Welcome back to the Sustainable Teacher Podcast, I am so excited to be welcoming a special guest on this episode, and it is Caitlin Mitchell of EBAcademics, a former high school ELA teacher turned middle school ELA Teacher supporter through her business alongside her business partner Jessica.
I’m recording this quick intro here after having interviewed Caitlin already and I’m so excited for you to tune in and hear what she has to share with teachers as her number one piece of advice and number one strategy really for building a more sustainable teaching-life, which is batch planning. She even shares about an upcoming batch planning event they are offering teachers, so be sure to head to the link where you’re listening to learn more about that.
Let’s get right to it, here is Caitlin Mitchell with EBAcademics.
Mandy: Hello teachers. And welcome back to the sustainable teacher podcast. I am so excited to have Caitlin from EB Academics with us today...
Hello there and welcome back to the Sustainable Teacher, I am your host Mandy Rice, and I’m so excited you’ve joined us for another episode of teacher inspiration and encouragement packaged into recommendations and tips to help make your teacher-life a bit more sustainable. Because we are all about helping you have BOTH in your life. What do I mean by that, you might be asking???
Well, I mean you should have BOTH an effective classroom AND a thriving personal life. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other, and I’m hoping today’s episode, as well as this podcast as a whole, helps you take one step closer to that truth.
Starting with this episode, I am excited to announce that each of our episodes will now also be available in video format on my YouTube channel, so if you’re listening to the podcast head to the link in the description to check out the YouTube video that will give a visual glimpse into today’s topic....
Today’s episode topic on how to reach your post-pandemic students is very similar to and piggy backs off of a recent episode on the same topic, and that would be episode 72, which we have linked in the show notes below so you can go there and give it a listen if you haven’t yet.
In that episode we talked about how our students have changed and how we can respond to those changes in ways that are sustainable for us, the teachers in the room.
This episode is going to continue that conversation with a focus on how aspects of the flipped classroom allow you to be effective with today’s post-pandemic student.
At this time this episode will go live, just a couple weeks ago I was on a Facebook live with a group of teachers where we discussed the topic of how the pandemic has collectively changed students and what trends we are seeing. To summarize what those teachers shared, they see that students are disconnected from learning, and from others, they are less...
Oh, the game of grades. It’s the toxic consumption of our students' attention only on what grade they are paid with for every little move they make in your classroom rather than on the experience of learning that happens in their brain while a student of yours.
It’s as if you have to pay your students in the currency of grades for any “work” they do in your class, otherwise it won’t get done. As if the work getting done is the goal - NO! It’s not! The learning that happens while doing the work is the goal, and yet our students can’t take their focus away from the work.
So how do overcome this game of grades? How do we make the focus of our classroom on the learning that happens rather than the “work” that leads to grades?
I’ve actually addressed this topic already in episode 30 titled Overcoming the Game of Grades with Your Students. So that episode is very much a precursor to this...
“The flipped classroom was a strategy I knew I wanted to implement, but I never saw it coming when my flipped classroom gave my students more access during the pandemic and is now a strategy that provides me more sustainability in my post-pandemic classroom.”
This is a quote from a teacher whom I’ve helped flip their classroom, and seriously, I can’t say it much better than that.
Which is why in this episode I am going to dive into both the benefits and the drawbacks of flipping - at least from the perspective of someone who is considering flipping their classroom and hasn’t quite doven in yet (or maybe you have dabbled in the technique but not gone all in just yet).
After listening to this episode you’ll have a clear understanding of how the flipped classroom makes for a more sustainable and effective classroom in the post-pandemic world, knowing if the strategy is a good fit for you.
Because here’s the thing, although the post-pandemic...
The pandemic took all the routines and understandings about school, shook them up in a paper bag, and spit them out with no semblance of what they once were.
At least that’s how some of our students are now behaving.
With student apathy and absences on the rise as expectations and stakes for students and teachers remain the same, we are working through trying times in education.
Education is different. Our students are different. And if we don’t respond to how our students have changed, we will not be as effective with them in our classrooms.
We must change with our students but in a way that does not sacrifice our evenings and weekends to do so. I’m all for changing with the times and responding to the ever changing needs of our students, but I believe it is absolutely contradictory to the system’s success if we do so at the sacrifice of our teachers’ well being. And requiring that they do it all without support will lead to the end...
Quick question for you… when you were in college as a pre-service teacher, making your preparations to become a teacher, taking all your education classes, did you ever take a class on how to lecture?
Another question, when you were assigned to make plans for an entire unit, like a curriculum map for a unit in one of those college classes, did you plan to lecture in class 80%+ of the time and say that out loud to your class?
Yeah, me neither.
That’s because as a pre-service teacher you were being trained on how to best help your students through the learning process, you spent thousands of dollars on your education to become the expert on the learning process, and now that you are actively in the classroom, let’s face it… you’re an overpaid lecturer if that’s all you do.
Oh man. I may have just ticked off a lot of people, but let me explain real fast.
I don’t believe lecturing is bad. Seriously, I don’t. ...
I don’t know if I’ve ever told the full story of how I flipped my classroom and what happened once I had flipped. You know, like the whole story, start to finish. Sure, I’ve told it in bits and pieces as was applicable to the episode or post on our website, but not the story in its entirety.
Well, buckle up because I’m going to share it in this episode with a focus on the absolutely unexpected surprise I got in my inbox shortly after publishing my first videos, and the surprise that just keeps on giving now that I’m 12 years past flipping for the first time.
After listening to this episode you’ll see the bonus, and what was hidden advantage of flipping your classroom that may or may not be a perk to you, but at least lets you know the possibilities of flipping so that you can make the most informed choice for your unique classroom. You’ll be ready to start flipping and see the worldwide impact, yes worldwide impact, you...
The most common question I get from teachers about making a more sustainable classroom or flipping their classroom is “Where do I start?”
You may be asking yourself this question before even considering if flipping your classroom is something you want to do, and I think you are absolutely justified in doing so because you want to know if it will be worth your time.
Well, when I answer this question, and what I’ll lay out for you in this episode is the fact that how you start your classroom is not just the answer to how you get started with step one, it’s also the exact thing you should be focusing on for each and every step you take and decision you make in your flipped classroom.
What that means is that when you take this first step toward flipping your classroom, you’re also helping your future self by making each and every other step in the flipping process that much easier to take - saving you time and headache in the process.
Welcome back to the Sustainable Teacher Podcast, or welcome for the first time if this is the first episode of the show that you’re listening to. Either way, I’m so happy to have you listening in. And I’m going to start off by saying that this episode will be a healthy dose of tough love.
I have all the love for my people - and my people are teachers. They are educators through and through, and I love them. But I also have tough love for you today. And I’ll say that a dose of tough love might not be exactly what you want today. Heck, it might not be what you need, because you really need an open ear to vent to. And that’s healthy as well, but unfortunately, on this platform I can’t be that listening ear, so I encourage you to go and find it. We have our Sustainable Teacher Podcast private community on Facebook that you are welcome to join and find a safe place to vent and express your concerns. Be sure to...