Truth For Teachers Podcast

Finding the extraordinary within the ordinary – Education Article

It’s time for a break from school-related topics! This summer on my Truth for Teachers podcast, we’re doing a 4-part series focused on self-development instead of professional development. Every other week in June and July, I’ll bring you a short episode to help you focus on what matters most, and I’ll share some things that have been on my heart that might be otherwise off-topic for a teaching podcast. Let this be a time for us to reflect, think deeply,…

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5 summer traps to avoid so you can slow down and rejuvenate – Education Article

This is the time of year when summer stretches ahead of us endlessly, but we all know how quickly it will actually fly by. There are 5 traps you want to avoid so you can make sure you feel rejuvenated when school begins again.  1) Under-planning your time off The teacher who under schedules or under plans their summer thinks: “This is my vacation, why would I need to plan anything? I’m just going to enjoy my break. If…

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How Kim Lepre trimmed 15 hours off her workweek – Education Article

Kim Lepre is a 7th grade English teacher and the founder of the Teachers Need Teachers podcast. She’s also a Beginning Teacher Mentor and Ed Tech Specialist in her district, and a Level 2 Google Certified Educator. How has Kim managed to make time for all of that? She made a significant reduction in her workload during her 13th year of teaching. That’s when she joined The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. I’ve invited Kim on the podcast to tell…

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How to raise expectations (and have students rise to meet them) – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: There’s a lot of research out there about what it means to be a warm demander but what I’m hoping to add to the conversation with this episode is a personal touch: What exactly does being a warm demander look like? “The warm demander” approach isn’t something that’s brand new.  In fact, the term was coined by Judith Kleinfeld back in 1975.  It’s an equity approach, grounded in showing students that you care…

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Cornelius Minor on teachers as agents of change – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Cornelius Minor talks about his new book and how teachers can be agents of change in their community.  Today I’m talking with Cornelius Minor, a Brooklyn-based educator and staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. He’s just released a new book called “We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be.”   In our conversation, we’re going to discuss some of the key…

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Overcoming mom guilt / dad guilt when you spend more time with other people’s kids – Education Article

Our topic today is parenting guilt. I’m going to share some info and studies about how this has become an increasingly bigger issue in recent years, and then I’m going to let you hear directly from other educators about how they’re managing it. Want to listen instead of read? Download the audio, and listen on the go!  I think it’s a particularly pervasive issue in education because you’re not just choosing between work and family. It can feel like you’re…

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No, teachers, you don’t have to consume yourself to light the way for others – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: We’re debunking 10 of the most annoying — and dangerous —teacher platitudes. I’ll share my thoughts, along with the opinions of other educators from a great discussion on my Facebook page. If there’s a common saying in education that’s always sort of bugged you but was so popular you felt like you must be the ONLY one concerned, this is going to be super validating and empowering! Read or listen in as we…

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4 beliefs to help you focus on what matters most – Education Article

In this episode of the Truth for Teachers podcast: the four core beliefs of doing fewer things, better that will give you the courage to focus on what matters most. I’m guessing the title of this episode piqued your interest because you want your life to have a real impact on the world. You care about making a difference, not only in the classroom, but in your family and community, too. And yet it feels impossible to have that focus…

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How to thrive as an introverted teacher – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Betsy Potash of Spark Creativity and I talk about how to make teaching more enjoyable for introverted teachers. After almost a decade of teaching in the secondary ELA classroom in the United States and abroad in Bulgaria, Betsy started the Spark Creativity website and podcast. Now she spends her time creating and sharing innovative teaching strategies like escape rooms, book tastings, one-pagers, sketchnotes, hyperdocs, and more. Betsy is such a lovely guest, she…

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My best advice on 10 sticky situations in schools – Education Article

Today we’re talking about tricky topics that teachers face. These are issues that it’s difficult for me to offer detailed advice on without knowing a whole lot of specifics. So I’m going to stay big picture, and give you my best piece of advice – the one thing, the most important thing – that I can say about topics such as: leadership that plays favorites working with student teachers supporting colleagues when morale is low lack of student motivation kids…

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I was a disengaged student who nearly failed high school – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Let me tell you a story about a disengaged student who later became a teacher. I could tell the story of an anonymous child who had multiple diagnoses and was super disengaged in school, but later became a teacher and instructional coach, and then I could do a big reveal at the end — that student was me!! But I’ll skip the drama and tell you upfront. Yes, that student was me.…

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How do you know when it’s time to quit teaching? – Education Article

I read a comment on a thread in the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club that I just can’t stop thinking about. It’s from a teacher named Rosie. She wrote, “My wife and I are planning on beginning the adoption process in the next year or so. I’ve implemented many of the strategies from this group for over a year, which has helped tremendously with being efficient and developing systems to decrease the number of hours I am working (at one…

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