Run Your Life Show With Andy Vasily

Nov 28 2020 55 mins 48

Host Andy Vasily interviews leading experts in the field of education and beyond to discuss what matters most in their pursuit of both personal and professional excellence.
















































Pursuing Dreams With Tour Golf Professional Othman Almulla | Run Your Life #105
Feb 11 2020 101 mins  
The episode you are about to listen to is with Othman Almulla, who is the first tour golfer from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was an honor and a joy to sit down with Othman to talk about his very unique journey and to learn more about him as a person and as a professional athlete. Othman exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker and to have the guts and determination to follow his dreams. Othman is the very first tour pro to represent his home country of Saudi Arabia and is a genuine ambassador of the game of golf. Othman grew up playing multiple sports but focused mostly on soccer. Having had great success as a junior soccer player, his dream was to represent Saudi Arabia by playing on their national football team. That all changed when Othman picked up a golf club for the very first time at the age of 15 years old. He fell in love with the game and quickly improved his form becoming a scratch player by the age of 18.Othman earned a scholarship playing golf in the US, but returned to Saudi Arabia to focus on competing at the highest amateur level possible in the middle east region. As well, he became a member of the Saudi national golf team during this time. To refine his swing and improve his game, Othman set out on a journey to work with different coaches, but, during this time, he was led further and further away from the natural swing and style of play that helped him to succeed in the first place. As a result, he experienced great struggle and hardship during this time that ultimately led to him to giving up the game. He decided to go back to university degree to complete his degree. However, the fire to compete and to play the game he loved still burned brightly. Although he had hit a roadblock in his game and had given up on his dreams, he was determined to get his swing back and to compete once again and this is when everything changed for Othman. All great achievers feel compelled to investigate their inner mind in order to confront the internal dialogue and emotions that can hold them back from achieving excellence. Othman is the kind of person who is very introspective and driven to better understand himself in order to not only survive as a professional athlete but to thrive. As the famous writer Ernest Hemingway once said, “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, and the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable, they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed, but never give up.”Othman exemplifies what it means to be resilient and to put himself in the arena to do the hard work necessary to follow his dreams and inspire others to do the same. He recently played in European tour golf events in Dubai and Saudi Arabia and has his sights set on getting his European tour card. HIs self-belief and determination come shining through in this episode. It was great to chat with him and I wish him all the best with his journey. Without further adieu, my episode with Othman Almulla. About OthmanOthman Almulla (born July 9, 1986) is the first Saudi professional golfer, and was the first Saudi Arabian and youngest Arab amateur golfer to qualify and play in the Dubai Desert Classic, a major PGA European Tour event that was held February 1–4, 2007 at the Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, U.A.E. After winning the Qatar Open in January 2008, Almulla qualified to play in the PGA European Tour's Commercialbank Qatar Masters January 24–27, 2008 in Doha, Qatar.Almulla also won the 2008 Saudi Aramco Invitational held at Aramco's Rolling Hills Golf Club in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on Nov. 7, 2008, becoming the first Saudi national ever to win this tournament long dominated by Bahrainis. He also competed in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in 2020 and the Saudi...

Striving For Excellence with European Golf Tour Veteran Simon Dyson | Run Your Life #104
Dec 30 2019 63 mins  
In today’s episode, I feel very fortunate to have interviewed Simon Dyson. Simon, who is from England, was a 17-year veteran of the European Golf Tour having won 6 times in Europe and 3 times in Asia. Simon played in 20 majors over the years, having made the cut in 9 of them. Anyone who knows and understands the game of golf, knows just how hard it is to qualify for a major, let alone make the cut. Simon played in 2 Masters, 4 US Opens, 9 Open Championships, and 5 PGA Championships. His best showing in a major was in the 2009 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Club where he finished 9th place. His best world ranking was in 2012 when he was ranked the 26th best golfer in the world. One can only imagine the hard work that a professional athlete has to put into their game in order to develop the physical and mental skills necessary to compete at such an elite level. In this episode, Simon digs deeply into his own journey and the mental framework that he developed and applied that not only helped him achieve great success but also helped him to get through the lower points in his career.Simon’s journey with golf began by his father taking him to a nearby school along with his brother to hit some golf balls at the age of 10. Simon was captivated by the game right away and would go on to become a scratch player by the age of 15 and represent England in the Walker Cup in 1999. Simon began his professional career in Asia and through a very hard work ethic and the support of his coach Pete Cowan, he was able to have a breakthrough year as a rookie, winning three times in his first season. This led him back to Europe and a spot on the European Golf Tour. He would go on to play 17 seasons on the tour. Unfortunately a serious wrist injury sidelined him in the 2015 season and upon returning to the game, Simon had difficulty getting back on track. However, in knowing his career as a tour player was coming to a close, Simon wanted to redefine his purpose and to find new meaning in his life. This led Simon to change career paths and become a coach. Simon now wants to give back to the game by mentoring others and working with them to unlock their potential with the game of golf. He not only works on the physical skills necessary to play the game but also the mental skills required to to bring on peak performance. In this conversation, Simon shares his authentic self, his ups and his downs, and how he has always been able to stay focused in order to fulfill his purpose and the vision he has for the future. Simon also discusses the work he is now doing with his Elite Golf Performance School which is also known as the Simon Dyson Academy.I really enjoyed this discussion and hope you find takeaway value that you can apply in your own life. With that, let’s jump right into this discussion with Simon Dyson. About SimonSimon’s golfing career began to flourish in 1999. He was runner-up in the English Amateur Championship, won the Finnish Amateur title and was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland side which won the Walker Cup at Nairn. He turned professional in September of that year.The Englishman won the Asian PGA Tour Order of Merit, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2000, clinching three titles along the way. His breakthrough on the European Tour came in 2006, with victories at the Enjoy Jakarta HSBC Indonesia Open and the KLM Open.Tour wins ENJOY JAKARTA HSBC INDONESIA OPEN 2006 KLM OPEN 2011 IRISH OPEN PRESENTED BY DISCOVER IRELAND 2011 ALFRED DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 KLM OPEN 2009 THE KLM OPEN 2006Simon sustained a serious wrist injury which sidelined him for the 2015 golf season. On returning to the game in 2016,

The Creative Pursuit With Cartoonist Matt Smith | Run Your Life #103
Dec 19 2019 66 mins  
In todays’ episode, I sat down to have a face to face conversation with educational consultant and cartoonist, Matt Smith. Matt has a great story and is genuinely a person of the world. He is a third culture kid. If you haven’t heard this term before, this is what the actual definition is:Third culture kids (TCK) are people raised in a culture other than their parents' or the culture of the country named on their passport (where they are legally considered native) for a significant part of their early development years.As a young person, Matt lived in Germany, Thailand, and Malaysia. Having attended international schools, Matt was constantly exposed to a multitude of different cultures and experiences and it is during these very formative years when he began to develop an identify that was deeply rooted in a love of film-making. After graduating from high school in Malaysia, Matt attended the Vancouver Film School then ultimately went on to get a degree in education. Matt jumped right into the world of international teaching at the American International School of Japan which is located in Tokyo. From there he went on to teach in Kuwait as well. What I appreciate about Matt’s story and what you will learn from listening to this episode is his ability to take initiative in his life and to follow his passions. As a very creative person who enjoys writing and story telling, Matt began to develop himself as a cartoonist in order to pass on his love of story-telling and creativity to young people. Although he had a short stint in Cartooning school, he is very much self-taught. You’ll hear about Matt’s journey as a cartoonist and how he uses cartooning as a means to develop student’s literacy skills in the classroom. Matt now travels and presents at many different international schools around the world. He’s a man who continues to take action in his life to not only be his best but to live a life of purpose and meaning through his work. Matt’s BioMatt Smith is a Canadian/British cartoonist, filmmaker and educator. He has lived all over the world in countries like Malaysia, Japan and Kuwait. He currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland where he continues to create comics and facilitate comic workshops. Matt has taken his comics workshops to schools, comic conventions and art galleries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In May 2018, Matt facilitated a panel on creating comics at the Vancouver Comics Arts Festival with fellow cartoonist Ryan Howe. He is best known for his humorous autobiographical Smith vs Smith comics, which can be found online at SmithvsSmith.com, on the Tapas app and in the Comixology and ComixCentral online stores. You can also buy Smith vs Smith comics in book stores across Canada and the UK. Matt's comics typically focus on travel, the ups and downs of modern relationships, and the joys and frustrations of cat ownership. Matt also appears at comic conventions across Canada and the Middle East where he sells his books and runs workshops for future cartoonists.While Matt is best known for his humorous autobiographical Smith vs Smith series, Matt has branched out to the horror genre, creating Gruesome Comics, horror stories written by Matt and illustrated by a host of international artists.Connect with MattTwitter: https://twitter.com/SmithvsSmithInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/smithvssmithcomics/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithvssmithcomicsEmail: [email protected]: http://www.smithvssmith.com/aboutThemes Discussed:Creativity, Cartooning, Literacy, Purpose, Culture, Teaching, Gratitude, Initiative

Being Relentless | Run Your Life #102
Jul 26 2019 60 mins  
In today’s episode, I sat down with Hamish Brewer. Anybody who has seen Hamish in action can immediately feel his presence, his passion, his zest for life and learning, and his desire to make a genuine difference in the lives of the teachers and the students he serves. Hamish is the principal of Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia. One the the very first things you can notice about genuine difference makers in this world is their ability to clearly articulate their purpose in life. Without question, Hamish knows and understands that his purpose in life is to serve others and to bring out the very best in them. Although every decision he makes in his role as an educational leader is about students, Hamish has a very strong commitment to supporting teachers on their autonomous journeys of personal and professional development. Having grown up in New Zealand, Hamish felt, from an early age, that he was meant to use his talents in a way to change the world. It took him some time to figure out what those talents were and how he could use them to make an impact, but he quickly realized that it was going to be through teaching and educational leadership. Hamish is all about creating a deep sense of belonging in the schools that he leads and continually builds a very strong community base that all stakeholders feel a part of. In this episode, we dive into how Hamish was able to overcome the obstacles he experienced as a young person and how he dealt with a dysfunctional family environment. He openly discusses what his hopes and dreams were when he was young and how he was destined to leave New Zealand in order to travel the world and learn about different people and cultures. Hamish has deep gratitude for these experiences.It was this life of travel that ultimately led Hamish to America and to the current path he is on in the field of education. Hamish pours his heart and soul into the work that he does as he feels strongly that serving others is a noble gift that can help to change the world, one person at a time. Through the Dave Burgess Publishing company, Hamish released his first book a couple of months ago which is entitled ‘Relentless’. This book has taken the world of education by storm and is a very honest and open narrative about Hamish’s life and an unpacking of the educational philosophy that guides the amazing work that he is doing with the students and with teachers he is responsible for leading. Although much has been written about Hamish being the skateboarding, tattooed principal, we don’t discuss his tattoos or his skateboarding at all in this episode. Instead we dig deeply into who Hamish is as a person and what continues to drive him forward in his life in order to create his own dent in the universe. I want to thank Hamish for his time and energy. He’s a gem of a person and I’m so happy that our paths crossed. Hamish's BioHamish Brewer, the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal in Northern Virginia isn’t your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to “Be Relentless. Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter and game changer who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms.Known for working with some of the most at risk students in America and getting results! Its not often you find an educational leader who not only inspires the world but does it while getting results and changing the outcomes of entire communities.Hamish was recognized as the 2017 NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal, the VAESP School Bell Award, and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. In 2018 Hamish was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine and the 2018 Principal of the year for the national publication Education Dive.


Woke The Monster | Run Your Life #101
Jul 11 2019 48 mins  
In today’s episode, I had the privilege to interview Shawn Livingston. Shawn is a 10-year military veteran having served in Iraq during his time in the military. Having sustained a serious back injury while serving, he required long term use of narcotic pain killers to get through each day due to the intense pain he was experiencing as a result of the back injury. Over the course of two years, military doctor’s continued to prescribe these meds to Shawn which resulted in him developing a severe opioid addiction. This is when everything began to unravel for Shawn in his life. After finishing his time in this military, Shawn’s life spiraled further downward. Feeling lost and displaced, he turned to heroin to ease his physical and emotional pain. It was this heroin addiction that led to his arrest and landed him in prison for a period of time on drug possession charges.Almost three years ago, Shawn was facing a 15-20 year prison sentence for drug possession charges, but in that very dark and desperate moment, he had the internal strength to turn his life around. You’ll hear about his extraordinary journey and how physical activity, in particular running helped to transform his life. Shawn is now an up and coming ultra marathoner, motivational speaker and has devoted his life to serving others. It’s this service to others that has given him a clear sense of deep purpose in his life. Shawn opens up about his life and his struggles in this episode, but also shares the amazing work he is doing with disadvantaged youth and with other military veterans who also struggle with opioid addictions. Shawn’s struggles with heroin addiction and his transformation through ultra running will be featured in an upcoming documentary which is called Woke the Monster. You can find links to Shawn’s work and the documentary in the show notes of this podcast. It was a genuine honor to interview Shawn. I hope you enjoy this episode with the inspiring Shawn Livingston. Shawn’s BioAfter the tragic events of 9-11, right out of high school, Shawn joined the air force. He felt so young and naïve at the time. After a tour of 4 years, he found himself sliding down a very slippery slope. After receiving several cortisone shots and opioid pain due to a back injury sustained in training, Shawn developed a severe addiction to narcotic pain killers. He knew that these powerful drugs were masking more than the physical pain he was suffering from. After almost bring imprisoned on drug possession charges, Shawn turned his life around through ultra-running and now devotes his time to serving others. Although he doesn’t consider himself to be a motivational speaker, he now finds himself front and center on many stages sharing his story in order to help others. He is passionate about the community of people he has met through running and has found a sense of belonging to this running community.He understands the need to step outside his comfort zone.He understands that addiction doesn’t discriminate.He now lives in Austin, Texas and serves others through his work with disadvantaged youth and other military veterans overcoming addictions of their own. Shawn’s life is being featured in an upcoming documentary entitled Woke the Monster. Connect with ShawnFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/shawn.livingston.566Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iam_shawnlivingston/Website: https://www.wokethemonster.com/Themes Discussed: Addiction, Emotional Trauma, Physical Activity, Purpose, Service to Others, Connection, CommunityA trailer to Shawn’s documentary can be found here: https://vimeo.com/327282863

4X Mindfulness: Mindful Musings From Athens | Run Your Life #100
Jun 25 2019 59 mins  
How habitual is it for you to take out your cell phone when waiting in lines or when in the company of strangers? How often do you strive to stay present and mindful in difficult situations? Is chaos more easily embraced when we practice mindfulness? How does practicing mindfulness help you to produce the best work possible? How does being present and truly listening help to improve the quality of relationships in your life? These are some of the questions that we explore in this installment of 4 X Mindfulness. Neila Steele shares a recent difficult situation that she found herself in, but how employing mindfulness allowed her to diffuse the situation and make a genuine connection with a complete stranger. As well, Neila shares a great mindfulness strategy that can easily be applied in very little time in our own life. This strategy helps us to stay present and focused and to better observe our surroundings. Andy shares a story that he recently learned about the amazing jazz musician Keith Jarret. The story takes place in 1975, but the lessons learned from the story transcend time and place and can easily be applied in the work that we do both personally and professionally. As well, Andy shares how simply rephrasing a common question that we ask can help to spark more meaningful and authentic conversations with other people in our lives. It you are a listener of the 4 X Mindfulness episodes, let us know your thoughts about what might have resonated with you in this episode and your own experiences applying mindfulness in your personal and professional life. Thanks!BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 5 different countries over the past 18 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China and Saudi Arabia). Andy is a pedagogical coordinator, consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker.Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Neila SteeleTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndy VasilyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed:Habits, Connection, Empathy, Embracing Chaos, Observation, The Power of Questions

Empowered Learning With Alfie Kohn | Run Your Life #99
Jun 20 2019 38 mins  
In today’s episode, I had a chance to speak with renowned lecturer and author, Alfie Kohn. Alfie writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. He has published 14 different books since the late 1980’s and has been described by Time magazine as being America’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”As well, Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the “Today” show and two appearances on “Oprah”; he has been profiled in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, while his work has been described and debated in many other leading publications.There were so many questions that I wanted to ask and themes that I wanted to discuss with Alfie in this episode, but I mostly focused in on the areas of self-efficacy, agency, feedback and assessment, as well as individualized learning. Alfie and I also dug into the key factors necessary for teachers to feel empowered in their own professional learning journeys. Alfie is extremely passionate and very knowledgeable in many areas of education. His efforts to make research in human behavior accessible to a general audience have also been published in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Parents, and Psychology Today. It was an honor to have Alfie Kohn on my podcast and he left me thinking more deeply not only about the work that I do in regards to coaching teachers around best educational practices, but also the importance of empowering my own children to better drive decision making in their own lives. I hope you find this episode useful and that Alfie’s insight helps you to look at your own teaching a little differently. Alfie’s BioAlfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The most recent of his 14 books are SCHOOLING BEYOND MEASURE…And Other Unorthodox Essays About Education (2015) and THE MYTH OF THE SPOILED CHILD: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting (2014). Of his earlier titles, the best known are PUNISHED BY REWARDS (1993), NO CONTEST: The Case Against Competition (1986), UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING (2005), and THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE (1999).Kohn has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators — as well as parents and managers — across the country and abroad. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the “Today” show and two appearances on “Oprah”; he has been profiled in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, while his work has been described and debated in many other leading publications.Kohn lectures widely at universities and to school faculties, parent groups, and corporations. In addition to speaking at staff development seminars and keynoting national education conferences on a regular basis, he conducts workshops for teachers and administrators on various topics. Among them: “Motivation from the Inside Out: Rethinking Rewards, Assessment, and Learning” and “Beyond Bribes and Threats: Realistic Alternatives to Controlling Students’ Behavior.” The latter corresponds to his book BEYOND DISCIPLINE: From Compliance to Community (ASCD, 1996), which he describes as “a modest attempt to overthrow the entire field of classroom management.”Kohn’s various books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Dutch, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Malaysian. He has also contributed to publications ranging from the Journal of Education to Ladies Home Journal, and from the Nation to the Harvard Business Review (“Why Incentive Plans Cannot Work”).

Turning Wounds to Wisdom | Run Your Life #98
Jun 12 2019 64 mins  
In today’s episode, I feel very lucky to have sat down in person with Caterina Carna, who has become a good friend of our family here in Saudi Arabia. Caterina is from a small village in southern Italy, but has lived here at KAUST in Saudi Arabia for the past 5 years. Anyone who knows Caterina knows what a kind, caring, and compassionate person she is. What makes Caterina uniquely special is her ability to connect with others in an effort to build community and give people a greater sense of belonging. The reason why I wanted to have Caterina on my podcast is to share her very inspiring journey of transformation within herself over the past year. Caterina has spoken very openly about her struggles with being overweight for most of her life. In this episode, Caterina discusses how her relationship with food impacted her health for many years, especially growing up in a small village in Italy where food was one of the major ways that people in her life connected and came together to celebrate life and friendships. What makes Caterina’s story even more special is that over the past 12 months, she has lost 100 pounds. It has been amazing to see this transformation within her and the main reason for this transformation was her ability to activate an internal strength that she never knew existed within herself. In this episode, Caterina shares how losing both her parents within ten months of one another deeply impacted her in a way that ultimately empowered her to choose life over death.Caterina knew that she needed a complete change in her life in order to confront the fact that the state of her physical health had seriously declined due to her weight. Amazingly, Caterina made a brave and bold decision to change her life and has completely dedicated herself to this greater purpose. I applaud Caterina for her ability to make herself vulnerable and for sharing her authentic self in this episode. Her story is amazing and more people need to know about it. Please connect with Caterina on Instagram and on Facebook to learn more about her story and to see for yourself the transformational journey she is now on. Caterina BioCaterina is from Guardavalle, a small village on the shores of Ionian Sea, in Calabria, Southern Italy.She has a Masters degree in Political and Social Science at the University of Bologna, Italy. She worked as the Provost personal assistant and event organizer at the Magna Graecia University in Catanzaro for almost 10 years, then, when her son was 1-month old, she and her husband moved to Genova, in the north of Italy, where her husband got a job as team leader of a research group at the Italian Institute of Technology. Spent 3 years in Genova being a mum and cooking for parties and events.They arrived at KAUST 5 years ago and fell in love with the place from day one. She works as research assistant for a Professor, who became one of her best friends and an “uncle’ to her son. She considers herself a very lucky person because she has the possibility to live in such an amazing place surrounded by people that love, support and inspire her every day.Something you should know about her: she loves lifting weights, cooking, traveling, reading and taking long walks in the nature. She is stubborn, funny, kind, hot-blooded, passionate, sensitive and even describes herself as being a little crazy!Connect with CaterinaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/caterina.carnaInstagram: @CatecarnaThemes Discussed: Purpose, Hope, Internal Strength, Life vs Death, Physical Well-Being, Weight Loss, Exercise, Relationship with Food

In Constant Motion: Part #2 | Run Your Life #97
May 06 2019 77 mins  
Today’s episode is part two of a two-part series devoted to sharing the inspiring journey of professional endurance athlete Adam Campbell. Although this was originally going to be just one episode, there was so much depth to our conversation that I literally lost track of time. I had scheduled in approximately 45 minutes for our podcast but before I knew it, I was asking Adam if we could do a part two in order to dig more deeply into his story. In part 1 you learned that Adam spent the first 17 years of his life growing up on the beaches of Nigeria. Physical activity, movement, and outdoor pursuits had been ingrained in him from an early age but it wasn’t until going to boarding school at Trinity College in Ontario, Canada for his last couple of years of high school that he found a deep love and passion for more endurance-based movement pursuits. This ultimately led to Adam becoming a professional endurance athlete competing in multiple fields of endurance sport before ultimately finding a special niche in different types of mountain and trail running. In part two, we really dive into Adam’s journey of recovery from a near-death fall he had experienced as he and two close friends took on the challenge of completing the grueling the Horseshoe Traverse which consists of 14 different mountain peaks. Adam’s near death experience not only changed his perspective on life, but allowed him to look at his accomplishments and his profession through a completely different lens. We dig into his story of recovery, what he learned about himself and others, and his ultimate return to competitive endurance running which took place nearly a year after his accident as he AMAZINGLY finished one of the hardest ultra marathon races there is, the Hardrock Hundred Mile event. Adam also shares the experience of giving his first Ted Talk soon after his accident and how his very raw and honest talk required great vulnerability to speak his truth. Adam has inspired countless people around the world through his passions and his talks. I hope you enjoy part 2 of this two part series and share this episode with those who you feel will benefit from hearing it. Thanks for listening. Please share this two-part series with anyone who you feel will benefit from hearing it. Adam’s BioAdam Campbell likes to ‘suffer in beautiful places” and loves exploring his backyard and challenging himself on foot, skis, and on rock. He was raised on the beaches of Lagos, Nigeria to Canadian parents, but now calls the Canadian Rockies his home. He has competed in, and regularly placed on the podium at some of the world’s most challenging and competitive mountain running races and trail ultra-marathons. This includes podium finishes at the Ultra Trail Mount Fuji, Hardrock 100, UTMB, Squamish 50 and the Canadian mountain running championships. Adam is a member of Canada’s ski mountaineering team and has the fastest known times on many Canadian mountains and trails. Mount Fuji, Hardrock 100, UTMB, Squamish 50 and the Canadian mountain running championships.Adam is happiest exploring mountain terrain on foot, rope and skis and sharing those moments with close friends. When not running around the mountains, he's an environmental and business lawyer. He is also a co-owner of Canada's largest trail running series and is a vocal advocate for getting people, especially children, to reconnect with nature and explore their own backyards, parks and neighbourhoods through human powered movement.These days Adam is most inspired by "alpinrunning" - taking his fitness and love of human powered movement and combining it with technical mountain skills to approach the mountains in a light and fast way, although a recent accident has caused him to reevaluate his approach to ...

In Constant Motion: Part #1 | Run Your Life #96
Apr 28 2019 50 mins  
Today’s episode is part one of a two-part series devoted to sharing the amazing journey of professional endurance athlete Adam Campbell. It was originally scheduled to be a hour-long podcast, but as I dug more deeply into Adam’s journey, there was so much more that I wanted to talk with him about, so we made a decision to record two separate episodes a week apart. Adam is Canadian but spent the majority of his childhood and teenage years growing up as a third culture kid in Nigeria. It was in Nigeria that he developed a deep love of physical activity and movement which ultimately led to Adam embarking on a career as a professional endurance athlete. Adam has represented Canada on 5 different national teams. You’ll hear about the different teams he represented and more about this journey later in this episode.Part 1 of this two part series really sets the context for a very honest and open discussion that we have in part 2. Adam was almost killed in a serious fall in the Selkirk mountains in 2016. He was running across Rogers Pass, B.C., doing the Horseshoe Traverse, a course of 14 mountain peaks. Normally it takes three to five days. Campbell and his 2 friends, who were also world elite mountain runners, were trying to do it in a single day.The near death experience changed Adam’s life in many ways, but ultimately led to him having a much greater appreciation not only for the people in his life who supported him through this ordeal, but he also had tremendous gratitude for being given a second chance in life.In this episode we discuss the mini-documentary called In Constant Motion that was made about the accident and his recovery and his return to the competitive endurance running. Adam discusses the fact that his physical self is how he always defined himself and how the accident forced him to change this perspective to focus more holistically on who he was. As his life as an athlete was almost taken from him, Adam shares the struggles he experienced during his recovery and what he had too overcome within himself to push forward in his life in the most positive ways possible. We conclude episode one by agreeing to record a part 2 in order to dig more deeply into Adam’s journey and his return to professional endurance running. I think you will really enjoy this discussion and sincerely hope you will come back to listen to part two.Adam’s BioAdam Campbell likes to ‘suffer in beautiful places” and loves exploring his backyard and challenging himself on foot, skis, and on rock. He was raised on the beaches of Lagos, Nigeria to Canadian parents, but now calls the Canadian Rockies his home. He has competed in, and regularly placed on the podium at some of the world’s most challenging and competitive mountain running races and trail ultra-marathons. This includes podium finishes at the Ultra Trail Mount Fuji, Hardrock 100, UTMB, Squamish 50 and the Canadian mountain running championships. Adam is a member of Canada’s ski mountaineering team and has the fastest known times on many Canadian mountains and trails. Mount Fuji, Hardrock 100, UTMB, Squamish 50 and the Canadian mountain running championships.Adam Campbell is a qualified lawyer and professional ultra marathon runner who likes to spend time in the mountains and exploring new trails. A social media junkie, outdoor and healthy living advocate, coach, race promoter, freelance writer and product tester. Here are just some of his accomplishments.Adam is happiest exploring mountain terrain on foot, rope and skis and sharing those moments with close friends. When not running around the mountains, he's an environmental and business lawyer. He is also a co-owner of Canada's largest trail running series and is a vo...

