33 episodes

Do you feel like you are being pulled in a dozen different directions as an elementary school teacher? Are you constantly overwhelmed because you can’t get caught up? Do you ever get the feeling that no matter how hard you work, you still aren't doing enough for your students or for your family at home?If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions, you need a better way. You simply can't go on like this.Join Kristen Donegan of Easy Teaching Tools and The 3 PM Teacher as she talks about how to make teaching sustainable so you can finally say goodbye to grading papers after-hours and missing out on time with family and friends.While she can't fix the education crisis, each week Kristen will help you work smarter, not harder, have time to focus on the curriculum, enjoy teaching again, and still have plenty of time outside of the classroom to do what you love.Tune in to Real Teacher Talk and listen closely because it’s time to take back your power, finally leave school at 3PM, and enjoy your life!To find out more, visit easyteachingtools.com

Real Teacher Talk Kristen Donegan

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

Do you feel like you are being pulled in a dozen different directions as an elementary school teacher? Are you constantly overwhelmed because you can’t get caught up? Do you ever get the feeling that no matter how hard you work, you still aren't doing enough for your students or for your family at home?If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions, you need a better way. You simply can't go on like this.Join Kristen Donegan of Easy Teaching Tools and The 3 PM Teacher as she talks about how to make teaching sustainable so you can finally say goodbye to grading papers after-hours and missing out on time with family and friends.While she can't fix the education crisis, each week Kristen will help you work smarter, not harder, have time to focus on the curriculum, enjoy teaching again, and still have plenty of time outside of the classroom to do what you love.Tune in to Real Teacher Talk and listen closely because it’s time to take back your power, finally leave school at 3PM, and enjoy your life!To find out more, visit easyteachingtools.com

    Dealing with Challenging Team Members at School

    Dealing with Challenging Team Members at School

    Do you have a coworker at your school that just really irritates or bothers you? I’m not talking about the coworkers that are outright mean or offensive, but the sort of coworker that just gets under your skin.

    I bet you have at least one person coming to your mind! We all have them. It can definitely be a challenge working with someone who you struggle to get along with, but many times we have to!

    In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I’m sharing six things you can do to help you deal with those difficult team members.  I talk about things I’ve tried that have worked for me, what to do if the work environment becomes too toxic, and ways to recenter if you’re feeling challenged or triggered by a coworker’s behavior.

    Resources Mentioned:
    www.easyteachingtools.com/fallpurgepodcast

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    • 15 min
    My Hardest Year Yet

    My Hardest Year Yet

    I’m doing things a bit differently this episode, and I’m opening up about the hardest teaching year I’ve had so far in my career.

    I explain the different factors that worked together to make it a perfect storm, and why I want to go back to the classroom with a refreshed and new perspective.

    In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I get vulnerable and share things that went on my last year of teaching (so far) both in my personal life and my professional life that contributed to it being a terrible year. I talk about some things I would have done differently, and share what I’ve learned since taking my leave of absence. A lot has changed in my life since that year!

    While difficult years are simply a reality for anyone, I want to remind my listeners that these challenges are temporary and it won’t always be this hard.

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    *Content warning relating to infertility/pregnancy loss.

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    • 18 min
    Sassy Guardians

    Sassy Guardians

    We aaaaaaaall have them in our classes. THOSE parents. You know exactly which parents I’m talking about.

    The ones who email you at all hours of the day and night, the ones who question every single decision you make, the ones displeased with every paper sent home.  Dealing with sassy parents and guardians can be super stressful. But, it doesn’t have to be!

    In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I dive into this topic and discuss where this behavior might be coming from, how to see these parents and guardians through a different lens, and how to navigate tricky conversations. I also chat about simple ways to adapt what you’re already doing to clear up potential misunderstandings, and how to build trust.

    While sassy parents and guardians can be a challenge, the families of our students are a critical piece of the puzzle for student success! When we can successfully navigate these relationships, we help set our students up for a positive school experience.

