August 6, 2020
Join us for the fourth episode of New Teacher Jumpstart in which Carrie hands over the microphone to Jeanne Wolz from Teacher Off Duty. Jeanne talks about planning out an entire school year without burning yourself out as a new teacher. ----more----   You can learn more about Jeanne at Workbook landing page: $20 off coupon workshop use code: jumpstart   Learn more about e2e Membership at
July 29, 2020
As a new teacher, grading and assessment can be one of the most intimidating and overwhelming topics. Every school and school district has a different policy on grading and assessment, so it is important that you study your district's policies carefully. After you have guidance from your school leadership, take the following tips into consideration before the start of the school year. Figure out What is Important Your state or district's learning standards should be at the center of your decision-making when you are deciding what to grade and assess. Take a step back and think "What do my students need to know before they leave this grade level or course?". These overarching learning objectives should be reflected in your grade book. New Teacher Tip: Ask to see the student report card you will be expected to fill out during the school year. Is the report card grade-based or standard/skill-based.  Also, ask your teammates if you can take a look at their grade book from the previous year. This may help you gain perspective on the number of grades and types of work you should be grading. Practice vs Assessment Every day your students are going to be practicing skills and producing work that you could potentially grade. As a new teacher, you will run yourself into the ground if you try to grade every single thing a student produces. Go to a trusted mentor on your team and ask for guidance on which student work you should be giving feedback on and which work you can just simply be practice. Keep in mind that well-planned student practice and on-the-spot student feedback are stepping stones to informal and formal assessments. New Teacher Tip: Don't assume that the students in your classroom know how to take YOUR tests or assessments. At the beginning of the year, take the first assessments together as a class so that you can make your expectations clear and explain the types of questions students may see on your tests in the future. Homework Check-in with your school policy on homework before you make any decisions about how you will design, assign and assess homework. Once you know what is expected of you, take a long look at the reason why you are assigning homework. Homework is meant to reinforce learning from the school day. If a child does not understand concepts within the school day, homework is not a way to help a struggling student. Many students do not have a parent at home who will be able to reteach concepts in a new way. Make sure you are assigning homework that can be done independently and does not add stress to an already struggling student's plate. New Teacher Tip: If you are required to assign homework, do NOT that you need to grade every single piece of homework. You can go over homework as a class or spot-check homework for misunderstandings. Save your time and energy to grade the student work that gives you a TRUE story of each learning such as classwork/projects, exit slips, and/or assessments. Love these tips? educators 2 educators is hosting a FREE 6 part series, New Teacher Jumpstart. The audio series will launch on Monday, July 20, 2020. Sign up today:
July 24, 2020
Join us for the second episode of New Teacher Jumpstart in which Carrie sits down with Kristen Harris to chat about school relationships. We are going to talk about relationships with students, parents, administrators, and fellow teachers.   You can learn more about Kristen on Instagram at   Learn more about e2e Membership at
July 19, 2020
New Teacher Jumpstart kicks off today with this 6 episode series all about being a new teacher. Today we get self-care tips from Carrie Conover, Heather Campbell, Jeanne Wolz, Kristen Harris and Allie Szczecinski. e2e Self-Care Toolkit:
June 18, 2020
Join Carrie as she interviews Joanna Brumbaugh, a 14-year veteran teacher, as she discusses what she has learned during the 2020 pandemic. Be ready to be inspired by Joanna's tips and tricks before we head back to school this fall. Joanna has been in education for 20 years, and teaching for 14. She has her B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. She currently balances teaching second grade, running around as a busy mom and wife, and being an edupreneur. Above all, she loves inspiring others and making a difference in the world around her. Become an e2e member at Sign Up for Teacher Summer Reboot at Sign Up for New Teacher Jumpstart at
June 2, 2020
Creating a teacher resume can feel like an overwhelming task for many. We recently sat down with Marie Morris on the e2e Podcast to discuss resume writing with the goal to debunk some of the scary parts of the process.
April 20, 2020
Times are tough for teachers. Not only are you staying at home, but many of you are also hearing the announcement that you won't be returning to your classroom for the rest of the school year. Here are 5 spirit-boosting activities created for teachers, by teachers that you can do right from your home.
April 7, 2020
Join Carrie as she shares tips and tricks for creating healthy personal and professional boundaries during the COVID-19 crisis.
