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The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast

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A podcast for reflective practice for teachers of English around the world
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E24 - Like. Share. Post.

The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast

E27 - Why we ♥ project-based learning
We're back from our summer break! Gear up for the new school year and consider weaving project-based learning into your curriculum. In this episode, Anna and Shey discuss why they love project-based learning and provide some examples of projects they and other listeners have implemented in the past. 💕  Download Shey's E-Newspaper Curriculum ⭐ ready to be used in your classroom! References & Resources: Buck Institute for Education (n.d.). What is PBL? PBLWorks. Riel, S. (2020). Cultivating Advanced Integrated Skills with PBI. TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association. Valenzuela, J. (2022). A Simple, Effective Framework for PBL. Edutopia. Questions for reflection: How have you integrated project-based learning in your work? What challenges or successes have you encountered? What fresh ideas do you want to try out for the upcoming school year? Join us for our upcoming Teacher Think-Aloud PLN events! Every month we’ll  facilitate a conversation around best teaching practices and the topics that matter most to you. 🎓 Register here:
August 10, 2022
E26 - What can we learn from teachers?
Teachers are amazing, carrying with them a plethora of transferable skills that others can learn from or that they can apply to different facets of life and work. In this episode, Shey and Anna share some of the takeaways their non-educator listeners have taken from the show and celebrate the incredible skills educators bring to the table. Questions for reflection: What can people learn from educators? What are some skills that teachers have that you think would transfer well into other disciplines? Join us for our Teacher Think-Aloud PLN launch event, July 25, 2022, 8 AM Pacific on Zoom! 🎉 Every month we’ll facilitate a conversation around best teaching practices and the topics that matter most to you. Register here:
June 29, 2022
E25 - Handling conflict in the classroom (with guest Joe Voigts!)
At some point, we've all handled conflict in our classroom---among students, between a student and the teacher... In this episode, Shey and Anna speak with guest Joe Voigts about his approach to conflict in the classroom, from handling disagreements among his Israeli and Palestinian students in Jerusalem to butting heads with his high-schoolers on the South Side of Chicago.  Listener quote:  "There  were times that students treated me disrespectfully. I knew that they  were teenagers and if I had reacted harshly, the situation would have  been so much worse. What I did was to pretend I hadn't heard what had  been said. I continued the lesson and when the class ended, I asked that  student to stay for a couple of minutes. I talked to him and he felt  sorry for what had happened. The consequence of this reaction of mine  was so positive. That student was so happy that I didn't say anything to  him in front of the eyes of his friends and he turned to the most  active student in the class." - Amir  References & Resources: High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, Amanda Ripley The Power of Storytelling to Build Cross-Cultural Connections Joe Voigts, TESOL The Restorative Practices Handbook: For Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators, Bob Costello & Ted Wachtel Questions for reflection: How do you feel when conflict comes up in the classroom? What general advice would you give to teachers for handling conflict when it arises? What strategies can you suggest for handling conflict in a positive and productive way?
June 15, 2022
E24 - Like. Share. Post.
In a world overrun by social media, why not use them to make learning engaging? In this episode, Shey and Anna discuss the pros and cons of social media in the classroom and present an objectives-based framework and examples for unleashing their potential as tools for learning.  Check out our episode-related resources, our blog post on the topic, and Anna's handy-dandy resource for integrating social media into your classroom, on Teachers Pay Teachers.
June 01, 2022
E23 - The good, the bad, and the ugly of performance reviews
Performance reviews and observations by supervisors are a common practice in the world of education, but whether they contribute to our growth as teachers depends on a multitude of factors. In this episode, Shey and Anna discuss some of their best and worst experiences with observations, and they shed light on what makes observations successful, from both the observer's and the teacher's side. What have your best and worst experiences been? What makes observations effective in your view? Check out our episode-related resources. Also, take a look at our Twitter poll to see our audience's responses to the question of whether they enjoy performance reviews. 
May 18, 2022
E22 - Make reviewing fun again!
Questionable title choice...but reviewing should be fun! And, more importantly, effective. In this episode, Shey and Anna discuss some of their strategies for making reviewing engaging and beneficial. How to you make reviewing a success? Check out our episode-related resources and Anna's fun sentence combining review activity. 
May 04, 2022
E21 - Addressing current events in the classroom
Should English language teachers take it upon themselves to discuss current events in the classroom? TL;DR - Yes! But how? In this episode, Shey and Anna explore the different considerations to take into account when breaching news topics, from students' proximity to news events to media literacy to language proficiency. Check out our episode-related resources. 
April 20, 2022
E20 - TESOL Special 2022!
We're exhilarated and exhausted after TESOL 2022! In this episode, Shey and Anna recount their key takeaways from the conference and share the thoughts and voices of other conference participants they interviewed in Pittsburgh. What ideas did you come away with? Check out our slide deck from our presentation, "The Power of Podcasting: How to Launch an ELT Podcast." Power to the people!
March 30, 2022
E19 - The why and the how of peer review
Why is peer feedback important, and how can we use it to facilitate learning? In this episode, Shey and Anna discuss their experience with peer feedback and recommendations for implementing it effectively in the classroom. Check out our episode-related resources, and our easily adaptable peer review packet on Teachers Pay Teachers. 
March 16, 2022
E18 - Book Review: Race, Empire, & English Language Teaching
In this episode, Shey and Anna review Dr. Suhanthie Motha's 2014 book, Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-racist Practice, and discuss some of their top takeaways from the book. Click here for more episode-related resources.
