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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.

Beginning Teacher Talk Dr. Lori Friesen

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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.

    5 Great Ways to Spice Up Boring Curriculum 050

    5 Great Ways to Spice Up Boring Curriculum 050

    We all have it - content that is less than exciting for us to teach or for our students to learn. So, how do we make teaching and learning that content a lot more engaging for our students? Join me in this episode as we talk about 5 great strategies I count on in my teacher tool box to spice up otherwise boring curriculum. 😊

    Get the complete show notes here: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/increase-student-engagement 

    • 29 min
    Dispelling the "I'm Not (Doing) Enough" Myth 049

    Dispelling the "I'm Not (Doing) Enough" Myth 049

    We all feel it... that awful, pervasive gnawing away at our daily peace by the feeling that we are never doing enough. Yet, despite the endless to-do lists and our best intentions to get more done and be even more efficient, we never seem to get ahead.

    Let's talk about the four reasons we too often buy into the myth that we are not (doing) enough, the benefits of NOT believing it, and the first steps to take towards more peace and less anxiety in your teaching.

    • 27 min
    Valentine's Day & R.A.K. Week 048

    Valentine's Day & R.A.K. Week 048

    Are you looking for some fun, creative, and teacher-tested ideas for Valentine's Day and Random Acts of Kindness week in your elementary classroom? Check out my top 8 picks from Teachers Pay Teachers that will help you to put the art into language arts!

    Get the full details (and links to all of the resources mentioned in this episode) by visiting the show notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/valentines-day-rak-week-language-arts-ideas 

    • 23 min
    Why I Left the Classroom 047

    Why I Left the Classroom 047

    Maybe you're wondering if you are going to be a "lifer" and stay with teaching your entire career, or if maybe teaching inside an elementary classroom may be a stepping stone for you for something else. This episode will help you to get clear about what it is you really want - and encourage you not to consider leaving the classroom until you've given this dream an honest, fair chance.

    • 22 min
    How to Stay Motivated and Focused When it Feels Hard 046

    How to Stay Motivated and Focused When it Feels Hard 046

    If you're an elementary teacher in your first few years of teaching and you're having a hard time staying motivated because it feels really hard, this show is for you. I've been there, I know how hard it is - and better yet, I know what you can do to find relief right away so you can get on with the business of becoming the teacher you've always dreamed of being. 

    • 26 min
    How to Create Vision Boards with Your Students 045

    How to Create Vision Boards with Your Students 045

    Vision boards can be amazing tools to help students get super clear about their goals (and big dreams) while also practicing essential writing skills. 

    To learn the seven steps to create vision boards with your students, sit back with a hot cup of something delicious (if you're reading this in the winter, that is), and let me walk you through, step-by-step, how to get started right away!

    Get the complete Show Notes here: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-create-vision-boards

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

LizTj13 ,

Best Teaching Podcast

Ever since I found Dr. Lori Friesen podcast my perspective on how I run my classroom has changed. I teach a mod/severe classroom and I can apply her advice every single time! Imagine what she can do for you if you teach a gen ed class?! I love how in every episode she gives tips that you can apply the next day! She is very sweet and makes you feel heard and understood, in her podcast as well as in her Facebook group. Her attitude towards teaching, always positive but always real, makes me want to teach forever! She really does teach what they don't teach you in college.

Kaylee Palmer ,

Beginning Teacher Podcast and Academy

This podcast has been EXTREMELY helpful for me as a first year teacher!! I was also enrolled in the Ready for School Academy by Dr. Lori and it was amazing. I am so glad that I found out about this through Facebook when I did because it was a lifesaver! It relieved me of so much stress that I was encountering the summer before my first year.
Thank you so much Dr. Lori! ❤️

Blondie1462 ,

Beginning Teacher Talk

Dr. Lori Friesen’s podcast for beginning teachers is uplifting and inspiring. As a seasoned teacher, I found the segments refreshing and meaningful and loaded with great ideas to implement in the classroom. She offers a personable approach that makes you feel as if she is mentoring you wherever you may be, in the car or at the gym. I found myself laughing right along with her at her personal antidotes and felt an immediate calm at her helpful strategies of reducing my daily overwhelm.

This podcast will give you the encouragement and support teachers desperately need in this profession. This series will help you with building essential skills such as classroom management, student engagement, and addressing the needs of differentiated learners in an engaging way. I highly encourage you to check it out!

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