The Monarch Experience

The Monarch Experience

By The Mancona
The Monarch Experience is a light-hearted, yet reflective look at various education and pop culture topics hosted by an enthusiastic 8th grade English Teacher, Mr. Ancona. Each episode features a different group of students that take on topics in Education, analyze pop culture phenomenons, and teenage life.

Whether you're a fellow educator looking for a podcast that focuses on amplifying student voice, a student looking for a podcast that mirrors your beliefs, or a fan of informative, often hilarious conversations, The Monarch Experience is can't miss.
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Participation Awards
If everyone gets an award, does that make everyone a winner, or does it make no one a winner? In the latest episode of The Monarch Experience, Mr. Ancona chats with Masha, Greg, and Danielle about whether or not trophy culture is ruining society or if it fosters encouragement and participation. Are there long-term detriments to handing out participation trophies? Do current generations get unfairly blamed for the abundance of participation trophies handed out? Surprisingly, the origins of participation trophies date further back than you'd believe! There's plenty of insight and humor in this episode, and even if you don't receive a trophy for listening, you'll be glad you participated in the experience!  Add us on Snap Chat: The Monarch Experience Podcast Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP
52:15
January 5, 2020
The Secret Benefit of Pets
Think that having a pet is just having an animal roaming around the house? Think again! In this newest episode, Michelle, Jason, and Mr. Ancona explore how having a pet can help people with ADHD refocus themselves, people with diabetes regularly check their insulin levels, and how owning a pet can not only be beneficial physically, but emotionally as well, as pet owners tend to be less lonely and have various coping mechanisms to stress.  Share fun pictures of your pet on Twitter with @TheMonarchXP or on Snapchat @ The Monarch Experience Podcast
46:53
December 4, 2019
Bad Reputations
It's easy to get a bad reputation. And what's worse is once you get one, it's almost impossible to get rid of. Join Collin and Dominick as they explain how teenagers unfairly get bad reputations, what goes through one's mind when making a decision that will lead to a bad reputation, how adults think they are helping but their advice isn't as great as they think it is, and much more on this CAN'T MISS episode of The Monarch Experience. From talking about bad decisions students make in the lunchroom to the science as to why people act out in front of a crowd, Collin, Dominick, and Mr. Ancona hold nothing back in this honest, raw conversation.  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXP Add on Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
43:14
November 19, 2019
The Influence of K-Pop
Think you know K-pop? Sara, Alice, Cassie, and Rebecca definitely do! Join them as they chat about what makes a K-pop idol different from American musicians, how K-pop became so popular in the US, how South Korea's politics play an enormous factor in the making of the music,  stereotypes, and how this plays a role in the recent passing of Sulli. Plus,  Mr. Ancona convinces himself he's a fan of the music by comparing it to professional wrestling! All this and more!  Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add us on SnapChat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
51:44
November 3, 2019
A Middle School Survival Guide: How To Make It Through 6th Grade
Sometimes Middle School is rough, and sometimes being a Middle School student is even harder! In this episode, Madison (she's back!), Suhani, and Prisha break down how they are managing to survive middle school and how they made it through the ever difficult transition of starting 6th grade. You're not alone; they discuss hilarious failures of theirs, what their first impressions were, and if the Middle School Monster is real or not. And then, if that's not enough, they provide some fantastic life advice. This is not just an episode for 6th graders though, as they break down skills, strategies, and survival tactics necessary to conquer Middle School!  Snap @The Monarch Experience Podcast an image or video of you listening to this episode in the most unique location and win a prize.  Twitter: @TheMonarchXP
40:03
October 23, 2019
The Power of Positivity
Want to be awesome? Want to be able to overcome anxious thoughts and fears of failure? If you feel like negativity surrounds you, this is the episode you MUST listen to. In the season premiere, Michelle, Disha, and Mehreen break down the contagious nature of being positive, how it can help you visualize and achieve your dreams, and how affirmation statements can help boost your self-esteem and outlook on life.  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXP Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
51:00
October 9, 2019
10-Moving Up To High School
