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The Credible Teacher

The Credible Teacher

By Mike Huebner
Documenting the journey of teaching, being credible and being me. Sharing my perspective through reflections and relating them to one of the least talked about topics in all of education, teacher credibility.
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488: Listening > sharing at times...
In this episode, I share a brief story about sharing my perspective at a leadership meeting and reflecting on how I need to do more listening… and what I can do going forward.
10:19
December 9, 2020
487: Bringing the whole of ourselves...
In this episode, I share a quote from Mr. Rogers about human beings feeling that they can bring the whole of themselves to the people that care about them. I reflect them what this means as a parent, teacher, and someone that wants to live a more fulfilling life.
13:15
December 7, 2020
486: The process of loving ourselves, the good and the bad...
In this episode, I reflect on the idea that truly loving ourselves includes not only the things that are deemed positive but also the things that make us flawed.
14:00
December 4, 2020
485: Being lovable.
In this episode, I share a beautiful quote from Mr. Rogers and reflect on the process we go through in an attempt to be lovable in the eyes of the students we serve and those we love.
12:13
December 3, 2020
483: Act like you make a difference...
In this episode, I share a powerful quote about how we as teachers make a difference even when we don't realize it. I reflect on an email I received and the reality for us as teachers.
08:37
December 1, 2020
482: The Lesson - Ep. 42 - Eight Reasons Risk Takers Are Likely to be More Successful
In this episode, Dan and I talk about risk and why we need to take more of them! Thanks for being here!
24:33
November 24, 2020
481: Teacher credibility is not binary...
In this episode, I share a definition of teacher credibility based on research any new book I have about teacher credibility and collective efficacy. I reflect on how teacher credibility can be increased and share that it's a process that never ends.
15:00
November 23, 2020
480: We all need someone who inspires us...
In this episode, I share a quote about inspiring others and reflect on the process teachers can model to help their students see this happen.
07:33
November 20, 2020
479: Fireside Five - Pursuit of happiness
In this episode, I share a question about happiness and ask what would happen if we were relentless in attempting to find it.
06:55
November 19, 2020
478: Giving ourselves permission...
In this episode, I share a book that changed the way I thought about giving ourselves permission to do the things we want and need to do for ourselves.
12:52
November 18, 2020
477: Teachers teach more by what they are...
In this episode camera I share a "about how teachers actually teach and reflect on my own experience as relates to this idea. Enjoy!
09:08
November 17, 2020
476: Fireside Five - What if we were the love of our own lives?
In this episode, I reflect on the idea of going within and pose the question about loving ourselves for who we are and how that will impact how we love others.
07:16
November 16, 2020
475: What all successful people do, I guess...
In this episode, I share something I read about what all successful people do and why feeling guilty about not doing these things is getting in our way of being 'successful.'
10:51
November 13, 2020
474: Fireside Five - One way to look at solving teacher burnout...
In this episode, I share some thoughts on how I've looked at the teaching profession being a marathon and not a sprint…as it relates to finding balance and avoid teacher burnout.
06:56
November 12, 2020
473: Don't give away your power!
In this episode, I share some depressing news about how many people are going to school to become a teacher and why we can no longer give away our power to those that don't know what we're doing.
15:34
November 11, 2020
472: Fireside Five - The few reasons people become teachers...
In this episode, I reflect on the reality that they are many reasons why people do not become teachers and that there are very few reasons why people become teachers.
07:16
November 6, 2020
471: Fireside Five - What if we were as human as possible?
In this episode, I share some thoughts on why the idea of being more human should become the norm and not the exception.
06:36
November 5, 2020
470: Fireside Five - How you perceive yourself is what truly matters
In this episode, I share how the work required to get others to perceive us in a positive light is one that starts on the inside.
06:47
November 4, 2020
469: Fireside Five - What do you want people to say about you when you're gone?
In this episode, I share my journey when thinking about death. Also, how this reflecting may help us make choices that will make us happier and more fulfilled.
06:34
November 3, 2020
468: Fireside Five - How long do you want to feel bad?
In this episode, I share an idea about how we have the power to respond to the things that happen in life versus react and cause more pain. Also, I urge you to consider living in this moment, not worried about the past or the future.
06:43
November 2, 2020
467: Fireside Five - Don't believe everything you think...
In this episode, I share why we don't want to believe everything we think based on the social conditioning we received as a young people and that we have the power to overcome this and make new choices.
06:27
October 30, 2020
466: Fireside Five - Uncharted territory...
I'm trying something new… in this 5 minute fireside chat, I share my thoughts on the reality we are facing as teachers and humans during a worldwide pandemic. And, why we need to start with ourselves.
06:29
October 29, 2020
465: Resilience and coming from a place of love...
In this episode, I share a story about being resilient and why coming from a place of love will help you and your students.
17:54
October 22, 2020
464: Conflict and confrontation
In this episode, I reflect on a quote from Wayne Dyer about what 'enlightened' people do (or not do) regarding conflict in life. I share some thoughts about why it's so hard to do and why it may help more than being in conflict.
14:15
September 21, 2020
463: Who’s more likely to recommend their job? An active military personnel or a teacher...
In this episode, I share a crazy statistic about who recommends their job more than teachers and what this idea means to me and you as we do something that very few people can and want to do.
16:49
September 15, 2020
462: What teachers can do to help students love themselves
In this episode, I share a quote from Wayne Dyer about the ideal school with ideal teachers...I reflect on how we can create this ‘ideal’ situation as individuals in a system that doesn’t want it to occur. Hope it helps!
17:29
September 14, 2020
461: Why it’s more important than ever for teachers to practice self-care.
In this episode, I share my perspective on why taking care of ourselves as humans, and as teachers, has become much more important than before Covid and our new reality.
15:59
September 11, 2020
460: What we can do as individuals and BLM
In this episode, I share some thoughts on how we are losing sight of the bigger issues related to the Black Lives Matter movement and where real change happens.
16:07
September 10, 2020
459: The Lesson - Ep. 41 - How to Handle Other People's Bad Moods Like a Pro
In this episode, Dan and I share an important article and reflect on what one can do to manage other humans’ moods! We all experience it, even during a pandemic! Hope you are safe, healthy, and happy! Take care!
26:07
August 28, 2020
458: The Lesson - Ep. 40 - Why Vulnerability is a Powerful Leadership Trait
In this episode, Dan and I chat about vulnerability. As a dude that no longer apologizes for crying, I have welcomed vulnerability in my life...though I know I need to do it more! Hope you enjoy!
