Hey there teacher friend! Today I’ve got a bit of a different episode for you. A few months back I sat down with Catherine Whitcher, the Master IEP Coach of specialedinnercircle.com and catherinewhitcher.com to chat about the possibilities of the flipped classroom in today’s education context and how the flipped classroom can serve teachers at the IEP table and their students.
This interview was done for Catherine’s podcast which I encourage you to go check it out, it’s called Special Education Inner Circle, and so she is actually interviewing me. I loved our conversation so much that I wanted to share it on my podcast as well. At the end of the episode you’ll hear me talk about dates long past for the Sustainable Teacher Challenge, but have no fear you can still go check that out here.
From a basic understanding of flipped learning to how the flipped classroom can serve you and your students long after distance learning, this...
Today on the Sustainable Teacher Podcast I am excited to welcome Kelly Jackson of Thesimplyorganizedteacher.com so we can chat about something that many of you have resolved to accomplish in 2021. Many teachers who have participated in our Sustainable Teacher Challenge where we all are challenged to find ways to make our daily teaching lives a bit more manageable, actually set goals around becoming more organized. Whether you set those kinds of goals or have an interest in getting all things teacher-life a bit more organized, then this episode is for you.
Kelly is a former teacher of little turned Classroom Organization Coach. She helps busy and overwhelmed teachers create organized, safe, and well-managed classrooms that facilitate effective learning for their students and more time for themselves. She is a Texas girl currently living in Germany. Kelly runs The Simply Organized Teacher, hosts the Simply Teach podcast, and is the creator of The Organized Teacher...
On today’s episode of the Sustainable Teacher Podcast I am so excited to welcome Dustin Staats of Board Games with Education. Dustin and I first crossed paths about a year ago at the time of this recording when he learned about how I used a game board in my classroom. Now, please know that I am NOT a gaming connoisseur. Not by any stretch of the imagination. The most complex video game I’ve ever played is Duck Hunt on my cousin’s 1984 Nintendo. Ok, wait, I take that back… I totally played Sonic and it was so fun! - but that’s about it. So understanding how gaming could work in my classroom was not something I had the talents to make happen in a quick or effective manner. If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t have the space in my calendar or brain needed to make it work.
However, the drive of human motivation when it comes to simple games is something I became intrigued with as my understanding and...
“Hours!” she said. “I spent HOURS on my Sunday afternoon grading just late work alone, and then you want to know what I had to do the rest of the week?” I could almost guess what it was, “call parents” she said, exacerbated. My teacher friend went on to explain how as it was the end of the quarter and grades were due soon, it was that time of the year that comes around four times per year to communicate to parents whose child is near or actually failing a course.
I squinted and turned my head to the side to lessen the blow of her answer as I asked, “how long did it take to contact parents?”
Three days after school, she said, until well past 5pm. And I never got to them all.
We’ve all been there. We’ve all been in a place where something in our teaching lives is taking up way more hours than we want it to, or than is healthy. Whether that’s because we’re new at it and...
Although I wouldn’t wish living through a pandemic on my worst enemy and I’m sure we’d all love to get back to normal, there are major lessons I believe we all can learn from this experience within the world of education. I could list quite a few and make separate episodes on each of them - hey, note to self, maybe I will - but one of those lessons is that our time with students, meaning a teacher’s time with his or her students IN THEIR PRESENCE is not only imperative, in many cases it’s an issue of equity.
The fluctuating schedules, whether they are all virtual or some variation of hybrid, we teachers feel the urgency of wanting to see our students more - wanting more time to master those standards, right?!?
And you may even be drowning right now in the schedule you’re living, unable to keep up with all things. Whether you are fully remote, some form of hybrid, or even back to face-to-face 5 days a week “normal” some...
I LOVE all things planning. In fact, I plan out our family calendar each year in January… no joke the whole year. But even as much as I love to know what we’ve got coming up and how we can best use our finite amount of time on earth, planning as a teacher can be tough. You can do some really great work for it all to just change on a dime without any heads up or prior notice, and there’s nothing you can do about it. That’s just the nature of the beast, but there also has to be a better way to make this whole planning thing more effective and more intentional so that it serves us and our students.
In today’s post I walk you through three steps that will help you do just that - streamline your planning process so that you’re better able to stay on track throughout the school year and are helping your future self when you go to plan in the years to come. Let’s get to it.
I hope that you’ve been able...
Sustainable grading - is that even a thing? It’s like teachers have all collectively just rolled over and accepted the fact that if we aren’t drowning in grading then we aren’t really doing our job. Not only is that crap, but it’s unsustainable. No one can manage that in a healthy way. But then we’re left with the question, well what do we do instead? If we aren’t grading everything in our classes, aren’t we saying that it’s not important??? O man, that statement couldn’t be more wrong. There is a way to reach more sustainable grading practices and in this episode I will provide three steps to help you get there.
Do you remember as a child how, if you’re anything like me and most children I’ve observed, you collected things and used objects to simulate real life situations as an adult? For instance, my 5 year old son right now has this clipboard that has a...
I’m betting that when you’re in the middle of your week it’s not just your teaching responsibilities that have you stressed. It is that endless teacher to-do list, but it’s that piled on top of all the things that need to be accomplished at home as well. Whether you’re single, married, have kids or not, maintain a home or rent, there are things outside of your teacher life that are super important and can’t just be put on hold as you focus solely on maintaining your professional life.
In fact, your home-life will very much influence and even predict how your professional life is holding up. That is why we’ll focus on the home and how sustainable systems on the homefront can in fact help you be more present on the job as well.
At the time of this episode's recording, our family is in the heat of our first annual Christmas movie tournament. We’ve got a bracket with the 16 matchups and are working our way through,...
With all the talk of self-care for teachers during a year where teachers have less time than they’ve ever had to even think about themselves, let alone their self-care, I’m here to remind everyone that without you there will be no classroom, there will be no lesson, there will be no impact on your students.
But even if we do recognize that self-care is necessary, it’s such a broad, even vague and relative term. Logistically, what really is it? And how effective will it be?
I am here to make the claim that there is no better form of self-care than to set goals for yourself and to work toward them. It’s taking what we know about planning in our teacher-lives, that is that planning is best when we do it backwards - starting with the end in mind - and applying it to our lives.
Even if taking the time to do so means you’re a day later on grading those papers, answering...
At the time this post will publish it is the Friday before a well-deserved Christmas break for teachers, and I'm hoping to get you excited for a little something we'll be doing over your break that will help you focus on you and your own sustainability in your career and personal life.
In my ten years of teaching, I was all too familiar with teacher-overwhelm, and this year has done nothing but heighten that tension and your to-do list.
So I would like to invite you to our 7-Day, totally free, Sustainable Teacher Challenge that will be starting on December 28th, 2020.
Each day of the challenge you will get: