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My BAD

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Where extraordinary educators talk about how and what they learn from sharing their own mistakes. Hosted by Jon Harper


I Learned That Communication Is Better Than Control
Sep 3, 2019 • 9 min
Keeping control of the classroom is essential. Join us as Paul shares how he learned firsthand that communication is superior to control in his classroom. Follow on Twitter: @Harper70bd @PaulONeill1972 @bamradionetwork Paul O’Neill is an educational…
My Teacher Found a Way to Reach Me…
Aug 29, 2019 • 11 min
Sharing your story helps your students connect with you; however, our guest held back and as a result, damaged the relationship with a student. In this episode, we find how sharing your personal story can help students know that you care. Follow:…
What Could Classroom Teachers Possibly Learn From Non-Teachers?
Jun 8, 2019 • 9 min
So I tweeted, ‘There are a lot of people who have never been a classroom teacher telling teachers what to do.” I expected a lot of agreement. I was surprised by the response. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @kylehamstra @bamradionetwork Kyle Hamstra teachs fifth…
I Had a Fixed Mindset about Grading and It Hurt My Student
May 27, 2019 • 11 min
I brought so many assumptions about teaching into my classroom and one day I saw how one of those assumptions hurt one of my students. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @Catlin_Tucker @bamradionetwork Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, bestselling…
My Student Warned Me, I Did Not Listen
May 13, 2019 • 10 min
I was so focused on my lesson and my agenda that I failed to heed a student’s need for help. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @baldRoberts @bamradionetwork Mike Roberts has taught middle school English for the past twenty years. In that time, he has received…
I Assumed Fathers Were Not Interested In Their Kids Schooling
Apr 20, 2019 • 10 min
I was ignorant and I assumed that dads didn’t want to come to school to support their kid’s education. Then I met Jason. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @Joe Smith @bamradionetwork In 2009 Linebacker Dad (Joe Smith) was awarded Father of The Year, recognized by an…
I Thought I Was Only There to Support Students
Mar 9, 2019 • 10 min
I learned the hard way that my job extended beyond providing support for students. I eventually realized that I’m part of a team. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @froehlichm @bamradionetwork Hans Appel has worked as a counselor in the Richland School District for…
I Was Afraid of A Student, So I Did Not Give Him My Best
Feb 25, 2019 • 10 min
When a new student changed the social dynamic in my class, took the easy way out. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @froehlichmandy @bamradionetwork Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology in Ripon, WI. She also consults, presents and keynotes…
I Am a Teacher, I Expected to Do Much Better
Feb 18, 2019 • 10 min
I thought I was ready for my first presentation. I expected to do well, but I didn’t. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @TaraMartinEDU @bamradionetwork Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, speaker, and author of Be REAL: Educate From the Heart. Her ambition is…
I Was Overzealous: This Tough Lesson Taught Me to Meet People Where They Are
Jan 26, 2019 • 9 min
I was so excited about what I had just learned and couldn’t wait to share the ideas with my peers and staff. However, I discovered that there is a right way to do it and a wrong way. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @Jennifer_Hogan @bamradionetwork Jennifer Hogan…
I Left My Compassion at the Classroom Door and Discouraged a Student
Jan 5, 2019 • 9 min
I was inflexible, detached, and demanded compliance from my students until crushed a student’s vision for her future. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @bbray27 @bamradionetwork Barbara Bray is a Creative Learning Strategist at Rethinking Learning and is…
I Didn’t Want to Show Weakness, So I Ignored My Internal Cues
Dec 3, 2018 • 9 min
I was feeling deep dissonance, but I wasn’t acknowledging that I needed to make a change. I eventually hit a tipping point. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @sarahsajohnson @bamradionetwork Sarah Johnson is passionate about leadership and helping educators thrive…
I Failed to Recognize That Every Family Matters
Nov 3, 2018 • 11 min
I was trying to do the right thing, but in the process, I mishandled a parent Follow: @jonHarper70bd @ProvenPrincipal @bamradionetwork Nathaniel Provencio is the principal of Minnieville Elementary in Prince William County, VA. He is the 2017 Washington…
I Mishandled a Conflict with My Colleague
Oct 28, 2018 • 10 min
Instead of confronting the conflict with my colleague, I essentially withdrew my support and stopped collaborating. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @mmnixon73 @bamradionetwork Dennis Griffin serves as the principal of Prairie Elementary School and is pursuing his…
I Did the Right Things, but I Felt Guilty
Oct 23, 2018 • 10 min
