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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

    212: Bonus Edition- Interview with Lisa Johnson

    212: Bonus Edition- Interview with Lisa Johnson

    Lisa Johnson has 19+ years of edu experience ranging from teaching HS English & MS Math to international curriculum development, creating and presenting workshops, and even running technology integration camps across the state. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, & Tech and currently serves as an Educational Technologist for a 1:1 iPad H.S. in Austin, Texas. Additionally, she has been recognized and selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator and PBS Digital Innovator. Lisa is passionate about college and career ready skills, instructional design, digital portfolios, research and curation, slide design, social emotional learning, and professional development for students. She is also the author of two books, Creatively Productive: Essential Skills for Tackling Time Wasters, Clearing the Clutter, and Succeeding in School—and Life! and Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students (Corwin Teaching Essentials).


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    You need that piece of self-care. Yes you need to be authentic but it is sometimes hard to be authentic when you are not really understanding who you are and what you value and where you want to go in education and what you want to do with the content and your students.


    I think you should be open to learn from anybody who inspires you.


    What I try and do is figure out what are my values, what are my goals, what do I want to learn? Because I don’t think you can stay current in everything, there is not really a way to do that.


    A lot of times kids just need to know how to be good human beings and to deal with all of these things in the current world that is just thrust upon them. Modeling how we handle situations is really important.


    Stamp of Approval


    Creatively Productive: Essential Skills for Tackling Time Wasters, Clearing the Clutter, and Succeeding in School—and Life!


    Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students (Corwin Teaching Essentials)


    Austin Kleon @austinkelon (https://www.instagram.com/austinkleon/)


    Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover (https://www.instagram.com/colleenhoover/)


    Ryan Holiday @ryanholiday (https://www.instagram.com/ryanholiday/)


    Michelle Rohr @michellerohr (https://www.instagram.com/michellerohr/)


    The Anxiety Healer @theanxietyhealer (https://www.instagram.com/theanxietyhealer/)


    Monica Burns @classtechtips (https://www.instagram.com/classtechtips/)


    Kasey Bell @shakeuplearning (https://www.instagram.com/shakeuplearning/)


    Tony Vincent @learninginhand (https://www.instagram.com/learninginhand/)


    Connect with LisaWebsite:  https://techchef4u.com (https://techchef4u.com/)


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    This episode is sponsored by Power School/Schoology’s Time for Teachers (https://www.powerschool.com/timeforteachers/?utm_source=always_a_lesson&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=time-for-teachers&utm_term=podcast-time-for-teachers-always-a-lesson&utm_content=podcast) initiative. Connect with GretchenEmail: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com


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    Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College


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    • 42 min
    211: Bonus Edition- Interview with Kim Strobel

    211: Bonus Edition- Interview with Kim Strobel

    Kim Strobel is the owner of Strobel Education, education consultant, and motivational speaker.


    She’s its driving force. Her wisdom, positivity, and strength inform every aspect—and it shows in the inspiring workshops she presents to teachers who seek to make a difference. She puts herself “in the trenches” with teachers because she was once there herself and knows how important support and encouragement are in creating a successful classroom.


    A licensed ELA teacher for grades K-12, Kim has taught in classrooms at all grade levels during her almost 20 years as an education professional. She began her career teaching fourth grade, during which time she served on numerous committees devoted to improving the curriculum and culture of the schools. She next served as a K-12 Literacy Coordinator, helping to develop a school-wide plan to improve literacy achievement and implement new common core literacy standards. Kim found her next challenge as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a school district, during which time she developed curriculum in all content areas, K-12; collaborated with teachers and administrators to identify instructional needs; and served as a liaison with state and local agencies.


    Throughout her career, Kim has been recognized at the state and local level for her achievements and contributions to the education field. In 2010, she was  keynote speaker (https://strobeleducation.com/keynotes/)  at the Innovative Schools Summit in Atlanta, and the School Discipline Conference in Las Vegas.


    Kim has recently added the role of Happiness Coach to her lengthy resume. Her new business,  Kim Strobel – Live Events and Retreats (https://www.kimstrobel.com/) , guides individuals toward rediscovering their authentic selves and reclaiming their personal and professional joy. Kim sprinkles happiness tips and tricks into her education workshops, ensuring teachers reenter their classrooms with renewed purpose and passion.


    Professionally, Kim’s a teacher, a consultant, a speaker, a  happiness coach (https://strobeleducation.com/keynotes/science-of-happiness/)  and an aspiring author. But her personal life is just as full. When she’s not firing up educators with her signature mix of excitement and experience, she’s a die-hard runner, an advocate for her community’s abandoned animals, and a family-oriented gal who loves spending time with her husband Scott, their four children, two grandkids, and three pups.


    This episode is sponsored by Power School/Schoology’s Time for Teachers (https://www.powerschool.com/timeforteachers/?utm_source=always_a_lesson&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=time-for-teachers&utm_term=podcast-time-for-teachers-always-a-lesson&utm_content=podcast) initiative.


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    Even though the teachers do not have the reciprocal pay that they deserve and they certainly don’t get the pats on the back or the accolades, day after day they show up and do what is best for kids because they absolutely have a love for helping students learn to succeed in life.


    Knowing how to have relationships with students, that is the X-factor.


    A positive brain is 31% more productive than a brain that is at negative, neutral, or stressed.


    We can boil water at 212 degrees so why would we try and boil it a 276? We are not really going to get much of an outcome.


    Every human being has the ability to increase their happiness levels by up to 40%


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    The How of Happiness (http://thehowofhappiness.com/)


    Martin Seligman (https://www.amazon.com/Martin-E-P-Seligman/e/B001ILOB78/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1)


    Shawn Achor (https://goodthinkinc.com/)


    Calm App (https://www.calm.com/)


    Ananda App (https://www.ananda.org/meditation/app/)


    She Finds Joy on Facebook (https://www.facebook.

