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Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology -- if it has something to do with teaching, we're talking about it. Jennifer Gonzalez interviews educators, students, administrators and parents about the psychological and social dynamics of school, trade secrets, and other juicy things you'll never learn in a textbook. For more fantastic resources for teachers, visit http://www.cultofpedagogy.com.
 
How do I leave my work at school so I can rest and recharge without the teacher guilt? How do I efficiently stay on top of all the planning, prep and grading? How do I train my students to [mostly] self-monitor so I can really teach? How can I create a community of focused learners in my classroom? How can I help my students grow into committed readers and writers? And the biggest question of all, can I REALLY streamline and simplify my literacy instruction while helping students make more t ...
 
Teachers Need Teachers is the podcast for new and beginning teachers. It's inspired by the questions beginning teachers are asking around the web, plus the questions that you didn’t know you should ask! I'll help you clear the confusion and figure out what to focus on so that you’ll have the most positive impact in your classrooms without losing your freaking mind. I want to help you navigate through those crazy first years of teaching while maintaining your sanity AND personal life!
 
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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wrote a list of Chrome extensions that I rely on regularly. These simple tools help me work efficiently, simplify repetitive tasks, and add some fun to my daily digital routines. I also asked friends on Twitter and Facebook to share their favorites. While there was some overlap between our lists, I did learn about s…
 
How is the anti-CRT movement harming and silencing teachers, what damage will it ultimately do to students, and what can be done to fight it? For a more complete overview of this topic, be sure to check out EdTrust's podcast series EdTrusted: The Critical Race Theory Craze That’s Sweeping the Nation. ------------------- Thanks to CommonLit and Brai…
 
I don’t believe we can teach real reading comprehension through online programs and online apps. There are 5 key elements that impact your students' reading comprehension. And your students need you, their teacher, to model, guide, and help them learn to incorporate the skills in their reading. What real teachers do is so valuable that it simply ca…
 
It's time to dive into my EdTech toolbox and take inventory of the best web-based resources for social studies teachers! There are a LOT of tools to consider. To make things a little easier, I'm organizing these resources into three categories: Places & faces Research Instructional tools Did I miss one of your favorite science tools or resources? S…
 
Children stacking with cubes, playing with play-doh, and other tactile materials might seem like wasted time to an outsider, but to all a teacher...we KNOW there's so much more going on than just play. Join Lisa for a conversation about the power of play in the classroom with Vanessa Levin from Pre-K Pages. Find out: How learning through play makes…
 
Google has been trying to "solve" classroom YouTube schools for many years. In September of 2021, Google announced a new "age-based" policy that once again, impacts how student users interact with Youtube. Essentially, there are three options: Option 1: Block YouTube access for students, but allow teachers to share YouTube videos through Google Cla…
 
Do your students struggle with engagement in reading? Do you have some students you just can’t seem to get excited about books? Well, let's add another tool to your teacher toolbox, Author Studies. Yes, you heard me. I know doing author studies seems like just one more thing to do, but they're actually quite simple to implement. In fact, I think au…
 
As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter. The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!). Here are my favorite links for November 2021: Audio / Video lock for Google Meet New updates to the @ menu in Docs B…
 
When students are working in groups, and we need to get their attention, shouting over the noise certainly gets the job done, but huddles work so much better. You can find full written versions of these tips at cultofpedagogy.com/edutips. ------------------- Thanks to Floop for sponsoring this episode. -------------------…
 
Remember when teaching was less about surface standards and more about in-depth knowledge? Or maybe you have a hobby you'd love to share with kids. Well...today's guest has a solution for giving you back control of what you teach and how you teach it. Today's guest has the secrets of success for teaching on Outschool, a platform that connects teach…
 
It's time to dive into my EdTech toolbox and take inventory of the best web-based resources for teaching science! There are a LOT of tools to consider. To make things a little easier, I'm organizing these resources into three categories: Vocabulary tools Concept mapping Learning resources Did I miss one of your favorite science tools or resources? …
 
Planning instructional units can be less than exciting when all you have to deal with is words and more words. Creating a vision board at the beginning of a unit can generate fresh enthusiasm and help you focus on what truly matters. In this episode, teachers Amanda Cardenas and Marie Morris share how vision boards work in their classrooms. -------…
 
There are all kinds of ways to teach elementary school, from traditional public schools to private schools to online schools and more. Now more than ever, alternative ways to teach abound. If you're thinking of trying something different, this episode is for you. In this episode, I chat with Connie Gatlin about how her teaching journey took an unex…
 