I’m constantly feeling guilty about not having the perfectly balanced life. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @mmnixon73@bamradionetwork Dr. Melissa Nixon has been dedicated to her work in education for over 20 years. She has served schools in central North Carolina…
I Was Unsupportive of My School Leadership
Oct 13, 2018 • 10 min
I’m in leadership now and I understand more clearly how unsupportive I was when I was not. Follow: @jonHarper70bd fastcrayon @bamradionetwork Amy Fast is an assistant principal at McMinnville High School in McMinnville, Oregon and author of It’s the…
I Shamed a Student in Front of the Entire Class
Oct 10, 2018 • 10 min
Sometimes when we feel drained, our worst reactions surface. On this day, I felt disrespected and I mishandled my student. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @edifiedlistener @bamradionetwork Sherri Spelic teaches Elementary Physical Education at an international…
I Thought I Knew What Was Happening: I Was Clueless
Sep 29, 2018 • 10 min
I punished a veteran teacher for missing a professional development session. I thought I understood what was happening. I didn’t. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @mrsmeganmorgan @bamradionetwork Megan Morgan is a Lead Support Teacher for Davenport Community School…
I Judged, Labeled, and Gave Up On a Student: I Was Wrong
Sep 22, 2018 • 10 min
When one of my students refused to take an advanced course, I lost faith in him and expressed it. I realized later how my response impacted his life. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @jonbergmann @bamradionetwork Jon Bergmann is a globally respected active learning…
Wrestling with Me, My Feelings, and Self Doubt
Sep 1, 2018 • 8 min
I struggle with self-doubt, worry, and fear. I haven’t been able to overcome these, but here’s what I’ve learned about how to manage them. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @tsschmidty @bamradionetwork Kara Knollmeyer is a school administrator in St. Louis, MO and…
I Mastered Starting Things, But Too Often Failed to Finish
Aug 18, 2018 • 10 min
I was trying to do so many things at once that I became known as the guy who often didn’t deliver what he promised. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @tsschmidty @bamradionetwork Dr. Todd Schmidt is the grateful principal at Harbor View Elementary in Corona del Mar,…
I Thought I Was Okay Until I Blew Up with Our New Principal
Aug 5, 2018 • 10 min
I was stressed and challenged, but I was sure I had everything under control. Then one day I walked into my principal’s office and snapped. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @swhiteCMS @bamradionetwork Susan White is currently the middle school math instructional…
I Was Too Focused on “Appearing” to Be a Great Teacher
Jul 30, 2018 • 8 min
I was always the youngest teacher in my school and the other teachers seemed to have it all together. I wanted my peers to think that I was a great teacher. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @SaneeBell @bamradionetwork Daniel Jones is a middle school social studies…
I Failed to Make My Expectations Clear, and It Got Ugly
Jul 23, 2018 • 9 min
I didn’t take the time to build relationships and set expectations which led to a big disconnect with my team. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @SaneeBell @bamradionetwork Sanée Bell is a middle school principal and an adjunct professor in Houston, TX. Sanée is…
I Thought My Job Was To Support Students, Not Teachers
Jul 14, 2018 • 8 min
It’s all about the kiddos, right? I was devastated when I didn’t get promoted because I put students first. Eventually, I saw the light. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @SteeleThoughts @bamradionetwork Danny Steele has been in public education for 25 years, the…
Defiant Student: I Won the Power Struggle, But Lost the Relationship
Jul 8, 2018 • 8 min
When my student became defiant, I decided to put him in his place. I thought I won the power struggle. I didn’t. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @MrHabegger @bamradionetwork Jake Habegger is an 8th Grade Flipped Mastery History Teacher whose goal is to invigorate…
I Made a Big Thing Out of a Small Thing
Jun 23, 2018 • 9 min
I’m a pretty easy going guy who typically doesn’t sweat the small stuff, but on this day I did. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @bkulak11 @bamradionetwork Brian Kulak is the Chief Academic Officer of a K-12 district in NJ. Before that, he taught high school…
I Was Hearing, But I Wasn’t Listening to the Voices That Mattered
Jun 9, 2018 • 8 min
I was a superintendent elected to lead. I considered my election a mandate and chose not to listen to those who didn’t vote for me. This was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my career. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @Jay_Eitner @bamradionetwork Jay Eitner…
Listening to Understand Instead of Listening to Respond
May 26, 2018 • 8 min
The conflict with my colleague spun out of control because I was more focused on making my point than hearing what she had experienced. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @RACzyz @bamradionetwork Rich Czyz is author of The Four O’Clock Faculty: A ROGUE Guide to…
