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Warming your heart, sparking your thinking, and igniting your professional practice. Reach out on any social media platform @TeachersOnFire. Hosted by Tim Cavey. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachersonfire/support

Warming your heart, sparking your thinking, and igniting your professional practice. Reach out on any social media platform @TeachersOnFire. Hosted by Tim Cavey. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachersonfire/support

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Warming your heart, sparking your thinking, and igniting your professional practice. Reach out on any social media platform @TeachersOnFire. Hosted by Tim Cavey. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/teachersonfire/support

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English


Episodes

223 - You Can Love Teaching, Love Your Students, and Still Love Time Away

5/1/2022
I’m writing this post from a delightful cafe in a quaint little touristy town near my home. The sunshine is pouring in through three walls of windows. Steam from my freshly brewed coffee wafts lazily upward. A creamy slice of carrot cake sits waiting to be consumed. 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...

Duration:00:05:39

222 - Two Years Later, It's a BREATH of FRESH AIR for a Pounded Profession

4/9/2022
Love or hate the policy decision — speaking, teaching, and breathing just became physically easier for exhausted educators across North America. 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 episode at...

Duration:00:05:27

221 - Here's Your Permission to STOP CHASING Missing Student Assignments

3/27/2022
The reality: not every student has submitted the required products for a particular learning activity by the due date or deadline. What should the responsible teacher do? Here’s how some teachers respond: They update checklists of unsubmitted assignments on a weekly or daily basis. They regularly post names of students whose work is overdue on the classroom whiteboard or digital equivalents. Missing essays: Brian, Jackie, Solomon, Jenny, Stefan. They meet 1:1 with the students whose work...

Duration:00:12:11

220 - When a Middle School Student Goes ON STRIKE: Mapping Next Steps

3/13/2022
I knew that if we were to improve this student-teacher relationship and get learning back on track, this student would need to feel fully heard by the teacher. And the teacher would need to feel heard by the student. A meeting seemed like a logical next step. But I wanted to approach this very carefully. I wanted to think about ways to allow the student to feel heard without creating a slam session against the teacher. And I wanted to allow the teacher to feel heard by the student without...

Duration:00:07:05

219 - What is the PURPOSE of ASSESSMENT?

3/7/2022
We recognize that our assessment beliefs and practices fundamentally shape every other aspect of learning that occurs in the school environment. As such, we engage in constant professional learning and seek to apply evidence-based thinking to our practices. 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...

Duration:00:05:14

218 - COMPASSION Over CANCELLATION: Seeing the Humanity Across the Aisle

2/26/2022
Following the thread, I had a startling realization. It’s a thought that I’m sure has crossed many educators’ minds over the last two years. We don’t even let our middle schoolers behave like this. 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 episode at...

Duration:00:04:39

217 - Why Schools MUST TELL Their STORIES

2/19/2022
How could you be so sure that your wonderful class or school community was X … only to hear that others view it as Y? Simple. You’re doing lots of great things within your own walls. But you’re doing a really bad job of telling your story. 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...

Duration:00:07:31

216 - My BEST HACK for Memorizing Student Names

2/2/2022
Dale Carnegie once said that “A person’s name is to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language.” And so it is. If we want to build meaningful culture, community, and relationships in our schools, we need to learn our students’ names. This is one way to do it. 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...

Duration:00:05:19

215 - COFFEE with EDUPODCASTERS: A Conversation with Bryon Carpenter and Tim Stephenson

1/26/2022
This episode comes to you from a Tim Hortons coffee shop. Host Tim Cavey is joined by fellow edu podcasters Tim Stephenson (Science 360) and Bryon Carpenter (Fresh Air at Five). This is a learning conversation. We talk about what’s firing us up, the content that keeps us going, and the practices that stoke our fires. Join us. My guests today are: Bryon Carpenter@BryonCarTim Stephenson@AstroStephenson My name is Tim Cavey, and I’m proud to contribute to the education conversation through...

Duration:00:28:45

214 - It’s OKAY to Be MESSY at the START

1/18/2022
Guess what, administrators. If you want your educators to teach responsively, dynamically, and sustainably, then you’ve got to create safe spaces for experimentation. That means that it has to be okay for teachers to try some new things. To leave the familiar from time to time. To make spontaneous decisions. And to make mistakes. That means that it has to be okay for you as an administrator to walk into a classroom where the lesson plan hasn’t been completely defined. Where the learning...

Duration:00:06:25

213 - The OVERLOOKED SKILL That No One Is Talking About in Education

1/11/2022
Think for a moment. What if there was a physical skill that could actively determine an adult’s willingness to write virtually anything of length for any reason? What if this single skill determined whether basic academic tasks required minutes or hours? And what if proficiency in this same skill dramatically limited or expanded the number of academic options available to students outside of high school? Wow. That’s huge, right? If such a skill existed, you would think it would get a...

