Teach Better Talk

Teach Better Talk

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Featuring expert educators ready to share progressive tactics to reach more students. Teach Better Talk is created by teachers, and fueled by passion! Every week, Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas, of the Teach Better Team and www.teachbetter.com, chat with educators from all around the world, discussing failures, successes, exciting new tactics, and dishing out loads of tips, tricks, and advice for teachers of all levels.
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Featuring expert educators ready to share progressive tactics to reach more students. Teach Better Talk is created by teachers, and fueled by passion! Every week, Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas, of the Teach Better Team and www.teachbetter.com, chat with educators from all around the world, discussing failures, successes, exciting new tactics, and dishing out loads of tips, tricks, and advice for teachers of all levels.
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119: Connected, reflective, and unrelenting. - Bryon Carpenter shares why you need to connect with others outside your space, how to always be reflective, and why every obstacles is an opportunity wai
11 year veteran teacher, Bryon Carpenter, chats with is about being unrelenting, connecting with others, and making it your  own. Bryon shares why you need to connect with others outside your space, how to always be reflective, and why every obstacles is an opportunity waiting to happen. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/bryoncarpenter Episode Highlights 2:03 - 3 things you can do right now to be better at self care: Just move. Take an intentional moment for yourself. Take small steps to eat healthier Give yourself permission to take care of yourself. (yes, we said 3, but gave you 4.) 8:06 - Previewing the episode with Bryon Carpenter. 10:59 - Bryon introduces himself. 13:21 - Bryon shares some of the challenges of his unique blended learning environment. 16:43 - Bryon's failure: As a research scientist, completely failing at a crucial (and expensive) project. 21:49 - Bryon's success: Mother's Day project, and the response. 27:37 - What's got Bryon excited about education: Making connections outside my educational space. 32:17 - Bryon's advice that teachers can take and put in place right now: Get connected more than you are. 33:40 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 36:46 - How to connect with Bryon Bryon's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Adobe Spark and Google Classroom Book: "Teach Better" Who to Follow on Instagram: Tim Cavey (@TeachersOnFire) Sarah Johnson (@SarahSajohnson) YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Global Community Foundation Learning  Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: #freshairatfive. For more details about #freshairatfive, check out Bryon's blogpost on www.bryoncarpenter.com Best piece of advice you've ever received: “Do an honest days work and you’ll have no regrets.” Links to Connect With Bryon Website: bryoncarpenter.com Twitter: @bryoncar
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November 12, 2019
118: Listen. Reflect. Personalize. - Charles Randolph and Steve Jones chat with us about listening to your students, putting your ego aside, and personalizing learning for everyone.
ISTE STEM Co-Chairs, Charles Randolph and Steven Jones, chat with us about listening to your students, putting your ego aside, and personalizing learning for everyone. We talk about connecting content to real world solutions, exploring artificial intelligence, and the rise of esports. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/charlesrandolph-stevenjones Episode Highlights 0:35 - Shoutout to Marcela for Rae's descriptive word for Jeff! 1:22 - Chatting about being connected virtually. 4:49 - Previewing the episode with Charles Randolph and Steven Jones 7:55 - Charles and Steven introduce themselves.  9:49 - Charles and Steven share how they got connected. 12:05 - Charles' failure: Not being able to work with all his teachers on PD. Steven's failure: Creating his own curriculum, taking feedback, and having to adjust. 12:54  - Steven's success: Implementing his STEM program. Charles' success: Deploying personalized devices to his entire district. 20:48 - What's got you excited about education right now: Steven: ISTE STEM programs and the opportunities they're providing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and using 3-D printing. Charles: Working with ISTE STEM and driving diversity in STEM and STEAM. Loving AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), and drones. 26:25 - Jeff rudely interrupts Rae to rant about esports. 29:45 - Charles and Steven's advice for new teachers who want to be progressive: Charles: Research and talk to different educators. Go out to different schools and talk to people. Steven: Observe others. Don't get discouraged when things get difficult. 33:38 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 35:53 - How to connect with Charles and Steven.
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November 7, 2019
117: ASPIRE To Lead - Joshua Stamper chats with us about relationships, passion projects, and going further to be a leader.
Assistant Principal, and host of the ASPIRE Leadership Podcast, Joshua Stamper, chats with us about relationships, passion projects, and going further to be a leader. Joshua talks about changing the structure of education, looking at what you're doing to affect your district, and why we cannot be afraid to ask questions. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/joshuastamper Episode Highlights 4:23 - What id you cannot make it to the Teach Better Conference? 8:30 - Previewing the episode with Joshua Stamper. 11:17 - Joshua introduces himself. 11:50 - Joshua's failure: Proving to his district that he could go beyond his subject matter and be a leader. 15:51 - Joshua's success: Creating a program for peer groups and partnering with PTA members and community members. 18:38 - Joshua shares what he'll be speaking on at the Teach Better Conference. 20:43 - What's got Joshua excited about education right now: Technology. Joshua mentions Chad's episode of the ASPIRE Podcast. Listen here! 23:44 - Joshua's advice for new teachers: Don't be afraid to ask questions. 26:26 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 30:25 - How to connect with Joshua. Joshua's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Calendly Book: "The Coach Adventure" by Amy Illingworth Who to Follow on Twitter: Evan Robb (@ERobbPrincipal) Sarah Johnson (@SarahSajohnson) Nathan Maynard (@NmaynardEdu / Brad Weistein (@WeinsteinEdu) YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Todd Nesloney and Rick Wormeli Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Everyone needs to create. Everyone needs a passion project. Best piece of advice you've ever received:  "In relationships, love is a choice." - Joshua's mom. Links to Connect With Joshua Website: www.joshstamper.com Twitter: @joshua__Stamper Facebook Page: @AspirePodcast
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November 3, 2019
116: The Future Is Now - James DiDonato chats with us about preparing students for the future, connecting with your community, and being an educational geek.
Superintendent, James DiDonato, chats with us about preparing students for the future, connecting with your community, and being an educational geek. James talks about keeping our passion and excitement for learning, bringing students into the real world right now, and why you need to just keep at it with kids until you help them get there. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jamesdidonato Episode Highlights 2:48 - We talk about our weekends Did you know Jeff DJ's weddings and is ordained? Rae worked with a group of teachers going through our FREE Teach Better Book Study. Want to get involved? Connect with the AMAZINg Katie Norton (@MrsNortonKinder) or head over to our Facebook Page to catch our live book study sessions. 9:45 - Previewing the episode with James DiDonato. 13:37 - James introduces himself 17:10 - James' failure: Failing to get a principal's position. 20:35 - James' success: When he was a multiple disabilities teacher. Building the program up. Working with kids and getting them to succeed in reading. 23:08 - What's got James excited about education right now: Bringing the school and the community together. 26:49 - James' advice for new teachers: Keep learning. Keep growing. 29:27 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 33:05 - How to connect with James. James's Recommendations EdTech Tool:  Anything Google Book: "Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Successz" by Harvey Alvy and Pam Robbins. Who to Follow on Twitter: @jamesedidonato, @mthollyschool @teacherfit19 @ohhowhealthy YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Go search for things. Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine:  Prayer, Learning, Healthy habits. Best piece of advice you've ever received: You can't make people happy. Links to Connect With James Twitter: @jamesedidonato
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October 31, 2019
115: Belief formation on steroids. - Michael Rousell chats with us about how we can use surprise to change  the way our students think about education and themselves.
Teacher, psychologist, and author, Michael Rousell, chats with us about how we can use surprise to change  the way our students think about education and themselves. Michael delves into the science of surprise, shares a story of how he became "the master of the pause," and talks about  hypnotizing his students. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/michaelrousell Episode Highlights 3:36 - Rae asks the most important question about the Teach Better Conference. Use code "PodcastTalk" to save $50 on your 2-day registration. 5:35 - Jeff talks about how good-looking Adam Welcome is. 6:57 - Talking about how the conference is structured and why Rae is so excited. 10:21 - Previewing the episode with Mike Rousell 12:34  - Mike introduces himself. 13:56 - Mike's failure: Receiving a low teacher eval from students, and working too hard and not being himself. 18:38 - Mike's success: Starting a class by doing the "Thriller" dance. 20:17 - What keeps Mike excited about education: Reaching students like himself. 24:10 - Mike delves into the element of surprise and how it works. 34:18 - 6 question answered in 15  seconds or less. 38:19 - How to connect with Mike. Mike's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Blendspace Book: "Educated" by Tara Westover Who to Follow on Instagram: Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) and Amy Cuddy (@amyjcuddy) YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Teach Better,  Science Versus, A Mighty Girl Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily--Find the Funny in your Day. Weekly: exercise, eat well, enjoy life outside the classroom. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Look after the students who are hardest to reach. They need you the most.  Links to Connect With Mike Website: michaelrousell.com Twitter: @rousellm Facebook Page: michael.a.rousell Book: "The Power of Surprise" (coming soon)
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October 28, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - Waiting to Have "Those Conversations" Is Hurting Students.
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Waiting to Have Those Conversations is Hurting Students" Written by Rae Hughart (@RaeHughart). Read by Jeff Gargas (@jeffgargas). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/waiting-to-have-those-conversations-is-hurting-students. In This Post The importance of conversations about our students' futures. Helping our classrooms become avenues for discovering passion & practical uses for it! Using your content to help students find their futures.
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October 25, 2019
114: Be unapologetically you. - Becky Schnekser chats with us about teaching science the way it is meant to be taught, have phalange wars with her students, and being unapologetically you.
Educator and explorer, Becky Schnekser, chats with us about teaching science the way it is meant to be taught, have phalange wars with her students, and being unapologetically you. Becky shares why you need to get connected, the fact that she has probably internet stalked you, and how we're going to change the world through the power of education. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/beckyschnekser Episode Highlights 3:05 - Talking about keeping our  energy and positivity up during the tougher times of the school year, and the support  resources in place for you. Including our private facebook group. 7:51 - Previewing the episode with Becky Schnekser 12:27 - Becky introduces herself. 14:54 - Becky's failure: Postcard exchange with students around the U.S. It flopped. Flipped it to an expedition experience  in her classroom. 20:02 - Becky's success: Thumb war with student. 28:44 - Becky's advice for teachers to be a part of the change:  You have to connect. 32:32 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 39:00 - How to connect with Becky. Becky's Recommendations EdTech Tool:  Twitter Book: "Teach Better" by the Teach Better Team Who to Follow on Instagram: Elijah Carbajal @carbaeli (elementary education) John Mead @evo_explorer (science) Andres Ruzo @georuzo (explorer) YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog:  ArtHub for Kids Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily, weekly, or monthly positive communication home--choose the time frame that works for you and do it!  Best piece of advice you've ever received: Be unapologetically you Links to Connect With Becky Website: www.expeditionschnekser.com Twitter: @schnekser Facebook Page: Becky.Schnekser Instagram: @schnekser YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG4TpX6oPM3jbqrW3zJpXEA
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October 23, 2019
113: You are enough. - Angela Maiers chats with us about changing the world, chasing big dreams, and understanding that you are enough.
Angela Maiers chats with us about changing the world, chasing big dreams, and understanding that you are enough. Angela shares how we can have an impact even if we aren't perfect, the power of daily affirmations, and why the same thing has kept her excited for 32 years. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/angelamaiers Episode Highlights 4:10 - Shoutout to our good friends at IDEA (www.ideaillinois.org) Come see Jeff and Rae at IDEA Con in  February, 2020! 5:51 - Previewing the episode with Angela Maiers. 8:46  - Angela introduces herself. 11:20 - Angela's failure: Waiting for others to define the conversation. 15:50 - Angela's success: Joining Seth Godin's "The Domino Team." 21:00 - What's keeping Angela excited about education right now: It's been the same for 32 years. 28:24 - Angela's advice for new teachers: You are enough. 31:59 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 38:05 - How to connect with Angela. 42:23 - Angela gives us all a FREE course! Angela's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Zoom Book: "Linchpin" by Seth Godin Who to Follow on Twitter or Instagram: People outside your network--will talk about why! Anyone who inspires you can push your thinking can offer different perspectives. People who do that for me: @GaryVee Gary V @ariannahuff Arianna Huffington @ThisIsSethsBlog Seth Godin YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Again--I suggest in addition to following people in your network--step outside. vlogBrothers Journey of Purpose Big Inspired School of Life TedTalks Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily affirmations. Every day teachers need to affirm that THEY MATTER--not just their kids but WE MATTER. Worthiness is a daily practice! Best piece of advice you've ever received: Stand for something.
