100 episodes

"Just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one." Welcome to Beginning Teacher Talk, the weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Lori Friesen, where we talk about all of the things you wish you learned in college about teaching elementary school. We feature kid-tested classroom management techniques, organizational strategies, creative ways to motivate your students, how to work with colleagues, seasonal gems, and how to de-stress and eliminate the overwhelm that too often accompanies your first years of teaching.

Beginning Teacher Talk Dr. Lori Friesen

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 87 Ratings

"Just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one." Welcome to Beginning Teacher Talk, the weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Lori Friesen, where we talk about all of the things you wish you learned in college about teaching elementary school. We feature kid-tested classroom management techniques, organizational strategies, creative ways to motivate your students, how to work with colleagues, seasonal gems, and how to de-stress and eliminate the overwhelm that too often accompanies your first years of teaching.

    How to Handle Critical Observation Feedback

    How to Handle Critical Observation Feedback

    Formal observations are one of the things about teaching that really scares us as new teachers. They can send you right into panic mode, even if you have a really supportive administration. Often, the most nerve-wracking part is the feedback that comes after the observation. Critical observation feedback can immediately cause you to doubt your teaching ability. However, there is a way you can reframe how you view observation feedback that I want to share with you today. It will help you to feel more empowered and encourage you to take the next steps towards becoming the teacher that you’ve always dreamed of being.
    Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/critical-observation-feedback
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    If the Beginning Teacher Talk podcast is helping you in your teaching and if you're feeling extra loving, I would be so grateful if you would leave a positive review for the show!

    Your kind words mean the world to me. Just click here to leave your review now (and be entered into our draw for a $25 Amazon Gift Card)!
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    I hope you have a wonderful week, and remember - just because you are a beginning elementary teacher, there is no need for you to struggle like one.
    Xo Lori
    P.S. Do you have your copy of my FREE Ultimate Classroom Management Checklist? Get yours by clicking here now! https://www.drlorifriesen.com/ultimate-classroom-management-checklist

    • 24 min
    5 Fantastic Podcasts for the Classroom (& Activities to Use with Them)

    5 Fantastic Podcasts for the Classroom (& Activities to Use with Them)

    If you’re reading this then you may be an avid podcast listener, but have you ever used podcasts in your classroom? They are such a fun way to connect the real world to what you’re doing in your classroom. I’m sharing five fantastic podcasts that you can use with your kids and simple low-prep activities to use with them. You may be surprised at how easily podcasts can be incorporated into any subject area and any time of the day. 
    Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/podcasts-for-the-classroom
    Grab Your FREE Podcast Listening Worksheets: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Podcast-Listening-Worksheets-FREE-Listening-Comprehension-7613393
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    If the Beginning Teacher Talk podcast is helping you in your teaching and if you're feeling extra loving, I would be so grateful if you would leave a positive review for the show!

    Your kind words mean the world to me. Just click here to leave your review now (and be entered into our draw for a $25 Amazon Gift Card)!
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beginning-teacher-talk/id1456137677

    I hope you have a wonderful week, and remember - just because you are a beginning elementary teacher, there is no need for you to struggle like one.
    Xo Lori
    P.S. Do you have your copy of my FREE Ultimate Classroom Management Checklist? Get yours by clicking here now! https://www.drlorifriesen.com/ultimate-classroom-management-checklist

    • 21 min
    How to Reset Your Independent Reading in January (with Sara Marye)

    How to Reset Your Independent Reading in January (with Sara Marye)

    Returning to school after winter break usually presents several challenges. It can take some time to get back into your normal routines after being away from school for an extended period of time. One of the things that can be especially difficult to get back into is independent reading. To make this process much easier for you, I have a special "gift episode" for you today! It features content originally aired on my good friend Sara Marye's podcast, The Stellar Teacher Podcast. Sara shares 5 ways to successfully jump back into independent reading in the new year. 
    Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/independent-reading
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    Connect with Lori on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/drlorifriesen/
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    If the Beginning Teacher Talk podcast is helping you in your teaching and if you're feeling extra loving, I would be so grateful if you would leave a positive review for the show!

    Your kind words mean the world to me. Just click here to leave your review now (and be entered into our draw for a $25 Amazon Gift Card)!
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beginning-teacher-talk/id1456137677

    I hope you have a wonderful week, and remember - just because you are a beginning elementary teacher, there is no need for you to struggle like one.
    Xo Lori
    P.S. Do you have your copy of my FREE Ultimate Classroom Management Checklist? Get yours by clicking here now! https://www.drlorifriesen.com/ultimate-classroom-management-checklist

    • 28 min
    9 Fun Ways to Get Parents Involved (Without Having Them in Your Classroom)

    9 Fun Ways to Get Parents Involved (Without Having Them in Your Classroom)

    I recently was asked a question by a member of my READY For School Academy that sparked the topic of today's episode. One of my members, Rebecca, asked how she can get parents involved in the classroom even though they aren't allowed in her school building right now due to COVID. This is such a great question, and I'm answering it with nine super fun and easy-to-implement ways that you can invite parents to support you and your students without ever entering your classroom.
    Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/parent-involvement
    Join our Beginning Teacher Talk Private FB Group now: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BeginningTeacherTalkGroup/
    Check out Lori's TpT store (Beginning Teacher Talk):
    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Beginning-Teacher-Talk
    Connect with Lori on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/drlorifriesen/
    Connect with Lori on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/beginningteachertalk
    If the Beginning Teacher Talk podcast is helping you in your teaching and if you're feeling extra loving, I would be so grateful if you would leave a positive review for the show!

