69: Building Heroes- Bruce and Erin Umpstead chat with us about helping students see that . they’re on a hero’s journey, and working together to find The Great American Epic.

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Listen to Episode #69 of the Teach Better Talk Podcast with Bruce and Erin Umpstead.

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.

Episode Highlights

  • 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.

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