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October 20, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - 5 Characteristics of Strong School Leaders
This is an audio version of the blog post, "5 Characteristics of Strong School Leaders" Written by Chad Ostrowski (@ChadOstrowski). Read by Jeff Gargas (@jeffgargas). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/5-characteristics-of-strong-school-leaders. In This Post: The 5 qualities successful most school leaders have. Ideas on how to become a more successful leader in your school - no matter your position!
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October 19, 2019
112: Good stress. - Mike Washburn chats with us about appreciating people, being fearless, and having "good stress."
Mike Washburn chats with us about appreciating people, being fearless, and having "good stress." Mike shares why it's critical to have realistic expectations, the importance of learning to reflect and grow, and why we need to go after those big ideas. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/mikewashburn Episode Highlights 0:00 - Previews of sessions at the Teach Better Conference in November. Use "PodcastTalk" to save $50 on your 2-day registration. 3:55 - Highlighting the importance of networking. 7:56  - Previewing the episode with Mike Washburn. 10:59 - Mike introduces himself. 14:36 - Chatting about Mike's podcast, OnEducation. 22:18 - Mike's failure: Staying late at school the entire year. Setting up a video project and not accounting for the need of him to be there for every piece of it. 28:23 - What keeps Mike excited about education: Having conversations with people about working together. And of course, the podcast. 31:54 - Mike's advice for teachers: Have realistic expectations, and focus on always getting better. 25:11 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 36:00 - Jeff wastes a whole bunch of everyone's time... 43:35 - How to connect with Mike. Mike's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Explain Everything Book: Just bought 4 python books. Who to Follow on Instagram: Glen Irvin @irvspanish  Ann Kozma @annkozma723 Steve Isaacs @mr_isaacs SHOUT OUT TO RAE whose insta game is top tier. YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Everyday Astronaut Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily - Watch a YouTube Video or read a wikipedia article about something outside your wheelhouse. Weekly - Make someone’s day better by telling them something they’ve done that you appreciate Monthly - Think of a big idea, something you’ve never done before, and start to make plans to make it happen. Review your progress for other big ideas. Keep pushing forward. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Be myself. Do what I do for me, and trust that what I’m saying will resonate
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October 16, 2019
111: Being "The Loud One" - Delaney Brummel chats with us about being cool with being "the loud one" in her school, and focusing on keeping things student-centered.
First year teacher, Delaney Brummel, chats with us about being cool with being "the loud one" in her school, helping kids get comfortable sharing failures with each other, and focusing on keeping things student-centered. Delaney shares how she keeps a smile on every day, the power of remembering there are actual humans in our classrooms, and reminds us that you don't need to be a veteran teacher to bring value to others. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/delaneybrummel Episode Highlights 1:44 - Rae talks about what it was like having Delaney as a student teacher. 5:05 - Chatting about education organizations and the value they can offer. AMLE NEA NAGC IDEA (Come see us at IDEAcon in February 2020!) AIMS SECO NSTA OAGC 8:48 - Previewing the episode with Delaney Brummel 13:43 - Delaney introduces herself. 15:22 - Delaney's failure: Failing her lesson on failure. 17:36 - Delaney's success: Her students writing "books" and throwing a "publishing party." 22:57 - How Delaney keeps her smile on every day: Truly excited to see her students every day. 25:14 - What's got Delaney excited about education: Making things student-centered. 26:41 - Delaney's advise for teachers: Don't forget that these are actual humans in front of us. 28:42 - Jeff yells at Delaney. 30:05 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 32:28 - How to connect with Delaney. Delaney's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Grammarly Book: "Miles Morales: Spiderman" by Jason Reynolds Who to Follow on Instagram: ELA TEACHERS should follow @texaslonestarteacher. Into teacher fashion? Follow @teacherdresscode YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: monicagenta.com Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine:  Let you kids know they should ask WHY what they’re learning is important. Best piece of advice you've ever received: "You don't have to grade everything!" - Rae Hughart Links to Connect With Delaney Instagram: @ms.brummel
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October 14, 2019
110: It's not what you know. - Jason Habisch chats with us about taking care of yourself, being a part of a championship team, and recruiting your own board of advisors.
Jason Habisch chats with us about taking care of yourself, being a part of a championship team, and recruiting your own board of advisors. Jason talks about the power of reflection, leaning into a challenge and learning from it, and explains why it's not what you know, or who you know, but both. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jasonhabisch Episode Highlights 3:11 -  Chatting about our favorite parts of the "Teach Better" book.  6:52 - Tweet to win a FREE signed copy of the book! Include the hashtags: #TeachBetter #TeachBetterTalk #NotJustAnEbook Tag @RaeHughart and @jeffgargas (or @_jeffgargas on IG) 11:01 - Previewing the episode with Jason Habisch 14:24 - Jason introduces himself. 15:30 - Jason's failure: Stepping away from education and starting a business. 20:53 - Jason's success: Being part of a championship football program. 29:13 - What's keeping Jason excited about education right now:  The moments he gets to coach a kid into a vision of themselves that's much bigger than what they had. 34:01 - Jason's advice for teachers: Be brave enough to be the adult. And recruit your own board of advisors. 37:48 - 6 questions answered in 15  seconds or less. 39:54 - How to connect with Jason Guest's Recommendations EdTech Tool: quizizz/quizlet Book: "Atomic habits" by James Clear Who to Follow on Instagram: #personaldevelopment #successmindset #earthfocus YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Relaxingsoundzzz Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Plan your personal week on a Sunday night. Best piece of advice you've ever received: "Don’t miss out on your own kids coaching everyone else’s." - Bill Kerbel
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October 10, 2019
109: Lifelong Learning. - Jorge Valenzuela chats with us about how a lot of failures equate to small successes, but a lot of little successes lead to bigger successes.
Jorge Valenzuela chats with us about how a lot of failures equate to small successes, but a lot of little successes lead to bigger successes. Jorge shares who you should look to in order to be successful, where true happiness comes from, and lays out his 5 daily routines you need to get into. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jorgevalenzuela Episode Highlights 3:26 - We restart the episode because...well, because Rae. 3:52 - Talking about our network, your PLN, and the power of connecting. 6:23 - Shoutout to our friends at IDEA for featuring Teach Better Talk in their newsletter! 9:06 - Previewing the episode with Jorge Valenzuela 14:26 - Jorge introduces himself. 17:22 - Jorge's failure: Recurring failure of oversharing with colleagues. 20:01 - Jorge's success: Becoming an author. 25:02 - What keeps Jorge excited about education: Project-Based Learning (PBL) 28:22 - Jorge's advice for teachers: If you want to be successful in anything, you need to look at people that have already accomplished what you want to accomplish 30:23 - Jorge provides 7 quick tips for new teachers: Form good relationships with others Know your educational philosophy Understand the theoretical frameworks that inform how you plan and teach Use educational protocols Use learning targets Write your own lesson plans (and if you don’t know, learn how to) And take breaks and do what you love to do on those breaks. Because happiness comes from within by doing what we love to do. 31:56 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 38:00 - How to connect with Jorge. Jorge's Recommendations EdTech Tool: littleBits Book: "Codebreaker" by Brian Aspinal Who to Follow on Twitter: Tim Cavey @TeachersOnFire  Michelle Moore @Michelle4EDU Rabbi Michael Chohen @TheTechRabbi YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Chris Woods @DailySTEM Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Here’s my top 5 things — Start your day with Prayer & meditation. Spend wholesome time with family and friends frequently. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week. Eat healthy at least 80% of the time. Improve your craft on a daily basis. I like to put in 10-15 hours extra each week. I don’t recommend that everyone do the same but start with 30 minutes a day! Best piece of advice you've ever received:  “Know thyself” and that is a quote by Socrotes. Because if I know myself — no one can tell me or make me feel otherwise.
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October 7, 2019
Strategies to Increase Critical Thinking Skills in students
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Strategies to Increase Critical Thinking Skills in Students" Written by Dr. Matthew X Joseph (@MatthewXJoseph). Read by Jeff Gargas (@jeffgargas). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/strategies-to-increase-critical-thinking-skills-in-students. In This Post: The importance of helping students increase critical thinking skills. Ways to promote the essential skills needed to analyze and evaluate. Strategies to incorporate critical thinking into your instruction.
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October 4, 2019
108: Get comfortable being uncomfortable. - Dan Kreiness chats with us about staying true to your why, rolling with the punches, and finding the positive in every failure.
Instructional coach, and host of the Leader Of Learning Podcast, Dan Kreiness, chats with us about staying true to your why, rolling with the punches, and finding the positive in every failure. Dan talks about the power of getting connected, how we need to get comfortable being uncomfortable, and why you need to think of yourself as a leader. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/dankreiness  Episode Highlights 1:27 -  Rae slyly plugs our new book, "Teach Better." Get it now on Amazon! Get the FREE Book Study here! 8:47 - Previewing the episode with Dan Kreiness. 12:46 - Dan introduces himself. 14:07 - Talking about Dan's recent transitions to a new school. 15:41 - Dan's tips for teachers going through changes in their careers. 18:07 - Dan's failure: Figuring out that sometimes things just aren't the right fit. 21:11 - Dan's success: Being recognized as a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader. 25:34 - What's got Dan excited about education right now: Adult learning - Helping to inspire teachers. 28:25 - Dan's advice for new teachers: Get connected. Developing yourself as an educator can't happen if you're teaching in isolation. 31:28 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 33:40 - How to connect with Dan. Dan's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Google Calendar Book: "Innovate Inside the Box" by George Couros and Katie Novak. Who to Follow on Instagram: Sabba Quidwai - @AskMsQ YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Claudi0 Zavala, Jr. and Baruti Kafele (aka Principal Kafele). Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine:  Daily - try your best to leave work at work. Best piece of advice you've ever received: "No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care" - Teddy Roosevelt
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October 2, 2019
107: Adjust Your Mindset - Nick Mann chats with us about why personal wellness is so important for teachers, how he learned to fail forward, and how you can take small steps to be healthier every day.
Fitness expert, Marine Corp Veteran, and founder of TeacherFit, Nick Man, chats with us about why personal wellness is so important for teachers, how he learned to fail forward, and how you can take small steps to be healthier every day. Nick shares how a simple mindset adjustment can change the way you think and feel about exercise, why he is on a mission to help teachers be healthier, and how a simple morning routine can set your day up for success. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/nickmann Episode Highlights 1:47 - Discussing ways educators can pursue more for themselves. Going to conferences (Like the Teach Better Conference). Utilize social media.  Get involved with an organization, like the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA). 6:36 - Previewing the episode with Nick Mann. 10:20 - Nick picks his favorite between Jeff, Rae, and Chad. (He picked incorrectly, btw) 10:54 - Nick and Jeff pick on Rae. 12:59 - Nick introduces himself and the TeacherFit mission. 16:36 - Diving into what TeacherFit actually is. 21:42 - Nick's failure: "Daily business failure have taught me to fail forward." 24:06 - Nick's success: Becoming a Marine Officer. 26:08 - What keeps Nick excited and moving forward: Working to make TeacherFit a success for teachers. 28:26 - Nick's advice for teacher (or anyone) looking to be better with their personal wellness: Adjust your mindset. Be excited about taking care of yourself. Take small steps. "Tomorrow morning, get up 30 minutes early and do something that's going to set your day up for success." And then share it out on social media using #TeachBetter and #TeacherFit 33:00 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 35:15 - Rae commits to doing some physical exercise, and getting back into Yoga within the next 6 months. 26:20 - How to connect with Nick. Nick's Recommendations EdTech Tool: The TeacherFit App Book: "Shoe Dog" by Phil Knight Who to Follow on Instagram:  @brewerhm, @mr_Alsheimer, @runandrant YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: TeacherFit YouTube Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily movement. Move your body for 10 minutes every day. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Fail Forward.
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September 29, 2019
106: Empower Students as Creators - Monica Burns chats with us about empowering students as creators, and the power of purposefully checking in with others every day. 
Speaker, author, and consultant, Monica Burns, chats with us about empowering students as creators, giving kids opportunities to work on projects big and small, and the power of purposefully checking in with others every day. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/monicaburns2 Episode Highlights 2:00 - Rae interrupts Jeff to talk about her classroom...because it's all about Rae. 3:04 - Rae loves Seesaw. 6:32 - Chatting about the 2020 IDEAcon presented by the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA). 9:00 - Previewing the episode with Monica Burns. Check out Monica on episode 46 last year! 13:48 - Monica introduces herself. 14:32 - Monica tells us a little about The Easy EdTech Podcast. 16:18 - Monica's failure: Not asking for help enough. 18:40 - Monica's success: Publishing her book "Tasks Before Apps" with ASCD 20:05 - What keeps Monica excited about education: Having the opportunity to work with students and other teachers. 21:40 - A recent blog post that has a really great tip in it: 5 Tips For Creating Infographics With Students. 24:17 - Monica's advice for pursuing better edtech use: Big and small creation moments. 25:35  - Monica shares a little about her books. 29:44 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 33:10 - How to connect with Monica. Monica's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Adobe Spark Book: "Range: Why Generalist Triumph in A Specialist World" by  David Epstein Who to Follow on Social Media: @Edutopia, @JenWilliamsEdu YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: 360 Content from National Geographic on YouTube Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine:  Check in every morning with someone nearby. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Get to the lunchroom and spend lunch with everyone else.