The Kindness Diaries | Run Your Life #95
Apr 08 2019 29 mins  
I feel a great sense of gratitude to have had a chance to interview Leon Logothetis in the episode you are about to hear. Leon is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist but It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed but he gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was sparked by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle DiariesLeon recently returned from filming the second season of his Netflix TV show The Kindness Diaries. In season one he circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike named Kindness One, and in season two he drives a vintage yellow Volkswagen Beetle convertible which he names Kindness 2 all the way from Anchorage, Alaska down to Argentina. Along the way in both season 1 and 2, Leon gives a life changing gift to an unsuspecting good Samaritan in each episode. All of this while relying on the kindness of strangers to get him through each day. Leon is no stranger to adventure. He teamed up with First Book® & drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across America, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America.Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, THE BBC, FOX NEWS, CNN , Psychology Today, and The New York Times.Leon just released his 5th book which is entitled Go Be Kind This book isn’t just a journal or another how-to guide to getting what you want. It’s a series of daily adventures that will help you rediscover the greatest human gift—kindness, ultimately helping you to connect with others in order to create a happier and more magnificent life.In addition, Leon has 4 other books:The Mojo Diaries, The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, Live, Love & Explore, and the Kindness DiariesIn today’s episode you will get a glimpse into Leon’s journey, what he has learned about himself, and the hope and vision he has for making the world a better place through kindness. Leon has been very busy doing lots of different talks and interviews since finishing up season 2 of the Kindness Diaries. Having seen a lot of his interviews, I’ve seen a lot of the same type of questions asked to him, so I really wanted to focus on asking him some different questions to dig into Leon is an inspiration and I highly recommend bringing him into your school as a guest speaker. You can find all the information you need about Leon in the show notes of this episode.Leon’s BioLeon Logothetis is a TV host, producer, author, traveler and all around good guy. Formerly a London broker, he gave up his comfortable life to travel and find real human connection.Born in London England, of Greek descent, Logothetis now lives in Los Angeles California. He was educated in London and graduated from Babson College in Boston Massachusetts with a Business degree. After graduating college, Logothetis was a successful broker. But his real education started in the school of life—traveling the world. He had a radical life change after stumbling upon an inspirational movie, The Motorcycle Diaries, which chronicled the story of Che Guevara. On Che’s journey, he crossed South America relying solely on the kindness of strangers, and his story lit up Logothetis' mundane existence.At this point, Logothetis felt disconnected and was leading an uninspired life. He felt his life had no purpose and no sense of direction, so he decided to do something about it. Tired of his disconnected life and uninspiring job, Logothetis left it all behind—job, money, home and even his cell phone—and hit the road with nothing but ...

Keeping Our Playgrounds Alive | Run Your Life #94
Mar 06 2019 66 mins  
The guest you will hear today, Dr. Scott Kretchmar, has been on my show before and I’m so very happy he took me up on my invitation to come back on the podcast. The first time I had him on the show was about 18 months ago and in that episode, we really dug deeply into the work that he has done in the field of physical education. In particular the importance of helping every young person find joy and delight in their physical education experience.Scott’s work is all about inspiring young people to find joy through movement and when we do this it can change their lives forever. In our first podcast, Scott also emphasized that every person has their own story or narrative when it comes to physical activity. He asks us all to think about what those stories are and how those narratives have change over time. I recorded part two with Scott about a month ago and In part 2, we dive right a discussion about the importance of keeping our playgrounds alive as long as possible in our lives and he uses his own life as an example of this. Scott discusses, in detail, how his own narrative in regards to physical activity has changed. In particular how it has changed over the last 18 months since our last podcast. Although he still strives to be as active as possible, you’ll hear how Scott has had to modify his approach to being active over the last several months. Scott also talks about how an active lifestyle generates hopes and he shares some of the hopes that he has in his ongoing narrative of being someone who has embraced physical activity in his life. It was great to hear Scott reflect on some of his earlier days of teaching. In this episode, he describes some of things he tried out in his own teaching and how he learned the importance of translating mechanical instructions into feel instructions as a teacher and how this allowed him to move away from being strictly focused on the technique side of learning skills to allowing students to feel what it was like to execute certain techniques in different tasks and activities he had designed for them in PE.It was so good to have Scott back on my show and to reconnect with him. I love my conversations with him and it’s my hope that you will find a lot of value in this discussion. Scott is in my thoughts at the moment as he went in for hip replacement surgery last week. Scott, if you are listening to this I wish you the speediest of recoveries and hope that you are back on your bicycle soon and back out there golfing as soon as spring arrives.If you find value in this episode, drop Scott a line by email and let him know. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it. His email can be found below in the show notes. Dr. Kretchmar’s BioProfessor R. Scott Kretchmar is one of the leading sports philosophers in the country. He has taught philosophy of sport for over three decades and played a key role in making it a legitimate field of scholarship and study. He is one of the founding members of the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport and served as its president. He has also served as the president of the Philosophic Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. He is a retired professor at Pennsylvania State University in the Exercise and Sports Science department, where he has served as department chair. He was elected as the president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and is leading the way to making the subject of sports philosophy an important facet of the study of Kinesiology.Scott has received numerous awards over the course of his career and the impact that he has on the field of physical and health has been felt around the world. Connect with ScottScott asked me to share his email address and invited people to reach out to him at:


An Introspective Journey of Excellence | Run Your Life #93
Feb 26 2019 69 mins  
In today’s episode, I feel very lucky to have sat down, in person, with former European Tour player Andrew Coltart a couple of weeks ago. Andrew is an 18-year veteran of the European Tour having played competitively from 1993-2010 accumulated 494 European Tour starts and 6 victories as a professional.Anyone who knows the game of golf, understands just how difficult it is to qualify for the tour, let alone to keep your playing privileges. Maintaining your tour card requires that you play at high standard over time and to make cuts. The fact that Andrew Coltart was able to stay on the tour for 18 straight years speaks volumes for just how good of player he was during this time span. Added to this was the fact that Andrew played in 3 out of the 4 major tournaments. He had one US Open appearance, making the cut and finishing in 75th place in 1997. He also played in 4 PGA championships making the cut in all four of these tournaments with his best finish being T37th place. Another impressive feat is that he played in twelve Open championships with his best finish being a tie for 19th place in 1999. Although Andrew had many accomplishments in his 18-year career, his most defining moment was being selected as 1 of 12 players to represent Europe on the 1999 European Ryder Cup team. This was a tremendously rewarding experience for Andrew as it taught him many things about himself at the time. Not only did he have the skill set to make the European team, he also was able to compete at the highest level possible when the stakes and pressure were incredibly intense. You will hear Andrew speak about his Ryder Cup experience, as well as, what it was like playing a singles match on the final day against the world #1 player at the time, Tiger Woods. Andrew shares some great stories from that final day of the Ryder Cup in this episode. What I appreciate about this conversation with Andrew was his openness, his honesty, and his willingness to not only talk about the successes in his career but to unveil the curtain on failure and hardship and what he was able to learn about himself when times were tough and how he had to come to grips with a decline in performance in his game. As Andrew’s career on the tour was coming to an end, he was offered a wonderful opportunity to move into a very different role that took him from competing on the golf links to a leading role as a European Tour Sky Sports Golf Analyst and Commentator. He has thrived within this role and is a huge asset to the game of golf through the current work that he does. I want to thank Andrew for his time and energy and for being his authentic self in this conversation. Everyone, thanks for tuning into this episode, I’m sure you’ll have a lot of takeaway value. Andrew’s BioBorn in 1970 in Dumfries, Scotland, Andrew Coltart grew up playing golf at Thornhill Golf Club in the Scottish Borders, where his great uncle was a founding member. A strong amateur golfing career produced numerous victories and led to representing Scotland in the 1990 Eisenhower Trophy, and GB & Ireland in both the 1990 St. Andrew’s Trophy and the 1991 Walker Cup. Turning pro in 1991, Andrew gained his Tour card at Qualifying School, and over the next 20 years accumulated 494 European Tour starts and 6 victories as a professional. He represented Scotland in the Alfred Dunhill Cup on 5 occasions (winners in 1995) and the World Cup on 5 occasions, and represented Europe in the 1999 Ryder Cup, facing Tiger Woods in the singles matches on the final day. He is now a leading analyst for Sky Sports TV. Connect With Andrew:Website: https://andrewcoltart.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewcoltartThemes Discussed:Personal Excellence, Purpose, Overcoming Challenge, Pressure, Mindset, Failure,

Asking The Right Questions | Run Your Life #92
Feb 20 2019 36 mins  
In today’s episode, I have a return guest on the show. It really was a pleasure to sit down with Gary Nicol, former European Golf Tour coach and current professional golf coach and co-author of the best-selling golf book The Lost Art of Putting. Gary has a very distinct style that he brings to his coaching that is very much focused on asking rather than telling. Gary sets out to ask the right questions and by asking the right questions, he can get his clients to dig more deeply into their patterns of thought and habits that they might bring with them to the golf course. He does this to unlock answers within themselves in an effort to better understand their own golf games and the mindset that have developed and how this mindset might need to change or shift in order to bring about an improvement in their game. Even if you are not a golfer, you will benefit from hearing this episode as you will see Gary’s unique style come alive in this conversation. With 16 years experience on the European Golf Tour, Gary had the chance to coach some of the game’s greats and to learn alongside them. The framework that Gary brings to his coaching is about finding clarity and decluttering the mind in order to simplify the game and in doing so, help each of his clients genuinely experience more joy on the course. The game of golf is a lifetime pursuit that is meant to keep people physically active in their lives for as long as possible. Gary does a great job helping his clients understand this. However, when coaching the world’s elite golfers, it’s about giving them the edge they need to perform at their best in competition. Even with the elite that he has coached, he steers clear of being a swing technician and making the focus of his coaching specifically on technique. He works more on mindset, imagery, and creating success through the art of paying attention and being present with oneself. Much of Gary’s work is deeply rooted in the building blocks of peak performance psychology, mindfulness, and sports psychology. I want to thank Gary for his time, energy, and insight. He’s a quality person who embodies everything it means to be a lifelong learner. Hope you enjoy the episode with Gary. Thanks for listening. About GaryCo-Founder and Coaching Director of Tour Pro Experience Golf Schools, Gary has been coaching golf since the late 1980’s. Since then he has helped thousands of golfers around the world including over 30 European Tour Professionals and numerous Ryder Cup players, amassing 10 wins as a coach. He has coached at all the Majors and loves to share the knowledge and expertise gained from these experiences with visitors to TPEGS in his own inimitable style. Gary combines his personal experience with the latest, V1 video analysis, SAM Putt Lab and Trackman precision swing and ball flight analysis to help golfers unleash their true potential. Gary works closely with TrackMan co-hosting training seminars and workshops and is a certified TrackMan University Master as well as a Certified Mind Factor coach. Look out for Gary’s instruction in Today’s Golfer magazine.Connect with GaryTwitter: @garynicol67, @archerfieldgolf, @tpegsgolfLinks to Gary’s Work: http://www.tpegs.com/Themes Discussed:The Power of Questioning, Intention and Purpose, Singular Point of Attention, Imagery, Empowerment, Mindset, Mindfulness

As The Story Goes | Run Your Life #91
Jan 08 2019 62 mins  
In today’s episode, I feel very lucky to have been able to have a conversation with former National Hockey League Player, Theo Fleury.Theo, a Stanley Cup Champion, as well as a gold medalist for the Canadian Olympic hockey team in 2002, played for 4 teams over the 15 years that he was in the NHL. Most of those years were spent with the Calgary Flames, BUT he also had stints with the Colorado Avalanche, the New York Rangers, and the Chicago Blackhawks. As one of the smallest players of his generation, he had to constantly prove himself in a league that was dominated by much bigger players. However, Theo’s work ethic and endless dedication to putting in the long hours of hard work paid off as he scored over 1000 points in his 15-year career which still ranks him in 61st position in all-time points scored in the National Hockey League. Despite Theo’s huge success as a professional hockey player, off the rink, his life once carried the markings of a troubled childhood, abuse and coping with emotional pain through addictive and self-destructive behaviours. In this episode with Theo, you will hear some of the struggles he went through, what he learned about himself through those struggles, and the skills that he has been able to develop within himself in order to live a more authentic life. As well, we close off today’s conversation with Theo talking about the powerful role that music has played in his life. As a singer and songwriter, Theo has used music to aid in his own personal recovery and has produced a number of country songs. Music has been a form of therapy for Theo and he hopes that he can impact other people through his music. With Theo’s permission, I included his song “As the Story Goes” in this podcast, so you’ll be able to hear his music at the end of this show. Theo has devoted himself to helping AND leading others down a path of healing through speaking engagements and presentations, as well as personal coaching. It was a honor to have Theo on my podcast and I want to thank him for his time. As I told him, I have no doubt that he will continue to change the world one person at a time. Thanks for listening. Theo’s Bio:NHL STANLEY CUP CHAMPION – OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST – WORLD CUP JUNIOR CHAMPION – EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF RELATIONAL TRAUMA.Theo Fleury is perhaps best known for his time on the ice. But off the rink, his life once carried the markings of a troubled childhood, abuse and coping with emotional pain through addictive and self-destructive behaviours.Today, Theo defines himself as a victor over trauma and addiction, and a facilitator to those still trying to find their way. His best-selling books, Playing with Fire and Conversations with a Rattlesnake, encourage open sharing and provide practical tools that people seeking help can personally use. These tools are also useful to those who want to lead a productive conversation, called “Real Conversations”, with anybody else experiencing trauma.Theo has been awarded the Canadian Humanitarian Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medallion. He is a Siksika Nation Honorary Chief and recipient of the Aboriginal Indspire Award. He also holds two honorary doctorates – one in Science from the University of Guelph-Humber for outstanding contributions to the mental health of Canadians, and another in Laws from Brandon University for his work in combating child abuse and promoting healing and recovery.Today, Theo is a healthy, motivational and successful agent of change. He is committed to daily transformation through personal growth, mindfulness and new action, and his compassionate spirit allows others to feel safe and whole by experiencing his vulnerability.Theo is skillfully adept at inviting audience self-reflection during his many speaking events by cre...

4X Mindfulness: Mindful Musings From the Kingdom | Run Your Life #90
Nov 27 2018 48 mins  
How do you try to be more self-aware of your emotional state? Do you employ specific strategies to better control your emotions? How much self-compassion do you have toward yourself? What role does ‘impermanence’ play in your life? How do you emotionally prime yourself to prepare for each day? In the latest 4 X Mindfulness podcast, Neila Steele and Andy Vasily discuss the themes of impermanence, self-compassion, emotional priming, and breath control and the impact that these things can have on living a more mindful existence. Neila opens up this podcast by sharing her thoughts related to the idea of impermanence. In particular, the work of Vinny Ferraro and his mantra, “Right now it’s like this”. Vinny created this mantra to illustrate the point that any intense emotional state (positive, negative or neutral) that we are experiencing does not last, so it is important to be aware of this and remind ourselves that everything that we experience is impermanent. This can help us better shape our perspective, especially in times of difficulty. Neila’s second seed of mindfulness relates to a specific breath control strategy that we can utilize in order to better control our emotional state. Neila takes us through how to use this breath and models it for us to try out. For Andy’s first seed of mindfulness, he discusses the importance of putting more self-compassion and self-forgiveness into action in our lives, especially when we may be feeling down. His second seed of mindfulness relates to the power of priming to help shape the way we feel when we start the each day. The concept of emotional priming is discussed in detail and ways that we can emotionally prime ourselves in order to start the day off on the right foot. Andy and Neila hope you enjoy this episode and that there is takeaway applicable value that resonates with you in your life. Thanks for listening. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 5 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China and Saudi Arabia). Andy is a pedagogical coordinator, consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Neila SteeleTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndy VasilyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed:Self-Compassion, Forgiveness, Breath Control, Emotional Priming, Impermanence, Reflection, Learning & Growth

How Far Can Two Wheels Take You? | Run Your Life #89
Nov 23 2018 63 mins  
In today’s episode, I had the chance to sit down and have a great chat with 4 X World Champion and 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medallist, Donny Robinson from the USA. Donny competed professionally in BMX racing (that’s Bike Motorcross Racing), for 17 years. Donny’s fighting spirit and never give up attitude allowed him to excel on the world’s stage becoming one of the elite in his field for many years. Having won world titles in 2001 in America, 2006 in Brazil and 2009 in Australia, as well as bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics, Donny gained much deeper insight in regards to how powerful of a role mindset plays in helping to bring on peak performance. Donny was a guest speaker at our school and an ambassador for our Bike Week campaign which was held last week. The purpose of bike week was to inspire all members of our community to be more active on their bicycles. Donny shared with students specific failures he had experienced and how he bounced back from these failures to go on and achieve many amazing things. In particular, he shared his Olympic journey and how crashing his bike in qualifying heats could’ve led to him never making it to the Olympic final and ultimately not winning his bronze medal in 2008. Being an undersized athlete, Donny has an enormous heart and his message about being bullied when he was young and always being told that he’ll never make it as an athlete had a big impact on our students across the school. Donny specially shared with students how he overcame these challenges and refused to listen to people tell him what he cannot do. Many professional athletes, once they retire, never really give back to their community or to their sport. However, Donny is a class act and has committed himself to spreading his message through his ‘How far can two wheels take you’ campaign. His message is not about riding bikes but more so about helping young people to find and follow their passions and to put in the hard work necessary to develop their skills and to create opportunities for themselves through these passions. It is important to Donny that young people not give up on their dreams and hopes because there is so much that they can accomplish in their lives. I want to thank Donny for taking the time to be on my podcast and also give a shoutout to Max Andrews, our Recreation Specialist here at KAUST in Saudi Arabia. Max was the one who had the vision to bring Donny over to KAUST and to work with our students, so a big thank you to Max. Donny’s BioDonald Robinson (born June 17, 1983, in Napa, California, is an American professional "New/Current School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer whose prime competitive years are from 1999 to the present. His moniker is "dR", his initials. The use of the lowercase "d" for his given name is perhaps related to his relatively diminutive physical size. A past nickname, "Scrawny", was definitely linked to his small stature, since even when very young he was the smallest child in his age group. It was given to him by Bruce Minton. Like BMX predecessors Mike Miranda and Eric Rupe, Robinson is a devout Christian. He admitted in late 2013 to suffering at least 25 concussions over the course of his career. In the same interview, he advocated for better concussion protocol at the lower levels of BMX racing. Robinson joined the board of directors of concussion-education collaborative The Knockout Project in January 2013.On June 25, 2008, Robinson was chosen by Mike King, team coach of the 2008 USA BMX Olympic Team, to represent the USA along with teammates Jill Kintner, Mike Day, and Kyle Bennett in BMX racing competition at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. His Olympic dream was realized at least in part when he came in third at the Summer Olympics winning a Bronze Medal executing a maneuver that saw Sifiso Nhla...

November Episode – 4X Mindfulness: Mindful Musings | Run Your Life #88
Nov 17 2018 42 mins  
How do you contribute to the positive energy of the universe? In what ways do you embrace the role of silence in your life? When things aren’t going your way, what kind of body language do you project? How do you intentionally control your emotions? In the 21st episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’, Andy and Neila discuss their thoughts related to the above 4 questions. In Andy’s first seed of mindfulness he shares his big takeaway from a recent Finding Mastery podcast that he listened to that focused on doing good for others and making a difference. For Andy’s second seed of mindfulness, he shares a strategy that he learned from well-known sport psychologist, Dr. Karl Morris, that provides insight into self-awareness of our own body language. Neila’s seeds of mindfulness deal with the powerful role that silence can play in both our personal and professional lives. As well, Neila shares an interesting fact about the first NASA mission to the moon and what they had astronauts specifically train themselves to be able to do in order to be able to handle any conditions thrown their way. Neila discusses the connections to mindfulness that resonated with her as a result of learning about this NASA story. As always, thanks for listening to the ‘4 X Mindfulness’ series. We hope that you find some takeaway value in this episode. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 5 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China and Saudi Arabia). Andy is a pedagogical coordinator, consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect with Andy and NeilaNeila SteeleTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndy VasilyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed:The Role of Silence, Contributing Positive Energy, Body Language, Intentional Control of Emotions, Hannover Mindfulness Workshop

Being The Best For the World | Run Your Life #87
Nov 09 2018 52 mins  
In today’s episode, my guest and I, discuss the themes of ‘making a difference’ and ‘finding purpose’ in regards to pursuing both personal and professional excellence. I feel very lucky to have had, Clint Pulver, on my Run Your Life podcast. Clint is an amazing individual who has committed himself to making a difference in the world through the talents he has worked so very hard at developing within himself. Clint is an award-winning presenter, entertainer, professional drummer, motivational speaker and actor. He’s has performed on America’s Got Talent and starred in motion pictures with actors such as Jack Black and Jon Heder. Clint has shared his message with hundreds of thousands of teachers and students around the globe as well as business organizations. The philosophy he shares is that every single person in the world has unique talents and strengths that can make a difference to others. In developing these talents, strengths, and passions within ourselves, we have the ability to inspire others and to truly change their lives for the better. In today’s episode, you will hear Clint’s powerful story and how one very special teacher changed the course of Clint’s life when he was 10 years old. And as a direct result of this one teacher’s impact, Clint fell in love with playing the drums and has had drum sticks in his hand every day for the past 21 years. Clint’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious and it’s so easy to see why he has had such an enormous impact on the students and teachers he has presented to. The cool thing is that Clint was sitting in his home studio when we recorded this podcast on Skype. I noticed his massive drum kit in the background and presented him with the fun challenge of banging off a live piece for us. He took me up on the challenge and jumped behind his kit and proceeded to play an awesome 20-30 piece on his drums. It was amazing, but unfortunately the microphone couldn’t handle absorbing the sound of this mini-performance, so the quality of audio when he was playing wasn’t very good. BUT, I’m keeping it in as you’ll definitely be able to hear just how talented of a percussionist he is. I encourage you to check out Clint’s website and his FB page which are included in today’s show notes. I sincerely hope you enjoy this episode with Clint and that this conversation helps you to reflect on the talents and strengths you possess and how you are using these skills to positively impact others in your life both personally and professionally. As Clint says, there is a huge difference between being the best in the world and being the best FOR the world. In being the best FOR the world, we can spark hope, wonder, excitement and inspiration. Exactly what the world needs!Thanks for listening to this episode with Clint Pulver. Hope you enjoy it!!Clint’s BioClint is from Heber City Utah. He is a graduate of Utah’s premiere Flight Program, having received his pilot’s license from OK3air and Utah Valley University (UVU), where he also received his Bachelors Degree in Speech Communication with high distinction from UVU’s nationally ranked Leadership Program. Clint was very active in college as a Presidential Leader, Orientation Director, UVU Ambassador, and former UVU Student Body Vice-President.He has been a Professional Drummer for over 20 years, having played for various professional musicians and in venues like the Vivint Arena, the Stadium of Fire, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. For 6 years he directed the UVU Drumline known as the Green Man Group which he founded in 2010, and continued on to direct the Drumline for the NBA’s Utah Jazz until 2015. In 2012, Clint was voted as one of Utah’s most fabulous people and was recently awarded UVU’s distinguished Young Alumni Award. He has appeared on America’s Got Talent and in several d...

The Roles of Influence and Change in Leadership | Run Your Life #86
Nov 01 2018 85 mins  
A while back I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a conversation with well-known consultant, Tom Costello in my home in Saudi Arabia. Tom does quite a bit of consulting work for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and it was here that I was able to attend one of the excellent workshops. As I’m very interested in the type of work that Tom does, we connected right away and soon enough discovered that we both have a passion for golf as well. I asked Tom if he would be interested in coming on my podcast to share his own journey and what he has learned from working in the field of leadership and influencing for more than 2 decades. As an experienced coach, consultant, designer and facilitator of development programmes, working with the 2Gether Partnership has given Tom Costello the opportunity to deepen his skills and knowledge of leading and influencing and also the opportunity to research the impact that conversations have on business performance, team performance, and engagement in different types of organizations. Over the past 20 years, Tom has had the chance to work with many different people, organizations, and cultures across the world. Time and time again, he hears how the quality of conversations makes such a difference to performance and engagement. It’s these experiences that sparked Tom’s interest in developing their Authentic Conversations model. Tom is qualified in meditation, negotiation, conflict management and also a licensed user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. He is qualified as a structural consultant following a 3yr coaching program with Robert Fritz inc in Vermont USA. Tom is a wonderful person with great insight. What I appreciate the most about Tom was his willingness to speak honestly and openly about his personal and professional learning journey. Tom is a critically reflective person who continues to pursue greater purpose in his life through the work he offers the world. Every great leader has the ability to be vulnerable and to share their authentic self without fear of judgement. Tom embodies excellence in everything does and I feel lucky to have had the chance to interview him on my podcast. Tom shares lots of insight in this episode and it is my hope that you walk away from this conversation with a gem or two to apply in your own personal and professional life. Connect with Tom Website: https://www.the2getherpartnership.com/team/tom-costello.htmlThemes Discussed:Influence, Purpose, Leadership, Authentic Conversations, Vulnerability, Organizational Change, Reflection


Community and Purpose | Run Your Life #85
Oct 29 2018 53 mins  
My guest today is Melissa McQuaid who is from Toronto, Canada and has been teaching internationally, with her husband Jeff for many years. My original intention was to have Melissa on my podcast to share some of the great work she’s doing with her grade 3 students in the classroom, in particular, her dedication to creating a classroom culture and environment that is visually rich in meaning and purpose. As I thought about how I was going to do this interview, I couldn’t help but be drawn to not only Melissa, as a teacher, but also her life journey over the past several years as it has really defined and shaped the person she is today. Melissa’s husband, Jeff Woodcock, is our elementary head of school. Although she is very supportive of Jeff’s role as leader of our school, Melissa in her own right has carved out a very purposeful path for herself, as an educator in our school. She has worked very hard to develop a unique teaching style that is focused on visible learning in the classroom in order to accommodate every one of her learners. She carefully models and co-constructs learning with her students on a regular basis and this is one of the many reasons why I feel she is such a great educator. In today’s episode you are not only going to hear about Melissa, as an educator, but more importantly you are going to hear about some very difficult, yet profoundly important experiences that shaped not only her life but also her husband’s life as well. Melissa will explain, in detail, both of these experiences, but it’s the first experience she talks about that specifically taught Melissa how powerful a role community can play in changing a person’s life. As Melissa told this story, I really wanted to go into specific examples of how the community that she and her husband were a part of helped to be a major support for them through a very challenging and difficult time. I got sidetracked during this discussion and wasn’t able to dig deeper into how community specifically supported her and Jeff during this time. However, I still wanted to mention and give a shoutout to the wonderful community that they were a part of in Bonn, Germany many years ago. Melissa’s love of community continues to this day and she is a very active force in bringing people together to celebrate connection, friendship, kindness and joy here at our school here in Saudi Arabia. I want to thank Melissa for sharing her authentic story in this episode. It’s never easy to talk about things that strike so closely to the heart.Melissa’s BioMelissa McQuaid is an international educator in her eleventh year of teaching, all spent working within the Primary Years Programme. She is passionate about inquiry-based learning and the merits of an education that supports development of the whole child. Walking into her classroom, you will be struck by how well thought out the learning environment is. Her classroom is rich with text, features flexible spaces to support different learners and learning, and is organized with the child’s needs in mind. Developing and nurturing a student’s curiosity and agency are cornerstones of her practice, and have a role in everything she does with learners.When she was 27 years old Melissa experienced a traumatic, life-threatening situation that forced her to rethink her vision of what she had planned for her future. Described by friends and colleagues as “determined and resolute,” her personal story is about over-coming trauma and embracing many obstacles in search of her happiness. Melissa believes that if you can visualize what you want in life, and work towards that vision, anything is possible. Melissa’s time of trauma took place in Germany while she was working at Bonn International School. The rallying and support that came from the BIS community to support her ...

