Jillian Starr is struggling student turned passionate elementary school teacher looking to open up discussions about all things teaching. From topics like classroom management to struggling with a work-life balance, if it has to do with education, we're going to talk about it. Want to be inspired? Subscribe to this podcast to get teaching tips and ideas that you can implement in your classroom today!
Performative Allyship & Gatekeeping Within Our Schools
I am so excited to welcome Liz Kleinrock from Teach and Transform onto the Podcast. After ten years of teaching, Liz has recently moved into the role of professional development educator, supporting schools and districts to support their anti-bias and anti-racism work. In this episode, Liz breaks down ABAR work, highlights the ways our schools fall into the trap of performative allyship, and exposes forms of gatekeeping within our classrooms, schools and districts. Her words are POWERFUL, and I so enjoyed the editing process of this episode because it meant that I could listen to her words over and over again. Each time I got to pull back another layer and begin to digest it, so feel free to do what I did and listen to this episode more than once. Liz does such a wonderful job of breaking this topic down, and supporting us as we engage in this anti-bias, anti-racist work. I can’t wait for you to have a listen!
Teaching With Infertility: An Inside Look
I want to make sure it’s clear that this episode is for EVERYONE. Whether you are struggling with infertility or not, this episode is for you. For those of you who have never experienced infertility, I hope this episode will make you a better friend, family member, and colleague to someone struggling with infertility (and know that most likely, you will never know are struggling). For those with whom I share the struggles with infertility, I hope to leave you with the feeling of being seen, loved, and to know that you are not alone. With all my heart, thank you for being here for today’s episode.
Morning Meeting: The Most Important Part of Our Day
Morning Meeting is easily the most important part of our school day. It is the time when my students are welcomed into their classroom, they have an opportunity to preview their day, engage in shared reading, build community, and learn about one another. Responsive Classroom emphasizes the need for students to feel safe, valued, and respected before they can be expected to engage in any academic tasks. Morning meeting is the key to making that happen! Find out how to make the most out of your morning meeting, how to get creative if you have limited time to give to this model, and hear answers to some of your most frequent questions. Morning meeting is the best way I have found to support my struggling scholars, prevent bullying, and build critical social and emotional skills! Listen in to find out all of the details!
The Zero Waste Classroom with Heidi Rose
Heidi Rose from The Zero Waste Classroom joins me on the podcast today to talk about the carbon footprint of our classrooms. She gives us actionable steps to take in our classrooms, and does so while speaking great truth to our climate crisis. Together we'll dive into the very real statistics behind our climate crisis, and Heidi will support us on this emotional journey to understanding our carbon footprint, the privileges we hold as we look at this global crisis from a social justice lens, and often the guilt we feel from not knowing. Heidi is going to walk us through ALL of this today. I know it's a tall order, but she DELIVERS! Sometimes, things like climate change feel so BIG, and the idea that teachers (who are often already made to feel so small) can have an impact is such an important message!
Back To School: How to Avoid Educational Trauma with Colleen Wilkinson
Colleen Wilkinson of Trauma Informed Montessori joins me on today’s episode. Colleen discusses trauma-informed teaching, but more specifically she discusses educational trauma. She helps listeners understand what it is, and how we can avoid inflicting educational trauma on our students by planning and selecting our back-to-school activities through a trauma-informed lens. This episode will leave you with SO MUCH to think about as your prepare for back-to-school. You’re not going to want to miss it!
So You Want to Try Flexible Seating
Let's talk about Flexible Seating. It has become a popular trend over the past few years. Like many trends, there is the potential for a lot of good. However, when the WHY behind the practice is lost, the practice can become problematic. In this episode we are going to put the focus back on the WHY, tease out the do's and don'ts of implementing flexible seating, and understand how to build a community of reflective learners. Are you ready to dive in?
This podcast pushed my thinking, and gave me insight I didn’t know I needed. 10/10, would recommend.
I just love Jilian Star. She’s so authentic, kind hearted, judgement free, and you know she’s in education for all the right reasons. I cried while listening to her infertility episode. Though I myself haven’t struggled with that, she really enlightened me on what my peers and friends maybe be going through around me. I also loved her performative allyship episode with Liz. I have to be honest.. I think I am guilty of being a performative ally!! I need to do better. Thanks for keeping me informed and in check.
The best teacher podcast
Jillian’s podcast has quickly become the highlight of my day. Not only is she knowledgeable, with new and thoughtful ideas that help me as a student teacher, but she has the most calming voice I have ever heard. Her podcast not only fills my cup with new ideas to try in the classroom and provides me with a fresh perspective, but it is an incredible source of calm and comfort. It feels like she is giving me a hug through my AirPods. I struggle to pay attention and often write off listening to podcasts as “not my thing” but her episodes have me captivated and focused the entire time, and leave me feeling refreshed. I have already learned so much from listening to her, and I think her content is not only great for classroom teachers but also student teachers, parents, and really anyone who works with children or in schools. I highly recommend listening and I am so glad I stumbled upon her podcasts.