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 Your Teaching Career! with C. NorthingtonPurdie, PhD

Your Teaching Career! with C. NorthingtonPurdie, PhD

By C. NorthingtonPurdie
This podcast is for ALL educators. Educators in every career stage find useful information here. In each episode, educational psychologist Dr. C. NorthingtonPurdie provides information on a wide variety of topics including: preparing for your teaching career, behavior and classroom management, online teaching strategies!
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Documents! Preparing the required paperwork.

Your Teaching Career! with C. NorthingtonPurdie, PhD

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Your Teaching Career! with C. NorthingtonPurdie, PhD

The podcast must go on! But first... Dr.NorthingtonPurdie discusses her hiatus.
October 16, 2020
Time for School! SAFETY
In this episode Dr. Northington Purdie provides useful, practical suggestions for the avoidance of the coronavirus in the classroom. Better safe than sorry! Personal Protection Equipment- WEBSITES. FACEMASKS/covers: SUSTAINABLE, ECO FRIENDLY PPE: FACESHIELDS:
August 24, 2020
Back to school! A word of ENCOURAGEMENT
Why should teachers be encouraged? In this mini-episode, Dr. NorthingtonPurdie offers good reasons.
August 13, 2020
Should You Go Back Into The Classroom?
COVID19 has become an uninvited party guest who refuses to leave. As we approach the start of public school, safety has become a major concern for everyone. Many schools are offering online and face-to-face hybrids. In this episode Dr. Northington Purdie explores the pros and cons of going back into the classroom for the face to face instruction.
August 7, 2020
Podcasting presentation at the European Conference on Education (ECE) 2020. July 18, 2020
Dr. NorthingtonPurdie has been a member of the International academic forum (IAFOR) for several years. This is an excerpt of her presentation on the benefits of podcasting. This presentation is an update of the information presented at the Asian Conference on Education (ACE). Information about IAFOR can be found here: Her March 2020 presentation is available on YouTube here:
July 22, 2020
INTERVIEW: Mrs. Susan Pope Teaching K-8 DANCE in public school during COVID-19
Mrs. Susan Pope has 20+ years of experience as a certified teacher of dance. She currently teaches in Newark New Jersey. Mrs. pope shares her experience is teaching and preparing lessons during the pandemic. Her ideas and solutions are both innovating and exciting. The following websites and apps were discussed in this episode: Class Dojo. Flip grid. Google classroom. Zoom.
July 10, 2020
Reflections on the School year: from the STUDENTS
In this episode, Dr. NorthingtonPurdie has interviewed students. Their perspectives on learning during a pandemic were enlightening.
June 26, 2020
Positive podcast pick-me-ups! Seven “happy” podcasts for educators and EVERYONE.
This pandemic has taken its toll on people of all occupations. Teachers and other leaders are expected to model calm confidence because a positive outlook is contagious. Dr. NorthingtonPurdie identifies seven podcasts that offer upbeat, optimistic, encouragement. They might make you smile, or think, or wonder......
May 18, 2020
An educator’s guide to STRESS during a pandemic: an INTERVIEW with School Counselor, Mrs. Nikki Ham
The emotional and psychological toll on educators during a pandemic can be significant. In this episode, educators, and students will benefit from Nikki Ham’s insights and strategies for dealing with the stresses of online teaching an learning. Mrs. Ham is a licensed mental health professional with a private practice. She also prepares counseling interns at the university level.
May 5, 2020
April 29, 2020
April 29, 2020
Exciting Announcement!
