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Beyond the Rut with Jerry Dugan. LF035

Jerry Dugan joins me on the Learning on Fire podcast and explores the most important learning and educational moments that shaped his life.

Our guest – Jerry Dugan








Jerry Dugan is an Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a combat medic in the 3rd Infantry Division. As a father of two, he realized that if he truly wanted to break the self-destructive cycles he saw in his own extended family he had to become a different person and live a different life. He has strived to be a better husband and father ever since, and sharing that honest journey with others whenever possible. Jerry has spoken with audiences about healthy marriages, masculinity, and fatherhood. He’s even given a TEDxCorpusChristi talk on redefining strength in manhood in 2013.

Questions asked on the Learning on Fire Podcast Interview

1. Who are you?
2. What does your life look like now and how is it different from when you were growing up?
3. What was valuable about your school experience?
4. Which teachers do you remember and why?
5. Who did you admire when you were young?
6. What was it about that person that had such an impact?
7. What was the best piece of advice you have ever been given and who gave it to you?
8. What advice would you give your younger self?
9. What does your future look like?
10. What podcast, book, video, film, song or other resource has had the biggest impact on your life and why?

Resources mentioned

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie 

Contact information

Twitter: @jerrydugan


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National Association for Primary Education

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Starting secondary school – NAPE 028

One of the biggest concerns for Year 6 children now that SATs are out of the way is moving on to their next school. They will have often found themselves treated as responsible members of their current school, Leaders in many different areas, but for many it will be back to square one and certainly a big drop down the pecking order. Transition programmes and visits to the new school will help some of these worries to be confronted, but they are likely to bring new challenges which become bigger in their imaginations. Many of their concerns are addressed in the latest addition to the BBC Bitesize website here:

A lively friendly place to ask all those questions which are burning to be raised.






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