Meaningful Experiences in Physical Education, and Sport | Run Your Life #84
Aug 26 2018 37 mins  
In this episode, Dr. Tim Fletcher discusses the work taking place behind the scenes in helping to develop and deepen the use of the Meaningful PE model that he and his team of researchers have been working on over the past several years. Tim is a part of a great team that is refining this model so that physical education and health teachers can develop the language needed and specific tools to know how to regularly, systematically, and intentionally create meaningful learning experiences related to physical activity and sport for young people. Their ultimate goal is to get young people to take action on leading physically active lives in order to embrace movement for life. At the heart of the Meaningful PE model are 5 features that Tim and his team think are critically important to embed within all physical education and sport experiences in order to help develop lifelong movers; Challenge, Motor Competence, Fun, Social Interaction, and Personal Relevance. We dive into these 5 features and begin to unpack each of them in this episode, so that physical education and health professionals can gain deeper insight into how they can plant the seeds for student success in their programs. Tim and his team do not claim to have all of the answers or are they implying that their Meaningful PE model is the best that there is, but they instead they continue to refine their own understanding of how this model might be applied across different contexts and cultures in order to promote richer and more positive experiences for young people in physical education. You are sure to gain some valuable takeaway from this discussion with Dr. Tim Fletcher. Thanks for listening. Tim’s BioPrior to teaching in universities Tim taught high school health and physical education for five years. Current research focuses on how future teachers and coaches might learn to foster meaningful experiences for learners in physical education and youth sport (the LAMPE project), conducted with Déirdre Ní Chróinín and Mary O’Sullivan. Much of his work involves self-study methodology, including the text Self-study of physical education: The interplay of scholarship and practice (2014, Springer), co-edited with Alan OvensConnect with Tim:Email: [email protected]: @TimFletcher12 Website: https://meaningfulpe.wordpress.com/lampe-team/Themes Discussed:Meaningful PE, Fun, Motor Competence, Challenge, Personal Relevance, Social Interaction, Differentiation, Critical ReflectionSpecial Credits To:Déirdre Ní Chróinín and Mary O’Sullivan, Stephanie Beni, Ciara Griffin

The Bridge Between Coaching and Teaching | Run Your Life #83
Aug 20 2018 65 mins  
In today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Harvey and I discuss the roles of self-regulation and self-coaching in education and how to plants the seeds for student success in physical education. Stephen dives deeply into his work and shares the vision that he has based on his own journey in education that has taken him back and forth between the United States and England over the years. Stephen’s expertise lies in the Teaching Games For Understanding model. He finds great value in using creativity to deepen the impact that physical activity and movement can have in a young person’s life. Much of his work lies in the field of coaching but Stephen clearly shows the strong connection and links between quality teaching and effective coaching. You are sure to find a gem or two you can apply in your own teaching practice after hearing this episode with Dr. Stephen Harvey. Stephen’s Bio:Dr. Stephen Harvey has joined the Patton College of Education as an Associate Professor in Sports Coaching. Dr. Harvey is a former junior international field hockey coach and currently works with organizations such as USA field hockey and the United States Olympic Committee in a coach development and education role. Recently Dr. Harvey has successfully completed international coach educator/developer qualification and was previously a coach educator with England Hockey, the National Governing Body of Field Hockey in England. Dr. Harvey is also an experienced, licensed soccer and badminton coach and has coached both these sports at the collegiate level in England. In addition, he is also a licensed physical education teacher in England.Dr. Harvey moved to Ohio from West Virginia University (2013-2017) where he was an Associate Professor in Physical Education Teacher Education. He previously completed hi PhD at Oregon State University (2003-2006). In 2016 Dr. Harvey was honored as a Research Fellow by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America due to his extensive contributions to research in both physical education and sports coaching. His main research interest surrounds game-based approaches to teaching and coaching. However, his work in coaching has additionally been focused on the systematic observation of coaching behavior, and how coaching behavior is tied to coaches' biographies. Dr. Harvey has maintained an interest in educational technology and co-developed an app (Axis Coaching) that a trained observer can use to investigate and record coaches' behavior. Finally, Dr. Harvey's interest in educational technology has led to him researching with and about teachers and coaches social media use.Connect with Stephen:Email: [email protected]: @drstephenharveyThemes Discussed:Self-Regulation, Creativity, TGFU, Self-Coaching, Quality Physical Education, Feedback, Teaching and Learning

Drawing on Excellence | Run Your Life #82
Aug 03 2018 60 mins  
Today’s discussion is with Todd Stahl. Todd is one of those distinctly unique individuals who not only has a heart of gold, but is willing to take the risk to do the extremely hard work to find out what’s he’s truly made of and how he can honor the gifts and talents he’s been given in order to make a difference in the world through his work and passions. Todd’s life has not been routine or linear in any way which is why it’s important to really listen to his story as you will see that there were key pivot points in his life that that threw specific obstacles in his path.You will also hear how he used these challenges to better understand himself and the changes that he needed to make in order to find more meaning and purpose in his life. You will see that Todd’s faith is extremely important to him and making a difference by serving others is what he feels he has been called to do. He strives to do this through several different capacities including his work as a firefighter, an artist, a children’s book illustrator, an author and the charity work that he and his wife Sherry have devoted themselves to. What is even more unique about this episode is that I have known Todd for most of my life. I can honestly say that in looking back at the 40plus years we’ve known each other, it doesn’t surprise me to see the path that Todd is on.As I sat down this summer to interview Todd, there were several key areas that I wanted to ask him about in order to learn more about his journey. I wanted to learn more about how his faith has carved out a specific path for him. I also wanted to learn about what inspired him to take the leap into becoming an artist and an author, yet how he has been able to balance these pursuits with his work as a firefighter. As well, I wanted to learn more about the internal forces that drive him toward better understanding himself in an effort to strive for both personal and professional excellence in his life. You’re going to hear about Todd’s book, 40 Days in the Mancave and the role that critical self-reflection has played in his life. In particular, you are going to learn about how Todd has had to deal with the gripping hand of depression and the impact that this has had on his life. I commend Todd for being so open about this part of his life. It’s not easy to discuss these things but in sharing our struggles, there is so much to be learned about how we deal with life and with others when we authentically open up.I hope you take the time to listen to the episode in its entirety and that it sparks reflection in yourself. I hope you are left answering these questions about who you are and what you offer the world.What are the gifts you’ve been given in life? How do you honor and develop these gifts? And how are these gifts making a difference to others in your life and in the world?Our gifts and talents need to be embraced and spending the time to better understand what these gifts are can have a huge impact on the world around us.Thanks for taking the time to listen to this episode with my good friend, Todd Stahl.Todd’s BioFor Todd, Art has always remained that 'dream' he has continued to pursue. Todd was involved in a family run business for over 20 years, but the search was there to do something more related to his gifting. taking steps towards pursuing his dreams, Todd became a firefighter in 2004.Moving closer to the heart of his dreams, Todd has rekindled his passion for Art. His desire is to continue creating thought provoking pieces of art.Todd has completed a number of commissioned projects and recently had his art published in a collaboration with his wife Sherry, providing the illustrations within her devotional with study guide 'Water in the Deser...

20th Episode – 4X Mindfulness | Run Your Life #81
May 22 2018 45 mins  
If you had to create a personal statement that sums up your philosophy, what would that statement be? How can you better motivate yourself to find more value in your daily efforts to do well? What does loving-kindness mean and how can we practice it more in our lives? What role does human connection play in your life, especially with people you do not know very well? Andy and Neila explore these questions in their latest 4 X Mindfulness podcast in order to share their thoughts and their recent learning about themselves and about others. In the first seed of mindfulness, Neila dives into the work of Claire Boothe Luce, one of the first females to serve in the US congress who went on to do extraordinary work throughout her career in politics. In particular, the way she challenged leaders like Kennedy to create their own personal philosophy statements. Neila talks about the strategy of creating these statements and how challenging it can be. For the second seed of mindfulness, Andy discusses Daniel Pink’s latest book: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and a specific strategy outlined in the book that helps to assess our levels of motivation to do difficult things in our life in order to be more proactive. The third seed of mindfulness is about loving kindness and Neila takes listeners through a short exercise to help practice more loving kindness with ourselves and with others. The fourth seed of mindfulness relates to human connection and how random acts of kindness can be a thing of beauty that brightens our day when we least expect it. Neila and Andy hope that you find some value from this episode that is applicable in yoru personal and professional lives. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect with Andy and NeilaNeila SteeleTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndy VasilyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed: Personal Philosophy Statements, Motivation, Human Connection, Loving Kindness, Daniel Pink, Claire Boothe Luce, Presence

Liberating Greatness in Others | Run Your Life #80
May 12 2018 52 mins  
In this episode, Marina Gijzen, current elementary head at Nanjing International School shares her insight and experience as it relates to her journey in education that has spanned well over two decades.A few years ago, Marina chose to change directions and move into educational leadership as she felt, in her heart, that she wanted to take the risk to share her authentic self and the vision that she had in regards to what quality teaching and learning means. To Marina, teaching is a deeply personal pursuit that is greatly impacted by the language we use with young people, as well the relationships that we build with them.In this episode, Marina shares specific strategies and approaches that she has developed over the years, as well she also discusses how she has changed and what she has learned about herself related to the shifting in gears in her career from a classroom teacher to a leader in education. Marina is all about liberating greatness in others and has built her educational leadership philosophy around living this statement and leading by example day in and day out in order to bring out the best in the teachers she feels so lucky to work with. Marina has brought so much wisdom and experience into her many different roles at Nanjing International School. She will be transitioning over to a new role as head of elementary school at Lincoln Community School in Ghana next year and is sure to bring so much value to that school. Thanks for listening to today’s episode with Marina Gijzen. About Marina: Marina Gijzen is an international educator who is very interested in the discussions about educational innovation. What does it mean? What does it look like? Why do it? How do we do it? When and where? and Who will be a part of it?She has been teaching primary aged children for 25 years in 5 different countries in two different languages (French and English).Children fascinate Marina. She believes that they are full of potential and are naturally open-minded, sincere, caring, enthusiastic, brave, and so creative. She aspires to be like the students she teaches and works with!She writes a blog to help her think about how to help keep these wonderful qualities in our children and in our world. She would love you to join in on the conversation.Connect With Marina:Twitter: @marinagijzen Website: https://marinagijzen.com/Themes Discussed: Student agency, Empowerment, Lifelong Learning, Thoughtful Language, Educational Leadership, Quality Teaching and Learning.

The Sound of Silence | Run Your Life #79
Apr 10 2018 87 mins  
This episode is devoted to the power that meditation can hold in helping us to better understand ourselves. My guest, Dr. Mani Sarathy, the Associate Director of the Clean Combustion Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science of Technology, shares his meditative journey with us and how it has helped to transform his life over the past 15 years. We dive into the nuts and bolts of what mediation means and specific strategies that we can all apply in our lives if we devote ourselves to this cause. Mani shares his backstory and the experiences that guided his formative years while growing up, in particular his self identity which was shaped by both Canadian and Indian cultural values. Mani has great insight and wisdom when it comes to meditation. Whether you are a total beginner or seasoned veteran at meditation, you are sure to glean some insight that can apply to both your personal and professional self. Mani’s BioMani Sarathy is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology of Science and Technology (KAUST) in the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC). Mani was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Combustion Chemistry group at the US Department of Energy Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. During that time he held a prestigious fellowship from NSERC of Canada. Mani received his PhD and MASc degrees in Environmental and Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto and his BASc in Environmental Engineering Chemical Specialization from the University of Waterloo. In 2015, Mani Sarathy was named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. Mani’s research interest is in developing sustainable energy technologies with decreased net environmental impact. A major thrust of research is simulating the combustion chemistry of transportation fuels. The goal of Mani’s research is study conventional and alternative fuels (e.g., biofuels, synthetic fuels, etc.), so the environmental impact of combustion systems can be reduced. Connect With ManiWebsite: https://ccrc.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Home.aspxThemes Discussed: Vipassana Meditation, Presence, Self-Awareness, Reflection, Observation, Breath Control, Silent Retreats, Personal Excellence, Regret

19th Episode – 4X Mindfulness: Reflections From Warsaw | Run Your Life #78
Apr 03 2018 50 mins  
How do our personal perspectives shape our lives when we experience upheaval and hardship? How often do we genuinely invest ourselves in others? What role do personal stories play in helping us to connect with other people? Do we show ourselves enough self-compassion? Andy Dutton, an excellent educator currently working in Bucharest, Romania, joins Neila Steele and Andy Vasily in the latest 4 X Mindfulness podcast series. Andy Dutton shares two seeds of mindfulness in this episode which relate to his own journey of mindfulness and the importance of investing in his own mental health through a variety of strategies. In sharing the mantra, ‘This too shall pass.”, Andy discusses the importance of being aware of our own negative thought pattern loops that hold us back from living a more genuinely happy life. As well, Andy also shares the importance of having more self-compassion and taking time away each day to regenerate and recharge in order to be our best personal and professional selves. For Neila Steele’s seed of mindfulness, she shares the importance of investing in others by being curious, by asking questions, and showing a genuine interest in others. When we invest in others, we put our own needs and wants aside to better connect and get to know other people in our lives. For the fourth seed of mindfulness, Andy Vasily shares the power of personal stories in helping to make stronger connections with others. By making ourselves vulnerable and genuinely sharing our experiences, we can better connect with others and give them permission to do the same. Lots of powerful themes discussed in the latest 4 X Mindfulness series. We hope you are able to gain some new insight from this episode with Neila Steele, Andy Dutton, and Andy Vasily. BioNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect With Neila, Andy Vasily and Andy DuttonNeila SteeleTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndy VasilyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comAndy DuttonTwitter: @PEAndyDThemes Discussed:Empathy, Efficiency, Self-Compassion, Personal Upheaval, Coaching and Counselling, Vulnerability, Human Connection, Relevance


GES Insightful Classroom Series | Run Your Life #77
Mar 21 2018 26 mins  
This podcast series is devoted to sharing good teaching practice at Gardens Elementary School which is located on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia. At GES, our student population is multi-cultural, diverse, enthusiastic, engaging and confident. They are also fun loving and happy.Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our students are actively involved in authentic inquiry-based learning across all the curriculum areas. They develop confidence in their abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. As students learn to reflect on their learning, they become critical thinkers. We encourage students to voice their ideas and to take action to improve the school and the community. Student achievement and progress is shared through regular assemblies, parent conferences, open houses and activities aimed at making the school a stimulating center for the community.Inquiry and AgencyIn this episode, grade 4 teacher, Jamie House, shares the work and learning he has embarked on with his own professional inquiry at Gardens Elementary School. Jamie has looked deeply at his own teaching practice over the past 7 months in order to identify which area he would like to deepen his understanding of. He identified a particular need to examine more closely how he creates opportunities for each student to develop the skills necessary to move forward with their own learning. A recent trip to Poland to attend Kath Murdoch’s inquiry workshop helped Jamie to consolidate his learning and refine the teaching approaches he uses in the classroom. Jamie discusses a number of things related to inquiry, agency, and how he is striving to help students develop their Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills within their learning journeys in his classroom. Connect With Jamie:Twitter: @jamierhouse Connect With Gardens Elementary SchoolTwitter: @GESatKAUSTWebsite: http://tks.kaust.edu.sa/Message-from-the-Principal-GESThemes Discussed:Student Agency, Skill Development, Inquiry, Kath Murdoch, Content and Coverage, Professional Inquiries

Finding Your Forte | Run Your Life #76
Mar 13 2018 55 mins  
In this episode, Arsenal Soccer School coach, Tim Jones, shares his journey and the valuable lessons he has learned that have led him on the current path that he is. Tim is a deeply reflective coach who places great emphasis on developing personal and social wellness within his players through specific structures that he implements in each practice session. Although there is still great focus on skill acquisition, Tim creates the conditions that help to develop the whole player in an effort to better prepare them for being part of a team while not lose sight of the importance of their own individual development. Through extensive study, Tim continually refines his craft by genuinely inquiring into who he is as a coach and what he needs to do to be a better version of himself. In this episode, Tim provides us with a deeper insight into the role that a coach plays in the lives of their players and how growth, learning, and change are of paramount importance in better developing our professional practice. Tim’s journey actually began in the field of music having completed a university degree in Music and Computer Sound Design from the University of Surrey in the UK. It was through the experience of symphony and playing the viola that Tim learned valuable lessons about creativity and flow. Although he was passionate about music, he began to gravitate more toward soccer and ultimately coaching as this sport has also been a big part of his life for many years. Hope you enjoy this episode with coach Tim Jones. Tim’s BioTim is a soccer coach currently working for Arsenal Soccer Schools in Saudi Arabia. His professional career has spanned ten years and five countries as he has sought out professional and learning opportunities. This has included work in the grassroots, charity, University and elite environments, most recently with the Bristol Rovers FC Academy and the University of South Wales Women’s 1st team.Hailing originally from the British island of Jersey, he was first exposed to coaching through his older brother assisting his sessions with local teams. Indeed it wasn’t until a change of staff at the club, that he was presented with the opportunity for him to take the helm of an adult female team. It was from successes here and a developing love for the craft of coaching that sparked the progression to where he is today.It was the wish of Tim that it should be noted that all views expressed by him are his own rather than a reflection of his current, or past employers.Connect With TimTwitter: @coachtimjonesThemes Discussed:Timely Feedback, Participation vs Performance, Social and Personal Wellness, Constraints Led Coaching, Music, Lifelong Learning

A Guardian of Education | Run Your Life #75
Mar 06 2018 73 mins  
In this 75th episode of the Run Your Life podcast, well-known author/educator, Frank Stepnowski, shares the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ behind his latest book, Retribution: A Teacher Strikes Back. As a very committed and passionate educator with over 25 years of experience, Frank speaks from the heart about the obstacles and roadblocks that stand in the way of teachers in America, and other parts of the world, from operating at their best for the students whom they serve. In this episode, we delve into many important facets of what being a great educator means. Accountability, reflection, relevance, and the importance of feedback all entered the radar of this discussion. Frank has loads of insight that he shares, based on his own story of being an educator in America. Frank’s wisdom comes through loud and clear as does his endless desire to keep making a difference in our field. Regardless of what you teach or your role in education, you are sure to find great value in this discussion with the one and only Frank Stepnowski. Frank’s BioFrank (Step) Stepnowski is a father, husband, teacher, author, and iconoclast. He is a 25-year veteran of the teaching trenches and an outspoken advocate for educators everywhere. He has written four books championing teachers and shedding light on their daily struggles and the broken system in which they work. His voice is unapologetic, often prescient, occasionally controversial, but always entertaining. “Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy?”,“S.C.R.E.W.E.D., An Educational Fairytale”,“Teaching Sucks, But We Love It,” and his newest release: “RETRIBUTION: A Teacher Strikes Back” are all available online wherever kick-ass books are sold.Connect With Frank:Twitter: @Frankstep1 Themes Discussed: Critical Reflection, Advocacy, Obstacles, Failure, Vulnerability, Accountability, Purpose, Hope, Vision

The Power of Vulnerability | Run Your Life #74
Feb 28 2018 67 mins  
Today’s episode is a special one as my friend, Christina Polatajko, shares her deeply personal story with addiction. As a well-known physical/health educator, Christina has made a huge impact on our profession through her work and her presentations. Teaching is an extremely personal endeavor that requires us to know our strengths and limitations and to learn as much as we can about ourselves in order to have the impact that we desire through our work. Often times people mask their inefficiencies by hiding their truth, whatever that truth may be. Christina shares her journey with us in order to move forward in her life. She has made it very clear that if sharing her story in this episode impacts just one person who is suffering from addiction, it will be well worth it. Making ourselves vulnerable and sharing who we really are can make a huge difference in the lives of others. Christina continues to shine and thrive in our profession through the bonds that she has created with others, but in her heart, she knows that sharing her story is the next step needed for her to continue to move forward in her life and to pursue excellence. Addiction kills and destroys people both mentally and physically. The more we can openly talk about these things, the more of an impact it will have on providing support to those who need it most. Christina is committed to life-long learning and her struggle with addiction and hardship serve to help her teach in a way that impacts the body, mind, and spirit or every student that walks through her gymnasium doors. Who in your life suffers from addiction? Who in your life do you need to reach out to and better support? In listening to this episode, think of who that person might be. Thanks for tuning into this episode with Christina. About ChristinaChristina has been a physical educator for 8 years now as a Health and P.E coordinator in Melbourne, Australia. She pursued this career with a passion for making a difference and to have an impact. She hopes that the resources and techniques she has created will help other teachers in also making a difference in the classroom. She blogs at http://missphysicaleducation.com/blog/.Christina believes that we all have the greatest opportunity to make a difference every day through our work and is a very driven and determined learner and human being. She has presented nationally and internationally both online and in person. Connect With ChristinaTwitter: @cpola17 Website: missphysicaleducation.comThemes Discussed: Vulnerability, Addiction, Connection, Hope, Purpose, Masking Truth, Motivation, Desire to Improve

18th Episode – 4X Mindfulness: Meaning Making Through Mindfulness | Run Your Life #73
Feb 26 2018 53 mins  
In today’s episode, Neila and Andy have a great mindfulness chat with a renowned educational consultant, Mark Church. Some of the questions explored in this chat are: Is mindfulness a stance we take in life or something we have to practice day in and day out? What role does daily gratitude for our present body play in helping us to better appreciate what we sometimes fail to notice? How can we be more mindful and present in our daily interactions to not miss out on important moments that help us to grow and develop ourselves? In what ways is evolution predicated and dependent on stress? How does this stress help us evolve into our better selves? This conversation was more about delving into making more sense of what mindfulness can mean in our lives and the role it plays in helping to better understand and appreciate ourselves. Mark offers lots of insight into his own thinking, not by having answers, but asking more questions to better explore the meaning that mindful thinking and actions can play in our lives. Hope you enjoy our episode with special guest, Mark Church. About MarkMark Church works with educators throughout the world striving to create cultures of thinking in their classrooms and schools. Mark challenges teachers to foster thinking dispositions in students in service of deep understanding. He invites teachers to promote a discourse of thinking in their classrooms that communicates value to student sense-making. Mark encourages teachers to make their classroom environments rich with the documents of student thinking processes. Mark is currently a consultant with Harvard Project Zero’s Making Thinking Visible and Cultures of Thinking initiatives worldwide, drawing upon his own classroom teaching experience and from the perspectives, he has gained working with educators throughout North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Mark enjoys helping teachers examine opportunities for student thoughtfulness, use thinking routines as supports and scaffolds, interact with students in ways that demonstrate an interest in and respect for students’ thinking, and send clear expectations about the importance and value of thinking in learning. Together with Ron Ritchhart and Karin Morrison, Mark is co-author of the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners (Jossey-Bass, 2011).Connect With Mark:Website: http://www.pz.harvard.edu/projects/cultures-of-thinkingAbout Andy and NeilaNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 5 different countries over the past 18 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China and Saudi Arabia). Both Andy and Neila now work at the KAUST School in Saudi Arabia. Andy is also a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. Connect With Neila and AndyNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed: Meaning Making, Being Present, Body Awareness, Gratitude, Purpose, Relationships, Connection

17th Episode – 4X Mindfulness: Habits Awareness and Positivity | Run Your Life #72
Feb 07 2018 38 mins  
In the 17th installment of 4 X Mindfulness, Neila Steele and Andy Vasily discuss the themes of monitoring, assessing, and changing habits by bringing more self-awareness to our daily lives. In the first seed of mindfulness, Neila shares the work of the author, Laura Vanderkam, and the strategy of the 168-hour weekly spreadsheet that she created to assess where people spend their time each week. It is a great strategy to record and redirect energy in ways that lead to greater satisfaction, happiness, and health. For Neila’s second seed of mindfulness, she shares two excellent websites related to self-improvement, Coach.me, as well as Leo Babauta’s work with Zen Habits. Both of these websites are excellent resources to help focus on making improvements in both our personal and professional lives. The third seed of mindfulness is rooted in the work of well-known psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman and his work related to creating a more positive mental framework to operate our daily lives by. Andy explains the story behind his research and the specific strategies Seligman and his team of researchers have developed. This leads nicely into the 4th seed of mindfulness which is all about being more self-aware of our emotional state, to look deeply at the root causes of these emotions and the stories that we tell ourselves about these emotions. In becoming more self-aware of these stories, we position ourselves to change our narratives and reframe our daily experiences. Hopefully, you’ll find an insight or two from this episode that will be applicable in your own life. Thanks for listening. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 17 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China and Saudi Arabia). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. Both Neila and Andy work at Gardens Elementary School on the King Abdullah Campus of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Connect With Andy and NeilaNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed:Zen Habits, Dr. Martin Seligman, Mindset, Laura Vanderkam, Habit Awareness,

