Welcome to the Punk Rock Preschool Podcast where we are changing the world one classroom at a time -- that classroom is your classroom! You are a rock star. As a teacher, your impact echoes out and creates an impact that can change the world. Together, we are going to reimagine the the perfect ECE classroom because your children deserve the absolute best. In today's world, a child with a passion and a love of learning can grow up to be anyone and anything they want to be. Imagine how much a passionate child can learn with the knowledge available on the internet. Imagine how much a passionate child can accomplish with direction and purpose at a young age. And imagine how much a passionate child can change the world with a head start on discovering what he or she loves. The possibilities are limitless! On the Punk Rock Preschool Podcast, we will discuss the most innovative, inspiring, and empowering strategies for you to create the classroom of your dreams! With incredible guests from every field and outside-the-box thinking, your classroom will be the place to be! Students will be banging down the classroom door every morning and leaving with a FOMO for school every afternoon! Once we allow ourselves to reimagine a classroom that doesn't just instruct or educate, but rather inspires and empowers, we have entered into life-changing territory. Early childhood is the time to dream big, imagine new potentials, and introduce children to the world of possibilities that exists for each and everyone of them. If you can dream it, they can do it. A child's potential is as infinite as their imaginations! The philosophy behind Punk Rock Preschool is simple -- inspire kids to pursue their biggest & wildest dreams. We must reshape expectations so students know that they can do anything they set their minds to, whether it is "developmentally appropriate" or not. On this podcast, we will discuss how to give your students the tools and strategies to discover their passions and achieve their dreams! Through interviews, insights, and intuition, you can empower your students with knowledge, passions, mindsets, habits, and much more to make their big & wild ambitions comes true. A child's potential is only limited by our own imaginations. This is why we must dream big. If students are sponges, it’s time to help them absorb all they can. On the Punk Rock Preschool Podcast, get the most unique perspectives on rethinking preschool, pre-k, ECE, Kindergarten, and education in general so you can challenge and excite your classroom every day. Subscribe now and join me on this adventure as we rethink preschool together!
Catch Up Boys – How Eric Newman Nurtures Exceptional Husbands, Fathers, and Men
What is a catch up boy?
A catch up boy is a young man who has gone his entire life without guidance of a competent, confident and consistent adult male.
And then, something terrible happens. It could be any number of traumas: the death of someone close, addiction, abuse, gangs, crime. And when these events happen — events that no child should experience — Eric helps these boys get themselves back on track.
Through the three Cs — Competence, Consistency, and Confidence — Eric shows these Catch Up Boys how to stop haunting the old tracks and how to build an entirely new set to take them anywhere they wish to go in life.
Eric turned down the opportunity to become a Head of School in the Bronx so he could focus his time on his true passion, a one-on-one Catch-Up School.
In this role, Eric is a mentor (and a rebuilder), a crackerjack reading and writing instructor, a parental ally, and a sports agent. He serves all these roles for his students — advocating, teaching, mentoring, and changing lives.
By nurturing and caring for these Catch Up Boys, Eric gives them the tools to become consistent, confident, and competent future husbands and fathers.
To learn more about Eric, visit his site, https://www.catchupboys.com/.
Ed Latimore – How to Create Forward Momentum in Your Life
At 28, Ed Latimore was stuck.
At 33, Ed Latimore is on top of the world.
How did he do it?
By harnessing the power of momentum and pushing forward to change his life.
Ed is an inspiration. In five years he joined the army, thrived as an amateur boxer, graduated with a Physics degree, wrote his first two books, and he has become one of the wisest and most influential accounts on Twitter.
For his complete journey, listen to this episode of the Punk Rock Preschool Podcast.
Ed combines his unique background of physics, chess, boxing, sobriety, and all of his life experiences into a modern-day philosophy that challenges conformity and conventional thinking. Ed finds meaningful relationships between the physical, emotional, and mental worlds and breaks them down into bite-size pieces of wisdom on Twitter and in his email list.
Here are just a few examples:
“If you apply force but nothing moves, you didn’t do any work”
* “There is no neutral position. Momentum is either with you or against you.”
“The more you divide your attention, the less actually gets done. This is like how when a denominator approaches infinity, the output approaches 0.”
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, just transferred. You can’t create money, but you can transfer experiences and life into a book and it comes back as money.”
Ed’s motto is to take what he’s learned the hard way and break it down so you can learn it the easy way.
And that’s exactly what he does in this episode. Listen now and start moving forward in your life!
* Twitter: @EdLatimore
* Facebook: @EdLatimoreBoxer
* Website: edlatimore.com
* Book: Not Caring What Other People Think is a Superpower
* Book: The Four Confidences
02:17 – Introduction
05:09 – How to Apply Physics to Social Interactions
11:35 – Conformity is Amoral
21:56 – How to Give Kids the Superpower of Not Caring What Other People Think
27:45 – Did Caring What Other People Think Ever Hold You Back?
