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TTP #35 - Getting One Percent Better with Joe Ferraro

Joe Ferraro is getting 1% One Percent Better every day and he's hoping to help you get better with him. Joe's podcast, 1% One Percent Better is helping one individual at a time develop an arsenal of information to get better with every listen. Joe is in his 18th year and he teaches English and Public Speaking to seniors as well as the Head Varsity Baseball Coach. In this episode we discuss Manhattanville College Show Notes Cathy Salit's "The Performance Breakthrough"Tip of the Ande's...

Duration: 01:04:45

Monday Meditations #11 - Definition of Virtue

Monday Meditations #11 - Definition of Virtue

Duration: 00:02:35

TTP #34 - 2017 National Teacher of the Year - Sydney Chaffee

In this episode, we discuss social and emotional learning, her recent Ethiopia trip, and meeting The Batman - Christian Bale but first, we start with the history of her name that leads into her super teacher origin story. -Chelsea morning song ​The 3 Things she's learned from Middle School 1. Don't take it personally 2. Know your Slang 3. "Whatever kids want to read is good!" Sydney Chafee Ethiopia ​Some of the things we take for granted like: -moving...

Duration: 01:14:43

TTP #33 - Network Genius and Hustling with Tallal Gondal

On today’s episode, we have a friend of mine all the way from the UK, Tallal Gondal. Tallal is a Math Lecturer at Brooksby Melton College in the United Kingdom. He was born in Saudi Arabia, lived in Pakistan and now calls the United Kingdom home. He started a YouTube channel less than a year ago called Hustle Is 4 Life Motivation where he brings on "amazing guests from all over the world who are doing awesome things to add value to others." Like me, he is learning from their habits,...

Duration: 01:07:07

Monday Meditations #10 - Cheer Them On!

"It's in keeping with Nature to show our friends affection and to celebrate their advancement as if it were our very own. For if we don't do this, virtue, which is strengthened only by exercising our perceptions, will no longer endure in us." Seneca, Moral Letters, 109.15 Have you ever caught yourself feeling jealousy or selfishness when looking upon others successes? “If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will...

Duration: 00:02:39

TTP #32 - STARTEDUP with Don Wettrick

In this episode, we have the innovation specialist and author of "Pure Genius" - Don Wettrick. Don is leading the way in changing how we think of education. Getting out of the dark ages and into the future with his innovation class and popular podcast - StartEdUp. He has interviewed industry titans like Gary Vaynerchuk, James Altucher, Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, plus a video call from Tim Ferriss with his students. His voice is needed in the 'fix it' mentality when it comes to education. He...

Duration: 03:54:30

Monday Meditations #9 - Read, Read, and Read - Find Your Author

In this edition of "Monday Meditations," I talk about reading, and why we should stick with one author and dig into their content and life. FOLLOW TEACHER TUNNEL ON TWITTER: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK PAGE: FOLLOW JON BELT TWITTER: FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM:

Duration: 00:06:55

TTP #31 - Talks With Teachers creator Brian Sztabnik

I love all the guests I've had on the podcast so far, but this guest was special because I don't think I would have started this podcasting adventure if it wasn't for the inspiration Brian gave without even knowing me. His podcast "Talks With Teachers" is one of the most popular educational podcasts out there. He brings inspiring stories from some of the best teachers around. When I was still in my infant stage of teaching I started listening to this podcast and realized that it was okay...

Duration: 00:37:46

Monday Meditations #8 - Organize - 3 Ways to Organize Your Life and Work

This edition of Monday Meditations takes us to the topic of organization. I list 3 organizing tips I will be working on this week to get my life and work organized. If you need an accountability partner contact me at

Duration: 00:18:12

Monday Meditations #7 - Weaknesses - Weekly Challenge

Welcome to another edition of Monday Meditations. This week we will focus on a weekly challenge, and this challenge stems from a quote by Knute Rockne “Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.” – Knute Rockne Weekly Challenge 1. List three things that you perceive as your weaknesses 2. List how those perceived weaknesses could become strengths I know that my weaknesses hold me back from so many things in my life, but listing them and seeing them on paper...

