TBF028 – Career Options & Self-Reflection

This weeks podcast looks as a blog post I wrote the other day.  I have a number of friends and relatives who have the goal of becoming a teacher.  It’s a great job but very difficult to get into.  The blog post (and podcast) are intended to be a bit of encouragement to look at other possibilities for a rewarding and learning based career.

The second article digs into self-reflection.  This is an important topic for anything where the facilitator is part of the learning experience.   I found this article on Lifehacker, and it may start off on a sad note (due to the recent death of the author) but his words tend to carry a lot of weight on their own.

“Organic Grunge”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0


Teaching Waitlist Just Got Shorter

Many of you in my generation want to become a teacher, but have you considered all of STOPthe options?  I will make a few assumptions about where your career choice sprouted:

  • You want to make a difference in peoples lives.
  • You like helping people.
  • You had a teacher when you were a child who really inspired you.
  • You watched Dead Poet Society.

You and I have a lot in common. As I was completing high school my plan was to become an english teacher but that wasn’t the path that I ended up walking down. After bouncing around a bit I have found comfort in the training industry and it has a lot to offer people who are considering teaching as a career. Continue reading

5 Things We Learned at The School of Rock


Since I’ve started the podcast and blog I’ve looked at many things through new eyes and looked for opportunities to learn everywhere.

I’ve talked about using stories as an opportunity to improve learning through observing the hero’s journey (Episode 13) and I’ve talked about enhancing the learning experience through the use of music (Episode 15).  I was sure if I was willing to blur the lines between education and entertainment  I would find something that mixed both.  I found The School of Rock.

Really, I found it again as it had been a while since I’d seen it and, granted, Jack Black can be very, well, Jack Black, sometimes I kind of like that.   Continue reading

TBF015 – The Music Inside of You!

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dave Collins, a modest but knowledgeable local sixth grade teacher.  What makes Dave standout from a classroom full of teachers is that Dave will often be seen with his guitar in hand.  Mr. Collins has been teaching full time for the last six year but he’s been playing guitar for the past 19 years. Continue reading