170: Bonus Edition- Interview with Dan Jones

Daniel Jones is a middle school social studies and reading/ language arts teacher. He is a Master Flip Educator and has been teaching in the classroom for the past 13 years. Project Based Learning (PBL) has been at the forefront of Dan‘s instruction for the past seven years. When Dan began flipping his class five years ago, he took PBL and combined it with Flipped Learning to create a dynamic learning environment. After seeing such dramatic results, he began presenting about Flipped Learning and Project Based Learning at conferences and has since developed training to help educators transform their classrooms into active learning environments. He is an FLGI International Faculty Member, Master Flip Educator, and author of Flipped 3.0 Project Based Learning: An Insanely Simple Guide. Jones has earned his master’s degree from the American College of Education in the area of Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Digital Teaching and Learning.

Quotables

  • I’m not preparing them for High School. I am preparing them for life.
  • I need to prepare them to function as global citizens.
  • A great educator has to be a continuous learner. They have to see themselves in a progress of learning- they can never have arrived. Anyone who has arrived is going to have a rough awakening.
  • If you’re not reading, you’re not learning.
  • It was that ego that buried my passion.
  • Accountability with love
  • Is there a better way to reach my students?
  • The project is not the dessert of the unit…it’s your main course.
  • You don’t want to be preparing tomorrow’s lesson today.
  • There’s a difference between NO PACE and AT YOUR OWN PACE.
  • The answer to every question not asked is a “No.”

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I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.