#40 – Tal Thompson – Building Character and Academics

This episode features Tal Thompson. Tal is a teacher from Columbia, South Carolina. Over his 17 years of teaching he has developed a style and reputation for both high achievement and character development. In 2015, he was a top 4 finalist for the “America’s Top Teacher” award on Live with Kelly and Michael. He followed that up by winning the South Carolina Citizen Education Elementary Teacher of the Year award in 2016.
Tal attributes this success to: his ability to connect, push and cultivate confidence within his students; how he translates lessons in a way that will inspire positive and productive change; and his focus on real world skills like collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and communication. These skills are not given, but earned.

You can connect with Tal on his website http://talltal.com/ or on most social media, where he has the same handle @TallTalTeaches.

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Show Notes

App Recommendations:

Instagram – Follow Tal

Book Recommendations:

Move Your Bus by Ron Clark

The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark

Kids Deserve It by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

Health Habits:

Morning workout, usually a spin class.

Start the class with a song. Watch this in action.

Reflection through journalling. 2 highlights, 1 improvement.

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