    Resources Mentioned:
    What Teachers Wish Parents Knew blog post

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    • 15 min
    Make Parent Volunteers Work for You

    Make Parent Volunteers Work for You

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed by parents or caregivers offering to volunteer in your classroom?

    I know that lots of schools don’t have parent volunteers, but for those that do, it can become a lot of work to prepare for them! If you don’t know where to start, this is the perfect episode for you.

    In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I chat about how to make parent volunteers work for you! I discuss how to utilize parent volunteers, how to include parents who want to volunteer but can’t come into the classroom, how to create systems so volunteers don’t have to interrupt to get started, and even what to do if you don’t have parent or caregiver volunteers!

    Everything I mention I learned from experience. I’ve worked in a school with no parent volunteers, a school with an overwhelming amount of parent volunteers, and a school in between. Whatever your situation, this episode is packed full of ideas to help you streamline the process, so that volunteers work for you, not make more work for you!

    Resources Mentioned:
    Parent Volunteer Editable Forms
    Conference Form
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    • 20 min
    How to Use Data to Improve your Classroom with Dr. Matthew Courtney

    How to Use Data to Improve your Classroom with Dr. Matthew Courtney

    As a teacher, have you ever asked (or been tempted to ask) WHY are we doing this?!

    If so, you aren’t alone. Collecting and analyzing data in the classroom can give us answers to why we’re doing certain things and give us a road map for what to do next. 
    In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Dr. Matthew Courtney to discuss all things data! We chat about how to use data to solve problems in our classrooms, how to use the data you’re already collecting, and the mindset shift that needs to happen around data collection in education as a whole. We also discuss realistic ways for classroom teachers to get involved in policy change!

    Dr. Matthew Courtney specializes in using data and research to support schools and teachers as they work to improve teaching and learning. As an educator, researcher, and policy maker, he focuses his efforts on building capacity in teachers and leaders to perform deep analyses of learning. When educators are faced with persistent problems of practice, he shows them how to tap into the existing research literature to solve their problems and to apply research methodologies to rigorously test their solutions. Dr. Courtney is dedicated to helping the education profession fully self-actualize into an evidence-based profession that relies on deep thinking, collaboration, and a joint commitment towards advancing scientific knowledge of teaching and learning in the field.

    If you loved Dr. Courtney’s tips and want to learn more, make sure to head to his website!

    Resources Mentioned:
    Dr. Matthew Courtney’s Website 
    Follow Dr. Matthew Courtney on Twitter
    Watch Dr. Matthew Courtney on YouTube

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    • 27 min
    Streamlining the data collection process with Rebekah Poe

    Streamlining the data collection process with Rebekah Poe

    Data collection is a super important part of teaching, but so many teachers dread it! I promise you don’t have to.

    There are ways to make the process simple, effective, and meaningful. I sat down with Rebekah Poe to chat about how to streamline the data collection process.

    Rebekah Poe is an award-winning special education teacher and national teaching conference presenter. She has over a decade of experience in special education. As an educator, Rebekah believes all behavior is communication and all feelings are valid, and she focuses on providing equitable education and establishing connections to students of all ability levels in an inclusive setting.

    In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, we discuss tips and tricks for how to streamline the data collection process, suggestions for collaborating with other team members to best support students, and ways to differentiate between academic and behavioral data collection.

    Resources Mentioned:
    99math.com
    Easycbm.com
    Readworks.org
    ESGI
    Rebekah’s quick reference guide
    Rebekah’s Instagram
    Rebekah’s website

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

J-me-jg ,

Kindred Spirits

For 5 years now, I’ve found that Kristen does the best job saying what everyone is scared to say! Bottom line-hours of work on teaching and prepping do NOT make a better teacher. Sabrina’s interview let me know that everyone at Real Teacher talk is a kindred Spirit. Listening every Sunday is so therapeutic while recovering from burnout. I love y’all! Stay present and leave work at work!

Liz McClung ,

Honest Feedback

I have loved reading Kristen Donegan’s blog and using her resources over the years! I love how she stays up to date with her teaching strategies!

GigiCof3 ,

Set Up for Next Year

Wonderful tips!! Now SUMMER!! ☀️🕶

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