27:56
July 23, 2020
457: The Lesson - Ep. 39 - Nine Ways To Be A Better Person
In this episode, Dan and I share an article about how to be better people! I know I need to work on this myself and realize that everyone is just doing the best they can. We hope it helps and that you are staying healthy. Take care! Mike
34:44
July 6, 2020
456: Kailey Lefko - Educalme & The Balanced Educator Podcast
In this episode, I chat with Kailey (co-founder of Educalme) about mindfulness and learning. Specifically, Kailey shares the motivation behind Educalme, how stress gets in the way of student learning, and how the Educalme mindfulness program benefits students (and teachers) in the classroom. To start your free trial, visit https://www.educalme.com/credibleteacher/. I've already done it myself and have used the audio to practice mindfulness with my own children while at home. It's easy and amazing!
45:24
May 23, 2020
455: The Lesson - Ep. 38 - Seven Reasons Why Smart People Aren't Successful
In this episode, Dan and I share an article about why intelligence doesn’t equate to “success” (whatever that is). Hope you enjoy and get something valuable from our musings. Take care and be well!
34:52
April 24, 2020
454: Tiktok Teacher Tip - No. 3 - There will always be more than enough to do!
In this episode, I share a tip from @mrteachableteacher about knowing that our list of things to do will always be longer then what we can accomplish. Thanks and enjoy!
18:30
April 16, 2020
453: Tiktok Teacher Tips - No. 2 - Don't compare yourself to other teachers.
In this episode, I share a tip from @mrsbennetthasclass on Tiktok and reflect on what I've learned about not judging myself harshly, being myself, and deflecting negativity from others.
18:35
April 14, 2020
452: Tiktok Teacher Tips - No. 1 - Teaching is a job, not your life.
In this episode, I highlight a tip given by @dystined2shine about looking at teaching from another perspective that allows us to find a balance. I share a couple thoughts about what I've learned about finding balance. Hope it helps!
17:19
April 13, 2020
451: The Lesson - Ep. 37 - What actually makes us happy?
In this episode, Dan and I share what one author writes about what really makes humans happy. Couldn't we all be a little happier in times like these? Enjoy and thanks for being here!
32:33
April 13, 2020
450: The Lesson - Ep. 36 - Training your brain to remember anything!
In this episode, Dan and I talk about how to remember all of the things by training our mind to do so based on someone that knows way more than we do. Enjoy!
42:03
March 26, 2020
449: The Lesson - Ep. 35 - How To Kill a Toxic Ego
In this episode, Dan and I discuss an article that will make you a better human. We all have egos but what do we do with them??? We don’t have the answers but we talk about some...
46:54
March 13, 2020
448: Balance and communication.
In this episode, I share what I've learned about finding balance in order to avoid teacher burnout and explain why a teacher being 'tough' on students means nothing if students don't perceive their teachers as people who care about their well being. Take care of yourself!!!
17:55
February 12, 2020
447: What if teachers normalized mental health by sharing their own journey with it?
In this episode, I share a brief story of telling a former student that I've been feeling anxiety lately and how important it is for teachers to be as vulnerable as they can be to normalize the mental health conversation.
17:51
February 4, 2020
446: How following up with students after a behavior incident builds credibility.
In this episode, I share a brief story about redirecting a student and what I've learned about following up with them after a behavior incident in the classroom.
16:38
February 3, 2020
445: Teachers do meaningful things for others.
In this episode, I reflect on a quote about doing things for others and how it creates a life that matters. I connect this idea to what teachers are seemingly called to do and why it's silly to think that many people outside of education fully understand what we're doing as teachers.
19:45
January 27, 2020
444: The Lesson - Ep. 34 - The Art of Being Real With People
What does 'being real' even mean? Mike shares an article written by someone that has always been more of an acquaintance than a friend. Dan and I reflect of the author's insight on how to become more vulnerable which leads to the 'real friend zone' in our relationships. Enjoy!
34:08
January 24, 2020
443: The Lesson - Ep. 33 - The Health Benefits of Laughter
We know laughing feels good, right? In this episode, Dan shares some research behind why laughing is so good for our health and we chat about some things that make us laugh as well. Enjoy!
25:00
January 14, 2020
442: Success - Tiktok- Mr. Rogers
I share what I've been doing the last month or so and reflect on a great quote about success from the one and only, Mr. Rogers.
15:16
January 6, 2020
441: The Lesson - Ep. 32 - Six Biases That Trick You Into Thinking You Are Below Average
In this episode, Mike shares an article about why humans think they are doing worse than their peers. It was eye-opening and very much needed!
36:51
December 17, 2019
440: What I've learned (so far) from being on Tiktok
In this episode, I share what I've observed since joining Tiktok and a story highlighting why race is a conversation we need to have to help young (and old) people.
16:56
December 11, 2019
439: The Lesson - Ep. 31 - The Chemistry of Storytelling
In this episode, Mike shares an article about the chemistry of storytelling and why/how marketers use this information to sell their products. So interesting (and scary?)!
34:28
December 10, 2019
438: The Lesson - Ep. 30 - Ethics and Synthetic Media
This was a crazy topic. Dan shares an article he found about 'bots' and media people consume. Dan shares information on the possible consequences of synthetic media in the ever-changing world we live in. Enjoy!
35:11
December 6, 2019
437: Adopting the mentality of taking care of ourselves first.
This episode, I share a mentality that has helped me find more balance between my life as a teacher and a regular human being. And, how knowing that our jobs will always have more than enough to ask of us actually can help teachers find balance in it all.
11:35
December 4, 2019
436: The Lesson - Ep. 29 - Seven Brutal Life Lesson Everyone Has To Learn
In this episode, Mike shares an article that attempts to relay the life lessons we all experience at some point in life. Dan and I chat about our experiences with certain lessons we've learned along the way. Enjoy!
49:01
November 26, 2019
435: Mindsets that lead to increased credibility (for me) and where this podcast is listened to!
In this episode, I share two mindsets that have led me to become a more credible teacher (it seems) and share where in the world YOU are listening to this podcast. Thank you so much!!!!
20:12
November 26, 2019
434: The Lesson - Ep. 28 - The Benefits of Sleep
In this episode, Dan teaches us what he's learned about sleep and the many benefits of getting enough using a couple of articles he found on the topic. Everyone knows we need sleep. This episode explains why! Enjoy. 
41:43
November 20, 2019
433: Why the little moments are so important.
In this episode, I share a short story about a student interaction and reflect on the idea of how we build a community in school. I also reflect on the idea that we have many little moments that allow us to build relationships with students that lead to our overall legacy as a teacher.
14:23
November 18, 2019
432: Wisdom for Teachers - How gratitude creates happiness.
In this episode, I share a quote from Wayne Dyer about appreciating who we are and what we already have in life. I share my experience with gratitude journaling and offer some ideas to build the habit for yourself.
14:49
November 14, 2019
431: The Lesson - Ep. 27 - What Do 90-Something's Regret?
In this episode, Mike shares an article he found written by a woman who interviewed 90+-year-old people asking them what they regret (and other things). Dan and I talk about what we took away from this idea and how we could change our lives with this new perspective. 
