Thought provoking conversations that help listeners dive deeper into educational practices.

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Nov. 10, 2021

50 - Compass: a spoken word poem

What guides you?  What are the forces that direct your path? As I've reflected on those questions, I've come up with this spoken word poem, Compass.

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Sept. 3, 2021

49 - Dr. Matthew Downing: blended learning and Mr. Rogers.

What can we learn from Mr. Rogers in respect to blended learning? Mr. Rogers transformed the television experience for kids decades ago, and there is much we can continue to learn from him today.

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Aug. 27, 2021

48 - Maxwell Smith: blended learning mini series

What does an online school look like that elevates self directed learning, utilizes learning challenges, and taps into student agency? Let me introduce you to The Forest School Online.   This conversation with Maxwell Smith seeks to elevate...

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Aug. 20, 2021

47 - William Minton: blended learning mini series

What if technology made the educational experience more impactful, reduced stress, and allowed us to get more done in less time?

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Aug. 13, 2021

46 - Richard Byrne: blended learning mini series

Consistency is essential within a blended learning environment.

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Aug. 6, 2021

45 - Dom Traynor: blended learning mini series

Blended learning has forced teachers across the globe to modify their teaching practice and experiment with new tools and ideas.

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July 30, 2021

44 - Dr. Scott McLeod: blended learning mini series

How can we utilize the blended learning environment towards deeper learning? Dr. Scott McLeod chats with Matthew Downing about this and the need for thoughtful planning, the temptation towards wishful thinking, and the way 4 Shifts Protocol can guide towards success.

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July 23, 2021

43 - Dr. Monica Burns: blended learning mini series

The experiences throughout the past year have helped us grow in our understanding of using technology in the classroom and being able to ask the "why" when considering technology classroom application.

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July 16, 2021

42 - Todd Nesloney: blended learning mini series

Blended learning is not for every student or educator.  Todd Nesloney and Matthew Downing discuss limitations of the blended learning environment for both students and teachers.  We also consider unique ways blended learning can serve students and educators.

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July 9, 2021

41 - Rachelle Dene Poth: blended learning mini series

Risks can be a powerful tool within our learning. Blended learning has offered numerous opportunities for teachers and students to take risks they wouldn't have taken otherwise.

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June 28, 2021

40 - Dr. Matthew Rhoads: blended learning mini series

Organizing a blended learning classroom serves as one of the biggest obstacles for educators.  Matthew Rhoads shares examples of how to best organize a blended learning classroom while offering practical guidance that can be easily applied.

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June 4, 2021

39 - Dr. Marci Klein: design to learn

Design offers an excellent pathway to interdisciplinary learning experiences. Dr. Marci Klein brings us into classrooms and shows us how design can be used to combine diverse learning objectives and push creativity.

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May 27, 2021

38 - Julie Jungalwala: disruptive decade

We are in the midst of a disruptive decade. Listen in to the conversation as Julie Jungalwala and Matthew Downing consider a path forward.

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May 17, 2021

37 - Pam Harris: talking real math

What is real math? Pam Harris chats with Rob Schwartz, Macie Basom, and myself about this important issue. We discuss the characteristics of real math and more importantly - how can real math be brought to the classroom?

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May 11, 2021

36 - Sam Willoughby: full throttle

How do you pursue your dream? Sam Willoughby, BMX Olympic Silver Medalist, brings us into his story of leaving home at the age of 16 to pursue his BMX dream and the many factors that led to his decision.

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May 7, 2021

35 - Katherine Adamek: fixing your mindset

What role does your mindset play in athletics and education? Katherine Adamek, 2 time Olympic Medalist, shares personal stories and coaching strategies to help us better understand.

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May 1, 2021

34 - John Coyle: design thinking

How does design thinking help us in everyday life?  Not the textbook version.  The practical day in and day out version. John Coyle, Olympic Medalist and design thinking expert, breaks down the theory of design thinking and helps us apply it. to daily life.

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April 23, 2021

33 - Mark Henderson: persevering towards gold

Perseverance helps us grow in unexpected ways. Mark Henderson, Olympic Gold Medalist, shares the story of his 1992 Olympic trial experience and how that propelled him towards gold in 1996.

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April 18, 2021

32 - Vladimir Grbic: elevating your performance

What does it take to elevate your performance to the next level? Who better to ask than Olympic Gold Medalist, Vladimir Grbic?

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April 9, 2021

31 - Shawn Kanungo: disrupt to innovate

What is the role of innovation within education?   Shawn Kanungo, a globally recognized innovation strategist, shares his insight into how innovation occurs and what it could look like within schools.

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March 29, 2021

30 - 3 kids asking some more curious questions with Judy Schachner

Anaiah Downing, Eliana Downing, and Teo Downing had the opportunity to ask some curious questions to Judy Schachner, #1 New York Times author/illustrator.  (See episode #29 for the complete conversation with Judy.)

