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Always A Lesson's Empowering Educators Podcast

Educators! Is your passion tank running on empty? Look no further. Gretchen of Always A Lesson has a double dose of just what you need. Come fill yourself up with an Empowering Educators podcast to start your day feeling… EMPOWERED! Includes empowering messages weekly with new episodes released early Monday morning just in time for your commute. Excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Listeners include new teachers, teachers in distress or transition and teacher leaders. #education

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112: The Dysfunction of Grading

Grading is only as good as the effectiveness of instruction leading up to it. A grade on an assessment that doesn’t match the learning leading up to it is worthless, demeaning and dysfunctional. Tune in to hear three steps you can take now to ensure you teach hard enough, long enough and deep enough for students to be successful and prepared on their learning journey. The photo below from my trip to Colorado is discussed in the episode: Quotables I don’t give grades, students earn them Objectify learning Put more time into planning than in to execution so that execution is flawless, rigorous, and done with fidelity across the board If its easy, we aren’t pushing ourselves or our students hard enough We cannot allow our peers to lower the bar only for our kids to fail later Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

17mins

7 Aug 2017

Rank #1

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25: Bonus Edition- Interview with James Sturtevant

Description: James Sturtevant first stepped in front of high school students in the late summer of 1985. He predicted he would teach a year or two, before pursuing something grown up: go to law school, get a PhD, or enter the private sector and earn a fortune. But, a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum. James fell in love with his students. Could one really get paid for bonding with young people? The answer was…ABSOLUTELY! And still is, some thirty years and thousands of students later. “Your students seem so relaxed and happy. How’d you create this atmosphere?” was the haunting question a visiting Education professor once asked James after observing his class. Caught off guard, he gave a meager and vague response. After much reflection and research, James is now prepared to answer the question. He teaches at Big Walnut High School in Sunbury, Ohio. He is married to Penny who is a middle school principal. They have 3 children…Jason, David, and Maria, and one grandchild…Kaia. James is also an author of “You’ve Gotta Connect” published in 2014 (see link below) and Professional Development Presenter. He has been featured in numerous publications (listed below). Quotables: Your students are mirror images of you. Accept your students exactly where they are. Necessity is the mother of invention. James’ Stamp of Approval: Differentiation Rubric Formative and Summative Assessments Think-Pair-Share Self Directed Learning Professional Development communities Creation of Teacher Websites Bring Your Own Technology Flipped Classrooms Essential Questions Project Based Learning Connect with James: Email: pjsturtevant@gmail.com Website: Jamesalansturtevant.com Twitter: @jamessturtevant Book: “You’ve Gotta Connect”  http://amzn.to/119pnEL Additional Publications:- Ohio Schools Magazine April, 2015 pp. 9-10.- In July of 2015, my blog post “Bullying Bonding” was picked up by the Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1GZEJbs- The September, 2015 issue of Principal Leadership includes my article “Does Your Staff Bond Well with Students?” pp. 16-17.- In September of 2015, my blog post “A Teacher’s Eureka Moment” was picked up by the Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1G8Vcew- In October of 2015, my blog post ”Samsara…Embrace Change!” was picked up by the Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1LAOtyt- In November of 2015, my blog post ”Does Competition Really Bring out the Best in People?” was picked up by the Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1RdPGQ5 Join elite educators everywhere in snagging tips, tricks and freebies right to your inbox every month! Become #empowered with the Always A Lesson newsletter: https://alwaysalesson.leadpages.co/newslettersignup/ Connect with Gretchen: Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcasts Click ‘Send’

50mins

30 Nov 2015

Rank #2

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2: Practicing Your Craft

In order to ever become great at something, you must practice. The same goes with teaching. You cannot improve in your instructional technique as a teacher if you do not practice it. Practice echoes Game. Game echoes Practice. Great teachers practice! Quotables We aren’t born perfect and we never will be. Practice echoes game, game echoes practice. Practice can make a teacher more effective and help them go from good to great overnight. Join elite educators everywhere in snagging tips, tricks and freebies right to your inbox every month! Become #empowered with the Always A Lesson newsletter: https://alwaysalesson.leadpages.co/newslettersignup/ Connect with Gretchen Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2&ls=1 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