40:35
November 12, 2019
430: Race Matters - The good/bad binary and race.
In this episode, I share a few paragraphs from chapter five in White Fragility about whether we can be a good person and racist at the same time. I share some information I've read from another book, Raising White Kids, as well.
17:27
November 11, 2019
429: Why toxic competition is hurting us as teachers and humans.
In this episode, I share part of an article from Mindful Magazine about toxic competition and my own experiences with it. I reflect on why it doesn't help us as teachers to compare to other teachers and why it doesn't help us achieve what we really want for ourselves as human beings.
20:43
November 10, 2019
428: The Lesson - Ep. 26 - Nine Ways To Overcome Jealousy
In this episode, Dan shares an article focused on what jealously is and how we can overcome the feelings of it. We offer some questions about what we are really jealous about and realize it's much more complicated than it seems.
36:31
November 7, 2019
427: Wisdom for Teachers - we cannot fake who we truly are.
In this episode, I share a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote and reflect on how teachers cannot pretend to be someone they aren't. Students see through it and we are much more credible when we have the courage to be our true selves.
16:52
November 7, 2019
426: Why communicating that we have things to improve on makes us more credible.
In this episode, I share a brief example that made me realize that credibility is gained when teachers share aspects of our experiences that make us all human. When teachers share what they are working on, students begin seeing us in different ways.
13:34
November 5, 2019
425: Bruce Lipton, PhD
I'm beyond jacked to share this episode with you. I asked Bruce Lipton Phd. some questions about his experience as both a student and a teacher. Bruce goes into depth on the topic of epigenetics and what his discoveries mean for us as individuals and as teachers in the classroom. 
1:18:17
November 4, 2019
424: Wisdom for Teachers: It's not what we accumulate, it's what we give away.
In this episode, I share a quote from Wayne Dyer about how we can measure our life and reflect on the fact that teachers choose education to give away lots of things to students in order to have a positive impact on their lives.
14:45
October 31, 2019
423: Race Matters: "The good old days."
In thos episode, I read a portion of Robin Diangelo's book, White Fragility, sharing some of the history of what that means for people of color and reflect on what perspective may help solve some of the issues we are seeing in our society. I fully realize that I have lots to learn and I don't have any answers.
18:40
October 31, 2019
422: The Lesson - Ep. 25 - Some People Don't Like You and That's Okay
In this episode, Dan and I chat about the reality that not every single person will like us and how that's okay. We use an article to reflect on this idea and offer perspective on how this makes a lot of sense based on the fact that no one is universally liked. Enjoy!
41:26
October 29, 2019
421: Why a teachers mindset is everything.
In this episode, I share a brief story about an interaction about former students sharing their thoughts on them being my "toughest class". I reflect on how mindset (and meditation) has helped me respond to things that happen at school rather than react to them.
14:54
October 25, 2019
420: Habits and vulnerability.
In this episode, I reflect on the habits I have regarding the past two years of The Credible Teacher and share a story about my receding hair line. Also, why this story builds teacher credibility through vulnerability and a suggestion for others trying to be more vulnerable.
17:39
October 24, 2019
419: Wisdom for Teachers - We are all on our own path.
In this episode , I share a quote from Wayne Dyer about the fact that we are all on our own paths and living our lives based on what we know and the conditions of our lives. I reflect on how going inward and putting a mirror up on myself has helped me become less judgemental and more credible.
18:30
October 23, 2019
418: The Lesson - Ep. 24 - Hypocrites
In this episode, Dan shares a very techinical article about what a hypocrite is and all the types of hypocrites. We quickly realize that everyone is a hypocrite (it seems) in some, way, shape or form AND that it's better to be a honest hypocrite if we 'have' to be one. Who knew there were so many types of hypocrites??? Thanks for being here and enjoy!
47:50
October 22, 2019
417: How will this lesson matter in 20 years?
In this episode, I document why thinking about how my lesson will help students 20 years from now has impacted how I teach and I reflect on how this builds credibility while focusing on the students real life/future.
14:19
October 22, 2019
416: Race Matters- What is white supremacy?
In this episode, I read an excerpt from the book White Fragility by Robin Diangelo thatdescribing what white privilege is and reflect on why awareness is so important if we want race relations to improve.
18:37
October 21, 2019
415: Wisdom for Teachers - Great people make others feel great!
In this episode I share a quote from Mark Twain about listening to great people versus listening to small people and how great people make others feel the same way.
16:54
October 18, 2019
414: The Lesson - Ep. 23 - Trying New Things
In this episode, Mike shares an article he found on Pyschology Today by Dr. Nickerman about the benefits of trying new things. Specifically, the things Nickerman thinks about as he attempts new things in his life. 
43:10
October 16, 2019
413: How articulating what's on my mind to students leads to teacher credibility.
In this episode, I share something that's been working for me to build credibility. It's been the notion of explaining to students that what I'm thinking about while I'm making decisions as their teacher...so they see what I'm juggling and a way to build empathy for what we are all doing in the classroom.
14:07
October 15, 2019
412: Students and racial profiling.
In this episode, I share a story about students sharing their experiences of family members being racially profiled and my hope as to what positive impacts this may have for our future.
15:32
October 14, 2019
411: Microaggressions in schools.
In this episode, I share what microaggressions are and three forms that show up in schools using Zaretta Hammond's book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.
20:57
October 11, 2019
410: Wisdom for Teachers - A classroom of the future.
In this episode, I reflect on a quote from Wayne Dyer about what the future of education could look like if we value love along with curriculum in our schools.
17:46
October 9, 2019
409: The Lesson - Ep. 22 - The Importance of Failure
In this episode, Dan shares an article about failure. Specifically, Dan shares why it's so important and the five valuable lessons from doing so. 
51:55
October 9, 2019
408: Why storytelling builds trust and some science behind it.
In this episode, I share some new information about storytelling and what's happening in our brains as we tell them and hear them. Also, i reflect how I've grown to use more stories in class and believe I need to use more if them based on how humans learn from others. Thanks for being here!
17:06
October 7, 2019
407: The Lesson - Ep. 21 - What's epigenetics?
In this episode, Mike shares an article that outlines what 'epigentics' are and why the research about them is important when considering our overall health as humans. 
50:05
October 2, 2019
406: How 'leading with trust' builds credibility.
This episode, I share some ways to build trust based on research and share how I 'lead with trust' when allowing students to pick their own seats in class.
16:23
October 1, 2019
405: Why communicating our "why" is so important when building credibility with students.
In this episode, I share a story about how I restart certain classes using a growth mindset philosophy. Also, why communicating the "why" behind our decisions as classroom teachers can build credibility and trusting relationships with our students.
14:58
September 26, 2019
404: The science behind relationships and trust.
In this episode, I share a segment of an amazing book I'm reading and the science behind how trust is built between a teacher and student.
