Episode #19 – A creative way to teach in the classroom with guest Dan Thoene

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Dan Thoene, creator of Judo Math, as they talk about his approach to helping student thrive in the classroom. Using the concepts of martial arts, Judo Math encourages students to work at their own pace as they progress through a series of belts to master each topic. In this podcast, Dan shares the inspiration behind the program, how students collaborate and celebrate together and why team building is so important. It doesn’t matter what your role is on campus… you won’t want to miss this amazing podcast!

A little about Dan:

Dan Thoene has been a math teacher at High Tech High, in San Diego for the past 15 years.  In 2007 he created a program called Judo Math that lets kids work at their own pace as they progress through a series of belts to master each topic.   His innovative approach to teaching math helped significantly raise test scores in the first year he implemented the program at High Tech Middle School.  It’s now being used by over 150 teachers across the United States, UK, Israel, China and Canada.   

Dan graduated from UCSB with a major in Communications and a minor in Mathematics. He actually started his professional career in broadcasting, working as a sportscaster for 11 years where he won an Emmy Award as best sports reporter for ABC in Connecticut.

An avid sports fan, when he’s not watching the Padres or Chargers, Dan likes to fit in a round of golf in between grading papers. He’s been married for 20 years to his wife Kira. Their 14 year old daughter Courtney is an 8th grader at HTM and their 10 year old son Cooper is a 5th grader at Explorer.

Learn more at Judomath.com.

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