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#29 Donalyn Miller: The Power of Independent Reading (pt.1)

Hello everyone!It's finally here, episode 29, the first episode of season 2 of Teach Me, Teacher, and it is my biggest privilege to bring you Donalyn Miller for the two-part opener of the season.I mention Donalyn Miller more times than I can count on the show, and it was just amazing to sit down and talk with her for an hour and half about creating readers, the research behind independent reading, and everything in-between.If you are an ELAR teacher, you need this episode in your life. If you're not, you need to hear what she has to say about literacy and its role in the classroom. It's that simple.Donalyn Miller has taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth, TX area and was a finalist for 2010 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. In her popular book, The Book Whisperer , Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, Reading in the Wild , Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Donalyn is the founder of the annual #bookaday event and co-host the monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Education Week Teacher, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadershipand The Washington Post.Enjoy!


31 Jul 2017

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#98 Help! How Do I Do Guided Reading!? with Kelli Sanders pt.1

Hello everyone!Guided reading has been somewhat of a hot button issue for me over the past two years. When guided reading was brought to my middle school last year, I was...reluctant to try it. I mean, I'm a middle school teacher, why should I be doing something that is CLEARLY only for elementary. Right?Wrong.Not only have I had a change of heart about practicing guided reading at the middle school level, but now I'm actively seeking ways to get good at it.If you're in the same boat, or just want to re-engage with the practice, then you're in the right place!To help us, I've brought on one of my favorite educators and people in the world, Kelli Sanders, also known as @sandersinsecond on Instagram. She's such a wonderful person and teacher, and her passion for kids is infectious.She brings her experience and honesty to our talk, and I just love that I get to bring episodes like this to you all.Enjoy!Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! PS: Want more book love? Check out my episode with Donalyn Miller!


4 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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#87 Principles of Effective Communication with Kim Bearden pt.1

Hello everyone! I can't possibly be more excited to bring you this episode with Ron Clark Academy cofounder, Kim Bearden!If you've listened to the podcast for any amount of time, you know how passionate I am about the work everyone at RCA does, and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to record this episode for you all.In this two part series, we discuss the principles of effective communication, as discussed in Kim's latest book, Talk to Me. We hit on why communication breaks down, where to begin when it's hard to start talking, and how the power of listening can revolutionize the relationships around you.I can't recommend Kim's book enough, or the Ron Clark Academy enough, so I'm just going to let the episode do it for me.BUT BEFORE YOU GO, make sure to sign up to our mailing list (right side) so you can be entered in to win a FREE COPY of Kim's Talk to Me.If you don't want to wait to win a copy, check out the book here.Enjoy!Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!


19 Nov 2018

Rank #3

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#119 What Great Educators Do Differently with Todd Whitaker pt.1

Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you my fantastic discussion with Todd Whitaker on what great educators do differently! Dr. Todd Whitaker is recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, and his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. In this discussion, we focus on what great teachers do differently, and what great principals do differently, and why just being good isn't enough. Together we hit on why our roles are too important to let the small stuff slide, what to do about toxic teachers around you or in your school, how to talk to parents, and how an ineffective campus all depends on one factor...You DO NOT want to miss this episode! Whether you're a teacher, principal, or college student, you need to hear this talk. Enjoy! For more on leadership and accountability, check out my episode of Ron Clark Academy native, Kirk Brown! PS: If you'd like to support the podcast and Todd, use the links above to his fantastic work!


1 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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#27 The Ron Clark Academy (S1 Finale pt.1)

Hello everyone!If you've ever been curious about The Ron Clark Academy, or wondered if the hype is all that it's cracked up to be, then here's your chance to hear all about what a two day trip to it consists of, and what 4 teachers got out of the experience.I couldn't have asked for a better way to end season 1 of Teach Me, Teacher than to have 4 educators energized and pumped to talk about our experiences at The Ron Clark Academy, and how it has changed our lives forever.Creating this podcast has been a blast, and the spirit of the show can all be summed up in the discussion I had with Malyn Bannister, Lindsey Stewart, and Chris Cruz, about our trip.It's the spirit that ignites the joy of education.It's the spirit of learning from each other.It's the spirit of pushing towards the next great thing.It's the spirit of why we do what we do...You can literally hear how excited we all were about the trip through this entire episode. And believe me, the excitement is still there!Enjoy part 1 of the season finale!