As Graduation nears, Angelina, Marina, and Chloe reflect on their time in Middle School, what they anticipate High School to be like, and why they think some friendships tend to fade once they enter High School. And after 3 years of being presented with information about drugs, alcohol, and other influences , they talk openly and honestly about how teens can easily succumb to negative influences in their lives if they aren't careful, why teens tend to make bad decisions, and why society sometimes 'rewards' these behaviors. It's our last episode of the 2019 school year and you won't want to miss this one!  Subscribe on iTunes! Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add us on Snap Chat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
52:55
June 5, 2019
The Umbrella Academy Review
Join us as a returning Harry and Victoria bring Eleni along for an honest review of Netflix's hit series, The Umbrella Academy. We pull no punches as we review the series, discuss the character arcs, the never-ending bizarre relationships, the writing of the show, the popular and crazy fan theories, and what we think will happen next season. Is Reginald an alien? Did Klaus have enough of a redemption story? Is Luther likable? Is Mr. Ancona too emotionally attached to Pogo?  Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add us on SnapChat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
54:07
May 20, 2019
Gossip, Drama, & Rumors
Did you hear? The guests on The Monarch Experience's most downloaded episode ever are back! And this time they are talking about why people are so drawn to gossip, how it could be a bonding experience for people, how to avoid rumors, and how teens and adults can stop gossip from spreading.  Add The Monarch Experience Podcast on SnapChat. Follow The Monarch Experience on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Tag @TheMonarchXP and Retweet your favorite episode for a $10 gift card!
47:00
May 10, 2019
2019 Basketball Champions
They experienced having the winning team in 2018 celebrate on their home court, only to return the favor the following year. Join 8th graders Luke and Ryan as they detail their experience with heartbreak after going so far, only to end up losing the championship last year, to the wild ride of a season they had this year leading up to the championship win defined by their team's aggressiveness, loose mentality, and tight camaraderie. This episode has funny stories, how they celebrated their championship win, and an honest conversation from Luke and Ryan about their head coach, Mr. Styler, and his coaching philosophies.  Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add us on Snap Chat: The Monarch Experience Podcast Subscribe and leave a 5 star rating on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-monarch-experience/id1451832396
31:27
April 30, 2019
Gaming and Streaming
There's possibly no bigger generational gap than teens that play and stream online games and the parents that don't understand the power of it. Join Brandon (Brandonbest555), Kimberly (CookieCaffine), and Evan (SoundWave328) as they explain the impact of streaming various types of gaming on multiple platforms and how teens can actually make money off of it! If you are a gamer, online streamer, or simply a fan of content creation, this is an episode you won't want to miss!  Retweet your favorite episode of @TheMonarchExperience on Twitter and receive a $10 Jostens gift card. Send The Monarch Experience Podcast a Snap of you listening to this episode and be featured on our Snap Story! 
46:28
April 15, 2019
Coming to America: Students From Other Countries
In one of our best episodes yet, Nihal, Haaniah, Sayuri, and Roman talk about their experiences coming from another country and the challenges they faced assimilating to American schools. Experience Haaniah's shock when she saw American malls and how casual people dressed; you'll be sure to second guess what clothing you wear next time you go to the mall. Also, Nihal holds nothing back as he explains how teachers really are in India. From Roman's belief that the school in Ukraine was milking the parents for money by claiming parts of the school broke to Sayuri's magical school that offered virtual reality classes, this episode is not one that you want to miss!
57:34
April 1, 2019
Homework Policy
Do you think homework is useless? Does homework reinforce skills learned in class? Harry, Alice, and Jason break down whether or not homework belongs in schools anymore, how it affects students' time and personal lives, the 'types' of teachers that assign homework, and more! Be sure to follow @TheMonarchExperience and retweet your favorite episode for a gift card to our school store!
48:23
March 18, 2019
Popularity and Cliques
Want to learn how to be popular? This episode may - or may not - have all of the answers as 8th graders Sika, Marco, and Janel explore why people have the need to be popular, how it affects teens growing up, what long term effects it has, social media's impact, and much more in our 3rd episode! Plus, an opportunity to win free money by listening! Follow @TheMonarchExperience
47:44
March 4, 2019
Stress! At the Middle School
Feeling stressed?! Well, Sid, Fadilah, Mehreen, and Disha have got you covered as they break down the stresses of being a teenager both in and out of school, how to deal with these stresses, and why parents and teachers mean well, but often don't help matters. 
44:08
February 21, 2019
Episode 1- Standardized
In the very first episode of The Monarch Experience, Sammi, Madison, and Victoria break down the importance (or lack thereof) of standardized tests such as the Common Assessment and PARCC.  Plus, they address ways schools can make taking these tests more tolerable. 
41:56
February 6, 2019