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September 16, 2019
Hello everyone! This past July, I went to the Get Your Teach On national conference, and it was absolutely astounding, to say the least. I knew I wanted to talk about my experience, but I needed someone special to help me, so I brought back friend of the show and fellow attendee of the conference, Halee Sikorski (otherwise known as @ALatteLearning on Instagram.) Together, we discuss our experience, all the way from funding Halee's trip, to our biggest takeaways from the many presentations we got to experience. Between the hype that DJ Earworm brought on night one and the next level energy the GYTO team brings every moment, we had SO MUCH to discuss. Enjoy! PS: Here's some pictures of me at the conference! Support Teach Me, Teacher by checking my memoir for educators here.  Check out Teach Me, Teacher Presents: Reading – Writing Workshop here.  Like our the show’s music? Check out our theme music creator, Bryan Pascarella, here.  A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here.
September 9, 2019
Hello everyone! Today on Teach Me, Teacher, I am continuing my talk with Nicholas Ferroni! Last week, we discussed why men in the classroom needs to be something seen more often, and this week we dive deep into what teaching is, how powerful it can be, and how we should all take part in making the messaging about teaching POSITIVE. I had the pleasure of hearing Nicholas speak at Get Your Teach On this year, and I KNEW I had to have him on the show to share his insight and perspective on education. Nicholas Ferroni is a nationally recognized educator and activist who educates, mentors and inspires students to reach their goals while driving a national dialogue about education reform. Named “Upstander of the Year” by the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) for his outspoken advocacy and support for LGBTQ youth, Nick was also noted as one of the “100 Making a Difference” and one of the “Most Influential Educators in America.” His expertise and strong opinions about education and revisionist History have made him a sought after expert on national platforms including ABC’s ‘The View,’ MSNBC, ABC, HLN and more. It’s hard to find someone as outspokenly POSITIVE about education than Nicholas, and I’m honored to have him on the show. Enjoy! Support Teach Me, Teacher by checking my memoir for educators here.  Check out Teach Me, Teacher Presents: Reading – Writing Workshop here.  Like our the show’s music? Check out our theme music creator, Bryan Pascarella, here.  A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here.  
September 2, 2019
Hello everyone! Today on Teach Me, Teacher, we are talking about the power of men in the classroom with none other than Nicholas Ferroni. I had the pleasure of hearing Nicholas speak at Get Your Teach On this year, and I KNEW I had to have him on the show to share his insight and perspective on education. Nicholas Ferroni is a nationally recognized educator and activist who educates, mentors and inspires students to reach their goals while driving a national dialogue about education reform. Named "Upstander of the Year" by the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) for his outspoken advocacy and support for LGBTQ youth, Nick was also noted as one of the "100 Making a Difference" and one of the "Most Influential Educators in America." His expertise and strong opinions about education and revisionist History have made him a sought after expert on national platforms including ABC's 'The View,' MSNBC, ABC, HLN and more. It's hard to find someone as outspokenly POSITIVE about education than Nicholas, and I'm honored to have him on the show. Enjoy! Support Teach Me, Teacher by checking my memoir for educators here.  Check out Teach Me, Teacher Presents: Reading – Writing Workshop here.  Like our the show’s music? Check out our theme music creator, Bryan Pascarella, here.  A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here.  
August 26, 2019
Hello everyone! Welcome to part 2 with Kelly Gallagher! Today we are continuing our talk about authentic literacy, and we are diving DEEP into the practice of conferencing and why you should be doing it everyday.  Since 1985, Kelly Gallagher has devoted himself to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking—first and foremost, as a high school ELA teacher in Anaheim, California, and also as an author/consultant who works with educators around the world. Today, he is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education. He is the author of 180 Days, Readicide, and In the Best Interest of Students.  How Kelly has grown over the years, conferencing, and more, all in this episode. I could not be any more excited than to bring this talk to you today. Enjoy! Support Teach Me, Teacher by checking my memoir for educators here.  Check out Teach Me, Teacher Presents: Reading – Writing Workshop here.  Like our the show’s music? Check out our theme music creator, Bryan Pascarella, here.  A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here.
August 19, 2019
Hello everyone! Welcome to season 4 of the Teach Me, Teacher Podcast! If you're new to the podcast, welcome! If you're returning, then you know how I like to start things off every season...WITH LITERACY. Season 2 started with the wonderful Donalyn Miller. Season 3 started with none other than the amazing Penny Kittle. And now season 4 is starting with Kelly Gallagher himself! Since 1985, Kelly Gallagher has devoted himself to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking—first and foremost, as a high school ELA teacher in Anaheim, California, and also as an author/consultant who works with educators around the world. Today, he is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education. He is the author of 180 Days, Readicide, and In the Best Interest of Students.  In this episode we talk about how to create authentic experiences both in reading and writing, and how not to kill the love for reading and writing. Books, equity, clubs, representation, and more, all in this episode. I could not be any more excited than to bring this talk to you today. Enjoy! Support Teach Me, Teacher by checking my memoir for educators here.  Check out Teach Me, Teacher Presents: Reading - Writing Workshop here.  Like our the show's music? Check out our theme music creator, Bryan Pascarella, here.  A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here.
August 12, 2019
Hello everyone! With the new school year upon us, I know you all are gearing up to make MAGIC happen in our classrooms! You're planning great experiences, sitting through PD, and trying to catch some sleep. To support you, I'm planning an AMAZING season of great podcasts coming for season 4, but I wanted to cover some key pieces first, as usual. In this intro, you'll hear about who is coming on the show for the season opener, how to win a FREE copy of my book, and why I left literacy coaching. (If you want to know why I went into literacy coaching, click here!) Thank you all for supporting the podcast and thank you for listening! Season 4 is going to be amazing! -Enjoy! A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here. 
August 5, 2019
Hello everyone! I couldn’t be any more excited to bring you none other than Hamish Brewer  for part 2 of our close out to season 3 of the podcast! If you missed part 1, check it out here. If you don’t know who Hamish is... the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal in Northern Virginia isn’t your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to “Be Relentless. Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter and game changer who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms. He is known for working with some of the most at risk students in America and getting results, and that’s exactly what we discuss in this episode! This is the perfect listen for starting the new school year, because those kids in our schools need us to be excited, they need us to be motivated, and they need us to be our best. Hamish knows how to get it done, and he takes us along for the ride! Enjoy! Support Hamish by checking out his book here. Support the podcast by checking out my new book, Teach Me, Teacher – Life Lessons that Taught Me How to Be a Better Teacher. A special thank you to Viewsonic for sponsoring this episode of the podcast! Please check out their amazing resources for teachers here. 
July 29, 2019
Hello everyone! I couldn't be any more excited to bring you none other than Hamish Brewer to close out season 3 of the podcast! If you don't know who Hamish is, the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal in Northern Virginia isn’t your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to “Be Relentless. Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter and game changer who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms. He is known for working with some of the most at risk students in America and getting results, and that's exactly what we discuss in this episode! This is the perfect listen for starting the new school year, because those kids in our schools need us to be excited, they need us to be motivated, and they need us to be our best. Hamish knows how to get it done, and he takes us along for the ride! Enjoy! Support Hamish by checking out his book here. Support the podcast by checking out my new book, Teach Me, Teacher – Life Lessons that Taught Me How to Be a Better Teacher.
July 22, 2019
Hello everyone! It is my absolute pleasure to bring you one of my favorite people in the world, Nicole Marte, otherwise known as @MarteintheMiddle on Instagram to continue our discussion about the power of teaching middle school, why it's the best school, and debunking (and validating) myths about teaching middle schoolers. If you missed part 1, check it out here. A lot of personal anecdotes in this one, both from Nicole and I, and just a lot of pure fun. This is one of those great episodes of the podcast where we just talked and enjoyed our mutual love of teaching. Nicole is definitely one of the coolest teachers out there, and you owe it to yourself to be fueled by her kindness and honesty. Come and listen along and laugh with us! Enjoy! Support the podcast by checking out my new book, Teach Me, Teacher – Life Lessons that Taught Me How to Be a Better Teacher. For more science in middle school, check out my episode with Josie Bensko from @maniacsinthemiddle on Instagram here!
July 15, 2019
Hello everyone! It is my absolute pleasure to bring you one of my favorite people in the world, Nicole Marte, otherwise known as @MarteintheMiddle on Instagram. In this episode, we dive into why we both LOVE middle school so much, the magic of teaching 6th grade, and why relationships at this critical age are so extremely important. We also spend a healthy amount of time praising how teaching science is an amazing experience. A lot of personal anecdotes in this one, both from Nicole and I, and just a lot of pure fun. This is one of those great episodes of the podcast where we just talked and enjoyed our mutual love of teaching. Come and listen along and laugh with us! Enjoy! Support the podcast by checking out my new book, Teach Me, Teacher - Life Lessons that Taught Me How to Be a Better Teacher. For more science in middle school, check out my episode with Josie Bensko from @maniacsinthemiddle on Instagram here!
July 12, 2019
Hello everyone! Today I have a special announcement: Teach Me, Teacher: Life Lessons That Taught Me How to be a Better Teacher is now available for purchase! To celebrate, I took some time to talk about the book, and read a few pages from the opening chapter. I hope that you'll take the time to listen and read the book. I wrote it for you. Buy on Amazon Buy on B&N ABOUT THE BOOK: Jacob Chastain grew up in an environment filled with drugs and violence. Inside the home that should have felt safe, fear and anxiety were the desperate norm. Stability and security eluded him as he was shuffled between family and friends that would take him in. But at school, things were different. There, day after day, year after year, Chastain’s teachers saved him. Teach Me, Teacher is the true story of a childhood marked by heartache—a story that may be similar to that of the children sitting in your classroom. It’s the story that shaped Jacob Chastain into the educator he is today. Lessons learned from his experiences as a child and as a growing educator offer reflections on the trials and triumphs facing teachers and students everywhere. From these lessons, we learn that one’s darkest moments can ultimately lead to a meaningful and fulfilling life when someone cares enough to step in and make a difference.  Written in celebration of teachers and the power of education, Teach Me, Teacher affirms that you have the power to save a life.  ———————————————— PRAISE FOR TEACH ME, TEACHER “Jacob Chastain pours his heart out on the pages of Teach Me, Teacher by sharing his personal journey through childhood trauma. His message that “action is the antidote to suffering” is a powerful reminder to us all to do more, be more, understand more, and care more for our students.” —Kim Bearden, co-founder and executive director, The Ron Clark Academy, author of Talk to Me “Teach Me, Teacher is one of the most courageous, heartbreaking, hopeful books I’ve ever read.” —Regie Routman, author of Literacy Essentials “Jacob Chastain’s raw honesty is something that we need more of in the education world.” —Halee Sikorski, A Latte Learning “Teach Me, Teacher is both an uplifting memoir and a message to all of us in education of the power we have to build relationships and make a difference for all of our students.” —Dr. Sue Szachowicz, senior fellow, Successful Practices Network “Jacob Chastain takes us on a transformational journey where past and present converge into possibility. His story of resilience and hope is a celebration of the impact each of us can have when professional purpose leads the way.” —Dr. Mary Howard, author of Good to Great Teaching “Everyone has their past, and Jacob’s had challenges. At times raw and emotional, this book allows you to experience Jacob’s journey towards understand...