I Took Disciplinary Action with a Student that Was Too Extreme
May 19, 2018 • 9 min
I may have profoundly changed a student’s life, but not for the better. I believe I was overly punitive. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @Joshua__Stamper @bamradionetwork Joshua Stamper is an assistant principal at Renner Middle School in Plano, TX and I have been…
I Was Trying to Prove Myself, But I Came Off As Insecure
May 12, 2018 • 8 min
I was so focused on trying to prove myself that I didn’t see how I was impacting how my peers and administrators perceived my actions. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @stringer_andrea @bamradionetwork Andrea Stringer is a professional learning coach, who believes…
I Loved Teaching, But I Let Others Define Success for Me
Apr 28, 2018 • 9 min
I gave up doing what I loved to chase success on other people’s terms. Finally, I realized that I needed to pursue what I am meant to do. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @robyn_mindsteps @bamradionetwork Robyn Jackson is the CEO of Mindsteps Inc. a professional…
I Made a Flip Comment to a Veteran Teacher, Bad Move
Apr 21, 2018 • 9 min
I was a new teacher, a young teacher, and new to the school when I made a comment that changed everything. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @AndrewSharosAP @bamradionetwork Andrew Sharos is the Assitant Principal at West Leyden near Chicago. He is the author of All…
I Failed to Bring Others to the Table When It Mattered Most
Apr 17, 2018 • 10 min
We often talk about the importance of getting buy-in on school programs and projects. I didn’t get that memo. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @derekrhodenizer @bamradionetwork Derek Rhodenizer, Academic Director of Westoboro Academy in Ottawa. Derek runs the…
I Walked in with My Clipboard: I Forgot What It Was like to…
Apr 7, 2018 • 9 min
I’ve been on the other side of teacher evaluations, but I found myself doing the very things I detested when I became an instructional technology coach. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @EdTechMason @bamradionetwork Mason Mason is an educator in Dallas, TX. He…
I Allowed Unresolved Issues to Accumulate, Then Boom…
Mar 31, 2018 • 9 min
I discovered that unresolved issues can have, and explosive impact if left to fester. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @French@bamradionetwork Mark French is a 36-year educator with 21 years as an elementary school principal. He serves as past president of the…
I Prejudged a Parent and Assumed the Worst, I Was Wrong
Mar 24, 2018 • 8 min
Because I had prior experience with a parent I was sure that I understood her motivations. I learned an important lesson when I discovered I was wrong. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @DevonBeck365 @bamradionetwork Devon Beck is a hip hop artist, motivational…
I Failed to Gracefully Accept Failure As a Learning Experience
Mar 17, 2018 • 10 min
My project failed to turn out as expected. I knew the proper way to respond but I failed to do what I knew I should do. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @EricEwald_Iowa @bamradionetwork Eric Ewald is Amy’s husband; Ryne and Olivia’s Dad; a co-founder of the…
I Continue to Say Yes, When I Should Say No
Mar 10, 2018 • 10 min
I feel an unrelenting pressure to please people. The result is that I too often say yes to the requests I receive when I should simply say no. But I continue to struggle with this. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @AngelaMaiers @bamradionetwork Angela Maiers has…
I Underestimated and Misjudged My Student
Mar 2, 2018 • 11 min
I was at the end of my emotional rope. My student wasn’t responding the way I wanted and I mentally wrote him off. Then I discovered something about him that I never expected. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @lmstump@bamradionetwork Lindsy Stumpenhorst is a 3-5…
I Tried to Change Everything Immediately, It Was My Way Or…
Feb 16, 2018 • 10 min
I was young, I was new to leadership and I was rigid. I demanded performance overnight without offering support and ran into a wall. Here’s how I turned my leadership, my school and my career around. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @josuefalaise @bamradionetwork…
My Student Embarrassed Me, So I Embarrassed Him, Big Mistake
Feb 9, 2018 • 10 min
My student called me a racist. At least, that’s what I heard. So I tossed him out of the class. As it turned out I was wrong. Now what? Follow: @jonHarper70bd @LaVonnaRoth @bamradionetwork LaVonna Roth is an internationally known learning specialist,…
I Expected Everyone On My Staff to Agree with Me
Feb 3, 2018 • 9 min
I was a new principal with years of experience in the classroom and great ideas share. Why didn’t all of my staff agree with me? Follow: @jonHarper70bd @jeff_zoul @bamradionetwork Dr. Jeff Zoul currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and…
I Called Out an Education Leader Publicly, Bad Move…
Jan 26, 2018 • 10 min
To this day, I still feel remorse about the way I handled one of my first leadership decisions. Later I learned, where I went wrong and how to avoid the mistake in the future. Winston Sakurai was recently recognized by the National Association of…
