Beth Scanlon – Episode 16

Hello, and welcome to Episode 16 of the Planning Period Podcast, the #EdBreakroom, I’m your host Brad Shreffler. In this week’s episode, I talk to Beth Scanlon, reading, literacy and technology coach at a nearby school to me in Central Florida, as well as one of the founders of our local EdCamp conference, EdCampOrange.

Beth and I have crossed paths a few times at different conferences and events, and every time I’ve spoken to her, I’m blown away by her insights into the profession, so I was really excited to talk to her for the show. This episode is also a little different, because it was originally aired live and uncut on VoicEd Radio. Beth and I went live on the air for a little over an hour, and it aired only once, and then I cut it up and made this episode. You might notice the flow of the conversation is just a little different, and that is mostly because I was getting used to this new style. This won’t be the last live episode, but after this, I got more in the flow of it I think.

As a reminder, last week I announced that I have started a store with some Planning Period Gear. You can check that out at where I have shirts, mugs, stickers, and more.

Beth and I discuss the teacher shortage, keeping teachers excited, and when they lose that passion they start with, the power of reading as a teacher, professionally and personally, the power of doing things that are different as teachers, the struggle of being a parent of a student in public school, as well as the struggle of being a child of a teacher, and the downsides of AR.

Thanks again to Beth for being on the show, and for doing it live no less. That was a really interesting and fun experience.

If you’d like to connect with Beth, checkout her twitter, she’s @Scanloe, or her website Also, don’t forget to checkout EdCamp Orange on twitter, @EdCampOrange, or Facebook.

As always, if you like what you’ve heard, do me a favor and give me a review on iTunes. It is the best way you can help out the show. Head over to and you’re right where you need to be.

You can also connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler. I always love to hear from you. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show.

Until next week, be sure you pick carefully where you plant your flag.

Music provided by:

Vicious by Kevin MacLeod (
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