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The Student-Centered World Podcast

The Student-Centered World Podcast

By Student-Centered World Podcast
My name is Jenn Breisacher and I am CEO of Student-Centered World. I help teachers create a fully engaged classroom through student-centered learning, reducing teacher stress, and increasing student success. Are you overwhelmed as a teacher? Do you find that your passion just isn't where it used to be? Do you love what you do, but the daily stress is just becoming too much? If so, you've found the right place. Our podcast focuses on teachers and how to avoid burnout while creating a memorable and (relatively) stress-free environment in your classroom and school.
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Episode 3.07: Keeping Faith in Yourself as a Teacher

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Episode 3.12: Listening to Your Students' Needs
Episode summary: In today's episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, I get to chat with Christie Hartley, a 61-year young teacher from New Mexico, who is also one of our "A Passion for Progress" students. In our conversation, we go over all kinds of things that she's been doing in the classroom this year, how things have been going, and of course, how she has been dealing with teaching during a global pandemic. She's got a lot of great ideas, and I think you will get a lot of great information out of this. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/student-needs Programs Discussed: Newsela: https://newsela.com/ ReadWorks: https://www.readworks.org/ Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/ Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/ Interested in learning about some programs that will grade FOR you? Yes, you read that right! Sign up for our free "Self-Grading Program Roundup" now.
43:42
January 23, 2021
Episode 3.11: Building Teacher / Student Relationships
Episode Summary: In this week's podcast, we're going to be talking about creating meaningful relationships with your students in a year where you might see them in person, you might not. You might see them for a little bit, they might go away. You may only see them through a screen, etc., etc. So, we know that creating relationships with our students is the number one way to get them engaged, to get them performing so we get to know who they are and what makes them tick and I can go on and on about the importance of building relationships in the classroom. But when you have a year that the classroom itself looks so different, and the expectations and how we even see them is changing so rapidly it's really hard to create consistent relationships. The number one challenge that I've been hearing from the teachers that I'm working with are the ones that have been all digital. How are you supposed to create a relationship with somebody who may never even come on camera? What are you supposed to do there? A lot of them are like, I'm just not. You can't just not. You have to do your due diligence to make meaningful relationships with each one of these students. So today, I wanted to talk about some of the ways that you can do that. These techniques can be used in the classroom. They can be used out of the classroom. They can be used digitally. They can use a hybrid. It's just a matter of putting your own spin on them. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/teacher-student-relationships Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/ Interested in learning about some programs that will grade FOR you? Yes, you read that right! Sign up for our free "Self-Grading Program Roundup" now.
16:06
January 16, 2021
Episode 3.10: "The Importance of Relationships" with Bridget Hocutt
Episode summary: In today's podcast, we get to go on a trip, sort of. I got to talk to one of our “A Passion for Progress” students, Bridget Hocutt, who teaches eighth grade. At the time of our recording, she and her family had decided that since they were all working remotely to take a little road trip, which was super exciting that I was able to talk to her as they were traveling (but we do get to hear a little bit of her trip in the background, which is just super fun, and if that's not 2020 I don't know what it is). Bridget took our course and just really saw the benefit of student choice, building relationships, how all of it interconnects and she's really inspirational to listen to. I think you will get a lot out of the lessons that she's going to teach you today. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/student-relationships Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/ Interested in learning about some programs that will grade FOR you? Yes, you read that right! Sign up for our free "Self-Grading Program Roundup" now.
28:29
January 9, 2021
Episode 3.09: Making a Lesson Fully Digital
A lot of the teachers that I have been talking to have been saying that they are beyond frustrated and exhausted because their schools or their districts keep changing the rules as they're playing the game.  Some districts had said that things are going to be one way and then abruptly change to something else. There are kids coming and going depending on what the protocols are for your school and it's throwing everybody for a loop. I wanted to take some time right now, to give you some food for thought to think about how you can prepare moving forward, and that way, at least until everything does move to the new normal, you have a plan in place for no matter what comes your way. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/digital-lesson Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/ Interested in learning about some programs that will grade FOR you? Yes, you read that right! Sign up for our free "Self-Grading Program Roundup" now.
09:24
January 2, 2021
Episode 3.08: Determining Timing as a Teacher
Let's talk all about scheduling for the crazy. Typically, we have an idea of how we want our lessons to play out, how we want to schedule them, whether you believe in backward design, or you go day by day, or you just plan out your lessons by week. Everybody has a system on how that works. But lately, when you're adding in the digital elements or the online elements or half the kids are on Zoom, and the other half is in the classroom or whatever scenario you have before you, it gets a little bit tricky to figure out the best way to schedule that is benefiting all of your students. Now I know there are all kinds of elements that are in the mix right now, if you're a virtual and you have students not logging in, so on and so forth. But that's something that I'm going to be talking about another day. Right now, I want you to wipe all of that off and just think about is the best way to be scheduling out what you need to teach your students given all of the hoopla, the potential change in the hoopla, and what that could look like to again, make your life easier, and make your students’ lives more beneficial. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/teacher-timing Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/ Interested in learning about some programs that will grade FOR you? Yes, you read that right! Sign up for our free "Self-Grading Program Roundup" now.