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September 26, 2019
105: Be Consistent. Be flexible. - Barbara Mascareno chats with us about teaching content in a context that helps students retain it better, the power of flexibility, and how we can work to incorporat
Science teacher, writer, and owner of Spanish4Kiddos, Barbara Mascareno, chats with us about teaching content in a context that helps students retain it better, the power of flexibility, and how we can work to incorporate language in all content areas. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/barbaramascareno Episode Highlights 1:11 - Jeff and Rae commit to learning how to speak Spanish. 4:03 - Next steps if you want to expanding your knowledge. Attend Conferences National Association of Bilingual Education IDEAcon Attend Workshops Find Classes at Local Community Colleges 8:29 - Previewing the episode with Barbara Mascareno. 11:35  - Barbara introduces herself. 12:32 - Barbara's failure: Working with a very withdrawn student and working to get him to just try. 15:09 - Barbara's success: Seeing students succeed in the classroom. 16:36 - Working with a resistant student. 20:50 - What's got Barbara excited about education right now: Hands on experiences in classrooms. 23:17 - Barbara's suggestion for teachers looking to get started with bilingual teaching. 24:38 - How we can better incorporate language into other content areas. 26:17 - Barbara's advice for new teachers: Be consistent and flexible. 27:52 - Barabara shares a little about Spanish4Kiddos.com. 29:37 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 32:46 - How to connect with Barbara. Barbara's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Google Classroom Book: "Eva Luna" by Isabel Allende (Spanish version) Who to Follow on Instagram: Besides you guys, this is a tough one - Twitter @WIDAConsortium, @judiehaynes @ESLlibrary YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: The Education Podcast Network (http://www.edupodcastnetwork.com/) Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Get your desk cleared every day before leaving school. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Write a sub lesson plan and get a sub binder the first week of school (you never know when emergencies happen)
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September 22, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - 5 Out of the Box Ways to Engage TEACHERS in Professional Development
This is an audio version of the blog post, "5 Out of the Box Ways to Engage TEACHERS in Professional Development" Written by Lauren Salsinger (@diaryofa21stcenturyteacher). Read by Jeff Gargas (@jeffgargas). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/5-out-of-the-box-ways-to-engage-teachers-in-professional-development.  IN THIS POST:  As a Student Learning Coach, providing meaningful professional development for my teachers is so important. There are 5 out of the box ways to engage teachers in PD. What better way to guide discussions than by leading with the students? Inviting students in and having teachers watch drives engagement. Google Classroom isn’t limited to your class, it is also a great platform for teachers! Online learning can be done in a number of ways, but videos and readings, followed by discussions through Google Classroom have been most effective with my teachers. Providing options increase the effectiveness of the learning opportunities for teachers. Jigsawing the content can add more to teachers’ plates, but it also allows for teachers to take ownership and get more invested in the content of the reading. 
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September 21, 2019
104: Do Your New Best - Jake Miller chats with us about sharing more in order to help more teachers help more students, finding what best fits your style, and being the best teacher you've ever been.
Educational Duct Tape Podcast host, Jake Miller, chats with us about sharing more in order to help more teachers help more students, finding what best fits your style, and being the best teacher you've ever been. Jake chats about figuring out what the need is and then finding the right tool, properly planning and preparing for presentations, and the power of trying something new. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jakemiller Episode Highlights 2:00 - Chatting about Jeff's favorite thing: Giving away FREE PD! 4:44 - Previewing the episode with Jake Miller. 7:26 - Shoutout to our friends at the Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA) - Check them out at www.ideaillinois.org! 9:06 - Rae's jealous because Jeff had coffee with Jake. You can too, at the 2019 Teach Better Conference! Use code "PodcastTalk" to save $50 9:59 - Jake introduces himself. 11:28 - Chatting about Jake's podcast, Educational Duct Tape. 15:42 - Jake's failure: Very first conference presentation; did not prepare and did not plan. 18:44 - Jake's success: The podcast. 21:50 - What's got Jake excited about education right now: Shoutout to Toney Jackson (@HeRhymesWithMe) 23:58 - Jake's advice to new teachers: 26:12 - Talking about Jake's session at the Teach Better Conference. 27:35 - How to win "GIFaday" for FREE! CLICK HERE TO WIN 29:21 - 6 Questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 33:35 - How to connect with Jake. Jake's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Camtasia Book: Jason Reynolds Track Series, "Teach Like A Pirate" by Dave Burgess Who to Follow on Instagram: @Mo_physics YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog:  Eric Curts Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily reflection! Best piece of advice you've ever received: Seth Godin's book "What to Do When It's Your Turn."
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September 19, 2019
103: Through A Culturally Diverse Lens. - Sheldon Eakins chats with us about learning as much as we can about our students' cultures, and how to address issues of equity. 
 Director of Special Education, and Director of the Leading Equity Center,  Sheldon Eakins, chats with us about about learning as much as we can about our students' cultures, and how to address issues of equity. Sheldon talks about what we might be missing culturally, the power of sharing your own culture with students, and why we need to make sure we're actually taking action on things we say. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/sheldoneakins Episode Highlights 1:56 - A  good starting point for exploring equity in your classroom. 6:37 - Previewing the episode with Sheldon Eakins. Go subscribe to Sheldon's podcast, and leave a rating and review - The Leading Equity Podcast 9:55 - Sheldon introduces himself. 11:24 - Sheldon shares some insight into his unique opportunity to teach on a Native American Reservation. 15:25 - Chatting about Sheldon's podcast and the Leading Equity Center. Check out Sheldon's course, "Teaching Through A Culturally Diverse Lens." 20:04 - Sheldon's failure: First teaching job in The Virgin Islands. Thinking he could connect with students the same way he could back home. 26:31 - What's got Sheldon excited about education right now: Hearing a lot more conversation around equity. 29:16 - Sheldon's advice for teachers wanting to actually put things into action: 33:59 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 36:10 - How to connect with Sheldon. Sheldon's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Audacity Book: "Expert Secrets" by Richard Brunson Who to Follow on Instagram: Erica B-Rivera (@ericabrivera) YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Podcasts: Black History Buff Class Dismissed Integrated Schools Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Reflecting on your implicit bias. Best piece of advice you've ever received: "You'll never be caught up. There's always going to be work to do."  Sheldon's Dad.
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September 16, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - 9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans - Connect your Content
This is an audio version of the blog post, "9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans - Connect your Content" Written by Rae Hughart (@raehughart). Read by Rae Hughart  Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/connect-your-content-to-fix-your-lesson-plans
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September 14, 2019
102: Motivate, educate, and differentiate. - Pam Olivieri chats with us about focusing on more than a test score, letting our students see that we're excited about the content, and the importance of n
Pam Olivieri chats with us about focusing on more than a test score, letting our students see that we're excited about the content, and the importance of not just building relationships, but also having a plan. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/pamolivieri Episode Highlights 1:27 - Chatting about some FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT going on in our private Facebook Group. Previous topics: September 6: 7 Changes That Could Save Your Teaching Career September 10: One Rule to Rule Them All - Purposeful Technology Integration Upcoming Topics: September 17 at 8:00pm EST: Social Basics For Teachers September 24 at 8:00pm EST: Reflecting On Our Summer Goals 7:29 - Previewing the episode with Pam Olivieri. 10:24 - Pam introduces hereself. 12:56 - Pam's failure: Too focused on relationships, but with no management plan. 15:44 - Pam's success: Having her admin that was focused on test scores, change their outlook and focus on student growth. 19:10 - What's got Pam excited about education right now: Taking her business a step further to now offering professional development. 21:20 - Pam's advice for new teachers: Check out "30+ Things I Wish I Knew My First Years of Teaching." 24:41 - How to get started on TeachersPayTeachers.com. 26:30 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 28:50 - How to connect with Pam. Pam's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Tablets Book: "Where the Crawdads Sing" by  Who to Follow on Instagram: @teachersnextdoor @onestopteachershop @createshareteach YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Disney Educational Productions- School House Rocks series. Great for language arts. Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily bins. Label them Mon-Fri. Print resources and gather books and materials.  Place them in each day so they are ready to go! Best piece of advice you've ever received: Always have a reasonable management plan and follow through. Students like knowing your expectations.
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September 12, 2019
101: Finding The "Why" Before the "What" - Stephanie Howell chats with us about focusing on the "why" in education and then finding the "what" that aligns with it. 
Instructional Technology Coordinator, Stephanie Howell, chats with us about focusing on the "why" in education and then finding the "what" that aligns with it. Stephanie shares the challenges she's faced as a younger teacher in a leadership role, the power of connecting with others that can help you grow, and the importance of remembering what you said you were going to do when you were in the interview chair. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/stephaniehowell Episode Highlights 1:28 - Chatting about supporting teachers when they start podcasting with students or with themselves. Make sure to join our private Facebook group to get a bunch of free PD. 4:00 - Highlighting a few of our featured speakers coming to the Teach Better Conference. Use code "PodcastTalk" to save  $50 Alicia Ray Dan Tricarico Allyson Apsey Rachelle Dene Poth 8:45 - Previewing the episode with Stephanie Howell. 11:36 - Stephanie introduces herself. 12:55 - Stephanie's failure: Not focusing on her teachers' "why" in education. 16:08 - Stephanie's success: "ISTE Distinguished District" award in 2018. Going to Google Innovator. 18:21 - What's got Stephanie excited about education right now: Seeing technology help students close learning gaps. 21:19 - Stephanie's advice for teachers: Start with creating relationships. 23:03 - How to reflect back to your "why." 24:41 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 26:22 - Stephanie's "Go to" podcasts: Teach Better Talk Google Teacher Tribe Get Inspired and Innovate (Stephanie's podcast with Lance Key (@lancerkey) Tech Connect Edu (Stephanie's school district's podcast) 29:44 - How to connect with Stephanie. Links to Connect With Stephanie Website: https://sites.google.com/plsd.us/mrshowell24/home?authuser=0 Twitter: @mrshowell24 Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/stephanie.howell24 Instagram:@mrshowell24 YouTube: Stephanie Howell
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September 9, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - Setting the Bar – 3 Tips to Help Our Students Meet and Exceed Our Expectations
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Setting the Bar – 3 Tips to Help Our Students Meet and Exceed Our Expectations" Written by Michael Jennings (@THEschmike). Read by Rae Hughart (@RaeHughart) Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/setting-the-bar-3-tips-to-help-our-students-meet-exceed-our-expectations/ In This Post:  Everyone is happy when those expectations are met and we LOVE it when our students exceed our expectations! If we are working daily to offer our students opportunities to meet these expectations the vast majority will, at a minimum, meet them. By setting the bar high, being consistent, and offering our students feedback on their progress, we ensure our students will meet and exceed our expectations
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September 7, 2019
100: Tim Cavey Takes Over Teach Better Talk - The Teachers On Fire host flips the mic on Jeff and Rae for our 100th episode.
Tim Cavey, host of the Teachers On Fire Podcast, flips the mic on Jeff and Rae for our 100th episode. Tim chats with us about the journey to 100, what we love about producing the podcast, how the show has grown, and the challenges we've faced along the way. We discuss the ups and downs so far, who has helped us get here, and what we're looking forward to in the next 100 episodes. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/episode100 Episode Highlights 0:36 - How does it feel to get to 100 episodes? 3:14 - What are your favorite things about the podcast? 4:28 - Dipping into the analytics; which countries listen the most to Teach Better Talk? The United States Australia Canada 5:23 - Who's up for a Teach Better Talk Tour? 5:57 - Where do you each listen to podcasts, and what do you listen to? 7:39 - Looking back on the journey to 100. What are some of the issues/challenges we've ran into.  12:28 - How has this been personally rewarding? How have you grown as a person during this process? 13:57 - Jeff gets all sorts of "sappy" about his and Rae's relationship. 17:06 - Who would you like to credit for giving you the love, support, patience, and space to make this happen over the past 100 episodes? 19:48 - Talking about our upcoming book, "Teach Better." 23:35 - What are you looking forward to at the Teach Better Conference? 27:47 - How would you like to see the podcast grow from here? 32:37 - Rae's challenge to you: think of 1 educator that you always go to for support, send their name to us! Tweet @raehughart or @jeffgargas, or email us at Jeff@teachbetter.com.