July 8, 2019
Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you part 2 of my fantastic discussion with Todd Whitaker on what great educators do differently! If you missed part 1, click here. Dr. Todd Whitaker is recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, and his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. In this discussion, we focus on what great teachers do differently, and what great principals do differently, and why just being good isn’t enough. Together we hit on why our roles are too important to let the small stuff slide, what to do about toxic teachers around you or in your school, how to talk to parents, and how an ineffective campus all depends on one factor… You DO NOT want to miss this episode! Whether you’re a teacher, principal, or college student, you need to hear this talk with Todd Whitaker! Enjoy!
July 1, 2019
Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you my fantastic discussion with Todd Whitaker on what great educators do differently! Dr. Todd Whitaker is recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, and his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. In this discussion, we focus on what great teachers do differently, and what great principals do differently, and why just being good isn't enough. Together we hit on why our roles are too important to let the small stuff slide, what to do about toxic teachers around you or in your school, how to talk to parents, and how an ineffective campus all depends on one factor... You DO NOT want to miss this episode! Whether you're a teacher, principal, or college student, you need to hear this talk. Enjoy! For more on leadership and accountability, check out my episode of Ron Clark Academy native, Kirk Brown! PS: If you'd like to support the podcast and Todd, use the links above to his fantastic work!
June 24, 2019
Hello everyone! Today I have part 2 of my discussion with Jennifer from Jennuine Teaching (Instagram, Youtube) to talk with us about EVERYTHING LESSON PLANNING and REFLECTIVE PRACTICES! If you missed part 1, catch it here. If you haven’t heard of Jennuine Teaching, you’re in for a treat because it is a fantastic resource and Jennifer is one of my favorite teachers to watch and learn from. As expected, this episode dives into the ins and outs of lesson planning from Jennifer’s point of view, all the way from start to finish and every thing in between. If you’re new to lesson planning, want to hear about a new way to do it or think about it, or simply want to listen to two teachers talk shop, this is the episode for you!  You can also catch Jennifer at her blog here! Enjoy! 
June 16, 2019
Hello everyone! Today I have Jennifer from Jennuine Teaching (Instagram, Youtube) to talk with us about EVERYTHING LESSON PLANNING! If you haven't heard of Jennuine Teaching, you're in for a treat because it is a fantastic resource and Jennifer is one of my favorite teachers to watch and learn from. As expected, this episode dives into the ins and outs of lesson planning from Jennifer's point of view, all the way from start to finish and every thing in between. If you're new to lesson planning, want to hear about a new way to do it or think about it, or simply want to listen to two teachers talk shop, this is the episode for you! You can also catch Jennifer at her blog here! Enjoy! Oh! One last thing, I referenced Esther Brunat's episode in this talk so the link to that is HERE if you want to check it out (you really should)!
June 10, 2019
Hello everyone! Today it’s my pleasure to bring you part 2 of my conversation with Jared Cooney Horvath, a cognitive neuroscientist based out of the University of Melbourne specializing in human thought, learning and brain stimulation. If you missed part 1, check it out here. Without a doubt, this is one of the best episodes of the Teach Me, Teacher podcast—if not THE BEST. In this episode, we dive deep into the brain science behind how students learn, and how to move students from surface learning to DEEP LEARNING. This is one of those episodes where I feel like any teacher who spends time listening to Jared's insight will come out far better at the end. I know this is the case for me! When you’re done with this episode, please check out Jared’s work here and support him by buying his book! I’ve read it twice, and it is amazing. If you’d like to win a copy of his book, make sure to sign up for the Teach Me, Teacher email list this week and next! I’ll be choosing two winners. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!
June 3, 2019
Hello everyone! Today it's my pleasure to bring you my conversation with Jared Cooney Horvath, a cognitive neuroscientist based out of the University of Melbourne specializing in human thought, learning and brain stimulation. Without a doubt, this is one of the best episodes of the Teach Me, Teacher podcast. In this episode, we dive deep into the brain science behind how students learn, retain, and apply the information we give them in our classes. In part one of our talk, we hit on everything from the role of technology in learning (how it hurts and helps), why note taking can be powerful, and how physical print media can be such a boon when reading longer texts. Of course, there is more than this sprinkled in this episode, but you'll have to listen to get the rest! When you're done with this episode, please check out Jared's work here and support him by buying his book! I've read it twice, and it is amazing every time. If you'd like to win a copy of his book, make sure to sign up for the Teach Me, Teacher email list this week and next! I'll be choosing two winners. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!
May 27, 2019
Hello everyone! Today it’s my pleasure to bring you part 2 of my discussion with the two authors of Welcome to Writing Workshop, Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman.  If you missed part 1, click here! If you are like me, you might have heard the term writing workshop repeatedly, nodding along with enthusiasm, but in the back of your mind be wondering what the heck it actually is. For years, I didn’t really know what workshop was, and I often wished there was a resource to not just tell me what it was, but show me as well. NOW THERE IS! Welcome to Writing Workshop is an amazing resource of strategic routines, tips, resources, and short focused video clips to view and learn with. From explanations of writing process and writing traits to small-group strategy lessons and minilessons, this book provides the know-how to feel confident and comfortable in the teaching of writers. If you’re a fan of the podcast, you know that literacy talk is MY JAM, and writing workshop is something I’m incredibly passionate about. Stacey and Lynne do an amazing job at talking about what writing workshop is and is not, and this episode is a perfect primer for anyone who might not know exactly what it is or what it looks like. Once you have finished the episode, come back and subscribe to the email list (right) so you can be entered to win a FREE COPY of Welcome to Writing Workshop! Thank you to Stenhouse Publishers for sponsoring this episode and providing the books for the giveaway! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  ***For more on writing, check out my episode with Jeff Anderson on the Patterns of Power! 
May 20, 2019
Hello everyone! Today it's my pleasure to bring you my discussion with the two authors of Welcome to Writing Workshop, Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman. If you are like me, you might have heard the term writing workshop repeatedly, nodding along with enthusiasm, but in the back of your mind be wondering what the heck it actually is. For years, I didn't really know what workshop was, and I often wished there was a resource to not just tell me what it was, but show me as well. NOW THERE IS! Welcome to Writing Workshop is an amazing resource of strategic routines, tips, resources, and short focused video clips to view and learn with. From explanations of writing process and writing traits to small-group strategy lessons and minilessons, this book provides the know-how to feel confident and comfortable in the teaching of writers. If you're a fan of the podcast, you know that literacy talk is MY JAM, and writing workshop is something I'm incredibly passionate about. Stacey and Lynne do an amazing job at talking about what writing workshop is and is not, and this episode is a perfect primer for anyone who might not know exactly what it is or what it looks like. Once you have finished the episode, come back and subscribe to the email list (right) so you can be entered to win a FREE COPY of Welcome to Writing Workshop! Thank you to Stenhouse Publishers for sponsoring this episode and providing the books for the giveaway! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  ***For more on writing, check out my episode with Jeff Anderson on the Patterns of Power!       
May 13, 2019
Hello everyone! Last week, the podcast took a look at the dark side of public education, examining one teacher’s experience with burnout and stress. But this week, I’m talking with one of my co-workers, Pam Ochoa, and we are discussing why she is not only still in love with education, but why after 7 years of being an academic coach and out of the classroom, she is stepping back into the trenches! If you’re in need of a pick me up, this is the episode for you! Filled with honest anecdotes, encouragement, and a little laughter, you’re guaranteed to feel better after this podcast. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
May 6, 2019
Hello everyone! This week's episode is a little different, but I think you'll get so much out of my talk with Sariah McCall, an ex-teacher who's viral resignation letter has made rounds around the internet recently. In this discussion, we discuss why she got into teaching and why she ultimately had to leave. We discuss her love for education, the students, and her hate for how teachers are treated. But more importantly, we address a problem in education I fear more than anything...the total and absolute burnout from stress of THE JOB. If you've ever felt like you wanted to quit or that it was all too much, this episode is for you.  If you want to feel connected to an honest talk about the stress of teaching, this episode is for you.  If you are a leader in a school district, this episode is for you.  I believe all we have is our testimonies, and this is Sariah's. I thank her for sharing with us her experience so we can all learn and grow from it. Enjoy. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
April 29, 2019
Hello everyone! Today we have the rare one part episode where I discuss what's best for kids with Dr. Michael J. Hynes! Dr. Hynes is the Superintendent of Schools for the Patchogue Medford School District, and has begun to make waves in the educational community with his approach to supporting schools, teachers, and students. He emphasizes the importance of play and recess in schools and yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. He believes in teaching the whole child, as well as keeping up with his own teaching abilities by stepping into the class and teaching a lesson! There aren't a lot of superintendents like Dr. Hynes, even fewer who openly discuss how teachers should buck and push at the system in order to do what's right for kids! I absolutely love the message and effort Dr. Hynes puts forth, and I know you will too. Don't forget to check out his TedTalk here! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!   
April 22, 2019
Hello everyone! Today, it is my pleasure to bring you part 2 of my discussion with Kim Yaris, one of the authors of my latest favorite professional book, Who’s Doing the Work: How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More. If you missed part 1, get it here.  Kim was an elementary teacher for several years, and now travels the world helping teachers with the hard and rewarding work of fostering meaningful literacy in our students. I love her passion and ability to take complex concepts and say them in a way that is immediately illuminating. Who’s Doing the Work has been infinitely influential in my work already, and I can’t wait for you all to experience this fantastic talk. I can't stop talking about this book with everyone I meet!  If you’re struggling to get kids to want to do the thinking, reading, or are feeling like you’ve reached a ceiling with your reading instruction, this is the podcast for you! Though the book is mainly geared to elementary teachers, as a 7th grade teacher myself, who teaches students who are behind in their reading achievement, this book has been invaluable. Once you have finished the episode, come back and subscribe to the email list (right) so you can be entered to win a FREE COPY of WHO’S DOING THE WORK!  Thank you to Stenhouse Publishers for sponsoring this episode and providing the books for the giveaway! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!   
