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10 Minute Teacher Podcast with Cool Cat Teacher

Produced by Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher, LLC

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Jun 2, 2022

Can we have joy in schools? How about on social media? With so many difficulties, it seems beyond impossible sometimes to find joy but it can be done. Today, Dean Shareski, the author of Embracing a Culture of Joy brings his perspective to the challenges of modern living and learning. While his message has been around for a while, it is perhaps even more important today.

In today’s show we’ll discuss:

  • How Dean brings joy and humor to Zoom meetings (and podcasts) including some cool hardware and software

  • The ambient irritability that seems to be prevalent today

  • Why we still need joy

  • How small kindnesses can make a big difference and some examples in schools

  • Keeping perspective as we face problems

  • How we can embrace multiple emotions at once

  • Having concern for the world’s problems and still finding joy in your day

  • The importance of reflection

  • How Vicki gets information from her students at the end of the school year to become a better teacher

  • Some interesting laughs along the way!

Show notes and transcript:

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Dean Shareski - Bio as Submitted

DeanDean Shareski Shareski is a Senior Partnership Consultant for Advanced Learning Partnerships supporting districts and schools throughout North America in digital transformation. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent nine as a digital learning consultant for a Canadian school district. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs. In 2010 he won the ISTE Award for Outstanding Leader of the Year. Dean has had the opportunity to speak to various education audiences both nationally and internationally. He has recently authored “Embracing a Culture of Joy” and co-authored “Different Schools for a Different World.” His passion remains to help teachers explore the affordances of technology for learning.  Dean believes humor and humility go a long way in supporting and advocating transformational practices in teaching and learning.


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