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September 5, 2019
99: Fail. Reflect. Move Forward. - Amber Heffner chats with us about learning from failures, reflecting in order to grow, and rethinking the way we facilitate education.
IDEA Executive Director, Amber Heffner, chats with us about learning from failures, reflecting in order to grow, and rethinking the way we facilitate education. Amber shares her journey to becoming Executive Director of IDEA, why she credits a failure for getting her there, and talks about why the passion of teachers has her excited about education right now. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/amberheffner Episode Highlights 0:53 - Rae tries to blame Jeff for an idea she actually had, that caused her to have to do more work. 2:22 - Check out our "Back to School" blog series at www.teachbetter.com/blog. 3:14 -  Shoutout to some of our Guest Bloggers! Jeremy Rinkel Christine Witcher Matthew Joseph Marebeth DiMare Jeffrey Austin 8:15 - Previewing the episode with Amber Heffner. 10:52 - Amber introduces herself. 13:22 - Amber shares her journey of becoming the Executive Director of IDEA. 16:45  - Amber's failure: Applying for, but not getting a principal position. The first job she had interviewed for and not gotten. 23:00 - What's got Amber excited about education right now: The passion that educators have today. Seeing changes happening. 26:45 - Amber's advice for new teachers: Build relationships...with students AND with other passionate educators. 31:17 - Some cool things coming up with IDEA. 33:08 - 6 questions answered in 15  seconds or less. 35:40 - How to connect with amber.
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September 2, 2019
BONUS EPISODE - Rae's Keynote Talk at the Hot Springs Tech Institute - June 2019
This is the audio from Rae's keynote talk at the Hot Springs Technology Institute in June, 2019. Rae shares insight into how teachers and IT leaders can work together so that technology is used effectively and efficiently to reach more students.  For more on the Hot Springs Technology Institute, visit: www.hsti.org.
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September 1, 2019
98: Learn to Love Failure - Meghan Deegan chats with us about the power of reflection, getting over the fear of failure, and surrounding yourself with the right people.
Meghan Deegan chats with us about the power of reflection, getting over the fear of failure, and surrounding yourself with the right people. Meghan shares how she learned to love failure, why we need to instill that same love in our students, and how we can question ourselves in the right way.  More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/meghandeegan Episode Highlights 0:46 - Previewing the episode with Meghan Deegan. 1:33 - Breaking down what The Grid Method is. 9:36  - Meghan introduces herself. 11:30 - Meghan's failure: Being afraid to fail and try new things. 13:57 - Meghan's success: Changing to love failure. 18:34 - What's got Meghan excited about education right now: The amount of teachers we can collaborate with. 20:01 - Meghan's advice for teachers: Find those positive teachers that are passionate about what they're doing. 25:18 - Meghan discusses her journey of trying out The Grid Method. 30:29 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 33:43 - How to connect with Meghan Meghan's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Gimkit. Book: "Hacking Leadership" by Joe Sanfelippo. Who to Follow: Joe Sanfelippo (@JoeSanfelippo). YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Math Antics and www.teachbetter.com. Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Self Care & balance. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Reflect. Often. All the time. A lot.
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August 29, 2019
97: Start A Revolution - Derek McCoy chats with us about loving what we do and who we do it with, bringing the excitement and joy, and how magic can take place if we embrace it.
Director of Learning and Innovation, and author of "The Revolution," Derek McCoy, chats with us about loving what we do and who we do it with, bringing the excitement and joy, and how magic can take place if we embrace it. Derek talks about doing better for our learners, taking care of ourselves, and how change is the only constant we have in our lives. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/derekmccoy Episode Highlights 1:07 - Highlighting some featured speakers at the Teach Better Conference.  Use  code "PodcastTalk" to save $50. Phil Strunk Kristen Nan Alex Oris Dave Burgess Shelley Burgess Tal Thompson Adam Welcome Ryan Sheehy Tara Martin 6:39 - Previewing the episode with Derek McCoy 9:30 - Derek introduces himself. 11:27 - Derek dives into the details of his book "The Revolution: It's Time to Empower Change in Our Schools" written with Darren Ellwein. 14:18 - Derek's failure: Managing change at schools is an ongoing challenge. 18:07 - Ways Derek's district tries to communicate to their community that they care and are there for the right reasons. 22:08 - What's got Derek excited about education right now: Seeing and hearing stories of schools/teachers/principals/districts taking risks to abandon practices that we've just been doing out of tradition or habit. 24:16 - Derek's advice to new teachers: Take your K-16 experience, love it, but put it in a small jar. Know that your learners are going to need something fundamentally different. 33:26 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 37:16 - How to connect with Derek.
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August 26, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - Integrating Technology in Education: Are You Making These Top 5 Mistakes?
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Integrating Technology in Education: Are You Making These Top 5 Mistakes?" Written by Tiffany Ott (@TechieTeachOtt). Read by Rae Hughart (@RaeHughart) Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/top-5-mistakes-integrating-technology-in-education In This Post:  Benefits of technology integration If it doesn’t actually improve the learning process, it doesn’t really belong in your classroom. There is a danger in jumping on an edtech tool bandwagon too quickly. There are dozens of reason why a teacher would hold off on trying a new tech tool. It is really easy to fall into the trap of technology as a babysitter. The overwhelming majority of teachers have access to and regularly use technology in their daily life. It becomes very easy to assume that our students do also.
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August 23, 2019
96: AR/VR in EDU - Jaime Donally chats with us about AR and VR in education, how we need to adjust technology to fit our classrooms, and why we need to let our students be partners in the experiences
Jaime Donally chats with us about AR and VR in education, how we need to adjust technology to fit our classrooms, and why we need to let our students be partners in the experiences. Jaime shares why you don't need to be the most tech savvy person to use tech in your classroom, what the first step to implementing AR/VR is, and why it's really not about the tech tool at all. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jaimedonally Episode Highlights 0:33 - Rae explains her descriptive word choice...and makes fun of Jeff. 2:05 - One  of the biggest mistakes people make with AR/VR. 9:17 - Jaime introduces herself. 11:00 - Jaime's failure: Not naturally enjoying writing. Supporting Rachelle in a session, and sharing an article that created a very awkward atmosphere in the room. 16:01 - Jaime talks about her book "Learning Transported: Augmented Virtual Mixed Reality For All Classrooms." 17:38 - Jaime's success: Finishing the book. Working on a second book. Going out on her own, consulting with school districts. 19:38 - What's got Jaime excited about education right now: Augmented Reality, and the tend that it's not just for techies anymore. 22:25 - Jaime explains the differences between AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality). 26:32 - Jaime's advice for teachers new to AR/VR: There is no one tool. Every classroom is different. Address where your students are struggling. 29:12 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 33:07 - How to connect with Jaime. Links to Connect With Jaime Website: www.arvrinedu.com Twitter: @JaimeDonally Instagram: @JaimeDonally YouTube: Jaime Donally Hashtags to Follow: #ARVRinEdu
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August 22, 2019
95: A Team Approach - Nick Sutton, chats with us about getting back to good instruction, working as a team, and why you shouldn't be afraid of your evaluations.
Superintendent, Nick Sutton, chats with us about getting back to good instruction, working as a team, and why you shouldn't be afraid of your evaluations. Nick shares why he thinks we're in such a cool time as educators right now, what leads to a building's success, and how administrators really just want to do what's best for kids, too. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/nicksutton Episode Highlights 0:34 - Shoutout to Janelly (@JanellyArc) for Rae's descriptive word. 1:16 - Going on and on about our AMAZING guest bloggers. Check them out here! 2:46 - Challenging you to focus on your goals. Tweet out your 3-week goal - Use #TeachBetter and tag @RaeHughart and @JeffGargas. 6:46 - Previewing the episode with Dr. Nick Sutton. 9:16 - Nick introduces himself. 10:33 - Nick's failure: Not addressing someone who needed to grow, out of fear of hurting the relationship. 13:20 - Nick's success: The professional development plan they've put into place in their district. 17:40 - What's got Nick excited about education right now: Getting back to good instruction. 19:57 - Nick's advice for new teachers: Don't forget that you made the best career decision in the world. You're going to love it. Appreciate that and find other likeminded people. Don't be scared of your evaluations. If they wanted to fire you, they  wouldn't have hired you in the first place. 22:32 - Chatting about Nick's podcast, "Learning Through Leading." Connect with Nick's cohost Matt Jacobson (@yodamatt68). 25:48 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 27:16 - How to connect with Nick. Links to Connect With Nick Website: drnicksutton.blogspot.com Twitter: @DrNickSutton Podcast: "Learning Through Leading.
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August 19, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - Student Teacher Mentoring 101
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Student Teacher Mentoring 101" Written by Rae Hughart(@RaeHughart). Read by Rae Hughart Read the post at www.eachbetter.com/blog/student-teacher-mentoring-101/ In This Post:  Student teacher mentoring is an ART Anytime you have a new student teacher, the first priority is learning about your mentee. It is essential to build a trust-filled relationship with your mentee. After understanding your mentee, and building a strong relationship, you need to provide tactical next steps for them to continue to grow.
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August 17, 2019
94: A Two-Way Conversation - Christine Witcher chats with us about the importance of feedback, and how to make sure our students are emotionally ready for it, and prepared to learn from it. 
Christine Witcher chats with us about the importance of feedback, and how to make sure our students are emotionally ready for it, and prepared to learn from it. Christine shares how fixing a problem in her classroom lead to creating an app to help others solve the same problem, and why we need to ask our students everyday what they need, and then listen to them.  More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/christinewitcher Episode Highlights 0:35 - Shoutout to Jess Hamilton for Rae's descriptive word. Tweet @RaeHughart or join our Facebook Group to give Rae a word and get a shoutout! 1:54 - Talking about how much Rae loved this episode. 3:05 - Talking about feedback and why it is so important in our classrooms. 6:30 - Previewing the episode with Christine Witcher. 8:59 - Christine introduces herself. 9:54 - Talking about Floop; the feedback tool that Christine co-created. 14:40 - Christine's failure: Was experiencing "student resistance" and surveyed Felt stuck. Total flop. Conducting  anonymous survey to get feedback. Almost quit teaching after seeing their feedback. Students where telling me exactly how to be  a better teacher. 19:15 - Christine's success: Switching entirely to self-assessment. Listening to her students' feedback on her teaching. 28:17 - Christine's advice to teachers: Understand that feedback is a conversation. It is a two-way conversation between you and each student. 29:50 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 33:10 - How to connect with Christine. Links to Connect With Christine Website: blog.floopedu.com Twitter: @FloopEdu
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August 15, 2019
93: Practice What You Preach - Robert Breyer chats with us about setting the tone, leading by example, and practicing what you preach.
Elementary Principal, Rob Breyer, chats with us about setting the tone, leading by example, and practicing what you preach. Rob shares why he loves classrooms that are never quiet, the reason he has the best kids in all of North Carolina, and what you need to do in order to successfully implement change. Why he loves classrooms that are never quiet. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/robertbreyer Episode Highlights 0:55 - Discussing how Jeff torments Rae. 1:50 - Resetting and remembering what our focus should be on right now. 4:43 - Previewing the episode with Robert Breyer. 7:57 - Rob introduces himself. 11:32 - Robbie Wobbie's failure: When he first  took over his school, fell into the trap of feeling like he always has to be at  work. Lost his balance. 15:37 - The Robster's success: Taking his school's morale and culture to a positive. Was a D rated school. Found that there was actually a lot of celebrations. Made them feel important. Had a teacher pushing back hard against doing small group work. Rob went with her to another school to see it in action. She came back and did it, and rocked it. At the end of the year, she thanked him for pushing her. 22:03 - What's got Robertooski excited about education right now: Huge fanatic  about project-based learning, STEM, STEAM education, anything that gets kids engaged with learning and gets them excited. 24:21 - Robert The Great's advice to young teachers: Take initiatives. Find opportunities for personal growth. Ask to go see veteran teachers teach. Get involved in Twitter Chats. 26:22 - 6 questions answered in 15  seconds or less. 29:50 - How to connect with Sir Robert of Educationadia. Links to Connect With Rob Website:  www.beyondthedeskleadership.com Twitter: @rbreyer51 Facebook Page: The Guiding Principals Facebook Group Podcast: “The Guiding Principals Podcast” on Anchor and Apple
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August 12, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - How to Fight Mental Illness Through Authenticity
This is an audio version of the blog post, "How to Fight Mental Illness Through Authenticity" Written by Christine Ravesi-Weinstein (@RavesiWeinstein). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart)  Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/fight-mental-illness-through-authenticity/  In This Post:  Authenticity is a growing necessity in education, for both teachers and students.  A job may be just a job, but teaching is more than that; it’s a work of love and sacrifice.  Although there are certain things we must temper when we are in front of our students, the inherent qualities that define who we are must be conspicuous and unchanged.  The foundations of authenticity are compassion, patience, positivity, and humor.  Positive relationships and authenticity give students cause to be authentic in return.