35:20 – How to Surround Yourself with Positivity
42:50 – How to Find Your Purpose
54:35 – Why You Should NEVER Apologize for Who You Are and What You Believe
1:07:50 – Where You Can Find Ed
11 Kanye West Tweets To Live By
#1. Dream Big
I’ve always had a desire to do things people wouldn’t even think to do
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 24, 2018
#2. Trust Your Intuition
Don’t follow crowds. Follow the innate feelings inside of you. Do what you feel not what you think. Thoughts have been placed in our heads to make everyone assimilate. Follow what you feel.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 18, 2018
#3. Live in the Moment
Be here now. Be in the moment. The now is the greatest moment of our lives and it just keeps getting better. The bad parts the boring parts the parts with high anxiety. Embrace every moment for its greatness. This is life. This is the greatest movie we will ever see.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 18, 2018
#4. Be Yourself
all you have to be is yourself
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 20, 2018
#5. Be Yourself
don’t trade your authenticity for approval
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 18, 2018
#6. Spread Love
spread love. Put more love into the universe.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 26, 2018
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
#8. Be Curious. Be Skeptical. Question Everything.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 22, 2018
#9. Tinker and Evolve
iterations of ideas are how culture evolves.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 20, 2018
#10. How to Start Your Day Right
when you first wake up don’t hop right on the phone or the internet or even speak to anyone for even up to an hour if possible. Just be still and enjoy your own imagination. It’s better than any movie.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 18, 2018
#11. Vision + Collaboration = Progress
it’s not where you take things from. It’s where you take them to
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018
Link to Kanye West’s New Album, “Ye,” on Apple Music
Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes – How to Develop Intuition in the Classroom
Are we raising kids who are prepared for an unpredictable and changing world? We tell children to follow their heart and go with their their gut, but are we giving kids the tools to even listen? Intuition can’t be taught from a textbook but it can be developed in the classroom. And while this is an area that gets little attention in our education system, it will be getting all the attention it deserves on this week’s episode of the Punk Rock Preschool Podcast with special guest Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes. On this week’s episode, Alexander shares his incredible wisdom on how to find your purpose, strengthen your intuition, and discover your archetype. By developing these mindsets, we will be able to teach kids to be the masters of their own destinies.
Alexander is a professional writer, ballet dancer, personal trainer, and a self-made man at the age of 29. He is a role-model for young men and women and provides limitless sagely advice online through his social media channels. Alexander believes that true knowledge is applied knowledge, which can only be learned experientially. This means, we as teachers, must create the conditions where children are allowed to learn, fail, and grow. Right now, we have a system that rewards compliance, playing it safe, and following a linear step-by-step path to an expected life. But life is unexpected. Life throws us for a loop. And when that happens, we need to ask ourselves: are we doing enough?
School does not typically do a very good job of helping kids find their purpose and discover who they are. Alexander describes four essential strategies that can shine a light on a child’s internal drive and destiny. By providing kids with opportunities to take on leadership roles, compete with one another, challenge themselves intellectually, and act in service to something bigger than themselves, then through these experiences, something will click and kids will find their purposes. As in Alexander’s case, his ballet and his art fuels and energizes everything else in his life. When you find your purpose, everything in life runs smoother. So of course we want to give that gift to our students!
In this episode, find out just how to help your students live their lives congruently. That means giving them the tools and mindsets to to do what they want and feel how they want throughout life. When your actions, capacity, and mental well-being are congruent with one another, life will flow to you. You will feel a sense of contentment with who you are, what you do, and how you do it. These are gifts that more important than any textbook lesson or state standard.
Learn how to incorporate these powerful psychological, physical, and spiritual lessons into your classroom with Alexander’s incredible insights!
Alexander’s Email List
Carl Jung Archetypes
02:48 – Introduction
05:33 – What Does It Mean to Be Healthy
07:29 – What Needs to Be Taught That Isn’t Being Taught
15:40 – How to Find a Purpose
Dwayne Reed – Becoming the Black Mr. Rogers
Meet the Black Mr. Rogers!
Mr. Dwayne Reed, a first year teacher on the West Side of Chicago, has already made a profound impact on so many students and teachers around the world. And he does so by bringing the positivity, freedom, and cool vibes of being a kid into every lesson in the classroom! Sounds like Mr. Rogers to me! On this episode of the Punk Rock Preschool Podcast, Mr. Reed will give you all of the tips and strategies to generate excitement and build great relationships with your students.
