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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.
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Teachers Need Teachers is the podcast for struggling teachers, whether you're new or a seasoned veteran. It's inspired by the questions and frustrations that teachers are expressing 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 the craziness of teaching while maintaini ...
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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 ...
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When teachers and students feel heard, the climate of a school just gets better, and semantic pulse surveys can make that happen. In this episode, we'll learn what about this fresh approach to surveying and how teachers and administrators can create their own to gain better insights about the students and teachers they serve. This episode is sponso…
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Chris Painter is my guest for this episode of the podcast. Chris is the technology director for Blackford County Schools in Hartford City, Indiana which as a fleet of 1,800 devices. During our conversation Chris shares his best practices and tips for collecting, inventorying, and repairing a Chromebook fleet and getting them ready for the new schoo…
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You can never have too many ideas for helping struggling students, right? In this episode, you'll get a few more that you may not have tried. My guests are two teachers — learning specialist Sarah Riggs Johnson and math teacher Nate Wolkenhauer — who share their system of strategies that help all students learn better, a kind of pyramid where the o…
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Today Google announced a new package of AI tools specifically designed teachers and school leader. These tools combine the power of Google Gemini with data privacy protections and unique features for teachers. Joining me to discuss Gemini for Education is Vivek Chachcha, product manager for AI tools within Google Workspace for Education. Episode Sp…
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Learn how teachers can navigate school politics and prioritize student learning. Just one of the many things teachers need to understand! I have a new YouTube channel! Join me over there and subscribe! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Go…
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The rights of parents to choose the best school for their children — also known as school choice — may seem simple on the surface, but it's anything but, and it has the potential to impact teachers and students all over the country. In this episode, I talk with Cara Fitzpatrick, author of The Death of Public School: How Conservatives Won the War Ov…
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Annotation can be a powerful way to improve comprehension and increase engagement, but its effectiveness can vary depending on how it's taught. In this episode, two teachers share their classroom-tested approaches to teaching students how to effectively annotate texts: 3rd grade teacher Andrea Castellano and high school English teacher Irene Yannas…
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Let's get real about lesson plans and whether or not they're worth it! I have a new YouTube channel! Join me over there and subscribe! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group Message me thro…
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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 and updates for April 2024: http://chrmbook.com/s8e12/ ***Episode Sponsor: VIZOR for Chrome…
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If your school is lucky enough to have a full-time certified librarian, it's likely they are not being utilized to their full capacity. In fact, yours may be one of a growing number of schools that are eliminating librarians altogether, and that is a terrible idea. In this episode, I sit down with four accomplished librarians — K.C. Boyd, Barbara P…
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Sadly, Google Podcast has been discontinued by Google as of April 2, 2024. Google Podcast was a simple, clean podcast player that did exactly what it was designed to do: play podcasts. Let's see if we can find a suitable alternative. ----------------------------- EPISODE SPONSOR: VIZOR for Chromebooks VIZOR simplifies the task of managing Chromeboo…
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Teachers, feeling the end-of-year crunch? This episode offers practical tips to not only survive but thrive during the final stretch. Learn how to prepare for what's expected (testing, celebrations), keep yourself calm and collected, and manage a restless classroom. You'll leave with actionable strategies to conquer the last 3 months and head into …
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In this episode, we're diving into the nerve-wracking world of master schedule time in schools. It's that crucial period where teachers' assignments, prep periods, and uncertainties about the next academic year are all laid out in those sprawling spreadsheets. Now, for educators facing non-renewal, let me tell you, the stress is real. But don't wor…
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Many states are seeing record high numbers of teacher turnovers and vacancies. While the problems that caused this shortage have not gone away, there are groups of people who are coming up with some creative ways to address this situation, new and surprisingly affordable pathways for training good, enthusiastic teachers. Two of these programs are O…
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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!) ***EPISODE SPONSOR*** Are you interested in becoming a Google Certified Trainer? Join me for the very first "Google Tr…
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Are you tired of the frustration that comes with delivering crucial lessons only to find students missing or failing to grasp the material? Join me as I explore a transformative solution that has revolutionized teaching for many educators, including myself. What's that solution? The Modern Classroom Project model! In this episode, I share insights …
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Crying in front of your students can be a humiliating experience. Not the kind that happens when you're moved to tears by a poignant story or you react to upsetting news; those moments can actually bond you to your students. It’s the kind that comes from frustration, shame, anger, or loss of control. It might be something you experience as a new te…
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It's happened to so many teachers: You teach your heart out. Really just knock it out of the park. Then you ask a question all students should know the answer to … and nothing. What's going on? In this episode, educator and writer Blake Harvard offers four possible explanations for why we get the blank stare, along with four solutions that will hel…
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In this episode, I spill the beans on how a game-changing shift in my teaching approach not only made my life easier but saved my career in the process! If you're tired of the teacher nightmares we all dread, this one's for you. Get ready to revolutionize your teaching journey! Check out my interview with Kareem Farah, co-founder of the Modern Clas…
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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!). ***Episode Sponsor: VIZOR for Chromebooks*** Track your devices, repairs, loaners, and more with VIZOR's best-in-cla…
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As our student population grows ever more diverse, many schools haven't been quite as successful as they'd like to be when trying to connect with students' families. If current efforts aren't working, it's time we tried a different approach. In this episode I talk with Nawal Qarooni, author of the new book Nourishing Caregiver Collaborations about …
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When high school English teacher Dan Tricarico started taking photos of his colleagues, he didn't expect them to create new bonds among his staff. Teachers rarely get an opportunity to have their humanity and uniqueness showcased in this way, but these beautiful portraits do just that — and anyone with a smartphone can do the same thing for the tea…
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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!) ***Episode Sponsor: VIZOR for Chromebooks*** Save 20% off your first year with VIZOR and get a FREE Chromecast with Ca…
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Standardized testing has, without a doubt, created a lot of problems in education, and far too often, our conversations about these problems end in statements like "we need to just get rid of them all" or "Oh well, nothing we can do to change things." In this episode, education researcher Jenn Binis joins me to talk about a different approach to so…
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It's a brand-new year, and to celebrate the launch of the 10th edition of our Teacher's Guide to Tech, we're exploring 8 tech tools that are worth a look in 2024. I'm joined by my team of ed tech geniuses — Brandie Wright, Lucia Hassell, Kim Darche, and Marnie Diem — to talk about a collection of tools that can make your teaching richer, more effic…
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I read 21 books this last year. Most were pretty good, a few were pretty bad! I enjoy hearing what others are reading and frequently add their recommendations to my list, so I thought I would share some of my favorites with you to help jump start your 2024 reading list. Additional Resources: All 21 books on Amazon My blog post with a short summary …
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Kids are cheating with AI, and it's definitely become a problem. As an ardent AI enthusiast, I've previously shared my excitement for this revolutionary technology. However, the dark side emerges as students increasingly turn to AI as a shortcut, sidestepping the genuine learning process. In this episode, we're diving deep into the fascinating real…
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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!) ***Episode Sponsor*** VIZOR for Chromebooks: save 20% off your first year and get a FREE Chromecast with Cast moderato…
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As a teacher, you probably find yourself in situations pretty often where you're made aware of a student having needs or challenges that exceed what your school typically offers them. The list of student needs in so many schools is never-ending, and your desire to help meet them is probably pretty strong, too. But attempting to meet these needs on …
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