I Made Students Cry and Parents Mad, I Was Sooooo Misguided
Jan 20, 2018 • 10 min
I threw desks and forgot about a student. If you are looking for a powerful example of learning and growing from reflecting on our biggest mistakes this is it. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @jeffreykubiak @bamradionetwork Jeffrey Kubiak is a #Kidsfirst…
I Was So Proud of How I Handled a Challenging Student, Then I Discovered…
Jan 12, 2018 • 11 min
Managing student behavior can be a challenge. So when I handled a difficult student problem, I was proud. Later I found that my pride was premature. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @ShannaPeeples @bamradionetwork Shanna Peeples is 2015 National Teacher of the…
I Was Focused on the Negativity and the Chaos, Then…
Jan 5, 2018 • 10 min
We lost the top leadership in my school and chaos ensued. Instead of stepping up and leading, I melted down. I was introduced to two ideas that turned me around. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork Will Parker is the Executive Director of Oklahoma’s…
I Forgot My Past and Abused My Privilege
Dec 21, 2017 • 10 min
I imposed an expectation on my student that I would have realized was inappropriate had I not lost touch with my past. Follow @DenaSimmons @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork Dena Simmons is an educator, activist, and lifelong learner from the Bronx, NY. She…
I Tried to Change My School, Before I Built Trust with the People
Dec 14, 2017 • 7 min
I learned through the school of hard knocks that change starts with people first and processes second. Follow @impactfulcoach @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork Naphtali Hoff, PsyD, is President of Impactful Coaching & Consulting and author of “Becoming the…
To Please My Supervisor, I Sold Out My Values and My Kids
Dec 8, 2017 • 10 min
I was being evaluated by my supervisor who wanted “drill and kill.” I knew better, but I didn’t do better. I sold out my values and my kids. I learned how to quickly handle this conflict. Follow @DrMaryHoward @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork Dr. Mary…
I Was Trying to Be Good at Too Many Things
Nov 30, 2017 • 13 min
My intentions were good but misguided. I was taking on more and more commitments while becoming increasingly less effective across the board. Follow @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork Rob Sahli is an administrator at Ramsey Middle School (6-8) in St. Paul,…
I Lost It, Became Defensive, and Pulled Out the Sarcasm: Bad Move
Nov 18, 2017 • 10 min
Sometimes it’s hard to recover with students when you get off on the wrong foot. It’s even harder when you take that foot and put it in your mouth. Follow @jonHarper70bd @@cultofpedagogy @bamradionetwork Jennifer Gonzalez is editor-in-chief of the Cult of…
I Was Quietly Seething at a Staff Member, So I Reprimanded Everyone
Nov 10, 2017 • 11 min
When I sent a blanket memo to my entire staff, I was actually just avoiding a painful discussion with one staff member. Then I learned… Follow @jonHarper70bd @unfoldthesoul @bamradionetwork Ken Williams is Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Unfold The…
I Assumed I Knew My Student, So I Called Her Out: I Was Wrong
Nov 3, 2017 • 8 min
I didn’t like a students behavior in my classroom. Eventually, I called her out in front of the whole class. Later I learned…. Follow @jonHarper70bd @TrevorMuir @bamradionetwork Trevor Muir is a teacher, speaker, and author of the book, The Epic…
I Kept Everything Bottled Up Until It Spilled Out In School
Oct 28, 2017 • 9 min
I hid my pain and didn’t take time to grieve my loss. I thought I was doing the right thing until one day at school my suppressed emotions unexpectedly surfaced. I realized it was time… Follow @jonHarper70bd @stantonalana @bamradionetwork Alana Stanton is…
I Realized Too Late that I Failed To Meet My Student’s Needs
Oct 23, 2017 • 7 min
I was managing my classroom according to my master plan and was pleased with the model. Regretfully, my students felt differently, but I didn’t find out until it was too late. Follow @jonHarper70bd @shareski @bamradionetwork Dean Shareski is the Community…
I Planned The Best Lesson Ever, My Students Hated It
Oct 13, 2017 • 10 min
I was committed to being the best teacher possible, so I planned the best lesson ever. My students were not impressed. Follow @jonHarper70bd @Urban_Teacher Bamradionetwork Mark Martin aka @urban_teacher is an outstanding educator with a proven track…
My Ego Undermined My Ability to Learn and Grow
Oct 5, 2017 • 9 min
When my colleague disagreed with me my ego took over. I missed a great opportunity to learn and grow. Follow @jonHarper70bd @rickhess99 @bamradionetworkFrederick “Rick” M. Hess is resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American…
Moments in My Teaching Career I Wish I Could Take Back
Sep 29, 2017 • 10 min
It can be painful, but instructive to think about some of the missteps we made in our careers in education. Our guest shares a few she wishes she could erase and the lessons she learned from them. Follow @jonHarper70bd @PernilleRipp @bamradionetwork…
I thought I Was a Better Teacher than a Colleague, and I Expressed It