Duration:00:06:52

212 - LEVEL UP Your SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS with This Checklist

1/4/2022
Put your K-12 assessment tools to the test with 15 powerful questions. 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 episode at https://medium.com/teachers-on-fire/level-up-your-summative-assessments-with-this-checklist-3f05312b7ba2. My name is Tim Cavey, and I’m proud to contribute to...

Duration:00:05:27

211 - We Are ALL Developing Learners

11/29/2021
We’re all developing learners. Every last one of us. As adults, we often have the luxury of walking away from learning that proves difficult or doesn’t interest us. Students in our current models of K-12 (or at least K-8) don’t usually have that option. So when we see our kids in the learning pit, let’s not panic or shame. Instead, let’s engage in thoughtful conversations. Let’s ask helpful questions. And let’s see what we can do to give them a helping hand. And we’ll celebrate the...

Duration:00:08:23

210 - Are We Using TOO MANY APPS in Education?

11/22/2021
In 2017, I attended ISTE in San Antonio, Texas. ISTE, or The International Society for Technology in Education, hosts the largest conference for educational technology in the world. My first visit to the exhibitors’ hall was eye-opening. Wow, I thought. There are a lot of edtech companies in education right now. 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...

Duration:00:06:57

209 - My Students Are Actually Thinking About LEARNING TARGETS

11/15/2021
I first read Ron Berger’s Leaders of Their Own Learning in 2018, and I’ve been sold on the power of learning targets ever since. I believe they’re an essential part of successful instruction, assessment, and student learning. I post learning targets on my Google Docs. On Slides. On Classroom. On Seesaw. I try to refer to them often in my instruction. And I ask students to use our targets to assess their own learning. But how much attention do students really give to learning targets? Do...

Duration:00:05:40

208 - A Tale of TWO SHORT STORY PROJECTS

11/7/2021
Choosing the path of sanity and sustainability isn’t easy at first. It requires trusting the process. It involves sharing agency and ownership with students. It requires the release of teacher guilt formed by the wages mindset of assessment. But take courage, colleagues. This is the path to joy in our work. The path to doing what we love to do. The path to reclaimed weekends and holidays. The path to healthier humanity and more emotional margin for students, colleagues, and family...

Duration:00:08:22

207 - VIRTUAL WHITEBOARDS: How can they support student learning?

10/25/2021
In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey is a panel of educators who are passionate about the learning opportunities created by virtual whiteboard tools. Join Melissa Aveling, Kate Stevens, Lise Farquhar, Tim Belmont, and Jeffery Frieden on an audio tour of Google Jamboard, Padlet, Whiteboard.fi, and Whiteboard.chat. Whether you’re well-versed in these tools or a complete newbie, I can promise that you’ll be inspired by the ideas shared here. Welcome to Roundtables: livestreamed...

Duration:01:09:08

206 - Sail the 7 Cs of MICROSOFT EDUCATION with Becky Keene and Kathi Kersznowski

9/13/2021
In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey is joined by Becky Keene and Kathi Kersznowski, authors of Sail the 7 Cs with Microsoft Education: Stories from around the World to Transform and Inspire. Welcome to Roundtables: livestreamed conversations meant to warm your heart, spark your thinking, and ignite your professional practice. ⭐️ CONNECT with THESE INSPIRING EDUCATORS on TWITTER ⭐️ Kathi Kersznowski @Kerszi - https://twitter.com/kerszi Becky Keene @BeckyKeene -...

Duration:00:40:54

205 - Defining Our SEESAW MISSION and VISION

9/10/2021
What’s our ultimate vision for Seesaw? We want to use Seesaw to help us strengthen our culture of growth, reflection, and learning. We want the Seesaw journal to be so informative that engaged parents and reflective students have a clear sense of their learning progress every step of the way. No surprises at report card time. We want the Seesaw journal to be a source of celebration, pride, and joy for every diverse learner in our community. We are ALL learners, after all: even as...

Duration:00:07:49

204 - Reimagining PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Where can we go from here?

8/25/2021
In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with educators who are passionate about improving the shape of professional learning: Mark Ryan, Vince Bustamante, Min Suh, Kate Stevens, and Jeffery Frieden. We discuss best practices for most powerful professional learning, asynchronous tools, how to capture in-house expertise, gamification, and more. Welcome to Roundtables: livestreamed conversations meant to warm your heart, spark your thinking, and ignite your professional...

Duration:00:57:23