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The ClasStars Podcast

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Thoughts on education. Helping teachers have a strong positive impact on their children that will last a lifetime! Support this podcast:

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134: End of Year Goals

May 23rd, 2022


It’s been a difficult year for teachers and students. Let’s set positive and reasonable goals for the last few weeks so we can send our kids off to …

133: A Different Classroom Management Style

May 16th, 2022


A common question that people ask is how ClasStars is different from other behavior apps. The simple difference is that ClasStars isn’t a token reward system. ClasStars helps teachers monitor engagement, simplify …

132: Sustainable Pygmalion Effect

May 9th, 2022


While the research clearly shows that having high expectations helps students actually achieve at a higher level, the sustainability of this concept is challenging. Listen to this episode to hear how ClasStars can help …

131: Valuable Data Points

May 2nd, 2022


There are so many things that we want to measure in student performance. How do we decide what’s important and how do we gather that data? I recently had the opportunity to discuss this with a talented group of …

130: The Forest or the Trees?

April 25th, 2022


One of the many challenges in classroom teaching is managing the performance and flow of the entire class, or the forest, and the performance and flow of each individual student, or the trees. ClasStars helps you manage …

129: Every Teacher’s #1 Goal

April 18th, 2022


The more focused you are, the more productive you can be. It’s important to honestly assess your goals if you want to be truly happy and productive. …

128: Limitations: Weakness or Strength?

April 11th, 2022


We very often think about our limitations as weakness. However, the true weakness is in not understanding our limitations. Only once we understand our limitations can we learn to compensate and overcome them. Listen to …

127: What or Why (or both)?

March 15th, 2022


Simon Sinek wrote a great book called Start with Why. He also gave a great Ted Talk on the same topic. Here’s the link for the talk. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

126: Dual Purpose Green Wheel

March 8th, 2022


ClasStars’ Positive Feedback Wheel not only allows teachers to ensure that they are providing valuable positive feedback to each and every student, …

125: Blind Spots

March 1st, 2022


If you aren’t aware of your blind spots, you’re at risk. In this episode, we discuss how ClasStars helps teachers eliminate blind spots. Learn more at


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124: Reinforcing Mindfulness

February 22nd, 2022


In addition to helping teachers see, acknowledge, and value each student, the “Green Wheel”, or Positive Engagement module can also help teachers …

122: Accuracy

February 3rd, 2022


The next release of ClasStars will allow teachers to edit records. Create sessions that we’re missed, insert events and the time that events were recorded. Get the complete free training at

121: Two Tiers

January 25th, 2022


ClasStars helps teachers keep everyone in the loop with a 2 Tier system. The first tier makes sure everyone is included. The second tier identifies students at risk and ensures that the interventions are yielding …

120: Frustration

January 18th, 2022


ClasStars helps teachers minimize frustration by providing a simple way to keep track of Positive Engagement, Invisible Progress, Academic Engagement, and Real-Time Attendance. Learn more at


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119: 5M5D Challenge

January 10th, 2022


ClasStars makes it simple for teachers to engage every student in a positive way. Learn more at


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118: Simplify

January 4th, 2022


ClasStars helps teachers connect better with students. Learn more at


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Episode 117: Exciting New Features for ClasStars!

November 22nd, 2021


We are working on a new look! New logo, website, training, and much more! Also, hear about the new sharing feature, and Secure Sharing! Now you can easily post screenshots from ClasStars to social media while protecting …

Episode 116: Conversation with Deborah Osomo

November 15th, 2021


As a Teacher Career Coach, Deborah Osomo works to help K - 12th-grade teachers find clarity, maximize productivity and upgrade professionally to boost their careers inside and outside of the classroom. Deborah is the …

Episode 115: Conversation with Lisabete Ferreira

November 8th, 2021


Lisabete is an English teacher at a bilingual middle school / high school and literature lecturer at a University of Applied Sciences in The …

Episode 114: Conversation with Kevin Harnist

November 1st, 2021


Kevin Harnist is an EdTech Founder and Innovation Specialist working with educators to help them reach their fullest potential. Kevin spent the first …

Episode 113: Conversation with Rafael Mojden

October 25th, 2021


Rafael is a parent that sees the power in leveraging technology to empower individuals. Over his lifetime he has learned the power of community is …

Episode 112: 3 Reasons to Document Your Positive Feedback

October 18th, 2021


Documentation is cumbersome at best and annoying at worst. Here are 3 reasons why it will be well worth the effort to document the positive feedback, encouragement, and support that you give to your students. ClasStars …

Episode 111: Conversation with SJ Barakony

October 11th, 2021


SJ Barakony is an American small business founder with a boundless appreciation for people, entrepreneurship, liberty, & lifelong learning.
He has …

Episode 110: Conversation with Ayesis Clay

October 4th, 2021


Ayesis Clay is a distinguished arts educator and multidisciplinary theatre artist. With over 17 years in education, she has written and developed …

Episode 109: Conversation with Stephanie Ryan

September 27th, 2021


Stephanie Ryan is an Instagram Influencer who teaches kids and their parents about science in a fun and engaging way! Learn more at


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Episode 108: Simple Misbehavior Management

September 20th, 2021


Most teachers’ biggest challenge is managing difficult behavior. Many solutions are difficult to implement because of their complexity. Here’s a …

Episode 107: The 5 Minutes for 5 Days Challenge

September 13th, 2021


Keeping to the theme of simplicity, we’re excited to share with you the 5 Minutes for 5 Days Challenge! All is takes it 5 minutes a day to make sure that every student is seen, heard and acknowledged! Listen to episode …

Episode 106: What is Your Super Power?

September 6th, 2021


Everyone loves super hero’s because of their incredible super powers. Believe it or not, teachers have super powers too! ClasStars helps teachers make sure they distribute their magic in equitable ways so that everyone …

Episode #105 Keep it Simple

August 30th, 2021


As we get ready for a new school year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We’re here to keep things simple. The ClasStars app is also a great way to keep …

Episode #104 Helping Teachers Make Their Attention Equitable

June 28th, 2021


The teacher’s attention is gold. The kids who can get it will wins and the kids who can’t will lose. ClasStars helps teachers make their attention …

Episode #103 Conversation with Bari Levin

June 21st, 2021


Bari Levin is a special education teacher for more than 30 years. The last few weeks she became a ClasStars Ambassador! Listen to how ClasStars changed her classroom!


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Episode #102 The Framework: Misbehavior - Dysfunction or Cry For Help?

June 15th, 2021


Everyone knows that when a student is misbehaving, it is both dysfunctional and it is also a cry for help. The problem is that often teachers are more motivated to alleviate the dysfunction than listen for the cry for …

Episode #101 The Framework: Part 4: Good Teachers, Struggling Students

June 7th, 2021


Since teacher performance is often measured by student performance, it’s no wonder that parents often feel that teachers are not on their side. With the right framework, teachers can show parents how much they care …

Episode #100 In Honor of the Service Men and Women Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice

May 31st, 2021


I’d like to dedicate this episode to those we honor and celebrate on Memorial Day and their families. Thank you.


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Episode #99 The Framework: Part 3: The Teacher-Student Relationship

May 24th, 2021


Everyone knows how important the teacher-student relationship is. The question is, can a teacher really make sure that every student has a good relationship and feels good about it too? Once you implement the first two …

Episode #98 The Framework: Part 2: An Ounce of Prevention

May 16th, 2021


Students with “misbehavior problems” are too common and are often the start of more serious struggles. Many interventions fail to help these kids …

Episode #97 The Framework: Part 1: No Child Unseen

May 10th, 2021


1. A teacher would never destroy a child’s work. Everyone understands how discouraging that is. But research shows that ignoring one’s effort is …

Episode #96: It’s All About the Framework!

May 3rd, 2021


After a month and a half hiatus of self-reflection, the ClasStars Podcast is back! Actually, I got too distracted by the new Clubhouse app! You …

Episode #95 Is the Behavior Management System Fueling the School to Prison Pipeline?

March 15th, 2021


Research shows that school disciplinary policies disproportionately affect Black students. They are more likely to get called out for minor …

Episode #94 How to Prevent Burnout!

