ClassCast Podcast

Ep.042 -- Joe Pizzo -- 47 Year Veteran Teacher & AMLE 2020 Educator of the Year

September 24, 2020 Ryan Tibbens Season 2 Episode 42
ClassCast Podcast
Ep.042 -- Joe Pizzo -- 47 Year Veteran Teacher & AMLE 2020 Educator of the Year
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ClassCast Podcast
Ep.042 -- Joe Pizzo -- 47 Year Veteran Teacher & AMLE 2020 Educator of the Year
Sep 24, 2020 Season 2 Episode 42
Ryan Tibbens

ClassCast Podcast Episode 042 features Joe Pizzo, the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) 2020 National Educator of the Year, sharing his thoughts about education, progress, project-based learning, classroom dynamics, and much, much more as he begins his remarkable 47th year teaching middle school English in Chester, New Jersey.  Joe talks with host Ryan Tibbens about adjusting to pandemic conditions, supporting young teachers, creating "real world" and project-based opportunities for students, publishing, and more -- including why he hasn't retired yet! Joe is one of the busiest people we've met on the ClassCast Podcast, from winning multiple state and national level awards to serving on professional organizations' boards, from teaching middle school and college to volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and at his local church. In this wide-ranging, intimate conversation, Joe shares what keeps him motivated, how to connect with students, and even why a comfort note or sincere consolation can help someone through personal tragedy and loss. Given that 50% of teachers leave the profession within five years and that the national average career length is currently around 14 years (and dropping steadily in recent decades), Joe Pizzo offers a refreshing look at what makes teaching great and why great teachers stick around.

Table of Contents

  • 0:00 - 7:40 -- Intro/Why Not Retire?
  • 7:46 - 17:39 -- Changes during 47 Year Career?
  • 17:40 - 24:15 -- Pandemics & Tough Discussions in School
  • 24:30 - 32:25 -- Joseph Pizzo: the Student & Young Teacher
  • 32:26 - 36:15 -- Advice for Young Teachers (continued below)
  • 36:16 - 43:57 -- A Case Study in Patient, Persistent Education
  • 44:07 - 53:44 -- Pizzo's Ideal School (plus Standardized Testing & Accountability)
  • 53:45 - 1:01:12 -- 9/11 Ceremony & Project-Based Learning
  • 1:01:13 - 1:02:33 -- Advice for Young Teachers (continued)
  • 1:02:33 - 1:04:06 -- PBL & Real World Opportunities
  • 1:04:15 - 1:07:23 -- AMLE 2020 Educator of the Year
  • 1:07:24 - 1:11:54 -- Power Skills, Soft Skills, & Personal Development
  • 1:11:54 - 1:25:00 -- Book & Movie Recommendations
  • 1:25:00 - 1:32:18 -- Writing Can Change Everything & Comfort Notes
  • 1:32:18 - 1:39:40 -- Final Thoughts


Be sure to like, share, follow, subscribe, and leave a positive review wherever you get your podcasts.  The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major services and aims to improve education by hosting thoughtful, critical discussions about how we can do school (and life) better -- an education podcast for everyone, not just teachers.  Be sure to leave a comment or review and let us know what you think.  

Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)

Show Notes

ClassCast Podcast Episode 042 features Joe Pizzo, the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) 2020 National Educator of the Year, sharing his thoughts about education, progress, project-based learning, classroom dynamics, and much, much more as he begins his remarkable 47th year teaching middle school English in Chester, New Jersey.  Joe talks with host Ryan Tibbens about adjusting to pandemic conditions, supporting young teachers, creating "real world" and project-based opportunities for students, publishing, and more -- including why he hasn't retired yet! Joe is one of the busiest people we've met on the ClassCast Podcast, from winning multiple state and national level awards to serving on professional organizations' boards, from teaching middle school and college to volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and at his local church. In this wide-ranging, intimate conversation, Joe shares what keeps him motivated, how to connect with students, and even why a comfort note or sincere consolation can help someone through personal tragedy and loss. Given that 50% of teachers leave the profession within five years and that the national average career length is currently around 14 years (and dropping steadily in recent decades), Joe Pizzo offers a refreshing look at what makes teaching great and why great teachers stick around.

Table of Contents

  • 0:00 - 7:40 -- Intro/Why Not Retire?
  • 7:46 - 17:39 -- Changes during 47 Year Career?
  • 17:40 - 24:15 -- Pandemics & Tough Discussions in School
  • 24:30 - 32:25 -- Joseph Pizzo: the Student & Young Teacher
  • 32:26 - 36:15 -- Advice for Young Teachers (continued below)
  • 36:16 - 43:57 -- A Case Study in Patient, Persistent Education
  • 44:07 - 53:44 -- Pizzo's Ideal School (plus Standardized Testing & Accountability)
  • 53:45 - 1:01:12 -- 9/11 Ceremony & Project-Based Learning
  • 1:01:13 - 1:02:33 -- Advice for Young Teachers (continued)
  • 1:02:33 - 1:04:06 -- PBL & Real World Opportunities
  • 1:04:15 - 1:07:23 -- AMLE 2020 Educator of the Year
  • 1:07:24 - 1:11:54 -- Power Skills, Soft Skills, & Personal Development
  • 1:11:54 - 1:25:00 -- Book & Movie Recommendations
  • 1:25:00 - 1:32:18 -- Writing Can Change Everything & Comfort Notes
  • 1:32:18 - 1:39:40 -- Final Thoughts


Be sure to like, share, follow, subscribe, and leave a positive review wherever you get your podcasts.  The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major services and aims to improve education by hosting thoughtful, critical discussions about how we can do school (and life) better -- an education podcast for everyone, not just teachers.  Be sure to leave a comment or review and let us know what you think.  

Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)