09:27
December 26, 2020
Episode 3.07: Keeping Faith in Yourself as a Teacher
In today's (short) podcast, I want you to have a little bit of a conversation with yourself. We often know that not only are we our own worst critic, but we are also a lot of times the person that we listen to the least. A lot of times, that leads to a lot of negative effects both in our professional life, personal life, and right now this is a really difficult season for teaching. Because of this, I want to give you some words of wisdom that I think can help get you through. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/keeping-faith Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/ Interested in learning about some programs that will grade FOR you? Yes, you read that right! Sign up for our free "Self-Grading Program Roundup" now.
06:24
December 19, 2020
Episode 3.06: Changing the Higher-Ed Dynamic with Dr. Joe Lizza
Episode summary: In today's podcast, I had the opportunity to talk to one of my dearest friends, Dr. Joe Lizza, who's Director of Campus Activities at Rowan University. We had a phenomenal conversation about the shifts that have been made when it comes to student life, student engagement, technology challenges, family challenges, all of the issues that we are seeing across the board in the field of education. Joe has done a fantastic job in his role working with the administrative team at Rowan University to try to come up with every possible scenario for their students and ways to help them still succeed in both learning and making it through the day-to-day. It doesn't matter if you are a K-12 teacher or you are in higher education, you will get a lot out of the things that Joe talks about today. A lot of the concepts that he developed or came up with or implemented are certainly things that we can all use in our classroom as well. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/student-life Programs Discussed: EdPuzzle: EdPuzzle.com Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/ Interested in learning about some programs that will grade FOR you? Yes, you read that right! Sign up for our free "Self-Grading Program Roundup" now.
27:34
December 12, 2020
Episode 3.05: Transitioning the Distance/Hybrid Classroom with Val Shindo-Uehira and Sarah Iverson
Episode summary: On today's podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with Val Shindo-Uehira with a cameo appearance by Sarah Iverson, who is an Instructional Coach. Val and Sarah teach at Kapolei Middle School, where Val has taught 7th-grade science for the past 17 years. Our conversation went into how their school district was preparing to open back up and the plans that they had in place and the committee's that they had together. It was so utterly impressive what they were able to come up with, the challenges that they are facing, and how they were overcoming them. I really think anybody who is either struggling with a reopening plan, or is getting ready to reopen, or maybe you have reopened, but it isn't really going as well as it could be, can get so much out of this episode. The three of us just sort of had a great conversation about what they're doing for the kids, what they're doing for the teachers, and how they are planning to move forward with all of this. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/digital-to-blended Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/
31:35
December 5, 2020
Episode 3.04: Easily Adapting the Classroom with Steph Sperber
Episode summary: On today's podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with 14-year teaching veteran Steph Sperber who is currently teaching in a middle school classroom. I met Steph in Spring 2020 through our Student-Centered World mastermind Facebook group; Steph was so instrumental in helping teachers in our group transfer their classrooms to a digital setting. I bring up Steph a lot when I talk to other teachers because I specifically remember her saying that, given her regular classroom was already student-centered, she actually had more time on her hands when school went digital. No one ever believes me when I tell them that, but it's true. The teachers that I've trained and the students that are learning all had the same sentiment that there is more time because of the nature of how the classroom is run. In talking to Steph today, you'll hear exactly how it's done. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/classroom-adaption Programs Discussed: Actively Learn: activelylearn.com G Suite for Education: edu.google.com/products/classroom Peardeck: peardeck.com Doodle Notes: doodlenotes.org Bitmoji: bitmoji.com Nearpod: nearpod.com Seesaw: seesaw.com Flipgrid: flipgrid.com Screencastify: screencastify.com EdPuzzle: EdPuzzle.com Support Steph's Mask Business: Steph’s Quilty Pleasure: etsy.com/shop/StephsQuiltyPleasure Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/
50:32
November 28, 2020
Episode 3.03: Defining Classroom Routine
Episode summary: Today I wanted to take a couple of minutes to talk about routine in the classroom. So, if you listened for the last two weeks, you know that the first episode that we had talked all about engagement. It was clipped out of the engagement webinar that I was giving over the summertime and then last week, we talked to Bridget Burlage, who talked all about how she engages her students through routines in the classroom. But there are some questions because my engagement piece was all about switching things up in the classroom and keeping the kids on the toes. Then Bridget went in and talked about how you have to have very distinct routines and it seems like they're conflicting thoughts, but they are not. And I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to explain how they both work together in perfect harmony in the classroom. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit studentcenteredworld.com/Classroom-Routine Programs Discussed: Google Classroom: Classroom.google.com EdPuzzle: EdPuzzle.com Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/
