Brother/Sister duo, Bruce and Erin Umpstead, join us to chat about blending the classics with progressive movements, allowing students to experience life through reflection, and showing kids that they are each on a hero’s journey.
Erin and Bruce share a look into their “Great American Epic” project, how they have been podcasting with students, and why we should look to our passions to help guide our next steps.
- 0:32 – Shoutout to Katie Alvarez (@freshfromthe4th) for Rae’s word to describe Jeff.
- 2:40 – Chatting about how any opportunity is a way to make a connection with somebody and building your PLN. It’s not only on social media; every moment in life is a chance to connect.
- 5:01 – Previewing the episode with Erin and Bruce Umpstead.
- 10:48 – Bruce and Erin introduce themselves.
- 16:26 – Bruce’s failure: Failing to start a project that got bigger and bigger in his mind.
- 20:24 – Erin’s failure: Not getting into school to be a teacher.
- 26:15 – What’s got Bruce and Erin excited about education right now.
- 31:32 – How we provide opportunities for teachers to give voice and agency to students: Don’t be afraid to try something new or something that no one else is doing. And be ready for it to be hard. And get a minimal viable audience.
- 36:19 – 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less: Brother vs. Sister!
- 39:06 – How to connect with Erin and Bruce.
Bruce and Erin’s Recommendations
- EdTech Tool:
- Who to Follow:
- Bruce: Teach Better podcast
- Erin: Holt Public School Communication
- Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine:
- Bruce: Gratitude Journaling.
- Erin: Exercise daily.
- Best piece of advice you’ve ever received:
- Bruce: Focus on identifying your minimum viable audience (https://seths.blog/2019/03/the-minimum-viable-audience-2/).
- Erin: “You are loved and appreciated. Act like it.”
Links to Connect With Bruce and Erin
- Instagram: @eumpstead (Erin)
- Facebook Page: Erin Umpstead
- LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/umpstead