Intentional Classroom Setup
What do you mean your students walk in to an empty classroom? I get asked this every time someone sees my classroom the day before school begins. Today we're going to talk about how to setup your classroom with your student's needs at the center, while also managing to take the pressure off of teachers as they head back to school! Listen in as we talk about classroom decor, layout, and what needs to be considered before you begin your classroom setup this year!
24 Jul 2019
Back To School: How to Avoid Educational Trauma with Colleen Wilkinson
Colleen Wilkinson of Trauma Informed Montessori joins me on today’s episode. Colleen discusses trauma-informed teaching, but more specifically she discusses educational trauma. She helps listeners understand what it is, and how we can avoid inflicting educational trauma on our students by planning and selecting our back-to-school activities through a trauma-informed lens. This episode will leave you with SO MUCH to think about as your prepare for back-to-school. You’re not going to want to miss it!
15 Aug 2019
So You Want to Try Flexible Seating?
Let's talk about Flexible Seating. It has become a popular trend over the past few years. Like many trends, there is the potential for a lot of good. However, when the WHY behind the practice is lost, the practice can become problematic. In this episode we are going to put the focus back on the WHY, tease out the do's and don'ts of implementing flexible seating, and understand how to build a community of reflective learners. Are you ready to dive in?
11 Aug 2019
Teaching and Social Media: A Critical Conversation
Today we are talking about two of my favorite things: Teaching and Social Media. I love our online teaching community. I love filling my feed with inspiring educators who help me reflect on my practice, push me outside of my comfort zone, and help me feel connected in an otherwise isolating profession. While I have experienced countless benefits from our online teaching community, it's also to reflect on HOW we are using these platforms, and discuss some important guidelines that we should all understand. We are going to talk about best practices, take a serious look at FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) to make sure we're all in compliance, and discuss some of the ethical issues around using school hours to create content. I hope you will join in the important conversation as our teaching community continues to grow, in order to keep our students, schools, and our jobs safe.
3 Jul 2019
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Reclaiming Personalized Learning with Paul Emerich France
Paul Emerich France joins the podcast to help us rethink personalized learning. He helps debunk many of the myths of personalized learning, shares tips about how and when we should be integrating technology, and helps paint a picture of what personalized learning ideally looks like in the classroom (and that is ACTUALLY attainable for teachers).
7 May 2019
Top 10 Tips for Teacher Interviews
Whether you are preparing for your first interview, switching grade levels, moving schools, or changing districts, this episode is for you. I am breaking down 10 MUST-DO tips to nail your next interview and help you get one step closer to your dream job!
30 Apr 2019
Reflecting on Life with ADD & ADHD to Guide Our Teaching with Matt Halpern
Matt Halpern and I open up a personal conversation about life with ADD and ADHD, in hopes that our transparency can support all of you teachers. We dive into how this diagnosis presents differently in each of us, describe our experiences with medications and their side-effects, share tools that have worked for us (and now work for our students), and highlight some BIG takeaways we hope teachers can bring back to their classrooms.
23 Apr 2019
Classroom Libraries 101
How should I organize my classroom library? It's a question I get asked A LOT, so this episode is breaking it all down. Listen in for tips on how to organize your classroom library, how to make it an inviting space for your students, and how to help fund your classroom library. We'll also dig into the need for text that provide mirrors and windows for your students, and how to help your students select books without putting restrictions on what they can read. You're not going to want to miss it!
11 Apr 2019
10 Ways to Create a Safe Learning Environment
In order for students to learn, they must first feel safe, valued and respected. In this episode we are going to take a close look at 10 different ways you can create a safe learning environment for all of the learners in your classrooms.
4 Apr 2019
Teacher Self-Care with Sarah Forst
Are you struggling to find a work-life balance? Teaching is HARD, and if we're not careful, we can find ourselves on the fast track to burning out. Teacher self-care advocate, Sarah Forst, is the incredible mind behind the brand The Designer Teacher, and the founder of the self-care subscription box, The Teacher Care Crate. Today I get to pick Sarah’s brain about all things self-care, why it’s a critical investment for teachers, and learn how to make time for it in our busy teacher schedules.
24 Mar 2019