12:05
November 21, 2020
Episode 3.02: Structure in the Classroom with Bridget Burlage
Episode summary: In our very first interview of season three of the podcast, I was able to catch up with one of my former coworkers, Bridget Burlage, who is a high school English teacher and also teaches AP students. She has absolutely found her stride and a hybrid classroom and has some fantastic tips and tricks that she uses that are not only successful for the day-to-day, but it's also fully preparing her students through consistent engagement and relationship building. It all comes down to the structure in the classroom that she has created, and her students have adapted. Bonus: her tips are not for high school only; you can use them in any grade level, you just obviously have to change it a little bit for your content area and age appropriateness, but then you will be set to go.  Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit https://www.studentcenteredworld.com/classroom-structure/  Programs Discussed:  Google Classroom: Classroom.google.com  Teacher Made: teachermade.com  SeeSaw: seesaw.com NoRedInk: noredink.com Nearpod: nearpod.com  Jamboard: edu.google.com/products/jamboard/ Google Meet: meet.google.com/ Quizizz: quizizz.com Haiku Learning: my.haikulearning.com  Mentimeter: mentimeter.com  Want to learn more?  - Contact Bridget Burlage: bridgetburlage@gmail.com or https://www.twitter.com/theburlage  - Subscribe to podcast updates: https://www.studentcenteredworld.com/podcast  - Join the Student-Centered World Mastermind Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/  Follow Student-Centered World on:  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studentcenteredworld  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/
38:20
November 14, 2020
Episode 3.01: Student Engagement Strategies
Episode summary:  To say this year (2020) has been a roller coaster is an absolute understatement. Every moment, it seems like something has changed, something has been altered, something has been thrown at us some type of curveball that we had no idea was even coming in the first place.  And it's been hard.  It's been really hard to be a human right now, let alone to be a teacher. I feel like we've gone through such a roller coaster of respect and disrespect in the field. We've been trying so hard to find ways to strike balance to do our jobs and to teach our kids all the things that we normally do. But now we're wearing masks, or maybe now we're doing it through a screen. In March when the school shutdowns first started, we created our mastermind Facebook group, and we were trying to help one another in there and just figure out how to manage this. While we've found a lot of ways to manage it, we're still trying to figure things out at the same time. One of the issues that have come to the surface and it happened in the spring, it's happening in the fall, even as some schools are going back to school full time, it's still an issue is the idea of classroom engagement.  When you're all digital, the concern is are the kids even there? Are they logging in? Are they doing the assignments? What's going on with them at home? When they're in school? Maybe it's hybrid, so they're only there for a short period of time you want to get the best bang for your buck...but maybe they're not interested or when they are home and they're doing online work? Are they really doing it the way that you envision it? If they're in the classroom? Are they distracted because they have to wear masks or they have some type of shield between them and their friend and they can't be within three or six feet of one another and they can't walk down the hall or use the water fountains?  There's just so much going on right now.  I really felt that in this first episode, I should hone in on the stuff that I have been saying about classroom engagement. There are ways to certainly focus on this. If you know me at this point, you know that I say everything to be successful just takes a mindset shift, and then putting it into practice. This first podcast is the audio from our Hacking Student Engagement webinar. The teachers who have listened to this advice are finding themselves much less stressed and their students much more engaged. I hope you find the same. Episode transcript: For the full transcript of this episode, please visit https://www.studentcenteredworld.com/student-engagement-workshop/ Want to learn more? - Subscribe to podcast updates: studentcenteredworld.com/podcast - Join the Student-Centered World Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/293751971607485/ Follow Student-Centered World on: Pinterest: pinterest.com/studentcenteredworld/ Facebook: facebook.com/studentcenteredworld Instagram: instagram.com/studentcenteredworld/
36:04
November 7, 2020
Blended Learning for Fall 2020?
Everything is up in the air for fall 2020 in the classroom, but most districts are seriously considering blended learning. This podcast episode discusses what blended learning is and how you can be successful with it (and...spoiler alert...if you plan for blended learning, you can still do it effectively in the classroom...but it's very hard to be successful at traditional teaching online!) #blendedlearning #teachertips #distance learning To sign up for the discussed free training series, visit: https://www.studentcenteredworld.com/blended-learning-training/
15:06
May 22, 2020
Lesson Planning for a Pandemic
As teachers, we so often rely on our own experience each year that passes in the classroom when it comes to developing lesson plan ideas. Currently, we are in a unique situation in education. Teachers have been thrust into an atypical version of distance learning. While distance learning can be very effective in some scenarios, it turns into quite the bit debilitating attempt to keep continuity and consistency in our classrooms that have now turned virtual.
