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John has a young, growing family and is returning to Educator’s Lead for his second interview (his first was Episode #97) (1:45)
John has a degree in math, but instead of his original plan of working for a major defense contractor, he applied for a schoolteacher position, and has never looked back. He now oversees 8 high school, 1100 teachers, and 24,500 students (3:48)
What John did when he found himself just kind of going through the motions, and why you have to be willing to take risks (6:54)
Some ways 3-D printing can change education, in every grade and classroom, and the time a class 3-D printed a new hand for a teacher who had lost one due to illness (11:05)
John explains why he wrote his new book Table Talk Math, and what it’s all about (16:40)
How John’s parents helped him learn to love understand math (20:30)
How Twitter has greatly improved John’s professional life (24:57)
Some things parents can do to help their kids retain their learning over the summer and during the school year (27:00)
How to find time to write a book while working lots of hours and raising a young family (34:55)
Parents can use John’s website TableTalkMath.com to help their kids develop math fluency (37:11)
Some fun facts about John’s book (39:37)
The importance of saying “yes, and…” (41:35)
Don’t be afraid of looking silly from time to time (42:27
The one book that’s had the most impact on John (43:07)
Some great advice for administrators working with students (43:59)
You’ve got to invest time in your teachers when making big changes (44:50)
If John had a time machine, here’s the advice he would go back and give his younger self when he was just starting out in administration (47:54)
Visual Patterns (Fawn Nguyen’s website)
Books mentioned in this episode
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