The Mind Factor | Run Your Life #71
Jan 22 2018 60 mins  
Dr Karl Morris is one of Europe’s leading Mind Coaches, delivering cutting-edge methods of peak performance and goal achievement to a range of clients across sports and business.From the world of golf, he has worked with players such as Darren Clarke, David Howell, Lee Westwood, Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oostehazen among many others in both the PGA and LPGA. As a consultant to the PGA of Great Britain and Europe, Karl has presented seminars all over the world to the Australian PGA, South African PGA, German PGA, Swedish PGA, Dutch PGA, Belgian PGA and the Hong Kong Golf Association.I feel lucky to have had Karl on my podcast and in this episode, we dig into a variety of themes related to peak performance. Although Karl works mostly in the arena of professional golf, he also brings his peak performance model to athletes in other sports and into the corporate world as well. Karl firmly believes that good coaching or teaching is never telling people what they should do but instead to ask the right questions in order to unlock the potential held within. Karl involves his clients in the co-construction of their own learning ultimately helping them to unpack the answers themselves and it's in the process of this unpacking that they better lead themselves toward mastery of their craft. In this episode, There are so many parallels to great teaching in the world of education which we also discuss, such as the importance of building relationships, differentiated instruction, and finding every student’s entry point to learning. You are sure to glean some great insight from this episode that can be applied in both your personal and professional life and if you are a golfer, you’ll find even more value in our discussion. Thanks for listening. About KarlKarl Morris is a regular feature writer for a host of publications including Golf World, Todays Golfer, Golf International, National Club Golfer, Chip and Spin, as well as the author of ‘Golf – The Mind Factor’ with Darren Clarke.He has a passion to demystify psychology and to provide a range of practical and applicable tools to assist performance breakthrough at all levels.The Karl Morris MIND FACTOR approach to golf has been proven to help people transform their game in the only environment that really matters – THE REAL WORLD.Connect with KarlWebsite: https://themindfactor.net/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Karl_MorrisFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/themindfactor/Themes Discussed: Peak Performance, Mindset, Asking Good Questions, Learning From Failure, Visualization, Mindfulness, Being Present

What’s Your Everest? | Run Your Life #70
Jan 16 2018 74 mins  
Two-time mountaineering world record holder, Colin O’Brady, joins me in today’s episode to share his major lessons learned through hardship and adversity that served to inspire him to strive for both personal and professional excellence in his life. Not only was Colin a top level triathlete for seven years, he currently holds the world record for being the fastest mountaineer to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents and journey to both the north and south poles (The Explorer’s Grand Slam challenge). Not only did he become the fastest person in history to do this, he accomplished this incredible feat in 139 days which was 60 days faster than anyone else had ever done. Despite being almost burned to death in a traumatic accident ten years ago in Ko Tao, Thailand and suffering serious burns to 25% of his body, Colin was able to overcome these injuries by setting small achievable goals and work toward these goals every day. In this episode, we dig into Colin’s work ethic and the specific strategies he has put into action that have allowed him to achieve excellence through his work. As well, Colin shares the work that he and his wife, Jenna, do with their non-profit organization, Beyond 7/2. As Colin states in this episode, the number one goal that they have for their organization is to inspire young people to lead healthy lives by being active and by believing in their own ability to accomplish anything that they set their mind to. Colin is wise beyond his years and his insight will surely inspire anyone listening to take more action in their own lives to be the very best that they can be. Colin’s BioColin O’Brady was born in Olympia, Washington on March 16th, 1985. The son of an eagle scout, Colin spent his childhood exploring the wilderness of the pacific northwest with his family. He learned about healthy living from his father, an organic farmer and from his mother and step-father, co-founders of a local, natural foods grocery chain. Through passion, dedication, and hard work, Colin grew into a youth sports star. He won Oregon State Championships and received national honors in both swimming and soccer. Colin was recruited to swim at Yale University where he swam all four years.During his time in college, Colin took a leave of absence to pursue a semester-long course with the National Outdoors Leadership School, mountaineering and kayaking in remote Patagonia, Chile. Later, while studying African economic development in college, he traveled to Tanzania, where he caught a glimpse of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. That day, a dream was born: to climb the Seven Summits.In 2006, Colin graduated from Yale with a BA in economics. The day after graduation, he embarked on a 4000-mile cycling journey from Connecticut to Oregon, with the aim to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.Before beginning his career in finance, Colin left to explore the world on a backpacking trip. While in Thailand, Colin suffered a tragic accident and was severely burned in a fire. His injuries covered nearly 25% of his body, primarily damaging his legs and feet.Doctors warned him he might never walk again normally, but Colin was determined to beat the odds. He focused not only on walking again, but set himself a goal: to complete a triathlon following his recovery. A mere 18 months after his accident while working as a trader in Chicago, Colin amazed the racing world when he placed first overall amateur at the 2009 Chicago Triathlon.His victory in triathlon sparked a new path. Colin turned pro, and fulfilled his childhood dream of being a professional athlete. Over the last five years, he has represented the United States in triathlon competitions in 22 countries and on six continents. Meanwhile, the distant peaks still called to him: Colin finally summite...


GES Insightful Classroom Series | Run Your Life #70
Dec 19 2017 26 mins  
This podcast series is devoted to sharing good teaching practice at Gardens Elementary School which is located on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia. At GES, our student population is multi-cultural, diverse, enthusiastic, engaging and confident. They are also fun loving and happy.Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our students are actively involved in authentic inquiry-based learning across all the curriculum areas. They develop confidence in their abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. As students learn to reflect on their learning, they become critical thinkers. We encourage students to voice their ideas and to take action to improve the school and the community. Student achievement and progress is shared through regular assemblies, parent conferences, open houses and activities aimed at making the school a stimulating center for the community.This Episode is With Siobhan WestbrookResponsive ClassroomIn this episode, Siobhan discusses what Responsive Classroom is and how she is using different elements of this approach with her grade 4 students in order to strengthen the relationships she has with students. By using specific strategies related to Responsive Classroom, Siobhan has seen the impact it has on building trust amongst her students and better connecting them with one another. Not a day goes by when Siobhan does not use Responsive Classroom routines and approaches which is important in embedding this experience into the culture of the classroom. Listen to this episode to learn specific things you can do to immediately apply Responsive Classroom strategies with your students. Siobhan’s BioSiobhan spent her formative years growing up in Ghana and attended the Valco School in Tema for Grades K-5 before returning to the U.S. This may explain why, once she became a teacher, she chose to teach internationally. Siobhan has 25 years’ experience teaching grades 1-4 in Sudan, Pakistan, China, England, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and India. She joined the KAUST School in August of 2017. Siobhan is passionate about developing a strong sense of community within her class and the school. Siobhan enjoys traveling and exploring with her husband, Mike and two children Hayley, who attends Lynn University in Fla. and Matt, who is a 10th Grader at The Kaust School. Connect With Siobhan:Email: [email protected] With Gardens Elementary SchoolTwitter: @GESatKAUSTWebsite: http://tks.kaust.edu.sa/Message-from-the-Principal-GESThemes Discussed:Responsive classroom, Building Trust, Routines, Structure, Strengthening Relationships

A Global Journey | Run Your Life #69
Nov 29 2017 33 mins  
It was great to sit down with Jo Bailey and record this episode live in Dubai at the Connected PE Conference last month. Jo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of physical education and has devoted herself to learning and continually refining her teaching practice. Jo shares her thoughtful stance on what quality physical education means and the major lessons that she has learned over the last few years that have greatly impacted the work she does. Jo’s ability to be critically reflective about her own practice has allowed her to look at her own teaching with fresh eyes in order to ensure that she continually challenges herself to improve and get better. Jo has a unique perspective that has been shaped by living in different parts of the world which has helped her to develop a truly internationally minded outlook on life and on teaching. Jo’s BioJo Bailey teaches Physical Education at D.C. Everest Senior High in Weston, WI., USA. Originally from the UK, Jo spent much of her life in Hong Kong and taught in the both the UK and Hong Kong for several years before moving to the USA in 2004. Jo is is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Google Certified Innovator, and was the 2013 Midwest SHAPE America High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. An avid technology and gadget lover, Jo is always looking for ways to improve workflow, enhance learning (often through gamification), and leave more time for being active! She is committed to helping students find their fun through Physical Education. Jo blogs at http://lovephyed.blogspot.com/ Connect with Jo: Twitter: @lovephyedGoogle +: +Jo Bailey Themes Discussed: Quality PE, Assessment, Meaning and Purpose, Connected PE, Good Teaching Practice, Major Lessons Learned

Powering up Your PE Practice | Run Your Life #68
Nov 27 2017 61 mins  
Dr. Shane Pill and I recorded this episode live while in Dubai together last month. Shane and I were both keynote speakers/presenters at Jarrod Robinson’s Connected PE conference. I’ve been meaning to have Shane on my show for quite some time, but we thought it would be even better to sit in person together to record the episode you are about to listen to. We dive into many areas of our profession, but in particular, the vision and philosophy that Shane has in regards to maximizing the impact that we can have on our profession and on the students that we teach. Shane brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him and has a unique approach that focuses on empowering students to find joy and love of movement through specific approaches that he brings with him in the work that he does. Having come to know many researchers from around the world in the field of physical education, I know that they are all very passionate about the work that they do. Although I have always been aware of the work that Shane does and have learned from him in the past, sitting down together and really digging into his specific vision allowed me to better understand his purpose and his desire to make a difference by equipping physical education teachers with the tools necessary to make a difference in the lives of the students that they teach. I hope you take the time to listen to this episode with Shane Pill. You’ll have immediately takeaway that can be applied to the work that you do. About ShaneShane previously worked for 18 years as a science and physical education teacher in schools in Perth and Adelaide where he held various leadership positions including HPE Coordinator, Sport Coordinator, Year Level Coordinator, Director of School Administration and Deputy Principal. Since 2006, Shane lectures at Flinders University in curriculum studies, physical education and sport studies and his research interests include curriculum design and enactment, pedagogy and instructional strategies for games and sport teaching, sport coaching and curriculum leadership. Shane is the author of six ACHPER published books on game sense teaching and coaching, and the concept of Play with Purpose. He is a Life Member of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (ACHPER); was an ACHPER Australia Board Member 2004-2009, and ACHPER(SA) Branch President 2002-2015. Shane is internationally recognised for his research into sport teaching and coaching, and he was a major contributing writer to the Cricket Australia S’Cool Cricket resource, the Tennis Australia Hot Shots Tennis resource and the revised AFL Sport Education program. Shane is a coach with the West Adelaide Football Club in the SANFL.Connect With Shane: Twitter: https://twitter.com/pilly66Themes Discussed: Timely Feedback, Assessment in PE, Teacher Reflection, Refining Teacher Practice, Careful Design of Teaching & Learning, Connecting to Community

Activating Internal Resources | Run Your Life #67
Nov 23 2017 54 mins  
In this episode, Jim Roussin and I, breakdown the key fundamentals that drive the work that he does in empowering educators to find their best selves. Jim has years of experience consulting for schools around the world. He shares specific strategies and approaches related to cognitive coaching in order to help both teachers and educational leaders create the conditions for all stakeholders to thrive within their organization. Jim has a unique journey and has devoted his life to bringing out the best in others. As Jim was on my podcast last year, we both agreed that this episode was carrying on from our first one, so we consider it to be a part 2 to our great chat. With every passing day, Jim is fully committed to refining his work and sharing what he learns with others. It’s common for consultants to define themselves as experts, but Jim is the type of leader and presenter who values being in and amongst the group, learning alongside them throughout the workshops he presents. Whether you are an educational leader, a teacher, a coach, or in any other line of work, you are sure to find valuable takeaway in my episode with Jim Roussin. To listen to part 1 of the podcast recorded last year, please click this link https://21clradio.com/4377-2/. About JimJim Roussin has worked as a language arts teacher; gifted coordinator; ESL coordinator; curriculum director; executive director of teaching, learning, and school improvement; adjunct professor; and educational consultant. He is currently the executive director for Generative Learning (www.generative-learning.com).Jim is the author of a variety of articles as well as a coauthor of the book Guiding Professional Learning Communities: Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning (with Shirley M. Hord and William A. Sommers, 2010). His new book will be published in 2013 with Shirley Hord — Implementing Change Through Learning. Jim is a teaching associate for Human Systems Dynamics (an institute that is using complexity theory to impact organizational development work). He also facilitates program evaluation. Jim has another book coming out in December of 2018. Connect With JimEmail: [email protected]: https://twitter.com/jroussinWebsite: http://www.thinkingcollaborative.com/Themes Discussed: Empowerment, Reflection, Thoughtful Use of Language, Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools Training, Learning From Failure, Non-Judgement

The Connected PE Experience | Run Your Life #66
Nov 17 2017 20 mins  
In this episode, my friend, Jarrod Robinson, and I catch up at the Connected PE conference that he hosted in Dubai this past October. This is the second time that Jarrod has been on my podcast and what I was most interested in was having Jarrod share the ways in which he constantly challenges himself to grow and to learn. In today’s show, Jarrod discusses what he has learned over the past year and how he continually strives to improve on the Connected PE experiences that he offers his members and conference participants. Jarrod has a specific vision and approach that he refines through learning and through failure in an effort to not only improve on the conferences that he runs, but also how he strives for both personal and professional excellence in his life. It is my hope that you gain some valuable takeaway from today’s show. Thanks for listening to today’s show with Jarrod Robinson. BioJarrod is a Physical Education teacher from country Victoria Australia, with a passion and enthusiasm for the role unspecifiedemerging technologies play within teaching and learning. He is first and foremost an advocate for lifelong movement and physical activity, however realises the power of 21st-century technologies that can shape new age teaching pedagogies.Jarrod is known throughout the online community as “The PE Geek”, and authors a blog of the same name at www.thepegeek.com which has proved to be an invaluable resource for teachers seeking effective use of 21st-century tools in PE. He has presented Nationally and Internationally for over 6 years, running workshops in over 30 countries.His major interests lie within mobile learning which he believes is the perfect fit for the outdoor-minded PE Teacher. As a result he has begun his own mobile development company, “The PE Geek Apps”, which builds mobile applications for teachers on both Android and iOS devices. His mobile applications have also won numerous awards throughout Australia and Overseas.Connect with JarrodWebsite: https://thepegeek.com/ & http://connectedpe.com/Twitter: @mrrobboThemes Discussed: Self-Direction, Learning From Failure, Empowerment, Surrounding Ourselves With Excellence, The Connected PE Vision, Resilience

GES Insightful Classroom Series | Run Your Life #65
Nov 15 2017 28 mins  
This podcast series is devoted to sharing good teaching practice at Gardens Elementary School which is located on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia. At GES, our student population is multi-cultural, diverse, enthusiastic, engaging and confident. They are also fun loving and happy.Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our students are actively involved in authentic inquiry-based learning across all the curriculum areas. They develop confidence in their abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. As students learn to reflect on their learning, they become critical thinkers. We encourage students to voice their ideas and to take action to improve the school and the community. Student achievement and progress is shared through regular assemblies, parent conferences, open houses and activities aimed at making the school a stimulating center for the community.This Episode is With Simon BissellSupporting Student LearningIn this episode, grade 2 teacher, Simon Bissell, discusses the key strategies he puts into action in his classroom to ensure that he provides his students with opportunities for genuine voice and choice to take place. Simon shares the work of his students in their recent, ‘How We Organize Ourselves’ unit and how their learning led them to wanting to organize a large scale event for their classmates across the grade level. However, planning an event such as this can be a very daunting task for a classroom teacher, but in letting go of control and placing ownership in the hands of the students, both Simon and his students learned a lot. Simon shares this learning in today’s episode. As Simon has a extensive background in sport, we also discussed the major life lessons that he learned through sport and how he has been able to apply this learning to becoming the teacher he is. Simon continues to work hard on his teaching practice to elevate his game and provide the best experiences possible for his students. Simon’s BioI completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary History and Politics from Salford University in the UK. During my time in the UK I taught across various year groups ranging from Early Years Foundation Stage, right through to Middle school. I am currently in my 5th year teaching at The KAUST School.. I have spent 4 years in Grade 1 and this year made the move up to Grade 2. I love being an educator in such a wonderful, diverse school and community.Away from my school life I am happily married to my wife, Caroline, and we have two wonderful boys aged 6 and 1. I enjoy an active lifestyle and I’m also proud to be part of the KAUST adult and junior Rugby Club. We currently have 120 children enrolled who receive coaching and skill building on a weekly basis. Connect With Simon:Email: [email protected] With Gardens Elementary SchoolTwitter: @GESatKAUSTWebsite: http://tks.kaust.edu.sa/Message-from-the-Principal-GESThemes Discussed: Voice and Choice, Agency, Student Action, Organization, Learning From Failure, Student Leadership

Refined Purpose in the PYP | Run Your Life #64
Nov 13 2017 37 mins  
In this episode, Terri Walker, a PYP Curriculum manager at the global IB office in the Hague, discusses key changes in the program that will take effect in 2018. Terri shares the behind the scenes work that went into creating these changes and the next steps needed to ensure that these enhancements are clearly communicated to PYP schools around the world. In order to empower PYP teachers and schools to do their best work, the head office in the Hague will provide specific support materials to help guide each school regardless of where they are at in their PYP journey. In order to faciliate deeper discussion in this episode about the 2018 changes, an elementary head of school (Jeff Woodcock from the KAUST School), a PYP Coordinator (Jon Davidson from the KAUST School), and a director of a school (James Brightman) sat in on this discussion with Terri to share their own unique viewpoints, challenges, and ideas in regards to ensuring that they prepare their schools and teachers for the 2018 changes.If you are a PYP teacher or administrator, you are sure to have some valuable takeaway from this episode that can help you to better think your way through how you might approach the 2018 changes to ensure success for you and your school. Thanks for listening. Terri’ BioTerri Walker, a native of Alberta Canada, joined the IB in The Hague in 2014 to manage curriculum development for the PYP. Terri brings extensive career experience in teaching and administration to the Hague team, including 12 years as PYP coordinator in North Carolina, USA. Terri has been active as a PYP workshop leader, site visitor and consultant across the US and Canada and has enjoyed participating in IB sponsored meetings for assessment and pedagogical leadership. She loves connecting with PYP educators globally and chatting about all things PYP related!Connect with Terri and the IBPYP:Twitter: https://twitter.com/ibpypWebsite: http://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/primary-years-programme/Themes Discussed:PYP Enhancements, Student Agency, Assessment, Vertical Articulation, PYP Planners

GES Insightful Classroom Series | Run Your Life #63
Oct 31 2017 20 mins  
This podcast series is devoted to sharing good teaching practice at Gardens Elementary School which is located on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia. At GES, our student population is multi-cultural, diverse, enthusiastic, engaging and confident. They are also fun loving and happy.Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our students are actively involved in authentic inquiry-based learning across all the curriculum areas. They develop confidence in their abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. As students learn to reflect on their learning, they become critical thinkers. We encourage students to voice their ideas and to take action to improve the school and the community. Student achievement and progress is shared through regular assemblies, parent conferences, open houses and activities aimed at making the school a stimulating center for the community.Episode 6 is with Tim ScarrottUnpacking Success Criteria Related to Positive Peer InteractionsIn this episode, Tim Scarrott discusses how he involves students in the co-construction of success criteria related to developing a deeper understanding of positive peer interactions in his class. Tim believes in the power of making learning very explicit and visual in order to provide his students with the tools necessary to build a positive class culture by ensuring a supportive environment is in place from the start of the school year. Tim shares how he and his students developed a common language around what positive peer interactions look and feel like in his classroom in order to scaffold important learning related to social and emotional wellness. By creating a culture of mutual trust and respect, Tim and his students have specific guiding principles in place that allows everyone’s voice to be heard and respected. This conversation is sure to spark your thinking in regards to how you construct a positive environment for your students that allows them to feel safe and to show respect for one another. Tim’s BioTim graduated the University of Melbourne with a PE major and started his teaching career at a public school in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. He then hit the international teaching circuit, teaching PYP and MYP in Singapore and Jeju Island Island, Korea. Tim began teaching at the KAUST school earlier this year. He is passionate about student's voice, keeping active physically and mentally and positivity. Tim and his wife, Naomi spend most of their summers in Ireland with their 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.Connect With TimTwitter: @TimJScarrott Connect With Gardens Elementary SchoolTwitter: @GESatKAUSTWebsite: http://tks.kaust.edu.sa/Message-from-the-Principal-GESThemes Discussed:Postive Peer Interactions, Class Norms, Social & Emotional Wellness, Responsibility


Dare to Disagree | Run Your Life #62
Oct 18 2017 33 mins  
In today’s episode, my guest, Margaret Heffernan, discusses her work and vision related to helping organizations around the world create the changes needed to inspire all stakeholders to thrive. She brings with her a model of thinking that challenges all people to respectfully speak their truth in an effort to help everyone around them improve upon their performance and find deeper meaning in the work that they do. In our conversation, Margaret delves into the principles embedded within her best-selling book, Willful Blindness, and the need for people to no longer stay silent, but instead to embrace the magic of asking exploratory questions to better stimulate important discussions related to improvement and change. Margaret’s work has great value and application in the world of education. She believes in each person’s ability to be an ordinary hero who can change the world through honest and open dialogue and utilizing critical feedback for self-growth. Themes Discussed:Critical Feedback, Growth & Development, Inspiring Change, Human Behavior, Embracing Conflict, The Power of QuestioningMargaret’s BioMargaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She was born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University. She worked in BBC Radio for five years where she wrote, directed, produced and commissioned dozens of documentaries and dramas.As a television producer, she made documentary films for Timewatch, Arena, and Newsnight. She was one of the producers of Out of the Doll's House, the prize-winning documentary series about the history of women in the twentieth century.She designed and executive produced a thirteen-part series on The French Revolution for the BBC and A&E. The series featured, among others, Alan Rickman, Alfred Molina, Janet Suzman, Simon Callow and Jim Broadbent and introduced both historian Simon Schama and playwright Peter Barnes to British television. She also produced music videos with Virgin Records and the London Chamber Orchestra to raise attention and funds for Unicef's Lebanese fund.Leaving the BBC, she ran the trade association IPPA, which represented the interests of independent film and television producers and was once described by the Financial Times as "the most formidable lobbying organization in England."She was named one of the Internet's Top 100 by Silicon Alley Reporter in 1999, one of the Top 25 by Streaming Media magazine and one of the Top 100 Media Executives by The Hollywood Reporter. Her "Tear Down the Wall" campaign against AOL won the 2001 Silver SABRE award for public relations.Her third book, Wilful Blindness (Simon&Schuster in the UK, Bloomsbury in the US, Doubleday in Canada) was a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book award and, in 2014, the Financial Times named it one of its "best business books of the decade.” Her next book A Bigger Prize (Simon&Schuster in the UK, Public Affairs in the US and Doubleday in Canada) won the Transmission Prize. Her most recent book Beyond Measure : The Big Impact of Small Changes was published in 2015. Her TED talks have been seen by over 6 million people. She has been invited to speak at all of the world’s leading financial services businesses, the leading FTSE and S&P corporations as well as the world’s most successful sports teams. She continues to advise private and public businesses, to mentor senior and chief executives and to write for the Financial Times and Huffington Post. Connect With MargaretTwitter: @m_heffernanWebsite: http://www.mheffernan.com/Margaret’s Ted Talks:https://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_why_it_s_time_to_forget_the_pecking_order_at_workhttps://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_dare_to_disagreehttps://www.ted.

GES Insightful Classroom Series | Run Your Life #61
Oct 12 2017 21 mins  
This podcast series is devoted to sharing good teaching practice at Gardens Elementary School which is located on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia. At GES, our student population is multi-cultural, diverse, enthusiastic, engaging and confident. They are also fun loving and happy.Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our students are actively involved in authentic inquiry-based learning across all the curriculum areas. They develop confidence in their abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. As studentslearn to reflect on their learning, they become critical thinkers. We encourage students to voice their ideas and to take action to improve the school and the community. Student achievement and progress is shared through regular assemblies, parent conferences, open houses and activities aimed at making the school a stimulating center for the community.Deanna’s BioDeanna has been in the field of education in varying capacities for 25 years. Starting out as a Nutrition Educator for a program that supports families with limited income & food stamp recipients.She was involved in home visits, working closely with various social service related programs. Deanna started college while she was working with this program, and also working at a day care/learning center part time. She became a peer tutor in earth science classes & a note taker for students with disabilities at my university.Deanna learned so much from each of those experiences. She was a teacher in Billings, Montana for a very long time and had the honor of teaching young people who have grown into well-rounded citizens of the world. Timing is really everything, and she had a deep burning in her heart that could not be squelched- she wanted to be a part of the bigger world, cultures, geography, and experiences. She has been an international teacher for the past five years in Saudi Arabia. The students all over the world and over all of these years have given her the most valuable education, in the way they wonder, see the world, humanity, and living in the moment.Deanna is the mother of two outstanding young men who are her life’s compass points forcompassion and living life to its fullest.Utilizing Learner Voice For Professional GrowthIn this episode, Deanna Mydland speaks about her own professional growth journey and how she has leveraged student voice as a tool to learn more about how she can better structure learning in her class that honors each of her students. Deanna takes us through the specifics related to what student's voice taught and how she created her professional inquiry to reflect this learning. As a 25-year veteran of education, Deanna brings a wealth of knowledge to the work she does and her ability to critically reflect on her own practice is what our professional inquiry journeys are all about at Gardens Elementary School. You are sure to gain some insight and take away from this episode with Deanna Mydland.Connect With DeannaTwitter: @DeannaMydlandConnect With Gardens Elementary SchoolTwitter: @GESatKAUSTWebsite: http://tks.kaust.edu.sa/Message-from-the-Principal-GESThemes Discussed:Student Voice, Professional Inquiries, Spheres of Influence, Deepening Relationships, Classroom Culture, Co-Construction of Learning

GES Insightful Classroom Series | Run Your Life #60
Oct 03 2017 26 mins  
This podcast series is devoted to sharing good teaching practice at Gardens Elementary School which is located on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia. At GES, our student population is multi-cultural, diverse, enthusiastic, engaging and confident. They are also fun loving and happy.Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our students are actively involved in authentic inquiry-based learning across all the curriculum areas. They develop confidence in their abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. As students learn to reflect on their learning, they become critical thinkers. We encourage students to voice their ideas and to take action to improve the school and the community. Student achievement and progress is shared through regular assemblies, parent conferences, open houses and activities aimed at making the school a stimulating center for the community.Bill’s BioI am from Kars Ontario, a small town of less than a thousand people, located 25 minutes south of Ottawa. I have a Kinesiology degree from the University of Wilfrid Laurier, A Baccalaureate of Education from the University of Ottawa and Masters of International Education Administration from Endicott College. In 2005, straight out of university I moved overseas to teach in the small Island Kingdom of Bahrain. This two-year adventure turned out to be eight years of learning and growing as an educator. Professionally, I am qualified and have taught grades one through twelve in Physical Education, History and Special Education. Most of my years of teaching have been in Health and Physical Education, however, I have also spent time in grade three and grade five classrooms. I currently teach elementary Health and Physical Education at The KAUST School just north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I have a young family with a son who is four and a daughter who is six, which helps keep me quite busy when I’m not teaching or coaching. We are an active family who enjoy outdoor activities such as biking and swimming. I enjoy playing hockey and writing in my free time. If you are an educator and thinking of making the leap to move overseas, check out the book “Become an International Teacher A Step-by-Step Guide to Landing Your First Job”, available on amazon. You can find me on twitter @pypmovementman, I am looking forward to connecting with educators from around the world. For the Love of MovementIn this episode, Bill unpacks how he and his colleagues in the PE department at Gardens Elementary School create specific conditions for student voice and choice to shine. There are a number of critical elements that go into structuring a quality physical education program to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for students to take action on their learning outside of their normally scheduled PE time at our school. Despite this episode being more PE focused, there is plenty of takeaway for classroom teachers as many of the strategies and approaches that Bill and his team ultilize are non-subject specific and connect with great teacher practice in general. Hope you enjoy this episode with Bill Kelly. Connect With BillTwitter: @pypmovementmanConnect With Gardens Elementary SchoolTwitter: @GESatKAUSTWebsite: http://tks.kaust.edu.sa/Message-from-the-Principal-GESThemes Discussed:Empowerment, Student Agency, Voice and Choice, Physical Activity, Timely Feedback, Assessment, Quality Physical Education