April 15, 2019
Hello everyone! Today, it is my pleasure to bring you Kim Yaris, one of the authors of my latest favorite professional book, Who's Doing the Work: How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More, and we are discussing "next generation" reading instruction. Kim was an elementary teacher for several years, and now travels the world helping teachers with the hard and rewarding work of fostering meaningful literacy in our students. I love her passion and ability to take complex concepts and say them in a way that is immediately illuminating. Who's Doing the Work has been infinitely influential in my work already, and I can't wait for you all to experience this fantastic talk! If you're struggling to get kids to want to do the thinking, reading, or are feeling like you've reached a ceiling with your reading instruction, this is the podcast for you! Though the book is mainly geared to elementary teachers, as a 7th grade teacher myself, who teaches students who are behind in their reading achievement, this book has been invaluable. Once you have finished the episode, come back and subscribe to the email list (right) so you can be entered to win a FREE COPY of WHO'S DOING THE WORK!  Thank you to Stenhouse Publishers for sponsoring this episode and providing the books for the giveaway! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
April 8, 2019
Hello everyone! Today, we are  continuing our flexible seating Q&A! If you missed part 1, check it out here! With the help of one of my favorite Instagram teachers, Shane Saeed (@fantasticallyfourth), we are hitting on just about every question and concern you could have about flexible seating. If you’ve ever thought about making the commitment to flexible seating, but were concerned about pricing, effectiveness, logistics, or even if you were concerned it was just a fad, this is the episode for you! We cover all of these points, and much much more! In part 2, we dive DEEPER into what flexible seating is all about, and hit on everything from "when things break," to how does it help the kids to have flexible seating! Shane is absolutely amazing, and I loved talking with her. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For more on flexible seating, check out my first episode on the subject here!
April 1, 2019
Hello everyone! Today, we are having a flexible seating Q&A! With the help of one of my favorite Instagram teachers, Shane Saeed (@fantasticallyfourth), we are hitting on just about every question and concern you could have about flexible seating. If you've ever thought about making the commitment to flexible seating, but were concerned about pricing, effectiveness, logistics, or even if you were concerned it was just a fad, this is the episode for you! We cover all of these points, and much much more! Shane is such a power for good in the educational community, and I know you're going to love my talk with her! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For more on flexible seating, check out my first episode on the subject here!
March 25, 2019
Hello everyone! Does an ELA teacher need to be a practitioner of reading and writing? Teri Lesesne, a former middle school teacher and Professor in the Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University, says YES YES YES! And I agree.  In part one of our discussion, we hit on popular disagreements between what educators and other commentators think quality reading instruction is, why there is a battle at all, and what the best research in the field is inviting teachers all over to implement into their classrooms. In part two, we really hit on this idea of teacher as a practitioner, and why that makes such a big difference in the quality of instruction happening in the classroom. We also take a few minutes to hit on the Lexile obsession in schools, and how it's bad for everyone involved.  Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For more on reading instruction, check out my episode with Mary Howard (as mentioned in the episode!)
March 18, 2019
Hello everyone! Is there a reading war? Teri Lesesne, a former middle school teacher and Professor in the Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University, is here to help us answer and face this question head on! In our discussion, we hit on popular disagreements between what educators and other commentators think quality reading instruction is, why there is a battle at all, and what the best research in the field is inviting teachers all over to implement into their classrooms. If you're interested at all in the "reading war" happening across educational circles, this is a must listen to episode. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For more on reading instruction, check out my episode with Donalyn Miller!
March 11, 2019
Hello everyone! We are back with Kirk Brown this week and we are continuing our talk on Leadership and Accountability in our schools! Kirk Brown is the head fundraiser at The Ron Clark Academy and Cofounder of Emerging 100 Atlanta. His vision, leadership, and honest opinions are what we should all want to hear and strive to be like in our own spaces, regardless of if we are administration or the teachers in classrooms. I love this talk, because we talk about leadership in every context. Not just admin leadership, but teacher leadership. And not just teacher leadership, but student leadership. We hit at all, and more, and it’s an episode definitely worth your time. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For more on RCA: Check out my episode detailing my first visit to The Ron Clark Academy!
March 4, 2019
Hello everyone! Podcast release day is always a good day, but podcast release day with a visionary and leader from The Ron Clark Academy is even better! Kirk Brown, head fundraiser at The Ron Clark Academy and Cofounder of Emerging 100 Atlanta, is here to discuss the power of leadership and the accountability that goes a long with it. I love this talk, because we talk about leadership in every context. Not just admin leadership, but teacher leadership. And not just teacher leadership, but student leadership. We hit at all, and more, and it's an episode definitely worth your time. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! For more on RCA: Check out my episode with RCA co-founder, Kim Bearden.
February 25, 2019
Hello everyone! For episode #101, I'm continuing my FANTASTIC talk with one of my favorite educators, Halee from @alattelearning, to talk about what changes she went through going from her first year of teaching to her second! I couldn’t be any more proud of this young educator, the positivity she brings to the teachers who follow her, and the work she will surely do in the future. This discussion is filled with honesty and passion, and it’s surely to bring out the best in your day. Part two is all about the changes Halee went through from year one to two, a little about the fantastic KAGAN structures she uses, and a lot of great advice from one of the rising teachers on Instagram! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
February 18, 2019
Hello everyone! We did it! We made it to episode 100 of the podcast! How absolutely crazy is that?  It's amazing that so many of you come and listen to the show every week, but it's equally amazing that you've supported the show through a 100 episodes! I truly can't be thankful enough for this journey we've had together. In the spirit of the 100th episode, and to celebrate a milestone of one of the most positive podcasts in education, I've brought on one of my favorite educators, Halee from @alattelearning, to talk about what changes she went through going from her first year of teaching to her second. I couldn't be any more proud of this young educator, the positivity she brings to the teachers who follow her, and the work she will surely do in the future. This discussion is filled with honesty and passion, and it's surely to bring out the best in your day. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  PS: having a tough year? Check out this episode from season 1 !  
February 11, 2019
Hello everyone! In last week's post/episode, I talked about how guided reading has been somewhat of a hot button issue for me over the past two years. With Kelli Sanders at my side, I have started opening up about why I was reluctant, and correcting my thoughts on the practice at a middle school level.  Kelli is one of my favorite educators and people in the world. She’s such a wonderful person and teacher, and her passion for kids is infectious. In part two of our discussion, she helps me through my thinking in what a guided reading lesson should look like, what the other students should be doing when you're with a group, and gives some fantastic advice on HAVING FUN while teaching. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  PS: Want more book love? Check out my episode with Jeff Anderson!
February 4, 2019
Hello everyone! Guided reading has been somewhat of a hot button issue for me over the past two years. When guided reading was brought to my middle school last year, I was...reluctant to try it. I mean, I'm a middle school teacher, why should I be doing something that is CLEARLY only for elementary. Right? Wrong. Not only have I had a change of heart about practicing guided reading at the middle school level, but now I'm actively seeking ways to get good at it. If you're in the same boat, or just want to re-engage with the practice, then you're in the right place! To help us, I've brought on one of my favorite educators and people in the world, Kelli Sanders, also known as @sandersinsecond on Instagram. She's such a wonderful person and teacher, and her passion for kids is infectious. She brings her experience and honesty to our talk, and I just love that I get to bring episodes like this to you all. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  PS: Want more book love? Check out my episode with Donalyn Miller! 
January 28, 2019
Hello everyone! In this episode, I am talking with Christina (also known as @teachlikeagirl on Instagram) about student stress levels, and what public school teachers should be focusing on to make sure students are ready for college. Of course, we talk about a lot more than that (just like every Teach Me, Teacher episode), ranging from her passion for psychology, the need for adults to have engaging lessons just like our students, and how and why burnout happens to teachers. This episode is a little different than the usual 2 part episode we release. Due to time and a want for experimentation, this is the whole episode in its entirety. Be sure to let me know if you like shorter 1 off episodes like this so we can do more in the future! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!     Links mentioned in the episode: Alfie Kohn: The Case Against Grades  Science behind learning  
January 21, 2019
Hello everyone! I am so excited to bring you part two of my discussion with Marie Morris about how to have your students do more with less. I love this conversation because it's honest. We don't fudge what it's like working with students. In fact, we are as honest as possible about the challenges we are faced with day in and day out, and that's where the magic of this episode shows. Marie Morris, also known as @thecaffinatedclass on Instagram, is here to help us work through some of our difficulties, as well as shed some honest light on possible ways to get our heads out from under water and into the bright sunshine of a great classroom! You don’t want to miss this episode! It is one of the best of the podcast, for sure. For more from Marie Morris, check here out here. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
January 14, 2019
Hello everyone! Teachers are constantly being pushed to do more with less. Usually, this isn't a good thing. It ends up being just a way to cater to the high stakes testing environments we all experience. But what if we focused on what mattered? What if we decided to have our students practice talking to one another? What if we decided to do what's best for kids, but without a focus on using more materials, resources, and "stuff?" Marie Morris, also known as @thecaffinatedclass on Instagram, is here to help us answer some of these questions, PLUS provide us with tons of helpful insights ranging from her first year as a teacher, to how being a mom has changed her for the better as an educator. You don't want to miss this episode! It is one of the best of the podcast, for sure. For more from Marie Morris, check here out here. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
January 7, 2019
Hello everyone! Today I am honored to share with you part 2 of my discussion with Eric Crouch (if you missed part 1, click here.) Part 2 is all about doing what's right vs being right. Meaning, we should all be more concerned with doing the best work for our students, so they can do their best work. Throughout the episode, we really hit on how Eric runs his classroom workshop, his view on his role as the teacher, and how it all comes together to create the magic of learning. Eric Crouch is a national award-winning educator from Columbus, Ga. Eric is also Harvard PZ Fellow, a Lowell Milken Center Fellow and currently serves on both the State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory and the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Council for the state of Georgia. His work with project-based learning is well known throughout the education community, and that’s exactly what he shares with us in this podcast episode. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  ________________________________________________ Eric’s work with charities, Teach Your Heart Out, and most importantly, with his own students, is phenomenal to say the least. And yet, he is in need of our help!  Eric was hosting at PepTalk with Mr D And Gerry Brooks. He brought his camera to help take photos of the event. He laid his camera down on the sound table in a secure area with two security guards watching the table. Later, it was gone, and they saw nothing...  Long story short, Eric is trying to raise money to get his camera back. He uses the camera many afternoons to take family photos or do some real estate photos to make ends meet financially, and this is a huge loss for him.  If you'd like to help him out, please go here and do so. 
December 31, 2018
Hello everyone! Today I am honored to share with you my discussion with the one and only Eric Crouch. Eric Crouch is a national award-winning educator from Columbus, Ga. Eric is also Harvard PZ Fellow, a Lowell Milken Center Fellow and currently serves on both the State Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory and the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Council for the state of Georgia. His work with project-based learning is well known throughout the education community, and that's exactly what he shares with us in this podcast episode. Eric's work with charities, Teach Your Heart Out, and most importantly, with his own students, is phenomenal to say the least. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
December 24, 2018
Hello everyone! In a world where too many educators want the short and easy answers to literacy education, Evan and Laura Robb are here to help us see the value and purpose for putting in the real work and time it takes to learn our craft, and support kids the way they need to be supported. I couldn't be more excited for part two of this conversation! In part two, we discuss where public education is going wrong in how we judge quality literacy teaching, why teachers should be learners along side their students, and how modeling from coaches and leaders is powerful for both the teachers and students to see. As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the most important episodes Teach Me, Teacher has to offer. Do not miss it. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  If you enjoyed this conversation, I highly recommend my discussion with Dr. Mary Howard (who we mention in this episode.) About the guests: EVAN ROBB AUTHOR, PRINCIPAL, & SPEAKER I am a middle school principal in Clarke County, Virginia. I am a committed educator, progressive thinker, author, speaker, and fitness enthusiast. All learning begins with a question. The Robb Review Blog will contain my thoughts and thoughts of my guests about preparing our students for their future. This blog is focused on looking ahead, not looking back. Follow Evan here.   LAURA ROBB AUTHOR, TEACHER, COACH, & SPEAKER Author, teacher, coach, and speaker, Laura Robb has completed 43 years of teaching in grades 4-8. She presently coaches teachers in reading/writing workshop at Powhatan School in Virginia and coaches teachers in grades K-8 in Staunton, Virginia, Long Island, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and West Nyack, New York. Follow Laura here. Get her books here.
December 17, 2018
Hello everyone! In a world where too many educators want the short and easy answers to literacy education, Evan and Laura Robb are here to help us see the value and purpose for putting in the real work and time it takes to learn our craft, and support kids the way they need to be supported. I couldn't be more excited for this one.  Evan, Laura, and I discuss what balanced literacy education is, why kids need books and time to read them, and why reading programs are often the worst thing you can sit a struggling child in front of. As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the most important episodes Teach Me, Teacher has to offer. Do not miss it. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  PS: This episode was inspired by an episode on Evan and Laura's own podcast, which I highly recommend. Click here for more details. About the guests:   EVAN ROBB AUTHOR, PRINCIPAL, & SPEAKER I am a middle school principal in Clarke County, Virginia. I am a committed educator, progressive thinker, author, speaker, and fitness enthusiast. All learning begins with a question. The Robb Review Blog will contain my thoughts and thoughts of my guests about preparing our students for their future. This blog is focused on looking ahead, not looking back. Follow Evan here.   LAURA ROBB AUTHOR, TEACHER, COACH, & SPEAKER Author, teacher, coach, and speaker, Laura Robb has completed 43 years of teaching in grades 4-8. She presently coaches teachers in reading/writing workshop at Powhatan School in Virginia and coaches teachers in grades K-8 in Staunton, Virginia, Long Island, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and West Nyack, New York. Follow Laura here. Get her books here.
December 10, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, we are diving even deeper into teacher self-care with part two of my talk with Dr. Woodly! This is by far the MOST REQUESTED TOPIC of the show, and I’m extremely happy to bring it to you today. If you missed part 1, click here. Teachers are stressed. Overworked. Guilty for working too much. Guilty for taking time for themselves. Worried they aren’t going to survive the next week, let alone this one. What to do? What about teacher self-care? I partnered with my friend Dr. Woodly from Urban and Educating for this question, and he brings some amazing advice we all need to hear. His points on teacher self-care are real, honest, and exactly what many of us need to hear. If you’re struggling right now and need a great reflection and pick me up, this is the episode for you. If you like what you hear in this episode, be sure to pick up Dr. Woodly’s book MC Means Move the Class: How to Spark Engagement and Motivation in Urban and Culturally Diverse Classrooms. It is worth it! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  This episode was made possible by Stenhouse Publishers. Their commitment to publishing and producing great books and resources for teachers is truly remarkable, and it’s an honor to partner with them to support great content for the amazing teachers who listen to Teach Me, Teacher.  As mentioned in the episode, Practicing Presence is filled with ideas, exercises, checklists, personal anecdotes, and practices you can use to reframe and establish a mindset that will enhance your focus and engagement in the classroom.  When teachers care for themselves deeply and deliberately, they are better able to care for the people that matter most in their lives—their students, friends, and families. Practicing Presence focuses not on doing, but rather on being present in the life of the classroom.  Each chapter includes self-care strategies to explore how to self-regulate, nurture self-acceptance, and promote compassion. This book will give readers the feeling of having a personal coach who provides suggestions and routines so that they not only can deal with being overwhelmed, but rise above it.   Get the book now! 
December 3, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, we are diving deep into teacher self-care. This is by far the MOST REQUESTED TOPIC of the show, and I'm extremely happy to bring it to you today. Teachers are stressed. Overworked. Guilty for working too much. Guilty for taking time for themselves. Worried they aren't going to survive the next week, let alone this one. What to do? What about teacher self-care? I partnered with my friend Dr. Woodly from Urban and Educating for this question, and he brings some amazing advice we all need to hear. His points on teacher self-care are real, honest, and exactly what many of us need to hear. If you're struggling right now and need a great reflection and pick me up, this is the episode for you. If you like what you hear in this episode, be sure to pick up Dr. Woodly's book MC Means Move the Class: How to Spark Engagement and Motivation in Urban and Culturally Diverse Classrooms. It is worth it! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  This episode was made possible by Stenhouse Publishers. Their commitment to publishing and producing great books and resources for teachers is truly remarkable, and it’s an honor to partner with them to support great content for the amazing teachers who listen to Teach Me, Teacher.  As mentioned in the episode, Practicing Presence is filled with ideas, exercises, checklists, personal anecdotes, and practices you can use to reframe and establish a mindset that will enhance your focus and engagement in the classroom.  When teachers care for themselves deeply and deliberately, they are better able to care for the people that matter most in their lives—their students, friends, and families. Practicing Presence focuses not on doing, but rather on being present in the life of the classroom. Each chapter includes self-care strategies to explore how to self-regulate, nurture self-acceptance, and promote compassion. This book will give readers the feeling of having a personal coach who provides suggestions and routines so that they not only can deal with being overwhelmed, but rise above it.   Buy the book now!   
November 26, 2018
Hello everyone! I can’t possibly be more excited to bring you part 2 of this episode with Ron Clark Academy cofounder, Kim Bearden! In part 1, we really hit on the staff portion of effective communication. In this half of our conversation, we hit on the classroom, and how to support effective communication between the teacher and students. Both of us share stories from our past and current lives and how that influences how we approach communicating with students, and then Kim brings her practical and heartfelt advice on how to elevate our ability to communicate to the next level. If you’ve listened to the podcast for any amount of time, you know how passionate I am about the work everyone at RCA does, and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to record this episode for you all. I can’t recommend Kim’s book enough, or the Ron Clark Academy enough, so I’m just going to let the episode do it for me. BUT BEFORE YOU GO, make sure to sign up to our mailing list (right side) so you can be entered in to win a FREE COPY of Kim’s Talk to Me. If you don’t want to wait to win a copy, check out the book here. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
November 19, 2018
Hello everyone! I can't possibly be more excited to bring you this episode with Ron Clark Academy cofounder, Kim Bearden! If you've listened to the podcast for any amount of time, you know how passionate I am about the work everyone at RCA does, and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to record this episode for you all. In this two part series, we discuss the principles of effective communication, as discussed in Kim's latest book, Talk to Me. We hit on why communication breaks down, where to begin when it's hard to start talking, and how the power of listening can revolutionize the relationships around you. I can't recommend Kim's book enough, or the Ron Clark Academy enough, so I'm just going to let the episode do it for me. BUT BEFORE YOU GO, make sure to sign up to our mailing list (right side) so you can be entered in to win a FREE COPY of Kim's Talk to Me. If you don't want to wait to win a copy, check out the book here. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
November 12, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, we are discussing why teachers should be modeling themselves as readers AND writers, with one of my favorite Young Adult authors, Brendan Kiely. Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), Tradition, The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter, and together, we discuss why modeling being a reader and writer can be a powerful force in our classrooms. Penny Kittle often talks about how the teacher is the best writer in the room, so they should model their thoughts, feelings, and struggles aloud with their students. Brenden and I dive into this idea, and share how this works when we are working with students, as well as why we think you should practice this as well. We also reference the episode I did with Jeff Anderson, as well as discuss the AMAZING On Writing, by Stephen King, a must for anyone looking for writing inspiration. I think this is a great book for teachers feeling shy or unsure about sharing their own writing with their students. If you’ve ever read a Brendan Kiely novel, or if you care about diversifying your school/classroom library to incorporate fiction that speaks to your students, you’re in for a treat with this talk. If you’ve never read a Brendan Kiely novel, you’re still in for a treat, but I need you to grab one of his books and see his great work for yourself. Click on the images below to check out his work! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
November 5, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, we are discussing why teens need diverse fiction, with one of my favorite Young Adult authors, Brendan Kiely. Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), Tradition, The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter, and together, we discuss the power fiction can have in our student's lives, and why we should make our libraries as diverse as the kids in our classrooms. Before Brendan found success with his fiction, he taught in schools in New York. This background of his allowed our talk to branch beyond author to teacher, and into a deeper world of really asking the tough questions about the role literature has in our schools, why certain books are necessary (even if they're controversial), and how we should be using modern fiction to inspire kids to check out the classics, not the other way around. If you've ever read a Brendan Kiely novel, or if you care about diversifying your school/classroom library to incorporate fiction that speaks to your students, you're in for a treat with this talk. If you've never read a Brendan Kiely novel, you're still in for a treat, but I need you to grab one of his books and see his great work for yourself. Click on the images below to check out his work! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!     
October 29, 2018
Hello everyone! Today we are taking part in part 2 of our Ron Clark Academy Reflection with @abubblyclassroom, otherwise known as Brianna Johnson. Brianna has become one of my friends over on Instagram, and I got a chance to sit down with her for an hour to discuss her trip to The Ron Clark Academy! We recorded this episode all the way back during the summer, and I’m amazed at how much of our conversation connects to our teaching lives in October. A testament to the power of RCA, for sure. Throughout this episode, Brianna takes us through her experience (I share a little of mine from my trip all the way back in season 1), and we connect what she saw to the world inside of her school and classroom. I believe reflection is the KEY to taking our practices and skills to the next level, and I love episodes where we get to do just that… REFLECT! If you’ve ever been curious as to what the RCA experience is all about, this is a great place to start. Enjoy! PS: We mention books by both Ron Clark and Kim Bearden in this episode. Because I love them so much, I’m linking them below for you. They are AMAZING resources. Just click on the pictures!
October 22, 2018
Hello everyone! Today we are taking part in a Ron Clark Academy Reflection with @abubblyclassroom, otherwise known as Brianna Johnson. Brianna has become one of my friends over on Instagram, and I got a chance to sit down with her for an hour to discuss her trip to The Ron Clark Academy! We recorded this episode all the way back during the summer, and I'm amazed at how much of our conversation connects to our teaching lives in October. A testament to the power of RCA, for sure. Throughout this episode, Brianna takes us through her experience (I share a little of mine from my trip all the way back in season 1), and we connect what she saw to the world inside of her school and classroom. I believe reflection is the KEY to taking our practices and skills to the next level, and I love episodes where we get to do just that... REFLECT! If you've ever been curious as to what the RCA experience is all about, this is a great place to start. Enjoy! PS: We mention books by both Ron Clark and Kim Bearden in this episode. Because I love them so much, I'm linking them below for you. They are AMAZING resources. Just click on the pictures!