My guest on this episode is Brooke Taylor, a middle and high school art teacher in Bridgeport, Illinois. If you are interested in using ChromeOS for creative projects, I encourage you to listen to the great tips and project ideas Brooke generously shares during our conversation. ----------------------------- Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Cl…
 
When we see students making a mistake, we may be tempted to stop them and offer a correction. It might be best to resist that temptation, at least for a little while. You can find full written versions of these tips at cultofpedagogy.com/edutips. ------------------- Thanks to Microsoft Reading Progress in Teams for sponsoring this episode. --------…
 
Teacher self-care time is important all year long, not just over breaks and holidays. It's always a great time to take a minute for self-care. I know. There's SO much to do! News Flash! There will ALWAYS be a lot to do. With the holiday season sneaking up on us, now is a great time to take a minute for yourself. There's going to be lots to celebrat…
 
Teachers are saying this is the worst school year ever. In this episode, I'll explore the reasons why, offer some solutions, and also share a few other loosely related thoughts that may or may not help. ------------------- Thanks to CommonLit and Brain Power Academy for sponsoring this episode. -------------------…
 
It's time to dive into my EdTech toolbox and take inventory of the best web-based resources for K-5 students! There are a LOT of tools to consider. To make things a little easier, I'm organizing these resources into three categories: Skill-building - tools that will help students develop skills in reading, writing, or math. Learning support - resou…
 
Do you find parent teacher conferences stressful? There’s so much to prep and keep track of for parent teacher conferences in the midst of your regular teaching. And then there’s the minefield of helping families understand their child’s strengths and weaknesses honestly but with great compassion. It’s a lot, especially in the meager 15 - 20 minute…
 
As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter. The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!). Here are my favorite links for October 2021: More space for comments in Docs Don’t let students get “kicked out” of …
 
Many teachers have a book in their heads but it never gets written, much less published. So often we think we’re too busy or don’t have the right credentials to write that book. So we just leave it in the shadows. If that's you, you're going to love this episode! My guest today is author Lauren Ranalli. She's a busy, working mom who has managed to …
 
Many well-intended efforts to make schools more equitable often fail because we're trying to make them work inside a system that's a terrible fit for them. What's been missing is a whole-school approach that creates a path forward that is radically different from what we've done before. In this episode, I talk with the authors of the book Street Da…
 
My guest today is Peter Horner (@PeterGHorner), IT manager for Barton Peveril College in Hampshire, UK. Over the past six years, Peter has helped move the college to the Google Cloud and transitioned much of the faculty and student from traditional PCs to Chromebooks. Today, Peter and his team manage more than 1,500 Chromebooks for the college. ---…
 
Are you a Morning Meeting fan or not so much? Morning meetings are full of potential for setting up your school day for success for both you and your students. There's so much that can be accomplished in just a short amount of time each morning. While morning meetings started out as a, traditionally, primary grade thing to do, they have become more…
 
Google Sites is a well-loved tool for creating simple class websites, portfolios, and student projects. While Sites is simple to use, it does offer some powerful advanced features you can use to scale Google Sites for your next class project or the creation of class pages for all of the teachers in your building. Here are four advanced elements of …
 
When you come in and rescue another teacher from a misbehaving class, you think you're being helpful, when really, you're just disempowering them. Try another approach! You can find full written versions of these tips at cultofpedagogy.com/edutips. ------------------- Thanks to Reading Progress in Teams for sponsoring this episode. ----------------…
 
Is your email inbox overflowing? Are you overwhelmed with parent emails to respond to every day? Having trouble keeping up with all the regular communication? Here’s how to gain control of your email. It's actually easier than you think with these 5 easy steps! I'm serious. Even if you have hundreds of emails in your inbox, I can help you clean out…
 
Every Wednesday from October - May I am offering a LIVE webinar exploring the latest tips, tools, and trends in classroom technology! Preparing and researching 30 unique webinars is a LOT of work, so this program isn't free, but it is a good value when compared with attending a conference or full-day workshop. You can learn more and sign up here: C…
 
You want to know that your instructional decisions are supported by research, but you're not exactly sure where to find that research or how to read it correctly. In this episode, educational psychologist Kripa Sundar gives me a mini-course in how to dig up high-quality research, how to read and interpret it, and what we need to keep in mind about …
 
Trying to help your students catch the writing bug? Has there been a story rolling in YOUR head, and you're not sure how to get it out? Join Lisa and children's book author Lauren Ranalli as they discuss the ways authors find inspiration for their stories, not give up on the process or writing, and how to help your students do the same. Find out th…
 
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