February 23, 2022
E17 - The benefits of formal TESOL training
In this episode, Shey and Anna chat about the benefits of their own TESOL training and the intersection of formal training and experience. Click here for episode-related resources. 
February 09, 2022
E16 - It's OK to just exist
Are you as wrapped up in toxic productivity as we are? Listen in and reflect on how you can set goals to lead a happy, healthy life of work and play as we head deeper into the new year. We want YOU to be our accountability partners. Click here for episode-related resources.
January 26, 2022
Blooper Reel 2021!
Holy cow, we've come a long way in 2021... Enjoy some ridiculousness and revel in our blunders at the end of this crazy year. We'll be back in 2022!
December 23, 2021
E15 - So you've lost your zest for teaching
How do you keep your passion for teaching alive despite everyday challenges and points of frustration? How can you tell if your disenchantment with the craft is temporary and burnout inspired, or an indicator of a lack of fulfillment or misalignment with your future goals? Beat the end-of-term slump with us as we discuss how to reclaim our zest for teaching. Click here for episode-related resources.
December 08, 2021
E14 - Representation: More than just a stock photo
How do you go about incorporating diverse voices and realities in your curriculum? What strategies do you use to ensure that diversity is represented in your classroom? Just in time for Thanksgiving, in this episode we discuss approaches to representing more than just our own perspectives and experiences in the classroom. Click here for episode-related resources.
November 24, 2021
E13 - The Delicate Dance of English
How do you acknowledge the connection between language and power in your classroom? How do you avoid imposing cultural norms associated with learning English? How do you highlight the validity of English as it is taught and spoken across the globe? In this episode, we touch upon the intersection of race and English’s world dominance, names and identity, white saviorism, the unicorn of “standard English”, and more. Click here for episode-related resources.
November 10, 2021
E12 - Words, words, words
Do you find that you rely on implicit or explicit strategies more for teaching vocabulary, and what factors do you consider in deciding? What are your most trusted and creative strategies for teaching vocabulary? In this episode, we review the foundations of vocabulary learning and teaching. We'll be following up with more practical strategies and considerations! Click here for episode-related resources.
October 27, 2021
E11 - You, me & ICC
What does intercultural communicative competence (ICC) mean to you? How do you teach ICC in the classroom? In this episode, we reflect on the importance of teaching culture and ICC, and we create a foundation for beginning to do so in the classroom. There is, of course, much more to say on this topic, and we promise to create more and bring some great practical tips. But for now, let's all get on the same page. Click here for episode-related resources.
October 13, 2021
E10 - Keep it simple, stupid
What routines or activities do you draw on frequently? In this episode, we discuss some of our favorite routines to keep our classes effective and efficient, to maximize learning, and to maintain our own sanity. Click here for episode-related resources.
September 29, 2021
E9 - Things they never tell new teachers
If this is your first year teaching, this episode is for you! We’ve compiled a list of top tips for new teachers. Listen, learn and reflect. For a summary of our tips, check out our episode-related resources.
September 15, 2021
E8 - Sometimes you plan, sometimes you don't
What do your lesson plans usually look like? How do you lesson plan efficiently while staying creative? In this episode, we explore different philosophies of lesson planning, establish the absolute essentials, and discuss ways to both stay fresh but not let lesson-planning take over your life. Click here for episode-related resources.
August 25, 2021
E7 - Building Rapport on Day 1
What are some of your go-to strategies for building rapport on the first day or in the first week of class? How do you maintain the rapport that you've built? In this episode, we explore ways to create a collaborative and supportive classroom culture from Day 1 through the rest of the term. Click here for episode-related resources.
August 11, 2021
E6 - Teaching & PD through the pandemic
How have your PD preferences shifted during the pandemic? How has participating in PD through the pandemic informed your teaching? In this episode, we explore the perspectives of listeners around the world on the transition to online teaching and changes to professional development opportunities during the pandemic. Click here for episode-related resources.
July 28, 2021
E5 - Correct me if you can
Let's talk about recasts! Do you like to correct in the moment or after the fact? What kind of oral feedback do you find most effective? In this episode, we dive into some old-school second-language acquisition and break down different kinds of oral corrective feedback. Click here for episode-related resources.
July 14, 2021
E4 - To err is human
What's your philosophy when it comes to corrective feedback? What's your stance on errors? In this episode, we discuss the significance of errors and how that impacts our approach to oral feedback. Click here for episode-related resources.
June 30, 2021
E3 - Sorry, what's your question?!
Do you plan your questions before a class? What kinds of questions do you rely on? How do you scaffold questions? In this  episode, we consider questioning techniques, types of questions and the responses they might yield. Click here for episode-related resources.
June 16, 2021
E2 - Shut up and let them talk!
What percentage of the time do you think you spend talking in a class, on average? How do you go about reducing your own talk time in class? In this  episode, we consider the balance between teacher talk time (TTT) and student talk time (STT), as well as strategies for increasing opportunities for STT. Click here for episode-related resources.
June 02, 2021
E1 - What is reflective pedagogy?
How often do you stop and reflect on your own teaching? What does reflective teaching look like for you? What do you gain from it? In this episode, we seek to understand the underpinnings of reflective pedagogy and what it looks like in our classrooms.  Click here for episode-related resources.
May 05, 2021
E0 - Pilot - A podcast is born!
Welcome to The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast, a podcast for reflective practice for teachers of English around the world. In this pilot episode, Anna and Shey introduce themselves and the purpose of this podcast. For more information, visit
April 01, 2021