Michael Matera – The Balance of The Art and Science of Teaching

Hello, and welcome to Episode 120 of the Planning Period Podcast, part of the OnPodcastMedia Network. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.

This week on the show I am joined by Michael Matera. Michael is a 6th grade world history teacher and an expert in all things gamification. He believes in the importance of finding the joy in the journey, both in the classroom and in our lives. He is also the host of the WellplayED podcast, where he talks with other educators using gamification in their classes.

Michael and I talk about the state of education right now, how now is always the right time to start gamifying, the problems with a lack of engagement, how big data requirements have pulled away the relationship parts of education, how all teachers should take initiative and look around for the other tool, not just the popular one, and how we make ourselves into the teachers who got us here.

So, sit back and enjoy Episode 120 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Michael Matera.

#xplap, clean ending

Michael, thank you so much for joining me! It was so much fun!

To connect with Michael, find him on Twitter, @mrmatera. Also, checkout his website, mrmatera.com. Finally, check out all the awesome resources available at hivesummit.org.

If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on Twitter or Instagram, @BradShreffler. I love to hear from you all there and that’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, checkout the Feedback Page on my website that gives you other options for feedback as well, which you can find at BradShreffler.com/Feedback.

Until next week, go find your joy and bring it to the classroom.

Resources:
Loom

Music provided by:

Vicious by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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