How to Fix Education: Funding and Technology

About Our Guest

Brad Shreffler is a digital instructional coach and former 9th grade English teacher. He is the host of Planning Period Podcast and teaches technology tools for teachers.

Brad says that his interests flow from on to the other. He’s been a writer all his life. He studied business but after realizing he didn’t enjoy the business world, he decided to teach. He also loves technology, which led into the coaching position. He loves professional development and teaching teachers.

In that coaching role, he found that he loved conversations with teachers. He remembers a conversation with his friend and they talked after school, from 2:30 to almost 5:00 talking about education and he loves those conversations so he wanted to share them.

The Planning Period Podcast

The planning period podcast asks 3 questions:

1. What are the biggest problems with education?

2. What are you doing right that you wish everyone else was doing?

3. Who was your favorite teacher?

He often finds that teachers are emulating their own favorite teacher in their classrooms. Those common themes show him that it is so critical that those being taught are being impacted.

Kids will do the things that they see us do, there is a legacy there.

What are you doing that you wish everyone else would?

When he asks “What are you doing that you wish everyone else would?” he hears a variety of answers.

One of the recurring themes is reflection. Having some form of formal reflective practice: either through social media, blogging, podcasting, etc.

Building relationships with your students is another important component. Kids are still maturing and changing, and we need to treat them as humans, not as a number. We need to learn about them and care about them as people. That’s what people remember, is