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Educators! Is your passion tank running on empty? Look no further. Gretchen of Always A Lesson has a double dose of just what you need. Come fill yourself up with an Empowering Educators podcast to start your day feeling… EMPOWERED!



Includes empowering messages weekly with new episodes released early Monday morning just in time for your commute. Excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Listeners include new teachers, teachers in distress or transition and teacher leaders. #education

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Educators! Is your passion tank running on empty? Look no further. Gretchen of Always A Lesson has a double dose of just what you need. Come fill yourself up with an Empowering Educators podcast to start your day feeling… EMPOWERED!



Includes empowering messages weekly with new episodes released early Monday morning just in time for your commute. Excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Listeners include new teachers, teachers in distress or transition and teacher leaders. #education

    243: Bonus Episode- Interview with Dr. Sam Fecich

    243: Bonus Episode- Interview with Dr. Sam Fecich

    Dr. Sam Fecich, a professor of education for 7 years, works at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She is the author of EduMagic, a guide for preservice teachers and co-author of EduMagic, a guide for new teachers. She is also the host of the Edumagic podcast! She believes that teaching doesn’t begin when you walk across the stage at graduation, but when you take your first college class at 8:00 A.M. She strives to provide tangible tips, strategies and and encouragement throughout your teaching journey. Tune in for this bonus edition episode with Dr. Sam Fecich!
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/empowering-educators-podcast-5.png ()QuotablesDon’t say no to opportunity. You never know where an opportunities and relationships will lead.
    A great educator shows perseverance and asks questions.
    Get to know the students in your cohort. Relationships go a long way.
    Make sure you sprinkle random acts of kindness throughout your day for yourself.
    The Education Podcast Network, whether it be a quote or idea, gives ideas to share out to students.
    You are always learning as a teacher, share that with your students.
    Spending 5-10 minutes throughout the day on yourself adds up by the end of the day.
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    Connect with GretchenEmail: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com
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    Book: https://alwaysalesson.com/product/elementary-educ-101-what-they-didnt-teach-you-in-college/ (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College)
    Connect with Dr. Sam FecichTwitter: https://twitter.com/SFecich?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (@Sfecich)
    IG: https://www.instagram.com/sfecich/ (@Sfecich)
    Podcast: https://www.sfecich.com/podcast (Edu Magic Podcast)
    Website: https://www.sfecich.com/blog (www.sfecich.com )
    Teacher Interview Course: https://www.sfecich.com/courses (www.sfecich.com/courses)
    Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1732248745/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1789andcreative=9325andcreativeASIN=1732248745andlinkCode=as2andtag=alwales-20andlinkId=cacf4d7e92b6593a4163cf863672d693 (EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers)
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    • 53 min
    242: Bonus Episode- Interview with Chrissy Beltran

    242: Bonus Episode- Interview with Chrissy Beltran

    Chrissy Beltran is a resource creator and consultant for instructional coaches and elementary teachers in the area of literacy. With over 17 years of educational experience, Chrissy has worked with students and teachers in grades preK-8, serving them through downloadable resources, online courses, and in-person workshops. Her podcast, Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast shares strategies and ideas with instructional coaches who are working towards growing their schools. Tune in for this special bonus edition episode with Chrissy Beltran.
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/empowering-educators-podcast.png ()QuotablesSometimes to give support, sometimes you have to pull back support.
    What do we really believe? If we believe it, we need to see it in action in classrooms.
    Great educators have purpose for their work and they know what their vision of successful students are going to be for each child.
    If we can grow in reflection, we can change a teacher's thinking forever.
    It's ok to change your mind. If you get new information, you need to modify your thinking based on new information.
    You have to build a bridge from your brain to someone else's brain. Get out there and tell people to try it out.
    Take the best practices that are being shared and reality that is happening on campuses and build the bridge between the two.
    Sometimes you have to give students your faith because they don't have it themselves.
    Teachers can come around and have a new day just like students. Give them the faith.
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    Links Mentionedhttps://www.sctacademy.com/2021-simply-coaching-summit?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sctacademy.com%2Fa%2F19590%2FQ42Ns5mv%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0HCaQ_PMihufbKl6K7R0_57YHsVAPXK4XFhPa9dquUee4LwigIeGOVBRI (2021 Simply Coaching Summit July 12-14)
    Connect with GretchenEmail: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com
    Blog: https://alwaysalesson.com/blog/ (Always A Lesson)
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    Book: https://alwaysalesson.com/product/elementary-educ-101-what-they-didnt-teach-you-in-college/ (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College)
    Connect with ChrissyTwitter: https://twitter.com/BuzzingWithMsB (@BuzzingwithMsB)
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    IG: https://www.instagram.com/buzzingwithmsb/ (@BuzzingwithMsB)
    Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Chrissy-Beltran-Buzzing-With-Ms-B (Buzzing with Ms. B)
    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/buzzing-with-ms-b-the-coaching-podcast/id1496989397 (Buzzing with Ms. B: The Coaching Podcast )
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoi0F6j0KTeNKbG4xxy2qWQ (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoi0F6j0KTeNKbG4xxy2qWQ)
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    • 53 min
    241: Bonus Episode- Interview with Tiffany Wallace

