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Greater is in Me: Informing, Inspiring, and Influencing Yourself and Others

Greater is in Me: Informing, Inspiring, and Influencing Yourself and Others

By P. Sloan Joseph
There is a lot to learn and laugh about at the intersection of being a wife, mom, educator, and entrepreneur? In each episode, P. Sloan Joseph and her guest will share stories that will inform, inspire, and influence you to fulfill the greatness that exists within. Connect with Sloan on Twitter: @psloanjoseph
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46: Teacher Appreciation 2022
Teacher Appreciation Week was last week. Let's keep the attitude of gratitude going by connecting with fellow educators who have helped us along our EDU journey.
May 09, 2022
45: The Power of Personal Proximity
Technology has it's place, but personal connections and a sense of belonging are what improves school & classroom culture. The result--more engagement among students and staff.
March 26, 2022
44: The Miseducation of the Students Who Sit Next to the Door
In this episode.. Are you concerned about the amount of movement that takes place at the door? How does sitting by the door contribute to negative student behaviors and academic performance? Are you willing to change your seating chart and room layout in order to improve the impact on learning?
February 26, 2022
43: Reimagining Classroom Management
As we begin the second half of the 21-22 school year, how can we revisit, revise, and reimagine the class culture we want to have? This episode shares takeaways from an article by Gabriel “Asheru” Benn (Ed Leadership Magazine, Sept 2018). Connect with Gabriel on Twitter @Asheru and Ed Leadership @ASCD. Read the article, You Don’t Know Me Like That, at
January 19, 2022
42: Punishment, Discipline, & Knowing the Difference
As parents/guardians, educators, and advocates for children, are we focused on past inappropriate actions (punishment) or training children for appropriate action in the future (discipline)? Will the result be fear, shame, and guilt? Or security and trust? Either way, it will impact our relationships with our children.
August 14, 2021
41: How to Have a Hard Conversation
Hard conversations are a part of everyday life. How do we have these conversations in a way that brings about progress and/or resolution? Episode Image Credit:
July 10, 2021
40: Find Your Five-Being Successful Without Being Overwhelmed
Balancing self-care and success can get tricky. Setting goals and establishing a network to support and celebrate us really helps. Whether it's tech tools, strategies, or colleagues, the key to NOT getting overwhelmed is to #FindYourFive.   Other episodes referenced in ep 40:  3: Working Hard & Taking Naps  21: Be Careful What You Ask For  22: Part 2-Be Careful What You Ask For  Resources mentioned in this episode:  Jack Berckemeyer @JBerckemeyer and the Nuts & Bolts Symposium  Mona Elleithee @renewedharmony  Hedreich NiChols @Hedreich  Matthew X. Joseph @MatthewXJoseph  Jorge Valenzuela @JorgeDoesPBL  Basil Marin @basil_marin  Upstate Technology Conference (UTC) @upstatetech  Hashtags from this episode: #FiveYourFive #UTCatHome #utc2021 #2021utc #nutsnbolts21 #nutsnbolts2021 #InformInspireInfluence #SEL #Equity #Engagement #Leadership
June 26, 2021
39-Audio Blog: 5 Steps for Improving Equity Advocacy
Being an equity advocate is a long-term commitment. It isn’t something that will be completed after one book, one discussion, or one interaction. These 5 steps will help you in being effective as you advocate for equitable learning environments.  Resources: Original blog post:  Book-Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum   Podcast-The Leading Equity Podcast with Dr. Sheldon Eakins  Youtube Channel-TedTalk (Education Equity)  Twitter Chats- #BreatheEDU, #CultureEd, #MasteryChat  Public Education Partners (PEP) Greenville  Youtube Channel-Small Bites with Hedreich Nichols
February 21, 2021
38: An Interview with Tasha Joyner, M. Ed-Building Better for Ourselves, Schools, & Communities
Our special guest, Tasha Joyner, is the founder of READy to Evolve, LLC--an educational consulting firm.  Tasha uses her life as a wife, mother, and 16 years as a public school educator to model the importance of investing in ourselves and others. In this episode, she shares about having a strong support system at work and at home. She also gives examples of "doing it afraid" on this journey of fulfilling the greatness that exists within. Special Guest Contact Info: Hashtags from this episode: #MyYOUNGERSister #EquityWarrior #SEL #SocialEmotionalLearning #Equity #PayItForward #InformInspireInfluence #Purpose #OneWord #Better #Selfconfidence #ASeatAtTheTable #RestorativePractice #BetterTogether #Casel #CriticalConversations #BringPeopleTogether #DoItScared #SendFaithToAnswerWhenFearKnocks #Fearlessly #StartWithSelf #WeLOVEOurMama #WeLOVEChickfila
January 30, 2021
37: Fly, Run, Walk, Crawl
A quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.--“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Are we using what we have to help people FLY? Do our policies, culture, curriculums, lesson plans and practices help ALL people fly, or just the ones that look like us, live like us, believe like we believe?  Resources from this episode   Ep. 15 is referenced during this episode.  Listen at Speech by Dr. King, "KeepMovingfromThisMountain"--,AddressatSpelmanCollege.pdf  HBCU 101:  Call Me MiSTER:  SC State University:  Spelman College:  Small Bites with Hedreich Nichols:  The Leading Equity Center with Dr. Sheldon Eakins:  Principal Baruti Kafele:  Edutopia:  Cult of Pedagogy:  Teaching Tolerance: Black Gaze Podcast:
January 17, 2021
36: Putting Out Fires
It takes a village to raise a child. And the child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth. (African Proverb) What can we do to make sure all of our kids and students feel connected, loved, and appreciated?
