Unprofessional Development

Unprofessional Development

The stories teachers tell in the workroom, the barroom, and the coffee house. Special guests from the world of education share their wisdom, insights, and experiences.Real teachers, real stories, real funny.

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January 24, 2022 54 min

Mealey and Tudisco have a great conversation with Chad Dumas, a music teacher, administrator, author, and school leader.  We discuss why PLC's are so important, how to cultivate (that's a pun-- you'll get it after you listen) a great culture in your school, and Mealey's true feelings about Waffle House...

 

Follow him on Twitter @ChadDumas

Check out his Leadership Matters Blog.

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Mealey and Tudisco present our guest appearance on Harry Duran's amazing podcast, Podcast Junkies!  We discuss what got us into teaching and podcasting, how the pandemic is impacting us, and a very special guest we had on our show...

 

Check out the amazing Podcast Junkies!

Follow him on Twitter @HarryDuranFC

 

And, just for fun, listen to this episode again on his podcast.

 

 

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Mealey and Tudisco proudly present the 2021  Georgie Awards!  We look back at a year of podcasting and give out the following awards (click for a link to the episode):

Best Turn of Phrase

** Nixon, Ep 62:  Nixon, the Coolest Teacher You Know**

Passion and Equity Award

**Nick Ferroni, Ep 92:  Nicholas Ferroni, World's Most Passionate Teacher**

Best Funny Story From Education

**Joe Dombrowski, Ep 5...

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Mealey and Tudisco proudly present the 2021 Georgie Awards!  We look back at a year of podcasting and give out the following awards (click for a link to the episode):

Best Responses to Mealey's Bio Prompt

** Ruth Swailes, Ep 74:  Ruth Swailes, Educational Consultant**

** Victoria Thompson, Ep 91:  Victoria the Tech **

Intense Spreadsheet Award

**Matthew Dicks, Ep 97:  The Storyworthy Matthew Dicks*...

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December 27, 2021 56 min

Mealey and Tudisco chat with Chris Botts, a former teacher and current administrator in the midwest.  We discuss why everything doesn’t need to be measurable, Botts’s amazing community service initiative, and how Devious Licks almost made him quit...

 

Follow Chris Botts on Twitter @thebotty

Check out his guest spot on the Connect Mobilize Deliver Podcast!

And, while we're at it, check out our guest spot on Podcast Junk...

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Mealey and Tudisco have a great talk with Stephanie Hasty, a high school English teacher who uses actual has a James Bond 007 curriculum!  We discuss why pop culture has value, how to have good conversations about problematic media, and why Pierce Brosnan can't be Hasty's coworker...

 

Follow Stephanie Hasty on Twitter @smj274

 

And, just for fun, here's the definite actual pitch meeting for Skyfall.

 

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Mealey and Tudisco chat with Ryan Scott, a former teacher, current administrator, and amazing edu-podcaster.  We discuss relationships in the classroom, which "big ideas" Ryan likes from his bigEDideas podcast, but first, we have a serious debate about Chex mix...

 

About Our Guest:

Follow Ryan Scott on Twitter @RyanScott1981

Listen to The bigEDideas Podcast!

And Ryan wanted you to check out the books of Robert Bar...

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December 6, 2021 49 min

*Audio updated 12/6.  Apologies to our sponsor for leaving out the ad.*

Happy 100th Episode!!!! Mealey and Tudisco celebrate by inviting the two students who introduced us, Karina and L!  We TRY to discuss what our classrooms were like, what our students learned, and funny stories from our classroom--but chaos ensues.  Hoo-boy...

 

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The Unprofessionals sit down to talk and laugh with Ethan Lee, professional science teacher and amazing person.  We discuss Newton's three laws of teaching, why it's easy and helpful to build relationships, and we learn an important lesson about watching your Spotify playlists carefully...

 

Want to know more about our guest?