9mins

24 Jun 2015

Rank #3

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59: The Lesson Plan Vortex

The Lesson Plan Vortex can be crippling as a teacher. A lesson plan is a foundation for a strong lesson, but there’s more to teaching than that piece of paper. Learn the three keys to designing quality lessons while still adhering to strict lesson plan requirements. Quotables You cant be a great teacher without a plan. You can’t create engaging learning opportunities without preparation. The vortex = so stuck in the requirements that you lose your vision to impact student learning. The vortex makes you boring, unmotivated and basic. Don’t be a vanilla teacher, be a spicy teacher. Your students gain NOTHING if you don’t design and experience that allows them to take accountability of their learning, take ownership in the experience, and because of that feel empowered as a learner and person. Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson  Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast  Click ‘Send’

20mins

25 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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98: Answer the Call

Teaching is a calling, a career choice made by many. However, many teachers are getting discouraged quickly and exiting the profession without living out their passion. Tune in to hear how to answer the call without getting distracted by all the extraneous noise that comes along with the teaching territory. Inspiring Quote: “It doesn’t matter if the public doesn’t support you. It doesn’t matter if the policy makers don’t support you. What really matters is that you were called to teach. Your classroom is your second home and your students are a big part of your heart.” -TheWriteStuff_TpT Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

12mins

1 May 2017

Rank #5

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198: Establishing a Positive Culture

It’s not all rainbows and butterflies in a classroom or school building. Sometimes the negativity can spread like wild fire and deteriorate a class or school culture. Tune in to hear how to initiate a positive culture, rebuild a culture when it’s broken, and turn around a negative culture. Not only will teachers learn tips for the classroom and teacher leaders for the school, but a secret trick is shared for how to maintain a positive culture once it is established.QuotablesA positive culture is something that can feel like takes FOREVER to establish and can go away almost immediatelyEstablishing a positive culture is a long game strategy, not a quick fixYou aren’t above them, you are them.Students don’t expect perfection in the classroom, but they expect you to have their backs and to never give up on them.You are leaders in your classroom and school building for a reason, but it doesn’t mean you don’t have room to growParticipate in the 200th Episode FunOption 1: If you have enjoyed the podcast, leave me a quick audio comment telling me what your favorite thing about the Empowering Educators podcast is. Don’t forget to say your name and where you’re from so I can give you the proper shout out. You can use Voxer (my handle is gschultek). You can also use a voice recorder app on your phone and email it to me: gretchen@alwaysalesson.comOption 2: Take less than 10 seconds to fill out this google form to cast your vote for favorite episode and favorite aspect of the show!Grab a Slot on my CalendarLet’s chat about your currents and develop a plan. Click below:https://square.site/book/FE6G600ZF0PPD/always-a-lessonJoin the Always A Lesson Newsletterhttp://eepurl.com/lJKNnJoin the New Teacher Support Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1872455209751203Shop AAL Swaghttps://alwaysalesson.com/product-category/swag/Connect with GretchenEmail: gretchen@alwaysalesson.comBlog: Always A LessonFacebook: Always A LessonTwitter: @gschultekInstagram: Always.A.LessonLinkedin: Gretchen Schultek BridgersGoogle+: Gretchen Schultek BridgersBook: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in CollegeLeave a Rating and Review:This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher.Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.”Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in infoLeave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best)Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcastClick ‘Send’

17mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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69: 6 Strategies to Survive Your Worst Day

There are times during the school year where every teacher struggles to make it through the school day due to numerous factors that create insurmountable stress and frustration. Tune in to hear about 6 strategies I used as a teacher to make it through my worst day. Quotables No drastic measures Don’t give up or give in Your mindset will determine your experience [Students] need to know that you are all in for them 100% of the time 100% of the day People can really heal you if you open yourself up to let their magic work Put yourself first so you can be your best for your kids Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson  Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast  Click ‘Send’