17:43
September 24, 2019
403: The Lesson - Ep. 20 - White Privilege & Prison
In this episode, Mike shares an article titled, "How Prison Taught Me About White Privilege" by Mark Olmsted. Olmsted relays how he performed a social experiment to better understand the roles that inmates would not want to play in our society based on their race. Dan and I talk about our experiences (or lack thereof) concerning race as white males in America and how better understanding our roles requires work and empathy. We are not at all experts about anything but are willing to talk about topics that we need to address in our current state as a society. Enjoy! 
39:30
September 24, 2019
402: Book recommendation - To Be A Slave
In this episode, I share the connection I made between being a culturally responsive teacher and this book that shares what slavery was like from real slaves perspectives. It opened my eyes.
22:53
September 23, 2019
401: Sponsorship and a memorable teacher survey.
In this episode, I share a new sponsorship opportunity (which is really exciting) and a 'memorable teacher attributes' survey I created to capture what our favorite teachers do and say in the classrooms they manage.
18:19
September 20, 2019
400: What is structural racialization?
In this episode, I read from Zaretta Hammond's book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. Specifically, the section on structural racialization and why the awareness of it is needed to better understand how schools are operating in our country.
21:54
September 19, 2019
399: Wisdom for Teachers - Children teach us what life's all about.
In this episode, I share an anonymous quote about the impact children have on us as teachers and parents. I share how my perspective has changed on how I view students and what my own children have provided for me as their father.
16:09
September 18, 2019
398: The Lesson - Ep.19 - What does passive aggressive even mean?
In this episode, Dan shares multiple articles about what it means to be passive aggressive and we quickly realize it's EVERYWHERE! We are guilty of it and we talk about all the ways people can be passive aggressive along with some suggestions on how to minimize this unwanted behavior that is running rampant. Enjoy!
52:43
September 17, 2019
397:Why sharing our "why" when addressing student behaviors is important & connected to credibility.
In this episode, I document a short story about addressing a behavior and how critical it is to follow up with students after it happens to provide closure.
17:00
September 17, 2019
396: Research Only-"The good teacher: Our best teachers are inspired, influential and passionate."
In this episode, I read a lot from this study done by John Hattie (and others) about why people in New Zealand loved their teachers. It's so good! The information that is. Enjoy!
24:21
September 13, 2019
395: How making positive phone calls home leads to increased credibility.
In this episode, I document why I'm making positive phone calls home to begin the school year and how these calls lead to me being perceived as caring...and someone that will help the students I serve.
16:43
September 12, 2019
394: Wisdom for Teachers - Sadhguru
I share a quote from Sadhguru about how little we know as humans and how we can begin to understand more if we realize that this is the case. Also, how coming from this 'not knowing' place can help us help students and build credibility along the way.
11:34
September 11, 2019
393: The Lesson - Ep. 18 - Is Crying Good For You?
In this episode, Dan gets all sappy on us and brings up the topic of crying...which we both love. He shares an article that highlights whether or not crying is beneficial and some various types if criers...we appreciate you tuning in!
42:56
September 10, 2019
392: Credible teachers are master communicators.
I document some things I've observed myself doing while communicating with my classes about WHY we do things the way we do them in school. Also, how positive phone calls home help me understand what students need and create more credibility with my students.
15:44
September 9, 2019
391: Research only - Why actually telling students we care about them is critical.
I share some research on perceived teacher caring and how communicating that we care is the first step in the process...and that the rest of the year is the actions that prove we actually care about them. Enjoy!
14:25
September 5, 2019
390: The Lesson - Ep. 17 - How to be more empathetic.
In this episode, Mike shares an article written by a woman who noticed how NOT empathetic people around her were when sharing news about issues she was experiencing in her life. Dan and chat about the difficulties of being empathetic based on certain situations and much more. Thanks for being here!
43:55
September 4, 2019
389: A conversation about teacher credibility with Ryan Cowden
In this episode, I ask Ryan Cowden (former teacher and current education podcast host) about how his experiences building credibility as a teacher and what he remembered from his most impactful teachers as a student. 
58:09
September 4, 2019
388: Wisdom for Teachers - Joseph Joubert
I share and reflect on a quote regarding how important it is for teachers to model the expectations we may create to begin the school year. Also, why it's critical to communicate where we are at as teachers regarding the expectations so students know we are human too. Thanks for listening!
18:30
August 28, 2019
387: The Lesson - Ep. 16 - Five Qualities of Authentic People
In this episode, Dan defines what it means to be authentic and shares an article to help us us understand what we can do to be more authentic. Thanks for listening!
33:17
August 27, 2019
386: Wisdom for Teachers - Christopher Emdin
I share and reflect on a quote from Christopher Emdin about how important the process of building relationships with students are. Specifically, remembering to take time to get to know students throughout the year and realize that the teaching/learning process is a two way street. And, that how we view ourselves impacts how we show up for our students.
18:43
August 21, 2019
385: The Lesson - Ep. 15 - The Importance of Feedback
In this episode, Dan shares an article that helps us understand what it means to get feedback and why it's so important for growth.
24:26
August 21, 2019
384: What are the effects of judging our students for doing the same things we did while their age?
I share how I used to play video games a lot as a young person and how judging my current students for doing the same thing does not help me become more impactful,or credible, from their perspective.
16:51
August 17, 2019
383: We won't be everyone's favorite teacher but it's the attempt that counts.
I share a quick story about asking a high school student who her favorite teacher is (and why) and reflect on the realization that being everyone's favorite is impossible...but students know who is trying which builds credibility.
07:26
August 16, 2019
382: Why assuming the best of intentions just makes sense.
I share a story about an interaction I had online that made me think about how important assuming the best intentions of others is usually the best route. I share how this relates to being a teacher and why believing our students are doing the best they can has decreased my stress over the years.
18:20
August 15, 2019
381: A teacher's role in the 'bad kid' narrative.
I share a story about a cashier telling me about all the 'bad kids' she sees and how this narrative plays into a student's reputation, one that's hard to shake. I share how my mindset has changed over the years and that teachers have the power to help their students make a new choice by meeting them where they are at...one day at a time.
26:55
August 13, 2019
380: Self care and teacher credibility with Alexis Shepard - The Afro Educator
I met Alexis Shepard at the Teacher Self Care Conference in June of 2019 and attended her session on teacher self care and the 'Good Teacher' myth. It was amazing and so is this conversation as I learned about her thoughts on what makes a teacher credible in the eyes of their students. Alexis shares her insights on how honesty and transparency (among other things) have helped her not only take better care of herself but also become more credible along the way. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us Alexis!