Want to read Ethan's mind?  Follow him on Twitter @Scienergetic

 

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November 22, 2021 50 min

Mealey and Tudisco talk with sports psychologist Ben Oliva.  Why would a sports psychologist be on a teaching podcast?  Ben teaches us how coaching and the psychology of success are both essential for teaching.  We discuss how to effectively change behavior, when it's okay to be a tough coach, and how to handle someone interrupting your lesson to scream...

 

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November 15, 2021 57 min

Once upon a time, two podcasters, Tudisco and Mealey, set out on an adventurous conversation with the most amazing storyteller/ author/ educator:  Matthew Dicks!  We discuss building lore in your classroom, what makes a good story, and why you suck if you don't do your homework for life...

 

Check out his stories on The Moth!

Follow him on Twitter @MatthewDicks

And check out his website for his books, writings, and more...

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Mealey and Tudisco get to chat with Edupodlooza alumnus, Traci Browder!  We discuss the similarities between teaching kindergartners and college students, the true meaning of Woke Wednesday, and we get way too in depth about flowers...

 

 

Please check out The Intelligogy Podcast!

And follow Traci on Twitter @TraciBrowder

 

And, just for fun, here's Peter Dinklage singing about pants.

 

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November 1, 2021 61 min

Mealey and Tudisco sit down with the host of the Educhaos podcast.  We talk about hosting an educational podcast, why schools need to rethink suspension rates, and why it's important to scream more in traffic...

 

Definitely check out the Educhaos podcast!

And follow him on Twitter @Edu-Chaos

 

And, just for fun, here's Will Ferrell playing Little Debbie.

 

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Mealey and Tudisco invite back two of our favorite guests, Keenan Lee from episode 33 and Alexandria Adams from episode 34.  We debate school supplies, Canvas technology, and how to properly trap a teacher in their classroom...

 

Please check out Keenan Lee in episode 33

Please check out Alexandria Adams in episode 34

And, just for fun, here's a fun song about Crayola!

 

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We interview fellow Edupodlooza alum, Sandrine Hope!  We discuss how being an educator is like losing your keys, what students of all ages need in their classrooms, and Tudisco and Mealey learn a little about music...

 

Follow her on Twitter @frans2bama

Check out the Step Into Mondays podcast

And just for fun, What If English Were Phonetically Consistent?

 

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We interview Nicholas Ferroni, an award winning educator, activist, and owner of an odd title from People Magazine.  We discuss sexism and objectification in education, how teachers burn out, and

 

Follow him on Twitter @NicholasFerroni

Check out his speaking engagements here!

And just for fun, watch Nick prank his class for a history lesson about the Declaration of Independence!

 

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October 4, 2021 72 min

Mealey and Tudisco chat with Victoria Thompson, former teacher and current STEM Instructional Coach and edtech consultant.  We discuss How teaching is like Disney World, the connection between technology and equity in the classroom, and help settle the dreaded Microsoft-Google debate...

 

Follow her on Twitter @VictoriatheTech

Read her Edutopia articles.

And check out her upcoming seminars!

 

 

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Two Dope Teachers and the Unprofessionals continue their conversation!  This time, we create a unit based around Star Wars, dole out some advice for helping students with their mental health, and discuss the cons of social media...

 

Please listen to their amazing podcast!

And follow them on Twitter @TooDopeTeachers

 

And just for fun, here's the Star Wars Cantina Music for when you're scrolling through Twitter.

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Mealey and Tudisco reunite with Kevin Adams and Gerardo Muñoz of Too Dope Teachers and a Mic.  We decided to play a little game:  we picked a common core standard at random, then had to design a unit around it!  Here's the standard, and along the way, we discuss the Twilight movies, have real talk about the nature of planning in education, and learn the Kev knows a lot about science...  Come back next week to hear Part 2 of our...

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We chat with veteran administrator Principal El.  We discuss his story that's being worked into a movie script, how to be a supportive admin, and why Oprah's signature is a bad thing for the banks...

 

Please check out his website.

And here's the Tweet that connected us to Principal El.

Follow him on Twitter @Principal_El

 

 

And just for fun, here's out interview with the Crap Headteacher.

 

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