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Three middle school teachers and their guests share what it's really like to be in a classroom today, how policies affect teaching and students, and what teachers actually think would work better. Listen in to their off the cuff, unscripted discussions, debates, and sometimes, plain silliness as they discuss today's biggest issues facing schools. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/transparencyinteaching/support

Transparency in Teaching (stuff) Transparency in Teaching

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Three middle school teachers and their guests share what it's really like to be in a classroom today, how policies affect teaching and students, and what teachers actually think would work better. Listen in to their off the cuff, unscripted discussions, debates, and sometimes, plain silliness as they discuss today's biggest issues facing schools. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/transparencyinteaching/support

    014 Minimum Day #3 with Angel

    014 Minimum Day #3 with Angel

    Our guest co-host, fellow co-worker and single parent, Angel, joins us today to share her unique (or not so unique, depending on your family dynamic) situation of juggling two elementary school aged children during distance learning, while also wearing the seventh grade science teacher hat. She discusses how she often must excuse herself from teaching her junior high students, to help her daughters as they stand just off camera, staring at her, while quietly mouthing the word " Mom...Mom...." and how she must deal her first grader's melt down when things go south during an online session. Angel gets real about how today's current demands can bring feelings of inadequacy in both her roles as teacher and mother. 

    The girls go off on blank assignments students turned in for credit and how students seem to think this level of work should count. They discuss the value of boredom and Angel and Jen share a game they played with their students that increased engagement and helped develop a better class dynamic. Anne also shares a lesson that reminded her why she loves teaching.

    Finally, Anne gets on her pulpit to remind us that teaching is the most important profession of all. The sharing of knowledge, the passing down of wisdom, admitting our errors and helping others learn from our mistakes, is the basis for improving and developing a working society of intelligent, empathetic humans who have the common goal of making sure all people have the opportunity to succeed.  So, go proudly forth into yet another Google Meet and get after it. 

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    • 45 min
    013 Minimum Day #2

    013 Minimum Day #2

    I think distance learning is finally getting to us. We're tired.  We're punchy, We talk about alcohol more than usual. 

    Today we get into how parents and students are coping with the situation from the teacher's point of view. We talk about how we are dealing with lesson planning and the myriad of emails and virtual meetings.

     The situation could be dire, but thankfully we still have a sense of humor.  Ever been in that situation where you start laughing so hard that you almost end up crying? Yeah? Well, that's where Jen took us with her imaginary field trip suggestion. (I think maybe she's closer to losing it than she lets on. )

     All I can say is during times like this it's a necessity to have a sense of humor if one wishes to hang on to some semblance of sanity. Thank goodness we have co-workers who double as best friends and support systems. May we all have people to lean on who are  dedicated, determined, and slightly demented to help get us through these strange times.

    Check out all our demented tales and thoughts on what is happening in classrooms today at www.TransparencyinTeaching.com. 

    Subscribe and support teachers, especially in these unusual times. Your support helps keep, Jen, out of rehab....😜


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    • 32 min
    012 Back to School Interlude -- Minimum Day Episode #1

    012 Back to School Interlude -- Minimum Day Episode #1

    We are feeling swamped with back to school Covid Style. Planning lessons for 2 1/2 hour synchronous classes and 150 minutes of weekly asynchronous work is time consuming. So until we find our rhythm we are bringing you mini lunchroom conversations about topics that are on our minds now and updates on how teaching virtually is virtually killing us.

     Today we discussed what our first week back in front of our computer monitors was like. We talk about what is good, getting to interact with our students,  and what is bugging us , taking attendance and not being together. We talk about how the tech we are supposed to be using is not working properly, (Blocksi is a program we use to monitor student screens ) or how that tech is a pain in the backside. (C'mon Google Meets? What's up with no integrated breakout rooms???) We hope you enjoy our mini version. Don't worry, Sharyn still has time to drop a bunch of F-bombs!