Duration: 00:09:26

Monday Meditations #6 You're Future Self Will Be Proud

"A year from now you may wish you started today." Karen Lamb Thanks for listening, and happy Monday!

Duration: 00:08:27

TTP #29 - Feedback from Students with the Hacking Engagement Podcast

Show Notes Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts ​ Music Song: I dunno (ft. J Lang, Morusque) Artist: Grapes Album: ccMixter Thank you for checking out this episode of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast. Please share these free episodes with friends and colleagues to connect a wider audience. Also, if you haven’t done so already, please take a minute and leave a quick 5-Star review of the show on Apple Podcasts by clicking on the link below. Reviewing the...

Duration: 00:29:52

Monday Meditations #5 - Goals

We all have goals in one form or another, and some come to fruition and others die quickly. I’m talking about the big lofty goals because many times we want them to happen tomorrow, but what about the lightweight goals underneath the heavier ones. Are those most important?

Duration: 00:11:47

Monday Meditations #4 - Overcoming Laziness

In this addition to Monday Meditations, and this quick audio essay is based on the quote by the Roman Poet: Horace "That destructive siren, sloth, is ever to be avoided."

Duration: 00:02:13

Monday Meditations #3 - Weekly Challenge Reach Out

Weekly Challenge: I challenge you listening to reach out to a friend you haven’t seen in a while and ask them to join you in an activity. See if they want to go to a movie, bowling, out for drinks, a walk, hike, or maybe even a yoga class. Sometimes, our comfort zones keep us from reaching out and showing we care. This is a simple challenge that we can all accomplish. Who is your reach going to? Educator and Historian George Burton Adams is known for saying: "There is no such thing as a...

Duration: 00:01:28

TTP #27 Overcoming the Limits of Cerebral Palsy and Documenting the Story with Win Kelly Charles

On today’s episode we have author, teacher, podcaster, and triathlete - and did I mention she has Cerebral Palsy-CP for short. She just turned thirty and the sky is the limit for this expert on everything CP. In this episode, we discuss self-publishing a book, the triathlon in Hawaii she attempted, and her podcast "Butterflies of Wisdom" which I was a guest on her show. We learn a lot about how a disability can't stop you from accomplishing your dreams. Show Notes cerebral...

Duration: 00:44:51

TTP #26 Monday Meditations - Journal for Health

If you are like me you love to collect journals with the hope of filling them up, and then months go by and nothing. I always have these grand ideas of "I'm going to journal today!" I get pumped and at night I write my thoughts - maybe even the next day I write something down and like any new skill, the excitement slowly fizzles and the journals start collecting dust. I have a nice collection of journals. There are numerous amounts of health benefits to journaling, and here are some...

Duration: 00:06:55

TTP #25 How to be a Voice-Over Actor with Sean Carney

On today’s episode, we have Sean Carney, and this episode is a little different from previous shows because Sean isn’t a teacher in the traditional sense. He will be teaching us some things today about his profession. so think of it as a guest speaker to the classroom. A few years back, I taught a 7th grade ELA class and I had a quiet student named Logan, but Logan had a talent. He had the deepest voice I've ever heard from a 7th grader. Lets just say I would have enjoyed listening to him...

Duration: 00:47:55

TTP 24 Monday Meditations - Happiness: Destinies are Determined by our Decisions.

Welcome to the first edition of Monday Meditations. I am your host Jon Belt, and this is an addition to the Teacher Tunnel Podcast with just me and no guests as of right now, maybe in the future, we will have guests. and just to clarify what this is and what this is not. ​ What this is not: -This is not a meditation series -I will not have calm, relaxing music on to quiet the mind -I will not start chanting or delivering instructions on chanting What this is: A short audio essay to...

Duration: 00:07:31

TTP #23 - Moving Past Mediocre and the Growth Mindset with Nick Matiash

On today’s episode, we have Nick Mataish - Nick is a Ninth Grade Algebra teacher in Webster, New York at Webster Schroeder High School. He is an aspiring relationship coach, writer, and has developed a blog called - where his focus is Mindset, Marriage and Manifesting Greatness, and like me, he is a fan of alliteration. He received his bachelor's degree in Math Education and a Masters degree in Special Education from his hometown Niagara County, NY at Niagara...

Duration: 01:14:02

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