October 15, 2018
Hello everyone! Today I have on Matthew Kay, the author of the AMAZING book, Not Light, But Fire, and we are continuing our discussion about how and why we should all step up and lead meaningful race conversations in our classrooms. It matters, now more than ever, especially if you're an educator in America. Teach Me, Teacher has never shied away from controversial or hard topics. This is a fact I'm extremely proud of in the work of the show. We took on Betsy DeVos all the way back in season 1. We discussed the lack of diversity in our curriculum. We examined the role of social justice in our classrooms. And now, we are discussing how we can have powerful and meaningful race conversations in our schools. I'm in love with Matthew's book. He writes with clarity, passion, and backs up everything he says with experiences or history that hits you right in the chest. As an educator in the world today, we owe it to our students to listen to what Matthew Kay has to say. About Matthew Kay: Matthew R. Kay is a proud product of Philadelphia’s public schools and a founding teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA). He is a graduate of West Chester University and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership with a Principals’ Certificate from California University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Philly Slam League (PSL), a non-profit organization that shows young people the power of their voices through weekly spoken word competitions. The PSL is the only season-long, school-based slam poetry league in the United States. Special thank you to Stenhouse Publishers for sponsoring this episode of Teach Me, Teacher, and supporting the constant professional development of educators around the world.   
October 8, 2018
Hello everyone! Today I have on Matthew Kay, the author of the AMAZING book, Not Light, But Fire, and we are discussing how we can all step up and lead meaningful race conversations in our classrooms.  Teach Me, Teacher has never shied away from controversial or hard topics. This is a fact I'm extremely proud of in the work of the show. We took on Betsy DeVos all the way back in season 1. We discussed the lack of diversity in our curriculum. We examined the role of social justice in our classrooms. And now, we are discussing how we can have powerful and meaningful race conversations in our schools. I'm in love with Matthew's book. He writes with clarity, passion, and backs up everything he says with experiences or history that hits you right in the chest. As an educator in the world today, we owe it to our students to listen to what Matthew Kay has to say. About Matthew Kay: Matthew R. Kay is a proud product of Philadelphia’s public schools and a founding teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA). He is a graduate of West Chester University and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership with a Principals’ Certificate from California University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Philly Slam League (PSL), a non-profit organization that shows young people the power of their voices through weekly spoken word competitions. The PSL is the only season-long, school-based slam poetry league in the United States. Special thank you to Stenhouse Publishers for sponsoring this episode of Teach Me, Teacher, and supporting the constant professional development of educators around the world.   
October 1, 2018
Hello everyone! Today we are discussing Sparks in the Dark: Lessons, Ideas and Strategies to Illuminate the Reading and Writing Lives in All of Us, a wonderful book and resource for teachers who want to ignite the fire that keeps their students’ reading and writing lives rich and rewarding. In part one of this episode, Travis Crowder and Todd Nesloney discussed the beliefs that formed the book Sparks in the Dark, and in part 2, we move into essential tips and practices you can put in place TODAY to inspire your students to become readers and writers. Sparks in the Dark is a beautiful book that needs to be read by everyone. Don’t forget to stick around to the end of the episode to discover how to win a copy of Sparks in the Dark for yourself! Or you can buy it above. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
September 24, 2018
Hello everyone! Today we are discussing Sparks in the Dark: Lessons, Ideas and Strategies to Illuminate the Reading and Writing Lives in All of Us, a wonderful book and resource for teachers who want to ignite the fire that keeps their students' reading and writing lives rich and rewarding. In part one of this episode, Travis Crowder and Todd Nesloney discuss the beliefs that formed the book Sparks in the Dark, why they wrote it, and the road they took to get where they are today. I love episodes like this one It's pure and raw. It's honest about struggles, and fierce about overcoming them for our students. Sparks in the Dark is a beautiful book that needs to be read by everyone. Don't forget to stick around to the end of the episode to discover how to win a copy of Sparks in the Dark for yourself! Or you can buy it below or in the link above. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  Travis Crowder, M.Ed., is a middle school English/Language Arts teacher at East Alexander Middle School in Hiddenite, NC. He has taught for ten years and has experience in both middle and high school levels. He currently teaches 7th grade ELA and social studies, and works with the gifted and talented students in his school.  Todd Nesloney is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is an award winning author for his work in co-authoring Kids Deserve It!, Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class and his brand new release Sparks in the Dark. He has also written the 2018 book Stories from Webb and published a children’s book, Spruce & Lucy. Todd has been recognized by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in Education, by the Center for Digital Education as one of their “Top 40 Innovators in Education”, by the BAMMYs as the “National Elementary Principal of the Year” and the “National Elementary Teacher of the Year”, by the Texas Computer Education Association as their “Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year”, and by the White House as a Connected Educator “Champion of Change”.    
September 17, 2018
Hello everyone! I am so excited to bring back DeAnna Morgan for part 2 (you can listen to part 1 here) to discuss why we should all be practicing what we preach and modeling the behavior and actions we want to see in our students, as well as hitting on the WHY behind what we do. DeAnna opens up in part 2 of our discussion about a powerful moment she had with a student, and it's truly inspiring.  This is a timely and passionate episode, and one of my personal favorites. You owe it to yourself to listen and remember why you show up everyday for your students. DeAnna puts this outlook in such beautiful words for us to reflect on. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
September 10, 2018
Hello everyone! I am so excited to bring you DeAnna Morgan of Instagram fame to discuss why we should all be practicing what we preach and modeling the behavior and actions we want to see in our students. This is a timely and passionate episode, and one of my personal favorites. Overall, this is the core of great advice for teachers. We can't be lazy and bored and expect our students not to be. We have to lead any example! DeAnna puts this outlook in such beautiful words you would be doing a disservice to yourself not to listen. Plus, check out her art in this post. AMAZING right? Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
September 3, 2018
Hello everyone! In part 2 with Monica Genta, we continue our discussion about amazingly small, but powerful ways, to take your class to the next level, and we are also discussing her amazing 21 day challenge for educators! I love Monica’s advice in this episode because it’s advice everyone can take to heart. It’s broad enough we can all learn from her, and deep enough that it will bring meaningful change to our lessons and practices. Monica is the author of two books, Game Changers and 180 Days of Awesome, a middle school science teacher, and nationwide educational consultant and motivational speaker. Her goal is to transform teachers, leaders, and schools from seeing education as an ordinary job into an extraordinary adventure. Genta feels that every person who walks into a school deserves to love their experience! She is a believer in finding awesome and celebrating life every day! Genta is full of energy, full of passion, and full of love for helping others on their journey in life and learning. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  This episode was made possible by Stenhouse Publishers. Their commitment to publishing and producing great books and resources for teachers is truly remarkable, and it’s an honor to partner with them to support great content for the amazing teachers who listen to Teach Me, Teacher.  As mentioned in the episode, Who’s Doing the Work? Lesson Sets by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, is a collection of 30 short lessons that guide teachers as they encourage students to take ownership of their own reading development, and it is an amazing resource for teachers of grades K-2. You can check it out here.
August 27, 2018
Hello everyone! I've brought on Monica Genta to help us spice up our classrooms and bring our lessons to the next level! I love Monica's advice in this episode because it's advice everyone can take to heart. It's broad enough we can all learn from her, and deep enough that it will bring meaningful change to our lessons and practices. Monica is the author of two books, Game Changers and 180 Days of Awesome, a middle school science teacher, and nationwide educational consultant and motivational speaker. Her goal is to transform teachers, leaders, and schools from seeing education as an ordinary job into an extraordinary adventure. Genta feels that every person who walks into a school deserves to love their experience! She is a believer in finding awesome and celebrating life every day! Genta is full of energy, full of passion, and full of love for helping others on their journey in life and learning. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  This episode was made possible by Stenhouse Publishers. Their commitment to publishing and producing great books and resources for teachers is truly remarkable, and it's an honor to partner with them to support great content for the amazing teachers who listen to Teach Me, Teacher.  As mentioned in the episode, Who’s Doing the Work? Lesson Sets by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, is a collection of 30 short lessons that guide teachers as they encourage students to take ownership of their own reading development, and it is an amazing resource for teachers of grades K-2. You can check it out here.
August 20, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, we are learning how to learn with Barbara Oakley PhD, and giving away some FREE BOOKS! Barbara Oakley is an amazing advocate for learners of all ages, and has put together an amazing piece of work along side her partner on the project, Terrence Sejnowski, PhD. This book is all about understanding the brain and how it processes and remembers information, and putting it in a way that not only we can understand, but so can our students! A few of the points we hit on in this episode are: * The importance of processing time * Why ADHD exists, and why it can be a benefit to a child * Science behind how we learn and why certain strategies JUST WORK! …AMONG OTHERS! I love Learning How to Read, I loved this conversation with Barbara, and I can’t wait for you guys to dive into this amazing detailed and insightful part 2. You can win a copy of Learning How to Learn by sharing your #TMTtakeaways on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Make sure to tag me (@teachmeteacherhost, @jacobchastain_ , Teach Me, Teacher) and use the hashtag so I can pick a winner! More details in the show. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
August 13, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, we are learning how to learn with Barbara Oakley PhD, and giving away some FREE BOOKS! Barbara Oakley is an amazing advocate for learners of all ages, and has put together an amazing piece of work along side her partner on the project, Terrence Sejnowski, PhD. This book is all about understanding the brain and how it processes and remembers information, and putting it in a way that not only we can understand, but so can our students! A few of the points we hit on in this episode are: * What the book is intended for * Why procrastination is such a big deal and how to handle it * Why the brain needs rest, and what that looks like in our busy classrooms ...AMONG OTHERS! I love Learning How to Read, I loved this conversation with Barbara, and I can't wait for you guys to dive into this amazing detailed and insightful episode. You can win a copy of Learning How to Learn by sharing your #TMTtakeaways on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Make sure to tag me (@teachmeteacherhost, @jacobchastain_ , Teach Me, Teacher) and use the hashtag so I can pick a winner! More details in the show. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
August 12, 2018
Hello everyone! You asked, so I delivered! If you're a new teacher, this episode is for you! I gathered my best advice, as well as some great advice from my friends over on Instagram, Megan Medina of Beauty, Brains, and Other Things, and Rachel Fairchild of Chalk and Coffee, to help you in your new year. This is your crash course! Make sure to take some great notes, and continue to dive into the back catalogue of the podcast, because we have episodes on all sorts of subjects YOU need to make your year great. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  PS: Make sure to check out this episode on relationships in the classroom, and why they are so important! 