Today’s episode ushers in a new phase of this podcast that will directly appeal to a wider audience. Educators both season starting will continue to find topics of interest here. Seasoned educators will gather tips and ideas that will make their teaching (both online and traditional) more flavorful. Listen! The new podcast theme music (entitled, CNPodcast) is composed by C. NorthingtonPurdie (all rights reserved). Like us on Facebook and Instagram @QuickTips4Teachers
April 29, 2020
INTERVIEW: Ms. Jewell Kleman, teacher of Social Studies and Civics ONLINE
Ms. Jewell Kleman has been teaching history/social studies to public middle and high school students for 20+ years. Her teaching insights, however are spot on in today’s quarantined circumstances. Here are the resources cited in her interview. “Youtube has been a welcome addition to enticing students to think more critically and to spark their curiosity. As all teachers already know, it is critical to preview to make sure the material is appropriate for your age group. I have had success with using Crash Course but you do need to slow the speed down because the different presenters tend to speak quickly. Ted Talks are also great resources. If you teach World History, I highly recommend the historyteachers They take modern songs and change the words to explain historical events. My former high school students loved that.” “Outside of youtube, I suggest videos. It presents a variety of topics and allows students to debate them. CNN10 is also a good resource for a quick review of events around the world. If you have the funds, I also suggest and They both offer animated lessons on social studies topics. They are expensive.” ~ Jewell Kleman
April 19, 2020
Your Online Interview! Interviewing for a teaching position during a pandemic.
Pandemic or not, schools are still hiring. Interviews are taking place via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. This is your opportunity to present yourself as the “tech savvy” teacher that today’s schools need. How can you do that? Listen!
April 12, 2020
COVID-19. The Bright Side
Quarantines, viral infections, testing, school closures.... This can be a sad time if you let it. But, let’s look at the BRIGHT SIDE. Yes, there is a bright side to all of this. Dr. NorthingtonPurdie will identify an educator’s blessings during this unprecedented pandemic. Listen!
March 29, 2020
More tips for teaching ONLINE during a PANDEMIC.
Under normal circumstances teaching is a challenge. During this worldwide pandemic, teachers are now required to deliver the same services online as they would in a traditional classroom. This episode provides more ideas, websites, and apps to make online teaching a reality for the K12 educator. Here are the websites mentioned in this episode.,,,
March 23, 2020
ONLINE TEACHING. Online teaching resources for K-12 teachers
A pandemic or other emergency can necessitate Teaching your class online. It can be a lot more fun than the 20th century ”work packets” of old. Whether you are homeschooling or teaching online because of the spread of an illness, there are PLENTY of resources available to help you. And the best part, they are FREE!!! Listen!
March 12, 2020
Classroom Behavior Management: Talkative Students
In this episode of Dr. Northington Purdie provide strategies for when the teacher is not the only one who wants to talk! She emphasizes that punishing a student for talking is like punishing a fish from swimming. There are better solutions.....listen!
March 8, 2020
Classroom Behavior Management: Strategies for the Start of your Class
Behavior and classroom management are a challenge in any school. In this episode, Dr. NorthingtonPurdie provides ideas and strategies to help the class settle down and focus on learning. The strategies discussed are from her book: How to Quiet the Class Quickly: Quick Tips for Teachers which is available in most online book sellers
March 2, 2020
Stores that offer DISCOUNTS for Educators!
This episode provides information about stores and other places of business that offer discounts for educators. Dr. Northington Purdie provides information about bookstores, clothing stores, technology and software companies, even hotels that offer discounted prices to teachers across the USA. The discount amounts vary, but it beats paying full price! You will want to share this episode with a friend!
February 26, 2020
INTERVIEW: Mr. Willie Jones!
A special education teacher can involve many responsibilities. In the case of Mr. Jones, it entailed teaching survival and life skills to IDEA students in northern Philadelphia, Pa. public schools. Mr. Jones describes his journey toward special education certification and the lifelong learning that being a teacher demands.
February 13, 2020
ADHD in the Classroom: What it is and what to do.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is easy to find in K-12 schools worldwide. In fact, 1 out of every 9 students in school have this diagnosis. In this episode, Dr. Northington Purdie describes the symptoms of ADHD, and its current treatments. Most importantly though, she offers practical teaching interventions and strategies for the success of all children.
February 5, 2020
Teaching mainstreamed students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
Every 21st century teacher can expect to teach students who have a classification from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. If you are not trained in special education, meeting those students’ needs may seem challenging. This episode provides an OVERVIEW of the SLD designation and what a teacher can expect in the mainstreamed classroom. Most information on specific learning disabilities can be found here: Thank you for your support!
January 28, 2020
Parent Conferences! Quick tips
When meeting with parents, there is no excuse for lack of organization. In this episode Dr. Northington Purdie outlines best practices for the new teacher as well the seasoned teacher. Her research for this episode includes the following: (Harvard Graduate School of Education),,,,,
January 22, 2020
Sabbatical leave! Take a PAID break!!!
