In this episode, “Tall Tal” Tal Thompson takes us into his classroom, the “Innovation HUB” and shares why he doesn’t really like the phrase “teacher.” Tal discusses his passion for PBL, and why creating authentic experiences is where our focus needs to be.
As a Facilitator Of Learning Experiences, Tal talks about being a risk-taker, teaching his students to embrace failure, and the power of the maker movement.
- 2:42 – Tal introduces himself
- 5:02 – Link to study that shows that traditional model of education actually educates creativity out of kids.
- 7:14 – Tal’s failure
- 12:57 – Tal’s success
- 16:00 – What Tal is excited about in education
- 20:45 – Tal’s advice for new teachers. “Listen as often as you can, but give as much as you feel comfortable.”
- 24:53 – 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less
- 28:26 – How to connect with Tal
- EdTech Tool: FlipGrid
- Book: “Talk to Me” by Kim Bearden
- Who to Follow: Tal’s former superintendent, Pam Moran – George Couros, MakerEd
- YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Hip Houghes
- Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Reflect more often. Don’t wait til the end of the year. Tal journals every morning.
- Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: “Failure is a must. Embrace it.”
Links to Connect With Tal
- Website: www.talltal.com
- Twitter: @talltalteaches
- Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/taltallteaches
- YouTube account: TallTal
- Instagram: @talltalteaches
- LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/talltal