Sep 22, 2017 • 12 min
I felt contempt for one of my peers for some time. One day I let those feeling show and learned a big lesson from the experience. Follow @jonHarper70bd @alienearbud @bamradionetwork Danny “Sunshine” Bauer is the founder of Better Leaders Better Schools…
I Forgot …
Sep 15, 2017 • 8 min
I was so busy that I forgot something very small, but very important. Follow @jonHarper70bd @AmyHeavin @bamradionetwork Amy Heavin is the principal/lead learner at Ryan Park Elementary School in Angola, Indiana. Amy is the mom of three growing boys, as…
I thought that Being Myself Would Be Unacceptable, So I…
Sep 8, 2017 • 11 min
I was on my way to burnout as I tried to be somebody I’m not. Follow @jonHarper70bd @DocSpeaks @bamradionetwork Dr. Adolph Brown, III is happily married to Marla and together they have seven mischievously wonderful children. He is also a veteran educator,…
I Brought a Bad Attitude to the School Year: My Priority Was Me
Aug 26, 2017 • 11 min
I was so wrapped up in the problems that a couple of students were creating that I wrecked a school year for my peers, my students, and myself. Follow @jonHarper70bd @Angela_Watson @bamradionetwork Angela Watson is National Board Certified Teacher…
Whoops! I Forgot My Empathy at the Door: Things Didn’t Go So Well
Aug 18, 2017 • 9 min
As soon as I opened my mouth, I realized that my comments conveyed that I was not being a supportive principal. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @mattwachel @bamradionetwork Matt Wachel is a father, husband, Elementary Principal, ASCD Emerging and Influence Leader,…
I Failed to Adapt to the New Demands of My Position
Aug 11, 2017 • 11 min
I thought the good work and good will from my past were sufficient to manage my new position as the principal at a new school. I was wrong. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @jon_wennstrom @bamradionetwork Jon Wennstrom is an elementary principal in Livonia,…
I Was Performing Not Teaching: How I Realized Something Was Wrong
Aug 4, 2017 • 11 min
I woke up and realized that I was doing the work that my students should be doing. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @peterdocker @bamradionetwork Dan Tricarico has been a high school English teacher for over twenty years. He is author of The Zen Teacher: Creating…
Through Trial and Error I Learned to Lead from the Inside Out
Jul 28, 2017 • 10 min
I wanted to be a great leader so I tried to be just like the great leader I replaced. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @peterdocker @bamradionetwork Peter Docker gets up everyday to enable people to be extraordinary so that they can do extraordinary things. A…
I Tried to Intimidate a Student: What Happened Next Surprised Me
Jul 21, 2017 • 11 min
It worked in the movies. I was sure that instilling a little fear in my students was the way to manage student behavior. Then one day… Follow: @jonHarper70bd @memayer21 @bamradionetwork Matthew Mayer is a husband, father and an elementary school lead…
I Didn’t Invite Teachers to the Table. It Was a Big Mistake
Jul 14, 2017 • 9 min
Our guest talks with us about school leadership, decision making and what she learned from her biggest mistake. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @allysonapsey @bamradionetwork Allyson Apsey believes in looking for the good and the lesson in every situation. Being a…
I Was A Hypocrite with a Double Standard and It Rocked My World
Jun 30, 2017 • 11 min
Sometimes we have to view things from the other side of the table to see our mistakes and be ready to grow. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @joshsstumpenhorstideaguy42 @bamradionetwork Josh Stumpenhorst is a junior high Language Arts and Social Science teacher. He…
3 Leadership Lessons I Learned at The School of Hard Knocks
Jun 22, 2017 • 10 min
We can take courses, have mentors, and read books, but often are most impacting lessons come from making mistakes. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @ideaguy42 @bamradionetwork Dr. Robert Dillon serves the students and community of the Affton School District as…
Blaming, Complaining and Blowing Off Steam Feels Good, but…
Jun 15, 2017 • 10 min
I’ve found that working in education presents many frustrations and reasons to vent, complain, and blow off steam. How I found a better way to handle these emotions. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @davidgeurin @bamradionetworkDavid Geurin is principal and lead…
Sometimes Growth Is Ugly, Embarrassing, and Hurtful
Jun 9, 2017 • 10 min
I learned a valuable lesson from one of my students. The learning process was ugly, embarrassing and hurtful, but in the end we both ended up in a better place. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @Donwettrick @bamradionetwork Don Wettrick is an Innovation Coordinator…
I Got a Blistering Critique from My Staff, It Hurt and…
Jun 1, 2017 • 12 min
I thought I was doing a great job, until I got the results of a staff survey. I was devastated, but I learned a few valuable lessons. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @8amber8 @rebeccacoda @bamradionetwork Amber Teamann is an award-winning assistant principal in…
Once My Ego Took Over….