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August 10, 2019
92: Mic Drop Moments - Brianna Shaner chats with us about staying true to yourself, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and looking for your "mic drop moments."
Brianna Shaner chats with us about staying true to yourself, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and looking for your "mic drop moments." Brianna talks about trying new things, the importance of focusing on your strengths, and why we all need to embrace the "suck."  More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/briannashaner Episode Highlights 0:32 - Shoutout to Rachelle Dene Poth for Rae's descriptive word. Check out Rachelle on Episode 89! 1:16 - Talking about the craziness of the start of the year, and advocating for yourself when you need support. 7:32 - Jeff tells a story...because Jeff tells stories... 9:28 - Previewing the episode with Brianna Shaner. 12:16 - Brianna introduces herself. 14:05 - Brianna's failure: Spending time trying to create the perfect "show" for an evaluation, and not staying true to herself. It fell flat. A  student  actually said "Ms. Shaner, this lesson is not going well." 16:49 - Brianna's success: "Mic drop moment." Working with a student with severe anxiety. Student wouldn't even come into a classroom. Having that student take the initiative to go across the room to help another student. 19:28 - What's got Brianna excited about education right now: The push for personalized education. 23:12 - Brianna's advice for teachers: Make a list of your strengths in the classroom. From there, think about your goals. Celebrate your goals. 27:42 - Tools Brianna uses for setting goals, planning, and reflecting. 29:04 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 32:10 - How to connect with Brianna. Brianna's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Flipgrid for student use and Flocabulary for content based technology. Book: "Above the Line" by Urban Meyer Who to Follow: @burgessdave @loveandlogic YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Focus3.com and cultofpedagogy.com Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Feet up Friday- Not as a way to post a picture of your cute shoes on Instagram, but as a reminder to sit back and reflect on the week you had and what you have coming up. Truly taking time to reflect and not just “reflecting” while you are running around making last minute copies. Best piece of advice you've ever received: Embrace the “suck.” Links to Connect With Brianna Twitter: @brianna_shaner Instagram: @shaner_stories
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August 8, 2019
91: Just A Dreamer - Amanda Fox shares how we need to really think through the problems we're trying to solve, and why you should surround yourself with dreamers.
Author, speaker, and dreamer, Amanda Fox, chats with us about the importance of recalibrating after a failure, building relationships for the foundation of how we help students, and how to make sure technology is for our students, not just us. Amanda talks us through AR and VR in education, how we need to really think through the problems we're trying to solve, and why you should surround yourself with dreamers. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/amandafox Episode Highlights 1:15 - Talking about purposeful tech integration. 6:07 - Preview the episode with Amanda Fox. 8:30 - Amanda introduces herself. 9:59 - Amanda's failure: Seeing early success with after school programs, expanding quickly, and renting an actual brick and mortar makerspace for after school programs. Focused on her problem of moving equipment, NOT what students and parents needed.  15:11 - Chatting about Amanda's books: "Teachingland" written with Mary Ellen Weeks "Zom-Be A Design Thinker" 19:34 - Your chance to win your own Zip the Zombie! 22:56 -  What's got Amanda excited about education right now:  Figuring out the best uses for new technology. AR/VR in education getting outside of the fad and getting used in ways that get students creating. 25:35  - Amanda's advice to teachers: It comes down to relationships. Build a PLN. 27:56 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 30:13 - How to connect with Amanda. Amanda's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Google Suite Book: "Educated By  Design" by Michael Cohen and "One Drop of Kindness" by Jeff Kubiak Who to Follow: @GameboyDrew, @sarahdateechur, @burgessdave YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Steve Bambury AR/VR on YouTube Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Blogging. Period. Best piece of advice you've ever received: "Surround yourself with dreamers."
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August 5, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - Breaking Down Why District Initiatives Break Down
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Breaking Down Why District Initiatives Break Down" Written by Chad Ostrowski (@chadostrowski). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart) Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/breaking-down-why-district-initiatives-break-down/ In This Post: The sad truth is, most district initiatives fail. There are common mistakes that are typically to blame for district initiatives failing, and they can be avoided. Start small, plan long-term, involve all stakeholders, provide follow-up, and choose the right provider, and you'll be off to a better start, with your initiative much more likely to succeed.
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August 3, 2019
90: Rethink Everything - Stefanie Crawford chats about gamification, knowing you're good enough, and rethinking everything about education.
Stefanie Crawford chats with us about gamification, knowing that you're good enough, and being okay with asking for help. Stefanie discusses the importance of building a PLN and actually utilizing it, how your role is bigger than your title, and why she is excited for the rethinking of the traditional school model. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/stefaniecrawford Episode Highlights 1:51 - Highlighting podcasts you can use to declutter your head as the new school year  approaches Ask Adam and Ryan Show - Adam Welcome and Ryan Sheehy Teachers on Fire - Tim Cavey TeacherCast - Jeff Bradbury Educational Duct Tape Podcast - Jake Miller Wired Educator - Kelly Croy Teach Me, Teacher - Jacob Chastain In AWE Podcast - Sarah Johnson Aspire - Joshua Stamper  OnEducation - Mike Washburn and Glen Irvin The EdTech Guys - David Henderson and Jeff Madlock Easy EdTech - Monica  Burns 5:55 - Previewing the episode with Stefanie Crawford 8:49 - Stefanie introduces herself. 11:33  - Stefanie's failure: Not getting the instructional coach job two times before getting it. 18:40 - Stefanie's success: Students that say hi in the halls, or connect with you after they've graduated. Gamifying her district's professional development. 25:00 - What's got Stefanie excited about education right now: People rethinking the idea that we have to sit and listen in order to learn. Rethinking the traditional school model.  The stronger focus on restorative justice. 28:15 - Stefanie's advice to teachers: Remember a few things: You are truly not alone. Seek out a good PLN. You are good enough. Don't compare yourself to others. Be you. It's okay to ask for help. 33:08 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 36:19 - A bunch of nonsense about coffee. 40:20 - How to connect with Stefanie.
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July 31, 2019
89: Just Learning Every Day- Rachelle Dene Poth shares her love of learning, and why she feels like her job is relaxing
Teacher, author, consultant, and ISTE Making IT Happen Award winner, Rachelle Dene Poth, chats with us about exploring AR/VR, why she feels like her job is relaxing, and how she sees Artificial Intelligence potentially impacting education. Rachelle shares her love of learning, the reason she gets excited about every new day, and why you do not need to teach whatever it is you think you need to teach on the first day of school. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/rachelledenepoth Episode Highlights 0:44 - Discussing Rae's favorite word: quixotic 5:30 - Previewing the episode with Rachelle Dene Poth Come see Rachelle at the Teach Better Conference! Use the discount code "PodcastTalk" and save $50 on either of the 2-Day Registrations. 12:32 - Rachelle introduces herself. 14:48 - Rachelle's failure: Failing an exam in law school that she had worked extremely hard preparing for. 18:06 - Rachelle's success: 20:24 - Celebrating Rachelle's ISTE "Making IT Happen" Award (Because she is too humble to say anything about it.)  24:34 - What's got Rachelle excited about education right now: The AR/VR movement. Artificial Intelligence in education. 26:25 - Rachelle's advice to teachers looking to explore AR/VR and/or Artificial Intelligence: Check out Jaime Donally and ARVRinEDU.com 28:46 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 32:31 - A new tool Rachelle discovered at ISTE19: A couple EdTech startups using AI to filter appropriate content and ads on YouTube videos to protect kids. Also, MyTapTrack 34:15 - How to connect with Rachelle.
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July 29, 2019
88: A Work in Progress - Lori McEwen chats with us about focusing on best practices for all students, bringing everything back to deep and joyful learning for kids.
Dr. Lori McEwen chats with us about focusing on best practices for all students, bringing everything back to deep and joyful learning for kids, and how we're all just works in progress, learning every day. Lori chats about her excitement around mastery learning, how we can approach student-centered learning, and why we need to celebrate all wins. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/lorimcewen Episode Highlights 0:46 - Chatting about mastery learning. 6:26 - Sharing some awesome data from one of our amazing school districts. 9:04 - Previewing the episode with Lori McEwen 12:26 - Lori introduces herself. 13:47 - Lori's failures: All my failures come from the times I forget to plan properly and communicate clearly. 17:01 - Lori's success: Launching two mastery-based schools, and the impact their students (scholars) felt. Building up those schools, and getting others to come along with her. 24:18 - What's got Lori  excited about education right now: 28:14 - Lori's advice to teachers trying to have a student-focused classroom: Ask for feedback. Lots of feedback. Invite people into your room. 31:46 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less. 34:40 - How to connect with Lori. Lori's Recommendations EdTech Tool: Google docs Book: "In Search of Deeper Learning: the Quest to Remake the American High School" by Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine Who to Follow: Jen Gonzalez @cultofpedagogy Catlin Tucker @Catlin_Tucker Thomas Guskey @tguskey YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: TED Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Breathe, visualize your day, meditate, plan Do a weekly review and visit another teacher’s classroom Celebrate wins Best piece of advice you've ever received: Seek first to understand, then to be understood (Covey) Remember that all parents love their children the best way they know how. (Gene Connolly) Links to Connect With Lori Website: lorimcewen.com Twitter: @lorimcewen
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July 24, 2019
AUDIO BLOG - Getting The Most Out Of Collaboration Time - Audio Blog
This is an audio version of the blog post, "Getting The Most Out Of Collaboration Time." Written by Bryan Zwemke (@BryanZwemke). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart) Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/getting-the-most-out-of-collaboration-time In This Post: Time to collaborate with colleagues is limited. We need to take advantage of it. Working together towards a common goal takes flexibility, dedication, vision, a good sense of humor, and a positive mindset. Collaboration time and meetings are not a single event on a single random day. Meetings need to have a plan and protocols. If you have it, work together with your teams to flex your time. When teams are absolutely fried from the daily grind, don’t meet. About Bryan Zwemke Bryan Zwemke is a middle school principal in Illinois. He is the Vice President of the Association of Illinois Middle Schools (AIMS) and the co-founder of the #aimsnetwork Twitter chat. Bryan is currently in a doctoral program for Education Leadership. As a veteran of middle level education, Bryan has developed a passion for the necessary change toward the #ModernMiddleSchool – a ecosystem dedicated to student growth, collaborative spaces and practices, and research supported techniques to long term success. You can connect with Bryan on Twitter @bryanzwemke or via email at bryandzwemke@gmail.com.
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July 24, 2019
87: Principal On A Skateboard – Michael Earnshaw chats with us about getting back the real you, the importance of modeling what you expect from others, and why he doesn't care about test scores.
The Principal on a Skateboard, Michael Earnshaw, chats with us about getting back the real you, the importance of modeling what you expect from others, and why he doesn't care about test scores. Michale shares why we need to get out of our comfort  zones, how you can use "speed dating" with your staff, and why if you know in your heart that what you want to do is right for kids, you need to just try it. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/michaelearnshaw
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July 22, 2019
BONUS EPISODE - Jeff featured on the "How to Be Awesome at Your Job" podcast with Pete Mockaitis.
Jeff was featured on the "How to Be Awesome at Your Job" podcast with Pete Mockaitis. For more episodes, visit www.awesomeatyourjob.com.
56:44
July 20, 2019
86: Let Them Own It - Maryanne Cullinan and Ellen Kidd chat about giving students ownership, the power of building community, and why we sometimes need to get out of the way.
Our dynamic duo, Maryanne Cullinan and Ellen Kidd, chat about giving students ownership, the power of building community, and why we sometimes need to get out of the way. Ellen and Maryanne share how we can work to give kids the capacity to solve their own problems, why we need to build relationships to help others take risks, and the power of productive struggle. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/maryannecullinan-ellenkidd
35:16
July 18, 2019
85: Change Their Mood - Jeremy Rinkel chats with us about being student focused and allowing student creativity to grow, and why we sometimes need to do whatever it takes to "change their mood."