March 8th, 2021


Too many teachers suffer from burnout! It pains them and their students lose out too! By being mindful of these 3 points, you can get a good handle …

Episode #93 Are Teachers Being Pick-Pocked?

March 2nd, 2021


Many pick-pocket professionals use misdirection to take things out of the pockets of their victims. When you’re focused on one thing, you’re …

Episode #92 Two Kinds of EdTech Tools

February 22nd, 2021


Some people are highly motivated. Some can manage, or even thrive with minimal resources. Others need more support. Much of the technology that is …

Episode #91 Seeing the Unseen Students in our Classroom

February 15th, 2021


Every classroom has those “Unseen Students”. Even when we finally spot them, another student becomes “Unseen”. How do we make sure that ever single student is seen every day? Hear more about it on the latest episode of …

Episode #90 What is the Googleization of Education?

February 1st, 2021


If you’re into edtech, you’re waiting for a product to come out and Googleize education. That means that it will do for education what Google did for …

Episode #89 Surprising Reasons to Record Student Behavior and Engagement in Real-Time

January 26th, 2021


Every teacher knows that to have a data driven classroom, you need good data. Good data includes who, what and when. ClasStars focused on recording data in real-time so you can automatically know when things are …

Episode #88 Sneak Peak! ClasStars Pilot Program: Academic Engagement for All!

January 18th, 2021


So much time and effort goes into preparing a lesson in a fun and engaging way. The challenge is also in executing the lesson in a way that includes every student. Since different students are always at different …

Episode #87 Sneak Peak! ClasStars Pilot Program: Real-Time Attendance Tracking

January 11th, 2021


Raise your hand if you have students that leave class and spend more time out-of-class than they should, but you can’t do anything about it! This was …

Episode #86 Sneak Peak! ClasStars Pilot Program: Anticipating and Dealing with Misbehavior

January 4th, 2021


Dealing with student misbehavior is one of the most challenging parts of teaching. Having an proactive strategy to anticipate and deal with misbehavior will make a world of a difference. ClasStars is committed to …

Episode #85 Sneak Peak! ClasStars Pilot Program: The Power of Positive Feedback!

December 28th, 2020


Everyone knows that positive feedback, and encouragement are so important. Still, too many kids don’t get enough of it! It turns out that in most cases, the teacher is not to blame! There are just too many things …

Episode #84 Sneak Peak! ClasStars Pilot Program!

December 21st, 2020


The ClasStars Pilot Program is coming in January!
It is completely FREE to join!
Those who join get a FREE upgrade to ClasStars Gold!
Also, a chance to …

Episode #83 Conversation with Ken Williams

December 14th, 2020


Kenneth C. Williams shares his experience and expertise as a nationally recognized trainer, speaker, coach and consultant in leadership and school …

Episode #82 The Student-Focused Mindset

December 7th, 2020


A small shift in mindset can have huge impact on our ability to achieve goals. Carol Dweck articulates this beautifully in her book, Mindset. As …

Episode #81 Conversation with John Beede

November 30th, 2020


John Beede has climbed to the top of the tallest mountain on every continent, including Mount Everest. More people have orbited in space than have climbed the tallest mountain on every continent.

During the 9 year …

Episode #80 Maslow Before Bloom

November 23rd, 2020


Teachers will not only tend to the education needs of their students, but to the “whole child”. That is why the term “Maslow Before Bloom” has become …

Episode #79 Conversation with Jessica Lane

November 16th, 2020


Jessica Lane is a data coach for a district in Cincinnati, OH. She also runs, where she puts systems in place to help …

Episode #78 Teachers Need Feedback

November 9th, 2020


In 2013 Bill Gates gave a Ted talk titled Teachers Need Real Feedback. You can watch the entire talk here.

Episode #77 Conversation with Jessica and John Hannigan

November 2nd, 2020


Jessica came back for another conversation, this time with her husband and co-author, John Hannigan, to discuss their newest book, SEL From a Distance. They also reviewed and discuss the NEW ClasStars app!


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Episode #76 The ClasStars Pilot Program!

October 26th, 2020


I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming ClasStars Pilot Program! It will be a fun week where we take a select group of great teachers and work closely with them as they learn how to use ClasStars, first outside of their …

Episode #74 Delivering Consistency and Routine in a Chaotic World

October 12th, 2020


We all know that humans are creatures of habit. Kids especially thrive in solid, structured routines. How can we provide that predictability when …

Episode #73 Conversation with Dr. Jessica Hannigan

October 5th, 2020


Dr. JESSICA DJABRAYAN HANNIGAN, is a professor of educational leadership at California State University, Fresno. She has published numerous books on …

Episode #72 Is “Diagnostician” Part of the Education Nomenclature?

September 28th, 2020


When you here the word “diagnosis” or “diagnostics”, we usually don’t think about teachers. Yet teachers are constantly making assessments and …

Episode #71 Conversation with Hedy Chang (Part 2)

September 21st, 2020


Hedy Chang is the founder and director of Attendance Works. A nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance student success and help close equity gaps by reducing chronic absence. In this episode, Hedy talks about …

Episode #70 Balancing the Social-Emotional Needs of the Students and Academic Responsibilities

September 14th, 2020


As the new year begins, teachers are tasked with the responsibility to help children transition back from quarantine to a “new normal”. There is so much uncertainty about the future, frustration about the past, and it …

Episode #69 Pre-Pandemic Conversation with Hedy Chang (Part 1)

September 9th, 2020


This is a conversation that I had right before schools began to close because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. September is National Attendance Awareness …

Episode #68 Strengths and Weaknesses

September 4th, 2020


What is the greatest power of a teacher? It’s the ability to look into the eyes of a child and let them know that you believe in them! More than anything, our students need our approval! ClasStars helps teachers know …

Episode #67 Teaching with Positivity Facebook Group

August 19th, 2020


I just started a new Facebook group for passionate teachers who want to try the ClasStars app and who want their teaching to be positive oriented. You’re welcome to join and find out more about it!

Episode #66 Different Ways That Kids Reach Out For Help

August 10th, 2020


It would be great if kids who needed help would always just ask us for help. Anyone who had been a teacher for more than a few hours knows that often …

Episode #65 How To Think About Going Back To School Without Feeling Lightheaded!

August 5th, 2020


Preparing for a new school year is always a mixture of excitement and anxiety. This year feels more filled with anxiety than ever? Are we returning …

Episode #64 Conversation with Kevin Stoller

July 27th, 2020


Driven by his passion for enhancing the learning process, Kevin started Kay-Twelve in 2009. Coupled with his experience in the contract furniture industry, Kevin has a B.S, in Mass Communications from Miami University …

Episode #63 The Ever-Shifting Role of the Teacher

July 22nd, 2020


The COVID-19 Pandemic has turned the world on its head. Schools have been forced to make drastic changes in a short amount of time. There is still a …

Episode #62 Everyone’s Voice Should Be Heard!

July 15th, 2020


Collaboration is a big buzzword these days, but the problem is that we only collaborate with the voices that we hear! Before we can have true …

Episode #61 Training Teachers to Proficiently Use Edtech

July 8th, 2020


We have seen an explosion of technology tools for education, yet the greatest challenge remains training teachers to proficiently use these tools! In …

Episode #60 Conversation with Anthony Clemons

June 29th, 2020


Anthony Clemons is working towards his doctoral degree in education. He brings a clear and articulate research based approach that is very …

Episode #59 The Importance of Clear and Objective Data

June 23rd, 2020


With so much going on in a classroom, it’s practically impossible to write everything down and record all of the necessary happenings to have an objective picture of a child’s performance. Unfortunately, this leads …

Episode #58 Maintaining the Parent-Teacher Relationship

June 16th, 2020


Meaningful relationships are hard to build. They are often even harder to maintain under pressure. Parents will always advocate for their kids and …

Episode #57 Addressing Injustice in the School System

June 9th, 2020


The school system has it’s injustices. It is set up for certain types of students to succeed and it ignores other types of students, and for yet …

Episode #56 The Iceberg Effect

June 2nd, 2020


Just like the tip of the iceberg is all you can see, but we know the bulk of it is beneath the surface, so too with students’ struggling, very often …

Episode #55 Documenting Misbehavior

May 27th, 2020


In this episode I talk about the how and why of documenting misbehavior. Disclaimer: No one goes into education because they live behavior problems! Nevertheless, a good teacher knows how to handle those kids, and it’s …

Episode #54 Making a Difference in the Lives of Your Students!

May 19th, 2020


As we come to the end of the school year, this has been historically difficult! We are all counting the days to vacation! Some kids are really …

Episode #53 Looking Into the Second Year of the Podcast and the ClasStars App!

May 13th, 2020


It has been a wild ride to do a podcast for a year, and I’m hoping that the second year is even more wild! The app is out and some teachers are apprehensive because they already feel overwhelmed with the transition to …

Episode #52 Celebrating One Year of the Podcast! Don’t be a boiling frog!

May 5th, 2020


It has been great fun doing this podcast for an entire year! Special thanks to all of the guests who joined me this year! Jack Spatola, Angie Eilers, …

Episode #51 Moneyball, The Wizard of Oz, and Teaching!

April 28th, 2020


What does Moneyball, The Wizard of Oz, and Dr. Anthony Fauci have to do with education? How do they help us maximize the potential of every student? Listen to this podcast to find out! Also, the New ClasStars app is out …

Episode #50 The Secret Structure of a Great Class!

April 21st, 2020


One of my favorite TED Talks was delivered by Nancy Duarte in November 2011. She spoke about the Secret Structure of Great Talks. How to make a …

Episode #49 Let’s Strengthen the Partnership Between Parents and Teachers

April 14th, 2020


The Coronavirus has upended our lives as we know it and forced us to re-examine every aspect of our lives. Particularly in education, we are forced …

Episode #48: Tribute to Heroes on the Front Lines

April 6th, 2020


Healthcare professionals are risking their lives in the war against the Coronavirus. Many people are working tirelessly to help keep the world economy running despite the disruption and the lockdown. Let’s not forget …

Episode #47 The Challenges of Remote Teaching

March 30th, 2020


Due to the Coronavirus, many of us are transitioning to remote learning environments. While the technology is amazing, for many of us it is daunting! …

Episode #46 Practical Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Quarantine

March 23rd, 2020


Although I like to discuss topics relevant to education, so many of us are learning to live a new lifestyle of quarantine. It’s important for us to take steps to ensure our emotional health during this pandemic. Please …

Episode #45 Six Ways Coronavirus is Wreaking Havoc on Our Emotional Wellbeing and How To Mitigate It

March 16th, 2020


Certainly among the most uncertain time in our lifetime, it is easy to get stressed out about the Coronavirus. In this podcast, you’ll hear some of the reasons I’m stressed out and how I deal with them.


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Episode #44 The Problem with Point Systems

March 9th, 2020


Point systems are one of the time tested methods of behavior management and motivation. However, it leaves many teachers and students frustrated as well. What is the problem with point systems, and what can we do to …

Episode #43 Conversation with Meg Sharland and Bryony Moore

March 2nd, 2020


Meg is the founder of InvestED Wellbeing, and quickly brought Bryony into the company. Together they coach, mentor, and support all educators with an abundance of passion, commitment, focus, and inspiration! You can …

Episode #42 Lesson from Walt Disney About What it’s Like to Be a Kid

February 24th, 2020


While most of us know this, it’s easy to forget that we’re much bigger and stronger than our children. Classrooms are designed to empower children, but a little awareness and a lesson from Walt Disney can help us …

Episode #41 Whose Fault Is It Anyway?

February 17th, 2020


Parents and teachers often blame each other for children’s struggle at school. Aside from this being quite unproductive, it isn’t even true in most …

Episode #40 Remember the Impact You Have!

