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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.

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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.

https://teachdifferent.com

    “The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better tomorrow.” Teach Different with Simon Sinek - Perfection

    “The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better tomorrow.” Teach Different with Simon Sinek - Perfection

    What is perfection?

    Motivation looks different to different people. For some, striving towards perfection is the greatest motivator for excellence. For others, who take a more incremental approach, just getting better in little chunks and seeing improvement provide enough incentive to move forward. To live well, we must all strike that middle ground-- have aspirational big-picture goals but also be okay with enjoying the little successes along the way.

    Join Steve and Dan Fouts – founders of Teach Different and twin brothers with over 50 years of teaching experience – along with guest Darren Rainey, a military veteran who has worked in secondary and postsecondary education, for a compelling conversation about perfection, enriched by the Teach Different Method. Whether you are a teacher, school leader, or simply someone interested in experiencing the joy and fulfillment of challenging kids with big ideas, join our worldwide Community of Educators FREE for 30 days. Membership includes access to our robust library of resources, conversation plans, and lively discussions among teachers and faculty.

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    • 29 min
    "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." Teach Different with Soren Kierkegaard - Mindfulness

    "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." Teach Different with Soren Kierkegaard - Mindfulness

    Which problems are worth solving?

    We are often told to be mindful of each other, our surroundings and ourselves. Implicit in this concept of mindfulness is the imperative to accept life as it is and try to the best of our abilities to enjoy our experiences and not spend time trying to fix things. The other way of seeing life is to think of our limited time on earth as an opportunity to solve problems. It's not just about experience; it's about getting stuff done. It's a challenge to balance these two competing worldviews.

    Join Steve and Dan Fouts – founders of Teach Different and twin brothers with over 50 years of teaching experience – along with guest Tawana Akins, high school Assistant Principal for the Miami Dade County Public School System, for a compelling conversation about interdependence, enriched by the Teach Different Method. Whether you are a teacher, school leader, or simply someone interested in experiencing the joy and fulfillment of challenging kids with big ideas, join our worldwide Community of Educators FREE for 30 days. Membership includes access to our robust library of resources, conversation plans, and lively discussions among teachers and faculty.  

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    • 29 min
    “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” Teach Different with John Maxwell - Leadership

    “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” Teach Different with John Maxwell - Leadership

    Is it possible to get buy in to a vision if there isn’t buy in to the leader?

    There's a familiar saying "You can't teach kids until you reach kids." The idea here is that you have to develop a rapport with the people you lead; otherwise, they won't buy into your vision. It's all about the personal relationship. Yet, it is also true that if a leader doesn't communicate the 'why' behind their ideas, then they won't inspire any followers, no matter how charismatic and persuasive they are. This is true in classrooms and governments alike. Great leaders know how to blend the emotional and rational appeal to maximize effectiveness.

    Join Steve and Dan Fouts – founders of Teach Different and twin brothers with over 50 years of teaching experience – along with guest Dr. Debbie Badawi, Head of School at Manarah Islamic Academy in Lehigh Valley, PA, for a compelling conversation about leadership, enriched by the Teach Different Method. Whether you are a teacher, school leader, or simply someone interested in experiencing the joy and fulfillment of challenging kids with big ideas, join our worldwide Community of Educators FREE for 30 days. Membership includes access to our robust library of resources, conversation plans, and lively discussions among teachers and faculty.

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    • 33 min
    "Try to be a rainbow in somebody's cloud." Teach Different with Maya Angelou - Happiness

    "Try to be a rainbow in somebody's cloud." Teach Different with Maya Angelou - Happiness

    How do we support others without instilling a sense of dependency?

    Everybody has bad days. At those times what we all need is to have somebody pay a little attention to us and pick up our spirits so we can gain strength to move forward. Being a good teacher, friend and partner means supporting them in times of need. Help too much, though, and we instill feelings of dependency on others, which ends up hurting their capacities to solve their own problems. We must discover the right balance in giving and receiving help.

    Join Steve and Dan Fouts – founders of Teach Different and twin brothers with over 50 years of teaching experience – along with guest Tinisa Huff, Principal at Betsy Ross Elementary School in Forest Park, IL, for a compelling conversation about interdependence, enriched by the Teach Different Method. Whether you are a teacher, school leader, or simply someone interested in experiencing the joy and fulfillment of challenging kids with big ideas, join our worldwide Community of Educators FREE for 30 days. Membership includes access to our robust library of resources, conversation plans, and lively discussions among teachers and faculty. 

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    • 34 min
    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Teach Different with Ralph Waldo Emerson - Mindfulness

    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Teach Different with Ralph Waldo Emerson - Mindfulness

    How do we recognize our power to live in the moment?

    Living in the moment is hard. There are forces acting against us. There’s the past which weighs us down and often causes depression and fear. And then there’s the future, which leads to anxiety and a different sort of fear - of the unknown. Living in the moment requires acceptance of what is and the courage to act based on our best knowledge of who we really are.

    Join Steve and Dan Fouts with guest, Jeremy Gregory, teacher and advocate for Humane Education, for a conversation about living in the moment using the Teach Different 3-Step conversation method. Be sure to visit teachdifferent.com to learn more, and to sign up for our FREE 30-day trial. You'll gain access to the Teach Different library of conversation plans, social/emotional conversation curriculum map, ideas for your lesson plans, handouts, videos and more! Remember to teach different with conversations and make a difference every day.

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    • 51 min
    "I am because you are." Teach Different with Ubuntu Philosophy - Interdependence

    "I am because you are." Teach Different with Ubuntu Philosophy - Interdependence

    We are all individuals, yet we are all also part of families, schools, teams and peer groups. Our identities are shaped by what we think of ourselves and the groups we are a part of. The value of interdependence is hard to appreciate because we often want to focus on our own accomplishments and struggle to give others credit for helping us get them. Yet acknowledging the role others play in our success is very important.

    Join Steve and Dan Fouts – founders of Teach Different and twin brothers with over 50 years of teaching experience – along with guests James Ogude, Director at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship,  University of Pretoria, South Africa, and United States high school social studies teacher Gwynne Ryan for a compelling conversation about interdependence, enriched by the Teach Different Method.

    Whether you are a teacher, school leader, or simply someone interested in experiencing the joy and fulfillment of challenging kids with big ideas, join our worldwide Community of Educators FREE for 30 days. Membership includes access to our robust library of resources, conversation plans, and lively discussions among teachers and faculty.

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