High school English teacher, Jeremy Rinkel, chats with us about being student focused and allowing student creativity to grow, and why we sometimes need to do whatever it takes to "change their mood." Jeremy shares the power of sharing what you're doing in your classroom, his return to focusing on relationships, and why  reflection is so important. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jeremyrinkel
35:50
July 14, 2019
84: Hello Mrs. Harwick - Haylee Harwick chats with us about investing the things that will actually help your students, utilizing a failure to fuel success, and why she is obsessed with podcasts.
5th grade teacher, Haylee Harwick, chats with us about investing the things that will actually help your students, utilizing a failure to fuel success, and why she is obsessed with podcasts in her classroom. Haylee shares what it's like being from a family of teachers, the importance of valuing the relationships you build on social media, and why you should be yourself, be interactive, and make a true effort to engage with others. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/hayleeharwick
37:49
July 11, 2019
83: Wannabe Teacher - Kathleen Trace chats with us about motivating new teachers, changing the narrative around teaching, and pushing through fear.
High School English teacher, and author, Kathleen Trace, chats with us about motivating new teachers, changing the narrative around teaching, and pushing through fear. Kathleen talks about the importance of changing the perception of being a teacher, the excitement of seeing changes in education, and why it's great to not know all the answers. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/kathleentrace
35:42
July 7, 2019
82: Driving a positive culture - Daniel Finn chats with us about earning respect, building relationships, and driving a positive culture in your school.
Vice Principal, Dan Finn, chats with us about earning respect, building relationships, and driving a positive culture in your school, and shares how he views the potential impact we all have when it comes to helping each other impact students Dan talks about the power of reflection, the importance of balance, and how consistency and humility will help you continue to learn, grow, and be better for your students. More at  www.teachbetter.com/podcast/danielfinn
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July 3, 2019
81: Empower Everyone - Lynn Colon and Adam Welcome talk about being intentional, why you need to tell your story, and the importance of believing students CAN succeed.
"Empower Our Girls" co-authors, Lynn Colón and Adam Welcome, chat with us about their journey to writing the book, and why it's not just about empowering girls, but empowering everyone. Adam and Lynn talk about the power of mentors and connections, helping others overcome their insecurities, being intentional, why you need to tell your story, and the importance of believing students CAN succeed. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/lynncolon-adamwelcome
42:58
July 1, 2019
80: Mo Physics. Mo Problems. - Mike Mohammad (Live from Summer Spark 2019)
Mike Mohammad chats with us live at Summer Spark (#USMspark) in Milwaukee, WI, sharing stories and lessons learned throughout his 19 year career. Mike talks about the power of sharing what you're doing, why communication is so important, and allowing students to express themselves in different ways More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/mikemohammad
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June 27, 2019
79: Just A Teacher From Akron - Chelsea Nicolino (Live from the 2019 Akron Public Schools APS3T Conference)
8th grade science teacher, Chelsea Nicolino, chats with us live from Akron Public Schools APS3T Conference in Akron, OH. Chelsea discusses teaching the whole student, getting over a lack of confidence, and embracing social media. Chelsea shares the importance of actually building relationships with your students, why you don't have to be an expert at everything, and how we all need to be adjusting along the way. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/chelseanicolino
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June 24, 2019
78: Addicted to Learning - Jacie Maslyk shares how she always finds her way back to the students, the power of collaboration, and why it's so important to let kids see that as teachers and leaders, we
Assistant Superintendent, author, and 22-year veteran teacher, Jacie Maslyk, chats with us about being addicted to learning, remembering what we're really here for, and when she realized how important it is for kids to develop literacy skills. Jacie shares how she always finds her way back to the students, the power of collaboration, and why it's so important to let kids see that as teachers and leaders, we're still learners. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jaciemaslyk
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June 20, 2019
77: Pour Yourself Into Others - Kim Darche chats with us about why you should have tea with everyone, be prepared to change, and look to always pour yourself into others so they flourish.
Instructional coach, and adjunct professor, Kim Darche, chats with us about why you should have tea with everyone, be prepared to change, and look to always pour yourself into others so they flourish. Kim talks about the power of challenging your beliefs, why we need to meet people where they are at, and how important it is to re-connect with educators from your past. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/kimdarche
38:40
June 17, 2019
76: As "Extra" as Possible - Michelle Weiss chats with us about being as "extra" as possible, learning to listen, and working through changes and challenges to have her best year ever.
2nd grade teacher, Michelle Weiss, chats with us about being as "extra" as possible, learning to listen, and working through changes and challenges to have her best year ever. Michelle talks about being focused on self care, the importance of being authentic on social media, and how we can have a positive digital footprint. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/michelleweiss
29:45
June 13, 2019
75: Make It Matter - Bradford Hubbard shares the early lesson he learned about relationships, why we need to celebrate all wins, and the event that changed the way he looks at his responsibilities.
Assistant superintendent, Bradford Hubbard, talks with us about the importance of focusing on equity and social emotional learning, his mission to ignite passion and discovery in every student, and embracing the idea of creating an environment where all kids feel welcomed, and heard, and seen, and loved. Brad shares the early lesson he learned about relationships, why we need to celebrate all wins, and the event that changed the way he looks at his responsibilities. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/bradfordhubbard
42:27
June 9, 2019
74: Take a Breath - Mandy Froehlich chats with us about taking leaps of faith, recovering from embarrassing failures, and the importance of taking care of yourself.
Author, speaker, and Director of Author Success at EduMatch, Mandy Froehlich, chats with us about taking leaps of faith, recovering from embarrassing failures, and the importance of taking care of yourself. Mandy shares the inspiration behind her books, why she loves supporting teachers, and the importance of stopping to take a breath and take it all in. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/mandyfroehlich
34:56
June 6, 2019
73: Award Winning Culture - Hans Appel chats with us about amplifying student voices, creating an exceptional school culture, and helping others find their joy.
Educator working as counselor, Hans Appel, talks with us about the importance of authenticity, what your school brand really is, and how the simplest things can completely "flip" someone's day. Hans chats with us about amplifying student voices, creating an exceptional school culture, and helping others find their joy.  More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/hansappel
38:29
June 3, 2019
72: Master The Purpose - Michael Cohen chats with us about teaching students how to create, helping them to struggle, and guiding them to build out creative solutions.
The Tech Rabbi, Michael Cohen, chats with us about teaching students how to create, helping them to struggle, and guiding them to build out creative solutions. Michael talks about instilling entrepreneurial thinking so that our students can be proficient in how to create things, why teachers need to be curious, and why you should focus on mastering the purpose rather than the tech tool. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/michaelcohen
43:56
May 30, 2019
71: Be You. - Matthew Joseph talks about the power of asking for honest feedback, providing value to others through relationships, and being yourself to bring your unique gifts to the classroom.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Author, Matthew Joseph, chats with us about being inspired by collaboration, doing what's in the best interest of students, and being true to yourself. Matt talks about the power of asking for honest feedback, providing value to others through relationships, and being yourself to bring your unique gifts to the classroom. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/matthewjoseph
38:12
May 27, 2019
70: Writer. Teacher. Mom. - Jennifer Wolfe chats about teaching the whole student, making purposeful connections, and helping students grow.
Writer, teacher, and mom, Jennifer Wolfe, chats with us about teaching the whole student, making purposeful connections, and helping students grow through the relationships we build with them. Jennifer dives into her work with AVID, incorporating technology into her curriculum, and looking at the moments when you feel real good to find what you should do more of. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jenniferwolfe
34:35
May 23, 2019
69: Building Heroes- Bruce and Erin Umpstead chat with us about helping students see that . they're on a hero's journey, and working together to find The Great American Epic.
Brother/Sister duo, Bruce and Erin Umpstead, join us to chat about blending the classics with progressive movements, allowing students to experience life through reflection, and showing kids that they are each on a hero's journey. Erin and Bruce share a look into their "Great American Epic" project, how they have been podcasting with students, and why we should look to our passions to help guide our next steps. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/bruceanderinumpstead
41:32
May 20, 2019
68: Conductors of Our Classrooms - Jeff Bradbury chats about listening to our audience to understand their needs, and how you can teach like a WWE Superstar.
Jeffrey Bradbury, educational podcaster and founder of TeacherCast, chats with us about podcasting to help give educators a voice, why he loves using the medium to connect educators and grow together, and how you can start podcasting, too. Jeffrey shares his story of building multiple podcasts over the past 9 years, how you can teach like a WWE Superstar, and why we need to be the conductors in our classrooms. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jeffreybradbury
44:13
May 16, 2019
67: Physical Literacy - Michael Jennings chats with us about giving our students more movement tools in their movement toolbox.
Physical education teacher, Michael Jennings chats with us about giving our students more movement tools in their movement toolbox, teaching the whole child, and the importance of truly loving what you do. Michael shares why he believes physical literacy is so important beyond just a grade, how he has worked to be more than "just a P.E. teacher," and why he is not the gym teacher you had in school. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/michaeljennings
44:21
May 12, 2019
66: Culture and Creativity - Kelly Croy discusses why we need to focus on creation over consumption, and how good and bad days all come down to a cultural experience.
Director of Innovation and Instruction, Author, and the host of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly Croy, chats with us about his 28 years in education, why he believes in inspiration, and how good days and bad days all come down to a cultural experience. Kelly discusses why we need to focus on creation over consumption, gives us a preview of his upcoming book, "Unthink Before Bed," and shares how everything he does is an extension of his classroom. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/kellycroy
41:46
May 9, 2019
65: Relationships Over Content - Wilkie Law chats with us about his unique journey to becoming a teacher, and why we need to cherish the human side of people.
Math skills specialist, and c0-founder of the LED Project, Wilkie Law III, chats with us about his unique journey to becoming a teacher, the importance of understanding a person before we judge, and how his struggles in school taught him a valuable lesson. Wilkie shares a powerful story about one of his students, why he teaches relationships over content, and how we need to cherish the human side of people. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/wilkielaw
40:34
May 6, 2019
64: We all have to shine. - Jeffrey Austin shares why he had to completely ditch everything he was doing, how powerful really meaningful, personalized, timely feedback can be to a student, and why we
World Humanities teach, Writing Center Director, and English Department Chair, Jeffrey Austin, chats with us about getting students passionate about reading and writing, building the Skyline Writing Center, and why equity and inclusion are his biggest priority. Jeffrey shares why he had to completely ditch everything he was doing, how powerful really meaningful, personalized, timely feedback can be to a student, and why we all need to shine. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jeffreyaustin
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May 1, 2019
63: Find Your Frosty Moment - Don Epps chats about building a connection with your community, and why you need to find your "Frosty Moment."
Middle school principal, Don Epps, chats with us about building a connection with your community, getting uncomfortable in order to grow, and why you need to find your "Frosty Moment." Don shares his journey into creating morning videos to spread positivity, why relationships are so important, and how you can be the best "you" you can be. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/donepps
31:41
April 29, 2019
62: Improvise, adapt, and overcome - Seamus O'hara talks about never being satisfied, not being afraid to fail, and how we can be better.
14 year veteran teacher, and host of the EdPop Podcast, Seamus O'Hara, chats with us about his unique podcast format, why he believes we get stuck in being afraid to change, and the power of appreciation. Seamus talks about never being satisfied, not being afraid to fail, and how we can be better. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/seamusohara
34:34
April 25, 2019
61: Create More. - Tim Cavey shares why he is focused on creating content, learning, and relationships.
18 year veteran teacher, and host of the Teachers On Fire Podcast, Tim Cavey, chats with us about his journey to podcasting, why you should have an "education only" Twitter account, and how his district has implemented gradeless assessments. Tim shares how a low moment in his life has lead to positives, why you might want to start podcasting, the power of perspective and empathy, and why he is focused on creating more content, more learning, and more relationships. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/timcavey
37:52
April 22, 2019
60: Go Change The World. - Tamara Letter shares how to create opportunities for students to become kindness cultivators in their communities.
Kindness cultivator and author, Tamara Letter, chats with us about her journey teaching in multiple states, circling back home, and becoming a published author. We chat about how she supports teachers, students, and admins, and what her greatest success has been. Tamara shares why who you surround yourself with is crucial, the importance of giving yourself some grace, and how we can create opportunities for students to become kindness cultivators in their communities. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/tamaraletter
42:46
April 18, 2019
59: Taking Risks - Jason Reagin chats with us about taking risks, working with drones, and his experience teaching around the world.
Jason Reagin chats with us about taking risks, working with drones, and his experience traveling the world and teaching in the U.S., Bermuda, China, and South Korea.  Jason shares a story of a personal failure that lead to a professional lesson, why he is focused on educating the whole student, and the importance of understanding tolerance.  More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jasonreagin 
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April 14, 2019
58: Learning Opportunities - Chris Chappotin talks with us about growing as learners and servants so we can turn it toward our students.