13 Jun 2017

Rank #5

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#2 Technology in the Classroom

Hello everyone!For episode 2 of Teach Me, Teacher, we are diving deep into technology in the classroom. Melinda Bolles (Melbo) was one of my first mentors as a teacher and I was always amazed at how she implemented technology in her class on a daily basis.In this episode we talk about how technology can hurt and help engagement, discuss whether it is the solution for everything (SPOILER: it isn't), and how you can go about using technology in your class. We also discuss a few helpful tools for getting started with tech if you're a newbie, and if you're a seasoned vet.Enjoy!PS: Hate grading? You NEED to hear Melinda's advice on the matter!


1 Aug 2016

Rank #6

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#48 Solving the Culture Puzzle (Adam Dovico pt.2)

Hello everyone!I'm just going to be blunt... I. LOVE. THIS. EPISODE.Adam goes into detail about how a school should go about solving culture issues, why it's important to tackle culture first, and how, even though he struggles like the rest of us, the work still must happen. The lives of our students and of our teachers are too important to ignore glaring issues in the culture of our schools and classrooms.We all have to work together to make it happen.Adam Dovico is an accomplished teacher, author, speaker, and professor. He began his career in North Carolina as an elementary school teacher, then worked as a teacher and the school implementation specialist for the renowned Ron Clark Academy, where he traveled across the country conducting professional development and on-site training to schools and districts for over 15,000 educators in thirty states.You can grab The Limitless School: Creative Ways to Solving the Culture Puzzle now. Share and enjoy!Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!LINK TO THE BRIEF SURVEY


26 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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#38 Jeff Anderson & The Patterns of Power

Hello everyone!Teach Me, Teacher has been around for about a year and half, and I'm amazed at how many great educators I have had the pleasure to speak with. Local gems, like the fantastic Alan Small and Andrew Simmons, to names such as Donalyn Miller and Mary Howard (by the way, limiting that list to just a few names was extremely difficult.)In any case, today, I get to add to the list of AWESOME educators I've got to discuss teaching with.Jeff Anderson, also known as The Write Guy, is a phenom of writing education. His method of "Inviting" writers to notice patterns, and then use those patterns in their own writing, is a powerful force in the classroom. I've seen it in my own classroom, and thousands of educators around the world are finding success with his techniques.I brought him on the show to discuss his newest book, The Patterns of Power, but we also hit on his philosophy with teaching writing, what teachers should do (and stop doing,) and how we should embrace the messiness of writing education. He also corrects me on the proper way to say "aaawwubbis," which was WIN all to itself.Teachers, enjoy and SHARE this one. It's one of the best of the podcast, and you'll get something from Jeff's deep insight into how to teach writing in your classrooms.Enjoy!


4 Dec 2017

Rank #8

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#3 Mindfulness in the Classroom

Hello everyone!Ever wish you could still your mind or the minds of your students? Ever feel like you are just missing everything around you because of all the tasks that need to get done in the class?For episode 3, we are taking on the BIG topic of MINDFULNESS. To do so, we are sitting down with Staci Hammer, a vice-principal (and one of my dearest friends in the world) who has committed to a "year in mindfulness" over on her blog. Inspiring, thoughtful, and funny, her blog and this episode are two things you do not want to miss!New to mindfulness? No problem. We cover everything from clarifying definitions and explaining the practice, to applying it in the class, with staff, and even how the science of it all supports the practice.In the show, we reference a few things that I would like to link to below. Feel free to check them out now, after you listen,  or as they show up during our discussion.Enjoy!LINKS: Scholarly article on the success of mindfulness in prisons Mindfulness in the classroom hub Further research on mindfulness

1hr 7mins

8 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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#61 The Need for Relationships in our Classrooms with Esther Brunat (pt.1)