1:02:12
August 13, 2019
379: The Lesson - Ep. 14 - Seven Things Trustworthy People Do Differently
In this episode, Mike shares an article highlighting what we can do (as teachers and 'normal' people) to be perceived as more trusting by their peers. Mike talks a lot in this one so brace yourself...thanks for supporting the podcast and let us know what we can improve upon! We appreciate you taking the time to listen and hope you are getting some value from it. Take care!
47:11
August 11, 2019
378: Our greatest strength is how (the ability to) we view ourselves.
I document how our self identity plays into how we view students and why doing the work (outside of school) makes us more credible teachers, and more importantly, happier people.
11:04
August 6, 2019
377: The Lesson - Ep. 13 - Anne Frank
In this episode, Mike shares some of Anne Frank's diary entries that were published in a recent Sun magazine. If you enjoy things that will potentially alter your perspective then you will enjoy this episode (but most likely Anne Frank's Diary). Thanks for being here! We appreciate it.
38:24
August 6, 2019
376: The Lesson - Ep. 12 - Screentime
In this episode, Dan helps us all better understand what screentime really is and how much time Americans spend in front of them. We talk about how we view the topic as both a teacher and parents.
46:24
July 31, 2019
375: The Lesson - Ep. 11 - Happiness
In this episode, Mike shares an article from Mindful magazine on how we can use struggles to become happier. 
41:18
July 24, 2019
374: All about teacher credibility with John Hattie
I talk to (the one and only) John Hattie about teacher credibility! Professor Hattie shares who his favorite teacher was as a student and how they created a safe learning environment by using trust, one of the main components of teacher credibility. Hattie shares a boatload of perspective on what it means to be a credible teacher and gives some insights into how teachers can help their students learn more by becoming perceived as credible in their eyes. I'm so grateful for Professor Hattie taking the time to chat and I'm sure you won't be disappointed in this one. Enjoy! 
48:40
July 21, 2019
373: The Lesson - Ep. 10 - The Tyranny of Expectations
In this episode, Dan shares an article written by Phillip Moffitt about how expectations are undermining our ability to be happy. Dan shares some thoughts on how having hopes and goals is one way to look at human aspirations without having the expectations to go with them. 
39:58
July 16, 2019
372: The Lesson - Episode 9 - Does Internet Privacy Matter?
In this episode, Dan helps me (and you) understand whether or not internet privacy is a concern for us as citizens of this planet. As per usual, we don't have any solid answers to the questions that come up but we are learning along the way and hope you are too. Thanks for being here!
37:49
July 10, 2019
371: The Lesson - Episode 8 - Death and Dying
In this episode, I walk Dan through a brief history of why death has been such a consistent theme in life and share an article about death from an anthropologists point of view, which was enlightening. Thanks for listening!
49:20
July 3, 2019
370: The Lesson - Episode 7 - Millennials
In this episode, Dan drops some knowledge (shares some facts) about a generation that seems to be talked about a lot in society, millennials. It was a good reminder that each generation has their own 'thing'. Thanks for tuning in!
40:49
June 26, 2019
369: Post-conference reflections.
I document what I was feeling after I presented for the first time at a teacher conference and what it means for my children and students at school. I also reflect on vulnerability and credibility.
21:25
June 25, 2019
368: Research Only! - Teacher Behaviors, Characteristics, and Student Outcomes
In this episode, I share portion of a study (A Meta-Analytical Review of Teacher Credibility and its Associations with Teacher Behaviors and Student Outcomes) and reflect on what I've learned from other research and my own experience as a teacher. Thanks for listening!
32:12
June 21, 2019
367: How contemplating death has helped me.
I document some thoughts about an upcoming speech, a podcast about monk who had a near death experience, and how the idea of death has created perspective for me and what I'd like to experience while I'm alive.
22:31
June 20, 2019
366: Wisdom for Teachers - George Washington Carver
In this episode, I share a quote from Carver about how imperative it is for us to realize that we will experience life the same way others experience life at some point or another. I reflect on how important empathy (although very difficult) is for us as teachers (and humans) to be mindful of if we want to have the impact we wanted to have when we decided to become teachers. 
24:29
June 19, 2019
365: The Lesson - Episode 6 - The Concept of Time
In this episode, Dan and I chat about how time works based on some ideas from a well known spiritual figure named Eckhart Tolle. Time is crazy! Hope you enjoy our take on it and how much we don't know about it. 😊
39:27
June 19, 2019
364: Teachers change the world each day.
I document some thoughts about how important it is for teachers to realize the role they play in changing the world after watching an interview of George Clooney with David Letterman (My Next Guest-Netflix).
23:34
June 18, 2019
363: Research Only! - The three factors teachers must consider to be perceived as caring.
In this episode, I share the three factors (based on research) teachers need to consider if they want to be viewed as caring by their students. Hint: it requires empathy.
20:55
June 14, 2019
362: Wisdom for Teachers - Ralph Waldo Emerson
In this episode, I share a quote about respect and do my best to relate it to how respecting ourselves as individuals, no matter where we are at, is the first step in earning the respect of the students we serve. Enjoy!
23:41
June 12, 2019
361: The Lesson - Episode 5 - Challenges Successful People Overcome
In this episode, Dan shares with me all the things that people deemed to be successful, overcome along the way. Some good reminders for all of us as we make our way through this crazy thing we call life. Enjoy!
50:06
June 11, 2019
360: There's always an end...
I document some thoughts about how the teaching profession has an ending point each school year and share another example of how different our profession is than most in our society.
19:32
June 10, 2019
359: Last day of school...
I document how I am feeling and what I'm thinking after the last day of school with students.
24:25
June 7, 2019
358: Patience & Positivity
I document some thoughts on how teaching makes us more patient people and why looking for the positive in every situation is the best move (and a necessity) as educators.
20:03
June 6, 2019
357: The Lesson - Episode 4 - Community
In this episode, Mike uses an article titled, "What does "community" even mean?" written by Fabian Pfortmüller to teach Dan (and to better understand) what the term "community" means. We don't solve any real problems as it relates to building/sustaining community anywhere but we enjoyed talking about something that we, apparently, need more of. Enjoy!
36:28
June 5, 2019
356: Everything is temporary.
I document some thoughts about how everything that we experience as humans is temporary and why it's so important for teachers to consider what we do each day at school as a temporary experience. With that, we may very well enjoy the process even more.
19:35
June 4, 2019
355: Accepting the moment & relevancy.
I document some thoughts on how important it is to accept the moment in the classroom especially, as the school year ends, and why owning who we are as individuals makes us more credible and relevant teachers.
20:01
June 3, 2019
354: It's always been more than the money...
I document why it's important to keep perspective when thinking about the money we make as teachers when compared to other professions. I also attempt to explain why the impact we have on our students is worth more than any amount of money we can earn.
17:19
May 31, 2019
353: It takes all kinds to make the world!
I document why the job we have as teachers is so different from many jobs because we are asked to work with all kinds of people. And, how this reality creates so many opportunities to make an impact but is also very challenging at the same time.
