Last June Allison and I tried to get something on tape, but tech issues crashed our party ... funny thing, we ended up chatting for over 30 minutes through sketchy wifi on a bunch of topics, some of which popped back up in this episode.

I love that we are returning to the table like no momentum was lost. Solid remained solid regardless of the time between. 

In this epi we re-wander through teacher joy, getting global in the local, and supporting teacher candidates.

This conversation was definitely worth it's 'wait'.

Allison can be found @allison_fuisz on Twitter. She is also The Enthusiastic Learner on WordPress.

The song played in this episode: Balloons Rising by A.A. Aalto is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) This song has not been remixed or changed in any way.

You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on Wordpress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ 

Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 

 

When I started this podcast a year ago I had little idea about the what, the how, or even my why in chasing conversations. I quickly cobbled together a list of questions that I thought an EDU podcaster would ask. And even as I struggled through my first episode with Jen Giffen @virtualgiff I realized that I would have to be more open. Open in my question frame, open in my mindset, and open to where the story takes me.

As soon as I released a little grip on the wheel, the stories emerged and took over.

In this episode I go where a story pulled me.

The horrific events of February 14th, 2018 that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida electrified me. I found my social and news feeds overflowing with content that enraged and confused me. And even though I wanted to talk with someone closer to the context I waited. I researched. I measured. I reflected and then I reached out to Brad Sheffler an educator and podcaster based out of Orlando.

This episode focusses in on how to talk about guns and schools. And honestly, I had no idea about how to do this. My questions felt awkard, my sense of clarity was fuzzy, and throughout the entire conversation I struggled with measuring my respect for the topic. Yet, I also wondered if this is what it feels like to unbox a truely pivotal topic.

I am incredibly grateful to Brad for his honest and open support of my learning.

Brad can be found @BradShreffler on Twitter. He also is the host of the Planning Period Podcast

Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on Wordpress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ If you would like to chat on the podcast, let me know.

Song in episode: Come as you are by Blue Dot Sessions is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) This song has not been remixed or changed in any way.

 

I highly reccommend that you check out The Beast blog on Wordpress at the same time as you listen to this podcast. Kelly and Andrea's pieces set up a scale to our conversation that cracks open many of the silos that are so easy to lock ourselves into. And at the same time, they offer their vulnerability as a vehicle to go deeper, ask another question, and keep seeking.

At every turn in our conversation I was reminded of the necessesities in education - the power to share, the grace of collegial conversation, the getting comfortable with being uncomfortable, and the appreciation that comes from giving from our whole self.

So FYI, take a pause or two to dig into the backstory of @thebeastedu and enjoy the podcast.

Go find The Beast on Twitter @thebeastedu 

Kelly Mackay is @specedforever and Andrea Kerr is @andCreative on Twitter.

Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on Wordpress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ If you would like to chat on the podcast, let me know.

Song in episode: 8bit Detective by Bass Assassin is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) This song has not been remixed or changed in any way.

 

I have been thinking a lot about the EDU bubble. Not just the challenges that are created by it or the frustrations that arise from it, but also the composition of it. Honestly, it is way too easy to call out the competitive agendas that exist inside and outside the bubble...but what of the actual bubble? What is it really made of?

Its not surprising to me that I have started to look at the stories that emerge from the surface tension on the bubble. The spirit of Chasing Squirrels has always pursued the curious stories  about the relationship between educator and system - more and more the convos have started to include the challenges of creating EDU spaces with the community included as a fully participating role.

And I have begun to appreciate the little bits of source code that are being written and rewritten there. The colocation of essential services that could support learning is one sample of the new thinking that is popping in the dialogue between systems.

German Villegas is the human behind the ModernManhood Podcast and he exists directly in that space 'between'. He spends his time working with youth and males in a human service capacity and supports conversations with men about their masculinity and what it means to be a modern man. I knew that this convo would tie in with the action on the bubble and would definitely illuminate some of the necessary work that needs to be done with many of the modern learners that I interact with on the daily. Please check it out.

Go find Modern Manhood's Twiiter feed https://twitter.com/modernmanpod and the website https://modernmanhood.org/ 

Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on Wordpress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ If you would like to chat on the podcast, let me know.

