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Featuring expert educators ready to share progressive tactics to reach more students. Teach Better Talk is created by teachers, and fueled by passion! Every week, Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas, of the Teach Better Team and www.teachbetter.com, chat with educators from all around the world, discussing failures, successes, exciting new tactics, and dishing out loads of tips, tricks, and advice for teachers of all levels.

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Featuring expert educators ready to share progressive tactics to reach more students. Teach Better Talk is created by teachers, and fueled by passion! Every week, Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas, of the Teach Better Team and www.teachbetter.com, chat with educators from all around the world, discussing failures, successes, exciting new tactics, and dishing out loads of tips, tricks, and advice for teachers of all levels.

    141: Be Yourself - Mark Heller chats with us about changing the attitude in your school, building strong relationships, and the power of just being yourself.

    141: Be Yourself - Mark Heller chats with us about changing the attitude in your school, building strong relationships, and the power of just being yourself.

    Middle School Principal, Mark Heller, chats with us about changing the attitude in your school, building strong relationships, and the power of just being yourself.

    More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/markheller

    Episode Highlights

    2:17 - Talking about Rae's new "Retakes" course over at www.teachbetteracademy.com.
    5:27 - Previewing the episode with Mark Heller.
    8:31 - Mark introduces himself.
    10:12 - Mark's failure: Sitting in an expulsion hearing with kids on the last day of school last year.
    12:27 - Mark's success: Changing the attitude at his school.
    15:11 - What's keeping Mark excited about education right now: The value and importance of building strong relationships.
    16:50 - Mark's advice for teachers: Every day is not going to be perfect. Every class isn't going to be perfect.
    18:50 - Mark tells us about all the roles he's had in his building.
    20:15 - What Mark wants teachers to know about administrators: We all care about everyone. We're all in this together.
    26:00 - Rae can't handle the idea of drinking so much water.
    22:52 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less.
    31:27 - How to connect with Mark.

    Mark's Recommendations

    EdTech Tool: Google Calendar. The Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt.
    Book: "Hacking Assessment" by Starr Sackstein and "Alone On The Wall" by Alex Honnold.
    Who to Follow on Instagram: IG: @monicagentaed, IG: @teachcreatemotivate, Twitter: @TeacherFit19
    YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: www.CommonSenseMedia.org
    Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine:

    Daily: Drink half your body weight in ounces of water.
    Weekly: Reflect and plan.
    Take care of yourself.


    Best piece of advice you've ever received: "Don't have any expectations of others, that you have not communicated to them."

    Links to Connect With Mark

    Website: www.aimsnetwork.org
    Twitter: @mheller2115 @AIMSnetwork


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    • 33 min
    AUDIO BLOG - 4 Ways to Engage Students With Your Community

    AUDIO BLOG - 4 Ways to Engage Students With Your Community

    This is an audio version of the blog post, "4 Ways to Engage Students With Your Community" Written by Rae Hughart (@RaeHughart). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/4-ways-to-engage-students-with-your-community.


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    • 5 min
    140: The Secret is in the Clichés - Aaron Else chats with us about being an optimist, focusing on giving students what they need to grow, and why the secret to life is in the clichés.

    140: The Secret is in the Clichés - Aaron Else chats with us about being an optimist, focusing on giving students what they need to grow, and why the secret to life is in the clichés.

    Elementary School Principal, Aaron Else, chats with us about being an optimist, focusing on giving students what they need to grow, and why the secret to life is in the clichés.

    Aaron shares how their school is focused on a culture of taking risks and doing what's right for kids, the power of asking questions, and why you should love Mondays.

    More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/aaronelse

    Episode Highlights

    1:22 - Chatting about some of the great conferences we're headed to soon.
    6:34 - Previewing the episode with Aaron Else.
    10:13 - Aaron introduces himself.
    11:46 - Aaron's failure: Thinking he knew it all.
    14:36 - Aaron's success: Building a culture of taking risk.
    16:32 - Talking more about the House System in Aaron's school.
    19:30 - What's keeping Aaron excited about education right now: Where education is heading.
    22:00 - Aaron's advice for teachers: Don't be "23 year old me." Ask questions.
    25:40 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less.
    28:19 - How to connect with Aaron

    Guest's Recommendations

    EdTech Tool: Twitter
    Book: "Call Sign Chaos" by General Mattis.
    Who to Follow on Instagram:


    Trevor Ragan (@learner_lab)
    Martina Wagner (@martinawagnerEL)
    Jon-Eric Ziaer (@zlearnmore)


    YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
    Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Journaling.  Reflection is key to learning.  Stop. Reflect. Journal. Reflect some more. 
    Best piece of advice you've ever received: “The secret to life is in the cliches.” - Aaron's Mom.