GES Insightful Classroom Series | Run Your Life #59
Sep 21 2017 28 mins  
Background:This podcast series is devoted to sharing good teaching practice at Gardens Elementary School which is located on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia. At GES, our student population is multi-cultural, diverse, enthusiastic, engaging and confident. They are also fun loving and happy.Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our students are actively involved in authentic inquiry-based learning across all the curriculum areas. They develop confidence in their abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. As students learn to reflect on their learning, they become critical thinkers. We encourage students to voice their ideas and to take action to improve the school and the community. Student achievement and progress is shared through regular assemblies, parent conferences, open houses and activities aimed at making the school a stimulating center for the community.Episode Three with Kristin AnsonKristin’s Bio:Kristin started her teaching career at a small independent school in woods of Washington, USA and since then has held PYP Visual Arts positions in Vietnam, Ecuador and Cambodia. She has been teaching at the KAUST School since 2011. Kristin is an advocate of choice based art education and fostering authentic engagement and passion for the arts in her students. She and her husband recently completed designing and building a home in a remote corner of Sri Lanka and they enjoy spending holidays there with their 3 and 8 year old daughters.Student Agency and AutonomyIn today’s episode, Kristin shares the work she has done over the last three years to help deepen student agency in her elementary art program at Garden’s Elementary School. Kristin shares the behind the scenes work required to organize her program in a way that allows for self-directed learning. She shares major lessons learned and AHA moments in her teaching that have allowed her to refine her approach and maximize time in her classes. Kristin delves into how she has modified the flipped classroom approach in order to promote more student agency and increased opportunities for her to give timely feedback to her students that is quality in nature. Regardless of the subject area you teach, you are sure to gain some valuable insight from today’s episode with Kristin Anson. Connect With KristinTwitter: @artykris Website: https://princessartypants.blogspot.co.ukConnect With Gardens Elementary SchoolTwitter: @GESatKAUSTWebsite: http://tks.kaust.edu.sa/Message-from-the-Principal-GESThemes Discussed:Teaching For Artistic Behavior, Flipped Classroom Learning, Student Agency, Play and Exploration, Self-Directed Learning, Timely Feedback, Classroom Organization

Design Your Thinking | Run Your Life #58
Sep 19 2017 69 mins  
In this episode, renowned consultant, Ewan Mcintosh digs deep into his own journey and the major life lessons he has learned that have had a tremendous impact on the work that he does. His company, NoTosh, is a global consultancy with a passion for learning and a conviction that innovation and creativity can change the way people think, the way they learn and the way they work – as individuals, teams, organisations, and communities.Notosh was established in 2009 to improve student engagement by challenging the status quo of teaching and learning in schools. But they quickly realized that their NoTosh Design Thinking process, like their students, had a valuable role to play in the wider world too.Ewan has worked hard to build the best team possible at Notosh and surrounds himself with people that will make him better each and every day. In this episode, he shares specific strategies that have led to his company’s success and also dives into obstacles that he has had to overcome to produce his best work possible. This was a great conversation that is sure to provide listeners with some gems of insight that can be applied in their own work and life. Thanks for listening to my episode with Ewan Mcintosh. About EwanLeading projects around the world for clients in education and industry, Ewan is the passionate and energising tour de force behind NoTosh. A highly-regarded keynote speaker at events around the world, he’s also the author of How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen and regularly writes about learning on his blog edu.blogs.com.Ewan will be Keynoting at the 10th Annual 21st Century Learning ConferenceConnect with EwanTwitter: @ewanmcintosh Website: notosh.comThemes Discussed:Purpose, Overcoming Obstacles, Designing Your Thinking, Notosh, Self-Directed Learning, Empowerment, Team Cohesiveness

GES Insightful Classroom Teacher Series | Run Your Life #57
Sep 14 2017 24 mins  
This podcast series is devoted to sharing good teaching practice at Gardens Elementary School which is located on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia. At GES, our student population is multi-cultural, diverse, enthusiastic, engaging and confident. They are also fun loving and happy.Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our students are actively involved in authentic inquiry-based learning across all the curriculum areas. They develop confidence in their abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. As students learn to reflect on their learning, they become critical thinkers. We encourage students to voice their ideas and to take action to improve the school and the community. Student achievement and progress is shared through regular assemblies, parent conferences, open houses and activities aimed at making the school a stimulating center for the community.Episode Two is with Brad TraynorBrad’s Bio:Brad Traynor is an international educator in his 15th year of education. Brad has held positions ranging from JK through to high school and has worked in several classroom settings including alternative learning spaces for behavioural concerns. Brad is currently working as a grade 4 teacher and team leader at Gardens Elementary School in Saudi Arabia. Teaching has taken Brad from his roots of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada to Thailand, China, Switzerland and now Saudi Arabia. Brad continues to demonstrate an ongoing passion for teaching and learning by taking every opportunity possible to learn through collaboration with his colleagues at TKS and other educators around the world. He has also begun his leadership training at the Principal’s Training Center and takes IB online courses whenever he can. Brad and his wife, Leigh Ann, are in the 4th year at Gardens Elementary School and are soon expecting their first child.Fostering Student AgencyIn this episode, Brad dives into the role that critical self-reflection has played in helping him to not only refine his own teaching practice but to also examine how he can better design his own learning space in an effort to honor the unique ways that his students learn. Brad shares his own journey and how he came to the realization that he needed to give up control and traditional ways of that he had been teaching. Handing over trust to his students has helped to deepen agency and ownership over his students’ learning journeys in Brad’s class. Brad offers advice and insight into how anyone can change the learning space in which they teach. Every educator can benefit from hearing Brad’s story. Connect With BradTwitter: @traynorbrad1980 Connect With Gardens Elementary SchoolTwitter: @GESatKAUSTWebsite: http://tks.kaust.edu.sa/Message-from-the-Principal-GESThemes Discussed:Student Agency, Autonomy, The Role of Self-Reflection, Redesigning Learning Space, Trust, Extending The Perimeters of Learning, Group Decision Making

Lessons Learned From the European Tour | Run Your Life #56
Sep 12 2017 50 mins  
Regardless of our profession, we must remain open and receptive to new learning as it’s this new learning that not only helps us excel within our chosen field, but also makes a genuine difference in the work that we do. In this episode, I interview, Gary Nicol, a golf coach who worked on the European tour coaching some of Europe’s finest professional golfers for 16 years. Great coaching has many parallels to great teaching. We dig deep into Gary’s fundamental teaching philosophy identifying specific principles that he has put into action in his personal and professional life that help him to constantly refine his craft and raise the performance of those around him. Gary shares a number of different strategies and approaches that he uses in order to better understand each golfer that he coaches. In better understanding them, he is able to differentiate his instruction in order to maximize the impact he has on helping them improve their games. There are many gems of insight that he shares that easily transfer over into the world of education. Whether you are a golfer or not, you are sure to learn some valuable takeaways in this episode that are applicable to the work that you do. About GaryCo-Founder and Coaching Director of Tour Pro Experience Golf Schools, Gary has been coaching golf since the late 1980's. Since then he has helped thousands of golfers around the world including over 30 European Tour Professionals and numerous Ryder Cup players, amassing 10 wins as a coach. He has coached at all the Majors and loves to share the knowledge and expertise gained from these experiences with visitors to TPEGS in his own inimitable style. Gary combines his personal experience with the latest, V1 video analysis, SAM Putt Lab and Trackman precision swing and ball flight analysis to help golfers unleash their true potential. Gary works closely with TrackMan co-hosting training seminars and workshops and is a certified TrackMan University Master as well as a Certified Mind Factor coach. Look out for Gary's instruction in Today's Golfer magazine.Connect with GaryTwitter: @garynicol67, @archerfieldgolf, @tpegsgolfLinks to Gary’s Work: http://www.tpegs.com/Themes Discussed: Self-Directed Learning, The Power of Questioning, The Importance of Listening, Intention and Purpose, Singular Point of Attention, Visualization, Data Informed Learning, Mindset

GES Insightful Classroom Series | Run Your Life #55
Sep 06 2017 19 mins  
This podcast series is devoted to sharing good teaching practice at Gardens Elementary School which is located on the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus in Saudi Arabia. At GES, our student population is multi-cultural, diverse, enthusiastic, engaging and confident. They are also fun loving and happy.Through the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) we provide opportunities for students to develop an understanding of essential concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable them to be lifelong learners. Our students are actively involved in authentic inquiry-based learning across all the curriculum areas. They develop confidence in their abilities, think for themselves, question, express their opinions and respect the opinions of others. As students learn to reflect on their learning, they become critical thinkers. We encourage students to voice their ideas and to take action to improve the school and the community. Student achievement and progress is shared through regular assemblies, parent conferences, open houses and activities aimed at making the school a stimulating center for the community.Episode One is with Adam ReidAdam’s Bio:Adam Reid is an international educator and learner, originally from Canada and currently working at TKS in Saudi Arabia. He has worked with the PYP curriculum for the last 8 years and has taught in many countries, including Angola, Egypt, Canada and the Czech Republic. While Adam continually works to improve as an educator, two areas he is particularly passionate about are mathematical learning and the construction of positive learning environments.Establishing The Importance of a Growth MindsetIn today’s episode, Adam shares how he has started the year off by focusing on creating a classroom culture that embraces a growth mindset. Adam walks us through the first few lessons of the year and how he had his students co-construct what a growth mindset means and how they can support each other by understanding that failure and mistakes are a critical part of each student’s learning journey. Adam also shares specific ways that he and his students have established norms related to better supporting one another with their learning throughout the year. Connect With AdamTwitter: @adamreid905Connect With Gardens Elementary SchoolTwitter: @GESatKAUSTWebsite: http://tks.kaust.edu.sa/Message-from-the-Principal-GESThemes Discussed:Growth Mindset, Learning From Failure, The Learning Pit, Identifying Obstacles, Inner Voice, Classroom Culture, Students As Co-Constructors of Learning


Making a Difference | Run Your Life #54
Jul 18 2017 69 mins  
In today’s episode, my guest, Jorge Rodriguez, shares his story and the major life lessons learned that he has been able to transfer into his career as an educator. Jorge is a self-initiator who has taken charge of his own personal and professional learning. He has done this through embracing the challenge, connecting with others, and developing his own unique style of teaching that has had a very positive impact on student learning in his program. Jorge shares the strategies and approaches that have allowed him to develop and deepen his teaching practice. Any educator listening to this episode with Jorge Rodriguez is sure to find some valuable take away that they can apply in their own life and teaching. Hope you enjoy my conversation with Jorge Rodriguez. Jorge’s Bio:Jorge Rodriguez is originally from McAllen, Texas and now lives in Houston. He attended the University of Houston where he was a high jumper on the track team and earned his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology with a minor in health. Jorge later went to receive his Masters degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. He is currently a physical education teacher at Harvard Elementary (an IB and STEM magnet school) in the Houston Independent School District, and is a Lead Teacher and the KEY teacher for physical education for the district. He is also an active member in Texas AHPERD, and sits on the recreation and social media committees and chairs the diversity section. Jorge absolutely loves his profession and is dedicated to do all he can to make it better!Connect with Jorge:Website: http://www.physednow.com/Twitter: @PhysedNow Themes Discussed: Restorative Justice, Critical Feedback, Social Media, Joy of Movement, Student Empowerment, Teacher Growth, Obstacles and Failure

The Role of Quiet Leadership | Run Your Life #53
Jul 13 2017 81 mins  
In today’s episode, my guest, Jeff Woodcock, shares his major life lessons learned in education that has helped to guide his journey and acsent into leadership. Jeff’s philosophical stance is that quality leadership is all about unlocking excellence within others and it’s through this process that we continually put ourselves in a position to grow and develop our own skills. In our conversation, we delve into the powerful role that sport and physical activity have played in his life and the core values gained from these areas that transcend sport itself and apply to his current leadership position and the work that he does. In this conversation, we unpack what critical self-reflection means and share valuable tools and strategies that any educator can put into practice in order to ensure constant growth. Jeff is wise beyond his years and has many gems of insight that he shares in today’s episode. About JeffJeff Woodcock is the Elementary School Assistant Principal at the KAUST School in Saudi Arabia. He is in his tenth year as an educator at international schools, previously working at Bonn International School in Germany. He has received a Certificate of International School Teaching from his participation in the TTC and completed a Master’s of Science through the TTC and Buffalo State University. Jeff has served in the role of chair for his school's accreditation process with the Primary Years Programme and CIS/NEASC. Other previous roles include Activities Director and Professional Development Coordinator. He is dedicated to facilitating learning through an inquiry-based and student-centered approach. He is the administrator and a contributor to the inquiry blog inquiringminds.me.Connect with JeffTwitter: @jdotwdot Themes Discussed:Quiet Leadership, Self-Reflection, Empowerment, Physical Activity & Sport, Core Values, Gratitude, Self-Awareness, Purpose & Meaning

The Pursuit of Happiness Through Movement | Run Your Life #52
May 03 2017 58 mins  
How do you inspire your students to take action on being physically active? How do you structure your physical education program in a way that allows them to find value, joy, and delight in movement? What role does physical literacy play in this process? In today’s episode, I had the chance to dig deep into these questions with the well-known researcher, Scott Kretchmar. Scott has devoted his life to helping physical educators understand the tremendous impact that they can have on helping young people embrace physical activity for life. Scott not only shares his educational philosophy and his research, he delves deep into the major life lessons that he has learned that have given him a strong sense of purpose and direction. Although Scott is now retired, he still goes to his office every day at Penn State to continue his journey of learning. Without question, Scott has committed himself to his cause and made a life of inspiring thousands of professionals from the field of physical education and health to be genuine difference-makers in the work that they do. It was an honor to be able to interview Scott and to learn more about him. There are sure to be many gems of insight that you will be able to apply to your own work in this episode. Thanks for listening. Scott’s BioProfessor R. Scott Kretchmar is one of the leading sports philosophers in the country. He has taught philosophy of sport for over three decades and played a key role in making it a legitimate field of scholarship and study. He is one of the founding members of the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport and served as its president. He has also served as the president of the Philosophic Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. He is a retired professor at Pennsylvania State University in the Exercise and Sports Science department, where he has served as department chair. He was elected as the president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and is leading the way to making the subject of sports philosophy an important facet of the study of Kinesiology. Scott has received numerous awards over the course of his career and the impact that he has on the field of physical and health has been felt around the world. His bio can be found here: http://hhd.psu.edu/directory/documents/Kretchmar-RScott-FID-299-Vitae.pdfConnect with ScottScott asked me to share his email address and invited people to reach out to him at: [email protected] Themes Discussed: The Joy of Movement, Physical Literacy, Purpose, Sports Philosophy, Relevant & Meaningful PE, Resilience

Rick Wormeli’s Journey of Excellence | Run Your Life #51
Apr 19 2017 81 mins  
How do you recognize your limitations and work toward developing these areas? What transformative moments have shaped your journey in education? What role does service to others play in your personal and professional life? How do you open yourself up to being a lifelong learner? How can we empower our own narratives in order to live a more fulfilled existence? In today’s episode, Rick Wormeli shares his insight and wisdom based on nearly 40 years of experience in the field of education. As an educational leader, author, teacher, speaker, and presenter, Rick brings a multitude of different perspectives into today’s discussion that resulted in opening up the dialogue related to what it means to be an educator. Rick has put loads of time and energy into developing himself as an educator in order to better understand the keys to success in regards to helping students to achieve their very best. Although my original intention in this discussion was to dive into the work he has done on sharing best practice related to formative and summative assessment, the conversation channelled off into the areas of service to others, teacher empowerment, the importance of unlearning and relearning, and how to create the best conditions possible for young people to thrive in the classroom. There are sure to be many gems of insight that can be extracted from this discussion with Rick Wormeli that can be applied to your own teaching practice. Rick’s Bio:One of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations, and his instructional practice, which includes 38 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, and coaching teachers and principals. Rick’s work has been reported in numerous media, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” National Geographic and Good Housekeeping magazines, What Matters Most: Teaching for the 21st Century, and the Washington Post. He is a columnist for AMLE Magazine, and a frequent contributor to ASCD’s Education Leadership magazine. He is the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle, as well as the best-selling books, Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject, all five from Stenhouse Publishers, as well as Summarization in any Subject, published by ASCD. His book, The Collected Writings (So Far) of Rick Wormeli: Crazy Good Stuff I Learned about Teaching Along the Way, is a collection of his published articles, guest bloggings, and more through 2013. His classroom practice is a showcase for ASCD’s best-selling series, “At Work in the Differentiated Classroom.”With his substantive presentations, sense of humor, and unconventional approaches, he’s been asked to present to teachers and administrators in all 50 states, Canada, China, Europe, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Australia, the Middle East, and at the White House. He is a seasoned veteran of many international Web casts, and he is Disney’s American Teacher Awards 1996 Outstanding English Teacher of the Nation. He won the 2008 James P. Garvin award from the New England League of Middle Schools for Teaching Excellence, Service, and Leadership, and he has been a consultant for National Public Radio, USA Today, Court TV, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural Partners Program and their search for the Giant Squid. In June 2012, Rick was the graduation commencement speaker for the highest performing, public high school in the Washington, D.C. area. He lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife, and both of them are now celebrating the post-college launch of their two children into the adult, working world.

Handing Over the Reigns!! | Run Your Life #50
Apr 10 2017 79 mins  
For the 50th Run Your Life podcast, host Andy Vasily turned the hosting reins over to yours truly - author/educator/Captain America wannabe - Frank Stepnowski, and allowed me to interview HIM. Together, with the help of a very special guest, we made some radio magic to start 2017 with an inspired bang.The program starts with a shout out to mutual friend and all around good guy Ross Halliday, which led into a discussion of kindred spirits and the “inner voice’ that called Andy to start the Run Your Life podcast. The initial days of the podcasts are discussed, and how it evolved into an exploration of personal excellence, with Andy using it as a vehicle to inspire educators to self-reflect.Drawing on his myriad travels around the globe, Andy offers, as a student of the World, some insight into our current state of divisiveness and how the presence of religion and faith grew and metamorphized in his life and led to his promotion of the recognition of goodness in others as a means to “oneness.” This is a message that needs to be heard, and I am thrilled to have facilitated getting this on record.In a must listen segment, Andy’s wife, the beautiful and talented Neila Steele, joins us with some personal reflection on how their family used their Christmas vacation in Europe to practice mindfulness, and extend their already daily practice of gratefulness.Andy can’t help being the host, (and it is his show after all,) so he gets me rolling on the delicate dance between satisfying BS educational mandates and connecting to very human students. As mindfulness was on the table, we discussed love and loss of family, and how Andy’s commitment to their memories informs his daily decisions, and how he initially found his way through grief through sports and physicality.Brightening the mood a bit, I asked Andy to elaborate on what makes him a good teacher, his ability to be “in the moment,” and why connection takes precedent over curriculum. Of course, this being a pre-Christmas show, we had to talk holiday movies and such, and I’m pretty sure I got compared to the Grinch at some point.Before he let me wrap up, Neila Steele flipped the script and put the guest host on the hot seat with a discussion of how I plan to carry mindfulness into the new year; I must have given a good answer because I get rewarded with a spiritual blessing and virtual hug that is guaranteed to make everyone listening feel good.I teased you with some tidbits from our extended conversation, but trust me, Andy’s (and Nelia’s) observations and insights provide a calming influence that we could all use in this day and age, do yourself a favor and listen.I, for one, cannot wait for episode 51.-Frank StepnowskiConnect with Frank and AndyFrank: Twitter (@frankstep1)Andy: Twitter (@andyvasily)Website: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed:Empowerment, Human Connection, Mindfulness, Ross Halliday, Personal & Professional Growth, Teacher Impact, Excellence

16th Episode – 4X Mindfulness: Reflections From Romania | Run Your Life #49
Mar 31 2017 58 mins  
In today’s Run Your Life podcast, special guest Andy Dutton from the United Nations School of Hanoi, joins Andy Vasily and Neila Steele for the 16th episode of their ‘4 X Mindfulness’ series which was recorded live in Bucharest, Romania. As always, the main goal of ‘4 X Mindfulness’ is to share seeds of inspiration related to living a more mindful personal and professional life.The first seed of mindfulness was shared by Andy Dutton and had to do with the importance of connecting at an emotional level with the students that we teach day in and day out in the work that we do. This emotional connection is not possible if we are not present and focused on developing relationships first. Andy shares his belief that creating strong emotional connections with others changes lives and that we must never forget this.In moving into the second seed of mindfulness, Neila discusses how critical it is to know the triggers in our life that have the potential to cause us to act in ungraceful ways when dealing with others. In knowing these triggers we can bring more mindfulness into the way we choose to respond to others who will challenge us.For the third seed of mindfulness, Andy Vasily shares how he was recently inspired by the work of singer/songwriter Jewel and her belief that mastery is all about showing up day after day and continually refining what we do in order to be our personal best. That being our personal best means that we can give more and when we give more, we impact others.Andy Dutton closed off today’s episode by speaking about the work of Mike Kuczala and how Mike inspired him to understand that meaning making is state dependent. When we deal with others in the work that we do, it is the human connection, at an emotional level, that brings out the best in us. When we are present and in the moment, we are more receptive to these emotional connections.As always, Neila Steele and Andy Vasily would like to thank you for listening and hope that with each episode comes new learning and gems that you can apply in the work that you do.BioNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect With Neila, Andy Vasily and Andy DuttonNeila SteeleTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndy VasilyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comAndy DuttonTwitter: @PEAndyDThemes Discussed:Gratitude, Reflection, Ferran Adrià, Meaning Making, Mike Kuczala, Aaron Beighle, Physical Education, Student Relationships, The Power of Emotional Connection

15th Episode – 4X Mindfulness: Taming the Inner Critic | Run Your Life #48
Mar 16 2017 42 mins  
It today’s episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’ the themes of happiness, fear, vulnerability, and inner criticism are explored. Can happiness be tracked in an effort to understand important patterns in our lives? How can quiet reflection help us to identify whether the fears we experience in our lives are genuine or irrational? Does being vulnerable and sharing our authentic self open the door for others to do the same? How can we tame the inner critic within us?Neila delves into a recent party that she organized called a Shakti Circle and the main purpose of this evening. She goes into detail about the types of mindfulness activities that were focused on and the impact that this night had on her. As well, Neila shares some great strategies for being more aware of the self-critic within us and how this inner critic voice can be tamed. Andy shares his thoughts related to fear and how quiet reflection can play an important role in assessing to what degree our fears are genuine or not. We often create irrational fears in our lives that can rob us of our talent and our happiness. He references both Jamie Foxx and singer/songwriter Jewel and their perspectives on overcoming irrational fears in our lives. As well, Andy dives into the theme of happiness and references the work that the greats minds at trackyourhappiness.org are doing in an effort to help people better understand what brings them genuine happiness. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect With Neila, Andy, and MikeNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed:Shakti Circles, Fear, Vulnerability, Happiness, Reflection, Inner Criticism

14th Episode – 4X Mindfulness: From Paris | Run Your Life #47
Mar 10 2017 49 mins  
This episode was scheduled to be released right after the New Year, so it’s a bit late in getting out. Neila and Andy recorded their 14th episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’ while vacationing in Paris in early January. To kick start 2017 they both shared their recent insight and inspiration in regards to living a more mindful life, especially going into the new year. Andy’s first seed of mindfulness has to do with better dealing with the stressors that the holiday season can bring with it to our lives if we are not careful. Regardless of the time of year, vacations, celebrations, and other holidays can cause stress, anxiety, and tension as we tend to build these moments up to mean much more than they actually do. Without knowing it, we can unravel when things don’t go as planned during these big moments, causing even more stress. Andy shares a blog written by one of his favorite authors, Brene Brown, that is all about the importance of taking on a different perspective when it comes to holidays and celebrations. Andy’s second seed of mindfulness has to do with goal-setting and the anxiety that comes with it as we sometimes tend to focus only on the future without being grateful for the present moment when it comes to the small successes that we experience with the goals we set for ourselves. He was inspired to share this perspective on goal-setting after hearing Tim Ferriss and Tony Robbins speak about in a recent podcast. For Neila’s two seeds of mindfulness, she shares a very mindful Japanese way of looking at life and it’s difficult moments. She delves into how this perspective takes on a very mindful approach when dealing with potential difficulties that can arise in our lives. As well, Neila shares a 3-step strategy inspired by the work of Stanford PHD, BJ Fogg that has been proven to be successful in changing unwanted habits in our lives. In controlling what is within our spheres of influence, we can have much more success in creating the habits that we need to better serve us in life. Although an originally scheduled New Year’s episode, Andy and Neila hope you are able to capture a gem or two that can be applied to both your personal and professional life regardless of the time of year. BioNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect With Neila, Andy, and MikeNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed: Tiny Habits, Gratitude, Perspective, Power to Change, Presence, Self-Awareness, Reflection, Goal-Setting, BJ Fogg, Brene Brown


The Power of Self-Authoring | Run Your Life #46
Feb 10 2017 79 mins  
In what ways do you take charge of your own professional learning? What do you need to be aware of within yourself in order to become the educator that you would like to be? What have major pivot points shaped your own journey in education? What are cognitive coaching and the key fundamentals of the model itself?In today’s episode, Jim Roussin and I deconstruct his amazing journey and the major lessons he has learned that have helped to shape his career as an educator and a renown consultant in his field. We explore what cognitive coaching is and strategies that we can all put into action that can help us to move toward more of a self-authoring approach in regards to our personal and professional growth. We also explore the important roles of efficacy, interdependence, flexibility, craftsmanship, and consciousness as they relate to the development of our pedagogy and practice.Jim will inspire listeners to find greater purpose and value in the work that they do. You are sure to gain many useful gems that can be immediately applied in the work that you do. Thanks for listening to today’s show with Jim Roussin.About JimJim Roussin has worked as a language arts teacher; gifted coordinator; ESL coordinator; curriculum director; executive director of teaching, learning, and school improvement; adjunct professor; and educational consultant. He is currently the executive director for Generative Learning (www.generative-learning.com).Jim is the author of a variety of articles as well as a coauthor of the book Guiding Professional Learning Communities: Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning (with Shirley M. Hord and William A. Sommers, 2010). His new book will be published in 2013 with Shirley Hord — Implementing Change Through Learning. Jim is a teaching associate for Human Systems Dynamics (an institute that is using complexity theory to impact organizational development work). He also facilitates program evaluation.Connect With JimEmail: [email protected]: http://www.thinkingcollaborative.com/Themes Discussed:Teacher Empowerment, Purpose, Cognitive Coaching, Self-Authoring, Meaning of Work, Personal and Professional Growth, Inspiration

