WEP 0080: Shift This! An Interview with Joy Kirr

Kelly interviews Joy Kirr, the author of the hot new book, Shift This! How to Implement Gradual Change for MASSIVE Impact in Your Classroom! 

Joy Kirr is an amazing teacher and author. She was first a special education teacher of deaf & hard-of-hearing students, and next became a reading specialist and National Board Certified. Now in her 22nd year of teaching, she learns alongside 7th graders. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning, doesn’t mind being known as a “Genius Hour Evangelist,” and enjoys the school year without grades.

This is a fantastic and energetic interview that is perfect for all teachers. Joy is absolutely brilliant.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Creation Crate: An amazing monthly subscription service that ships a new electronic project right to your home or classroom. Wired Educator loves this service and you will too! Check out www.CreationCrate.com.

Joy Kirr’s book: Shift This! How to Implement Gradual Change for MASSIVE Impact in Your Classroom! 

Joy’s website: http://joykirr.wixsite.com/portfolio

Joy’s reccomends the book: Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Our Children’s Learning by Peter Johnson

Joy reccomends the book: Creating a Culture of Feedback: Use Grading to MotivateStudents to Move Forward (Solutions) by Bill Ferriter

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

LiveBinders: www.LiveBinders.com

   

 

WEP 0076: How Educators Are Getting Published!

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly shares what he has learned from the numerous authors he has interviewed about how to write and publish a book. Kelly also leans on his own experience in the writing and publication of his book, Along Came a Leader.

Kelly will share the tips, tricks, strategies, plans, tools, and resources, as well as some potent motivation, to help you become a published author.

Kelly emphasizes not only the ‘how-to-do-it’ but he clearly illustrates why you will want to publish. Kelly addresses many benefits of publication that most educators don’t even consider.

Whether you think you have a book in you or not, this episode is just what you need.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

The following resources are about to save you years of guessing. Outlined below is the culmination of my intense reading, studying, and testing to become a better writer.

Here is a list of inspiring and fun educational books that will help you make an incredible impact in your classroom, school, district, and well… life. You are going to love this list! Click here for an annotated list of the best educational reads for you! 

• Scrivener:  The best writing tool on the planet for numerous reasons. This program is the best way to write anything period. I have tried them all. This is the one. Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

• Learn Scrivener Fast:  Get the most out of Scrivener. This course is quick, easy, and will make you master Scrivener. It is essential. You will be amazed at all you can do, the time you save, and most importantly the writing you create. A must!

• On Writing by Stephen King: If you are going to read only one book on writing, this is it. King holds nothing back and tells you what you need to hear. Read it. You will want your own copy. While this is aimed at writing fiction or novels, I believe what King says in this important work is something every writer needs to hear.

• On Writing Well by William Zinsser: This is a must-read for any aspiring author who wants to write nonfiction. This is a classic and it is full of the best advice. Skip the others. This is the one you want to read.

• Do the WorkThe War of Art and Turning Pro by Stephen Pressfield: Choose any of these great books to get you motivated and believing that your message needs to be heard and that you can accomplish the task. I found each of these incredibly helpful. After writing awhile your brain will begin to tell you to take a break, stop, quit, and even abandon your work. These books will arm you with the necessary defenses to these age old hurdles and career killers.

• Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. This is a short wrting but by one of my favorite authors. Bradbury delivers hope and encouragement in this work that every writer should hear. I hope you will give it a read. The image of writing that Bradbury conveys will stay with you as steadfast soldier guarding your dream.

• Michael Hyatt’s GET PUBLISHED Program: If you want the insight on how to get published, you will want this course. Michael Hyatt is both a successful publisher and a successful writer. Don’t guess at the world of publishing. This program will tell you everything you need and save your years of research as well as preventing you from wasting money on useless products and services. I admire Michael. This program helped me publish my book.

• GoOnWrite.com: This is where I get my book covers.  They are super-affordable and they look great.

• Evernote: This is my digital vault. I use Evernote on my iPhone, on my iPad, and on my MacBook. This is where I save all that I need. I save notes here on projects I am working on, my daily affirmations, my to-do list, web clippings, information on my family and friends. It’s completely searchable and easy to use. You can even easily add photos, scans, voice memos and more.

Moleskine Journal: If it’s worth writing down, put it in your Moleskine. Don’t use napkins, sticky notes, or scraps of paper. Put it where you can find it. This is the exact notebook I use as my day to day journal.  I love absolutely everything about it.  This is where I record my ideas and anything of importance.  If you read my posts and hear me speak, you know how important a journal is to my lifestyle and productivity. I don’t go anywhere without my Moleskine.

Kelly’s Weekend Retreat: Scheduled for a weekend in February 2018. Will fill quickly. Check it out here.

WEP 0075: An Interview with Dr. Michael Mills

Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives

In this episode Kelly interviews Dr. Michael Mills about his new book, Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives, his work as a professor preparing the next generation of educators to graduate, the best uses of mobile devices in the classroom, and best educational practices in general, and so much more. Michael encourages us to focus on: choice, opportunities, reflections, and assessment when designing our lessons. Listen to find out why and how!