March 13, 2020
Caitlin Mitchell from EB Academics joins the podcast to discuss how we can handle constructive criticism well as teachers. You can reach Caitlin at: Thank you to our sponsors: eSpark Learning and Hand 2 Mind     Carrie (00:04): Hello and welcome to educators to educators podcast. I'm Carrie Conover and this is episode number 67: How to Handle Constructive Criticism Well. I'm Carrie, the founder and CEO of educators to educators. Thank you so much for joining me for this episode. Today we have a very special guest and we are going to talk about a topic that can be kind of tough - constructive criticism. Before we get started talking to our guest, Caitlin, I want to remind all of you that we have recently launched e2e modules. E2e modules are courses that you can take to learn a new skill or explore professional development. We have recently relaunched Classroom to Boardroom. Classroom to Boardroom is a module that will teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about working for an education company. As many of you know, if you know my story, I went from being a veteran teacher in Chicago public schools to an executive at Discovery Education. Carrie (01:08): I've been there, I've spent eight years in education technology. In this module, I teach you all the various types of jobs out there in the education world, the different types of companies you can work for, the salaries, all of the different options you've always wanted to know. I really believe that sometimes teachers yearn for more and want to leave the classroom and they shouldn't feel guilty about that, and so I created this module to teach you how to transition out of the classroom, but stay in education. I don't want you going to work in retail or for a bank. I want you to stay in education and use your treasures and talents. You can learn more about the Classroom to Boardroom module, at Carrie (01:57): Caitlin Mitchell is one of the founders of EB academics along with co-founder Jessica. Katelyn and Jessica are the authors, teachers, and curriculum creators behind the EB Teachers' Club and Writing Instruction: A Proven Approach. They have both been ELA teachers and ELA coaches for more than 25 years combined and curriculum developers since 2012. Caitlin and Jessica created AB academics to help make the lives of middle school ELA teachers easier while supplying them with quality and engaging ELA lessons for their students. They want teachers to walk into their classroom each day with confidence, knowing that they have quality content to teach. They both received their master's degrees in secondary education and curriculum design from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Caitlin and Jessica currently reside in the Bay area with their families. I am so excited to have Caitlin talking about this really tough topic today, so let's get started with Caitlin. Caitlin, thank you so much for joining us on the educators 2 educators podcast. Caitlin (03:18): I'm so excited to be here. Thank you so much for having me. Carrie (03:22): This is a long time in the making, don't you think? Caitlin (03:24): Oh yes, totally. We've been talking about it, I feel like for months. Caitlin (03:28): Yes. I'm so glad that you crossed my path. Gosh, it was last November was that November of 2018 that we first met. And you agreed to be a presenter in the first e2e New Year Reboot. And you've been in every conference since, so grateful that I have met you and that you're sharing your talents with the e2e teachers. Caitlin (03:48): Oh well thank you so much. The feeling is so mutual and I just think that what you are doing for teachers is incredible. Carrie (03:54): Well thank you. And today you are going to join us to talk about something that is so important, which is how to handle constructive criticism. Caitlin (04:03): Yes. And I know that's a hard topic for some people to even wrap their minds around talking about. Carrie (04:10): Well and I think a lot of it is because as teachers we put our heart and soul into the classroom and so it is hard sometimes to hear that maybe everything we're doing isn't perfect. Caitlin (04:22): Yes, it is very difficult. And I think that comes to absolutely with what you said, we put our heart and soul into what we're doing, but I just think it's not really a part of the profession in a way that we're being coached all the time. You know, like in other professions I'm talking, you know, NBA, MLB professional athletes have coaches every day teaching them how to get better. And I think that if that was what the educational world was like, that it was just kind of that same idea, it wouldn't be as big of a deal and it would be more commonplace obviously, to have people come into our classrooms and helping us get better and perfect our craft over time. So I think that that a lot of that comes because it's just not something that we have often, you know? Carrie (05:06): Yeah. Well it's interesting when I was going over our notes today, by the way, you guys, we always talk about, you know, three subtopics on ETV. I'm obsessed with the number three. So we're going to talk about 0.1 being being proactive as a teacher. A 0.2 is how to create a school culture where you know, it's a culture of growth. And then we're going to wrap up talking about changing our mindset as teachers. And while I was reading through your notes, Caitlin, I had this flashback to my first year of teaching in Chicago public schools. Can I take you back there? Caitlin (05:40): Yes, please. Carrie (05:41): Okay. So I was a career changer. So I was like 26 or 27 when I started teaching. So I had a little bit more of life under my belt and I had my