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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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. 😊
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).
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.