13th Episode – 4X Mindfulness: Mindful Moments | Run Your Life #44
Jan 24 2017 56 mins  
In today’s ‘4 X Mindfulness’ episode, our special guest, Mike Kuczala, joins us in sharing valuable insight and wisdom related to strategies and approaches to living a more mindful life. Andy discusses strategies to detect negative thought patterns in our lives and what we can do to break ourselves free of these potentially harmful ways of thinking by applying the ‘pyramid of influence’ into our daily routines. Neila shares her list of 10 intentional ways to bring more joyfulness into our everyday lives and Mike discusses what a gratitude letter is and how he plans to put it into action in his own life by honoring someone who means a great deal to him. Mike also shares his thoughts on the valuable role that music can play in our lives when approached in a very mindful manner. It was a pleasure to record this episode with our good friend, Mike Kuczala. We hope you find as much value in the discussion as we did. Thanks for listening! Andy and Neila’s BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Mike’s Bio:Mike Kuczala is a leading authority on using movement and understanding the brain/body connection in both Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 8.31.09 AMeducational and corporate settings. His keynotes, workshops and professional development programs have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of teachers, administrators, parents, trainers, and corporate executives across the United States. The Director of Instruction for the Regional Training Center, an educational consulting firm based in Randolph, New Jersey, and President of Kuczala Consulting, Mike is the coauthor of the Corwin best-seller and Association of Educational Publishers’ Distinguished Achievement Award nominated The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement. Mike’s 2nd book, Training in Motion: How to Use Movement to Create Engaging and Effective Learning was released in June of 2015.His standing room only presentations have been experienced in such diverse settings as The American Society for Training and Development, The Forum for Innovative Leadership, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Lawyer Brain OD Roundtable.Mike proudly and humbly comes from a family of educators including his wife, sister, both parents and three grandparents. “I am the product of three generations of teachers. Education is what I love and do. It is always an honor and pleasure to work with both educators in helping them to become true instructional leaders and corporate executives and trainers in providing presentation skill and effectiveness. My background in education gave rise to my love of teaching, public speaking, curriculum and training design, and helping people create goals and live their dreams.”Connect With Neila, Andy, and MikeNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comMikeTwitter: @kinestheticlassWebsite: mikekuczala.comEmail: [email protected] Discussed: Gratitude Letters, Habitual Thought Patterns, The Pyramid of Influence, Cognitive Coaching, Joyfulness, Music, Physical Activity, Reflection, Social and Emotional Well-Being

What is Your Growing Edge? | Run Your Life #44
Jan 17 2017 108 mins  
What is your sense of purpose as an educator? How do you sustain your motivation over time to ensure constant growth and development? What are the intangibles behind leading successful change and authentically transforming school culture? What does teaching with the head, heart, and hands mean? How do you become the best version of yourself? These are just a few of the questions explored in today’s episode with Madeleine Hewitt and Cathryn Berger Kaye. Both Madeleine and Cathryn bring a wealth of wisdom, insight, and knowledge with them having been in the field of international education for more than 30 years each. Drawing upon many major life lessons both personally and professionally, Madeleine and Cathryn share many gems that have allowed them to take action to strive for excellence within their roles in education. Creating systemic change that transforms school culture is dependent upon instilling within all stakeholders a genuine sense of purpose and meaning. Find out how Madeleine and Cathryn continue to clarify their life purpose through the work that they do and the steadfast commitment they have shown toward bringing out the very best in the teachers and students that they learn alongside. What is your growing edge? You are sure to find many takeaways in today’s episode with Madeleine and Cathryn. Thanks for listening!About Maddy and CathyMaddy HewittMadeleine (“Maddy”) Hewitt has served as the Director and a founding member of The KAUST School, a 3-programme IBO World School serving a research University community in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. Maddy has served previously in four other International Schools; The International School of Tanganyika, Taipei American School, Cairo American College, and the American International School of Johannesburg. Maddy holds a BA in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College, and an M-Ed in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has recently been appointed the new Executive Director of the Near East South Asia (NESA) Council of International Schools, effective July 2017. Maddy has a passion for systems work in schools, and has presented at international conferences on a wide range of topics including gender issues in schools, transforming school culture through teacher-led appraisal, and data-informed decision-making. Maddy appreciates the case study method, and her workshops often start with case studies generated by participants and end with tools, systems and execution of strategy to drive change. Cathy Berger KayeWhen asked, “Where do you live?” Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., often answers “in Los Angeles and airports.” As president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books, Cathryn travels 200+ days a year globally providing professional development to schools and universities, conference keynotes, in-depth institutes, and exceptional education and learning resources on service learning, social and emotional realms, climate and culture, youth engagement and leadership, effective approaches to teaching and learning, and advisory programs. Cathryn is fortunate to spend significant time consulting with international schools worldwide, and has also been consulting with the International Baccalaureate Programme to assist in the development of the new CAS Guide, and program resources for the new IB Career Related Programme. Cathryn is the author of the widely used book The Complete Guide to Service Learning, and two books with environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau. A former teacher, Cathryn inspires with practical ideas that work, poignant stories worth remembering and strategies that enliven education. Having taught in rural, suburban and urban settings, and bringing years of experience in diverse settings, she is knowledgeable about the landscape of education and communities today.

12th Episode – 4X Mindfulness: The Sweetness of Doing Nothing | Run Your Life #43
Jan 10 2017 43 mins  
Do you have a set of fundamental principles that help to guide your life? How often do you take time out of your busy day to remain goalless and do nothing? Is it possible for our water and food to change it’s molecular structure when love and energy are directed toward them? What does the Sanskrit word ‘Namaste’ mean and how does it apply to those who cross our paths each day? In the 12th episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’, Neila and Andy explore these questions by sharing their latest seeds of insight and inspiration related to living a more mindful life. Andy shares a powerful 7-Point Creed that he first learned about from listening to a Tony Robbins podcast from 28 years ago when Tony had interviewed world renown basketball coach, John Wooden. In the Robbins podcast, Wooden discusses the 7-Point Creed that his father taught him to live by. The 7-Point Creed is a special set of guiding principles that are very mindful in nature and can challenge us to reflect on the importance of creating our own creed to live by. Andy also shares an amazing study done by Dr. Masaru Emoto that has to do with how the molecular structure of water changes depending on the emotions and feelings that are cast upon it. In this comprehensive research project, Emoto exposes water to a wide range of both positive and negative emotions and proves how the structure of water can change from fragmented and chaotic forms to being beautifully crystallized in different shapes and sizes. A truly astonishing experiment with paying attention to.As this episode was recorded in Italy, Neila delves into a wonderful Italian expression, ‘dolce far niente’, which literally translates into the ‘Sweetness of Doing Nothing’. She discusses how the Italians embrace this type of attitude each and every day through the interactions that they have with others and how they structure this type of time into their own lives. She challenges everyone of us to think about how we might carve out time in our daily schedules to do the same. Neila also shares the meaning of the Sanskrit word, ‘Namaste’ and why this is so much more than a single word but a beautiful philosophy to embrace in our lives. Neila and Andy hope you find a gem or two that resonates with you in this episode which was recorded in the amazing, rustic, old fishing village of Monterosso, Italy. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. Connect With Neila and AndyNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed:John Wooden, Tony Robbins, Dr. Masaru Emoto, Gratitude, Energy and Love, Mindfulness, Principles to Live By, The Molecular Structure of Water

Learning to Unlearn and Relearn | Run Your Life #42
Dec 20 2016 42 mins  
How closely do you monitor your own mindset? To what degree are you self-aware in regards to your own tendencies to be either fixed or growth mindset in nature? How have you taken action to transform yourself both personally and professionally? In today’s episode, Eric Sheninger, a Senior Fellow at the International Center For Leadership in Education, opens up about the transformation of his own mindset a few years back when he was the principal at New Milford High School in New Jersey. As a result of this transformation, Eric and the great team that he surrounded himself with all played a pivotal part in re-creating the culture of the school by getting all stakeholders to embrace and embed the use of social media and technology as major tools in the learning process. One must wonder and be curious about the steps that Eric took in re-inventing the school and its’ culture.In our conversation, Eric deconstructs the success that he had by identifying specific strategies that he and his team put into action. It is these exact strategies that any educator can apply to their own work if they open themselves up to the possibilities that exist within their day-to-day teaching and leadership. Regardless of your role in education, there is no question you will leave this episode feeling inspired and motivated to be a change maker in your own work space. Eric’s belief is that gratitude is about ‘paying it forward’. Everything that we do in education is about paying it forward in a way that honors the potential that we have to be genuine difference-makers in the world. When paying it forward, not only do we benefit both personally and professionally, but we also have the ability to change the lives of those who matter most — the students in our schools. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Eric Sheninger. About EricEric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result, Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best-selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar. He has authored and co-authored the following: BrandED: Tell Your Story, Build Relationships, and Empower Learning (coming soon)Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for KidsDigital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for PrincipalsWhat Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning ScienceConnect With Eric:Twitter: @E_Sheninger Website: http://ericsheninger.

Bridging the Gap | Run Your Life #41
Dec 15 2016 61 mins  
In this episode, Dr. Dean Dudley, a senior lecturer in physical education and health from MacQuarie University in Australia, shares his journey in education and the major life lessons he has learned that have helped shape the direction of his career. Dean also discusses the key factors necessary for providing students with a quality physical education experience and ways that practitioners can become researchers in their own teaching space. The divide between research and practice is explored to better understand how this gap might be better bridged in order to enhance the overall physical education experience for students of all ages. If you are a physical education and health teacher, you are sure to find a gem or two applicable to your own practice in today’s episode with Dr. Dean Dudley. BioDean Dudley is currently a Senior Lecturer in Education at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and a Chief Examiner for the New South Wales Board of Studies and Teacher Education. Prior to undertaking a career as a researcher, Dean was a Head Teacher in secondary schools, Director of Education for the Australian Sports Medicine Federation, National Education Manager for Surf Life Saving Australia and Soldier in the Australian Army. Dean completed his PhD and a Master of Education (Research) at the University of Wollongong and also holds a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Health Science.In 2012, Dean was awarded Churchill Fellowship in the fields of Health, Medicine and Education. Following this fellowship, Dean worked as an Expert Consultant to the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was appointed as the Australian Delegate to the International Federation of Physical Education (Fédération Internationale d'Education Physique- FIEP). Dean's research focuses on evidence-based teaching, learning, and health research in schools and the metacognitive assessment of pre and in-service teachers. He is also interested in understanding the associations between health and learning in school-aged children and adolescents.Connect with DeanTwitter: @deandudleyEmail: [email protected] Discussed:Quality Physical Education, Research to Practice, Curriculum, Student Achievement in PE, Teacher Empowerment, Drawing on All Disciplines

The Human Connection and Mastery | Run Your Life #40
Nov 29 2016 53 mins  
How do you strive to connect with others in your life? What does human connection mean to you? What is a microadventure and how can it benefit you? Mindfulness allows us to be present with our thoughts in order to reflect upon our best selves and sometimes this is only possible when we remove ourselves from the environment that we make routine in our lives. In today’s ‘4 x Mindfulness’ episode, Neila discusses a recent solo trip to Campagnano, Italy that allowed her to put some specific mindfulness strategies into practice thus opening herself to be in a more reflective state. Neila also shares an important message and perspective that is important to embrace when learning something new in our lives in order to take on a more effective mindset when approaching this learning. Andy shares his thoughts regarding a powerful video about human connection and how mindfulness allows us to be more present and open to connecting with others that goes beyond a superficial level. Andy also shares a new podcast that he is listening to that deconstructs how people pursue mastery in their lives. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. Connect With Neila and AndyNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Explored:The Power of the Microadventure, Finding Mastery Podcast, Human Connection, A Learner’s Mindset, Reflection, Self-AwarenessUseful Resources:http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/ & https://21clradio.com/around-earth-wonder-curiosity-adventurers-mindset-15/Looking Beyond Boarders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7XhrXUoD6UJon Kabat Zinn: http://www.mindfulnesscds.com/

Learning Goggles On! | Run Your Life #39
Nov 09 2016 60 mins  
What forces help to shape your own journey of learning both personally and professionally? Where to you gain your greatest insight from? How do you apply this learning to your own line of work? In today’s episode, my good friend, Ross Halliday and I, have an informal discussion about life and learning and the major forces that continue to influence the work that we do. We recorded this in one take with no preparation whatsoever, so we truly didn’t know where the conversation was going to take us. These are the exact types of conversations that I love to have on my podcast as they are just informal chats from the heart. Ross exemplifies what it means to take initiative and action in regards to his own learning in order to find meaning that genuinely applies to his work as a leader in education. As both Ross and I have a deep connection and love of physical education, we share major takeaways that have impacted our own careers as physical educators, but also extend this learning over to education in general. There are many gems of insight and inspiration shared in today’s episode that we hope resonate with you and the work that you do. I’d like to thank Ross for his time, energy, and willingness to be a part of my Run Your Life podcast series. About RossGrowing up in the west coast of Scotland, Ross could be found playing sport in nearby parks, climbing trees, building things out of random materials, and practicing many musical instruments (some of which he continues to attempt to master).It is fair to say that Ross’ impressions of school were mixed. A collection of the very best and worst teachers (and the impact they had on him) led him to pursue his passion, to make school a place where students can develop curiosity, dream, invent, learn by doing and to foster a culture in which students can pursue their interests and achieve more that they ever thought possible. Ultimately, to create, and be part of, a school that offers an education worth having.Simultaneous with a short period as a professional footballer, the completion of his undergraduate honors degree at the University of Edinburgh affirmed Ross’ decision that improving the quality of education - and life chances - for young people was to be his core driving purpose.Following a somewhat intense initiation into teaching in the tough schools of Glasgow, a mixture of football and travel desires led Ross to Australia where he has now worked and lived for the last nine years. In this time he has been able to learn to learn, learn to teach and learn to lead with some of the most inspirational students, colleagues, mentors, and coaches.Ross’ transition from Physical Education Teacher to Deputy Head of School (including a period as Acting Head) has afforded him valuable insight about how school culture, effective change management and transformational school leadership can impact improving student outcomes.His time in Australia has also brought him the joy of meeting his wife Louisa, with whom he now shares the responsibility of parenthood. As first-time parents, their baby daughter, Helena, brings them daily joy and in Ross’ words ‘provides a constant reminder of what it really means to be a life-long learner’ (for baby and for Mum and Dad!). Ross hopes that the rich and varied experiences he has been lucky to have in both his personal and professional life to this point will provide strong foundations upon which to make a lasting positive contribution in his next professional role.Connect with RossWebsite: MakingPEFizz.comTwitter: @fizzicaledThemes DiscussedAustin Kleon(Steal Like an Artist), Empowerment, Leadership, Being a Socially Connected Educator, Lifelong Learning, Motivation, Physical Education, Making a Difference


The Leader and The Learner | Run Your Life #38
Oct 18 2016 66 mins  
In what ways have you evolved as an educator throughout each stage of your career? To what extent has reflection played a role in moving you forward in a way that helps to embrace the change needed to deepen your pedagogy and practice? In today’s episode, I interview Jon Davidson, currently working as curriculum coordinator at the King Abdul University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Jon is a leader in the field of education who continually strives for excellence in deepening his understanding of teaching and learning. Jon has held several positions ranging from classroom teacher to head of school over the past 20 years in the 7 different countries he has worked. He is a thoughtful and reflective educator who truly exemplifies what it means to be a lifelong learner. In today’s episode, Jon and I have an informal discussion related to the thoughts we have about how pedagogy and practice can be improved upon to bring out the very best learning experiences possible for students and teachers alike. Jon is both leader and learner who continues to inspire those around him with his insight and wisdom. BioDespite his South African roots, Jon was raised in the United Kingdom and spent the early years of his career in Bristol. Over 24 years ago, he moved to the Caribbean on a total whim and yet after 3 years he returned to the UK where he completed his Master’s Degree in Education at The University of Wales at Cardiff. Rediscovering his itchy feet Jon’s next stop was Switzerland where he became deeply involved with the International Baccalaureate. Taking on the roles of workshop leader and school visitor, has allowed Jon to visit dozens of schools across Europe, Asia, Australia and, most recently, the Middle East. With an international career that has seen him working in seven countries as homeroom teacher, MYP teacher, curriculum coordinator and Principal, Jon is the now the PYP coordinator at The KAUST School in Saudi Arabia. His curiosity about what contributes to great teaching remains unquenched and Jon is now fortunate enough to work in a school that actively Connect With JonTwitter: @DavidsonJondThemes Discussed:Inquiry, Teacher Empowerment, Leadership, Strategies to Move Teaching Forward, Student Engagement, Autonomy and Purpose

The Cory Weissman Story | Run Your Life #37
Oct 13 2016 59 mins  
Life is so incredibly precious but very fragile at the same time. Without question every single one of us experiences hardship and obstacles that can impede our growth and development in life. When faced with such roadblocks, what is our default setting in regards to how we respond to these challenges? Does the way in which we respond to crisis help to empower or disempower our own narratives? In today’s episode, Cory Weissman and I discuss his moving story and the major life lessons he has learned about the importance of self-belief, goal-setting, and personal excellence. Cory was a college basketball player ready to break into the starting lineup when, just prior to his second season, he suffered a major stroke at age 19 that almost killed him. Cory’s life since has been all about the choices he has to empower his own narrative and journey by choosing to strive for excellence along every step of his recovery. Now a motivational speaker, Cory engages audiences around the United States by inspiring them to know and understand that they can achieve anything if they set their mind to it. Cory’s steadfast determination and resilience is a lesson for all of us regardless of our age or the obstacles that we face on a daily basis. Cory shares several gems of insight in today’s episode that are immediately applicable in our lives and work. I hope you enjoy this episode with Cory Weissman. Cory’s BioCory Weissman is a motivational speaker that suffered a catastrophic stroke at the age of 19. Cory was a 1000-point scorer in high school and was on his way to being a standout guard at Gettysburg College, but that all changed on March 26th, 2009. The debilitating stroke would not stop Cory form getting back out onto the basketball court, so he worked for 3 years until he finally achieved his goal and was able to play in one final game. Not only did he play in the game, but he scored a highly unlikely point to cap off his college basketball career. Cory’s story spread nationwide throughout numerous media outlets including ESPN Outside the Lines, Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated, NPR and many more. The inspirational story was made into a full feature length film called, ‘1000-1: The Cory Weissman Story’ starring David Henrie, Beau Bridges, and Jean Louisa Kelly. The movie chronicles Cory’s recovery including all of the obstacles and adversity he had to overcome to get back onto the basketball court and score the hardest point of his career. The movie can be found on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. Cory speaks at various camps, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools all over the country. He spreads a message that no obstacle is too great to overcome. He discusses how hard work and sacrifice are crucial to succeed in any facet of life. He talks about the importance of appreciating the lives we have. He knows from personal experience that you can lose everything in a blink of the eye. Connect with CoryEmail: [email protected]: @CoryWeissman3 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Coryweissman3/?fref=tsThemes Discussed:Resilience, Goal-Setting, Adversity, Making a Difference, Empowering Our Narrative, Striving For Excellence, 1000-1: The Cory Weissman Story

Change Takes Time | Run Your Life #36
Sep 16 2016 71 mins  
Life offers us many opportunities for growth and development from both a personal and professional perspective. When we remain open to what these experiences can teach us, we ultimately provide ourselves with the tools necessary to see our work and purpose through a different lens. In today’s #RunYourLife episode, Dr. Martha James-Hassan shares her major life lessons learned throughout her 25 years in education and how these lessons continually help to shape her professional practice. In our discussion, Martha and I explore what quality physical education means and the impact that a great program can have on helping to inspire young people to take initiative on being physically active for life. We delve into the role that fitness plays in a physical education curriculum and the key factors necessary for deepening teacher practice. Martha shares some gems in this episode that will truly challenge us to think about the current stances that we hold about what is most important in our profession. Martha’s BioMartha James-Hassan earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Kinesiology, her Master’s from Hamline University in St.Paul, Minnesota, and her Doctorate in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a graduate of the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy and the Saint Paul Public Schools Leadership Academy. She is a researcher, teacher, and leader with nearly 25 years of experience in urban public education. Dr. Hassan is currently aAssistant Professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her research agenda involves investigating in-service teacher professional development, cultural fluency, and interdisciplinary education.In addition to her teaching, Dr. Hassan has served in local, regional, and National leadership roles throughout her career. Currently, she represents the students and families of Baltimore City as a Commissioner on the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners and as a Board of Directors member for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education.Martha has been honored as an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow, State Teacher of the Year, National Social Justice and Diversity Teacher of the Year, Joanna Davenport Outstanding Doctoral Research Awardee, The National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education’s Outstanding Young Scholar, a Faculty Diversity Fellow, and the Baltimore-Area Badger Alumna of the Year.She is the proud parent of two adult children, wife to an amazingly supportive partner, and in 2008 she became an Ironman by completing the 140.6 mile course in 14 hours 9 minutes and 31 seconds.Connect With MarthaTwitter: @DrJamesHassanEmail: [email protected]: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martha-james-hassan-25314a102Themes Discussed:Systemic Change, Quality Physical Education, The Role of Fitness in PE, Socio-Emotional Wellness, Meaning and Purpose, The Bigger Picture

4 X Mindfulness: 10th Installment – Ten for the Tenth | Run Your Life #36
Sep 14 2016 37 mins  
When trying to better understand what mindfulness means and the powerful role it plays in education, it is important to continually search for resources that can help us learn more about it. In celebration of the 10th episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’, Andy and Neila take the time to share their top ten go to resources that have helped to shape their mindfulness practice. Included in this top ten list are inspiring people, books, Ted Talks, and online resources that Andy and Neila hope to connect you with in order to push your mindfulness practice to a deeper level. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect With Andy and NeilaNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comResources Explored:Tara Brach, The Enlightened Brain, The Essential Marcus Aurelius, The 5-Minute Journal, Scientific American Mind Magazine, David Steindl-Rast, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Marina Gijzen, Brene Brown, Ted Radio Hour

4 X Mindfulness: 9th Installment Hard Work But Worth It! | Run Your Life #35
Sep 06 2016 38 mins  
What is your formula for success when it comes to deepening your learning of things that you are passionate about? What role does reflection play in this process? How often do you take the quiet time necessary to recharge your own batteries in order to be at your best both personally and professionally? What types of patterns and routines present themselves when eating each meal/snack of the day? To what degree do our emotions cloud the decisions that we make when trying to overcome a challenge? In the 9th episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’, Neila and Andy explore these themes in an effort to share strategies and approaches that have been proven effective in better developing these areas. They look at the work of best-selling author, Ryan Holiday, and delve into a specific type of digretion therapy that Sting once did to overcome writer’s block that had persisted for years. As well, the theme of mindful eating is explored and the positive benefits it has on our digestive system and overall well-being. As always, thanks for listening to ‘4 X Mindfulness’ with Neila Steele and Andy Vasily. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect With Andy and NeilaNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Explored:Mindful Eating, Creativity, Sting, Ryan Holiday, Plus/Minus/Equal Theory of Learning, Emotional Resilience, ReflectionBooks Mentioned:The Obstacle is the Way and The Ego is the Enemy (Ryan Holiday)

4 X Mindfulness: 8th Installment | Run Your Life #34
Aug 24 2016 35 mins  
Gratitude, Reflection and Being PresentCapturing more time in our lives to better develop our sense of well-being is no easy task. When trying to integrate more mindfulness practice into our lives, we must adapt and modify these strategies in a way that best suits who we are and our level of comfort with putting these approaches into action. There certainly is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to employing more mindfulness in our lives. Some things will resonate more greatly with us and other things not so much. What’s most important is having an open mind to the possibilities that exist then tinkering with these approaches in order to determine what works best for us. In today’s episode, Neila and I discuss our go to sources of inspiration and insight for this week in regards to our own mindfulness practice. Neila shares a great reflection that includes asking ourselves 3 essential questions at the end of each day. She delves into what each question means and how to apply it in our lives. As well, Neila gives an example of how pets can help us to be more mindful and present. Andy shares a new visualization and gratitude activity that he recently started putting into practice that is all about helping to sync up the energy of heart and mind. He also shares one of his favorite quotes and how this relates to better understanding and identifying the talents that we bring to the world. Thanks for listening to the 8th episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect With Andy and NeilaNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed:Gratitude, Visualization, Daily Reflection, Non-Judgement, Presence, Tony Robbins, Self-Awareness, Service to Others, Jim Carrey Commencement Speech

The Art of Creativity | Run Your Life #33
Aug 22 2016 66 mins  
To what extent do the roles of creativity and innovation play a factor in your personal and professional development? In what ways do you learn best and how does this learning apply to the work that you do? In today’s episode, Denise Rosetto, the Creative Director at BBDO Toronto shares her work, her journey, and major life lessons learned over the 20 years that she has worked in the advertising industry. Our productivity and levels of success are often a result of drawing upon a wealth of experiences that ultimately shape our personal and professional journeys. Denise has used these life experiences as a source of major inspiration in her pursuit of excellence within her field. Denise provides gems of insight and inspiration that are immediately applicable in any line of work that you do in life. I hope you enjoy this episode with Denise Rosetto. Densie’s BioDenise recently joined the BBDO team and is proud to be Executive Creative Director of an agency she has always admired.After consistently being named one of the top ten copywriters in Canada, Denise was appointed Executive Creative Director of the DDB Toronto office in 2010. That year she was part of the team that led DDB to be named top agency in the country. They repeated that feat again in 2012.Denise now enjoys the distinction of being one of Canada's top 10 creative directors. She has won awards in every national and international award show including: Cannes Lions, The One Show, Communication Arts and D&AD. She has brought home numerous Lions in several categories for clients such as Cialis, Subaru, Epson, Crime Stoppers and Mott's Beverages. She has also won the Grand prix for the most effective Campaign in the country for her team’s work on Auto Trader.Denise has judged several international award shows including Communication Arts, London International, the New York Festivals and was a 2012 Cannes judge and a 2015 Cannes judge.She sits on many advertising panels and was recently a moderator for Women of Influence. Being a mom of twin seven year-old boys she would love to do a campaign that changed the world for the better.Connect With DeniseLinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/denise-rossetto-9a0a422bExamples of Denise’s Work:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6bRKx23E60https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RDmxnJIRJ4Themes Discussed:Creativity, Inspiration, Where We Get Our Ideas From, Design Thinking, Emotional Hooks, The Art of Great Advertising, Staying Motivated