17:32
May 30, 2019
352: The days are long but the years are short...
I reflect on this phrase about time and how important it is for teachers to realize that the time to make the positive impact on our students is NOW.
14:41
May 29, 2019
351: Wisdom for Teachers - John Ruskin
I share a quote from John Ruskin on how being a teacher is truly about leading by example. I also share a couple quick stories in which I attempt to highlight the opportunities I had to lead by example in the classroom. Thanks for bearing with me on this one.
20:08
May 29, 2019
350: The Lesson - Episode 3 - Apologizing
In this episode, I use a great article from Mindful Magazine to teach Dan all about the mistakes people make when apologizing and offer some tips on how to apologize the best way possible. Thanks for listening!
35:11
May 28, 2019
349: The sacrifices a teacher makes.
I document what it means to make sacrifices as a teacher in our society and why the profession may have it 'right' when comparing how fulfilled/happy teachers are to a society that hates the jobs they have.
13:55
May 28, 2019
348: Humans want/need attention.
I document how I introduced a book club activity with how important attention is for us as humans. Also, I share how I've used this topic to help students understand that I, too, have attention needs and that how I've attempted to get it has changed as I've grown as a human being.
20:48
May 24, 2019
347: Wisdom for Teachers - Winston Churchill
I share a quote about optimism from Winston Churchill and reflect on how the adversity we experience as teachers can be looked at from from numerous perspectives, ones that would help us become better humans and teachers.
14:34
May 23, 2019
346: The Lesson - Episode 2 - Consumerism
In this episode, Dan teaches me what consumerism is (among other things) and we discuss what it means to actually own anything along with some strategies to consider when you are thinking about purchasing that next 'thing' in your life. Enjoy!
37:51
May 22, 2019
345: How and why teachers build community in the classroom.
I document what I've learned about building community in the classroom and why it's more about the effort put into building community then how deep the sharing is during classroom conversations.
20:14
May 20, 2019
344: Landscaping vs. Teaching.
I document a memory I had from a job I had in college and how that one memory helped me put into perspective what I'm doing as a teacher, regardless of how much stress teaching causes.
17:59
May 17, 2019
343: Wisdom for Teachers - Henry Ford
I share a quote from Henry Ford about staying young and reflect on how important it is for teachers to improve themselves, which will inevitably benefit all of their students.
20:38
May 15, 2019
342: Teachers get annoyed too.
I document a story about something that made me feel frustrated and how expressing this frustration with students creates the opportunity for them to view me as a human, just like them.
19:37
May 14, 2019
341: Why making an impact on others (students) begins with ourselves.
I document a tweet I posted about the lack of real control we have on our students outside (and inside) our classrooms as well as the idea that the process of becoming a teacher that makes a large (positive) impact on their students is one that starts from within.
17:45
May 12, 2019
340: Teacher appreciation?
I document what I've learned about the ego, what teacher appreciation really is, and share a note I received from a former student that reminded me of what I really appreciate about this job.
18:19
May 9, 2019
339: Wisdom for Teachers - Henry Adams
I share a quote about how a teacher's influence never stops and the story about how one hug in 3rd grade influenced me so much that I wanted to become a teacher.
18:18
May 8, 2019
338: The Lesson - Episode 1 - Transgender
In our first episode of this new segment, I teach Dan the definition of transgender and share some statistics about what it means to be a transgendered person in America.
31:59
May 7, 2019
337: Teachers (can) enjoy the same things about summertime...
I document conversation I had with a class today about why I enjoy very similar things about summertime as they do. Also, why sharing this creates an opportunity for students to view me as credible and a fellow human being.
16:33
May 6, 2019
336: Why teaching is one of the most 'human' jobs one can have.
I document two stories that prove to me that our jobs as teachers have a lot to do with simply being human so that we can have the impact on our students regardless of the curriculum we teach.
18:43
May 3, 2019
335: I took my own advice.
I share how I told students I cared about them and why attempting to do things like this (even if difficult) can help us become more comfortable doing the same things down the road.
14:08
May 2, 2019
334: Wisdom for Teachers - Gail Godwin
I share a quote from Gail Godwin about how good teaching is 1/4 planning and 3/4 theatre. I share a story about substitute teaching in another grade level recently and how it reminded me that we are performing constantly! Also, students are so perceptive and while teaching is a performance, teachers need to realize we aren't fooling anyone when it comes to building credibility with them. 
19:11
May 2, 2019
333: Why optimism is so important as educators.
I document a conversation about optimism vs. pessimism and why perspective is so important when we think about our jobs as teachers. And, why having a positive impact on students may be something that we never fully become aware of.
19:43
April 30, 2019
332: Why every teacher matters.
I document a conversation I had with a server while eating in Philadelphia about who their favorite teacher was and why. I conclude that every teacher has the opportunity to make an impact on their students whether or not they are the most well liked/respected or not.
17:17
April 29, 2019
331: How I responded to students that didn't try their best on standardized testing.
I document how I communicated to a class of students that were not focused on the test and why this communication needs to happen in order for students to view us as credible and people who care about them.
19:26
April 24, 2019
330: Wisdom for Teachers - William Feather
I share a new segment I'm starting based on a book I received and them a quote from William Feather about taking action vs. focusing on the conditions being perfect.
20:23
April 23, 2019
329: We must change the narrative.
I give a quick rant on why it's unnecessary for teachers to feel guilty about finding a balance between school and life. And, why being an empathetic teacher doesn't mean we have to feel more stressed than we already are.
05:47
April 20, 2019
328: Consistency and exchanges that create credibility.
I document why consistency is so powerful as a teacher (and human) as well as how our daily exchanges between students and teachers are great opportunities to build our credibility.
21:50
April 18, 2019
327: Why calling is better than emailing home, at times.
I document a mistake I made when I emailed a parent (vs. calling them) and why calling is a better choice, depending on the situation.
13:47
April 17, 2019
326: How I use lunch detentions to build credibility (and relationships) with my students.
I document how I used the decisions a student made during recess as an opportunity to build relationships (and credibility), even after assigning a lunch detention with me.
16:55
April 17, 2019
325: Is perception really everything?
I document a theme I'm noticing in teacher credibility research and share a brief story about how I perceive myself differently now than I have in the past. And, why it might be everything needed to become the teacher we wanted to be when we started!
14:12
April 16, 2019
324: Building credibility is a (inward) process.
I document how I learned what I could improve with the podcast and why building credibility with my students is a process that is continuously occurring, like most things in life.
16:23
April 15, 2019
323: Why allowing a classroom conversation to continue may be the best option.
I document why allowing time for us to have great conversations in class, even when we have a lesson we need to teach, may be what's needed to create the community that makes students want to engage with school.
16:02
April 12, 2019
322: Thank you for bearing with me!
