Truth For Teachers Podcast

Creating systemic change and solving problems BEFORE they happen – Education Article

My guest in this episode is Dan Heath, a New York Times bestselling author of five books, the most recent being “Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen.” This book is a MUST read for anyone who’s curious about how to create systemic change or how to improve our daily lives through pro-active problem-solving. Dan explains why we spend more time and resources fixing problems than preventing them. He gives concrete examples of people and organizations that have…

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Ending the school year virtually + crisis classroom closeout tips – Education Article

I want to share some thoughts about closing out your school year virtually, for those whose schools aren’t reopening this spring.  I’ll give you some virtual end-of-year activities to create closure for the year even when you can’t be face-to-face with your students. And, we’ll briefly cover the classroom closeout process. If you’re being given a few hours to get back in your room and prepare it for the summer shutdown, I have some ideas to help with that also. …

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3 sneaky ways perfectionism is holding you back (even if you think you’re not a perfectionist) – Education Article

Perfectionism is not always about needing things to be perfect. It can look like an “all-or-nothing” mentality that keeps us from creating the change we want.  My working theory is that everyone struggles with perfectionism: it simply manifests differently for different people. We all have our things that we are extremely particular about. Even folks who are super laid-back or happily disorganized or go-with-the-flow still have very defined preferences for certain aspects of their life.  I think it’s the root…

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Some parts of teaching are BETTER with remote learning. Here’s how to leverage that. – Education Article

I asked teachers on my Facebook page recently to share some of the positive outcomes they’ve seen with teaching remotely in crisis. I wanted to know: Is there any aspect of your work with students that you’re liking better now? Any approaches that are working better for some kids than the usual ways of doing face-to-face instruction?  The replies were fascinating, and I’m going to share some overarching themes here with you. But I want to start with a response…

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How to (finally!) stop being annoyed by personality differences – Education Article

My guest today is Kara Loewentheil, who has a B.A. from Yale and J.D. from Harvard Law. In the last three and a half years, she has pivoted from a legal career and is now a Master Certified Coach. She’s the host of the iTunes top-rated self-help podcast “Un-F Your Brain,” which has been downloaded over 5 million times, and she has been featured in outlets like Marie Claire, Mind Body Green, MSN.com, and The Huffington Post.  I love to…

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11 practical tips for work/life balance when teaching from home – Education Article

Work/life balance doesn’t mean creating a total separation between teaching and everything else. To me, balance is about integrating work with the rest of your priorities in a way that allows you to give appropriate time and energy to each. Balance IS possible and worth striving for, even when teaching remotely from home for the first time. If you feel like you’re tied to the computer 24/7 and working more now than ever before, these 11 reminders can help. …

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12 ways to connect with kids and prioritize relationships while teaching remotely – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: 12 simple ways to build a genuine connection with your students while teaching remotely. During distance learning, look for small, simple ways you can center kids’ physical and mental well-being, which will, in turn, be energizing and uplifting for you, as well. I’ve collected 12 types of ideas from members of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club to give you some insight into how other K-12 teachers from around the world are…

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5 calming reminders about what matters most during pandemic panic & school closures – Education Article

I’ve struggled with how to address coronavirus panic and all of the school closures happening. because obviously, I don’t actually know the answers. No one does. We’ve never been here before as a society. But I wanted to address what’s happening and hopefully bring some comfort to those of you who are anxious and stressed. Other than this special episode, the Truth for Teachers podcast schedule will continue on the regular schedule each week. My hope was to stick to…

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How to make teacher lunches quick to prep and decision-free – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: teacher lunch ideas that are simple, easy, and quick to prepare. While seemingly a pleasant break from the day, lunch can actually be a big stressor for teachers: figuring out what to pack, having your lunch break scheduled at an oddly early or late, not getting a lunch break at all, and having to scarf down a whole meal in 15 minutes due to all the other tasks that cut into your…

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How to transition out of teaching and into your next career – Education Article

Daphne Williams is a former teacher who became a consultant working for a large educational company and currently works full time as an Instructional Designer.  During her speaking engagements for the company at educational conferences, teachers often asked her how she got out of teaching. She realized the huge need for information and support on transitioning out of teaching and created The Teacher Career Coach. Listen to the interview in the podcast player or read the abbreviated transcript below. No…

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What are your secret rules for how everyone else should behave? – Education Article

Anytime you give a paper and pencil assignment, you will have at least one student who does not write their name (or the proper heading) on the paper. There is no amount of teaching, procedure practice, rewards, or punishment that will ever change that fact. There are things that you can do to increase the likelihood that the majority of students will head their papers correctly. However, there is nothing you can do to eliminate the problem altogether so that…

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8 simple ways to move toward a zero-waste classroom – Education Article

Want to shift your mindset and daily practices toward a greener teaching practice. In this interview with Heidi  Rose, you’ll learn small actionable steps you can take to raise students’ consciousness about their consumption and reduce the amount of trash generated in your classroom. The term “zero-waste” can seem daunting. And the truth is that there’s really no such thing as zero-waste and the term only exists to remind us that we’re working toward a circular system, not that we…

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Using inquiry to help kids develop critical consciousness – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: A timely conversation with Jess Lifshitz about developing critical consciousness in children by way of creating inquiry experiences. How can you design learning experiences that help kids understand themselves and their place in the world? A 5th-grade teacher named Jess Lifshitz shares how she creates inquiry experiences that help kids develop critical consciousness: understandings about personal identity, bias, moving beyond a single story, and seeing what isn’t there (critically studying history). Jess…

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When you’re doubting your abilities as a teacher… – Education Article

You’ve heard of “fake it till you make it” and “acting as if” until you actually feel it. That’s NOT what we’re talking about in this episode, though I think there’s some value to that, for sure. When you tell yourself affirming thoughts, it impacts your mood and can give you a confidence boost. That’s not just woo-woo stuff, because think of the opposite: If you spend three minutes ruminating about all your greatest failures as a teacher and replaying…

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How to deal with teaching frustrations you cannot change – Education Article

Today we’re talking about radical acceptance. This is a concept I mentioned briefly in my book Fewer Things, Better, as well as Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching. But I wanted to do a deep dive on how it actually works, because it’s a tricky principle for a lot of people. Radical acceptance is a useful approach in our inner dialogue or self-talk when there are certain things about our work — or any aspect of your life,…

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Real talk on communicating with difficult colleagues at school – Education Article

This episode of the Truth for Teachers podcast is more informal and off-the-cuff than normal. If you’re new to the podcast, I typically try to keep things structured and focused on practical info. This episode will be different. Sometimes, I like to just speak directly from the heart, without rehearsing or planning what I want to say in advance.  Our topic is communicating with difficult colleagues. I’m hearing more and more teachers having this problem in recent years, where coworkers…

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