60 episodes

This podcast was developed by educators for educators of all kinds, so whether you’re an undergraduate student studying to become a teacher, maybe you’re a paraprofessional, a classroom teacher, a master’s student, or an administrator, you are welcome here and we hope you’ll join us each month.

Top of the Class Emily Pottinger and Dr. Meredith Critchfield

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 72 Ratings

This podcast was developed by educators for educators of all kinds, so whether you’re an undergraduate student studying to become a teacher, maybe you’re a paraprofessional, a classroom teacher, a master’s student, or an administrator, you are welcome here and we hope you’ll join us each month.

    Top of the Class Episode 45-Educator Vocal Health with Dr. Rachel Velarde

    Top of the Class Episode 45-Educator Vocal Health with Dr. Rachel Velarde

    Today we have a really interesting topic that is new to us on Top of the Class. We are so lucky to know experts in the field who bring a wide variety of experiences to Top of the Class. We are so excited to learn something new today. We all can attest that we do a lot of talking as teachers, so today we are talking all about vocal health with our amazing guest, Dr. Rachel Velarde. Let's jump right in and learn how we can take care of our most important tool as a teacher, our voices!

    • 39 min
    Top of the Class Episode 44-Professional Ethics with Dr. Troy Hutchings

    Top of the Class Episode 44-Professional Ethics with Dr. Troy Hutchings

    Today we come to you all with a very timely discussion. We are here to chat about ethics and our professional practice as educators. Many of us likely have an understanding of the Model Code of Ethics for Educators and for our GCU students and grads, you may remember our Professional Dispositions. This is something that is not a one-and-done conversation. As educators, we must constantly work in this area to grow and refine our professional practice in the area of ethics in the classroom, especially as lines become blurred and more challenging when we’re teaching in a variety of modalities like online, hybrid, and the traditional face to face classroom. We are so lucky to have one of the most knowledgeable experts in this area to speak on our topic today, Dr. Troy Hutchings. We are so excited to share all of his expertise with you today!

    • 49 min
    Extra Credit: Alternative Pathways to Teaching with Lindy Gaudiano

    Extra Credit: Alternative Pathways to Teaching with Lindy Gaudiano

    Today we are going to chat a bit about some of the challenges that we are faced with today in the field of education. As many of us know, there is a need to help get more certified teachers in the classroom. So, we wanted to talk a little bit about what that might look like. How can we help support the field of education through a variety of alternative pathway opportunities? Here to chat with us is our Assistant Dean, Lindy Gaudiano, to share all of her wisdom and expertise as well as some innovative programs that can help our future educators certify while teaching in the classroom.

    • 25 min
    Top of the Class Episode 43-Setting Appropriate Boundaries with Meredith and Emily

    Top of the Class Episode 43-Setting Appropriate Boundaries with Meredith and Emily

    Today’s episode comes to us after discussions with many of you on what parts of being an educator challenge and mystify you the most. For many of you, this is how to appropriately, kindly, and ethically set boundaries with all the different stakeholders we encounter from parents to students to colleagues. In addition, this happens to be a topic about which Meredith and Emily are particularly passionate. So, let's chat about setting those boundaries!

    • 39 min
    Extra Credit Episode: Tips to Running a Successful Virtual Meeting with Tiffany Newell

    Extra Credit Episode: Tips to Running a Successful Virtual Meeting with Tiffany Newell

    Many of us are hosting and running virtual meetings these days, so we thought we’d bring in an amazing expert, Tiffany Newell, who can teach us all the tricks to make the meetings run smoothly and make sure they are as informative and engaging as possible. This short and sweet extra credit episode is for all of you -- teachers, admin, faculty, staff, and parents -- anyone out there using virtual meetings to communicate information in these really unique times. Let's hop in and learn some helpful tips and tricks!

    • 27 min
    Top of the Class Episode 42-Creating the Ultimate Teacher Capsule Wardrobe with Dr. Brandon Juarez

    Top of the Class Episode 42-Creating the Ultimate Teacher Capsule Wardrobe with Dr. Brandon Juarez

    The world and the field of education are going through some transformation right now. We cover lots of serious topics on this show, but we wanted to dabble in something a bit lighter. So, we have added Part 2 to our Creating the Ultimate Teacher Wardrobe mini-series. I don’t know about you, but how I dress can definitely affect how I feel. How we dress in the classroom can help us maintain that teacher confidence, help with setting professional boundaries with students, colleagues, and parents/guardians, etc. So, if you haven’t listened to Part 1 yet, focused on female or feminine fashion, please check out that episode. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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72 Ratings

72 Ratings

megan@podcastingyou ,

Incredible Content!

Emily and Dr. Critchfield do such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

wFrimpong ,

Top of the class episode 36

Happy to listen to these,very educative and helpful as a GCU student offering education.Much appreciate GCU for sharing and making these available to us.

Herbal Soap Teacher ,

Thank you

Thank you so much for making this available to the graduate students at GCU. I feel this will be extremely helpful in my journey the next 2 years.

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