principal come in for my first formal observation. And back then in CPS we were old school and we have these green binders. If anyone's taught in CPS, they're shaking their heads right now these green, binders and inside there were papers with these grids on them. And that's where you kept attendance. Okay. It was, it was the most complicated system I've ever seen. If a student was tardy, you put one slash if they were absent, there was two. Carrie (06:21): If they were excused, you put a dot. If it was unexcused, it was like circled in red and this is all paper and on and on.. So my principal comes in for my first observation, I'm a brand new teacher. I felt like I knocked it out of the park. What they used to do in observations is they wrote on this carbon copy paper and then they would leave the copy on your desk and walk out and leave. So I was so excited to finish my lesson. I walked over and I looked at the copy and I looked down and I had like excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent on everything except for at the very bottom it was checked like unsatisfactory,on attendance book. Caitlin (07:02): Oh my goodness. Carrie (07:03): And it said use black ink ALWAY. Caitlin (07:07): Oh my gosh. I just can't, that's whole, I'm sorry. That's a hilarious story. Carrie (07:14): That is the feedback. That is the only feedback that I got. And you know, I cried on my prep. Oh, I'm sure. I was like, Hey, I know you checked excellent on every other box. And this is like a first year teachers dream, but you only feedback you could take to write in black. It was like use black ink. So anyway, you, you having flashback, but I think you're going to give all of us some really good tips today about you know, how to handle constructive criticism. So let's talk about being proactive. Caitlin (07:49): Yeah, yeah, absolutely. And so I wanna kind of just go back to what you just said that I think is important to preface the whole episode with is that even though we are going to be obviously observed by our admin, our principals, that observation is not the end all be all of everything. I know it goes into like a lot of our our files and you know, there are some issues around, you know Oh, I can't, I think of the word formal observations, right. You know, and in certain schools but I just want to tell teachers like it does not determine who you are and the type of teacher that you are. Just in the same way that our students test scores do not determine the type of student that our students are. We obviously know there's a much bigger picture behind each kid than the numbers show on a test. It's the same thing when it comes to observations. And I want to give you just really a quick story to that you just made me think of when I interviewed for my position at my most recent school, I did this great lesson on figurative language and same thing, Carrie. I was like, I fricking crushed that. Like I just did a great job, they're totally going to hire me, whatever. And so they hired me, everything was fine. And like two years later I was looking through my file and I found their observation notes from when I did my my gosh sample lesson with the students. Yes. I probably shouldn't have been able to come across it, but it was just in there and I got like bad scores on everything because I didn't say what the objective was. So the whole observation of me was supposed to be focused on me telling the kids what the objective of the lesson was. And because I didn't say that one thing, I got all of these bad marks yet, they still hired me. So it's like you know how they're OBS observing us in the, the criteria that they're observing us on doesn't necessarily mean that you're a good teacher or a bad teacher or any of the sort. Carrie (09:34): Right. Caitlin (09:35): Um it's just an observation. So I just want to preface it with that and I probably shouldn't have been allowed to find that piece of paper that showed all that information. But it's fine to show. It just goes to show like it's one person's opinion. Right, exactly. It's so subjective. And I even went up to my principal afterwards and I was like, really? This is what you guys said about me. You didn't say all of the other amazing things about me cause I had a great relationship with him. He's like, you shouldn't be seeing that. But it was pretty funny. So I just want to preface it with that. Like an observation does not mean that you are a bad teacher or a good teacher. It is one glimpse into who you are as a teacher. Carrie (10:13): Yup, absolutely. So with that being said, we'll start with point number one and that's really, I think it helps a lot to be proactive in building this relationship with your principal, with your colleagues, of people coming into your classroom all the time. Caitlin (10:27): So I think it's really important for you to go out or for us as teachers to go out and ask for feedback before we have that formal observation. So it can be something as simple as just like taking matters into your own hand, going into your principal's office and saying, Hey, I have this great lesson I love for you to come observe me. Let me know your thoughts, any feedback that you have. And what's great about doing that and being proactive is that you are the one who is kind of in control of this situation, right? You're the one asking for an eliciting feedback from your principal. And so I think that that's really helpful because it puts us into this positive mindset of, okay, I'm asking for feedback, I'm asking for criticism as opposed to I have to receive feedback, I have to receive criticism. Carrie (11:14): So that point of being proactive I think is very, very important. I