The field the teaching is full of great opportunities. Sabbatical is one of those great opportunities. In this episode Dr. Northington Purdie discusses the benefits, the activities and the timetables for sabbatical application.
January 9, 2020
Interview with: Drew St. Lawrence, Teacher and Fulbright Scholar
After graduating from Harvard University, Mr. Drew St. Lawrence has chosen to teach in New York City. His experiences and lessons learned will inspire and motivate those in the field and education. His description of global opportunities will excite those considering a career in education.
December 23, 2019
Should Schools Still Require CURSIVE HANDWRITING Instruction in this Digital Age?
Cursive handwriting instruction usually begins in grade 3 and ends in grade 5. In this digital age, it has been questioned whether or not it should be taught at all. Or perhaps replaced by keyboarding. With standardized testing and nearly everything else taking place online, should teaching cursive handwriting be taken as seriously as it was in the last century?
December 18, 2019
The popular teacher preparation program helps those who want to become educators, but have not completed a certification program. Many people in higher education are offended by the teach for America. It is not popular with teacher’s unions either. But...why?
December 9, 2019
Working with your PARAPROFESSIONAL.
Having a paraprofessional in your classroom can be a win-win situation for students. This episode will show you how to make it a win-win scenario for both of you! Dr. NorthingtonPurdie provides suggestions for a paraprofessional’s input during class and in preparation for the school day. Working with a paraprofessional is like a 10-month MARRIAGE. Make it work.
November 26, 2019
The Praxis! More information.
In response to your messages and questions, Dr. Northington Purdie explains the Praxis exam review websites for both sections (Core I &II). She also highlights companies that offer money-back guarantees. Some of the websites mentioned include:,,,,, and Listen for the full list in the episode.
November 19, 2019
Teaching without School: the NJEA annual convention
Dr. NorthingtonPurdie speaks with business owners, counselors, mentors, biological and environmental specialists that all have one thing in common: they are EDUCATORS. A teaching career does not have to be limited to the classroom. Opportunities to teach are everywhere! Passing the Praxis and earning tenure are NOT the only pathS to a fulfilling teaching career. Listen!
November 11, 2019
Interview with Assistant Superintendent Sondra Diodonet of the Paterson New Jersey School District
Becoming a teacher is just the BEGINNING! Ms. Sondra Diodonet began her career in education as a teacher in the public schools. Through persistence, a willingness to get involved and what she calls “being nosy”, she has been given greater responsibility and prestige. You can too!
November 4, 2019
Opportunities for advancement for TEACHERS
Teaching is often portrayed as a “dead end” profession, but it is NOT. There are many opportunities for advancement within the field of education. Some positions are available after only two years as a classroom teacher! Leadership and service are highly regarded in education. Listen!
October 30, 2019
INTERVIEW: Principal Carol Newton Williams
Ms. Williams is a newly retired principal of a kindergarten - 8th grade school in inner-city Philadelphia. Her successes as an administer and educator have more than prepared her to advise those entering the teaching profession. Listen to this.....!
October 22, 2019
How to find a job through SOCIAL MEDIA.
We live in an age where social media plays a role in everyday life. Posting pictures of friends, personal opinions, activities etc can teach a potential employer a lot about you. Use social media with YOUR SUCCESS in mind. In this episode, Dr. C. Northington Purdie identifies the beat platforms for your job search.
October 13, 2019
What is EdTPA?
EdTPA is an assessment that is gradually making its way across the USA as a requirement for teacher certification. In this episode, Dr. Northington Purdie will provide an overview of what EdTPA is and what it entails.
September 22, 2019
Four myths about teaching
The teaching profession is grossly underestimated in the USA. There are many myths surrounding the life of a teacher. Here are four of them with the clarifying facts.
September 12, 2019
The Praxis Test! oh no...
The Praxis is required for traditional certification all across the USA. In this episode Dr C Northington Purdie explains what the test is, how it is scored, and how to avoid it and STILL have a teaching career.
September 4, 2019
The INTERVIEW: What is your Behavior and Classroom Management Philosophy?
