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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  • E011: Identify your Tribes with Drew Hall

    November 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins

    Learning to Teach Better with Drew Hall as we discuss the featured book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

  • E010: An Opportunity to Develop

    October 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Learning to Teach Better through the experiences of 5 professional educators at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference in Nashville, TN

  • E009: Teaching with Problems

    September 26th, 2019  |  37 mins 25 secs

    Learning to Teach Better with the featured book Teaching with Problems and the Problems of Teaching by Magdalene Lampert.

  • E008: Extreme Learning with Gary Williams

    September 5th, 2019  |  21 mins 24 secs

    Learning to Teach Better with Dr. Gary Williams as we discuss the featured book Extreme Ownership: How the U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

  • E007: Best with Rest

    August 16th, 2019  |  56 mins 34 secs

    Learning to Teach Better with the featured book Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

  • E006: Helping Without Hurting with Carissa Chandler

    June 13th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    The featured book for this episode is When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. I am joined by my service trip co-leader, Carissa Chandler, to discuss the book and share...

  • E005: Mind Your Moments

    May 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 22 mins

    How powerful is a moment? Can you make a moment powerful? Some moments have led to drastic changes in peoples’ lives, and relationships. Many times these moments just occur, and those impacted just happened to be there, but what if these moments can...

  • E004: Mentorship and the Patience of the Padawan with Gary Williams

    May 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins

    What is a mentor and where do you find one? Dr. Gary Williams, leadership expert and Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation at Wittenberg University helps me answer these (and more) questions on mentorship through the world of Star Wars!

  • E003: More with Less

    May 2nd, 2019  |  50 mins 1 sec

    What if you could focus your time and energy on the critical few things that will make the most impact? Listen in as Joel explores learnings and applications from the featured book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

  • E002: Act as Love

    April 4th, 2019  |  31 mins 10 secs

    This episode features the book, Love Does by Bob Goff. Joel identifies 4 learnings from the book: Build Relationships, Continuing the Story, Detach to Connect, Be Bold and connects those learnings to both life and the classroom.

  • E001: When is a Why

    March 7th, 2019  |  32 mins 2 secs

    00:00 – Opening & Purpose 01:46 – Introduce the Book/Theme of Episode 7:30 – Learnings & Applications 7:58 – Manage the Energies 18:55 – End Well 22:43 – Synching is a Super Power 29:07 – Invitation to Engage 30:05 – Conclusion...

  • E000: The Answer is K(NOW)N

    February 7th, 2019  |  23 mins 30 secs

    Amidon Planet Podcast-E000: The Answer is K(NOW)N Featuring the Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual by Jocko Willink 00:00 - Opening & Purpose 01:41 - About Joel 02:22 - Structure of the Podcast 04:12 - Featured Book: Discipline Equals Freedom...