17mins

3 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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96: Lead from the Side

Effective leaders balance being in control and being a friend to those they lead. Teachers can struggle with managing their classrooms and helping students reach academic success. Tune in to learn how effective teachers lead from the side so that they can build relationships that last with their kids but also maintain order in the classroom. Quotables We gotta learn our own version of leading from the side Relationships are everything in education You can always tone things down but its almost impossible to stiffen up down the road Don’t be a dictator and don’t be a friend Leadership takes time to develop Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

11mins

17 Apr 2017

Rank #8

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73: Family First

There are times when we are faced with a decision to show up to work or show up for our family. Learn how to put the guilt aside, prioritize family moments, and be your best at work and home without ever having to choose between the two. Tune in to this episode to hear just how to do that. Quotables No shame in taking a break to rejuvenate There’s a fine line between pushing yourself to be better and overdoing it Its important to check your MO Your kids don’t need the worst of you and you don’t need to drag your potential and effectiveness below empty Family is forever Prioritize the moments when you might it appropriate to step off the job and only commit to those few times It’s a sign of integrity to have your priorities in order as long as you don’t abuse the opportunities Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson  Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast  Click ‘Send’

17mins

7 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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118: Let Your Passion Lead the Way

Sometimes we are in a career where something is missing. We aren’t quite sure what that something is or what to do about it. This episode will walk you through 5 passion statements to get you moving in the right direction so that your talent will be best showcased and utilized to bless others! Grab your freebie here: Quotables Nothing beats work ethic Just because you are great doesn’t mean you don’t need help We all make choices daily and those choices can right the ship with the right support One of the legs on your stool is loose and you better fix it before it falls off Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

16mins

18 Sep 2017

Rank #10

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127: Classroom Management like PB & J

Classroom management can be tricky when we react to student behavior instead of setting up procedures. Oftentimes, we let the heat of the moment control our brain and we end up making decisions that hinder student learning. Tune in to hear two scenarios of classroom management struggles where tips are shared so that the problem and solution go together like a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Quotables One of the major reasons why teachers struggle with classroom management has little to do with their content knowledge or their passion to teach. It all comes down to clarity. Quiet is not the same as silent Your wording choice has a huge impact on the result of your classroom behaviors It’s not about winning a war of who’s right and who’s most responsible. It’s about helping kids. All day every day. If your solution is hindering learning, you are the problem Every decision we make impacts kids We have to design our learning space and vibe so it encourages students to show up and apply themselves Students need to love learning but more importantly they need to BE ABLE to love learning Gretchen’s Stamp of Approval “What to Do” Technique by Doug Lemov featured in Teach Like a Champion Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

14mins

20 Nov 2017

Rank #11

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161: Finding Magic in Every Kid, Every Day

There are moments throughout the day where kids reach out to an adult hoping to make a connection. Oftentimes, these attempts are not recognized by busy adults and in the end opportunities go unnoticed for a child to fulfill their potential. Tune in to hear a powerful story about Les Brown who defied all odds to become his best self all because of a special teacher in his life.QuotablesWe as educators are in such a powerful position to help or hinder a child’s futureIf you open yourself to the possibility that it can happen, do the work so that when the opportunity strikes you are ready, then you will become more than ever imaginedIt’s not going above and beyond your job title, it is your job titleNothing can impact a kid more than a connection with an adultGretchen’s Stamp of ApprovalLes Brown Video: https://www.facebook.com/JayShettyIW/videos/1351105801701127/Need to Balance Your Life Better? Join the 40 Hour Work Week Club!Instructions to Join:http://40htw.com When purchasing, enter your Gretchen Bridgers / gretchen@alwaysalesson.com as the person who referred them.Early bird access = June 5thAccess to all the June club materials (summer planning, home organization, bonus materials, sharing ideas in the Facebook group.)Official open dates = July 1-18Join the Always A Lesson Newsletterhttp://eepurl.com/lJKNnJoin the New Teacher Support Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1872455209751203Connect with GretchenEmail: gretchen@alwaysalesson.comBlog: Always A LessonFacebook: Always A LessonTwitter: @gschultekInstagram: Always.A.LessonLinkedin: Gretchen Schultek BridgersGoogle+: Gretchen Schultek BridgersBook: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in CollegeLeave a Rating and Review:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2Why?This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future.How?Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

