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Teach Me, Teacher is a podcast for educators where teachers discuss topical, informative, and inspiring subjects. Designed from the ground up as a no nonsense approach to teacher development, this podcast is your gateway to bettering your craft (and having some laughs along the way).



Our podcast is fueled by the idea that teachers learn best from other teachers IN the classroom. Every episode will be filled with real world discussions about what it is like in classrooms today, and how to manage, develop, and prosper in this new world of education.



See you in the classroom!

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Teach Me, Teacher is a podcast for educators where teachers discuss topical, informative, and inspiring subjects. Designed from the ground up as a no nonsense approach to teacher development, this podcast is your gateway to bettering your craft (and having some laughs along the way).



Our podcast is fueled by the idea that teachers learn best from other teachers IN the classroom. Every episode will be filled with real world discussions about what it is like in classrooms today, and how to manage, develop, and prosper in this new world of education.



See you in the classroom!

    #148 End the Teacher Bashing (Chris Pombonyo pt.2)

    #148 End the Teacher Bashing (Chris Pombonyo pt.2)

    Hello everyone! Today, I am continuing my talk with Chris Pombonyo, and it is FILLED with ideas, inspiration, and perspective on why we should all stop bashing teachers for doing their jobs their way, when their way is working for them and their students.



    Other topics we discuss:



    * Why watching other teachers teach is a practice we should all incorporate.

    * Why counting down the days for break in front of students and the general public might be doing more harm than good.

    * Why we should support each other.

    * Apparently, Chris and I are related... 



    ...wait what?



    Well, you'll have to listen to find out what's up!



    If you missed part one: Chris is a teacher, coach, the creative director of Get Your Teach On, and all around ball of inspiration. His dedication to his craft, and his drive to help teachers embrace their passions is phenomenal.



     



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle.



    180 Days was inspired by a teacher’s question: “How do you fit it all in?”



    To answer that question, Kelly and Penny spent an entire school year planning, teaching, and reflecting together.



    Through their collaboration, they identified the most essential everyday practices for helping middle and high school students become more engaged readers and writers.



    180 Days maps out a year of the most powerful, engaging literacy practices.



    It provides insights about time management, teaching strategies, and how to effectively use both whole class and independent work.



    You’ll also find a library of accompanying videos that support each chapter.



    So, if you want to make every moment matter in your classroom, and empower your students to live more literate lives, visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from 180 Days or order your copy.

    • 36 min
    #147 Let’s Be Awesome Together with Chris Pombonyo (pt.1)

    #147 Let’s Be Awesome Together with Chris Pombonyo (pt.1)

    Hello everyone! I hope you're ready for an energy filled inspirational episode, because today Chris Pombonyo is on the podcast!



    Chris is a teacher, coach, the creative director of Get Your Teach On, and all around ball of inspiration. His dedication to his craft, and his drive to help teachers embrace their passions is phenomenal.



    In this episode, we discuss: 



    * Why doing so many different things inspires Chris

    * How embracing what makes us happy as teachers will make students happy

    * No teacher needs to look the same

    * The power of working together to create something great



    and MUCH MORE! (including our opinions on coffee and fitness...)



    Enjoy!



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle.



    180 Days was inspired by a teacher’s question: “How do you fit it all in?”



    To answer that question, Kelly and Penny spent an entire school year planning, teaching, and reflecting together.



    Through their collaboration, they identified the most essential everyday practices for helping middle and high school students become more engaged readers and writers.



    180 Days maps out a year of the most powerful, engaging literacy practices.



    It provides insights about time management, teaching strategies, and how to effectively use both whole class and independent work.



    You’ll also find a library of accompanying videos that support each chapter.



    So, if you want to make every moment matter in your classroom, and empower your students to live more literate lives, visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from 180 Days or order your copy.

    • 28 min
    #146 Reading Workshop, Ron Clark Academy Style, with Korey Collins (pt.2)

    #146 Reading Workshop, Ron Clark Academy Style, with Korey Collins (pt.2)

    Hello everyone!



    Last week, I sat down with the amazing Korey Collins and talked all about graphic novels, test prep, and the limits of BASAL reading programs.



    This week, I continue my talk with him and dive even deeper into what reading workshop looks like at the Ron Clark Academy!



    Korey Collins is a certified reading specialist and reading teacher at the Ron Clark Academy, and he brings the inspiration and heat for our discussion today.



    In this episode, we cover:



    * Korey’s typical class and his view on engagement in a reading classroom 

    * The power of conferencing with readers

    * The power of choice in reading

    * Why teachers should want to be master's of their craft



    …and MUCH MUCH MORE!



    You do NOT want to miss this episode!



     



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle.



    180 Days was inspired by a teacher’s question: “How do you fit it all in?”



    To answer that question, Kelly and Penny spent an entire school year planning, teaching, and reflecting together.



    Through their collaboration, they identified the most essential everyday practices for helping middle and high school students become more engaged readers and writers.



    180 Days maps out a year of the most powerful, engaging literacy practices.



    It provides insights about time management, teaching strategies, and how to effectively use both whole class and independent work.



    You’ll also find a library of accompanying videos that support each chapter.



