. That HAIR technologies- holographic,AI and robotic tech. Education will be framed around the way education is changing. 

How are these generational labels different than Gen X, Y,Z? He’s looked at cultural shifts for his doctorate. Generation isn’t more than a microshift. These names framed by tech are more understandable. It changes how we educate, like holographic tech. It’s not what you remember, it’s what you don’t remember. His book goes intil 2055 when the Robo Generation comes of age.  

How does the pandemic increase the likelihood for these shifts to happen? As a historian, you look for patterns. He doesn’t think there’s been “fast tracking”. He didn’t expect a virus to “fast track”. We’ve been moving towards a wholly digital culture since 1980’s. He wants to inspired hope. We need to rethink education- think about cheating on tests, graduating and finding answer from peers, it’s ok to collaborate w/ peers. Used it as a teaching moment to network and find the answers. St’s need to think critically.

Out of everything…scratch your niche. Discover who you are. Think small today.Small is going to be tall in post-COVID culture (like at Starbucks). PLC, small insights, discoveries.

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