About the show

The Amidon Planet podcast is all about learning how to teach better. Each episode, Joel Amidon, PhD, will explore ideas from books, interviews, other podcasts, etc. and apply those ideas to teaching better. The ultimate goal being to lead people to love others through teaching.

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  • E085: White Educators' Guide to Equity with Jeramy Wallace and Jeremiah Sims

    January 26th, 2023  |  1 hr 4 mins
    antiracism, antiracist, community college, diversity, love, praxis, social justice, teaching for social justice

    Learning to teach better with Jeramy Wallace, of the College of San Mateo, and Dr. Jeremiah Sims, of Rooted in Love, as we discuss their new book, The White Educators' Guide to Equity: Teaching for Justice in Community Colleges.

  • E084: Wrap up 2022/Launch into 2023

    January 12th, 2023  |  39 mins 8 secs
    year in review

    Learning to teach better by reflecting on 2022 and launching into 2023 by reviewing the episodes of Amidon Planet from 2022 and previewing directions for Amidon Planet in 2023.

  • E083: Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success with Shane Been

    December 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 12 mins
    john wooden, pyramid of success, success, wooden

    Learning to teach better with Shane Been, of Sauk Prairie High School, as we discuss the featured book, Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success, by John Wooden and Jay Carty. Also answering a submitted mailbag question.

  • E082: High Quality Instructional Materials with Kristi Livingston

    December 1st, 2022  |  50 mins 47 secs
    high quality instructional materials, hqim, professional development, teacher education

    Learning to teach better with Dr. Kristi Livingston, as we discuss high quality instructional materials, or HQIMs, and how they are a benefit to teachers and the teaching and learning of all students.

  • E081: Lessons from Camp with Dan Antoine

    November 10th, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins
    camp, camp counselor, outdoor education

    Learning to teach better with Dan Antoine, Director of Programs of Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, as we discuss building relationships, using our gifts within our role as a teacher/camp counselor, and setting the stage for play as an effective means for learning.

  • E080: Mental Health First Aid with Stephanie Lusk and Mandy Perryman

    October 27th, 2022  |  42 mins 4 secs
    counseling, counselor education, mental health

    Learning to teach better with Dr. Stephanie Lusk and Dr. Mandy Perryman, of the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi, as we discuss Mental Health First Aid.

  • E079: Supporting Mathematics Instruction Through Community with Jen Wolfe

    October 13th, 2022  |  51 mins 19 secs
    collaboration, community, cooperative learning, funding, grants, mathematics, mathematics education, mathematics teaching, nctm, writing

    Learning to teach better with Dr. Jennifer Wolfe as we discuss the featured article, Supporting Mathematics Instruction Through Community, by Joel Amidon and Morgan Trevathan, and Mathematics Education Trust Grants through the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

  • E078: Parenting through Powerful Moments, 10 year-old Trips, and ‘Play the Man’ by Mark Batterson with Eric George

    September 29th, 2022  |  1 hr 2 mins
    adulthood, childhood, parenting

    Learning to teach better with Eric George, Pastor at the Orchard Oxford, as we discuss designing experiences to help our kids move from childhood to adulthood. The book, Play the Man: Becoming the Man God Created you to be, by Mark Batterson, is discussed as a featured resource.

  • E077: Lessons from the Road to Better Teaching

    September 14th, 2022  |  38 mins 13 secs
    professional development, teacher education

    Learning to teach better with Ann Monroe as we reflect on a season of sharing stories of teacher development on the Road to Better Teaching podcast and introducing the Amidon Planet Mailbag.

  • E076: A Math Celebration - Fostering Relationships Between Students and Math Through Assessment

    August 10th, 2022  |  38 mins 23 secs
    assessment, asset-based perspective, math, math education, mathematics, test, testing

    Learning to teach better by reimagining the math test as a way to foster a relationship with mathematics. In this episode, Joel shares a recent publication, , and the lessons learned in creating the piece, refining the piece, and FINALLY getting it published.

  • E075: Summer Reading with Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham

    June 22nd, 2022  |  46 mins 59 secs
    beach reading, novels, reading, summer reading

    Learning to teach better with Dr. Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham, Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Mississippi in the Department of Teacher Education, as we discuss our favorite summer novels and what can be learned about teaching as we engage in summer reading.

  • E074: How to Make PowerPoints that Don't Confuse, Bore, or Distract Your Audience with David Williamson Shaffer

    June 8th, 2022  |  55 mins 15 secs
    communication, design, powerpoint, presentation, presenting, slides, visual communication

    Learning to teach better with Dr. David Williamson Shaffer, Vilas Distinguished Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Educational Psychology, as we discuss the three principles (and share some examples) that sum up his course, Psychology of Education Communications, or How to Make PowerPoints that Don't Suck.