4 X Mindfulness: 7th Installment | Run Your Life #32
Aug 08 2016 24 mins  
What do new beginnings really mean? Our 7th episode of ‘4 x Mindfulness’ is devoted to change and new beginnings which occur on multiple levels within our lives. Each seed of mindfulness that is discussed in today’s episode is about becoming more present and aware when approaching our life and work but doing so in a different manner. Looking at change and new beginnings through a different set of lenses allows us to become more fully cognizant of things we wouldn’t normally pay attention to or let enter our radar. For Neila’s two seeds of mindfulness, she shares a peaceful resolution and communication strategy rooted in the work of Dr. Amy Saltzman and her book A Still Quiet Place. Neila also shares a quote that has deeply resonated with her that deals with the natural ups and downs of life and how to approach these ups and downs with a more mindful attitude. Andy shares a quote from Austin Kleon’s book Steal Like an Artist. The quote was taken from Jim Jarmusch, an American film director. The message is very clear and has to do with being more mindful of everything that exists around us and when we do this we can always find something to fuel our inspiration, innovation, and creativity. However, we MUST remain open to understanding that learning takes place in many forms that exist in our lives. The other seed of mindfulness that Andy presents in today’s podcast has to do with teacher and administrator well being. To use an anaology that Andy first heard this past week, teacher and administrator well being must begin by looking upstream at the key factors that empower educators to function at their best. Andy discusses what these key factors are and how to better apply them in our work and life. Andy and Neila hope you find a gem or two in this episode that can be applied in your own lives and the work that you do


4 X Mindfulness: 6th Installment | Run Your Life #31
Jul 25 2016 37 mins  
In the 6th installment of ‘4 X Mindfulness’, Neila and Andy record this episode live at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Neila shares specific strategies related to mindful walking and hiking that are immediately applicable in your own environment wherever it is you may live. As well, she also shares an excellent breathing strategy (called the ‘stoplight breath’) that helps to reduce anxiety and stress that you may experience while driving. Andy shares a great quote from George Bernard Shaw that has to do with the illusion that communication has taken place when it really hasn’t. Embedded within this quote is a powerful message about how to be better communicators and listeners. Andy also shares a story about Neila that is funny, but also contains a valuable lesson about the possibility of impacting others, who we least expect, in very positive ways. We hope you enjoy our 6th episode of 4 x Mindfulness.BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being.Connect With Andy and Neila Neila Twitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.com Andy Twitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes DiscussedMindful Walking, Stress Reduction, Breathing Techniques, Communication and Listening, Default Responses

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More | Run Your Life #30
Jul 15 2016 48 mins  
In this episode, best selling author, Michael Bungay Stanier and I have an in-depth discussion about his latest book entitled The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. Michael provides a rich insight into the power of questioning and the role it plays in empowering those around us. Although Michael’s work is deeply rooted and directed toward the corporate world, there is excellent takeaway value for all educators who listen to this podcast. Great teaching is all about asking great questions. The themes of staying curious, the importance of reflection, and being more comfortable with silence are also explored during this episode to emphasize just how critical a role they play in helping to construct a meaningfully rich learning environment for our students. There is no doubt that you will find immediate takeaway value in this podcast with Michael Bungay Stanier. Bio:Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. Box of Crayons is best known for its coaching programs, which give busy managers practical tools to coach in 10 minutes or less.On the way to founding Box of Crayons in 2002, Michael lived in Australia, England, the United States and Canada (his current home), where he worked in the fields of innovation and change management. He’s written a number of books, the best known of which is Do More Great Work, with almost 100,000 copies sold. He’s proudest of End Malaria, a collection of essays about Great Work by thought leaders that has raised $400,000 for Malaria No More. His latest book, The Coaching Habit, is already being called a modern classic. To balance all this out, Michael was banned from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident,” was sued by one of his law school lecturers for defamation and managed to give himself a concussion while digging a hole as a labourer...He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and is a Rhodes Scholar.Connect with Michael:Website: http://www.boxofcrayons.biz/homepage-2/Twitter: @boxofcrayonsLinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/michaelbungaystanierFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/boxofcrayons.biz/?fref=tsThemes Discussed:Empowerment, The Power of Questioning, Inquiry Teaching, Well-Being, The Coaching Habit, Reflection, Maximizing Impact, The Meaning of Work

4 X Mindfulness: 5th Installement | Run Your Life #29
Jun 27 2016 39 mins  
The 5th installment of ‘4 X Mindfulness’ was recorded live at Manhattan Bar and Grill in Nanjing, China. This is the last podcast that Neila and Andy recorded while living in China, so this episode took on a special meaning as they are saying good bye to the life they’ve known for the past five years. Neila shared her two seeds of insight and inspiration for the past week with the first one being rooted in the idea of non-attachment and the nature of impermanence in our lives. She shares the work of Marie Kondo, a famous Japanese organizational consultant who focuses her work on decluttering the unnecessary in our lives. Neila also shared the inspirational story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, an author and past editor of the French fashion magazine ELLE. It is an extraordinary journey that led to the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. For Andy’s two seeds of mindfulness for the past week, he shares his thoughts on the impermanence of relationships in our lives and the importance of always remaining open to connecting with new people who cross our paths as it’s sometimes these new people who may very well have a very special, lasting impact on our lives. Andy also shares some inspiration he gained from the latest Tim Ferriss podcast featuring the work Ryan Halliday. Ryan discusses the ‘Blank Canvas’ strategy which is all about putting others first in our lives. Neila and Andy truly hope that you gain some takeaway value from this episode and would like to thank you all for taking the time to listen to their 4 X Mindfulness series. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. Connect With Neila and AndyNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comThemes Discussed:Impermanence, Decluttering, Marie Kondo, Mike Kuczala, Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Blank Canvas Strategy, Embracing the Unknown, Gratitude, Perspective, Saying Good Bye

Challenging Our Mental Models | Run Your Life #28
Jun 22 2016 76 mins  
As educators, we can sometimes entrench ourselves in certain ways of thinking when it comes to what is best for students to be able to know, understand and do. In today’s episode, Tom Johnson and I have an in-depth discussion about the importance of removing ourselves from these entrenched positions and to approach teaching and learning differently. The journey of learning is a noble pursuit that both teacher and student must be equal stakeholders. However, in order to create this type of learning environment, there are major considerations that must be well-thought out if we are to maximize the impact that students and teachers can have on the learning process. Tom delves into his PHD studies and the major lessons he has learned throughout his own learning journey in education that are applicable in the current work that he does. As well, Tom and I take a hard look at what it means to be a ‘leader’ in education. Bio:Tom Johnson is father of a four year old son named Mickey. This has been the game-changer. He is also a practicing academic and a scholar-practitioner. He is an intrapreneur, a learning coach, a designer, and was once a Google Certified Individual. He founded the Learning and Technology Exchange Network (LTEN) that has now gone almost fully Turkish. Tom has lived through hurricanes in Mexico, earthquakes in Guatemala, political unrest in Thailand, gun-fights in Toronto, hold-ups in Niagara, motorcycle accidents in Taiwan and hopefully a PhD. in Turkey and China. As you will hear, he would argue for the modification of any fixed model of thinking. Connect with Tom:Twitter:@ictechdesignWebsite: ict-design.orgThemes Discussed:Disrupted Leadership, Cognitive Dissonance, Blended Learning, John Hattie, Dylan William, Daniel Pink, Seth Godin, Maximizing Student Learning, Teacher Motivation

4 x Mindfulness – 4th Installment : Run Your Life #27
Jun 20 2016 38 mins  
In the 4th installment of our 4 X Mindfulness series, Neila shares a specific strategy that helps to put stressful situations into better perspective in our lives through the 10-10-10 approach. This approach can easily be modified in multiple different ways, but what is most important to realize is that it is all about better coping with stress. Added to this Neila also shares another strategy that she playfully puts into pratice in her life which is called the 20-second hug. Evidence shows that holding on to hugs a bit longer actually works to release higher levels of oxytocin. Neila explains why this is so important to our well-being. Andy shares his go to sources of insight and inspiration for the past week as well. The first one is delving into the beautiful South African philosophical belief called ‘Ubuntu’ which is all about humanness and the importance of the human connection. As well, Andy shares a gratitude visualization that he has been practicing over the past week which is rooted in the idea of giving grratitude for family, friends, and other people in our lives.BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. Connect With Neila and AndyNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comDiscussion TopicsStress Reduction, The Human Connection, Oxytocin, Gratitude and Visualization, Nelson Mandela, Ubuntu, The Importance of Connectedness


4 x Mindfulness: 3rd Installment | Run Your Life #25
Jun 13 2016 27 mins  
In this episode, Neila and Andy record live from downtown Shanghai, China. 4 x Mindfulness is all about sharing weekly go to sources of inspiration and insight in regards to mindfulness. Neila starts this episode by sharing how mindfulness can play a pivotal role in helping to set intentions with more focused attention. She also describes a very useful breathing technique that she puts into practice. This breathing technique called ‘54321 Breath’ works to calm stress levels and to become more aware of the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that we experience in the moment. It’s very useful for both teachers and students. Andy shares a strategy that he uses to help focus on priorities and to take these important ‘need to do’ things in our lives one step at a time, rather than having that overwhelming sense that everything needs to be done at once. As well, he shares his thoughts about the importance that being present has on good listening and asking the right questions at the right time. Andy and Neila hope that any teachers listening to this have valuable takeaway that can be applied in their own life and work. Thanks for listening to the 3rd installment of 4 X Mindfulness. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. Connect With Neila and AndyNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comDiscussion TopicsDean Bokhari Meaningful Show, Breath Control, Stress Reduction, Setting Intentions, Being Present, Good Listening, Questioning for Deeper Purpose

Purposeful Movement and Mastery For Life | Run Your Life #24
Jun 10 2016 63 mins  
In this episode, Dr. Dean Kriellaars and I deconstruct the key fundamentals necessary in order to design the very best learning experiences possible in physical education. We delve into what it means to be physically literate and the critical importance of allowing every young person to find a specific movement pursuit that they fall in love with and strive to master. Mastery is not about medals and championships, nor is it about standing on podiums celebrating. Every young person deserves the right to find joy and love through some form of movement. Dean and I discuss the future of physical education and what it’s going to take to ensure that every single young person can strive toward becoming physically literate citizens of the world.Dean is a passionate educator who is doing his very best to raise awareness about the need to bring movement and physical activity back into the every day life of young people. You are sure to get a lot of takeaway value from our discussion today. BioDr. Kriellaars is a faculty member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He is a scientist of the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. His Human Performance Laboratory has numerous students directed to undertaking research on physical literacy and physical activity, related to health, performance, injury prevention and treatment. Dr. Kriellaars has been awarded two major university teaching awards, as well as national and international awards for scientific research and innovation. Dr. Kriellaars has received two University of Manitoba Presidential Outreach awards for meritorious community work, and recently was awarded the Campbell Award for longstanding community service. He was named as the co-chair of the Premiers Council on Health Living for the province of Manitoba. He was awarded the Healthy Living Award for his outstanding activities in building community wellness in the province of Manitoba. He was recently awarded the MPETA builder award for outstanding dedication and promotion of health and physical education in Manitoba. He works with Canadian Sport for Life, PHE Canada, the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba, Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, Cirque du Soleil and the National Circus School, as well as the RCMP on community wellness initiatives.Connect with DeanTwitter: @DeanKriellaars Themes DiscussedPurposeful Movement, Mastery, Teaching Excellence, Physical Literacy, More is Not Better, The Meaning of Work, Physical Education


4 x Mindfulness: 2nd Installment | Run Your Life #23
Jun 06 2016 34 mins  
In today’s episode, Neila and I share our go to sources of insight and inspiration for the week that are rooted in the seeds of mindfulness. Neila does a reading of her all-time favorite poem written by Max Ehrmann entitled ‘The Desiderata’ and explains why she is so deeply moved by this piece. She discuses specific connections made to mindfulness in this poem and challenges the listeners to reflect on the signifance that the poem may play in their lives. Neila also discusses a powerful mantra that she learned a few years ago that she shares with her yoga students at end of each class that she teaches. Andy shares a story that he first heard on the Ted Radio Hour that helps to emphasize the importance of keeping our internal flames of motivation lit. This story is a metaphor for the need to always strive to empower ourselves and those around us. As well, Andy also shares the importance that reflection plays in better appreciating the small wins in our lives. We hope you enjoy the second installment of 4 x Mindfulness. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. Connect With Neila and AndyNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comDiscussion TopicsThe Desiderata, Appreciation, Mindfulness, Empowerment, Ted Radio Hour, Gratitude, The Jar of Awesome

An Artist’s Dent in the Universe | Run Your Life #22
Jun 03 2016 58 mins  
An Artist’s Dent in the UniverseIn this episode, I interview Jane Roos, the Founder of CAN Fund, an organization set up to help fund Canadian athletes in their pursuit of representing their nation on the Olympic stage. Jane embodies exactly what it means to take action and initiative to strive for both personal and professional excellence through the work that she does. Through hardship and adversity, Jane has had to overcome many obstacles in her life in order to find her true purpose which is firmly rooted in her passion for helping others succeed. Jane openly shares her amazing journey, the specific work that she does, and her desire to give hope and meaning to the athletes she helps to support in their Olympic quest. We recorded this one live in her art gallery in Toronto, Canada. I thoroughly enjoyed my discussion with Jane Roos.BioJane was a promising track athlete before a devastating car accident ended her athletic career at age 19. Jane turned this life lesson into helping Canadian athletes and started the Canadian Athletes Now Fund, a not-for-profit organization. As a former athlete herself, Jane saw a need. In order for Canada’s elite athletes to compete on the world stage, they must have money to pay for proper training, coaching, nutrition and living expenses.At the 2006 Olympic Games, Jane was honored with the Live Olympic Award. This is an international Award given to only 20 people. For the past seven years, Jane has been recognized by CAAWS as one of the most Influential Women in Sport. The Globe & Mail selected Jane as one of the Most Influential People in Sport and at the 36th Canadian Sports Awards; Jane was the recipient of the Leadership in Sports Award.In January 2010, knowing a Gold medal has never been won on Canadian soil, CAN Fund launched the Sprott Gold Metal Celebration. For every GOLD medal won by a Canadian athlete, $100,000 would be donated by Sprott Asset Management and the Sprott Foundation to CAN Fund to support athletes training for London 2012. CAN Fund directly supported 80% of the Canadian athletes who competed in Sochi and has raised over $21 million dollars to date.Jane is also a very successful artist with “See Jane Paint”. Her paintings are sold across Canada and New York, and she has created a number of commission paintings for corporate Canada and charity.Owner of the Jane Roos Gallery, which recently opened in downtown Toronto, Jane exhibits her paintings and other Canadian artists.There is no straight line with Jane; all of her varied experiences have shaped her unique perspective as an entrepreneur, artist, speaker and human being. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.Connect with JaneTwitter: @janeroosgallery @CANFUNDWebsite: myCANFund.ca janeroosgallery.comThemes DiscussedThe Meaning of Work, Creativity, CANFUND, Purpose, Hardship and Adversity, Striving for Excellence

4 x Mindfulness – 1st Installment | Run Your Life #21
May 30 2016 38 mins  
Neila Steele and I are rolling out an additional podcast each week that will still fall under the umbrella of my Run Your Life series. 4 x Mindfulness is about Neila and I sharing our go to sources of mindfluness inspiration each week. It is a way for us to document the big ideas or themes related to mindfulness that have really resonated with us for that particular week. If you are really into mindfulness or a complete beginner with this practice, we sincerely hope that you will gain some strong takeaway value from each weekly episode of 4 x Mindfulness. In today’s episode, Neila shares a great story that she first heard on the Tim Ferriss podcast that is very much rooted in the seeds of mindfulness and the importance of being present. She also discusses the amazing work of John Kabat Zinn who is considered be one of the most renown mindfulness gurus worldwide. As for me, I share the story of Verna Myers, a well known consultant, who has devoted herself to helping people and organizations uncover certain biases that they hold. Being mindful and present is a part of this process. The last thing I share in today’s 4 x Mindfulness episode are a couple of specific approaches that have worked well in helping me to find more quiet and calm during my meditation sessions. We hope you enjoy the first installment of 4 x Mindfulness. BiosNeila Steele and Andy Vasily are international educators who have worked at fully authorized IB schools in 4 different countries over the past 16 years (Japan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, and China). Andy is a consultant, workshop leader, presenter, and speaker. Neila presents and leads multiple workshops in the area of mindfulness. They have devoted themselves to sharing the powerful effects that mindfulness has on promoting greater mental, social, emotional, and physical well-being. Connect With Neila and AndyNeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comAndyTwitter: @andyvasilyWebsite: www.pyppewithandy.comDiscussion TopicsTara Brach, Tim Ferriss, Verna Myer Ted Talk, Jon Kabat Zinn, Meditation, Mindfulness, Being Present, Connecting with the Breath, Specific Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques

The Innovative Educator | Run your Life #20
May 27 2016 94 mins  
Today’s Run Your Life podcast is really a two-part series that was recorded live back in Toronto a few weeks ago with my good friend Joey Feith. We took the time to really dig deep into our own teaching practice to draw out core beliefs that we hold about good pedagogy and instruction. In this episode, Joey shares his unique journey and path that has led him to being one of the most sought after speakers in the arena of physical education worldwide.Today’s show is not just about what it takes to be a great physical educator but also the critical importance of pursuing personal excellence along the way. Joey delves into the mindset and work ethic that has propelled him forward in his teaching and his fundamental beliefs about the creative process in regards to the amazing resources he has developed over the years. Any educator listening to this podcast will gain immediate takeaway value applicable in their own teaching practice. BioJoey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches physical education in Montreal, Canada. Joey believes that every child should have access to a world class physical education experience, and that teacher professional development is the key to that. That is why, between lesson planning and helping kids improve their running, he has dedicated thousands of hours to creating a site that helps inspire fellow physical educators.Joey has presented his ideas at the local, provincial, national, and international levels through various speaking and training events. He is a recipient of Physical and Health Education Canada's Dr. Andy Anderson Young Professional Award and was an Education finalist in the 6th Annual Shorty Awards, an awards ceremony honouring the best in social media.When not teaching, blogging, or developing new teaching resources, Joey enjoys spending time with his family, longboarding, and drinking tea.Connect with JoeyTwitter: @JoeyFeith @phys_educatorFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/thephysicaleducator/Website: ThePhysicalEducator.comThemes Discussed:Backwards Design, Quality Physical Education, Meaning & Relevance, Deconstructing Outcomes, The Creative Process, Mindset & Failure, Goal-Setting

The Leader Within | Run Your Life #19
May 25 2016 68 mins  
What are the key components to better understanding leadership and becoming more proactive in taking the lead in our own personal and professional lives? In today’s episode, my guest, Kasson Bratton, an insightful leader from Nanjing International School, helps me to deconstruct the fundamental building blocks of leadership in an effort to more deeply understand what great leaders do in order to empower those around them and to focus on ‘giving’ rather than ‘taking’ control. Much of our discussion today revolves around a best selling book about leadership entitled Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders written by Captain David Marquet, a former nuclear submarine commander in the US Naval Fleet. We delve into specific strategies and approaches that are immediately applicable to anyone wishing to better take the lead in their own lives. As well, we examine the mindset of great leaders and their relentless desire to connect, learn, grow, and develop their skills based upon their own unique needs both personally and professionally. We hope that anyone listening to this episode will have immediate takeaway value that can be applied in the work that they do. Kasson Bratton BioKasson Bratton is enjoying his second year as Head of Middle School at Nanjing International School. This marks his 11th year as an international educator with successful stints in Haiti, Scotland, Qatar, and now, wonderful China! Kasson holds an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from Capella University and an M.Ed from Portland State University. His professional passions are meeting the unique needs of adolescent learners, empowering his colleagues, and helping make the mission of inclusive education, creative thinking, international-mindedness, and personal excellence a reality. He is supported in these endeavors by his lovely wife, Olivia, and energetic five-year-old son, Harris. Connect With KassonTwitter: @KB_Intl Themes Discussed:Taking vs Giving Control, Empowerment, Passion, Purpose & Clarity, Personal Mission Statements, The Meaning of Work, Allowing Failure, Assessing Risk

Designing Your Way to A Good Life | Run Your Life # 18
May 20 2016 78 mins  
In today’s episode, my guest, John Rinker, and I have an in-depth discussion about what design thinking means from our own perspectives and the role that it plays in education and in life. John has been teaching internationally for 25 years and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to design thinking. An avid cyclist and tinkerer, John shares his thoughts about the importance of working with our hands, as well as the need to be physically active in the outdoors. Although the focus of today’s episode is design thinking, we delve into the impact that the framework can have when applied to teacher instruction in physical education. Hope you find some great takeaway value in today’s podcast with John Rinker. Connect with John RinkerTwitter: @johnrinkerBioAn international teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, and Learning2 Leader with almost 25 years experience, John has been using tools, both analog and digital, most of his life to make cool things. He is inspired to leverage the best that technology has to offer in creating meaningful educational challenges for each of his students. His DIY mindset challenges him to look at problems in novel ways and to create imaginative solutions. John loves teaching because he gets to hang around with kids who are inclined towards creativity, invention, and play.Themes Discussed:Design Thinking, Relevance & Meaning, Love of Exploration, Physical Activity, Mindset, Lifelong Skills, Cycling, 3rd Culture Lifestyles, Empathy & Compassion, Getting Out of the Way of Learning


(Updated) Yoga For Life | Run Your Life #16
May 13 2016 57 mins  
Nicole “Coco” Daignault’s passion to change lives through yoga began 20 years ago when she was first introduced to it in Canada. As Nicole states, she was hooked for life and knew in her heart that yoga would forever remain with her and committed herself to sharing it with others. After several years of training in various parts of the world, Nicole returned to her roots in Windsor, Canada to set up her own yoga practice and began to teach others how to transform their physical bodies, minds and health through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Nicole offers each of her learners a very individualized approach rooted in neuro-scientific awareness that is delivered with non-judgement, compassion, warmth, and kindness. She has worked with several schools helping teachers to integrate yoga activities in the classroom and in physical education. Identifying and correcting imbalances in body and mind are of paramount importance in the work that Nicole brings to all those that are lucky enough to cross her path. BioNicole “Coco” Daignault was introduced to yoga in her early 20's, and her life changed dramatically. Until that point, she suffered chronic pain due to scoliosis and a leg-length discrepancy. When she lay in the relaxation pose at the end of that first yoga practice, Coco felt a pain-free bliss, thus beginning an intense physical and mental journey that took her around the world a few times.In 1999, Coco did her Yoga Teacher Training in Varanasi, India. Her understanding and fascination of the body/mind grew when she became a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner. In 2003 she moved to Thailand, where she learned Thai Massage and shamanic healing. Experiences with Vipassana meditation and Sufi whirling took her practice to new levels. In 2005 Coco returned to her hometown of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where she shares her knowledge and expertise. Over the years, people have come to know Coco as a teacher who gives unique guidance according to each individual's particular needs. She shares wisdom and insight based on her practice and exploration of her own rotated and curved spine. When working on a client, or teaching a student, Coco finds muscle imbalance and postural patterns, and gives suggestions on new ways of sitting, walking, and standing that correct these patterns, leading to improved physical, emotional and mental well-being. In recent years, Coco has been specializing in teaching modified yoga to people with disabilities, mental disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. She is very grateful to witness the powerful healing benefits of yoga and massage on herself and others every day. Connect with Coco Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coco.daignault Website: www.cocoyoga.ca LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-daigneault-b4744294Themes DiscussedBeing Present, Preventative Yoga, Individualizing Instruction, Identifying Inbalances, Health & Wellness, Compassion & Non-Judgement, Mindset, Neuroscientific Awareness, Body Consciousness, Gil Ron Shama (www.gilronshama.com), Posture Beads (www.posturebeads.com)


Yoga For Life | Run Your Life #16
May 13 2016 57 mins  
Nicole Daignault’s passion to change lives through yoga began 20 years ago when she was first introduced to it in Canada. As Nicole states, she was hooked for life and knew in her heart that yoga would forever remain with her and committed herself to sharing it with others. After several years of training in various parts of the world, Nicole returned to her roots in Windsor, Canada to set up her own yoga practice and began to teach others how to transform their physical bodies, minds and health through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Nicole offers each of her learners a very individualized approach rooted in neuro-scientific awareness that is delivered with non-judgement, compassion, warmth, and kindness. She has worked with several schools helping teachers to integrate yoga activities in the classroom and in physical education. Identifying and correcting imbalances in body and mind are of paramount importance in the work that Nicole brings to all those that are lucky enough to cross her path. BioNicole “Coco” Daignault was introduced to yoga in her early 20's, and her life changed dramatically. Until that point, she suffered chronic pain due to scoliosis and a leg-length discrepancy. When she lay in the relaxation pose at the end of that first yoga practice, Coco felt a pain-free bliss, thus beginning an intense physical and mental journey that took her around the world a few times.In 1999, Coco did her Yoga Teacher Training in Varanasi, India. Her understanding and fascination of the body/mind grew when she became a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner. In 2003 she moved to Thailand, where she learned Thai Massage and shamanic healing. Experiences with Vipassana meditation and Sufi whirling took her practice to new levels. In 2005 Coco returned to her hometown of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where she shares her knowledge and expertise. Over the years, people have come to know Coco as a teacher who gives unique guidance according to each individual's particular needs. She shares wisdom and insight based on her practice and exploration of her own rotated and curved spine. When working on a client, or teaching a student, Coco finds muscle imbalance and postural patterns, and gives suggestions on new ways of sitting, walking, and standing that correct these patterns, leading to improved physical, emotional and mental well-being. In recent years, Coco has been specializing in teaching modified yoga to people with disabilities, mental disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. She is very grateful to witness the powerful healing benefits of yoga and massage on herself and others every day. Connect with CocoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/coco.daignaultWebsite: www.cocoyoga.caLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-daigneault-b4744294Themes Discussed: Being Present, Preventative Yoga, Individualizing Instruction, Identifying Inbalances, Health & Wellness, Compassion & Non-Judgement, Mindset, Neuroscientific Awareness, Body Consciousness, Gil Ron Shama (www.gilronshama.com), Posture Beads (www.posturebeads.com)

