109: Lifelong Learning. – Jorge Valenzuela chats with us about how a lot of failures equate to small successes, but a lot of little successes lead to bigger successes.

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Jorge Valenzuela chats with us about how a lot of failures equate to small successes, but a lot of little successes lead to bigger successes.

Jorge shares who you should look to in order to be successful, where true happiness comes from, and lays out his 5 daily routines you need to get into.

'Lots of failures equate to small successes, but when you have a lot of little successes, eventually they lead to bigger successes.' - @JorgeDoesPBL from episode 108 of #TeachBetterTalk #Podcast #TeachBetter Click To Tweet

Episode Highlights

  • 3:26 – We restart the episode because…well, because Rae.
  • 3:52 – Talking about our network, your PLN, and the power of connecting.
  • 6:23 – Shoutout to our friends at IDEA for featuring Teach Better Talk in their newsletter!
  • 9:06 – Previewing the episode with Jorge Valenzuela
  • 14:26 – Jorge introduces himself.
  • 17:22 – Jorge’s failure: Recurring failure of oversharing with colleagues.
  • 20:01 – Jorge’s success: Becoming an author.
  • 25:02 – What keeps Jorge excited about education: Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • 28:22 – Jorge’s advice for teachers: If you want to be successful in anything, you need to look at people that have already accomplished what you want to accomplish
  • 30:23 – Jorge provides 7 quick tips for new teachers:
    1. Form good relationships with others
    2. Know your educational philosophy
    3. Understand the theoretical frameworks that inform how you plan and teach
    4. Use educational protocols
    5. Use learning targets
    6. Write your own lesson plans (and if you don’t know, learn how to)
    7. And take breaks and do what you love to do on those breaks. Because happiness comes from within by doing what we love to do.
  • 31:56 – 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less.
  • 38:00 – How to connect with Jorge.

Jorge’s Recommendations

  • EdTech Tool: littleBits
  • Book: “Codebreaker” by Brian Aspinal
  • Who to Follow on Twitter:
  • YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Chris Woods @DailySTEM
  • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Here’s my top 5 things —
    1. Start your day with Prayer & meditation.
    2. Spend wholesome time with family and friends frequently.
    3. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week.
    4. Eat healthy at least 80% of the time.
    5. Improve your craft on a daily basis. I like to put in 10-15 hours extra each week. I don’t recommend that everyone do the same but start with 30 minutes a day!
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received:  “Know thyself” and that is a quote by Socrotes. Because if I know myself — no one can tell me or make me feel otherwise.

Links to Connect With Jorge

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