    So, if you want to make every moment matter in your classroom, and empower your students to live more literate lives, visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from 180 Days or order your copy.

    • 37 min
    #145 Reading Workshop, Ron Clark Academy Style, with Korey Collins (pt.1)

    #145 Reading Workshop, Ron Clark Academy Style, with Korey Collins (pt.1)

    Hello everyone!



    You all know that I love talking reading workshop and Ron Clark Academy, and for this episode I got to do both!



    Korey Collins is a certified reading specialist and reading teacher at the Ron Clark Academy, and he brings the inspiration and heat for our discussion today.



    In this episode, we cover:



    * Korey's evolution as a teacher

    * How test prep is NOT backed by research

    * Why BASAL reading programs were never meant to be the core reading in classes

    * The power of graphic novels



    ...and MUCH MUCH MORE!



    You do NOT want to miss this episode!



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle.



    180 Days was inspired by a teacher’s question: “How do you fit it all in?”



    To answer that question, Kelly and Penny spent an entire school year planning, teaching, and reflecting together.



    Through their collaboration, they identified the most essential everyday practices for helping middle and high school students become more engaged readers and writers.



    180 Days maps out a year of the most powerful, engaging literacy practices.



    It provides insights about time management, teaching strategies, and how to effectively use both whole class and independent work.



    You’ll also find a library of accompanying videos that support each chapter.



    So, if you want to make every moment matter in your classroom, and empower your students to live more literate lives, visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from 180 Days or order your copy.

    • 32 min
    #144 New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

    #144 New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

    Hello everyone! We did it... we made it to the last Monday of 2019, and it is kind of unreal. It's time to look ahead, plan for what we want to achieve, and begin the new decade with energy and positivity.



    Now, I don't know about you, but I love new beginnings. I love Sunday, because of what Monday has in store, and I love the end of the year because of what the new year has in store. There is just TOO MUCH possibility to NOT get excited.



    So with that, I set out to detail what I believe the most important resolutions for teachers will be in 2020. They are as follows:



    * Find your own way. Think critically and question everything. Do not just accept what you hear. Try it, apply it, research it. Test it.

    * Help others in a way that matters. Just giving others materials or strategies isn’t enough. Help by being a thinker, questioner, and encourager.

    * Have the tough conversations. Teaching is hard and detailed work. None of us get better by catering to one another's biases or sensitivities. We have to be able to have critical discussions that lead with resect and end with results.

    * Do not blame others—especially students or yourself—for the problems in your class. You are in charge of your room when that door closes, but that does not always mean you are 100% ready for your challenges. If you are struggling, either reach out for help, or keep analyzing your practice and classroom until you fix it. It is ON YOU. Blame wastes time, and it justifies having a class that isn’t amazing.

    * Read professional books and research. You are a practitioner. If you want to be treated like a professional, you have to have the knowledge of one.

    * Put in the work for the results you want. Do not feel guilty for taking breaks and having no work brought home, or no work weekends, or no work holidays…. IF you are getting the results you want in your classes. If you are comfortable, then enjoy. But if you are trying to push to the next level, if you are wanting more for your career, more for your students, and more for yourself, PUSH. Work-life balance isn’t about doing what EVERYONE is telling you to do. Work-life balance is about doing what balances YOU.

    * Ignore the haters. As you push to get better, people will try to hold you back. They will tell you to stop. They will encourage you to take the easy way or the way everyone has always taken. The people that try to pull you down are the people who will not use themselves. People that cannot push themselves to get to the next level hate seeing others do it, and they will hold you down. Many times, this will be friends and family. Ignore them, and keep pushing.

    * THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE WORLD wants you to be average, because most people are. But I’m here to tell you to push, hold yourself to a higher standard, respect those who’ve done it before you and use them as mentors. Leave behind those who don’t want to see you succeed and find those who will push you to be better. The job of teaching is impossibly challenging, but you will get from it what you put in. If you’re fine with seeing teaching as just your job, and that make you happy, then I’m happy for you. But if you feel called to do more, to BE more for yourself, your students, and your community, then I hope you face 2020 with a drive to push. It will be difficult, and too many will try to stop you, but you can do it. You can be more for yourself and those around you. You can reach new heights.



    Let’s reach them together.

    Enjoy!



    A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here.

    • 25 min
    #143 These Kids: Inside the Mind of an 8th Grader

    #143 These Kids: Inside the Mind of an 8th Grader

    Hello everyone! Coming off the major release of my spoken word poem THESE KIDS, where I say the line, "I'm tired of hearing ABOUT these kids, I want to hear from them..." I decided to do just that on this episode of the Teach Me, Teacher podcast.



    I sat down with one of my school's top students and discussed with her what it was really like to be an 8th grader. Along with this, we covered:



    * Do phones really cause that many problems? 

    * Should adults be worried about student stress/depression/sadness levels?

    * What do teachers do to make you want to be in class?

    * What do teachers do to make you not want to be in class?

    * What was it like transitioning from elementary to middle school?



    And even how she has grown over her 2 and half years as a middle schooler.



    This was such a fun talk, and something I'd love to do again if you all enjoy it!



    Give it a listen and let me know what you think.



    Enjoy!



     

    A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here.

    • 45 min

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