21st century classroom management is non-punitive. What does that mean? It means that teachers use positive and innovative alternatives to the old school punishments; suspension, detention, and expulsion options. This episode focuses on what administrators want to hear. It gives recommendations for background research before attending the interview. After listening to this, you will know how to answer the “classroom discipline” question.
August 24, 2019
THE INTERVIEW: Illegal questions. You do not have to answer.....
In an interview situation it is important to be prepared to answer any question, even if the question is illegal. In this episode C. Northington Purdie will identify questions that do NOT require an answer during an interview. This episode offers suggestions for responding to an illegal question in a professional manner.
August 19, 2019
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: Why should we hire you?
The episode is the first of several episodes tackling the questions that teachers are typically asked during an interview. This episode focuses on the question, “Why should we hire you?” It can also take the form of, “What specific qualities do you have that other candidates do not?”
August 7, 2019
Dress to Impress! What to wear for your teaching INTERVIEW
First impressions are very important! Studies have shown that companies know who they will hire within 15 minutes of the average interview! Ace your interview by walking in dressed as a professional teacher. This episode will discuss the right colors to wear (and not to wear), clothing, and grooming with a surprise guest at the end.
July 23, 2019
An Interview with Ms. Kylia Newton
Ms. Kylia Newton will begin her career as a certified teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. Her insights on education and teacher reflect optimism and realism in equal parts.
July 16, 2019
Charter Schools: What is so special about them?
Charter schools have reached a high level of popularity all across the USA. They offer prospective teachers a choice between traditional governance and an independent, often radically different approach to educating children. This episode will explore the pros and cons of teaching in a charter school vs the alternative.
July 10, 2019
Teacher’s Unions: Do you have to join?
This episode provides information about American teachers unions. Frequently asked questions are addressed as well as the pros and cons of union membership.
July 3, 2019
An Interview with Mr. Clark
Mr. Reginald Clark is a career changer from banking to teaching. He is now a teacher of mathematics in an inner city public school.
June 27, 2019
Teaching Jobs in America: Where to Look
There are MANY ways to find a teaching job in the United States. You just need to know where to look, and how to look. You will explore all the options for finding a teaching position; both on and offline. This segment will give you the resources you need to begin your search.
June 24, 2019
Teaching Abroad: Why Not?
Have you considered teaching in an unfamiliar locale? A different state? A different country? Fantastic! There is no limit to the possibilities available to teachers. Teaching in another country is a broadening and enriching experience. Living and working abroad can change personal perspectives in a myriad of ways. Wondering where to look for teaching positions abroad? We’ve got you covered!
June 17, 2019
Teachers Salaries Nationwide!
Have you wondered how much MONEY you will earn as a teacher each year? This segment provides the median teacher’s salary in all 50 states plus cost of living and other fun facts.
June 10, 2019
Motivation Vampires! Things to avoid
Are people trying to discourage you from pursuing your teaching career? Are you surrounded by negativity? Here are some survival tips.
June 4, 2019
How to Organize Your Curriculum Vita
The organization of the curriculum vita for your teaching position should be strategic. Each item should be thoughtfully placed in the document. This segment provides step-by-step instructions.
May 29, 2019
Your Teaching PORTFOLIO
A professional portfolio is no longer an option for a teacher. It is a necessity. The various styles of portfolios, and the items that it should be included will be discussed at length. After listening to this segment, a teacher will come away will the tools for marketing professional teaching skills in an increasingly competitive employment field.
May 27, 2019
Interview with Malcolm Marshall, a high school history teacher
Mr. Marshall is a 21st-century educator. His experiences as a millennial educator are revealing and quite insightful.
May 21, 2019
Documents! Preparing the required paperwork.
The amount of documentation required to qualify for any position can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. This segment can serve as a checklist of the paperwork you will need. In future podcasts, the items in this segment will be discussed in more detail.
May 10, 2019
Why do you want to be a teacher?
This motivational segment examines and analyzes the reasons people give for choosing the teaching profession. Dr. C. Northington Purdie encourages teachers to examine their own reasons.
May 8, 2019
A Warm “Hello”. Welcome to the podcast.
Have you decided to pursue a career as a teacher? Preparing yourself to enter the field of education can be daunting without guidance. In this podcast we will discuss topics like what to include in your employment portfolio, how to change your resume into an educational curriculum vita, the interview and more!
May 5, 2019