Song in episode: 8bit Detective by Bass Assassin is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) This song has not been remixed or changed in any way.

 

Hair, nails, and humour got me connected with Doug Robertson AKA @TheWeirdTeacher on Twitter in the first place. 

And the sharp and observant mind behind his tweets and posts pantskicked me into getting him on the podcast.

Our convo swerves all over the road- the funny side of teaching, being liked, and the pain of data were just a few of spaces we busted into.

Check out Doug's books on Amazon ,his EDUblog at  http://hestheweirdteacher.blogspot.ca/  and his music musings at https://earprotein.wordpress.com/author/earprotein/

Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on Wordpress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ If you would like to chat on the podcast, let me know.

Song in episode: 8bit Detective by Bass Assassin is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) This song has not been remixed or changed in any way.

 

At least once a week I find a post in my social that focusses on tracking future jobs. Often it is couched in a convo about our students aiming for a job force that has not even been dreamed of yet. And that future is seeded by helping students embrace the Edtech tools that accelerate their learning and activate their 'moonshot' thinking.

I think Emily Fitzgerald has one of those future jobs. Emily is the Director of Professional Development with   and in the sweet spot of helping learners meet the future with tech training opportunities for teachers.

Please find Emily on Twitter @efitz_edtech or https://sites.google.com/edtechteam.com/emily

Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on Wordpress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ If you would like to chat on the podcast, let me know.

Song in episode: 8bit Detective by Bass Assassin is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) This song has not been remixed or changed in any way.

Welcome to the podcast's 1st year anniversary episode ... or just call it the 'really, really' episode.

Either way, sitting down with with these three guests again, one year later[ish], and reconnecting the dots from our first convo was awesome. When we last met Elif, Diana, and Sarah, each of them was working their way through the teacher candidate maze of experiences. Now, all three are walking more of the talk and seeing EDU with a 'more teacher, less candidate' POV. 

In the podcast we wrestled with questions like: What are the hard convos you would like to be a part of? What are you becoming, besides a content specialist? How do assumptions make simple things become complex? Do you learn best in calm or storm? AND what do you feel is baked into EDU?

I am proud to be a part of their process and wish them the best of luck for their career in education.

Please find Elif Kaynak on Twitter @Ms_Kaynak , Diana Danciu on Twitter @msdanciu , Sarah Lalonde on Twitter @sarahlalondee and her blog https://www.sarahannelalonde.com/

Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on Wordpress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ If you would like to chat on the podcast, let me know.

Song in episode: 8bit Detective by Bass Assassin is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) This song has not been remixed or changed in any way.

Kudos has got to go out to @jenapgar for suggesting I connect with @Chadreay. Somewhere during our first Twitter chat we called out this podcast as a bit of blind date and without the usual profile lurking we dove into an amazing convo about adaptive Edtech, show and share professional development, and the power of relationships. 

Please find Chad Reay on Twitter @Chadreay

Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on Wordpress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ If you would like to chat on the podcast, let me know.

Song in episode: 8bit Detective by Bass Assassin is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) This song has not been remixed or changed in any way.

Trail Mix explores topics of interest from Maddie and Jake.

Trail Mix can be found with Chasing Squirrels on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 

I was sent home the first day                                                                                                                  with a note: Danny needs a ruler.                                                                                                            My father nodded, nothing seemed so apt.                                                                                            School is for rules, countries need rulers,                                                                                                graphs need graphing, the world is straight ahead.

It had metrics one side, inches the other.                                                                                                    You could see where it started                                                                                                                  and why it stopped, a foot along,                                                                                                                how it ruled the flighty pen,                                                                                                                  which petered out sideways when you dreamt.

I could have learned a lot,                                                                                                                  understood latitude, or the border with Canada,                                                                                            so stern compared to the South                                                                                                                  and its unruly river with two names.                                                                                                          But that first day, meandering home, I dropped it.

School by Daniel J. Langton

You can find Leanne Hanson on Twitter @LeanneHanson

Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/chasing-squirrels/id1191208370?mt=2 You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on Wordpress at https://chrisjcluff.com/ If you would like to chat on the podcast, let me know.

Song in episode: Fun First by Ketsa is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/) This song has not been remixed or changed in any way.

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