22mins

16 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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131: Slaying the Myth of Differentiation

Differentiation is the latest buzz in education, but the reality of what it looks like in the classroom has yet to be solidified. Many new teachers struggle with providing personalized learning experiences to their students not because they do not understand what differentiation is, rather it’s the logistical, organizational part of differentiation that leaves them stuck. Tune in to hear what you can do today to begin differentiating instruction for your students! Quotables Write everything in pencil Differentiation really just means whatever you are doing to help students learn, make sure it’s applicable to where they are as a learner Differentiation isn’t something we do for a short period throughout the day; it’s a mindset we have in reaching our kids. It’s personalizing the experience so that kids can be successful Learning is messy and a constant problem to be solved Gretchen’s Tip Content- WHAT you teach the kids Process- HOW you teach the kids Product- HOW the kids demonstrate their learning Join the Facebook Group Elementary New Teacher Group (Group 1872455209751203) Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

12mins

18 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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87: The Magic Ingredient to Success

Being successful is not easy. It often requires a lot of hard work behind the scenes and the journey tends to not be a straight line. The frustration felt while trying to become successful can seem insurmountable. Tune in to hear two things you can do today to ensure success as an educator! Quotables Prep… it isn’t sexy, but it’s necessary “Don’t expect the class to look like the calling” #commit2urpost “You perform based on the level of your preparation, not based on the level of your potential” #owntheoutcome “Are you stuck or did you stop?” Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson  Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast  Click ‘Send’

18mins

13 Feb 2017

Rank #14

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6: Plan, Prepare, & Produce

Being a teacher is hard stuff. There are many moving parts to be an effective educator. Three main ways to increase the chances that you become a GREAT teacher is to plan, prepare and produce. Learn what these three words mean and hear real examples from real teachers who are doing these things right now in classrooms across the nation. Quotables Planning- In order to do something great in the moment, you need to plan for it behind the scenes. Preparing- Although this might sound the same as planning, its not. Once you plan for what you want, you must gather all that is required to do it well- this might be physical materials or just spending time practicing. Producing- Now its time to execute what you have planned and prepared. Go produce. Join elite educators everywhere in snagging tips, tricks and freebies right to your inbox every month! Become #empowered with the Always A Lesson newsletter: https://alwaysalesson.leadpages.co/newslettersignup/ Connect with Gretchen Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2&ls=1 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

14mins

20 Jul 2015

Rank #15

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4: Conversing with Purpose

Learn to lead your colleagues effectively by having difficult conversations that matter most. Quotables If you’re frustrated with something a colleague did or said, you owe it to them to let them know. You could have had a conversation, although awkward at first would prove productive for work relationships These conversations are worth having, create healthier working relationships, and save time that was originally spent being frustrated on focusing on the important work ahead. Join elite educators everywhere in snagging tips, tricks and freebies right to your inbox every month! Become #empowered with the Always A Lesson newsletter: https://alwaysalesson.leadpages.co/newslettersignup/ Connect with Gretchen Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2&ls=1 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

13mins

6 Jul 2015

Rank #16

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196: How Do You Want To Be?