I document my overuse of 'um' and 'ya know' as well as share why I believe self reflection like this is an integral part of becoming a more credible person/teacher.
15:08
April 11, 2019
321: Wisdom is knowing I am nothing.
I share a great quote about life that got me thinking and share how the journey of becoming a more credible teacher seems to be one that is more inward than outward.
18:08
April 10, 2019
320: How I motivate students to try their best on standardized tests.
I document how and why I provide students with perspective before they begin taking the first of numerous standardized tests this spring.
15:58
April 9, 2019
319: More perspective. More empathy.
In this two part podcast, I document why perspective is not something that can be gained by accumulating 'things' and why each of us has the ability to be empathetic without requiring added stress in order to be an impactful teacher.
19:34
April 9, 2019
318: TED Talk idea brainstorm & update.
I share some ideas about a possible topic for a TED Talk and how the process of trying to come up with an 'idea worth spreading' may he just as important as actually giving the talk...who know though.
15:38
April 6, 2019
317: Go home and love your family (and students)
I document a coversation I had with a coworker about our society and how sometimes going home and taking care of what we can control seems to be the only thing we can do sometimes.
16:31
April 6, 2019
316: Credible teachers can be argumentative.
I document some research I found on when teachers can argumentative and be perceived as credible. Also, I share my perspective on when other situations in the classroom may lead to 'arguments' and how they can be handled.
19:24
April 4, 2019
315: Our students have a lot going on outside of school.
I document a conversation with a former student about all she has going on outside of school and how it serves as a good reminder that there's a need to balance all we do inside of schools with what happens outside of them.
11:40
April 4, 2019
314: Credible teachers know what they don't know.
I document a discussion I had with class today about the Day of Silence and why teachers can be more credible if they know that they don't know everything.
14:57
April 2, 2019
313: How students perceive teachers is really all that matters.
I document a story about a student telling me I like teaching one subject over another and why the way we are perceived by students will always matter more than how we think we are perceived.
14:28
April 2, 2019
312: April fools and perceived caring.
I document my attempt to fool my homeroom class and share some research on how showing that we care about our students is more important than us just caring about them.
16:45
April 1, 2019
311: Why worrying about students outside of school needs to stop.
I document why spending time and energy worrying about things we can't control won't help educators become their best selves. Also, why each of us needs to make the decision because no one else will.
19:18
March 29, 2019
310: Why using community circles make us more credible teachers.
I document why vulnerability is so important to build credibility with students and why using community circles are a great way to show students we care about them as individuals.
17:08
March 22, 2019
309: Kids ask the darndest things.
A student asked me if the c-word started with a 'C' or a 'K' yesterday. I document the follow up conversation and why moments like this create opportunities to build credibility with students.
15:58
March 20, 2019
308: Why you never know if you're their favorite teacher or not.
I document a story about a former student saying I'm their favorite teacher even though it was a difficult year together. And, why taking the time to have conversations with students/classes about expectations consistently, makes us more credible teachers.
17:47
March 18, 2019
307: Why I only ask about strengths at my own children's conferences.
I document how and when I came to ask about my children's greatest strengths at their conferences. Also, how a 'strengths over weaknesses' mindset as a teacher makes me (anyone) a more credible teacher.
18:24
March 16, 2019
306: Everything happens in perfect timing.
I document why everything that we do (as humans and educators) is a process (like me rapping in a talent show) and that all that we experience is happening in a timely fashion.
14:56
March 16, 2019
305: Teachers change the course of people's lives.
I document a conversation with a colleague about typical frustrations and a story about how one teacher changed the course of a student's life by helping him see theatre from another perspective.
20:38
March 14, 2019
304: School is different with a substitute teacher.
I document the conversation I had with 2 classes today about my knowing that school was different when you had a substitute teacher and why some students are playing the game really poorly.
16:04
March 12, 2019
303: Everyone is growing and evolving all the time.
I document and reflect on a situation in which a student is struggling and what kind of perspective may benefit everyone that is supporting him/her as they learn from their decisions.
17:33
March 8, 2019
302: Teacher credibility article and showing I care.
I reflect on an article I read about teacher credibility and share a story that attempts to encapsulate how I show students I care even if it means they hear something they don't want to hear.
16:40
March 7, 2019
301: Why schools don't need to weigh their students. Ever.
I document a time when I got weighed at school as an elementary student and share a story from The Sun magazine of a woman getting weighed in front of the whole class. Also, how our words and deeds can impact others for a lifetime.
18:07
March 6, 2019
300: A most impactful story.
I share with you a story about a father's actions after his son makes a poor choice AND how this story has changed the way I react to my sons' behavior. Also, why empathy is always the answer.
13:59
March 5, 2019
299: Stress kills. Save yourself.
I document some thoughts on why teachers need to take care of themselves and the stress they feel because no one else is going to do it for us.
17:46
March 4, 2019
298: What are you addicted to?
I document an interview from The Sun magazine with Bruce Alexander about addiction in America. I connect this idea that as individuals in a society that has many addictions, we (and students) need to take it into account what's needed to create the four aspects of well-being based on what psychologists who study it suggest.
25:19
March 4, 2019
297: 3 questions I ask at parent teacher conferences...and a cute story.
I document 3 questions that I used at conferences this year and share a story that shows how impactful a simple note can be for a student.
14:40
March 1, 2019
296: Why one day doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.
I document why teachers, and students, shouldn't let one tough day ruin what we are creating throughout the whole school year.
17:15
February 27, 2019
295: How I process behavior with students, at times.
I document a great series to watch on Netflix and how I communicate behavior concerns with students when self awareness is the theme.
17:15
February 26, 2019
294: Why students shouldn't listen to music while studying.
I document why I won't let students listen to music while working at school and one particular study that shows why students shouldn't listen to music while studying.
14:57
February 25, 2019
293: "He listens to everyone."
I document the reason why one student appreciates me as a teacher and why so much of what we've been told matters in school doesn't, when it comes to teacher credibility.
14:36
February 22, 2019
292: Why helping students to become more aware makes us more credible teachers.
I document some reflections after parent-teacher conferences and how awareness is one of the most taught skills that isn't a part of the curriculum I teach.
16:42
February 22, 2019
291: What's my role as an (potentially) impactful teacher?
I reflect on some science behind our belief systems and how that awareness can change our view of what we are doing at school with students.
13:15
February 19, 2019
290: This too shall pass.
I document the idea of realizing that moments in our life come and go. Also, that with all of the 'things' that we need to improve on can be overwhelming and that we have power as an individual.
15:47
February 18, 2019
289: Credible teachers let students know when they're contacting home.
I document why I think telling students that I'm emailing their parents makes me a more credible teacher and creates a more positive relationship.
11:41
February 15, 2019
288: Why it's a waste of time thinking that we are going to change anyone as educators.
