FRIEND FRIDAY – Actor and Writer Melanie Chartoff on Aging, Finding Love after 60, the Pandemic and Her New Book
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Hey, it’s Amy Newmark and it’s Friend Friday on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast. Today I’m talking to Melanie Chartoff, who you all probably know from her voice-over work in Rugrats, and her appearances on Seinfeld, and Newhart and dozens of other televisions shows and films. In addition to being a well known actor she is also an author and has been published in McSweeney's, Funny Times and, now, for third time, Chicken Soup for the Soul. 

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10 Minute Teacher Podcast
10 Minute Teacher Podcast
Vicki Davis
717 A Look Back at 2020 Teaching What It Means for 2021 with Pamela Livingston Gaudet
Yes, 2020 has been a year like no other, and today's guest, Pamela Livingston Guadet, interviewed a wide variety of school tech directors to hear their stories of triage teaching during the COVID-19 emergency. Today, she shares their wisdom, including the positives, negatives, the things that shocked her, and what her research shows that everyone should know about moving forward in 2021. Pamela is the author of the book, “Like No Other School Year: 2020, COVID-19 and the Growth of Online Learning." Sponsor: It’s a new year and time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas. They are online and self-paced, so you can take them anywhere, any time with up to six months to complete. Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. And right now, you can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 -- that’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. Go to and use the coupon code COOL20. Pamela Livingston Gaudet - Bio As Submitted Pamela (Livingston) Gaudet is the author of “Like No Other School Year: 2020, COVID-19 and the Growth of Online Learning” For the book, Pamela interviewed public, independent and international school technology directors to hear their stories of triage teaching during the COVID-19 emergency including what was important and what is still needed for online learning. Pamela was a technology director and teacher at public, charter and independent schools and then moved to education technology companies where she built products used by millions of students in K-12 schools. Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Teaching to the TOP
Teaching to the TOP
056. How To Do More With Less
Have you been on a purging kick as much as we have? If not, we want to tell WHY you should jump on this train with us and give you some starting points on where to start. We have all either been, or seen a teacher who carries their “life” with them. You all know what we mean, the dreaded “teacher” bags that have every resource you need. It’s that bag that you end up packing up at the end of the day but never doing anything with it. So why get away from having so much stuff? Compare your bags to the idea of stress or weight that you are carrying, metaphorically. This is stress that you are taking with you back and forth from home and school. You are not able to escape it and therefore you have a constant reminder of the tasks you feel as though you should be doing instead of unwinding after a long day. The good news is that operating with less stuff is possible and in fact it allows you to be more creative and even DO MORE. Yup, we said it. You can do more with less! In this episode we share: * Why it’s important to minimize in order to feel less stressed. * How to begin minimizing what you are using. * How less items can help build the separation from home and work. * What more “stuff” is teaching our students. * How more stuff is affecting our mental health.SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to our podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Click here to subscribe to iTunes! Now if you’re feeling extra loving, We would be really grateful if you left us a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other people find our podcast and they’re also fun for us to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let us know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!
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More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music
More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music
Michelle Nezat
#359: "Jericho" by Andrew Ripp
It doesn't matter how thick the walls are to us; it only matters how thick the walls are to God. When Andrew Ripp sings of our fears coming down like Jericho walls in his song "Jericho," I was inspired to study the story leading up to that moment. I learned a lot about Joshua and what God commanded him. {Spoiler alert: God speaks directly to his fear.} Join me on the journey this week! In this episode, I discuss: * Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: * Context * Read larger chunks of Scripture * Consider the opposite * Use section headings to get your bearings * Read/watch an overview of the book you're studying * Consider the historical context * Meditate on God's Word * Follow the cross-reference * The 30 Day Music Challenge - ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE * Not overcomplicating our time in God's Word * Taking in the whole story - Joshua 1-6 * Considering that "courage" is the opposite of "fear" * An overview of the book of Joshua - * Taking on Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy to gain historical context (look for Joshua in these texts as well) * God's four calls for Joshua be strong and courageous - Joshua 1:1-9 * One more call to courage from Joshua's fellow Israelites - Joshua 1:16-18 * Trusting God and letting fear crumble to the ground because He's trustworthy * Following the cross-reference to see Moses sending out spies - Numbers 13:18-20 * Reading on to Numbers 14:7-9 to hear Joshua's own words in the face of fear the first time they pulled up to the promised land   Additional Resources * Lyrics - * Individual song - Amazon Weekly Challenge Read Joshua 1-6. Consider reading it multiple times in various versions. Note the repeated call to courage and meditate on the details surrounding each call. Follow the cross-reference to Numbers 13 and 14 and compare and contrast the sending of spies into the promised land.
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