Recent Episodes

“Isolation is a way to know ourselves.” Franz Kafka – Isolation


Is social distancing healthy for us? The Coronavirus outbreak of 2020 has driven society into isolation. Schools are closed, and businesses are shut down. Our social lives have stopped functioning, and we’re at home with much more alone time. Isolation can breed some sadness ..
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“Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.” Seneca – Kindness


Do all people deserve kindness? When students interact with others, they have a lot of moral decisions to make. It’s hard for them to decide exactly how to treat other people, especially strangers. They often don’t have much information to go on, and must rely on their int ..
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“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Conflict


What's the best way to convert an enemy to a friend? Every student knows a little something about enemies and conflict. They don’t get along with everybody and these inevitable conflicts force them to make choices about how to treat other people. These choices have real cons ..
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“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.” Maya Angelou – Success


Can you be successful in life without doing what you love? Success, students are told, comes from doing well in school, building friendships, and finding the right career. The only problem is they aren’t told exactly how to find this success and whether actually loving what ..
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“The person with dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.”  Albert Einstein – Imagination

“The person with dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” Albert Einstein – Imagination


Do you need knowledge or imagination to have influence in the world? Some students are dreamers who live comfortably thinking about a world not yet created. Then, there are the ‘down to earth’ students who find comfort in facts. These two groups often clash during group pr ..
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“The best fighter is never angry.” Lao Tzu – Anger


Is anger always self-destructive? Anger is an emotion that all of us have to manage throughout our lives. Students get angry with their teachers, friends, and parents. It’s important for them to develop a self-awareness around their anger so that they can decide when getting ..
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“He has the most who is content with the least.” Diogenes – Happiness


What does it take to be happy? Students think that more is better - more money, influence, friends and good grades. The idea of cutting back on desire isn’t attractive, yet we can’t have it all. Throughout life students must make smart choices about what they want and how ..
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“Alone, we can do little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller – Cooperation


How do we know if working with others will make us better off? Cooperation is not a foreign concept for students. They are told at all stages of life that it is important to cooperate with others. It is also the case that they are expected to be self-reliant and not afraid to ..
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“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” Martin Luther – Responsibility


How do you know when you should speak out against injustice? Responsibility is something all people have to learn at some point in their life. One of the challenges is knowing how to act in each situation so that your individual decisions take others into consideration.  Put ..
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“Power must never be trusted without a check.” John Adams – Power


Should we trust people with power? Students are no strangers to power. They have parents, coaches, and teachers exerting power over them and telling them what to do. Students slowly develop a moral sensibility towards authority figures and are quick to point out when they feel ..
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Why Teach Different?

Why Teach Different?


There’s one thing that can capture student attention in an age of social media and an educational system focused on data-driven instruction, and that’s unforgettable classroom conversations.  Listen to Teach Different co-founders, Steve and Dan Fouts, describe a way of teach ..
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The Story of Teach Different

The Story of Teach Different


Listen to Teach Different's co-founder, Dr. Steven Fouts, share the story of Jarvis and how Teach Different's 3-Step Method was born out of necessity in a struggling high school classroom on Chicago's west side. Whether you are a teacher, school leader, or simply someone inter ..
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