Thought provoking conversations that help dive deeper into educational practices.
John Coyle: design thinking
How does design thinking help us in everyday life?
Not the textbook version. The practical day in and day out version.
John Coyle, Olympic Medalist and design thinking expert, breaks down the theory of design thinking and helps us apply it to our daily life.
John delves into how we approach our strengths and weaknesses, difficult decisions, and the importance of the design thinking process.
This episode provides a deeper understanding of design thinking and practical application.
Mark Henderson: persevering towards gold
Perseverance helps us grow in unexpected ways.
Mark Henderson, Olympic Gold Medalist, shares the story of his 1992 Olympic trial experience and how that propelled him forward towards gold in 1996.
Mark reflects on lessons learned from athletics, and how they can be brought into the classroom for all students.
Mark also shares about his newest venture, The Athletes Village. A great app that assists athletes, builds community, and provides a context for professional athletes to give back. Updated app launching in the next couple of months.
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Mark Henderson is a former competitive swimmer. He is an Olympic gold medalist, three-time World champion, and former world record-holder. After his competitive swimming career, Mark went worked on Wall Street, and then started a non-profit, The Athletes Village.
Music: Believin Stephen
Shout outs: US Men's Swimming Team
Links: #swimming, #olympics, Shawn Kanungo, The Athletes Village
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Vladimir Grbic: elevating your performance
What does it take to elevate your performance to the next level?
Who better to ask than Olympic Gold Medalist, Vladimir Grbic?
Vladimir provides wonderful insight into the world of athletics. But, our conversation goes much deeper than that. We get into mindsets, collaboration, inclusivity, and the importance of happiness. Vlad shares what prevents people from succeeding and the secret to overcoming it.
Whether you are an athlete, educator, or striving to achieve a goal-this episode is for you!
Shawn Kanungo: disrupt to innovate
What is the role of innovation within education?
Shawn Kanungo, a globally recognized innovation strategist, shares his insight into how innovation occurs and what it could look like within schools. Shawn offers challenges and inspiration for educators and school leaders to do school differently. For example - "if you don't understand how video games work for middle school students - you are irrelevant."
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Three kids asking some more curious questions with Judy Schachner
Anaiah Downing, Eliana Downing, and Teo Downing had the opportunity to ask some curious questions to Judy Schachner, the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 23 books for children including Bits & Pieces, the Skippyjon Jones series (my personal favorite), Yo Vikings, The Grannyman and Willy and May.
The answers to the questions provide some great insight to listeners of all ages.
See episode #29 for the complete conversation with Judy.
Judy Schachner: liberating creativity
How does an award winning author + illustrator create their books?
Judy Schachner, #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator, gives us a glimpse into her creation process. See the link on the website for a wonderful example of a character bible, which serves as the foundation for her books. Her process seeks to break down barriers that hinder creativity.
Judy also provides unique insight into the character of Skippyjon Jones (my fav), which causes increased laughter and understanding.
Curious, smart and well prepared…
I recently spent 45 minutes in an interview with Matthew Downing. As a professional speaker and lecturer it was a refreshing session as Matthew came prepared - perhaps as much or more than any other podcast or interview I have done. This allowed us to be free ranging and cover a lot of territory. Grateful for the opportunity.
Although I’m not in education, I’ve found these talks insightful. I’ve been picking up things that I can apply as a business owner and entrepreneur.
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I look forward to listening to each episode. There's always something new and unexpected. Keep 'em coming! P.S. I also really like the intro music. Nice.