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March 23, 2021

29 - Judy Schachner: liberating creativity

How does an award winning author and illustrator create their books? Judy Schachner, #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator, gives us a glimpse into her creation process.

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March 19, 2021

28 - Michelle Weise: long life learning

How do we prepare for jobs that don't exist yet? Michelle Weise guides us through this transition with thoughtful insight and tons of examples.

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March 14, 2021

27 - John Couch: Rewiring Education

What is the role of technology within our learning?   John Couch, Apple's first Vice President of Education, helps us understand the difference between utilizing technology as a mental bicycle and an exercise bike.

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March 6, 2021

26 - Tony Wagner: learning by heart

What drives your learning?

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March 1, 2021

25 - Oliver Caviglioli: design to learn

Design has a significant impact on the way information is conveyed, and the degree to which learners are able to process and understand content.  Oliver Caviglioli breaks down the way the mind works, organizes content, and what we can do to better facilitate understanding.

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Feb. 18, 2021

24 - Noan Fesnoux: experiential learning

Noan Fesnoux highlights the importance of experiences within our educational journey. He shares how they have impacted his learning, and also how he views learning for students.  Noan shares all of this with clarity and a deep conviction.

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Feb. 8, 2021

23 - Kristen Graham: journalism & education

Kristen Graham, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, shares some of her experiences while covering education in Philadelphia.  She also breaks down important skills needed in journalism and describes events from a recent arrest.

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Feb. 5, 2021

22 - Amelia Nierenberg: reflecting to move forward

Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times reporter, brings needed and helpful insight into the current state of education.  Amelia's observations are not only pertinent to our current situation with her work on the Coronavirus Briefing, but can help move education forward.

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Jan. 30, 2021

21 - Sierra Blair-Coyle: climbing to the top

Professional rock climber Sierra Blair-Coyle helps us better understand the complex dynamics of rock climbing, and what is needed to succeed.  Sierra tells us about her favorite places to climb, how to improve, and the impact of her coaches.

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Jan. 23, 2021

20 - Three kids: asking artists some curious questions

Anaiah Downing, Eliana Downing, and Teo Downing asked some curious questions to previous guests (ep 16-19).  The answers were great for listeners of all ages.

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Jan. 16, 2021

19 - Seth Stewart: space to create

"That would be dope if . . ."

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Jan. 11, 2021

18 - Betsy Struxness: broadway and beyond

Betsy Struxness takes us on a journey from a small town in Italy to the hectic backstage of Broadway performances.

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Dec. 22, 2020

17 - Voltaire Wade-Greene: learning through dance

Voltaire shares his early learning experiences like when he recorded Thriller over a precious family VHS tape, and memorized the various movements. Voltaire goes on to share the importance of movement w/ learning, and plenty of insightful Hamilton stories!

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Dec. 17, 2020

16 - Stephanie Klemons: the beauty of choreography

What can we learn from musicals like Hamilton?   TONS! Join Matthew Downing and Stephanie Klemons as they dive into Hamilton (the musical), choreography, Katie's Art Project, and what makes a beneficial learning experience.

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Dec. 7, 2020

15 - Michael Brody-Waite: leading through authenticity

What can great leaders learn from living like a drug addict? Listen in as Matthew Downing chats with Michael Brody-Waite about his journey and the many lessons he has applied to successful leadership.

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Nov. 24, 2020

14 - Michael Soskil: flipping the system

Matthew Downing chats with Michael Soskil about his newest book and the pivotal role teachers play in transforming the education system and preserving democracy.

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Nov. 20, 2020

13 - Steven W. Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth: literacy and technology - the perfect pair.

What can we learn from this remote learning experience?  Matthew Downing chats with Steven W. Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth about broader theoretical insights as well as practical takeaways that can be easily applied.

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Nov. 11, 2020

12 - Scott McLeod: 4 shifts towards deeper learning

What can help lead to deeper learning when integrating technology?  Matthew Downing and Dr. Scott McLeod discuss this relevant and important question. Scott brings it with theory and examples galore that can be easily applied.

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Nov. 4, 2020

11 - Todd Nesloney: the power of relationships to transform education

Matthew Downing chats with Todd Nesloney about his biggest takeaways from education. Todd mentions relationships with staff, students, and families as some of the key ingredients towards success. Todd also shares stories of his creative endeavors to...

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About the Host

Dr. Matthew Downing

- Earned his EdD from Northeastern University in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, Leadership
- Host of DivingDeepEDU
- Co-Host of RethinkingEDU
- Interested in the way technology transforms the learning process
- Excited about professional development that brings about effective change
- Enjoys the educational coaching process and seeing positive results
- Understands coding implementation within curriculum
- 15 years K-12 experience
- Google Certified Trainer and Administrator
- Check out mdowningedu.com and rethinkingedu.co
- Email - mhdowning@gmail.com