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This show brings the audience great things Ohioans are doing to make their communities, the state, the region, and the world a better place as entrepreneurs, leaders, historical and popular culture figures.

For episode 63, I had the pleasure of conducting a second conversation with Dr. Duke Pesta, an English Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of the Freedom Project Academy.  Dr. Duke speaks often on the drawbacks of Common Core in the United States educational system.

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were the topics we discussed in our second conversation:

  • What helped him become an very interesting, engaging public speaker?  Check out this video talking about Common Core.
  • Hear about the "contract" he has his college students sign on the first day of class to promote freedom of speech and discussion of multiple viewpoints
  • Hear about his on-line primary school Freedom Project Academy.  He discusses the type of curriculum, the methodology, and Socratic teaching approach.
  • Check out Dr. Duke's podcast here.  This weekly show discusses issues/topics at all levels of eductation.

Tired of always trying to keep your phone charged? Check out this great on-the-go battery charger.

I highly recommend The Tuttle Twin book series by Connor Boyack to teach the principles of freedom to children.

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Thank you for taking the time to listen to the show.  Please leave a review on ITunes or Stitcher, or email me at ronsiliko@gmail.com. Please refer any recommended future guests to my email.

Direct download: Duke_Pesta_2.mp3
Category:education, life, culture -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

For episode 38, I had the pleasure of interviewing James Sturtevant, a 31-Year Teacher extraordinaire at Big Walnut High School and Author of the book You've Gotta Connect: Building Relationships That Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms, and Higher Achievement.  Mr. Sturtevant was referred to me by previous guest Jim Burson (Jim Burson Interview 1 & Interview 2.  You will love his energy and commitment to serve his student.

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James has been around great teachers his whole life.  His father was a history teacher at Muskingum College (now Muskingum University).  He graduated from Muskingum with his bachelor's degree and then Ohio State with his master's degree.  He is married to Penny, the principal at Big Walnut Middle School.

Here were some of our discussion points:

  • his tipping point were he made up his mind the teaching profession was his path
  • how to connect and to engage all types of students
  • The influence of Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind and TedTalk, as well as John Hattie's Visible Learning for Teachers:  Maximizing Impact on Learning
  • why it is important to move beyond "nostalgia" and embrace the present and future
  • the classroom value of acceptance, communication, non-verbal communication, safety, enjoyment, & advocacy
  • sharing stories
  • the impact he hopes he has made and thoughts on serving others in his future

Connect with James Sturtevant on his website or contact form.

Thank you for listening.

 

Direct download: James_Sturtevant_Interview.mp3
Category:education, life, culture -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Can you imagine being the author of a book that has sold 122 million copies?  No American author can, except for educator William McGuffey (1800-1873), who spent most of his life in Ohio.  This podcast episode will bring you the interesting tale of Mr. McGuffey's remarkable life and accomplishments.

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McGuffey's Eclectic Reader, were the standard reading, english, and grammar textbook in elementary schools and one-room schoolhouses across the country from 1836-1920's and are still is used by some groups, particularly homeschooled students today.

Professor McGuffey was a famous educator who worked at Washington College, Miami University, Ohio University, and the University of Virginia during his famous career.  He was also an ordained minister active and served his communities in this capacity.

In this interview with Stephen Gordon, my friend and colleague at Miami University, the listener will hear about the life and accomplishments of the "Teacher of the Nation".  Stephen is the curator of the McGuffey Museum at Miami University and a renowned historian of Mr. McGuffey.  

To connect with Mr. Gordon to learn more about the McGuffey museum, send him an email at gordonsc@miamioh.edu.

 

Direct download: Stephen_Gordon_interview_about_William_McGuffey.mp3
Category:education, life, culture -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

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