    Links to Connect With Our Guest

    Twitter: @PrincipalElse


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    • 30 min
    139: Scan For The Good. - Suzanne Dailey chats with us about patience, perspective, and finding that one small thing you can do today to be better, happier, and more positive. 

    139: Scan For The Good. - Suzanne Dailey chats with us about patience, perspective, and finding that one small thing you can do today to be better, happier, and more positive. 

    Instructional coach, Suzanne Dailey, chats with us about patience, perspective, and finding that one small thing you can do today to be better, happier, and more positive.

    Suzanne shares her vision for "Teach Happier," how we need to scan for the good, and why she has the best job in the world.

    More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/suzannedailey

    Episode Highlights

    1:47 - Chatting about Suzanne Dailey's new "Teach Happier" series.
    3:05 - Celebrating some of our awesome guest bloggers.

    Kendall Lawson
    Matthew Joseph
    Jacqueline Goodburn
    Jeremy Rinkel
    Brian Faulkner
    Whitney Choate
    Jorge Valenzuela
    Karen Evans
    Aubrey Jones


    7:24 - Previewing the episode with Suzanne Dailey.
    10:27 - Suzanne introduces herself.
    12:28 - Suzanne's failure: Moving to a standards-based reporting. Part of leadership team. Rollout not as thoughtfully planned out. Did not anticipate push back and logistical problems.
    15:04 - Suzanne's success: Developing "QUEST."

    For more information on Suzanne's school's QUEST Program, visit: CBSD.org/quest


    17:33 - What's keeping Suzanne excited about education right now: The shift to emotional wellness of students, and of teachers.
    18:52 - Talking about teacher emotional wellness, and Suzanne's vision for her "Teach Happier" series at www.teachbetter.com.
    20:38 - Suzanne's advice for teachers: Quiet the noise.
    25:27 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or  less.
    28:30 - How to connect with Suzanne.

    Suzanne's Recommendations

    EdTech Tool: Digital Inking
    Book: "UnSelfie" by Dr. Michele Borba
    Who to Follow on Instagram: @Teacher2Teacher and @BehaviorFlip
    YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Brene Brown's "Daring Classrooms."
    Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Daily gratitude. Compliment someone every day. Every month, use your gift outside your comfort zone.
    Best piece of advice you've ever received: "The secret to life is surround yourself with good people." - Suzanne's parents./

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    • 30 min
    AUDIO BLOG - Adjust Your Leans - Student Behavior is Information

    AUDIO BLOG - Adjust Your Leans - Student Behavior is Information

    This is an audio version of the blog post, "Adjust Your Leans - Student Behavior is Information." Written by Jacqueline Goodburn (@PDwithJG). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/adjust-your-lens-student-behavior-is-information.

    In This Post:

    The importance of removing your personal feelings from student behavior issues.
    Behavior is information, use it to help provide a better learning experience!
    Ways to adjust your thinking to better meet the needs of your students and colleagues.


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    • 5 min
    138: Let It Go. - Jana Zipfel chats with us about taking time to focus on relationships, the importance of self-care, and why you shouldn't try to do everything.

    138: Let It Go. - Jana Zipfel chats with us about taking time to focus on relationships, the importance of self-care, and why you shouldn't try to do everything.

    19 year teaching veteran, Jana Zipfel chats with us about taking time to focus on relationships, the importance of self-care, and why you shouldn't try to do everything.

    Jana shares how she's implemented student led conferences, how it takes time to figure things out, and why we need to learn to let it go.

    More at www.teachbetter.com/podcast/janazipfel

    Episode Highlights

    1:37 - Rae talks about Seesaw, and how she uses it in her classroom.
    5:37 - Previewing the episode with Jana Zipfel.
    8:19 - Jana introduces herself.
    10:18 - Jana's failure: Early years of  her career. Not taking the time to build relationships.
    12:55 - Jana's success: Student led conferences.
    16:12 - What's keeping Jana excited about education right now: Working toward her admin certification.
    18:00 - Jana's advice for teachers: Do not try to do everything.

    Jeff mentions the "5 Minute Journal" app he uses.

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    22:20 - 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less.
    24:52 - How to connect with Jana.

    Jana's Recommendations

    EdTech Tool: Seesaw
    Book: "Fully Charged Systems" - PJ Caposey
    Who to Follow on Instagram: PJ Caposey, Maria Papiez, Joe Sweeny
    YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Kid President, Ryan and Craig Storytime
    Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Self care - make some kind of daily routine
    Best piece of advice you've ever received:  “Let it Go”

    Links to Connect With Jana

    Twitter: @JanaMrszipfel
    Instagram: @firstgradecoolcats


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    • 26 min

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