A podcast about educators who are teaching during a global pandemic hosted by Evelyn Lauer, a high school English/media teacher with 20 years experience. It doesn’t matter what format we’ve been forced to teach in – remote, hybrid, or in-person wearing masks – we’re all struggling and we’ve all lost a piece of our identity. Lauer converses with teachers in different situations from different states with different rules in place to see how education has been flipped on its head for better or worse. What can we learn from this moment in time? What can we say we miss? What needs to change? And what do we now know to never take for granted? Lauer is currently teaching freshman English, digital storytelling, and film--all remotely via Zoom and Canvas. Her work has been published in The Huffington Post, Education Week, The English Journal, Sentence, and elsewhere. She served as the PR/Publications director for the Journalism Education Association for six years and is currently serving that organization as a mentor teacher. BTB was recently highlighted in the New York Times Education Briefing. You can follow her on Twitter @evelynalauer.
Business teacher Nicholas Pahl and host Evelyn Lauer discuss the pros and cons of teaching team/project-based courses during remote and hybrid learning. Pahl teaches investing, marketing, and INCubatoredu, a national, entrepreneurial program that...
Season 2 Finale
Host Evelyn Lauer discusses all the challenges of hybrid teaching and looks toward season 3.Season 3 of BTB will kick off April 11.Connect with Evelyn on Twitter and Instagram @evelynalauer.
Mothers who Teach Roundtable
Host Evelyn Lauer talks with four educators who are also mothers of young children and asks the age-old question: How do you do it all? The group chats about the toll the pandemic has had on working moms, the insanity of most days, and how to balance...
Leland Mallet and Rebecca Pollard
Journalism educators Leland Mallett and Rebecca Pollard discuss their experiences with the extreme cold, snow, and power outages in Texas recently and the effect on schools -- and their student media coverage of it all. Mallett has been advising...
Kindergarten educator Laura Doran and host Evelyn Lauer discuss the importance of building community, the incorporation of toys into lessons, and what it looks like to teach five year olds how to read via Zoom.Doran teaches at Walled Lake Consolidated...
English teacher Abdel Shakur and host Evelyn Lauer discuss creating a community during remote learning, holding conferences to connect with individual students, and working on a podcasts while teaching.Shakur teaches 9th and 10th grade at Evanston...
Like a virtual high-five
Working remotely often feels lonely. It’s good to know I’m not alone.
I just listened to the podcast with the student-teacher Sarah. As an experienced teacher, I didn’t realize how much I needed to hear her story to make me reflect differently on my teaching practice at this time as well as helping me feel connected to educators in a different way. I’ve also realized that we educators need to rally around each other and especially around new teachers at this time to help keep them in education.