#39 (9/21/20) Heart & Soul Interview: Steven "Etienne" Langlois Laurie & Matt kick off their Heart & Soul of a Teacher Tour by interviewing someone that knows a few things about touring, and teaching. An interview that came together quickly and out of nowhere, Laurie & Matt went into the interview having never heard of their guest, and left it claiming him as a new best friend and wanting to travel to Canada for some socially distanced hang time.
Steven "Etienne" Langlois (note that the "E" should have a little forward accent on it, but Matt is clueless how to accomplish that) has been rocking concert halls and classrooms for nearly three decades. What started as a last minute college project, and later morphed into an anonymous way to help his students learn French, eventually became the phenomenon that is Etienne. Those early songs turned into albums and concerts, worldwide tours, a documentary, Justin Bieber singing one of his songs before 85 million people on a popular French TV show, and now a book, Rock Your Class. Laurie & Matt talk to Etienne about the book and what it means to "rock your class," balancing life on stage with life in the classroom, why he still teaches even though he doesn't need to, and what quality he believes resides in the heart and soul of a teacher. Matt even embarrasses himself by auditioning to be his opening act because he took two years of French in high school.
To connect with Steven "Etienne" Langlois:
"The Accidental Rockstar" documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FasnKxrvajc
YouTube (Etienne): https://www.youtube.com/user/RoggieV
YouTube (RYC): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDSoRJUDoz-PWkfs_au9O2A
The Justin Bieber video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6hKSl8FgBU
#38 (9/17/20) Commonplace Episode: Friedrich Nietszche Laurie & Matt go back to a format they haven't used in a while, the commonplace episode, where they pull a quote from a book and discuss its implications on the world of teaching and parenting teens. Matt came across this quote while reading How to Live by Sarah Bakewell, but the quote is from Friedrich Nietszche's book Human All Too Human. Here it is:
"Among the small but endlessly abundant and therefore very effective things that science ought to heed more than the great, rare things, is goodwill. I mean those expressions of a friendly disposition in interactions, that smile of the eye, those handclasps, the ease which usually envelops nearly all human actions. Every teacher, every official brings this ingredient to what he considers his duty. It is the continual manifestation of our humanity, its rays of light, so to speak, in which everything grows...Good nature, friendliness, and courtesy of heart...have made much greater contributions to culture than those much more famous expressions of this drive, called pity, charity, and self-sacrifice."
Here's the Official Trailer to give you a flavor.