Hello everyone! Now more than ever, there is a need for relationships in our classrooms. What some might call "the hidden standards" of teaching, need to come out in the open, and drive our decisions and how we conduct ourselves daily.It could be argued that the younger generations are less equipped to deal with emotions than other generations were. Due to the sterilization of human emotion they see in social media, they spend more and more time operating with ideas that aren't exactly the most accurate way to view the world. This can, and does, cause many issues in their social and emotional development.Because of this, I believe educators should lead their classes with relationships first, then use those relationships to push kids into bigger and better places academically, socially, and emotionally.To talk about how to do this, I brought on Esther Brunat, a fantastic math teacher who has developed quite a following on Instagram for her stories and realness. Esther details how she thinks about relationships in the class, how she makes herself available, and just how exhausting it can be to do this correctly.You don't want to miss this episode!Check it out, and enjoy the show.Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! For more insights into the power of relationships, here is an episode from season 1 about relationships and coaching.


28 May 2018

Rank #10

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#125 Authentic Reading and Writing with Kelly Gallagher (pt.1)

Hello everyone! Welcome to season 4 of the Teach Me, Teacher Podcast!If you're new to the podcast, welcome! If you're returning, then you know how I like to start things off every season...WITH LITERACY.Season 2 started with the wonderful Donalyn Miller.Season 3 started with none other than the amazing Penny Kittle.And now season 4 is starting with Kelly Gallagher himself!Since 1985, Kelly Gallagher has devoted himself to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking—first and foremost, as a high school ELA teacher in Anaheim, California, and also as an author/consultant who works with educators around the world. Today, he is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education. He is the author of 180 Days, Readicide, and In the Best Interest of Students. In this episode we talk about how to create authentic experiences both in reading and writing, and how not to kill the love for reading and writing. Books, equity, clubs, representation, and more, all in this episode. I could not be any more excited than to bring this talk to you today.Enjoy!Support Teach Me, Teacher by checking my memoir for educators here. Check out Teach Me, Teacher Presents: Reading - Writing Workshop here. Like our the show's music? Check out our theme music creator, Bryan Pascarella, here. A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here.


19 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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#145 Reading Workshop, Ron Clark Academy Style, with Korey Collins (pt.1)

Hello everyone!You all know that I love talking reading workshop and Ron Clark Academy, and for this episode I got to do both!Korey Collins is a certified reading specialist and reading teacher at the Ron Clark Academy, and he brings the inspiration and heat for our discussion today.In this episode, we cover: Korey's evolution as a teacher How test prep is NOT backed by research Why BASAL reading programs were never meant to be the core reading in classes The power of graphic novels...and MUCH MUCH MORE!You do NOT want to miss this episode!This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle.180 Days was inspired by a teacher’s question: “How do you fit it all in?”To answer that question, Kelly and Penny spent an entire school year planning, teaching, and reflecting together.Through their collaboration, they identified the most essential everyday practices for helping middle and high school students become more engaged readers and writers.180 Days maps out a year of the most powerful, engaging literacy practices.It provides insights about time management, teaching strategies, and how to effectively use both whole class and independent work.You’ll also find a library of accompanying videos that support each chapter.So, if you want to make every moment matter in your classroom, and empower your students to live more literate lives, visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from 180 Days or order your copy.


6 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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#72 New Teacher Crash Course BONUS EPISODE

Hello everyone! You asked, so I delivered! If you're a new teacher, this episode is for you! I gathered my best advice, as well as some great advice from my friends over on Instagram, Megan Medina of Beauty, Brains, and Other Things, and Rachel Fairchild of Chalk and Coffee, to help you in your new year.This is your crash course! Make sure to take some great notes, and continue to dive into the back catalogue of the podcast, because we have episodes on all sorts of subjects YOU need to make your year great.Enjoy!Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! PS: Make sure to check out this episode on relationships in the classroom, and why they are so important!