I document some reflections on reading books to my oldest son's class and how student behaviors mimic what I've seen as a middle school teacher...and how some things just don't change.
15:12
February 14, 2019
287: What is stereotype threat?
I share some information on what stereotype threat is and why all humans should learn about stereotype threat, not just teachers.
18:25
February 13, 2019
286: I talked to someone about landing a TED Talk.
I document what I was thinking about before and after I had a 30 minute consultation call with Jamie from The Idea Collective. It was affirming for me to hear that my vision is worth sharing eventhough it doesn't always feel that way.
16:53
February 11, 2019
285: Why telling stories makes me a more credible teacher.
I document how I introduced a lesson this morning and why telling stories to create connections with students makes me a more credible teacher.
12:53
February 8, 2019
284: What's the cost of a teacher's dedication?
I document some thoughts on a former colleague that ended up quitting teaching because it was too much....and how balancing out the responsibilities us needed to do the thing we loved when we started.
15:03
February 8, 2019
283: Will I even like public speaking?
I document a few steps I took today to land a Ted talk and reflect on why it might not matter if I enjoy public speaking anyway.
14:52
February 7, 2019
282: Has it always been about the skills?
I document an observation and a conversation with a student about their ability to use certain skills to complete an assignment. Also, is achieving what we want in life all about skills and not the information...or both?
08:58
February 6, 2019
281: Me and my ego.
I document why my ego feels good about the progress I see in this Podcast and why there must be some sort of balance between my ego and what I'm trying to help others with.
14:46
February 5, 2019
280: What is racial anxiety?
I share the definition of racial anxiety (which was new to me) and more information about how it impacts our role as educators. I read from a report about the science of equality in education.
22:11
February 5, 2019
279: What is implicit bias?
I document and share a piece of an article I read about implicit bias. Also, why all humans need to learn what implicit bias is so we can have the change that we need in our society, regardless of the color of our skin.
16:47
February 4, 2019
278: Seeing progress can be difficult depending on what we are looking for.
I document, with my oldest son, a case for looking at evaluating student progress from another perspective and knowing that it's easier said than done at times.
18:38
February 1, 2019
277: A case for more people sharing their perspectives.
I overheard a conversation in a coffee shop from a 25 year old woman saying things that I was thinking about when I was her age.
15:30
February 1, 2019
276: Who decides how we balance our life?
I document some thoughts on who gets to decide how I balance the time I have each day between my family, school, students, and things I enjoy doing as a human being.
12:31
January 29, 2019
275: A day of apologies.
I document how my day went and how apologizing was a theme for me today and being human makes us more credible.
09:26
January 29, 2019
274: Manifesting a TED Talk.
I document a dream I have of performing a TED Talk and how one is supposed to manifest reality by feeling as if it's already occurred.
21:44
January 26, 2019
273: Why different situations call for different measures.
I document a situation where I responded to a student behavior and how we, as teachers, are the only ones that truly understand what feels right based on the community we've built.
18:18
January 24, 2019
272: Give what you want to receive.
I reflect on a moment of clarity while playing with my oldest son on a snow day....if I want him to be present with me I must do the same with him. And, how this connects to all we do as teachers.
08:02
January 23, 2019
271: How I (unknowingly) handicap my students' potential.
I document reflecting on what I'm now capable of doing with this podcast and how our own beliefs about what our students are capable of could be hurting them, if we aren't aware of it.
13:21
January 23, 2019
270: Three components of transformational leadership.
I document the three areas that transformational leaders excel at (based on study) and relate them to what I've experienced in the classroom.
18:05
January 19, 2019
269: How the "one day at a time" mindset has helped me not burnout.
I document a realization I had about classroom management and how it's a process that never ends.
17:43
January 18, 2019
268: Why I used a personal day to become a hospice volunteer.
I document why volunteering with a hospice facility is something I'm interested in and why perspective is so interesting to me.
20:16
January 17, 2019
267: Who makes words?
I document this question that my oldest son (5) asked us last night and how the idea of not knowing things can mean so many things as a human. Also, it can be a relief as a teacher and even build credibility.
15:07
January 15, 2019
266: How I communicate my frustration in a way that increases my credibility with students (I think...)
I document a brief chat I had with a class concerning how I view my job as their teacher and how I go about communicating what's really happening in school in a way that may lead to more credibility with students.
19:41
January 15, 2019
265: Why our jobs are really about getting students to believe in themselves vs. improving test scores.
I document a study done by the University of Missouri about student math sense and why teachers/system may want to focus in belief systems along with the skills that are taught.
21:26
January 14, 2019
264: Transformational vs. Transactional Leadership
I document what these two types of leadership styles are and an example of how I (maybe?) handled a situation as a transformational leader...knowing there most likely is a balance between both.
15:46
January 11, 2019
263: Why I rewarded three students for doing their job while a substitute teacher was in for me.
I document the reasons why I treated a few students as a result of their positive choices and share why teachers should focus on the impact they can make vs. all the things that get in the way if doing so.
14:35
January 10, 2019
262: Why we can't let one visit from an administrator ruin our day.
I document my reaction to a post about another teacher's disappointment when the superintendent of her district visits her room and stands next to the messiest desk in the room.
11:04
January 9, 2019
261: Why I'm taking a personal day after some internal debate.
I document the thoughts leading up to finally making the decision to take a personal day. And, realizing that there will always be reasons not to take time off as a teacher.
13:50
January 9, 2019
260: I cannot let this bother me if I'm going to be a great father/husband/friend.
I document a conversation I had with a class regarding students not completing an assignment and why time management skills are what's really being asked of them. Also, how awesome this job is and how moments like these are connected to credibility.
16:32
January 7, 2019
259: Do more of what matters to you.
I document how my 'to-do' made me think of all that we are tasked to do as educators. Also, how taking time to build community in the classroom has led me to believe that we need to do more of what matters, which inevitably leads to more credibility.
13:08
January 7, 2019
258: I continuously question my worthiness to share my perspective.
Yep. I document why I'm sharing this and how I hope it helps someone else.
14:26
January 6, 2019
257: A missed opportunity.
I document an article I read in the newspaper and how we all have an opportunity to make an impact everyday because we're at school with students.
13:23
January 4, 2019
256: The time spent building relationships.
I quickly document some reflections on how my time spent building relationships as increased as I've grown as a teacher.
03:49
January 3, 2019
255: First day back from winter break.
I document a new, fun activity I tried focused on the new year and the WHY of why we spend time sharing what we did over winter break. Hint: it's about building community.
15:02
January 2, 2019
254: Update and interview question.
I document a bit about my winter break and touch upon a question about charisma from an interview with Ryan from the School Of Thought podcast.
14:36
January 2, 2019
253: The process of believing myself first.
I document a struggle to understand how one gets to the place where they believe themselves first so that others may believe them as a result...if that makes any sense at all.
15:58
December 26, 2018