Chris Chappotin chats with us about growing as learners and servants so we can turn it toward our students. He breaks down his district's 3 components for creating engaging learning, and why he tries to be a person of high energy who tries to pour that energy into others. Chris talks about getting into a routine of kindness, dealing with a loss of confidence, and how to be the person you want your students and teammates to become. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/chrischappotin
38:05
April 11, 2019
57: Ignite Your Fire - Annick Rauch answers the question, "How do you do it?" and shares how her passion drives her.
10 year veteran, and mom of 4, Annick Rauch answers the question, "How do you do it?" and shares how her passion drives her. Annick dives into how she embraces the spark of learning to ignite her fire of passion, tells the story of how she got to her dream job, and shares how she flipped a potentially devastating mistake into a teachable moment for her and her students. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/annickrauch
34:57
April 8, 2019
56: Legit Leadership - Joe Sanfelippo shares the components of building an amazing school culture, how they have transformed their professional development, and the power of empowering your team.
Superintendent, author, and keynote speaker, Joe Sanfelippo, chats with us about being a part of an environment and a community that you can be proud of, serving that community, and the importance of listening. Joe shares the components of building an amazing school culture, how they have transformed their professional development, and the power of empowering your team to be better. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/joesanfelippo
37:56
April 4, 2019
55: Take The L.E.A.P. - Elisabeth Bostwick chats about why we need to re-imagine learning, and how she learns something new every time she walks into another teacher's classroom.
Instructional coach, and author of "Take The L.E.A.P.," Elisabeth Bostwick chats with us about fostering culture, encouraging students to take ownership over their learning, sparking curiosity, and inspiring creativity in our students. Elisabeth shares how being a mom drives her passion for education, why we need to re-imagine learning, and how she learns something new every time she walks into another teacher's classroom. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/elisabethbostwick
38:59
April 1, 2019
54: Creative Voices. - High school students DJ and Noah share how creativity and freedom are helping to shape their future.
In this episode, we chat with Alex Oris, Joe Nowak, and two awesome high school students at Cuyahoga Falls High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. We chat about the broadcasting program they have started at their school, how it's helping to shape their future, and why student voice, creativity, and freedom are so important in education right now. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/cuyahogafalls
36:06
March 28, 2019
53: Serve to lead. - Chris McGraw chats about having swagger while staying humble.
Middle school principal (Rae's principal!), Chris McGraw, chats about having swagger while staying humble, making sure you're filling yourself up in order to give to others, and all the bumps and bruises he's learned from along the way. Chris shares what's got him excited about education, and takes us on a laugh-filled look into the awesome culture he and his team have built at Evans Junior High. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/chrismcgraw
41:41
March 25, 2019
52: One Drop Of Kindness - Jeffrey Kubiak talks with us about adapting, crushing it, and how one drop of kindness can be a win for everyone.
Elementary principal, and author of "One Drop Of Kindness," Jeffrey Kubiak, chats about supporting his teachers no matter what, always reflecting and adjusting to adapt to what the world is doing to our kids, and how one drop of kindness can change everything. Jeff gives some insight into his book, "One Drop Of Kindness," shocks us with his awesome swimming career, and shares why we need to "help them put the gloves on." More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jeffreykubiak
30:29
March 20, 2019
51: Students First. - Lauren Salsinger chats with us about keeping students in the forefront of every decision we make, and the crucial promise she made to herself.
Elementary teacher turned Student Learning Coach, Lauren Salsinger, chats with us about keeping students in the forefront of every decision we make, stepping out of your comfort zone, and the crucial promise she made to herself. Lauren shares the power of building relationships with not just our students, but our stakeholders as well, and reminds us that it's okay to say no sometimes. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/laurensalsinger
31:38
March 18, 2019
50: The Journey So Far. - Jeff and Rae look back at the first 49 episodes of Teach Better Talk.
Jeff and Rae recap the journey of Teach Better Talk so far. We share our favorite pieces of advice, the bloopers along the way, and of course...we make fun of each other and laugh a lot, too. We also recap our favorite parts of hosting teach better talk, and hook you up with an exclusive discount on the Teach Better Conference! More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/episode50
44:10
March 13, 2019
49: Make Connections - Frank Bellomo chats with us about the power of relationships, and why you don't need to be the smartest person in the room.
Elementary principal, Frank Bellomo, chats with us about being on a mission with his team to improve the lives of kids. Frank talks about the power of relationships, why you don't need to be the smartest person in the room, and the importance of not getting caught up in the negatives. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/frankbellomo
27:55
March 10, 2019
48: In AWE - Sarah Johnson shares her journey of creating In AWE, amplifying women, and the importance of taking care of yourself.
Educator, consultant, entrepreneur, and co-author of "Balance Like A Pirate," Sarah Johnson, shares her passion for amplifying women, the importance of taking care of yourself, and the power of listening, learning, and focusing on your personal routine. We discuss Sarah's leap of faith in launching the In AWE, LLC, her awesome running streak, and why our mindset matters. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/sarahjohnson
27:50
March 7, 2019
47: Being Coachable - Steve Diveley chats with us about his work with the AIMS Network, how we can question ourselves for the purpose of improvement, and the importance of being coachable.
Junior high principal, and AIMS Network President, Steve Diveley, talks with us about finding positive people to be your lifeline and asking for help when you need it.  Steve chats with us about his work with the AIMS Network, how we can question ourselves for the purpose of improvement, and the importance of being coachable. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/stevediveley
27:00
March 4, 2019
46: Be Open - Monica Burns chats with us about the importance of having a community and conversations.
Educator, author, and national speaker, Monica Burns, talks with us about focusing on thoughtful, strategic tech integration, and how sometimes a barrier just looks like a barrier. Monica chats with us about the importance of having a community and having conversations, and why you should eat lunch with everyone. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/monicaburns
28:58
February 27, 2019
45: Get Weird - Noah Geisel challenges us all to get weird and notice new things.
Noah Geisel is a digital badges consultant, a national speaker, and the Education Director at StackUp.net. Noah shares his journey of being a learner, sharer, traveler, and giver of high-fives. Noah talks with us about staying humble, understanding that you sound a lot smarter when you ask questions, versus trying to show everyone how much you know, and challenging yourself to get weird and notice new things. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/noahgeisel
33:54
February 25, 2019
44: Girl Boss - Dr. Rena Hawkins chats with us about the current opportunities for student leadership and student voice, and why we're not here to compete with each other.
22 year veteran, and co-host of the ShareMOedu Podcast, Dr. Rena Hawkins, chats with us about the current opportunities for student leadership and student voice, and why we're not here to compete with each other. Rena talks about her "Girl Boss" mentality, how "no" doesn't always mean "no forever," and how we all need to create our own path to success. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/renahawkins
26:25
February 21, 2019
43: From Consumers to Creators - Alex Oris talks about transforming students from consumers to creators, and where our future leaders are.
Alex Oris is a Technology Integration Specialist at Cuyahoga Falls City Schools in Ohio. He chats with us about using technology in schools, adjusting the way we think about our approach to PD and teaching, and how things changed when he decided to give up control and give students more ownership. Alex shares his experiences from 11 years in the classroom and 5 years supporting teachers. Alex talks about giving up control, transforming students from consumers to creators, and where our future leaders are. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/alexoris
30:04
February 18, 2019
42: Pamper Triggers - Dan Tricarico chats with us about finding the things that make you zen.
25+ year veteran teacher, and author of "The Zen Teacher," Dan Tricarico, chats with us about working with teachers to reduce stress and increase their self care to avoid burn out. Dan talks about when he knew he had found something that teachers needed, shares a story of connecting content to a student's real life, and how he hijacked a negative word and made it awesome. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/dantricarico
25:34
February 13, 2019
41: Heart of a Marshmallow - Neil Gupta chats with us about being responsive, reflective, and vulnerable.
Dr. Neil Gupta is the Director of Secondary Education for Worthington City Schools, a national speaker, and a consultant with ASCD. Neil chats with us about why we need to remember that there is a human side to what we do. Neil shares the power of listening, and how being responsive, reflective, and vulnerable are key to being an effective leader. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/neilgupta
31:06
February 10, 2019
40: Walk with them - Kyle Krueger talks about being authentic and transparent with our students.
LED Project Podcast co-host, and co-founder of the Lighthouse Educator Development non-profit, Kyle Krueger, chats with us about helping teachers build better relationships, his journey to personal development, and his goal of ensuring every kid will have the kind of teacher they deserve, every period of every day. Kyle talks about being authentic and transparent with our students, because they don't want someone above them, but want a partner and someone to walk with them. More at www.teachbetter.com/kylekrueger
28:08
February 7, 2019
39: The S.H.G. Principle - Chip Baker talks about leaving a positive impact on the world.
20+ year veteran teacher, and host of "The Success Chronicles" on YouTube, Chip Baker, chats with us about being a 4th generation educator, wanting to do his part in creating a positive ripple in the world, and how we can maximize our students' potential every day. Chip shares stories from his time playing DII college football, why he started "The Success Chronicles," and why he considers himself just an ordinary guy trying to achieve extraordinary things and make a positive difference every day. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/chipbaker
29:30
February 3, 2019
38: EduMagic - A chat with Sam Fecich and some amazing pre-service teachers.
Professor Sam Fecich and an amazing group of pre-service teachers chat with us about why they got into teaching, what's got them excited about the field, and how they hope to impact lives. These future teachers share the best advice they've received, what they've learned from their mentors, and what they are focused on in their journey. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/samfecich
34:24
January 30, 2019
37: Why does it matter? - Chuck Taft chats about why we need to start looking for the learning
Middle school social studies teacher, Chuck Taft, chats with us about teaching America's story, making authentic connections, and how the world is handing us our curriculum. Chuck shares how social studies is the "O Blood Type" of education, why hew feels he's the lucky one, and why we need to stop looking for the grade, and look for the learning. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/chucktaft
29:25
January 28, 2019
36: Building a Support System - Erin Hall chats with us about finding a way to connect the social an
9th grade english teacher, and founder of YES RI, Erin Hall, chats with us about finding a way to connect the social and professional experiences for educators, keeping teachers supported and motivated, and reflecting on everything you do. Erin shares why communication is key, and explains how students liking you and students respecting you do not need to be exclusive. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/erinhall
25:55
January 24, 2019
35: What we're doing matters.- Joel Hawbaker talks about being deliberate about how we spend our tim
Best-selling author, high school history teacher, and soccer coach, Joel Hawbaker, talks about being deliberate about how we spend our time, why he's excited about teaching this generation of kids, and what good leadership really is. Joel shares the ways he pulls from his past experiences to bring new ideas into his classroom, how to relate what students are learning to what they're living, and why what we're doing matters. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/joelhawbaker
29:31
January 21, 2019
34: Reflect and Readjust - Susan Jachymiak chats about her 1st year as a teacher.
4th grade math teacher, Susan Jachymiak, chats with us about her passion for growth mindset, reflecting to find what works best for her students, and the challenges she's overcome as a 1st year teacher. Susan talks about why it's important to be willing to try new things and adjust on the fly, and why being connected to other educators is so important. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/susanjachymiak
25:42
January 16, 2019
33: Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. - LaVonna Roth chats with us about recognizing your greatness.
Author, speaker, and creator of the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® initiative, LaVonna Roth, chats with us about how we can all shine through our mindset. LaVonna shares how we can recognize our own greatness and become the exceptional person you were meant to be, reminds us how we can embrace failure, and tells us why she is excited about the frustrations in education. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/lavonnaroth
31:23
January 13, 2019
32: Allow yourself permission. - Jessie Lynch chats with us about taking the time to do what you nee
6th grade math and language arts teacher, Jessie Lynch, chats with us about allowing yourself permission to make mistakes, try something new, and taking the time to do what you need to do. Jessie shares why it's important to remember you don't need to be perfect, and why we're not just here to move through the material. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jessielynch
26:22
January 10, 2019
31: Stay true to who you are. - Barb Baker shares stories from her 20+ years of teaching.
20 year veteran, Barb Baker, chats with us about giving ownership back to our students, why we must never stop learning, and why she feels truly blessed to do what she does every day. Barb shares how she has built a culture in her class that embraces failure and encourages trying new things, and why we must invest in our students first. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/barbbaker
30:47
January 9, 2019
30: Make it happen. - Adam Welcome chats about living life to the complete fullest.