Around the Earth With Wonder and Curiosity: An Adventurer’s Mindset | Run Your Life #15
May 11 2016 46 mins  
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, British explorer and world record holder, describes today’s #RunYourLife podcast guest as having ‘Enormous determination, lateral thinking, and a love for life and adventure’. Whether it be circumnavigating the globe by bicycle over 4 straight years, rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic, running the Marathon des Sables which is one of the most gruelling footraces on earth, walking across Iceland pulling a sled, or inspiring others to embark on adventures of their own, Alastair Humphreys exemplifies what it means to pursue both personal and professional excellence. In this episode, Alastair shares the major lessons that he has learned through his life of adventure; hardship and resilience, goal-setting, failure, mindset, determination, and his love of culture and exploring our beautiful earth. In 2012 Alastair was recognized by the National Geographic as being one of their Adventurers of the Year through the work he has done spreading the power and value that microadventures can hold in our daily lives. Looking at the world with wonder and curiosity has allowed Alastair to tackle these extraordinary challenges with an open-mind, knowing that there are gems to be discovered along every step of the way and every pull of the oars. And it’s these gems that Alastair has shared with countless school children and teachers from around the world. You are sure to find great takeaway value in today’s #RunYourLife podcast with Alastair Humphreys. Thanks for listening. Bio:Alastair’s quest for adventure began young. Aged 8, he completed the 26 mile Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge and the National 3 Peaks in 24 hours aged 13. At 14 he cycled off-road across England. After leaving school Alastair taught for a year in South Africa.Whilst at university (Edinburgh and Oxford) Alastair cycled from Pakistan to China, Land’s End to John O’Groats, Turkey to Italy, Mexico to Panama and across South America. He ran a charity project in the Philippines and the London marathon dressed as a rhino.Since graduating Alastair has cycled round the world for 4 years, raced a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean, canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River and walked the length of the holy Kaveri river in India.Alastair has also run the Marathon des Sables, (finishing as one of the ten fastest Brits despite breaking his foot during the race) and rowed to France with a paralysed soldier. In 2010 he completed an unsupported crossing of Iceland by foot and packraft. In 2011 Alastair decided to remain in the UK in order to encourage people to seek out adventure and wilderness closer to home, challenging themselves through microadventures. In 2012 Alastair rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, did an expedition in Greenland and walked across the Empty Quarter desert.Since then he has concentrated on his microadventures, encouraging people to get out and fit more adventure into their busy lives. He has worked with clients including National Geographic, Talisker, Peugeot, Vodafone, GoPro and Adidas on this movement. Alastair’s book, Microadventures, was an Amazon UK Top 20 Bestseller for all books. Grand Adventures reached Number 8 for all books on Amazon UK.Alastair has published nine books and is a keen photographer and videographer.Alastair pays the bills through motivational speaking at businesses and schools, fulfilling a long ambition by speaking to a full house at the Royal Geographical Society.He was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year in 2012. Alastair lives in a village outside London with his wife and two young children (hence the microadventures!)Connect with AlastairWebsite: http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/Twitter: @Al_HumphreysFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alastair-Humphreys-149963098097/

The Lifelong Joy of Movement | Run Your Life #14
May 06 2016 76 mins  
In this episode, Dr. Doug Gleddie, from the University of Alberta, digs deep into what he feels to be a few of the critical elements necessary for improving upon our pedagogy and practice in physical education. Among a few of the big themes discussed in this podcast are questioning protocol, critical partners, the difference between fun and joy in PE, educative vs. miseducative experiences, and the meaning of work. Doug shares a few useful teaching strategies that are sure to provide listeners with some valuable tools and approaches to help move their teaching forward. Doug is a thoughtful and reflective educator who embraces a physically active life and works to ensure that his preservice teachers find a true sense of meaning and purpose as they journey toward becoming full-time teachers. BioDr. Doug Gleddie is a husband and father who also happens to be an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta (Elementary Physical Education). In a career filled with change, the only true constants have been physical activity/education, working with kids and, how joy fills the spaces in between. Although it took him a while to fully embrace this epiphanal thought, the journey itself has enabled Doug to work with a wide variety of people and organizations across Canada and around the world. Doug is currently researching narratives of movement and physical education as well as exploring the affective aspects of physical literacy. He takes care of his own wellness by being active with his family; improving his guitar picking and; seeking new challenges each day. Visit Doug’s blog at www.purposefulmovement.netConnect with DougWebsite: www.purposefulmovement.netTwitter: @doug_gleddieThemes DiscussedCritical PartnersQuestioning ProtocolConcept LearningOrganic Process of LearningThe Meaning of WorkRelational TeachingContextual Teaching and LearningEducative vs Miseducative ExperiencesFun vs Joy in PE

Finding Meaning Through Movement |Run Your Life #13
May 04 2016 45 mins  
In this episode, Dr. Tim Fletcher and I discuss key elements to consider when trying to engineer and construct meaningful experiences in physical education. Tim, an assistant professor at Brock University in Canada, has put loads of time and energy into researching how best to engage young people in physical activity through a meaning-making framework that has guided his teaching and learning over the past few years. He shares the specifics behind this framework and how he applies it with his pre-service teachers at Brock University. As well, we delve into the critical role that reflection and well-being plays in the lives of both teachers and students. Listeners of this podcast will have great takeaway value that will leave them thinking about their own practice and next steps to consider when moving their teaching and learning forward. Bio:Tim Fletcher is Assistant Professor in physical education pedagogy in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University, Canada. Prior to working in higher education, he taught high school health and physical education in Ontario for five years. His recent research has focused upon how future teachers might learn to foster meaningful experiences for learners in physical education and youth sport; this is the emphasis of the Learning About Meaningful Physical Education (or LAMPE) project, conducted with Déirdre Ní Chróinín and Mary O’Sullivan. Much of his work has used self-study methodology, including the text Self-study of physical education: The interplay of scholarship and practice (2014, Springer), co-edited with Alan Ovens. He is a member of the editorial boards of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. In 2014 he was awarded a Young Scholar Award from the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP). Connect With TimTwitter: @TimFletcher12 & @meaningfulpeWebsite: https://meaningfulpe.wordpress.com/Themes Discussed:Relevancy and Meaning in PETeacher and Student Well-BeingFive Elements of Meaningful PEPhysical LiteracyCurriculum and Assessment

Direction and Meaning in the Work We Do | Run Your Life #12
Apr 27 2016 48 mins  
In today’s episode, Jarrod Robinson, who is known to many educators around the globe as the PE Geek, shares the behind the scenes work that has helped shape him into one of the world’s most renown presenters in the field of physical education. For Jarrod to be at his very best, he pushes himself to look well beyond the arena of physical education in order to hone his craft and to strive for both personal and professional excellence in his life. Although his work is firmly rooted in the subject area of physical education, in today’s podcast Jarrod shares specific lessons that he has learned from well beyond the boundary lines of PE itself. And it’s these very lessons that have helped to deepen his love of teaching and his desire to share the passion he has for integrating technology in both the classroom and in physical education. In this episode you’ll learn what truly drives Jarrod and the love that he has for the work he does.Connect with JarrodWebsite: https://thepegeek.com/ & http://connectedpe.com/Twitter: @mrrobbo BioJarrod is a Physical Education teacher from country Victoria Australia, with a passion and enthusiasm for the role emerging technologies play within teaching and learning. He is first and foremost an advocate for lifelong movement and physical activity, however realises the power of 21st-century technologies that can shape new age teaching pedagogies.Jarrod is known throughout the online community as “The PE Geek”, and authors a blog of the same name at www.thepegeek.com which has proved to be an invaluable resource for teachers seeking effective use of 21st-century tools in PE. He has presented Nationally and Internationally for over 6 years, running workshops in over 30 countries.His major interests lie within mobile learning which he believes is the perfect fit for the outdoor-minded PE Teacher. As a result he has begun his own mobile development company, “The PE Geek Apps”, which builds mobile applications for teachers on both Android and iOS devices. His mobile applications have also won numerous awards throughout Australia and Overseas.Themes DiscussedThe Meaning of WorkExcellence Beyond PEPassion and PurposeWork EthicCreativity and Innovation80/20 Concept

Striving For Excellence in Physical Education | Run Your Life #11
Apr 22 2016 36 mins  
Today’s Run Your Life episode was recorded live at the East Asia Region Council of Schools conference being held at the International School of Manila in the Philippines at the end of March. Well-known PE consultants from Canada, Ted and Carolyn Temertzoglou, and Dr. Ashley Casey from the University of Loughborough in the UK all share their perspectves about what a quality physical education experience should offer students.Although Twitter has brought together countless PE teachers from around the world to help share excellent teaching practice and pedagogy, we delve into the caveats of becoming a socially connected educator. Whether already socially connected or just becoming connected, there are major considerations that need to be well thought out as teachers use Twitter as a tool for improving practice. Ted, Carolyn, and Ash all share their valuable insight into what these considerations are. Better engaging students and moving them toward becoming more physically active requires a thoughtful construction of the learning environments we create in our PE programs. In this episode, you will hear about different ways that this end goal can be achieved. It was an honour to have these three great minds together to share their knowledge, passion, and wisdom. Enjoy today’s show!About Carolyn TemertzoglouCarolyn teaches health and physical education in the teacher education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Through Carolyn’s many years of educational experience as a teacher,department head,curriculum writer, and teacher educator, she advocates for quality daily health and physical education programs. Carolyn is the recipient of the Ontario Supervision of Physical and Health Education Teacher Advocacy Award for her work in supporting pre-service and in-service health and physical education teachers with their practice. She has an MA in education from OISE, and her research interests include teacher development in health and physical education. Carolyn has been actively involved in writing and reviewing curriculum and curriculum- supports for the Ministry of Education and serves on several provincial committees. She is the co-author of the Exercise Science Workbook/Lab Manual (Thompson Educational Publishing 2003), co-author of the Functional Fitness Charts, Perfect Practice, Game On (2012) and a contributing author for Teaching Physical Education Today: Canadian Perspectives (2013). About Ted TemertzoglouExceptional Athlete Program. Presently he works with Thompson Educational Publishing, creating learning resources for health and physical education K-12. He is the lead author for many books, including the newly released Kinesiology: An Introduction to Exercise Science, 2nd Edition (university preparation course), Healthy Active Living: Keep Fit Stay Healthy Have Fun used in Ontario and New Brunswick and the Functional Fitness Chart Series K-12.Ted is a former Ontario board representative for Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada advocating and promoting the importance of quality daily health and physical education programs in schools across Canada. He is a certified personal trainer with The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologist.Ted was the recipient of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2008. He completed his MA in physical and health education with a research focus in student success and teacher-student rapport.Ted works with PE teachers from around the world delivering keynote addresses and conducting workshops in the USA, Asia, Europe, and Africa, and he is excited to return to EARCOS.Connect with Ted or Carolyn at the 2nd Annual APPEC Conference in Hong Kong About Dr. Ashley CaseyAshley Casey, a lecturer in pedagogy at Loughborough University (UK) and an sdjunct...

From Music to Motion: One Educator’s Journey | Run Your Life #10
Apr 20 2016 56 mins  
As Mike Kuzcala comes from a long line of educators in his family, teaching has always been in his blood. However, his path in education has been an unorthodox one, taking many interesting twists and turns along the way. Mike is an accomplished author having written the books The Kinestetic Classroom (2010) and Training in Motion (2015). He has devoted himself to sharing the neuroscience behind the brain/body connection and the powerful impact that it has on learning in both education and in the corporate world.Through his writing, presentations and talks, he has had a profound difference on the way educators deliver learning in their classrooms. Embedded within Mike’s work is a passion for mindfulness, meditation, and the critical importance of well-being and the role it plays in the personal and professional lives of teachers. In this episode, he shares his unique journey in education and discusses specific strategies and approaches he wrote about in the Kinesthetic Classroom. Although much of Mike’s work is rooted in the importance that movement plays in learning, he carries with him an extensive musical background having graduated with a Masters of Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado. It is this musical background that has also had a big impact on who Mike is as a person and an educator. He is a huge fan of the arts and appreciates the aesthentics that music brings to peoples’ lives. With joy I bring to you this episode with Mike Kuzcala. Mike’s Bio:Mike Kuczala is a leading authority on using movement and understanding the brain/body connection in both educational and corporate settings. His keynotes, workshops and professional development programs have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of teachers, administrators, parents, trainers, and corporate executives across the United States. The Director of Instruction for the Regional Training Center, an educational consulting firm based in Randolph, New Jersey, and President of Kuczala Consulting, Mike is the coauthor of the Corwin best-seller and Association of Educational Publishers’ Distinguished Achievement Award nominated The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement. Mike’s 2nd book, Training in Motion: How to Use Movement to Create Engaging and Effective Learning was released in June of 2015.His standing room only presentations have been experienced in such diverse settings as The American Society for Training and Development, The Forum for Innovative Leadership, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Lawyer Brain OD Roundtable.Mike proudly and humbly comes from a family of educators including his wife, sister, both parents and three grandparents. “I am the product of three generations of teachers. Education is what I love and do. It is always an honor and pleasure to work with both educators in helping them to become true instructional leaders, and corporate executives and trainers in providing presentation skill and effectiveness. My background in education gave rise to my love of teaching, public speaking, curriculum and training design, and helping people create goals and live their dreams.”Connect with Mike:Twitter: @kinestheticlassWebsite: mikekuczala.comEmail: [email protected] Discussed:Brain/Body ConnectionNeuroscience of MovementThe Kinestetic ClassroomMindfulness and MeditationTony RobbinsTeacher and Student Well-BeingStrategies to Integrate Movement in LearningPhysical ActivityRelevancy in Physical Education

An Inquirer’s Mindset | Run Your Life #9
Apr 14 2016 58 mins  
In today’s episode, well-known consultant and author, Kath Murdoch, shares her journey in education over the past 33 years and what has driven her towards striving for both personal and professional excellence in her life. Although Kath’s expertise is related to inquiry-based teaching, she discusses other important factors that she believes are necessary to put into action in order to create the best learning environments possible for our students. The buillding blocks to creating a warm, nurturing, and supportive learning envionment must include strong elements of teacher well-being and setting up our schools in a way that motivates and inspires teachers to be at their very best day in and day out. In this episode, Kath discusses specfiic strategies and approaches that she puts into practice with many of the schools and teachers that she works with around the world. Whether you are an administrator or a teacher, you are sure to find a lot of takeaway value in this Kath Murdoch podcast. ABOUT KATHKath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant who has worked for many years in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, America, and Europe. She is widely respected for her work in the field of inquiry-based learning and integrative curriculum in which she has taught, researched and published for well over 20 years.Kath began her professional life as a classroom teacher in Melbourne. Her fascination in how students’ constructed their understandings - and her interest in the way questions and big ideas could drive curriculum soon lead to a passion for integrative and inquiry-based methodologies. This passion has become a career-long focus for teaching, research and writing and the methodologies in which Kath specializes are now central to curriculum frameworks in many parts of the world – including the popular International Baccalaureate, PYP program. Critical to Kath’s success is her continued involvement in classroom teaching. Whether it is to demonstrate techniques, coach teachers or build her own repertoire of practices, Kath is committed to regular and ongoing work with students. Her classroom work and research feeds a dynamic and ever-evolving expertise in the area of integrative and inquiry-based learning. Kath’s professional development offerings are diverse. They range from intensive partnerships with schools to develop inquiry programs and practices over several years through to one-day workshops for beginning or experienced inquiry teachers. Whether in her hometown of Melbourne or on the other side of the world, working with a team or speaking to a packed auditorium Kath’s style is refreshingly practical, inclusive and always connected to the real world of teaching.Connect with KathTwitter: @kjinquiryWebsite: http://www.kathmurdoch.com.au/Themes Discussed:What is inquiry?Mindset and MotivationThe Role of Direct instructionStudent-Teacher RelationshipsBrene Brown’s WorkThe Power of Inquiry (Kath’s most recent book)Teacher and Student Well-Being


The Mindful Educator | Run Your Life #8
Apr 08 2016 41 mins  
Mindfulness is a buzz word being passed around educational circles at the moment. Despite there being a mountain of research to support the power of mindfulness in enhancing student and teacher well-being, there are still many misconceptions about what it actually means. In today’s episode, Neila Steele, discusses specific strategies and approaches that she puts into practice across all grade levels and how she strives to develop a mindful mindset with both teachers and students alike.Neila also dives into the power of visualization and yoga as being critical components to any mindful practice being delivered in schools and provides examples of how this can be done. Being a mindful educator allows teachers to make use of specific strategies that help to better deal with the daily stressors that can pile up in their lives. In this episode, Neila shares multiple ‘go to’ resources that have had a profound impact on her teaching practice helping to shape how she integrates mindfulness in every aspect of her work in education. BioNeila Steele graduated from the University of Windsor in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree which led her to accepting a position working in the orthopedic ward of a private hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She had the opportunity to take time away from nursing to travel and work in Hiroshima, Japan in 1997. Many doors continued to open for Neila which resulted in her finding her place in the international schooling system as a school nurse and ESL teacher. She worked at the Hiroshima International School until 2007 before moving on to fully authorized IB schools in Baku, Azerbaijan, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and currently Nanjing, China. Neila is a certified English language teacher and has additional elementary teaching qualifications through the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. She has been a certified yoga instructor since 2005 having completed an intense teacher training program in Ubud, Bali. Her path in yoga eventually led her to finding and connecting with the art of mindfulness which she now integrates into many aspects of her personal and professional life. Neila continues to bring mindfulness to the teaching faculty and the students at the Nanjing International School community in China. She has presented mindfulness in Europe, Asia, and North America over the past couple of years. Her goal is to continue to share the positive effects of mindfulness through presenting, speaking, and running workshops worldwide. Connect With NeilaTwitter: @neilasteeleWebsite: www.mindfulandpresent.comMajor Themes ExploredWhat is mindfulness?Specific mindfulness strategiesThe power of visualizationTeacher and student well beingThe importance of breath awarenessMindfulness resourcesMeditiaton

Gardening in PE!!! What!!! Run Your Life #7
Apr 06 2016 41 mins  
BioAaron Beighle holds a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from Texas Christian University and Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction – Physical Education. Prior to these degrees, Dr. Beighle worked in the fitness and recreation industry throughout the United States. Currently, he specializes in the areas of physical education and physical activity for youth. He is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky where he trains future physical educators and works to promote physical activity for youth. Dr. Beighle has consulted with school districts, recreation programs, and youth sport organizations across the country in their efforts to maximize physical activity experiences and promote youth to be physically active for a lifetime. This has included trainings for physical education faculty, after-school staff, early child care staff, and youth sport coaches, in addition to presentations to parents regarding the importance of physical activity. He is the author and co-author of 75+ research-based and practical articles pertaining to school-based physical activity promotion and physical education. In addition, he is a co-author on several national documents including the CDC’s Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool and NASPE’s original Comprehensive School Physical Activity Promotion: A position statement. Beighle is also a co-author of six books (Promoting Physical Activity and Health in the Classroom, Pedometer Power, Pedometer Power 2nd ed., Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children 16e, 17e, 18e.). Most recently he has served on the National Physical Activity Plan Education Sector Committee and the Let’s Move ActiveSchools Physical Activity Leader Training and Train the Trainer Workshop. Connect with Beighle Twitter :@AaronBeighle @dynamicphysed Voxer: aaronbeighle

One Voice One Team | Run Your Life #6
Mar 31 2016 59 mins  
Orlando Bowen is the founder and Executive Director of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization, a non-profit youth leadership development organization that uses sport and community awareness to teach leadership and life skills to young people. Although a former professional football player, Orlando prides himself more in his relentless pursuit of helping to empower other people to overcome adversity, find their passion, and use their gifts to serve others.In this episode, Orlando opens up about a life changing experience that caused a profound shift within himself. Even though he had already committed himself to community service before this experience, the ordeal helped Orlando gain a deeper understanding of his purpose and intensified his desire to work with disadvanteged youth, teaching them how to take action to be their very best within the communities that they live. In this podcast, Orlando shares his S.W.O.L.E model which emphasizes the values of Self-respect, Work ethic, Overcoming adversity, Leading by example, and Excellence. He has brought this model to over 300,000 people over the past 9 years through his training and leadership programs. You are sure to find valuable takeaway in our discussion. BioOrlando Bowen holds a Master of Science degree in the Management of Information Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Northern Illinois University. He is former linebacker and co-captain at NIU and spent fours seasons in the Canadian Football League. His mission is to inspire people to be GameChangers in the lives of others. GameChangers influence the path, perspective or possibilities for others and inspire people to see beyond their circumstances as they pursue excellence. Orlando has been motivating youth and corporate audiences for years through keynotes and through his role of founder and Executive Director of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization. Orlando empowers people to serve through their passions and he created the “S.W.O.L.E.” Leadership Development Program. Orlando has been recognized for his work by; Being many awards including a 2013 QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL, a national 2014 HARRY JEROME AWARD for community service and a 2015 National Youth Empowerment Award. Connect with Orlando Twitter: @orlandobowen Website: www.orlandobowen.comMajor Themes Discussed Teaching Excellence Resilience Teacher/Student Relationships Leadership Mentoring Harvard Graduate School study on teacher/student connectedness Ted Radio Hour: The Meaning of Work

‘In’, ‘Through’, and ‘About Movement in PE. | Run Your Life #5
Mar 26 2016 28 mins  
The meaning of quality physical education has been continually discussed around the globe by researchers and practitioners alike. Is there one definition that succinctly sums up what a quality physical education program looks like? I’m not sure if there is a definitive answer, but there are certain factors that we must put into practice to help ensure that we are providing authentic opportunities for a quality physical education experience for our students. When designing our curriculums we need to be aware of what these factors are in order maximize the impact of our programs on our students.In this episode Dr. Trent Brown, from the Monash University shares what he feels to be the essential components needed to better engage students and to give them more opportunities to take action in their own lives in regards to being physically active.The influential work of Dr. Peter Arnold and his three dimensions of movement are explored in this episode with Trent giving his own interpretation of what they mean in a student’s physical education experience.Connect with TrentTwitter: @DrTrentBrownEmail: [email protected] D. Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. His work to date has focussed on curriculum and pedagogy in physical education, most particularly in Senior Secondary/Examination Physical Education.He has written widely in the field via academic and professional publications with a focus on policy and practice of Physical Education, the lived experiences and meaning-making of participants, curriculum development and pedagogy (Foundation to Year 12) and professional learning.Over the past 10 years Trent has been involved in the professional association as board member and past president (2011-2014). He was made a Fellow of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) in 2014 for his scholarly and professional contribution over the past 20 years.Themes for the podcastQuality Physical EducationJoy and Love of MovementPeter Arnold: 3 Dimensions of MovementThe Reflective Learner

Why Are All Good Teachers Crazy? | Run Your Life #4
Mar 16 2016 56 mins  
Teaching over the long haul can be an extremely demanding job, but to be our very best, we need to be switched on and ready to go each and every day. In today’s episode, my guest, Frank Stepnowski, shares his wisdom and insight based on over 25 years of experience in the profession. He has worked in some very challenging conditions throughout his career, but has never used this as an excuse for not giving it his all.We dive into the 3 books that Frank has written about education, the main themes in these books, and the reasons for writing them. Frank shares his honest thoughts about the ups and downs of teaching and discusses specific strategies that he continually puts into practice in order to get through to his students to help them achieve success both in and out of school. Frank will challenge you to think about your own practice and identify what it takes within yourself to pursue excellence in both your personal and professional life. Connect with FrankTwitter: @Frankstep1Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frank.stepnowski.3?fref=tsHis interesting bio!!Frank Stepnowski began life as an ungrateful child and a tyrannical older brother, eventually evolving into aforgettable boyfriend, and then into a pedestrian husband and dictatorial father. Along the way he managed to trick people into employing him as a teacher, bartender, club manager, martial arts instructor, coach and writer, all of which he performed with intensity and a stunningly consistent lack of proficiency. He has been a teacher for twenty five years, despite thousands of letters and Emails from students, parents, lawyers, school board members, and his sister to have him psychologically evaluated and imprisoned.He lives in New Jersey with his wife, three children, his in-laws, a dog and a fish, none of whom deserve to be imprisoned under the same roof with him.Major Themes Discussed Teacher Motivation System Flaws Self-Improvement Book#1: Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy Book#2: S.C.R.E.W.E.D: An Educational Fairytale Book#3: Teaching Sucks! But We Love it Anyways What Embracing Physical Activity Means Defining Your Purpose Harvard Longitudinal Study into Happiness


A Journeyman’s Story | Run Your Life #2
Feb 29 2016 53 mins  
The journey of an educator is defined by both high and low moments. There are times when we are left in doubt as to next moves in our career. Taking charge and believing in our purpose is an extremely important thing to do in order to take the necessary action to following our dreams and goals.A willingness to learn and to be of service to others is what being an educator is all about. In today's episode, I speak with Aaron Hart about his journey over the past 20 years in education,the valuable lessons that he has learned, and how he is trying to make a difference within thePhysical Education community worldwide.Connect with Aaron Twitter: @nyaaronhart Website: openphysed.orgBioAaron is the creator of OPEN and the Director of Educational Programs for US Games. He has co-authored several nationally recognized physical education curriculum projects and specializes in web-based content delivery. Aaron’s passion for equity of access and community empowerment began 20 years ago and has continued to guide his professional journey. He began his teaching career as a New York City public school teacher and is currently a part-time faculty member in SUNY Cortland’s Physical Education Department. The vision for OPEN began as a crazy conversation between Aaron and his long-time friend, Nick Kline. US Games and BSN Sports believed that Aaron’s crazy vision was the right thing to do for teachers and for the kids that they serve. Aaron joined the US Games family in 2014 and the OPEN movement was born.Themes Discussed Quality Physical Education 9-11 Valuable lessons learned Open Physical Education Making a Difference

World’s Tough Mudder and Overcoming Obstacles | Run Your Life #1
Feb 29 2016 35 mins  
Overcoming adversity and obstacles in our lives can be very difficult at times, especially when faced with serious injuries or illness. There is a certain kind of strength that is accessible to all of us when we focus on the things that matter most and gain a clearer vision of our purpose. One of the most gruelling challenges that a person can take on is to train for and run ultra-marathons and other long distance race events. Today’s guest, Allison Tai, discusses a near-death accident that she endured back in 2006 and the obstacles that she had to overcome on her journey towards competing in the World’s Tough Mudder Competition in 2014 in Las Vegas where she finished 2nd place. Lots of valuable lessons were shared by Allison in this episode including how we need to re-shift our focus when it comes to defining what being fit and healthy means. Lots of takeaway for educators. Connect With Allison Twitter: @allisontai Website: allisontai.comBioAllison Tai was a competitive runner and Ironman triathlete before getting hit by a truck in 2006 and breaking her back, pelvis and arm. She also suffered nerve damage and soft tissue injury. After a half a year in a full body cast, not able to roll herself over in bed, Allison fought her way back onto the podium in running and obstacle course racing events. Now a mom of two, Allison feels blessed to be able to share her passion for life and fitness with othersThemes Discussed Ironman Canada World’s Tough Mudder Obstacle Course Racing Re-shifting Defining What Fit and Healthy MeansPhysical Activity Setting the Bar High

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