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Teach Me, Teacher is a podcast for educators where teachers discuss topical, informative, and inspiring subjects. Designed from the ground up as a no nonsense approach to teacher development, this podcast is your gateway to bettering your craft (and having some laughs along the way).



Our podcast is fueled by the idea that teachers learn best from other teachers IN the classroom. Every episode will be filled with real world discussions about what it is like in classrooms today, and how to manage, develop, and prosper in this new world of education.



See you in the classroom!

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Teach Me, Teacher is a podcast for educators where teachers discuss topical, informative, and inspiring subjects. Designed from the ground up as a no nonsense approach to teacher development, this podcast is your gateway to bettering your craft (and having some laughs along the way).



Our podcast is fueled by the idea that teachers learn best from other teachers IN the classroom. Every episode will be filled with real world discussions about what it is like in classrooms today, and how to manage, develop, and prosper in this new world of education.



See you in the classroom!

    #240 Diverse Libraries Instill a Love for Reading (Billy Allen pt.2)

    #240 Diverse Libraries Instill a Love for Reading (Billy Allen pt.2)

    Hello everyone! We have talked a lot about the power of making learning relevant for students. It gets kids engaged and excited to be in class. But what happens when we look at ourselves? Are we staying relevant with the kids? Do we know that they like? Do we attempt to know their world and connect our lessons to what they are already engaged with?



    Billy Allen, founder of 3kingvisions, is here to help guide us to discover, not only why we should try to be relevant to the kids we serve, but also why being relevant included being diverse with what books we carry.



    In part two of this chat we discuss:



    * The need for diversity

    * Learning about other's experiences 

    * Letting passion drive your mission



    …and so much more!



     







     



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, The Power of Teaching Vulnerably: How Risk-Taking Transforms Student Engagement by David Rockower.



    In The Power of Teaching Vulnerably, David Rockower illustrates the transformational impact on student learning that results when teachers lean into their own discomfort and share personal stories, write with their students, and navigate difficult classroom conversations.



    David unpacks three dimensions of what it means to teach with vulnerability (personal, relational, and dialogic), shows what each of these dimensions look like in the classroom, and offers action steps to get started.



    Learn more about how to transform student engagement in your classroom.  Visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from The Power of Teaching Vulnerably.

    #239 Relevancy Builds Literacy with Billy Allen (pt.1)

    #239 Relevancy Builds Literacy with Billy Allen (pt.1)

    Hello everyone! We have talked a lot about the power of making learning relevant for students. It gets kids engaged and excited to be in class. But what happens when we look at ourselves? Are we staying relevant with the kids? Do we know that they like? Do we attempt to know their world and connect our lessons to what they are already engaged with?



    Billy Allen, founder of 3kingvisions, is here to help guide us to discover, not only why we should try to be relevant to the kids we serve, but also understand that you don't have to be something you're not to do this. You just need to be AUTHENTIC.



    In this chat we discuss:



    * Why Billy became a librarian 

    * How his career has changed over time

    * Being a male teacher/librarian can be a difference maker

    * The power of relevancy with young people 



    ...and so much more!



     







     



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, Four Essential Studies: Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher.



    Four Essential Studies is based on the belief that secondary students can only be prepared for life after high school when we purposefully shift the decision-making in our classrooms over to them.



    By reimagining how we teach essay, poetry, digital composition, and sustain talk in book clubs, we can ignite student curiosity, independence, and decision-making skills.



    Penny and Kelly share the strategies and activities they use in their own classrooms over the course of each unit, and show us what is possible when we expect more than compliance from our students.



    Learn more about how to transform students’ relationship with literacy.  Visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from Four Essential Studies.

    #238 Parents are Concerned about Public School with Jill Simonian

    #238 Parents are Concerned about Public School with Jill Simonian

    Hello everyone! Today, there is a special focus on schools. Across America, people are examining curriculum, going to board meetings and making their voices heard, and posting online about their worries about where schools are going.



    Many people dismiss these events by saying they are spurred by special interest groups (driven by money). They say the parents railing against Critical Race Theory or what they call inappropriate sex and race education, is all either a misunderstanding or ignorance.



    While this show has featured many educators who have outlined why race should be addressed in schools, how identity is a part of the real world, and how the cry from parents is misguided, I wanted to bring on the other side, so to speak. I wanted to speak to a parent about her concerns, and the concerns of others, in hopes of at minimum, coming to an understanding, and at best, bridging gaps between schools of thought.



    To do so, I have brought on Jill Simonian. Jill is the Director of Outreach for PragerU Kids, is the on-camera personality and 'spokesmom' for PragerU's new digital children's edu-tainment for Kindergarten through 12th grade. Jill is a former television host & media contributor, founder of TheFABMom blog and published author. Previously, Jill was best known for her straight-talking parenting segments on Los Angeles' KCBS, KCAL, KTLA, KTTV as well as HLN/CNN, The Doctors, Access LIVE, TODAY Show, E! News, Hallmark Channel and more (totaling over 500 family lifestyle segments and articles between 2011-2020). Connect with Jill via PragerU.com/kids and Instagram/Twitter @jillsimonian.



    As I say in the intro of this episode... you may not agree with everything said in this episode. I certainly do not. However, I believe that listening to one another, even when we disagree, is our best way to proceed forward.



     



     







     



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, Four Essential Studies: Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher.



    Four Essential Studies is based on the belief that secondary students can only be prepared for life after high school when we purposefully shift the decision-making in our classrooms over to them.