    Your kind words mean the world to me. Just click here to leave your review now (and be entered into our draw for a $25 Amazon Gift Card)!
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beginning-teacher-talk/id1456137677

    I hope you have a wonderful week, and remember - just because you are a beginning elementary teacher, there is no need for you to struggle like one.
    Xo Lori
    P.S. Do you have your copy of my FREE Ultimate Classroom Management Checklist? Get yours by clicking here now! https://www.drlorifriesen.com/ultimate-classroom-management-checklist

    • 27 min
    Set Up Centers the Easy Way: 10 Quick Steps

    Set Up Centers the Easy Way: 10 Quick Steps

    When I was in the classroom, it took me a long time to figure out how to best set up learning centers for my students. Now I am so excited to be able to share this information with you so you don't have to go through the same learning curve that I did. Even if it's the middle of the school year and you haven't yet implemented learning centers, it's not too late. While it takes some time and work right now, it will be a super valuable time investment that you're going to benefit from for years to come.
    Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/centers
    Grab your Easy Learning Centers Starter Kit: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Easy-Learning-Centers-Starter-Kit-for-2nd-5th-Grade-7456667
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    Connect with Lori on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/drlorifriesen/
    Connect with Lori on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/beginningteachertalk
    If the Beginning Teacher Talk podcast is helping you in your teaching and if you're feeling extra loving, I would be so grateful if you would leave a positive review for the show!

    Your kind words mean the world to me. Just click here to leave your review now (and be entered into our draw for a $25 Amazon Gift Card)!
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beginning-teacher-talk/id1456137677

    I hope you have a wonderful week, and remember - just because you are a beginning elementary teacher, there is no need for you to struggle like one.
    Xo Lori
    P.S. Do you have your copy of my FREE Ultimate Classroom Management Checklist? Get yours by clicking here now! https://www.drlorifriesen.com/ultimate-classroom-management-checklist

    • 26 min
    How to Handle Difficult Parents

    How to Handle Difficult Parents

    By the time December rolls around, it's very likely that you have had at least one experience with a difficult parent. Maybe it was during a parent-teacher conference, or maybe it was a nasty email or phone call. Facing a parent who has a complaint or is challenging you in some way is extremely difficult to deal with, especially because you probably haven't had any preparation for these scenarios. Learning to handle parents effectively is a learned skill set and having strategies in place will help you to feel calm and confident when faced with difficult parents in the future. I'm sharing some entertaining, yet very relatable, examples and words of wisdom from Suzanne Tingley's book, How to Handle Difficult Parents. 
    Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-handle-difficult-parents
    Watch my FREE masterclass, 5 Classroom-Tested Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Season with Your Students.
    Join our Beginning Teacher Talk Private FB Group now: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BeginningTeacherTalkGroup/
    Check out Lori's TpT store (Beginning Teacher Talk):
    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Beginning-Teacher-Talk
    Connect with Lori on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/drlorifriesen/
    Connect with Lori on Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/beginningteachertalk
    If the Beginning Teacher Talk podcast is helping you in your teaching and if you're feeling extra loving, I would be so grateful if you would leave a positive review for the show!

    Your kind words mean the world to me. Just click here to leave your review now (and be entered into our draw for a $25 Amazon Gift Card)!
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beginning-teacher-talk/id1456137677

    I hope you have a wonderful week, and remember - just because you are a beginning elementary teacher, there is no need for you to struggle like one.
    Xo Lori
    P.S. Do you have your copy of my FREE Ultimate Classroom Management Checklist? Get yours by clicking here now! https://www.drlorifriesen.com/ultimate-classroom-management-checklist

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

CarolineBrenner ,

11/10 one of the best podcasts I’ve heard!

This podcast is so interesting and I find myself listening to it all the time!! I am currently struggling through student teaching and this is SUCH a breath of fresh air. I cannot recommend this enough.

jvfjfbk ,

She’s Got it!

Lori is great! I’m in my 5th year of teaching elem and she provides such great ideas, practical skills and knowledge to use each day! She talks ALL things teaching and gives a true perspective of what new teaching is like/about. This podcast is a true winner and is exactly what I need as a refresher. Even as a 5th year, I have learned new tricks and strategies. I wish I had discovered this show sooner! Lori is positive and fun to listen to each week. If you need that virtual teacher mentor, Lori is your woman. I highly recommend this show!

Velvetme ,

Parents are teachers too

As a first time parent, I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about how best to develop her strengths and nurture growth. The ideas and strategies are helpful for all parents to consider not just at home, but when thinking about their child’s school day experience and the experience of their teacher* all great things to keep in mind. Know better do better!

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