May 25, 2017 • 11 min
Join us as two educators share what they learned from mistakes driven by egos gone wild. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @RickJetter @rebeccacoda @bamradionetwork Follow: @jonHarper70bd @RickJetter @rebeccacoda @bamradionetwork Rebecca Coda has over 18 years’…
I Chose to Be Comfortable Instead of Effective
May 19, 2017 • 9 min
I chose to overlook the need to change my teaching practice because I wanted to be comfortable. I continued till I saw the impact on my students and staff. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @larryferlazzo @bamradionetwork Larry Ferlazzo began teaching in 2003 after…
I Had to Face the Good, the Bad and the Ugly About My Work
May 13, 2017 • 11 min
I was skilled and accomplished, so I expected myself to be perfect at my craft. It was painful when I discovered that I wasn’t and needed help. Follow: @jonHarper70bd @jesslahey @bamradionetwork Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer and speaker. She writes…
No Limits? How I Discovered the Boundaries of Transparency
May 4, 2017 • 11 min
Transparency has limits. I learned this lesson the hard way and I’ve been living with the error for years. Do you know the boundaries? Follow: @barrykid1 @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Barry Saide is the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for the…
I Burned Out Because I Thought Everything Was Important
Apr 27, 2017 • 7 min
It took a while for me to figure out that some things in school are important and some things just aren’t. Follow: @jethrojones @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Jethro Jones is the principal of Kodiak Middle School and host of the Transformative Principal…
How I Eventually Learned That “Why” Matters More Than “What”
Apr 20, 2017 • 10 min
As a new administrator, I started with a bang, but eventually realized I was en route to a bust. Here’s how I got back on track. Follow: @Joesanfelippofc @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Joe Sanfelippo, PhD is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School…
I Failed to Understand and Feel Her Pain
Apr 13, 2017 • 8 min
I thought I was empathetic educator till I found myself dismissing the pain of another. Follow: @ShanaVWhite @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Shana White serves as technology coordinator at Creekland Middle School in Lawrenceville, GA as well as an adjunct…
I Valued Compliance Over Empowerment, Until My Student Threw Up
Apr 6, 2017 • 12 min
I had lots of rules and lots of ways to make sure my students understood them and complied. Then I got a wake-up call. Follow: @tonyvincent @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Tony Vincent likes to learn, teach, and make things. Since 1998, Tony has been a…
I Thought Everyone Should Be Treated the Same, I Was Wrong
Mar 30, 2017 • 10 min
I learned the hard way that treating people equally doesn’t mean treating everyone the same. Follow: @benjamingilpin @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Ben Gilpin is a relationship driven educator with a passion for innovation. Ben serves as an elementary…
I Was Surrounded by the Wrong People: Being Selective Matters
Mar 23, 2017 • 10 min
How I learned to say yes to the right people, and no to the wrong people. Follow: @joshuasheart @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Joshua Williams is a Ransom Everglades high school student from South Florida who discovered his passion for philanthropy when…
I Reacted Rashly Because I Didn’t Want to Look Weak
Mar 16, 2017 • 11 min
I was startled by happened in my classroom and felt that I had to do something. I would never respond as I did again. Follow: @spencerideas @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork After teaching middle school for eleven years, John Spencer is now a professor of…
I Learned That I Could Not Demand Respect, I Had to…
Mar 9, 2017 • 10 min
Fortunately, I had a mentor who was willing to sit me down and set me straight. Follow: @thomascmurray @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Tom Murray is the State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director. He joined the Alliance 2014 as the…
I Did Not Consider My Audience
Mar 2, 2017 • 10 min
I was focused on what I wanted to say and neglected my audience. Lesson learned! Follow: @j1berger @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Dr. Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and bestselling author of…
I Allowed Myself to Burn Out Again and Tried to Hide It
Feb 26, 2017 • 11 min
I kept my burnout from my students and realized years later I made a big mistake. Follow: @raepica1 @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Rae Pica is an education consultant, keynote speaker, radio host, and author, specializing in the development and education…
I Wasn’t Prepared for All of the Choices
Feb 16, 2017 • 8 min
This week we check in with a college student who shares what he’s learned from his mistakes. Follow: @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Cameron McCoy is a freshman at Morehouse College pursuing a Double Major in Business Administration and Economics with a…