    By reimagining how we teach essay, poetry, digital composition, and sustain talk in book clubs, we can ignite student curiosity, independence, and decision-making skills.



    Penny and Kelly share the strategies and activities they use in their own classrooms over the course of each unit, and show us what is possible when we expect more than compliance from our students.



    Learn more about how to transform students’ relationship with literacy.  Visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from Four Essential Studies.

    #237 Listen to This to Empower Your Writing Workshop

    #237 Listen to This to Empower Your Writing Workshop

    Hello everyone! Several months ago, I gave a virtual keynote for a workshop the wonderful Jen Jones was conducting. I talked all about empowering young writers, and how I began this work—struggles and all. I discussed the philosophy and big ideas of what an empowered workshop is, but I also talked about the nuts and bolts and growth I saw in my students over time.



    And now this keynote is available here!



    Whether you are new to workshop, thriving in your own workshop, or are wondering how to move it to the next level, this is my effort to bring the energy I feel every day to where you are.



    Enjoy, and remember WHY we do this work day in and day out. The kids deserve it!



    PS: If you'd like to be entered in to win a review copy (digital at first, then a physical copy once it is released), click here and fill out the form. 



     







     



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, Four Essential Studies: Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher.



    Four Essential Studies is based on the belief that secondary students can only be prepared for life after high school when we purposefully shift the decision-making in our classrooms over to them.



    By reimagining how we teach essay, poetry, digital composition, and sustain talk in book clubs, we can ignite student curiosity, independence, and decision-making skills.



    Penny and Kelly share the strategies and activities they use in their own classrooms over the course of each unit, and show us what is possible when we expect more than compliance from our students.



    Learn more about how to transform students’ relationship with literacy.  Visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from Four Essential Studies.

    #236 Should Everything Be Taught from Both Sides? (Jessica Piper pt.2)

    #236 Should Everything Be Taught from Both Sides? (Jessica Piper pt.2)

    Hello everyone! It seems like every single day there is another controversy about public schools. Whether it’s about banning books or the curriculum being taught, the media and pundits alike cannot get enough of the discussion.



    But why? Is it really a fear of what is happening in schools, or is there a different reason? Jessica Piper, a previous middle and high school English teacher and now candidate for Missouri state representative, believes there’s a far bigger agenda behind the outrage we are currently hearing about.



    In part one of our talk, we talk about her experience as an educator, how this has formed her beliefs around politics, and how privatization is a potential devastation for rural communities—a topic that is increasingly marginalized among more controversial issues.



    In this episode, we dive into the common claim that "everything should be taught from both sides." Is there two sides to every issue that should be taught in schools? Let's discuss! 



     







     



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, Four Essential Studies: Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher.



    Four Essential Studies is based on the belief that secondary students can only be prepared for life after high school when we purposefully shift the decision-making in our classrooms over to them.



    By reimagining how we teach essay, poetry, digital composition, and sustain talk in book clubs, we can ignite student curiosity, independence, and decision-making skills.



    Penny and Kelly share the strategies and activities they use in their own classrooms over the course of each unit, and show us what is possible when we expect more than compliance from our students.



    Learn more about how to transform students’ relationship with literacy.  Visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from Four Essential Studies.



     

    #235 The Hidden Agenda of Privatization with Jessica Piper (pt.1)

    #235 The Hidden Agenda of Privatization with Jessica Piper (pt.1)

    Hello everyone! It seems like every single day there is another controversy about public schools. Whether it's about banning books or the curriculum being taught, the media and pundits alike cannot get enough of the discussion.



    But why? Is it really a fear of what is happening in schools, or is there a different reason? Jessica Piper, a previous middle and high school English teacher and now candidate for Missouri state representative, believes there's a far bigger agenda behind the outrage we are currently hearing about.



    In this episode, we talk about her experience as an educator, how this has formed her beliefs around politics, and why she believes the cries around Critical Race Theory are much more about profit than the theory itself. We also touch on how privatization is a potential devastation for rural communities—a topic that is increasingly marginalized among more controversial issues. 



     







     



    This episode is sponsored by Heinemann—the leading publisher of professional books and resources for educators—and their professional book, Four Essential Studies: Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency by Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher.



    Four Essential Studies is based on the belief that secondary students can only be prepared for life after high school when we purposefully shift the decision-making in our classrooms over to them.



    By reimagining how we teach essay, poetry, digital composition, and sustain talk in book clubs, we can ignite student curiosity, independence, and decision-making skills.



    Penny and Kelly share the strategies and activities they use in their own classrooms over the course of each unit, and show us what is possible when we expect more than compliance from our students.



    Learn more about how to transform students’ relationship with literacy.  Visit Heinemann.com to download a sample from Four Essential Studies.



     



     

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415 Ratings

415 Ratings

Ris&Josh ,

Love this podcast!

As a first year teacher, I’ve learned so much about current teaching issues, ideas, and strategies by listening to this podcast. My favorite aspect of this podcast is that Jacob actively listens to his guests rather than engaging in arguments over disagreements. It creates an open-minded environment that I crave in this day and age.

Cwiphone ,

Great Podcast!!!!

You can tell that Jacob has great intentions of improving kids’ lives. I am studying elementary education right now, so I am not currently a teacher, but listening to this podcast makes me soooooo excited for the future!

5 stars***** ,

First time listener and I really like it!

I listened to the 2 parts of the CRT discussion. Part 1 with Givens was pretty okay. Part 2 with Robinson was extremely difficult to listen to. Everything was based on his feelings and little research, if any. I appreciate the host’s ability to question both parties in a challenging yet non-offensive way. I will be listening again.

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