Feb. 28, 2019

March Book Madness - PPD046

March Book Madness - PPD046

Chris and Stacey interview Tony Keefer and Scott Jones, creators of March Book Madness (MBM), a bracket-style book competition that serves to engage students in conversations surrounding books from three areas, Picture Books, Middle Grades and YA. AJ was on special assignment during the interview, but joins in for the intro and shares his podcast recommendation.

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Tony Keefer, a 7th-grade teacher by day and family man by night, and Scott Jones, 5th Grade teacher, reader, traveler, and 21st Century Teacher for 21st Century learners, are teachers in Central Ohio. In 2015, they decided to take their classroom versions of March Book Madness to the rest of the world. Now students, classrooms and libraries from as close as down the hall to as far away as Kuala Lumpur participate in March Book Madness.

During the interview, we ask about the origins of March Book Madness, how themes and books are selected, how MBM works, how educators and schools get get involved, as well as other questions. 

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What We’re Listening To


Inspiring Teachers with Tavis and Danny  Episode 9

CJ Reynolds (Real Rap with Reynolds on YouTube) talks about Genuine Passion in Teaching and Giving Your All


I want to become a master penman! – Art of Manliness (482) Power of Penmanship – Guest, Michael Sull, a master penman discusses what it takes to become a master penman and what exactly a master penman does for a living. The conversation explores the history of cursive handwriting, including insights into how culture has influenced handwriting styles throughout the ages and why penmanship has declined in the modern day.


I have been a fan of Techmeme Ride Home for a while now and was a bit wary when the host Brian decided to go 7 days a week by adding weekend interviews with guests, but the interviews conducted this weekend were amazing! NBC News’ Jacob Ward On Data Vs. Privacy and Mark Gurman Says Apple “don’t even know for sure” What Project Titan Is Building.

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