August 6, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, we are continuing our talking about social justice in our classrooms! Megan Forbes, otherwise known as @toocoolformiddleschool on Instagram and Youtube , brings the heat again and helps us not only understand why we need social justice, but what it looks like in the classroom. In this episode, we discuss: * That education is political, but it doesn't have to be partisan * How to implement social justice into our classrooms * A free lesson idea to encourage academic conversations about big issues This is an important episode, and I’m extremely proud I get to bring this type of content to the Teach Me, Teacher audience. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For episodes on social justice in our schools, click here.
July 30, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, we are talking about social justice in our classrooms! To discuss, I brought on the amazing Megan Forbes, otherwise known as @toocoolformiddleschool on Instagram and Youtube ! In this episode, we discuss: * Misconceptions about social justice * What social justice is and isn't * The difference between political and partisan * Why we should all try to understand the power of social justice in school and our classrooms This is an important episode, and I'm extremely proud I get to bring this type of content to the Teach Me, Teacher audience. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For episodes on social justice in our schools, click here.
July 23, 2018
Hello everyone! It's time for part two with Penny Kittle! We continue talking about 180 Days,  as well as: What do you do in a conference with a student? What are the other kids doing? How do you know if your student is becoming a better reader and writer? Are digital lexile programs good assessment data for our students? What is good assessment data? And much, much, more! You do not want to miss this episode! Don't forget, you can win a copy of 180 Days by sharing your #TMTtakeaways on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Make sure to tag me (@teachmeteacherhost, @jacobchastain_ , Teach Me, Teacher) and use the hashtag so I can pick a winner! More details in the show. Enjoy the show. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For more episodes like this, click here.  
July 16, 2018
Hello everyone! Welcome to season 3. I am overly excited to bring this episode with Penny Kittle to you. If you're in ELA, you probably know who Penny Kittle is. If you don't know who she is, you're in for a treat, regardless if you teach ELA or another subject. In this episode, Penny and I discuss her new book (co-written with Kelly Gallagher), 180 Days, and how we can better our literacy practices and deepen the learning of our students. We hit on: * Beliefs that drive teaching decisions * Why teaching a LOVE for reading and writing is paramount * The power of modeling * The need for conferencing with students  ...and much much more. What's even better is that you can win a copy of 180 days by sharing your #TMTtakeaways on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Make sure to tag me (@teachmeteacherhost, @jacobchastain_ , Teach Me, Teacher) and use the hashtag so I can pick a winner! More details in the show. Enjoy the show. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
July 9, 2018
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July 2, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you one of the most important episodes of the show, and the season 2 finale! If you missed part one, listen here.  Danny Steele is a fantastic principal, writer, and speaker, and someone I’ve followed for a long time. I brought him on to talk about culture and empowering teachers and students, but we ended up talking about so much more. In this episode, we talk about appreciating teachers, supporting students, and the top 3 issues Danny feels are affecting our schools the most. You DO NOT want to miss this amazing close out to an amazing podcast season. Enjoy the show. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
June 25, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you one of the most important episodes of the show. Danny Steele is a fantastic principal, writer, and speaker, and someone I've followed for a long time. I brought him on to talk about culture and empowering teachers and students, but we ended up talking about so much more. Yet, it's not the topics that make this episode shine bright, it's the depth that Danny speaks to. He speaks to the soul of an educator. He directs us back to the heart of it all--the why, and the how of what we do. Anything I say here is less than the amazingness of this episode, so I'll leave it here. Enjoy the show. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
June 18, 2018
Hello everyone! Welcome to a FANTASTIC episode about how it’s important to not only know your why, but how it’s also important to use it to fuel your work in the classroom. To discuss this, I’ve brought on Hal Bowman, of Teach Like a Rockstar and Be The One fame.  We hit on a lot in part 2, but specifically, we hit on some amazing self reflective questions we all need to be asking ourselves in order to get better, and make better choices for us and our classrooms. Hal Bowman can see the future, and he is determined to do all he can to change it for the better, one life at a time. He is certain that schools are the key to a better world down the road. “Every school can be a phenomenal school” is his mantra, and it shows in his actions. Most days, you are likely to find him with his shirtsleeves rolled up and doing at least one thing to make it so. He is constantly mulling over the possibilities while designing programs, road maps, and materials to help make it happen. Hal has dedicated his life to helping the nation’s best teachers and schools reach a new level of excellence. Each year, he captivates tens of thousands of students and teachers with his powerful message of hope and what can be. His attitude and demeanor may be unconventional and unexpected in the historically reserved world of education, but he is real; he is solid; and his deep and genuine compassion for students, teachers, and schools shines through. Check it out, share, and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
June 11, 2018
Hello everyone! Welcome to a FANTASTIC episode about how it's important to not only know your why, but how it's also important to use it to fuel your work in the classroom. To discuss this, I've brought on Hal Bowman, of Teach Like a Rockstar and Be The One fame.  We hit on a lot in this episode, and it is definitely one for the record books. Whether you're a coach, a new or veteran teacher, or an educational leader, you will get something from Hal! Hal Bowman can see the future, and he is determined to do all he can to change it for the better, one life at a time. He is certain that schools are the key to a better world down the road. “Every school can be a phenomenal school” is his mantra, and it shows in his actions. Most days, you are likely to find him with his shirtsleeves rolled up and doing at least one thing to make it so. He is constantly mulling over the possibilities while designing programs, road maps, and materials to help make it happen. Hal has dedicated his life to helping the nation’s best teachers and schools reach a new level of excellence. Each year, he captivates tens of thousands of students and teachers with his powerful message of hope and what can be. His attitude and demeanor may be unconventional and unexpected in the historically reserved world of education, but he is real; he is solid; and his deep and genuine compassion for students, teachers, and schools shines through. Check it out, share, and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
June 4, 2018
Hello everyone! Now more than ever, there is a need for relationships in our classrooms. What some might call “the hidden standards” of teaching, need to come out in the open, and drive our decisions and how we conduct ourselves daily. It could be argued that the younger generations are less equipped to deal with emotions than other generations were. Due to the sterilization of human emotion they see in social media, they spend more and more time operating with ideas that aren’t exactly the most accurate way to view the world. This can, and does, cause many issues in their social and emotional development. Because of this, I believe educators should lead their classes with relationships first, then use those relationships to push kids into bigger and better places academically, socially, and emotionally. To talk about how to do this, I brought on Esther Brunat, a fantastic math teacher who has developed quite a following on Instagram for her stories and realness. Esther details how she thinks about relationships in the class, how she makes herself available, and just how exhausting it can be to do this correctly. If you missed part 1, you can listen to it here.  You don’t want to miss this episode! Check it out, and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For more insights into the power of relationships, here is an episode from season 1 about relationships and coaching. 
May 28, 2018
Hello everyone! Now more than ever, there is a need for relationships in our classrooms. What some might call "the hidden standards" of teaching, need to come out in the open, and drive our decisions and how we conduct ourselves daily. It could be argued that the younger generations are less equipped to deal with emotions than other generations were. Due to the sterilization of human emotion they see in social media, they spend more and more time operating with ideas that aren't exactly the most accurate way to view the world. This can, and does, cause many issues in their social and emotional development. Because of this, I believe educators should lead their classes with relationships first, then use those relationships to push kids into bigger and better places academically, socially, and emotionally. To talk about how to do this, I brought on Esther Brunat, a fantastic math teacher who has developed quite a following on Instagram for her stories and realness. Esther details how she thinks about relationships in the class, how she makes herself available, and just how exhausting it can be to do this correctly. You don't want to miss this episode! Check it out, and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  For more insights into the power of relationships, here is an episode from season 1 about relationships and coaching. 
May 21, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, it is my pleasure to bring you part 2 of our episode with Joe Dombrowski, otherwise known as Mr. D, to discuss the revolution in education, and how and why you need to be a part of it. If you missed part 1, you can find it here.  The world of education is changing, and Joe asks us a simple question in this episode...do we want to join him? What follows is a series of reflections on Joe's success after coming from his humble beginnings, and how his past fuels his present decisions. You can hear his passion in his voice when he talks about his first few years as an educator, and this shines even more when he discusses why he tries to do as much as possible for new teachers. In short, we need every passionate soul in the classroom. We lose too many great teachers before they ever find their groove, and many of the factors that drive these educators out can be prevented. Because of this, Joe has started The Mr. Dombrowski First Year Teacher Scholarship, which provides support to new, title 1 educators by stocking up their classroom with the funds and supplies they need to provide exceptional instruction to their students. As a fundraising effort, they have partnered with BookCameo which allows him to give you a personalized shout out! Check it out, and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  Mr. D rose to fame after his video pranking his students went viral, and Ellen brought him on her show. Since then, he has spoken all around the world, and is a featured speaker at Get Your Teach On.  
May 14, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, it is my pleasure to bring you Joe Dombrowski, otherwise known as Mr. D, to discuss the revolution in education, and how and why you need to be a part of it.  Mr. D rose to fame after his video pranking his students went viral, and Ellen brought him on her show. Since then, he has spoken all around the world, is a featured speaker at Get Your Teach On, and he's the most aggravated ranter against Mother Nature I've ever heard.  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my series of videos about what I see as the next NECESSITY in education. Mainly, that teachers and educators of all positions need to be branding themselves online via social media. This theory of mine has been fueled by watching the revolution happening in education on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, but it's also something that hits home in a variety of ways for me personally, as I see how much I can help my own students by becoming a bigger brand. The more people I reach, the more I can help my students and local community. Throughout the episode, Joe repeatedly demonstrates why you need to be on social media and networking with other teachers. He talks about how his online community has served as his "digital PLC," how it allows his teaching to cross boarders, how he's been able to fund his classroom, and how it quite truly changed his life forever. Joe doesn't think EVERY teacher needs to be a social media personality or brand, but he does think every teacher needs to be on and connecting with other teachers. Personally, I feel a little more strongly than Mr. D about why teachers should be branding their own style, personality, and classroom. I speak strongly about doing it, and I think if you want to be relevant or make a difference in education in the coming years, it's a must. Though, I understand why many people don't want to. To each his own, I suppose, but I imagine most of my audience sees why they need to be out there and showing their work to others... There is no better place to learn, adapt, engage, and help others than to be on social media and networking with other educators. If you truly want to be where the action is, and be a part of the revolution in education, then you need to be on social media, branding yourself, and rising to the new levels great educators all over the world are already setting for the rest of us. I could go on and on about why you should be on social media, and how you could be using it to fundamentally change your classroom, school, and life forever, but I'll let Mr. D do that. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!  PS: Make sure to check out The Mr. Dombrowski First Year Teacher Scholarship, which provides support to new, title 1 educators by stocking up their classroom with the funds and supplies they need to provide exceptional instruction to their students. As a fundraising effort, they have partnered with BookCameo which allows him to give you a personalized shout out! Check it out!