Hard Lesson: Set Expectations for Students and Parents
Feb 9, 2017 • 9 min
We were so excited that we jumped the gun and changed our teaching, but we forgot to prepare our students and parents. We learned why setting expectations is critical. Follow: @RossCoops31 @murphysmusings5 @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Ross Cooper and…
I Had to Be Right, Even When I Didn’t Have an Answer
Feb 2, 2017 • 10 min
It took me a while to realize that creating growing relationships is more important than being right. Follow: @kristenswanson @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Kristen Swanson is Edcamp founder, senior educational technology leader at Bright Bytes, and…
Hmm, My Lesson Plan Upset Students, Parents and Went Viral
Jan 26, 2017 • 11 min
Our guest is famous for his social experiments with students. Most are very enlightening, but today he’s talking about one that was an epic fail. Follow: @NicholasFerroni @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Nicholas Ferroni is a revered high school teacher…
Why I Focused on the Hard Skills and Neglected the Soft Ones
Jan 19, 2017 • 10 min
How I learned that sometimes the lesson plans and grades just don’t matter. Follow: @rocket_116 @mgcjusa @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Bonnie K. Curran, M.S. is a Library Media Specialist Richboro Middle School, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is in her…
Why Are We So Hard on Ourselves? Maybe It Is Because…
Jan 12, 2017 • 9 min
Why are many of us who work in education so hard on ourselves? Today’s episode may provide some clues and solutions. Follow: @teresagross625 @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Teresa Gross and is currently a Middle School Literacy Teacher in Rochester, New…
I Learned That Less Is More
Jan 5, 2017 • 6 min
Some talk about cognitive load, others just say there’s too much happening at the same time. The big takeaway is, when presenting, less is more. Follow: @ClaudioZavalaJr @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Claudio Zavala began his 20+ year educational career…
I Had a Power Struggle with a Student and…
Dec 22, 2016 • 11 min
My student dug in her heels. I dug in mine. I learned a powerful lesson. Follow: @jmattmiller @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Matt Miller is a Spanish teacher at Turkey Run High School. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his…
I Needed to Ask Myself Some Tough Questions
Dec 15, 2016 • 8 min
Growth demands honesty with others and ourselves. I learned this the hard way. Follow: @Glennr1809 @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Glenn Robbins is a Lead Learner/Designer @NCSNJ. Husband&Father. Ed.D Student. Organizer of Edcamps, @njpaecet2 & Ss led…
I Smothered Student Passion: It Was My Way or the Highway
Dec 15, 2016 • 10 min
I went from focusing on compliance to letting go and I saw my students’ passion and creativity soar. Follow: @mraspinall @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Brian Aspinall is a thought leader with regards to computational thinking, STEM and the integration of…
I Smothered Student Passion: It Was My Way or the Highway
Dec 8, 2016 • 10 min
I went from focusing on compliance to letting go and I saw my students’ passion and creativity soar. Follow: @mraspinall @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Brian Aspinall is a thought leader with regards to computational thinking, STEM and the integration of…
I Gave My Students Too Much “Tough” Love, Not Enough…
Dec 1, 2016 • 9 min
I’m passionate about preparing my students for the real world, but at times I go too far and will probably continue. Follow: @Frankstep1 @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Frank Stepnowski is a 25 year English teacher and three (soon to be four) time…
Keeping It Real: I Was a Little Too Utopian
Nov 25, 2016 • 11 min
I was optimistic, sure, and a bit too confident, but I learned how to fail forward. Follow: @jcorippo @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Jon Corippo is the Director of Academic Innovation for CUE, leading CUE’s professional learning throughout California and…
I Tried to Imitate a Great Educator: Why I Failed
Nov 17, 2016 • 7 min
Many of us who aspire to be great educators have role models. I studied my role model intensely and tried to emulate his school leadership. Why did this approach fail? Follow: @PrincipalKafele @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Award-winning educator Baruti…
A Student Told Me My School Was Like a Jail Because of Me
Nov 9, 2016 • 10 min
I was a traditional school leader focused on control, compliance, and rules. I was against everything that I now champion. Follow: @E_Sheninger @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Eric Sheninger is an award-winning principal at New Milford High School in…
I Admit It, I’ve Been Biased and Judgmental, Now What?