Teaching tiny humans is more than lesson plans with standards and objectives. Teaching is a way to help guide a young person along their learning path so that they discover their inner skills and talents, use their school knowledge to propel those gifts, and then go out into the world to leave their mark. As educators, how are we helping students discover how they want to inspire the world? Tune in to hear my teaching confession and action tips you can implement right now to do better for every kid in front of you. Quotables If you aren’t living your DREAM, how can you help kids discover and live out their own? The best thing we can do is model for our kids what we want them to do. It’s your job to help them discover what fire burns within them and help guide them to get a job that can help them leave their imprint on this world. I promise to do better so every kid knows it’s okay to not fit the mold, that the skills you learn in school can and will help you hone that craft, to support friends or foes who dream differently, and to go after your heart’s desires with gusto! It wasn’t until I started coaching other teachers that I noticed holes in my own practice But beyond that belief we have to act this out Being a teacher is more than the obvious…It’s helping kids realize what makes them special and helping them bring it to fruition. Topics Mentioned in the Episode: “Tiny Human Whisperer” T-Shirt Connect with Nick Tokman- https://nicktokman.com Participate in the 200th Episode Fun Option 1: If you have enjoyed the podcast, leave me a quick audio comment telling me what your favorite thing about the Empowering Educators podcast is. Don’t forget to say your name and where you’re from so I can give you the proper shout out. You can use Voxer (my handle is gschultek). You can also use a voice recorder app on your phone and email it to me: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Option 2: If you have a favorite Empowering Educators episode, email me at gretchen@alwaysalesson.com to cast your vote! Enter the Amazon GC contest: All you have to do is leave a rating and review on iTunes, screenshot it, and email that to me at gretchen@alwaysalesson.com. I’ll be picking a winner in September! Join the New(er) Teacher Mentorship Program https://alwaysalesson.teachable.com/p/new-er-teacher-mentorship-program/ Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter http://eepurl.com/lJKNn Join the New Teacher Support Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1872455209751203 Shop AAL Swag https://alwaysalesson.com/product-category/swag/ Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

15mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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66: Jump Into the Deep End

Being a teacher can be daunting as there are so many moving parts in one single day. Being overwhelmed is a common complaint of newer teachers. This anxiety turns to hesitancy and oftentimes cements a teacher’s feet in place. As a result, teachers stop improving and succeeding in the classroom because of their fears of failure and lack of clarity on what to focus on first. Tune in to hear how teachers can jump into the deep end even when they are overwhelmed so that they could be successful faster. Quotables “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar Hesitancy is the enemy of confidence and success. You can’t develop your talent into skill by being hesitant. When you feel like you can’t do something, you either accept it and go do it or you accept it and don’t go do it. Your mindset dictates your behavior. Every tough piece of feedback I have ever gotten catapulted me into a new level of skill. It pushed me to rethink, revamp, and revitalize my approach. The quicker I failed the quicker I got back up to do it better Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson  Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast  Click ‘Send’

12mins

12 Sep 2016

Rank #18

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56: Top 5 Strategies to Get Better in the Classroom Fast

Summer is here and teachers are planning classroom themes and what they are going to do differently the following year. Summer is a great time to reflect, plan ahead, make adjustments. Plus, reflection makes us better! Here’s a list of 5 quick and easy, painless strategies to get better in the classroom. Why wait for one time a year to get better when you can get better now? Get a freebie to help you take notes with this episode! Quotables Summer is a great time to reflect, plan ahead, make adjustments The key is consistency. Daily actions focused on getting better make HUGE improvements in the long run- it’s all about daily tweaks that add up. Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson  Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2&ls=1 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast  Click ‘Send’

19mins

4 Jul 2016

Rank #19

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137: Quality Engagement is a Dance

Engagement can be a tricky aspect of any instructor’s lesson plan delivery. Ensuring students have high engagement with the content being taught requires a dance between student and teacher. Empowering students with ownership and accountability in the classroom is one way to ensure quality engagement in every lesson. Tune in to hear how to get started! Quotables Now is the time to ramp up the student ownership because they don’t need you as much Don’t waste another minute putting on a show You’re the guide on the side now Start small, but be consistent The more you get them to be in the driver’s seat, the greater the likelihood they will remain the head leader on their learning journey You control the pace, momentum and the flow TpT Product Mentioned in the Episode Increasing Student Ownership in the Classroom Join the New Teacher Support Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1872455209751203 Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter http://eepurl.com/lJKNn Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: Always A Lesson Facebook: Always A Lesson Twitter: @gschultek Instagram: Always.A.Lesson Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 Why? This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. How? Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’

16mins

29 Jan 2018

Rank #20