May 7, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, it is my pleasure to bring back Josie Bensko, otherwise known as @MANIACSINTHEMIDDLE ,  for PART 2 of the episode, to discuss how she gets her kids moving, how she thinks about her lesson plans, and a little bit about the power of INSTAGRAM. I just can't say enough about this episode (which is proven, if you listen to my ending ramble about it). Josie is absolutely amazing, and deserves everything that comes her way. Personally, this talk changed a lot about how I'm going about using social media to empower and inform my practices. I think it will help you do the same. Let me know what you get from this episode! My inbox is always open for you guys. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
April 30, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, it is my pleasure to bring you Josie Bensko, otherwise known as @MANIACSINTHEMIDDLE ,  to discuss how she gets her kids moving to foster that much needed student engagement. If you're not on Instagram, or just haven't come across her yet, you're missing out. Josie is one of my favorite teachers to watch. Her energy and her style of teaching is inspiring, but it's her ability to get kids to learn through experiences that really get me. More and more, educators are realizing that talking at kids isn't the way to get them to learn. The problem is though (and this was true for me too), we don't always know how to make the shift from direct teaching only, to letting kids learn through discovery, movement, and inquiry. If this sounds like you, this episode is the perfect tool. Josie's honesty about what she does, why she does it, and why it works for her students, is applicable to all of our classrooms, and something that shouldn't be ignored by anyone. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
April 23, 2018
Hello everyone! It is my pleasure to bring Ryan Sheehy back for part 2 of the podcast. Ryan is an Educator/Author/Speaker Elementary Principal @HighlandsMDUSD, and author of Be The One For Kids. Part one can be heard here. In this episode, we talk about the importance of parent involvement, administrative leadership, the importance of relationships, and getting away from excuses. Ryan comes from a sports background, and you can tell as he gets going on this episode. He speaks the truth when it comes to taking charge and getting stuff done, but he also speaks with authority as he helps us realize how important our jobs are. We can all make an impact. We can all be the one our kids need…RIGHT NOW. GET Be the One for Kids HERE Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
April 16, 2018
Hello everyone! It is my pleasure to bring Ryan Sheehy to the podcast. Ryan is an Educator/Author/Speaker Elementary Principal @HighlandsMDUSD, and author of Be The One For Kids. In this episode, we talk about administrative leadership, teacher leadership, getting away from excuses, and Ryan's amazing brand new book, Be The One For Kids. Ryan comes from a sports background, and you can tell as he gets going on this episode. He speaks the truth when it comes to taking charge and getting stuff done, but he also speaks with authority as he helps us realize how important our jobs are. We can all make an impact. We can all be the one our kids need...RIGHT NOW. GET Be the One for Kids HERE Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! 
April 9, 2018
Hello everyone! As much as I enjoy highlighting the big voices in the educational community, I love finding the new ones too. In this episode, I continue my conversation with Katie Tollitt of For Teachers, and dive into about as many subjects as we could. This is truly one of the best conversations of the podcast. You'll hear about new technology, ideas, insights into teaching at private schools and schools abroad, how and why to help other teachers...EVERYTHING. For Teachers, and Teach Me, Teacher, firmly believe that being an educator is amazing, should be celebrated, and we should all be aiming to help each other get better at what we do, no matter what. This is a fantastic episode, and Katie is wise beyond her years. Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!
April 3, 2018
Hello everyone! As much as I enjoy highlighting the big voices in the educational community, I love finding the new ones too. Katie Tollitt of For Teachers, a new Youtube channel dedicated to helping teachers at all stages of their career, came on the show to discuss the negative stigma that has recently attached itself to teaching. This stigma is perpetuated by politicians, community members, and even teachers themselves. Well... We're not about that life. For Teachers, and Teach Me, Teacher, firmly believe that being an educator is amazing, should be celebrated, and we should all be aiming to help each other get better at what we do, no matter what. This is a fantastic episode, and Katie is wise beyond her years. Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! Learn how to support the show here
March 26, 2018
Hello everyone! Last week, Haley Curfman and I discussed how kindness is at the center of everything she does in her classroom. This week, we dive deeper into this idea, and hit on some connecting ideas which really focus on bringing humanity back into the classroom. Our students need more love, not more drills. They need more compassion, not more tests. They need more stability, not more data thrown at them. Our students need us. We owe it to them to be the best we can be for them. Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! Learn how to support the show here
March 19, 2018
Hello everyone! Sometimes, I really like who I get on the show, and sometimes I'm a big fan of the guest... in the case of Haley Curfman, also known as The Weary Teacher, it's both. Haley is an educator who embodies what it means to teach kids...she's kind, smart, humorous, and has an eye for the WOW factor that gets kids engaged. Her ideas and insights are truly worth listening to, and her energy is infectious. Inspiration abound in this episode, and you won't want to miss any part of it. Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! Learn how to support the show here
March 12, 2018
Hello everyone! It’s time to talk about diversity in our curriculum, and I’ve brought on an educator from New York, Marguerite Thompson, to help us through this complex and hot topic issue. I found Marguerite after her post sharing her door decoration went viral. Just seeing it, a massive depiction of a black woman with big and grand hair, I knew Marguerite had something to say. Sure enough, I was right. In part 2, we dive deeper into diversity in schools, curriculum, and how biases come out even if we don’t intend them to be. This episode is a celebration of the people who are often slighted by the system as it exists, and a call for everyone to hear and be a part of the discussion. Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! Learn how to support the show here
March 5, 2018
Hello everyone! It's time to talk about diversity in our curriculum, and I've brought on an educator from New York, Marguerite Thompson, to help us through this complex and hot topic issue. I found Marguerite after her post sharing her door decoration went viral. Just seeing it, a massive depiction of a black woman with big and grand hair, I knew Marguerite had something to say. Sure enough, I was right. We discuss diversity in schools, curriculum, and how biases come out even if we don't intend them to be. This episode is a celebration of the people who are often slighted by the system as it exists, and a call for everyone to hear and be a part of the discussion. (By the way, it's her birthday this week. Give her a big shoutout if you can!) Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! Learn how to support the show here  
February 26, 2018
Hello everyone! I'm just going to be blunt... I. LOVE. THIS. EPISODE. Adam goes into detail about how a school should go about solving culture issues, why it's important to tackle culture first, and how, even though he struggles like the rest of us, the work still must happen. The lives of our students and of our teachers are too important to ignore glaring issues in the culture of our schools and classrooms. We all have to work together to make it happen. Adam Dovico is an accomplished teacher, author, speaker, and professor. He began his career in North Carolina as an elementary school teacher, then worked as a teacher and the school implementation specialist for the renowned Ron Clark Academy, where he traveled across the country conducting professional development and on-site training to schools and districts for over 15,000 educators in thirty states. You can grab The Limitless School: Creative Ways to Solving the Culture Puzzle now.  Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes! LINK TO THE BRIEF SURVEY
February 19, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, I have the honor and privilege of bringing you Adam Dovico, a first time principal at Moore Magnet Elementary in North Carolina, and co-author of The Limitless School with Abe Hege. Adam Dovico is an accomplished teacher, author, speaker, and professor. He began his career in North Carolina as an elementary school teacher, then worked as a teacher and the school implementation specialist for the renowned Ron Clark Academy, where he traveled across the country conducting professional development and on-site training to schools and districts for over 15,000 educators in thirty states. In this episode, we discuss not only Adam's new book, but also what it takes to create great teams as a leader, make the right decisions, and even how to keep teaching when you're a principal. But truly, this two part episode is about culture, what that means in our classrooms, and how to make it the best it can be. Culture isn't on the admin to solve, it's on all of us. If you have problems in your school or classroom related to the culture puzzle, then this episode is for you. You can grab The Limitless School: Creative Ways to Solving the Culture Puzzle now.  Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!
February 12, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, it is my pleasure to bring you Sue Szachowicz, a retired principal of Brockton High School and now a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education, to close out our 3 part episode on how to change a failing school. She chronicled the turn-around of Brockton High in her book Transforming Brockton High: High Standards, High Expectations, No Excuses,and this week she is on the show to discuss exactly how she, and her team, did it. I can’t say enough positive things about this episode, as well as part 2 and part 1. Sue is a no nonsense educator. Excuses are cheap, and effort is king. It isn’t enough to want to change a school, you have to believe there is no other option. Don’t miss this one. Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!
February 5, 2018
What if I told you about something revolutionary? Something so BIG, that it could literally transform your students and your school? Would you be interested, or doubtful? What if I said it was the most high-tech, costly product? ...but what if it wasn't? What if it was free? What if it wasn't technology? What if you don't need to visit costly seminars to learn it? In part two with Sue Szachowicz, we continue our talk about how she, and her team, saved their failing school with the power of their literacy initiative.   We discuss her doubts about the process, criticisms she's faced about her approach being "cookie-cutter," as well as how she used basic skills, focus, and team work to accomplish a seemingly impossible task. I believe this series with Sue is going to go down as one of the best of the podcast. She's inspiring, honest, and above all, no nonsense about her approach. Got to love it! Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!
January 29, 2018
Hello everyone! Today, it is my pleasure to bring you Sue Szachowicz, a retired principal of Brockton High School and now a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education. She chronicled the turn-around of Brockton High in her book Transforming Brockton High: High Standards, High Expectations, No Excuses,and this week she is on the show to discuss exactly how she, and her team, did it. I can't say enough positive things about this episode and Sue. Sue is a no nonsense educator. Excuses are cheap. Effort is king. Science is superior. It isn't enough to want to change a school, you have to believe there is no other option...even if there are toxic people who resist getting better, and resist making the school better. Don't miss this one. Share and enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!
January 22, 2018
Hello everyone! Last week, I talked about how I had trouble naming our two-part episode with Todd Nesloney, but this week is different...because we dive DEEP into his new book STORIES FROM WEBB, and the amazing story behind this fantastic tribute to educators. But again, we didn’t just discuss his book on this episode, either. Truly, we discussed how community, and supporting communities, can be more powerful than any one book, idea, or person. We discussed how amazing educators are. We gushed over the Ron Clark Academy (both in part one and two). We give shout outs to all the teachers not on a podcast, or who don’t have books coming out, because of how great and amazing they are. We signal boost great educators doing their thing on the internet, like Adam Dovico, Hope and Wade King, Mary Howard, Kim Bearden, and Colby Sharp (part one and two for all). We unpack what it means to lead a school. We affirm what it means to be an educator. I couldn’t be more excited for you all to hear this two-part episode, and nab Todd’s newest book, Stories from Webb: The Ideas, Passions, and Convictions of a Principal and His School Family , as well as his other superb work, Kids Deserve It!: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking . Todd Nesloney is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is an award winning author for his work in co-authoring “Kids Deserve It!” and “Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for  Flipping Your Class” and his brand new release “Stories from Webb”. He has also published a children’s book, “Spruce & Lucy”. Todd has been recognized by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in Education, by the Center for Digital Education as one of their “Top 40 Innovators in Education”, by the BAMMYs as the “National Elementary Principal of the Year” and the “National Elementary Teacher of the Year”, by the Texas Computer Education Association as their “Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year”, and by the White House as a Connected Educator “Champion of Change”. Enjoy! See you next week. Don’t forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!