Nov 3, 2016 • 10 min
None of us wants to see ourselves as biased, judgmental, so what can we do when we come face to face with our own shortcomings? Follow: @eduflack @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Patrick Riccards is a father and author of Dadprovement. He is the chief…
“I Was Rigid” - Confessions of a One-Size-Fits-All Teacher
Oct 25, 2016 • 9 min
I said “no” to a student and later realized I should have said yes. The experience changed my teaching. Follow: @focus2achieve @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Oskar Cymerman is a Chemistry and Principles of Engineering Teacher at Woodbury High School in…
I Was Afraid of Being Judged by My Peers
Oct 18, 2016 • 6 min
Fear of being judged prevented me from reaching out and getting help from my peers. Follow: @RusulAlrubail @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Rusul Alrubail is an educator in residence at Design Cofounders. She is a co-creator of The Writing Project, an…
What I Learned When My Lesson Plan Bombed Twice
Oct 10, 2016 • 12 min
The only thing more painful than having a lesson plan crash and burn is crashing and burning twice and not knowing why. Follow: @burgessdave @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Dave Burgess is the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE and…
My Rookie Mistake: Trying to Be the Smartest Person in the Room
Oct 6, 2016 • 11 min
I was young, bright and committed to being the smartest person in the room. Life had other plans. Follow: @nalang1 @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Dr. Nathan Lang is currently a National Consultant at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHCO) and the founder.…
I Lost Sight of What Matters Most
Sep 27, 2016 • 11 min
I was passionate committed and driven, but my priorities were mixed up. Then I got the wake-up call. Follow: @Dwight_Carter @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Dwight Carter is the Principal at New Albany High School, OH. He’s been an educator for 20 years…
I’m the Teacher, I Have All the Answers
Sep 23, 2016 • 10 min
I was was sure that as the teacher I was supposed to have all the answers. Eventually, the light came on. Follow: @MathDenisNJ @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Denis Sheeran is a father of 4, district mathematics administrator in NJ, speaker, and author…
I Made “Great” People Feel Bad for Doing “Good” Work
Sep 12, 2016 • 11 min
I was zealous about innovation, leading innovation and being innovative that I discounted the great conventional work being done by great teachers. Follow: @gustafsonbrad @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Dr. Brad Gustafson is the principal and lead learner…
I Assumed I Was Helping My Student, I Was Very Wrong
Sep 3, 2016 • 10 min
I was very clear about what my student needed and I repeatedly gave her specific instructions on how to remedy her issue. Regretfully, I was wrong. Follow: @mrsbolado @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Maggie Bolado has been a White House Guest, Global…
I Was Too Focused on Trying to Prove Myself
Aug 4, 2016 • 8 min
Trying too hard to prove ourselves can lead to bad decisions. Here’s how I learned this valuable lesson one day in my classroom. Follow: @curriculumblog @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Steven Weber is the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction…
I Could Have Been a Much Better Teacher If I Had Slowed Down
Jul 23, 2016 • 8 min
In this episode, we discuss the power of reflection and what happens when we don’t consistently reflect on our practice. Follow: @web20classroom @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Steven W. Anderson is a dad, learning evangelist, speaker, and author who is…
Why Did It Take Me Years to Realize? Teaching Is Not About Me
Jul 2, 2016 • 9 min
Some people like to learn from the mistakes of others. Some prefer trial, error, and reflection. Perhaps how we learn from mistakes is not important, as long as we learn. Follow: @mssackstein @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Starr Sackstein teaches writing…
Learning to Accept My Past and Present Shortcomings
Jun 20, 2016 • 9 min
Sometimes our biggest mistakes happened a long time ago but we’re still holding on to them. Follow: @PeterMDeWitt @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and…
How I Learned to Stop Second Guessing Myself
Jun 3, 2016 • 9 min
Sometimes the biggest mistakes we can learn from are all inside our head. Follow: @seaAthom @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork I am currently the building principal of Brookfield Elementary in Haddon Heights, NJ. Our school specializes in providing a…
I Was Ready to Give Up On A Student, Then…
May 24, 2016 • 8 min
Sometimes living up to our ideals is more challenging than others. Join us as we talk with a veteran school administrator about a time she struggled to walk the talk. Dr. Rosa Isiah currently serves students as principal of Lucille Smith Elementary School…
Before I Was a Good Lead Learner, I Was a Bad One
May 18, 2016 • 11 min
Being transparent about mistakes allows us to grow and see how much we’ve grown. Join us as we talk with Dr.Tony Sinanis about how he learned that relationships matter in school leadership. Follow: @TonySinanis @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Dr. Tony…
I Am Not a Perfect Teacher, I Have to Be Okay with That
Apr 27, 2016 • 10 min
We all know the dangers of making assumptions, yet I find myself making them anyway. Join me as I share with my guest how I learned that educators can’t afford to make assumptions Follow: @Techninja @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Todd Nesloney, educator,…
The Day I lost It with a Student
Apr 7, 2016 • 5 min
I still can’t believe how the day unfolded. One moment everything at school was fine, the next moment a student pushed my button and I lost it. Join me as we talk about lapses of self-control. Follow: @ToddWhitaker @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork Todd…