October 24, 2020
35: Scary Times
Since 2020 has been full of surprises, I have a few questions about Halloween, Election Day, and Thanksgiving. I also want to make sure we are training our students to be critical thinkers, so they will be effective leaders now and in the future.
September 12, 2020
34: From Lemons to Lemonade
Sometimes going in a new direction is t a bad thing. You’re still going to reach your goal, so enjoy the journey and find a way to go from lemons to lemonade.
August 09, 2020
33: Live & Learn
Living is doing what you enjoy. Learning is realizing the greatness in you and others. Both are necessary really have a positive and productive life!
July 11, 2020
32: #BreatheEDU
Who do you have in your life to help you “breathe?” Those people are important to you being able to fulfilling the greatness that exists within.
June 20, 2020
31: Power Off
What do you do to protect your sanity? How do you “power off” to make sure you rest and restore? Once you power back on, what are you going to do to inform, inspire, and influence the spaces where you are most comfortable? #InformInspireInfluence #GreaterIsInMePodcast
May 30, 2020
30: Part 2-Pause for Positivity
Although we are surrounded by negativity, we can choose to pause for positivity. In this episode, Sloan shares the positive perspectives of those who are doing great things in education.
May 02, 2020
29: Pause for Positivity-Part 1
Although we are surrounded by negativity, we can choose to pause for positivity. In this episode, Sloan shares the positive perspectives of those who are doing great things in education.
April 18, 2020
28: What is Teaching?
With schools out for social distancing, everyone has their opinions about what teaching really is. Podcast host, P. Sloan Joseph provides clarity on what teachers REALLY do when school is in session.
March 28, 2020
27: On The Edge
What happens when there’s a field trip, the bus breaks down, the kids are singing Baby Shark, and having a Renegade dance contest? You call or text your “core” to talk you off the edge!
March 07, 2020
26: The Real World
The “real world” can be tough. How do we extend grace without being taken advantage of?
February 15, 2020
25: Good Intentions
Most people have good intentions. But, do our actions empower or enable those around us?
February 01, 2020
24: The Elephant(s) in the Room
In this episode, P. Sloan Joseph talks about the impact trauma has on teaching and learning.
January 18, 2020
23: One Thing
P. Sloan Joseph talks about why she decided NOT to create resolutions for 2020. Instead she shares her ideas on selecting #OneThing to focus on to maintain her physical & mental health.
January 04, 2020
22: Part 2- Be Careful What You Ask For
What happens when you want to grow, but fear is holding you hostage? Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it! Listen as P. Sloan Joseph shares how her fear of flying, large crowds, and small spaces is tested in order for her to reach her goals.
November 16, 2019
21: Be Careful What You Ask For
What happens when you want to grow, but fear is holding you hostage? Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it! Listen as P. Sloan Joseph shares how her fear of flying, large crowds, and small spaces is tested in order for her to reach her goals.
November 10, 2019
20: Rainbow Moments
We all experience moments of personal and professional frustration and disappointment. What do you do until the storm is over?
November 09, 2019
19: It’s Not All About Me
What does flag football, steak, and classroom observations have in common? In this episode. P. Sloan shares stories about prioritizing the needs of others.
September 15, 2019
18: The “S” Word
Have you ever wanted someone to stop talking? What do you say to them? Do you use the “S” word?
September 02, 2019
17: Back To School
It’s time to head back to school. What will parents and educators need to do to make sure this is the best year ever? Listen to episode 17 for a few tips.
August 17, 2019
16: Name It And Claim It!
Do you desire positive changes in your relationships? At work? As a parent? It’s time for us to “name it and claim it”!
July 27, 2019
15: Barking Dogs!
Distractions are all around us. What do we do When the distractions can actually improve our lives, but keeps us from reaching our goals?
July 13, 2019
14: Know Your Role!
What are the different roles you play each day? in each of these roles, are you helping or hindering others to be their best?
June 11, 2019
13: In It To Win It!
What sacrifices have you made to reach your goals? What are you willing to lose so you can win?
June 01, 2019
12: Lean On Me
Achieving our goals will not be a straight path. It’s filled with highs and lows. Who (or what) do we lean on when we need a little push? Follow on Twitter @psjoseph718 Follow on Instagram @greaterisinme_
May 18, 2019
11: A Change of Plans
How do you handle it when you have a plan and life throws you a curve ball? Do you look at it as an obstacle or an opportunity? Follow on Twitter @psjoseph718 Follow on Instagram @greaterisinme_
May 11, 2019
10: Finish Line Ahead
It takes a village. What can we do to help others be successful when they are being “tested”?
May 04, 2019
9: Full Circle
Trusting the process and believe that everything will come full circle when you are on the journey to fulfill the greatest that’s within.
April 27, 2019
8: Exciting & Scary
There are exciting and scary parts of life. And rebuilding what we want to fulfill our greatness starts with small, intentional steps!
April 20, 2019
7: Work Hard, Play Hard!
You work hard. Now take some time to enjoy life!
April 13, 2019
6: What’s Your Role?
Are we able to celebrate the accomplishments of others while waiting for our dreams to come true?
April 06, 2019
5: Doing The Most!
What’s more important? Making money or making a difference in the world around us?
March 30, 2019
4: Coffee & Kindness
We improve our world by being kind to ourselves and others.
March 23, 2019
3: Working Hard & Taking Naps
Let’s talk about working hard and being successful!
March 16, 2019
2: Establishing Healthy Boundaries
Let’s talk about about establishing healthy boundaries at home and at work.
March 09, 2019
1: Know Better, Do Better (Giving Yourself Grace to Grow)
Let’s talk about giving grace and room to grow and how that will lead to success at home and at work.
March 02, 2019