10:25
May 16, 2020
Teacher Observation Tips
Teacher evaluations and classroom observations are nervewracking for any teacher. Make it easy for an administrator to know how to write a classroom observation for you with these ideas and teacher observation examples that will work in all classrooms.  By following these instructional strategies, you will demonstrate not only effective teaching but will rock your teacher evaluation comments through whatever teacher evaluation system your district uses with this teacher observation checklist. You can read more about this topic here: https://www.studentcenteredworld.com/teacher-observation-tips/
09:40
May 9, 2020
What Do You Do With a Toxic School?
Hopefully, you haven't been there and you've only heard the horror stories, but when you work in a toxic school environment, everyone you love about education gets washed under a sea of anxiety. There are three options to come through on top of the situation. Don't let a bad school ruin your love of the game.
10:04
May 2, 2020
Teacher Self-Care and Preventing Burnout
Remember back to what probably seems like a lifetime ago. You became a teacher to: *Make a difference in the lives of students *Be the person a child can look up to for guidance *Follow your passion for education But the changes we are facing every day in policy, procedure, and expectations are making it seem like a pipe dream. The truth is, even if you’re not getting the support you need from your administration, parents, and even students, you can still recapture that “new teacher” energy. You just need to take care of yourself first. To check out the video series mentioned in this episode, visit the page found here: Beating Teacher Burnout Free Video Series
14:47
April 25, 2020
Why the School Shutdowns Can be Seen as a "Silver Lining" in Education
Teachers have been thrust into distance learning, but did you know that it will, unequivocally HELP teaching once everyone returns to the classroom? What seems like a complete uprooting is actually one of the greatest silver linings we have ever received in the educational world. eLearning and distance teaching is going to make all teachers better at their craft for a very specific reason. #distancelearning #elearning
20:50
April 17, 2020
Reaching Your Students while Distance Learning
Much like within the classroom, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to reaching students outside of the walls in our buildings. When it comes to a lack of communication, it's important to determine why before coming up with a plan to combat it (to whatever degree you can). Nothing in education is perfect, but as people in the frontline, we certainly should keep trying. Even if we help one student, we've made a difference. Teachers have been thrust into distance learning, but did you know that it will, unequivocally HELP teaching once everyone returns to the classroom? What seems like a complete uprooting is actually one of the greatest silver linings we have ever received in the educational world. eLearning and distance teaching is going to make all teachers better at their craft for a very specific reason. 
12:25
April 11, 2020
Tackling Distance Learning
Conquering distance learning can be very intimidating for a teacher who is unfamiliar with the process. Here are three action steps to help it go smoothly and be en effective means of teaching your students online. #distancelearning #blendedlearning #teachingonline
10:00
April 4, 2020
Handling School Closings While Teaching
The extensive school shutdowns are stressful on everyone...and trying to manage it all as a teacher is exhausting. We are in an unprecedented time in history right now. Teachers are scrambling and trying to make sense of what their role is currently, which looks different for every teacher in every school district around the world. Here is some advice as we try to navigate the (hopefully very temporary) new normal
11:48
March 28, 2020
Stressing Less in the Classroom
Teaching is becoming an increasingly difficult career path each year that passes.  There are some tweaks you can make to your teaching methodology that will help alleviate a significant amount of stress and allow you to consistently enjoy the time with your students.
10:20
May 18, 2019
Keeping Perspective
As educators, we so often get ourselves all wrapped up with the little things that we lose perspective of the big picture.  In this week's episode, we look at the slippery slope of life when this happens and brainstorm ways to stop it.
10:00
May 11, 2019
Overcoming Empathetic Distress
As teachers, we want to help all of our students do big things.  But what happens when we immerse ourselves in their own personal traumas every day?  How do we make sure that we are still in a good place to help them?  In this weeks podcast, we talk about how to do just that.
10:00
May 4, 2019
Taking a Teacher Brain Break
We know how important student brain breaks are to their mental health and productivity in the classroom, but what about teachers?  Should they also take brain breaks?  The answer is YES, and in today's episode, we explain how.
10:00
April 27, 2019
Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?
What if it isn't an external voice that is getting you down.  What if it is your own negative self talk....and upon examination, it's unnecessary and incorrect?  On this week's podcast, we take a look at your internal voice and whether it's building you up or knocking you down.
10:00
April 20, 2019
Stop Listening to the External Voices
External voices are all around us.....it's wonderful when they're positive and uplifting, but what happens when they're negative?  What happens when they end up making your internal voice doubt itself?  Today we're going to tackle the negativity and what you need to do to keep yourself above the chaos.
10:00
April 13, 2019
The Stress of Teaching
In this first episode of the Student-Centered World podcast, we look at teacher stress and discuss a quick way to start to organize your thoughts.
10:00
April 6, 2019