February 10th, 2020


If our goals and ambitions in the classroom are clear, all of our actions will follow. Sometimes we forget that we want to help these kids because we …

Episode #39 Conversation with Karen Sorensen

February 3rd, 2020


As a little girl, Karen was fascinated with machines. Her favorite toy was a Hot Wheels car. She often thought about integrating machines and …

Episode #38 We Might Not Know How Kids Are Doing Academically

January 27th, 2020


The first question that I ask when a child comes to me, is “How are you doing?” Often when it comes to school performance, parents don’t have a clear …

Episode #37 Conversation with Megan Underwood

January 20th, 2020


Reflection is the secret sauce to learning. -Megan Underwood. Megan is a passionate educator and learning designer who is changing the face of learning by designing programs that promote experiential learning. She is …

Episode #36 Exciting Developments for 2020!

January 13th, 2020


A new year deserves new excitement, and at The ClasStars Podcast, we’re excited to introduce the ClasStars app that will soon be available on the App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft App Store! Listen to hear about …

Episode #35 Conversation with David Somogyi

January 6th, 2020


David Somogyi has been teaching for several years in Hungary. He currently works in an underprivileged community and finds this population the most …

Episode #34 Reflections on 2019

December 30th, 2019


In this episode I reflect on how fortunate I’ve been to be in the field of education and working with so many great people. It’s important to take a step back from time to time to appreciate a field that is so …

Episode #33 Conversation with Kathleen Hallgarten

December 23rd, 2019


Kathleen Hallgarten currently lives in Hopetoun, Victoria, in the Australian Outback. Before moving to Australia, she lived and taught in New Jersey, Florida, Texas, and Alaska. Her mother raised her with a “can do” …

Episode #32 How to Measure Success with Struggling Students

December 16th, 2019


Test scores are the standard for measuring academic success. They are also used to measure teacher success. However, since all students are at different points of standard academic achievement, and since student …

Episode #31 Conversation with Mugisho Ndabuli

December 9th, 2019


Mugisho Ndabuli grew up as the fourth of nine children in his family in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His father encouraged him to get a good …

Episode #30 The Prince Who Thought He Was A Chicken

December 2nd, 2019


Sometimes we encounter children who just don’t respond to any of the interventions and incentives. How do we deal with the child who just refuses to cooperate? This episode discusses a simple approach that can help …

Episode #29 Conversation with Jody Peltz

November 25th, 2019


Jody Peltz is one of those “natural” teachers. Children have been attracted to her passion for curiosity and learning long before she formally decided to become a teacher. It’s easy to understand why when you listen to …

Episode #28 The Two Parts of the Job of a Teacher

November 18th, 2019


There are two parts to the job of a teacher, the first part is the part that brought us into this amazing profession in the first place! It’s what …

Episode #27 Conversation with Jason Khaleed Hayes

November 11th, 2019


Jason Hayes is a high energy teacher who has taught here in the U.S., in Africa, and in the Middle East. He is the author of The Art of Teaching, where he applies the principles of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to education! …

Episode #26 Identifying Behavioral Triggers

November 4th, 2019


Behavior management continues to be one of the most challenging components of classroom teaching. Understanding the triggers of these behaviors is the first step to creating effective intention plans.


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Episode #25 Conversation with ClasStars Co-Founder, Sol Fried

October 28th, 2019


Sol Fried is the co-founder and CTO of ClasStars. In this episode he talks about his journey and the transition from software development for …

Episode #24 The Child’s Support Team

October 21st, 2019


So much effort goes into teaching and making sure that every child maximizes their potential. However, very often we don’t pay enough attention to properly assembling the child’s support team. Then, when we need it, it …

Episode #23 Conversation with Karl Ubelhoer

October 14th, 2019


Karl Ubelhoer is a very passionate teacher from Tucketon, NJ, who has some great ideas about teaching students self-awareness, social and emotional learning, teacher evaluations, and much more!


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Episode #22 Biased Against Bias

October 7th, 2019


It’s only natural for people to develop biases. What’s important is for us to be aware of our own biases. It’s especially important if we want to teach others not to be biased.