    241: Bonus Episode- Interview with Tiffany Wallace

    Tiffany is an educator, entrepreneur and goal achievement coach. She helps ambitious, self-motivated women, entrepreneurs and leaders create + achieve meaningful goals without sacrificing their priorities. Tiffany has been leading people for 15+ years. She holds an Education Specialist Degree in Learning, teaching and Curriculum. She has done extensive research on reading fluency and completed her Specialist dissertation and research on what peer coaching looks like and sounds like. Through her research she founded a Collaborative Talk Sequence that empowers educators on an individual and group level to increase teacher motivation, joy, confidence, knowledge and own their unique leader within themselves that carries over into student achievement. For the past 6.5 years, Tiffany has used her education, leadership and coaching experience to empower women from all different backgrounds in work and life through entrepreneurship and growing their own turn-key business. Her Collaborative Talk Sequence allows each individual to step into their influence and is a framework for effective collaboration groups to happen on an education and business level. She believes when you are equipped with the right mindset, strategy, confidence and environment that allows for meaningful and purposeful growth to be ignited from each individual's unique strengths, priorities and beliefs - a ripple effect of impact happens. Tune in for this bonus edition episode with Tiffany Wallace.
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/empowering-educators-podcast-3-1.png ()QuotablesCollaborative talk structure is taking something to ignite learning, focusing on one thing and tying in a reflection.
    Having time to actually talk is a key component so you have time to put things into action.
    Anytime you are stuck or overwhelmed, take the time to stop and learn to keep yourself motivated.
    Making teachers feel heard and seen and creating a community where people can learn and fail and keep going is important for a collaborative talk sequence.
    Focusing is an element that makes teachers great. It transcends into every part of teaching.
    If we can help teachers really see their beliefs, we can empower them to not be focused on all the things but to instead focus on the foundational things.
    You have to have boundaries with your time and energy as a classroom teacher and mentor. Recognize within yourself that you need to stop and take a breather.
    In our minds can make things seem overwhelming, but we have to stop and think about how long it will take to do something really well.
    The power of asking questions and listening to the teachers you get to work with and understanding their values is so important to empower everyone at large.
    Train yourself to see the light and good to increase your motivation and the energy you are bringing to your students.
    Join the Simply Coaching RetreatIf you support and lead teachers, this virtual retreat is for you! July 12-14, 2021.
    https://www.sctacademy.com/2021-simply-coaching-summit?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sctacademy.com%2Fa%2F19590%2FQ42Ns5mv%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1ndrHjjslJwn_lJlUmPmd-IlC2ETPHmsm-4oyra-NdEnoOzwIq2YeklOk (Simply Coaching Summit)
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    Book: https://alwaysalesson.com/product/elementary-educ-101-what-they-didnt-teach-you-in-college/ (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College)
    Connect with TiffanyWebsite: https://www.tiffanygw

    • 52 min
    240: Bonus Episode- Interview with Craig Randall

    240: Bonus Episode- Interview with Craig Randall

    Craig Randall is the author of Trust-Based Observations. His experience as a counselor, coach, teacher, and principal at schools in the US and overseas led him to develop and then write, Trust-Based Observations, a model of observation and evaluation focused on building trusting relationships that spark teacher risk-taking and innovation, and result in teaching and learning growth. Currently, Craig consults and trains schools on the model. Tune in to hear this bonus edition episode with Craig Randall!
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/craig-randall.png ()QuotablesWhat were you doing to help students learn? If you had to do it again, what would you do differently?
    By asking teachers about their teaching rather than telling them what to do you start the road to trust based observations.
    When you ask your opinion of their own teaching, you give them control and they are more willing to try and take risk.
    You have to have a heart to kids, and hold on to it, to be a great teacher.
    The teachers that are the most amazing teachers have a differentiated relentlessness for each student they teach.
    Never loose the feeling of vulnerability of being observed whether you know its coming or not, and maintain empathy forever for teachers who are working in environment where you never know what's going to happen.
    As you move into teacher leadership sometimes we think "My way is THE way," be open to multiple ways to be successful.
    There is a talent within the building but you have to be willing to look at it from a different perspective.
    Teachers are much more willing to grow their practice when you ask teachers about their practice, see them frequently enough where you know their practice, and sharing their strengths.
    Right now observations happen to us, trust based observations allow growth to happen with us.
    Teachers are willing to show up as their best when principals are consistent. This promotes risk taking and everyone continuing to do their best.
    Join the Simply Coaching RetreatIf you support and lead teachers, this virtual retreat is for you! March 19-21st, 2021!
    https://www.sctacademy.com/simply-coaching-retreat?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sctacademy.com%2Fa%2F19590%2Fs6BtaxLo%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0WDBsSKduDM1cTNOanw6juk0AKumceRet-Lvk4pciHOrFMnOxhsYAtUo0 (Simply Coaching Retreat)
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    Connect with CraigTwitter: https://twitter.com/trustbasedcraig?lang=en (@TrustbasedCraig)
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    • 52 min
    239: Look for the Roses