Mr. Reed is a first-year teacher but it feels like he has been doing this for so much longer. Last year, during his pre-service as a student teacher, Mr. Reed went viral with the huge classroom banger, “Welcome to the 4th Grade.” The song started as a simple way to connect with his students, but when Mr. Reed woke up the morning after releasing it, he was all over the internet! But don’t think you have to be a musical superstar like Mr. Reed to create these type of connections in your classroom. On this episode, he explains how all teachers have the potential to create their own vibe and set their own tone with the energy they bring into the classroom.
When teachers set a tone of joy and exuberance, kids respond with anticipation and excitement for every school day. Mr. Reed gave his students the experience of being on the screen rather than looking at the screen. Mr. Reed’s students aren’t just along for the ride; instead, the kids and Mr. Reed are all on the ride together. Mr. Reed believes in being able to “put yo’ people on,” which means to let them experience what you’re experiencing, to let them have these moments of unfettered, magical learning.
On this note, Mr. Reed has used his fame and influence to constantly give back to the communities he serves. Whether it is securing donations of books from around the world, using his social networks to ask for Christmas presents for his students (they received five presents EACH from an Amazon wish list), or even working with an airline company to get kids in private planes for flying lessons (don’t tell his kids yet), Mr. Reed will exhaust every avenue to help his kids until the day he dies!
And this is just one reason why he is such an inspiration! On this episode, Mr. Reed tells us how to dream big and establish the best relationships with our students. He goes into how he has become such an influencer and powerful voice in only his first year of teaching and how to be a fearless in your advocacy for your students. Learn all about the incredible opportunities that are available to us by listening to one of the most inspiring episodes of the Punk Rock Preschool Podcast right here.
* Welcome to the 4th Grade
* Mr. Reed’s Twitter
* Mr. Reed’s Facebook
* Mr. Reed’s YouTube
* Mr. Reed’s Instagram
* John Schumacher (Mr. Schu) at Scholastic
02:45 – What Inspired You to Be a Teacher
06:53 – How Mr. Reed Built the Culture in his Classroom
11:30 – Culture around Music
16:20 – Using “Fame” to Do Good
22:56 – Advice to Teachers to Bring Big Dreams into the Classroom
Annie Brock – The Growth Mindset Playbook, Early Childhood Edition
Do you want the playbook to unlock your student’s full potential? Lucky for you, today’s guest is Annie Brock who literally wrote the book on growth mindset in the classroom! She actually wrote multiple books on growth mindset! In this episode, Annie shares incredible strategies and research to help you bring growth mindset into your classroom and into your students’ lives!
A fixed mindset is the belief that talents, skills, and abilities cannot be developed; that they are fixed and set in stone at birth. Fixed mindset people think that they are either born with a talent, or they are not — and that’s the end of it. Except the story doesn’t end there! A growth mindset says the these things can be developed with hard work, dedication, and practice. A person’s potential is unknown and unknowable. It is impossible to predict what someone (or you) can accomplish with years of passion, toil and training. When a person puts in the effort, they WILL grow. And we cannot put a limitation on that growth. Annie discusses exactly how to encourage and support this belief in the classroom so kids always see the possibilities of their potential!
A key component of growth mindset has to do with process praise vs. person praise. When we praise the person by saying, “You’re so smart, artistic, intelligent, well-behaved,” well, then we are feeding their identity and attaching these characteristics to something innate about them (and therefore, something that cannot change). But when we praise the process, by focusing on a student’s hard work, their strategies, their capacity for improvement — kids see this as things that are within their control and will continue to seek out challenges to hone these skills. On the flip side, if a student sees themselves as brilliant, they aren’t going to put themselves in challenging situations where their “brilliance” may be threatened. With a growth mindset classroom, we should always associate achievement with the work that it took to get there rather than anything internal.
Annie provides all types of cultural callbacks to work through throughout the year so kids (and teachers) understand the building blocks of growth mindset. She lays out great culture-building ideas and phrases like “fail forward,” “mistakes help us grow,” “feedback is a gift — accept it!,” “challenges grow my brain” — and these are just a few examples of the framework for building a growth mindset classroom. For the full list, make sure to listen to the full episode here!
My favorite moment of this entire conversation had to be our discussion about the power of “yet.” Annie explained that there is a difference between not knowing and not knowing YET. The word “yet” offers a promise of the future. It is not here YET, but it is coming. Some teachers and schools have even implemented this strategy much further, getting rid of failing grades and replacing them with “Not Yet.” Failing has a finality to it. It’s over. But with not yet, students are still given the opportunity to pass and more importantly, learn! This is a strategy I have already implemented in my personal and professional life with great results.
For more amazing strategies and to learn more about Annie and her awesome work, listen to this week’s episode of the Punk Rock Preschool podcast!
The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher’s Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve
The Growth Mindset Playbook: A Teacher’s Guide to Promoting Student Success