This is a podcast for conversations - real conversations about ideas that matter. Every week, we use the same 3-Step Method to break down quotes from the world's greatest thinkers and we tackle themes like anger, civic responsibility, kindness and humility. Join us in our quest to build critical thinking and social emotional learning skills in adults and children alike, so that everyone learns the language of freedom: how to speak, listen and understand.
"The greatest remedy for anger is delay." Teach Different with Seneca - Anger Management
How should we act when we are angry?
Anger is one of those emotions that we say is inherently dangerous and unpredictable. When we're angry, we are told to walk away or breathe to allow the intense feelings to pass. Yet, sometimes getting angry is actually a wise strategy, especially if we feel that we or our loved ones are in danger. Quick action is the better remedy. Our students should learn how and when to use anger to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Join Steve and Dan Fouts with Shawn McCusker, Director of Professional Learning at Digital Promise, for a conversation about the power of anger and how we know when expressing it is the right thing to do or when it may get us into more trouble than we bargained for.
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"The measure of a man is what he does with power." Teach Different with Plato - Power
Does power reveal our true character?
Being a good person is hard enough. It's even harder when we occupy positions of authority. Authority gives us leeway to deal with others in whatever way we want, and carry through with punishments of our design. How we execute our power reveals our true values, because we have the power to choose otherwise. Yet, adversity and hardship test our values too, and sometimes uncover more of who we really are.
Join Dan and Steve Fouts for an unforgettable conversation about power using the Teach Different 3-Step method with guest, Andrew Swan.
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"We suffer more in imagination than in reality." Teach Different with Seneca - Happiness
Can our imagination make us happy?
Happiness is something that everyone wants. Sometimes, though, our imaginations create anxiety and actually prevent us from experiencing happiness. We make things worse than they actually are because of what we create in our minds. Yet, at other times, it is our actual experiences that create our suffering and our imaginations play no role. The power of the imagination is unique to each individual and can be a source of our happiness or despair.
Join Steve and Dan Fouts for an unforgettable conversation about happiness that you can recreate in your classroom using the Teach Different 3-Step Method.
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"The greatest teacher failure is." Teach Different with Yoda - Growth Mindset
Do you need to fail to learn?
From a young age we are taught the value of learning from our mistakes. The logic goes something like this, when we make mistakes we see opportunities for improvement and learning. Failure makes us wise. Yet, we also learn through our successes. It is through them that we discover what we did right and what we should continue to do next time. Failure and success are both important teachers in our lives.
Join Steve and Dan Fouts with guest Amy Pitino for an unforgettable conversation about whether we learn more from our failures or our successes using the Teach Different 3-Step Method.
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"Wisely and slowly, they stumble that run fast." Teach Different with William Shakespeare - Decision Making
How do we know when the cautious approach is the right one?
Students sometimes rush into decision-making without forethought. They do it with term papers, for class projects, and even in their relationships. This approach may cause more heartache and work in the long run. There is much to be said about careful, slow planning to avoid mistakes, but there's also an inherent danger in taking the cautious approach. If students spend all of their time planning, then where's the time for experimentation, and learning from mistakes?
Join Steve and Dan Fouts with Julie Cropp, Principal of Roscoe Middle School in Roscoe, IL, for a conversation about decision making and when being cautious may be the right approach.
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"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Teach Different with Winston Churchill - Success
Is failure necessary for success?
Student success is often determined by achievements, like getting a job, acing a test, or winning a competition. Failure is seen as the opposite of success, and something to avoid at all costs. What if failure is necessary for success? Is it possible that without failure we can't achieve greatness? The relationship between success and failure is a complicated one that students must figure out on their own.
Join Steve and Dan Fouts with Amy Fast, High School principal and author, for a conversation about success and how failure can be an integral part to developing confidence and a sense of purpose.
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