Welcome to Beginning Teacher Talk, the weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Lori Friesen, where we talk about all of the stuff you wish you learned in college about teaching elementary school. Each week, we feature ideas and topics that have been classroom-tested and actually work, including amazing classroom management techniques, organizational tips and strategies, creative ways to motivate your students, how to work with colleagues successfully, seasonal gems, and how to de-stress and eliminate the overwhelm that too often accompanies your first years of teaching.
How to Talk to Students about Traumatic News Events: The Storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021
The world watched thousands of Trump supporters storm the U.S. capitol building on January 6, 2021, and the very next day, you were expected to help your students process what they were seeing on the news. This week's show is my gentle offer of support during what I know is yet another very challenging time in the time of Covid.
Show notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-talk-to-students-about-the-storming-of-the-u-s-capitol-on-january-6-2021
Developing Your Bag of Classroom Management Tricks: What Works with One Class/Child May Not Work for All!
If you struggled with your classroom management during your student teaching placement (or in your first few years of teaching), know that you're not alone. Inside this episode, learn my secrets for developing my very own bag of classroom management teacher tricks over 10 years of teaching!
Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/your-bag-of-classroom-management-tricks
How to Help Students Deal with Trauma and Grief: 12 Practical Strategies to Support Kids
If you've had a student who has experienced a death in their family due to Covid (or even the death of a pet), let's talk about how children process grief and 12 practical strategies you can use with kids in the classroom to help them deal with trauma and grief.
Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-help-students-deal-with-trauma-and-grief
Why Vision Boards are Especially Meaningful this Year
If you've never created vision boards with your elementary students, you're in for a real treat! Let's talk about why vision boards are the perfect way to help students create crystal clear goals and imagine possibilities for their futures that they could never have imagined.
Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/why-vision-boards-are-especially-meaningful-this-year-for-your-students
Class Auction and Home Communication Books: My Secret to Developing Fantastic Parent Relationships
If you're a new teacher and you're looking for an effective classroom management strategy that also helps you to develop fantastic relationships with the parents of the students you teach, you are going to love learning about class auctions! Find out how I set these up inside my classroom and how Parent Communication Books worked in partnership with auctions to get parents on my side.
Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/class-auctions
When You are Hired Mid-Year: How to Prepare for Your First Classroom
Congratulations! You just landed your first elementary teaching job. But wait - how do you prepare for your first classroom when you are hired in the middle of the year? Get ready to take lots of notes because I'm about to share all the juicy details for the 6 essential steps you need to take to prepare for your first classroom over the winter break!
Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/when-you-are-hired-mid-year
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My lifeline as a new teacher!
I cannot recommend this podcast enough... I remember being at my absolute breaking point when I came across it, and after listening to a few episodes I felt rejuvenated, heard, loved and inspired. Every single episode, I feel like Dr. Lori Frissen is speaking to me PERSONALLY lol. It’s almost crazy how there is an episode for every specific little nuance to teaching I need some guidance with. I will often find myself in tears at the mere realization that I am not the only one who has felt a certain way because of this profession, or who has struggled with a certain obstacle as a result. I am so grateful for this podcast, and for the close-knit community of educators I found because of it.❤️
I’m starting my student teaching very soon and Dr. Friesen’s podcast has been EXTREMELY helpful in making me feel inspired, informed, and eager to start. She’s giving me a ton of ideas I want to incorporate into the classroom. She’s got the perfect podcast voice too! She always speaks from the heart with enthusiasm and encouragement which resonates deeply. Her stories are also very entertaining and makes it that much more fun to listen to!
As a first year teacher, this podcast makes me feel like others are in the same boat and that there are tangible ways to give myself grace and help induce wonder in my students.