January 15, 2018
Hello everyone! I had trouble naming this two-part episode with Todd Nesloney. On one hand, I wanted to simply call it, Stories From Webb, since that's the name of Todd's fantastic new book. But as I edited the show this week, I realized this discussion was bigger than that. We didn't just discuss his book. Truly, we discussed how community, and supporting communities, can be more powerful than any one book, idea, or person. We discussed how amazing educators are. We gushed over the Ron Clark Academy (both in part one and two). We give shout outs to all the teachers not on a podcast, or who don't have books coming out, because of how great and amazing they are. We signal boost great educators doing their thing on the internet, like Adam Dovico, Hope and Wade King, Mary Howard, Kim Bearden, and Colby Sharp (part one and two for all). We unpack what it means to lead a school. We affirm what it means to be an educator. I couldn't be more excited for you all to hear this two-part episode, and nab Todd's newest book, Stories from Webb: The Ideas, Passions, and Convictions of a Principal and His School Family, as well as his other superb work, Kids Deserve It!: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking. Todd Nesloney is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is an award winning author for his work in co-authoring “Kids Deserve It!” and “Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for  Flipping Your Class” and his brand new release “Stories from Webb”. He has also published a children’s book, “Spruce & Lucy”. Todd has been recognized by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in Education, by the Center for Digital Education as one of their “Top 40 Innovators in Education”, by the BAMMYs as the “National Elementary Principal of the Year” and the “National Elementary Teacher of the Year”, by the Texas Computer Education Association as their “Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year”, and by the White House as a Connected Educator “Champion of Change”. Enjoy! See you next week. Don't forget to subscribe and review the show on iTunes!
January 8, 2018
Hello everyone! It's no secret that teaching is hard. Stress builds. Hours grow long, as the papers pile up. Mandates and emails come at us faster than we can process them...all the while teachers are thinking, "What about me?" In this episode, we continue our talk from last week with Amy Fast, and dive deeper into teacher wellbeing, and how administrators, and colleagues, can help teachers be the best they can be. If you’ve ever felt taken advantage of, asked to do more than you can manage, or simply ignored, this episode is for you, and the people making you feel that way. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes so you never miss an episode!
January 1, 2018
Do we care about our teachers? Do we make sure to take their wellbeing into account, or do we keep asking more of them, never bothering to fill their tanks back up? Amy Fast, an Assistant Principal and passionate voice on Twitter, has a lot to say on this subject. With an honesty that's refreshing and inspiring, Amy holds nothing back as she discusses the state of teachers, how many places aren't treating educators the way they deserve, and what we can do to mend this wound in our amazing field. Many of the points she makes on this episode, and more, can be found in her book, It's the Mission Not the Mandates: Defining the Purpose of Public Education. If you've ever felt taken advantage of, asked to do more than you can manage, or simply ignored, this episode is for you, and the people making you feel that way. Share and enjoy! Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes so you never miss an episode!
December 19, 2017
Hello everyone! As more and more news outlets decide to condemn schools, more and more politicians find it to their liking to tell their version of what public education is (and is not,) it's becoming extremely important for teachers and administrators to step outside of their bubbles and share their stories. I'd argue that educators don't control their narrative right now. Everyone outside of us, the people who want to have a say in our pay, our funding, and how we are held "accountable," control it. I think it's time to take that control back, and I brought Colby Sharp to the podcast to help tell us why. Colby is a fifth grade teacher in Parma, Michigan. He's been a classroom teacher since 2006. In 2011, he started the Nerdy Book Club blog with friend of the show Donalyn Miller. He co-hosts The Yarn podcast with Teacher Librarian Travis Jonker. He also serves on the Nerd Camp, a free literacy event that takes place in Parma, Michigan each summer. His first book, The Creativity Project, hits shelves April 10, 2018. In this episode, Colby says, "We need to share our stories, because if we aren't sharing our stories, other people will," and continues by sharing why he creates the many projects he does, and how it all goes back to helping the kids.  I couldn't recommend this episode more. I believe in the message of this episode, and I believe in the power of sharing what we do as educators...Someone will either way, wouldn't you want it to be us? As an added bonus to the conversation, we also briefly discuss his work in his classroom, his philosophy with teaching ELA, and all about his desire to give kids the love of reading. Enjoy!
December 4, 2017
Hello everyone! Teach Me, Teacher has been around for about a year and half, and I'm amazed at how many great educators I have had the pleasure to speak with. Local gems, like the fantastic Alan Small and Andrew Simmons, to names such as Donalyn Miller and Mary Howard (by the way, limiting that list to just a few names was extremely difficult.) In any case, today, I get to add to the list of AWESOME educators I've got to discuss teaching with. Jeff Anderson, also known as The Write Guy, is a phenom of writing education. His method of "Inviting" writers to notice patterns, and then use those patterns in their own writing, is a powerful force in the classroom. I've seen it in my own classroom, and thousands of educators around the world are finding success with his techniques. I brought him on the show to discuss his newest book, The Patterns of Power, but we also hit on his philosophy with teaching writing, what teachers should do (and stop doing,) and how we should embrace the messiness of writing education. He also corrects me on the proper way to say "aaawwubbis," which was WIN all to itself. Teachers, enjoy and SHARE this one. It's one of the best of the podcast, and you'll get something from Jeff's deep insight into how to teach writing in your classrooms. Enjoy!
November 20, 2017
Hello everyone! I've been wanting to record an episode on classroom transformations for a while now, so I'm super pumped to get this one out to you guys. I was lucky enough to discuss transformations with Ashleigh Estes, a 4th grade Science teacher in Aledo ISD, and we discussed everything from our most recent transformations, to The Ron Clark Academy and Hope King,to why teachers should be inspired to try something a little "crazy" in their classrooms. Enjoy!  
November 8, 2017
Hello everyone! In connection to our last episode about standardized tests (and should teachers hate it,) we have another episode about testing, but this time we dive into the money behind standardized tests, and why you should pay attention to your federal and local politics. You might have seen the figure of 13.4 billion dollars floating around the internet, when talking about the cost of standardized testing in Texas. I did, and that's why I reached out to the guy who created the figure, Michael Messer, and picked his brain about where this number comes from, and why we should all care about it. A deeply fascinating episode, this is one you should listen to, and then share with anyone who has ever asked about the cost of standardized tests in our schools. Enjoy!
October 24, 2017
Hello everyone! We hear about it everywhere...The test. Whatever state you're in might change what test you're talking about, but it follows us. It infects our teaching, our conversations, and even how we view our jobs. But is standardized testing as bad as so many make it out to be? Let's find out. Jeff Farely, a Texas principal, has a lot to say on the matter. He tackles why standardized testing exists, how teachers should think about it, and spends a considerable amount of time unpacking the loaded language we use when talking about "the test." You'll want to listen to this episode, and then share it with every educator you can. Jeff gives us an insight much needed in our job. Let me know what you think of the episode on Twitter, @jacobchastain_ Enjoy!
October 9, 2017
"I don't want our conversations to be about strategies, I want them to be about practices." And this is probably that best summary of my discussion with Dr. Mary Howard. Every word Dr. Howard says is fueled with passion and insight. I can't tell you how much fun I had bringing this two-part episode to you all. In this episode, we continue our discussion about Fearless Learning, and how she is helping educators find that zone of fearlessness through Good 2 Great Twitter chats (#G2Great), as well as other tools for educators. Dr. Howard's insight into how to lead conversations among educators is the highlight of this talk. We spend so much time talking about agenda items, that we never, or rarely, get to the 'why' we do what we do, and what that should look like in our classrooms. It's my hope that every educator who listens to this episode, teacher or admin or academic coach, brings back some of her ideas to inspire their fellow teachers to do what they do best...learn and inspire others to do the same. About Dr. Mary Howard: Dr. Mary Howard is known throughout North America as a leading expert in literacy, presenting seminars as an independent consultant and for the Bureau of Education and Research (www.ber.org) in all fifty states and across Canada. Mary has worked with countless educators to create a research-based literacy program grounded in the current brain research. An educator for more than forty years, she combines years of classroom experience as an elementary grade 1-6 special educator, grade K-12 reading tutor, reading specialist and Reading Recovery teacher with a multitude of experiences as a reading consultant, university reading instructor, professional storyteller, author and nationwide lecturer. Her blend of research and practical application has led many to describe her as a teachers’ teacher, demonstrating a clear understanding of the realities of the classroom by translating research into practice. Mary’s seminars are fast-paced and inspiring, filled with engaging strategies that can be immediately implemented into the existing curriculum. Her no-nonsense approach provides teachers with a deeper understanding of the learning process in order to transform the teaching process into a powerful tool to maximize the potential of every child. Get Mary’s Books here
September 25, 2017
Hello everyone! I can’t believe this show gets to release content like this... Dr. Mary Howard is a professional who is astounding in her insight, her dedication, and her effectiveness in communicating with educators. If you haven't run into her on Twitter, you've probably run into the hashtag she co-created, #G2Great. If not, you're in for a real treat for this two part epic. This episode is the piece that most clearly exemplifies why I created Teach Me, Teacher. It is an episode about empowering educators to grow, to learn, and to fight for their profession in the best way they can...by getting BETTER. I needed to hear what Dr. Mary Howard had to say on this episode, and so do you. Her literacy minded message, and her advice on how to grow professionally are among the best words I've heard on the subject. Enjoy and SHARE SHARE SHARE! About Mary: Dr. Mary Howard is known throughout North America as a leading expert in literacy, presenting seminars as an independent consultant and for the Bureau of Education and Research (www.ber.org) in all fifty states and across Canada. Mary has worked with countless educators to create a research-based literacy program grounded in the current brain research. An educator for more than forty years, she combines years of classroom experience as an elementary grade 1-6 special educator, grade K-12 reading tutor, reading specialist and Reading Recovery teacher with a multitude of experiences as a reading consultant, university reading instructor, professional storyteller, author and nationwide lecturer. Her blend of research and practical application has led many to describe her as a teachers’ teacher, demonstrating a clear understanding of the realities of the classroom by translating research into practice. Mary's seminars are fast-paced and inspiring, filled with engaging strategies that can be immediately implemented into the existing curriculum. Her no-nonsense approach provides teachers with a deeper understanding of the learning process in order to transform the teaching process into a powerful tool to maximize the potential of every child. Get Mary's Books here
September 11, 2017
Hello everyone! Teach Me, Teacher is all about elevating the voices of teachers IN the classroom. But what happens when that classroom isn't traditional? What happens when great educators are forced out of the classroom, or have to choose not to be? Today, we bring you an episode that deals with those questions and more. Joanne Kaminski is a veteran in reading education, and has a wealth of knowledge about how she made the transition from teaching in the classroom to online tutoring, and why. Her success is sure to inspire many of you, and even help guide you if you find yourself needing, or wanting, a way to keep doing what you love, even though something might be in the way. If you'd like to check out what Joanne does, check out her site here. She also helps run a great Facebook page for online tutors here. Enjoy!
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