12 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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#83 A Ron Clark Academy Reflection with ABubblyClassroom pt.1

Hello everyone! Today we are taking part in a Ron Clark Academy Reflection with @abubblyclassroom, otherwise known as Brianna Johnson.Brianna has become one of my friends over on Instagram, and I got a chance to sit down with her for an hour to discuss her trip to The Ron Clark Academy! We recorded this episode all the way back during the summer, and I'm amazed at how much of our conversation connects to our teaching lives in October. A testament to the power of RCA, for sure.Throughout this episode, Brianna takes us through her experience (I share a little of mine from my trip all the way back in season 1), and we connect what she saw to the world inside of her school and classroom.I believe reflection is the KEY to taking our practices and skills to the next level, and I love episodes where we get to do just that... REFLECT!If you've ever been curious as to what the RCA experience is all about, this is a great place to start.Enjoy!PS: We mention books by both Ron Clark and Kim Bearden in this episode. Because I love them so much, I'm linking them below for you. They are AMAZING resources. Just click on the pictures!


22 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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#37 Classroom Transformations

Hello everyone!I've been wanting to record an episode on classroom transformations for a while now, so I'm super pumped to get this one out to you guys.I was lucky enough to discuss transformations with Ashleigh Estes, a 4th grade Science teacher in Aledo ISD, and we discussed everything from our most recent transformations, to The Ron Clark Academy and Hope King,to why teachers should be inspired to try something a little "crazy" in their classrooms.Enjoy!


20 Nov 2017

Rank #15

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#44 How to Change a Failing School (pt.1)

Hello everyone!Today, it is my pleasure to bring you Sue Szachowicz, a retired principal of Brockton High School and now a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education.She chronicled the turn-around of Brockton High in her book Transforming Brockton High: High Standards, High Expectations, No Excuses,and this week she is on the show to discuss exactly how she, and her team, did it.I can't say enough positive things about this episode and Sue. Sue is a no nonsense educator. Excuses are cheap. Effort is king. Science is superior.It isn't enough to want to change a school, you have to believe there is no other option...even if there are toxic people who resist getting better, and resist making the school better.Don't miss this one.Share and enjoy!Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!


29 Jan 2018

Rank #16

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#49 It’s Time To Talk About Diversity in our Curriculum (pt.1)

Hello everyone!It's time to talk about diversity in our curriculum, and I've brought on an educator from New York, Marguerite Thompson, to help us through this complex and hot topic issue.I found Marguerite after her post sharing her door decoration went viral. Just seeing it, a massive depiction of a black woman with big and grand hair, I knew Marguerite had something to say.Sure enough, I was right.We discuss diversity in schools, curriculum, and how biases come out even if we don't intend them to be.This episode is a celebration of the people who are often slighted by the system as it exists, and a call for everyone to hear and be a part of the discussion.(By the way, it's her birthday this week. Give her a big shoutout if you can!)Share and enjoy!Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! Learn how to support the show here


5 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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#23 The Growth Mindset

Hello everyone!Exciting times are among us as we are reaching the end of the year! Can you believe it?As the year comes to a close, I like to look back and look forward, each to help myself grow as a teacher and learn from mistakes and successes.In this episode, Andrew Simmons and I do plenty of both as we discuss the growth mindset and how to get students to take ownership of their actions. In doing so, we also talk about Teaching With Love and Logic, learning to let kids fail, and reteaching students what "failing" really means in a class where growth is the ultimate goal.Andrew Simmons is a fantastic math teacher, and an even better person. You're sure to love this episode.Enjoy!

1hr 11mins

25 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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#67 I’m Leaving the Classroom (Season 3 INTRO!)

Hello everyone. I'm leaving the classroom.


9 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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#26 So you STILL want to be a Teacher?

Hello everyone!It's the end of the school year (for most), and that means reflection is in full swing. Our minds are swimming in questions like, Did I have a good year? A bad one? What awesome new things can I do next year? Do I even want to teach in August? Where's the nearest beach?...You get the idea.In any case, this week's episode is all about answering the age old question: So you STILL want to be a teacher? #crazyKatie Warren and I sat down a year ago to talk about her first year as a public school teacher. This year, we took it a step further and talked about why we have stuck with it, and discuss why thousands of others are signing up to quit (the poison of negativity might just have an influence.)So if you're feeling down, doubting your career choice, or just want to boost your inspiration even more, this episode is for you.Let's start a #TeacherRevolution!Enjoy!

1hr 5mins

5 Jun 2017

Rank #20