    • 55 min
    BONUS: Stay Empowered!

    BONUS: Stay Empowered!

    This episode has an exciting announcement for only loyal podcast listeners. It is a way to go deeper with the content learned on this show and provides a community of support in the implementation process of growing from teacher to an empowered educator.


    Learn more here: https://alwaysalesson.teachable.com/p/empowering-educators-membership/ (https://alwaysalesson.teachable.com/p/empowering-educators-membership/)


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    • 6 min
    210: Bonus Edition- Interview with Missy Emler

    210: Bonus Edition- Interview with Missy Emler

    Missy is the Director of Innovation at a regional service agency in Wisconsin and the Educational Administration Program Coordinator at the University Wisconsin-Platteville. When engaging in conversations with Missy, her energy and enthusiasm for learning are contagious. She is a relentless advocate for school leaders and their learning needs as they maneuver their way through this time of massive change in education. Missy is the parent of three children.


    You can also check out the first time Missy was a guest on the podcast here: Episode 20: Bonus Edition - Interview with Melissa Emler (https://alwaysalesson.com/episodes/20-bonus-edition-interview-with-melissa-emler/)


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     I have stopped talking about the tools and started talking about the function. I always ask what they are trying to accomplish.


    We need to make sure that what we believe about learning connects to what’s happening in the world.


    So often, what we do in schools and what we do in classrooms may or may not match up to what we believe about learning.


    Do our kids find joy in our classrooms and what is the source of that joy?


    We never need to fix students. We need to create the spaces and the experiences that remove the barrier.


    Really hone in on what you want to learn and how that impacts the learners in your classroom.


    How are we celebrating all of our learners and how are we celebrating learning more than achievement?


    If we really want to learn and we really want to do the best work for our kids, it isn’t just roses, it is kind of a lot of thorns too. You have to find the balance.


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    The Center for Humane Technology (https://humanetech.com/)


    Your Undivided Attention Podcast (https://humanetech.com/podcast/)


    Modern Learners.community (https://www.modernlearners.community/)


    Cast.org (http://www.cast.org/)


    Connect with MissyEmail: missy@modernlearners.com (mailto:missy@modernlearners.com)


    Twitter: @MelissaEmler


    Instagram: @melissa_emler


    SponsorshipThis episode is sponsored by Power School/Schoology’s Time for Teachers (https://www.powerschool.com/timeforteachers/?utm_source=always_a_lesson&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=time-for-teachers&utm_term=podcast-time-for-teachers-always-a-lesson&utm_content=podcast) initiative


    Connect with GretchenEmail: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com


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    • 48 min
    209: Reverse the Chain of Command

    209: Reverse the Chain of Command

    If you want to truly hone your leadership craft in a way that has a tremendous impact, ask the right people for feedback. You can read all the books, follow all the people, and take all the conferences, but if you do not hear from the ones you lead about how they need and want to be led better, then you’ll never transform into the most impactful leader you can become. Tune in for 3 easy steps on how to reverse the chain of command and achieve new heights in your leadership.


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    When I paid attention to the reaction and the response of those I was leading, I started to collect what I call intel. I used that insight to adjust my approach and my strategy.


     The more that I reflect and pay attention, the better I get at adjusting in the moment.


     You might have to read between some of the word choices or exaggerations but I promise you there are nuggets of truth and helpful redirection if you look closely enough.


    I would apologize and rephrase what I said so that what I meant had a chance to make it to their ears and to their minds and to hearts.


    You want to know what happened, when does it often occur, and what do you wish had happened instead?


    The worst thing you can do is problem solve, and your next solution still is not helpful!


    I’ve got to know not only what is not working but more importantly, how it is that you want it to work.


    We want to repair our missteps so that we can be better faster.


    When you lead people, their feedback is personal and unique.


    This is a long game, it’s never over. Your feedback might change but your habit of responding to the feedback doesn’t.


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    • 21 min
    208: Do the NEXT Right Thing

    208: Do the NEXT Right Thing

    During uncertain times, the overwhelm can be debilitating. By focusing on doing the next right thing, you can strategically move forward, build momentum and gain sanity. Tune in to learn a 3 part system that will help you navigate any new situation you face so that you come out on the other side successful. (https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Do-the-Next-Right-Thing.jpg) QuotablesYou make the best decision you can at the time with the knowledge and skills that you have so don’t beat yourself up if down the path you gain insight and decide to change direction or tactics


    Every moment you take what you have currently and you do your best with it and you say to yourself, “What is the next right thing I can do?”.


    My action steps were to stop the pity party of how this was affecting my daily life and instead just show up serve hard.


    We all have something to give right now. We all give back to the collective with a piece of knowledge or talent that we possess so strategize your action steps.


    So show up, meet them where they are in the middle of their freak out. Walk them through one step on the game board at a time until they can get a breath of air.


    The 3 part system is 1: Acknowledge 2: Accept 3: Act


    You don’t have to know how the story ends. You don’t have to know every step along the way.


    Learning Opportunities Mention in Episode From Crisis to Calm: A Free Webinar for Teachers (https://alwaysalesson.com/episodes/207-from-crisis-to-calm/)


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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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241 Ratings

241 Ratings

GninraeL14 ,

I just learned a lot

Gretchen is awesome! I learned so much about home schooling that I didn’t know. She just makes it fun to learn new things

AnthonyPGarcia ,

Highly recommended!

This podcats draws and educates you and always has interesting storylines.

SurvivalDad ,

Timely!

Outstanding podcast! We’ve recently started homeschooling our daughter and a lot of this applies directly to us as “de facto” educators.

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