Author, speaker, and "Truth Teller," Adam Welcome chats with us about living life to the complete fullest, why we need to give our schools back to our kids, and why you need to find your side hustle. Adam shares how teachers are more important than ever, but in different ways, and why you should strive to be a "Facilitator In Chief" of learning experiences. Adam encourages us to overcome failure: "You can tap out, or you can stand up, suck it up, and move forward." More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/adamwelcome
33:03
January 2, 2019
29: You're not alone. - Brian Costello shares his journey, and why your network is so important.
Brian Costello has been teaching for more than 13 years, with a variety of roles, including primary education, digital integration specialist, and others. He currently teachers robotics. Or, as he describes it, Brian "teaches middle school kids to cultivate my tiny robot army." Brian shares his journey to becoming an author, why having a strong network of mentors is so important, and what our job is really all about. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/briancostello
31:47
December 30, 2018
27: Stay Authentic - Sarah Thomas chats with us about why authenticity is so important, and your 'se
Speaker, author, Google Certified Innovator, and EduMatch founder, Sarah Thomas, talks with us about how we can be authentic with our students and why it is so important. Sarah shares how she loves creating spaces where conversations and growth can occur, why it's awesome we're all realizing WE are the experts, and why you need to take the power you have to make a difference, scale it, and share it with the world. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/sarahthomas
25:59
December 23, 2018
26: Teach Better - Chad Ostrowski shares his relentless pursuit of Better.
Teach Better Team co-founder, and creator of The Grid Method, Chad Ostrowski, chats with us about the relentless pursuit of Better. Chad tells us the story of the worst year of his life and how it changed everything, explains why we thinks we have the best opportunity to create true change in education, and how you can be the best version of yourself. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/chadostrowski
32:14
December 19, 2018
25: Shift This - Joy Kirr chats with us about why she loves her job.
24 year veteran teacher, speaker, and author of "Shift This," Joy Kirr, chats with us about why she loves her job. Joy digs into what Genius Hour has done for her students, the importance of involving parents in your classroom, and why you need to first find out who you're speaking to. Joy discusses the power of making connections with students and tying them into your curriculum, and shares why you shouldn't grade everything. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/joykirr
27:45
December 16, 2018
24: From average to AWESOME - Monica Genta shares how we can transform and celebrate education
Author, TedX speaker, and middle school science teacher, Monica Genta, chats with us about helping students and teachers transform education from average to awesome. Monica shares how she feels when people tell her a goal is a bad idea, why she loves that education is harder than ever right now, and why education deserves to be celebrated. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/monicagenta
27:02
December 12, 2018
23: Connected Change - Brianna Hodges talks about the power of connection and shared learning.
#FutureReadyCoach, Champion For Change, and Coordinator of Educational Technology and Innovative Instruction, Brianna Hodges, chats with us about finding ways to tap into that excitement, energy, and engagement that keep curiosity moving forward, for both students and teachers. The "2018 Administrator to Watch" talks about the power of connection and shared learning, why she believes we're moving from connected learning to connected change, and shares what might be our favorite piece of advice yet! More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/briannahodges
32:09
December 8, 2018
22: Take the risk - Kristen Nan talks with us about taking chances and how to have TRUE GRIT.
21 year veteran teacher, Kristen Nan, chats with us about taking risks, being willing to fail, and igniting the fire inside our students. Kristen discusses "Mystery Skypes," and breaks down her L.E.G.I.T. Learning and T.R.U.E. G.R.I.T. We chat about how to be Better than we were yesterday, and why you should empower yourself, humble yourself, and know that learning never ends. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/kristennan
36:35
December 6, 2018
21: Making Tomorrow A Little Brighter - Phil Strunk shares how he tries to bring hope and inspiratio
Middle school history teacher and Edusations creator, Phil Strunk, talks with us about making sure tomorrow is a little brighter for our students. Phil shares his excitement for the transformation education is going through, why clear expectations are so important in your classroom, and how he tries to bring hope and inspiration to his students. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/philstrunk
26:14
December 1, 2018
20: Be R.E.A.L. - Tara Martin encourages us to always be ourselves.
Author, speaker, teacher, COACH, and Director of Media and Communication for Dave Burgess Consulting, Tara Martin, chats with us about what it means to be R.E.A.L. and teach from the heart, why it's okay to expose vulnerabilities, and what we need to do to be "future ready." Tara encourages us to always be ourselves, and talks about the one thing technology can never replace. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/taramartin
29:30
November 28, 2018
19: Collecting the Dots - Jimmy Casas chats about building a strong community.
Author, speaker, and 26 year veteran teacher, Jimmy Casas, shares what being a champion for our students really means, and why we must first "collect the dots" in order to build a strong community. Jimmy tells us the story that "changed everything," talks about his biggest fear, and shares the 4 most powerful words of leadership. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/jimmycasas
35:15
November 25, 2018
18: Write Your Own Story - Dave Burgess shares his story and encourages us to embrace our own.
Motivational speaker, educational publisher, and best-selling author of "Teach Like A Pirate," Dave Burgess chats with us about finding our own story, and why he won't do a "part 2" of his book. Dave encourages us all to focus on getting better, not being perfect, and reminds us that it's not always about the scoreboard; it's about knowing you did everything you could to become the best you are capable of becoming. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/daveburgess
33:41
November 17, 2018
Episode 17: Joyful Leader - Bethany Hill chats with us about building a culture of family.
Lead Learner, Chief Energy Officer, and Chief Story Teller, Bethany Hill chats with us about building a culture of family, honoring diversity, and why we can't let fear stop us from giving our kids what they need. Bethany shares the importance of letting kids know that adults are learners as well, and let's us into her world as the protector of a positive culture. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/bethanyhill
33:41
November 14, 2018
16: You are enough. - Chuck Poole shares stories from his 19 years of experience as a teacher.
Middle school language arts teach, and founder of Teachonomy, Chuck poole, shares stories from his 19 years of experience. Chuck talks about how a failure as a coach lead him to make invaluable changes in his classroom, instilling a mindset of family and allowing his students to take ownership of their learning. Most importantly, Chuck reminds us all that we are enough; no one brings exactly what you do to the classroom. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/chuckpoole
29:53
November 11, 2018
15: Developing Melodies - Music Therapist, Meryl Brown leads us as we explore the power of music and
Music therapist and owner of Developing Melodies, Meryl Brown, gives us a lesson on how music can truly change lives, helping us learn how to speak, how to walk, and maintain emotional function. Meryl educates us on an incredible tool that is underused in schools, with the hope that more educators will see its power and utilize music therapy when it fits into a child's learning journey. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/merylbrown
28:48
November 7, 2018
14: Totally Awesome - Tiffany Ott encourages us to stand up and fight for what we believe is right f
High school math teacher, and Teach Better Team's Director of Curriculum Design, Tiffany Ott, shares how her shift to working with teachers has changed how she introduces herself, why she's excited about where education is heading, and how you can affect change regardless of how new you are to teaching. Tiffany encourages us all to stand up and fight for what we believe is right for our students, focus on building relationships with our students AND our colleagues, and to never lose who we are and why we're here. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/tiffanyott
32:00
November 4, 2018
13: Completely Flipped - Raymond Steinmetz shares his journey to flipping his classroom to a blended
K-8 Math Instructional Coach, and co-host of the Instant Relevance Podcast, Raymond Steinmetz shares his journey to blended learning, the failures he's overcome along the way, and why he's proud to say, "I'm a teacher." Raymond reminds us to always remember the reason we're here; for the students, and explains why he sees every school year as an opportunity to be a Better educator. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/raymondsteinmetz
24:30
October 28, 2018
12: Perfectly Imperfect - Marlena Gross-Taylor helps us see the beauty in "letting plates fall" and
EduGladiator, Marlena Gross-Taylor, looks to inspire all of us in "the arena" of education. She helps us to see the beauty in "letting plates fall" and being perfectly imperfect. No matter what leadership title she may have or have had, Marlena is a teacher first, and she shares some incredibly powerful advice for not just new teachers, but all of us. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/marlenagrosstaylor
32:11
October 24, 2018
11: Break the script - Adam Dovico encourages us all to take risks and try something new. 
Principal, author, Ron Clark Academy Alum, and "chameleon," Adam Dovico, talks to us about thinking on your feet, doing whatever is needed, and why he's excited for the movement toward student-centered learning. Adam discusses why you need to come to peace with not getting everything done by the time you leave each day, how his district is rolling out their own Amazing Shake Challenge, and encourages us all to take risks, break the script, and try something new. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/adamdovico
29:55
October 21, 2018
10: Don't be afraid - Roman Nowak urges us to go against the grain and try things.
Roman Nowak is a High School Teacher, a Student Success Leader, and an Agent of Transformation. He shares with us why he wears all 3 title proudly. Roman talks with us about how his failures have led him to where he is today. He also explains why you need to live your emotions, go through it, give yourself new objectives, and keep going. Roman urges us to go against the grain and don't be afraid to try things and get things wrong, as long as it's better for kids. More at www.teachbetter.com/romannowak
28:25
October 14, 2018
09: Passion-Based Learning - Tal Thompson shares the power of PBL and why he doesn't really like the
In this episode, "Tall Tal" Tal Thompson takes us into his classroom, the "Innovation HUB" and shares why he doesn't really like the phrase "teacher." Tal discusses his passion for PBL, and why creating authentic experiences is where our focus needs to be. As a Facilitator Of Learning Experiences, Tal talks about being a risk-taker, teaching his students to embrace failure, and the power of the maker movement. www.teachbetter.com/podcast/talthompson
30:46
October 7, 2018
08 - Amplifying The Voices of Others - Todd Nesloney shares the power of using your platform to ampl
In this episode, elementary principal, author, and international speaker, Todd Nesloney, talks about the power of amplifying the voices of others, eliminating excuses for kids, and not letting failures destroy you. Todd shares why we need to put our focus back on the kids, bring our best attitudes to work, and continue to show up for our students. Todd gets vulnerable as he shares his journey, and let's us know why he'll "never write another book!" More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/toddnesloney
33:04
September 30, 2018
07 - Make Learning Sparkle - Kim Snodgrass shares her unique journey, and how you can make learning sparkle for you and your students.
In this episode, Kim Snodgrass shares her unique journey to being a teacher, why you need to be on Twitter, and how she makes learning sparkle with her love of EduGIFs. Kim touches on why she always looks forward to building relationships, and points us toward a ton of amazing educators we should be following. For more, visit www.teachbetter.com/podcast/kimsnodgrass
25:51
September 23, 2018
06: A Team Effort - Bryan Zwemke talks about the power of collaboration and teamwork, and finding your balance.
In this episode, middle school principal, and Vice President of the AIMS Network, Bryan Zwemke, talks with us about the power of teachers collaborating, and how working with his teams have lead to success for him. Bryan touches on what the core of any success it, what AIMS is all about, and finding your balance. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/bryanzwemke
20:14
September 16, 2018
05: Serendipity in Education - Allyson Apsey shares her story and how we can find the beautiful lessons that are embedded in our experiences.
Elementary principal, and author, Allyson Apsey, shares her story, gives us a look into her book, and let's us know how we can find the beautiful lessons that are embedded in our experiences. Allyson also gives us a sneak peek into one of her upcoming projects. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/allysonapsey
22:09
September 9, 2018
04: Transforming Education - Thomas C. Murray discusses the future of education and what our number one job is.
In this episode, best-selling author, speaker, and education consultant, Thomas C. Murray shares how we need to transform education, what drives him every day, and an important reminder of what our #1 job is. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/thomascmurray
37:42
September 2, 2018
03: A "Grown-up Middle Schooler" - Josie Bensko shares her excitement for moving to a new school, and what makes her feel successful as a teacher.
In this episode, we have a blast with middle school science teacher, Josie Bensko, who describes herself as a "grown-up middle schooler." Josie shares a big failure from her first year of teaching, what she considers a "success," and some really awesome advice. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/josiebensko
21:19
August 24, 2018
02: Relationship! Relationships! Relationships! - Ryan Sheehy bares his soul and shares his journey.
In this episode, Ryan Sheehy, elementary principal and author, bares his soul as he shares the ups and downs of his journey to writing "Be The One For Kids" and what comes next. Ryan shares what "failing harder" means to him, the story of signing Eddie's soccer ball, and one very important, final message for every teacher out there.
29:12
August 22, 2018
01: Teaching Teachers - Adam Peterson chats about transitioning to teaching teachers.
In our first episode, Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas chat with Adam Peterson, of www.adampetersoneducation.com, about his recent transition from 13+ years in the classroom, to now working with teachers all over the country. Adam discusses some of the challenges and excitement of the switch, what he's most excited about in education right now, and offers some invaluable advice for teachers, whether you're in your 1st, 5th, or 35th year. More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/adampeterson
22:36
August 21, 2018
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