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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  • E090: Teaching, Technology, & Hope with Andy Weir

    April 13th, 2023  |  1 hr 3 mins
    andy weir

    Learning to teach better with Andy Weir, the New York Times best-selling author of The Martian, Project Hail Mary, and Artemis.

  • E089: Talking to my Mentor (Joe Dye) about Talking to Strangers (Malcom Gladwell's Book)

    March 16th, 2023  |  59 mins 23 secs
    communication, diversity, inclusion, relationships, understanding

    Learning to teach better with Joe Dye as we discuss Malcolm Gladwell's book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know.

  • E088: Robert Iger’s Ride of a Lifetime with Gary Williams

    March 2nd, 2023  |  1 hr 10 mins
    bob iger, disney, lead, leadership, robert iger

    Learning to teach better with Dr. Gary Williams as we discuss Robert Iger's book, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company.

  • E087: If You Really Want To Help with Kurt Kandler

    February 16th, 2023  |  1 hr 43 secs
    community, community development, equity, servant leadership, social justice

    Learning to teach better with Kurt Kandler, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The 410 Bridge, which is a Christ-centered, community-initiated development organization. In the episode we discuss Kurt's new book, If You Really Want To Help: Redefining the War on Poverty.

  • E086: Cultivate Stronger Teams with Jeff McManus

    February 9th, 2023  |  42 mins 34 secs
    lead, leadership, team building, teams

    Learning to teach better with Jeff McManus, Lead Cultivation Officer of the The Jeff McManus Group and Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, as we discuss his new book, Cultivate: Tailgate Huddles to Grow Stronger Teams.

  • 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.