    239: Look for the Roses

    Have you ever gone through a hard season and felt like only bad things were happening to you? Sometimes a hard season causes us to attract negative thoughts. If you can get past the negative and find the roses, you will start to attract positivity in your life and in your career. Tune in to hear how the 3 R's can help you push through the negativity and get into a positive space!
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/empowering-educators-podcast-2.png ()QuotablesYou've had hard seasons before but maybe you had your rose colored glasses on that distorted the view.
    You have to practice to keep your muscles sharp.
    As soon as a bad thought happens, do a seamless catch. Catch, rewire it and send it back.
    It's ok to have ups and downs, but don't get stuck in a negative place where you bring negative upon yourself.
    You are going to attract what you want based on your thoughts.
    You deserve to thrive in your career and not be a martyr.
    Look for the blessings, not the burdens.
    Join the Simply Coaching RetreatIf you support and lead teachers, this virtual retreat is for you! July 12-14, 2021.
    https://www.sctacademy.com/2021-simply-coaching-summit?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sctacademy.com%2Fa%2F19590%2FQ42Ns5mv%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1ndrHjjslJwn_lJlUmPmd-IlC2ETPHmsm-4oyra-NdEnoOzwIq2YeklOk (Simply Coaching Summit)
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    • 16 min
    238: Diagnose the Disconnect

    238: Diagnose the Disconnect

    We can't help people grow when we are expecting everyone to learn at the same rate or in the same way. In order to lead or teach effectively, we have to be able to get under the hood and diagnose the disconnect. We have to let everyone grow in a way that is meaningful to them and we have to provide the support they need to get better! Tune in to hear tips on how to help diagnose the disconnect you may be experiencing with those you lead.
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/diagnose-the-disconnect.png ()QuotablesWe need to water our initiatives with intention and follow through.
    We can't just guess what we think is happening and apply a solution, we have to do case by case scenarios.
    Look under the hood of your own instruction and leadership to diagnose the disconnect.
    When we expect everyone to learn at the rate or in the same way we kill their potential.
    When we are growing people's skillset sometimes we need more rounds of practice to get muscle memory.
    When we know our people we can grow our people.
    Episode Mentionshttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/195160010X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1789andcreative=9325andcreativeASIN=195160010XandlinkCode=as2andtag=alwales-20andlinkId=1f98989426cb4032de4906ffa9e46ba4 (Teach Your Class Off)
    https://alwaysalesson.com/episodes/220-bonus-edition-interview-with-cj-reynolds/ (Episode 220: Bonus Interview with CJ Reynolds)
    https://alwaysalesson.com/episodes/18-seeds-that-sprout/ (Episode 18: Seeds that Sprout )
    Join the Simply Coaching SummitIf you support and lead teachers, this virtual retreat is for you! July 12-14, 2021.
    https://www.sctacademy.com/2021-simply-coaching-summit?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sctacademy.com%2Fa%2F19590%2FQ42Ns5mv%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1ndrHjjslJwn_lJlUmPmd-IlC2ETPHmsm-4oyra-NdEnoOzwIq2YeklOk (Simply Coaching Summit)
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4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

CarylCreative ,

Encouraging Teacher Superheroes!

This podcast shines a light on how to be a leader as a teacher – something our youngsters in every country worldwide definitely need. Gretchen is inspiring and on a mission to uplift and keep teachers motivated.
New teachers, teachers in distress or transition and teacher leaders- you will all benefit from her encouragement.

In one of her episodes Gretchen says – be your own Superhero! And in these times of lockdown and uncertainty where so many Moms are educating their kids at home, that is exactly what many Moms and Teachers are being called to be. Superheroes. Well done Gretchen and all those teachers out there!

Nicholas Lee 18 ,

Great Podcast

With the changes in the world because of Covid 19, I've started listening to this podcast and it has really helped me adjust my view of life and feel that I can control how I see life and make the right steps forward.

Deano3622 ,

Making Education fun

Hug what you have and reach for what you don’t!! Love that quote.
Great podcast

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