Dr. Michael Mills, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leading expert on the practical uses of educational technology, particularly on using collaborative tools to better engage students and to design strategies for effectively integrating mobile devices in the classroom. He is an SXSWedu, ISTE, and SITE presenter and has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Education Trainer and serves on the advisory boards for SXSWedu and the Apple Distinguished Educator Program for the Americas.

Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelSMills

Mentioned in this podcast:

The best way to create your lesson plans: www.PlanBook.com

Michael’s book: Empowering Learners with Mobile Open Access Learning Initiatives on Amazon, or use this discount code “IGI50″ here.

Books Michael recommends this great book: The Psychology of Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Learn about Kelly’s Wired Educator Weekend Retreat scheduled for February 2018 here!

WEP 0074: Cultivating Communication in the Classroom an Interview with Lisa Johnson

An Interview with Lisa Johnson

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Lisa Johnson about her new book, Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future Ready Skills for Secondary Students.

Lisa Johnson is an Apple Distinguished Educator, PBS Digital Innovator, and she is the founder of TechChef4U.com, a blog devoted to “cooking up” recipe-like content to be used in the classroom for all age levels. Lisa co-authored Hot Apps 4 HOTS, she has over fourteen years experience in the classroom and holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. Her insight on technology has been published on sites like Edutopia and mainstream publications like iPads in Education for Dummies. Lisa lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and enjoys a good Netflix series when she isn’t writing and speaking.

Cultivating Communication in the Classroom by Lisa Johnson is a great resource for any administrator or educator at any level. Here is more about Lisa’s book:

Students are expected to be innovators, creative thinkers, and problem solvers. But what if they can’t communicate their ideas persuasively? Knowing how to share ideas is as crucial as the ideas themselves. Unfortunately, many students don’t get explicit opportunities to hone this skill.

Cultivating Communication in the Classroom will help educators design authentic learning experiences that allow students to practice their skills. Readers will find:

Real world insights into how students will be expected to communicate in their future careers and education.

 

Strategies for teaching communication skills throughout the curriculum.

 

Communication Catchers for igniting ideas.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Creation Crate: Have an awesome electronic project mailed to your home or school each month. Use coupon code “WIRED” for a five dollar discount.

Lisa’s blog: www.TechChef4U.com

Books & Journals:

Order Lisa’s book: Cultivating Communication in the Classroom!

Social Media Wellness by Ana Homayoun

Revinvent Yourself by James Altucher

There is no Good Card for This by Kelsey Crowe

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

The Passion Planner

The Behance Action Journal 

Support the Wired Educator Podcast for one dollar at: https://www.patreon.com/wirededucator

WEP 0073: Lead Like a Pirate an Interview with Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf

An Interview with Authors: Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf

In this episode of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly interviews Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf, the authors of the hot, new, best-selling book, Lead Like a Pirate.

About the book, Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff:

Are You a Treasure Seeker? 

Pirates are on a constant quest for riches, but PIRATE leaders seek even greater rewards: amazing schools, engaged students, and empowered educators who know they are making a difference. In Lead Like a PIRATE, education leaders Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf map out the character traits necessary to captain a school or district. You’ll learn where to find the treasure that’s already in your classrooms and schools–and how to bring out the very best in your educators.
What does it take to be a PIRATE Leader? 
  • Passion–both professional and personal
  • A willingness to Immerse yourself in your work
  • Good Rapport with your staff, students and community
  • The courage to Ask questions and Analyze what is and isn’t working
  • The determination to seek positive Transformation 
  • And the kind of Enthusiasm that gets others excited about education
The ultimate goal for any education leader is to create schools and districts where students and staff are knocking down the doors to get in rather than out. This book will equip and encourage you to be relentless in your quest to make school amazing for your students, staff, parents, and communities.
Are you ready to set sail?

Meet the Authors:

Shelley Burgess

 

shelley-burgess-lead-like-a-pirate-200x300Shelley has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of change which leads to dramatic improvements in teaching and learning. She now works as a full-time partner in Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators.

Beth Houf

beth-houf-lead-like-a-pirate-300x300Beth is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all… schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out! To do so, Beth seeks out fun and meaningful ways to interact with students and teachers so they are excited about coming to school. Wearing costumes, singing karaoke, or breaking out some original dance moves as she enthusiastically greets students each morning, or providing innovative  learning time and celebrations for her staff so they feel rejuvenated and excited about teaching is common practice for Beth.

Beth Houf is a middle school principal in central Missouri. She also serves as a facilitator for the DESE Leadership Academy, providing monthly training to state educational leaders. She has spoken at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the Association for Middle Level Education National Conference and many state and local educational venues. She is also active in her local, state and national elementary principal associations. Beth has also been a guest lecturer at William Woods University, Westminster University and the University of Missouri. Beth was named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011 and the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016.

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Website: www.LeadLikeaPirate.net

www.DaveBurgessConsulting.com

Follow Shelley and Beth on Twitter.

Order your copy of: , Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff:

Do you love the Wired Educator Podcast? Really? Really!?! Now you can help support it for just $1 at www.patreon.com/wirededucator