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    • 37 min
    011 Classrooms, and Covid, and Kids, Oh My! with special guest Travel Expert Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

    011 Classrooms, and Covid, and Kids, Oh My! with special guest Travel Expert Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

    There's no more waiting for it to arrive.  It's here! School has started and teachers are in a frenzy to get on board the Distance Learning Train!  In today’s episode, we try to stay optimistic as we talk about what we are thinking about as we get ready to start our own school year next week! What’s the latest with Covid? What are other teachers saying about returning to school? And what do parents wish we would consider when developing our protocols? 

    Stay tuned as we finish this episode with an awesome interview with Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie, from The GlobeTrotting Teacher.com, whom we talked about in episode 10. (Go back and listen to Episode 10 if you missed it) She joins us to share her money-saving travel tips and tricks. For all the links to things discussed in this episode and to get the links Jackie shares for travel and her classes on how to master the credit card points system, be sure to visit our website www.TransparencyinTeaching.com.

    This brings us to the end of Season 1! Thanks for getting on and going for a ride with us. As REAL classroom teachers, we are submerged in the preparations for this school year and drowning in new materials and technology to make this year a good one for our kids. As we prepare for Season 2, we'll be popping in with updates and conversations about all kinds of things that we're experiencing and making sure to keep you informed as to how this experiment in education is going. This is truly a rare opportunity to try something different, to attempt to really change the way our classrooms work, which really hasn't changed much in the last 100 or so years.  I hope we all embrace the challenge and venture out of our comfort zones. So all I can say is "CANNONBALL!"


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    • 1 hr 46 min
    010 Travel Ideas for Teachers (One can dream, can't they?)

    010 Travel Ideas for Teachers (One can dream, can't they?)

    Today we get into ways teachers can save money on travel (once travel is a "thing" again!) Never too soon to start planning! We discuss ideas for social distancing conscious travel and how to make your "safer at home" quarantine seem more vacation-like.  You'll also get an update on the HEALS Act education funding, which is still being debated. (I want to know who the person is who stays up all night thinking of these "catchy" acronyms!) And Anne and Jen share their own news that's awesome but could mean a lot more work...😳  

    To get all the links to today's show visit www.TransparencyinTeaching.com. While you're there, leave us a comment about the show. How have you been spending your summer? How do you stretch your travel dollar?  Yeah, I know. Our travel budgets are going a lot farther these days because we're not going far at all.  Soon,  my friends, soon...  

    Happy Back to School or back to your computer that's substituting for your classroom. 

    Hang in there. Be safe. Stay sane! 


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    • 55 min
    009 Restorative Practices in the Classroom with Middle School Principal Heather!

    009 Restorative Practices in the Classroom with Middle School Principal Heather!

    (My sound engineering still sucks, as you'll hear in the beginning. I need a tutor! Any volunteers? See how transparent I am!)

     In today's episode, we start with some news about the current bill in the State which is geared toward protecting school districts from Covid related lawsuits, also the reversal of the student visa deportation issue.  Special guest Heather, a middle school teacher from Orange County shares how she brought restorative practices to her school and why they work.


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    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

robadob94 ,

Great!! Even for non-teachers

This is a great podcast not only for new and current teachers but even for non-teachers like me who are interested in what’s happening in the education world. Very informative and funny with lots of good stories of their experiences teaching. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about the education world.

lk3calpr8 ,

Awesome Podcast

Been listening to your podcast when I go for my morning walks. Pretty good and very entertaining. All
3 hosts have personalities that compliment each other that make the show very entertaining. Great concept and full of things that not everyone is aware of because they are not in the teachers shoes. I also enjoy how you discuss the current news that affect education. As a recently retired teacher, I am aware of the demands that teachers face on a daily basis and I appreciate how you share your knowledge and experiences.
You gals are doing a great job!

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This podcast was very enlightening off-the-bat, look forward to hearing more!

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