Perspectives

Welcome to the Perspectives series, where we take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of education with the people who live it every day. In each interview with an educator we peel back the curtain on what it's really like to work in the field, from the day-to-day life of an educator in some of the field's most unique environments to the trials, tribulations and joys of the work. Each interview is relaxed, intellectual, poignant and deeply honest. Every so often I'll also post stories from my life in the world of education, the absurd, the inspiring, and everything in between. Nothing is off limits as we paint as realistic a view as possible of what it's like to live and work as an educator.

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March 18, 2021

Teachers' Unions and High School Health and PE with Josh McGoun

 
In this deep and at times shocking episode of The Educator Podcast: Perspectives I interview Union Representative and veteran high school Health and PE teacher Josh McGoun. We discuss the inexcusable disrespect the teaching profession has faced in America, the critical role  teachers’ unions play, the teacher retention crisis that is currently plaguing American public schools, the dramatic changes to the teaching of Health and PE in the past two decades, the effects of Covid on students, teachers, and education, and much more.

This episode is a must-listen to anyone currently working or considering working in a public school, as well as anyone who is interested in improving the public school system in America, and provides a number of important action-items educators and even the everyday public can take to help advocate for and improve public education. Josh explains the central role teachers’ unions play in American education and how their benefits are widely unknown or misunderstood, the dire need to address the teacher retention crisis – 47% of teachers leave the profession in the first few years, according to his research – and the top three reasons why new teachers resign.  He also explains just how dramatically the Health and PE field has changed, as long gone are the days of gym teachers leading dodgeball games just to pass the time that most of us grew up with. Josh loathes the term “gym teacher”, as now the field has radically professionalized to focus on student learning, teaching healthy habits, and discussing complex and often emotionally sensitive topics. We also discuss the Covid crisis and much more in this wide-ranging, and at times painful, but ultimately inspiring interview.

Want to jump ahead in the episode?

Teachers’ Union Discussion: 6:00
Teacher Retention Crisis: 28:10
Top 3 Reasons Teachers Resign: 32:40
Changes in Health and PE: 41:00
Effect of Covid in Schools: 56:45

Josh McGoun is a veteran Union Representative and High School Health and PE Teacher who has spent the past 12 years of his education career at Howard High School in Howard County, Maryland. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Education in Reading Education from Towson University, and will soon receive his Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina. He has done extensive research addressing teacher retention and hiring, has played a role in teacher contract negotiations, and has been a vocal voice supporting teachers in his community. He is also a Varsity Golf and Ice Hockey Coach.
 

Useful Links:

Howard High School
Howard County Education Association (Teachers' Union)

Special thanks to MaxKoMusic for this episode’s theme music.

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March 11, 2021

Stories From My Life in Education, Part 2

 

Every so often I’ll share stories from my life in education, the ups, the downs, and all the hilarious and ridiculous stories in between. In this episode of The Educator Podcast: Perspectives I share two of the most shocking and borderline scary stories of my educational career from my time as a college senior student-teaching in an inner-city high school just outside of Washington, DC. As a naïve 21 year old from the suburbs of New Jersey, this was absolutely the biggest culture shock of my life, but it ultimately proved two powerful things, I was inspired to become an educator, and I was given an object lesson that all kids, no matter their circumstance or upbringing, crave and deserve safety, stability, compassion and understanding not just in their educational institutions, but in all walks of life.

 

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Feb. 15, 2021

Stories From My Life in Education, Part 1

 
 

Every so often I’ll share stories from my life in education, the ups, the downs, and all the hilarious and ridiculous stories in between. In this episode of The Educator Podcast: Perspectives I share two of the most absurd stories from my time as an educator, all the way back from when I was still in high school working as a summer camp counselor - with kindergartners - at a local day camp. Working there was a rude and in hindsight hilarious awakening to the world of working with kids, and taught me you can literally never know what to expect.


 

Special thanks to MaxKoMusic for this episode’s theme music.

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Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported
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Feb. 4, 2021

Inner City American High Schools with Teacher Rob Lieberman

In this episode of The Educator Podcast: Perspectives I interview veteran High School teacher Rob Lieberman, who has taught at inner-city Trenton Central High School for the past 7 years. In this honest, raw and unfiltered interview we look behind-the-scenes at American inner-city high schools and discuss the life, successes and challenges these students, teachers and communities face every day.
 

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