254. The Playful Classroom: Featuring Jed Dearybury

Aspire to Lead, Jed Dearybury, Joshua Stamper, The Playful Classroom

Welcome to another inspiring episode of “Aspire to Lead,” the podcast where we explore the multifaceted world of leadership from every angle. In this episode, the dynamic educator and author, Jed Dearybury, jumps into the transformative concept of “The Playful Classroom.”

Episode Highlights:

  • The Power of Play: Jed Dearybury shares his profound insights on the significance of play in education. Discover how playfulness can foster creativity, curiosity, and a lifelong love for learning in students.
  • Practical Playful Strategies: Jed offers practical tips and strategies for educators and leaders to infuse playfulness into their life beyond education.
  • Student and Leader Empowerment: Explore how a playful approach can empower both students and leaders to take ownership of their learning and growth.
  • The Playful Classroom Book: Jed Dearybury shares insights from his book, “The Playful Classroom: The Power of Play for All Ages.” Discover how this resource can transform your approach to education and leadership.

About Jed Dearybury

Jed Dearybury began his education career in 2001. He was featured in GQ Magazine as Male Leader of the Year, met President Obama as the South Carolina honoree of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and was named top 5 finalist for SC Teacher of the Year. He was also the very first Milken Fellow from South Carolina in 2016. Since leaving 2nd grade in 2015 he has been leading professional development across the country, and training the next generation of educators through teaching in Higher Ed. He published his first book,The Playful Classroom in June 2020. His second book, The Courageous Classroom, released in July 2021. Book number three, The Playful Life, was released in October 2022.

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About the author, Joshua

Joshua Stamper is the Training and Development Specialist for the Teach Better Team and manages the Teach Better Podcast Network. Prior to Joshua's current position, he was a middle school Administrator, classroom art educator, and athletic coach.

In addition to being on the Teach Better Team, Joshua is the author of Aspire to Lead, podcaster, leadership coach, and education presenter.

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