Paolo Tolomeo – Passion in the Classroom

Planning Period Podcast
Planning Period Podcast
Paolo Tolomeo - Passion in the Classroom

Hello, and welcome to Episode 118 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 Paolo Tolomeo. Paolo is a 4th grade teacher who is passionate about gamifying his classroom. He was also a 2020 PA Teacher of the Year Finalist. I heard him on Michael Matera’s Well PlayED podcast talking about how he gamifies his class and had to have him on the show.

Paolo and I talk about his ride as a PA Teacher of the Year Finalist, what gamifying is to him and how it impacts his classroom, how the over-accountability of teachers can make them lose track of why they got into education, ways to find that passion again, the importance of connecting with other teachers in some way, how a great teacher can be themselves,

So, sit back and enjoy Episode 118 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Paolo Tolomeo.


Paolo, thank you so much for an awesome conversation! It was awesome chatting with you!

To connect with Paolo, find him on Twitter @mrTSVedu.

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

Until next week, find something that excites you and bring it into your classroom.

Music provided by:

Vicious by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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