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Episode #21 Conversation with Keith Sharkey of Halsbury Travel in Nottingham, England

September 30th, 2019


Keith was a French teacher who realized the potential of taking kids out of the classroom and living the subjects that they’re learning! He founded and runs Halsbury Travel, a travel agency that arranges educational …

Episode #20 The Teacher’s Balancing Act

September 23rd, 2019


This episode is the audio of a Facebook Live that I had done in a teacher group. It was in response to a request by a teacher who was concerned about all the attention that we give to the disruptive students and how …

Episode #19 Conversation with Callie Williams

September 16th, 2019


Callie Williams has been teaching for 17 years and is the founder of the Teachers Helping Teachers Facebook Group, a community with more than 5,000 members who support each other in teaching. She lives in Florida with …

Episode #18 Louis Pasteur and Classroom Management

September 9th, 2019


Louis Pasteur’s discoveries revolutionized medicine and got his name on milk containers worldwide! How can we apply his principles to improve …

Episode #17 Conversation with Coach Martin Richards

September 2nd, 2019


Martin Richards was born in the UK and now lives in Sweden, where he runs Coaching for Educators, a global company that provides free coaching for educators around the world. You can learn more about C4E at

Episode #16 Four Obstacles That Get in the Way of Achieving Our Goals

August 26th, 2019


We all have goals for ourselves and for our students. Failure is frustrating, but overcoming failure is what makes greatness! By understanding the obstacles that get in the way we have a better chance of succeeding and …

Episode #15 Conversation with Kimberlee Ballenger

August 19th, 2019


Kimberlee Ballenger is a very dedicated teacher from Maryland. Many of her students come from socioeconomically disadvantaged homes. This doesn’t stop her from believing in each child and passionately advocating for …

Episode #14 The APEX Model

August 12th, 2019


How do we lift up kids who are struggling? For a child to succeed they must follow a path. If you can identify the place where they’re struggling, …

Episode #13 Conversation with Angie Eilers

August 5th, 2019


I was fortunate to meet Angie Eilers, a passionate educator, who is the founder and CEO of UR TURN. She is on to something incredible!


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Episode #12 Behavior Plans, Point Systems, and Positive Feedback

July 29th, 2019


To have an effective behavior plan, there must be clear communication and understanding of expectations, attainable goals, and fairness. Besides for that, kids are entitled to get plenty of encouragement and support …

Episode #11 Interview with Jack Spatola

July 22nd, 2019


As the principal of PS 172 in Brooklyn, NY, Jack Spatola and his team “broke the myth that children’s underprivileged backgrounds would inhibit their …

Episode #10 More Thoughts on Invisible Progress

July 15th, 2019


After last week’s podcast, I wanted to share with you some more about Invisible Progress, how it happens, what are the consequences, and what we can do about it!


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Episode #9 Invisible Progress

July 8th, 2019


Sometimes kids resolve to improve and they only make a little progress. If we don’t recognize that and encourage them, they may give up. Let’s be on …

Episode #8 It’s so easy to get distracted

July 1st, 2019


My excitement for the ClasStars app always distracts me from the main point, which is to help teachers connect with their students in the most …

Episode #7 From ISTE19 in Philadelphia!

June 24th, 2019


In this episode I share some of my experience @ISTE19 from Philadelphia.


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Why wasn’t there a podcast last week? I was too overwhelmed getting ready for the ISTE Conference!

June 17th, 2019


Last week was rough, since we put all our focus into being prepared for the ISTE Conference. This week I give you the abridged version of what we’ve been up two the past few years, so you understand what we are bringing …

Episode #5 Emerging Patterns Part 1

June 5th, 2019


In this episode, I attempt to organize my thoughts and articulate how I discovered that a struggling child does not mean that the child, or the …

Episode #4 Some Challenges Along The Way

May 28th, 2019


The next step of my journey in trying to find the best way to help teachers develop strong impactful relationships with their students.


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Episode #3 Impact at the Next Level

May 20th, 2019


In this episode I tell the story about how I tried to get more teachers to focus on the teacher-student relationship by giving presentations.


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Episode #2 The Secret to Teacher-Student Relationships

May 12th, 2019


Ever wonder why it’s so hard to make positive connections with that kid who’s struggling? Some research on relationships might shed light on the secret of teacher-student relationships.


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Episode #1

May 5th, 2019


Origin Story: How I came to do what I am doing to help teachers have life changing impact on their students.


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