love that so much. And I love the idea even thinking about when I was managing teams, when I worked in ed tech, like I was the boss. Sometimes I can't believe I led people in that way. But anyway I had really good relationships with my managers and sometimes when they would say to me, Hey, like how am I doing in general? I would say sometimes that's hard for me to give you this big broad feedback. What do you want to improve on? What do you want me to look for? What are you feeling insecure about so that I can help you in a better way. And so that is the same I think for when you're being proactive with a principal or an assistant principal and saying, Hey, I would love for you to come in and I've really been working on, you know, flexible seating or grouping or I don't know, whatever it is you can work on. Like give them something specific to come in and look at. Caitlin (12:16): Yes. And I think Carrie, I'm so glad that you said that cause that kind of builds onto the other point I want to talk about about being proactive is that yes you can start with like an a lesson that you're really comfortable with. So I might have my principal come in and observe me teaching a writing lesson that I just know I'm going to knock it out of the park. Right. And then when I ask them to come back in a second time, I can ask them like, Hey, I'm really struggling with this student's behavior. Can you come in and watch this student in class? Let me know. Like what would you do? Like what are some suggestions that you have to help me with this student? So, you know, you can ask them for assistance in behavioral issues. Carrie (12:52): In, in things like you're saying, a flexible seating or content specific if your principal is, you know, has that experience with the content that you're teaching. Caitlin (13:01): Um so asking them, yes, Carrie for specific feedback on certain things that you are struggling with shows initiative. It shows that you care. It shows that you want to get better. And honestly, if I was a principal I would be like, yes, I'm going to help you. Like the, you know, this is a stellar, a teacher right here who obviously wants to improve their craft. I'm going to do everything that I can to support you. Unfortunately, that's not the case for every teacher out there. I wish it was, but I think that it says a lot about you as a teacher taking that initiative to get better and improve your craft. Yeah. And principals have very stressful jobs. Yes. I would never want to be a principal. Carrie (13:36): You can kind of tug at their teacher heart, you know? Can you, I know you like, you are so amazing at this. When you were in the classroom or I've heard you are really strong at this tug at that teacher heart for them and get them back in the classroom because they want more of that. Totally force them to take that stuff. Caitlin (13:52): Yes, yes. The culture of growth for adults. We talk about this all the time about our kids growth mindset. What is it to have a culture of growth at your school? What does that look like? So this was really cool at my, not my most recent school, but one of the schools that I taught at prior when I was in Los Angeles, it's actually the school where I met Jessica, who? Jessica, who, those of you who don't know as the other half of the academics, we have middle school English language arts teacher resources and things like that. Caitlin (14:21): So this is where I met Jessica at this school in LA and one of the years that we were there, our principal decided that, you know, he was going to come into our classrooms a lot more often. He wasn't just going to come in for formal observations. He came into our classrooms, you know, every other week, just sat for 10, 15 minutes, interacted with the kids, participated in the lesson with us. And it took a lot of pressure off of the times when he did come in to do the formal observation. So that was one part of the puzzle like that our principal was really invested in helping us grow as teachers. But beyond that, we as teachers were then required to go into every other teacher's classroom for like five or 10 minutes for a super informal observation. So I went into every classroom from TK, so transitional kindergarten all the way up to eighth grade, you know, science and history and math, which I don't know anything about math. Caitlin (15:15): It's a strength of mine at all. But was was really cool about that is that yeah, it was during our prep periods, but it was really invaluable because there, you know, I picked up on so many little like nuances or like a cool idea that one of my colleagues was doing that I never would have seen because why as I, you know, as a seventh and eighth grade ELA teacher was I going to go into a third grade classroom and observed them, well this created so much community of growth and this culture of growth because we were all a part of each other's growth and becoming stronger and better teachers. And it was really cool to have everyone come into my classroom and just see what was happening in our school. You know, we become so isolated in our classrooms, they close it. Are we teaching? Caitlin (15:57): That's it. Well, when you are moving through other teacher's classrooms, it's just an amazing experience. And I have to say that that is a Testament to my principal. That was, he was hands down the best principal I've ever had. And that was a huge part of it. That sounds amazing. And if you don't have that culture at your school and it's something that's important to you, bring it up. Carrie (16:17): Yes. Talking about it, you know, instead of sitting at lunch and complaining about the students that are driving you crazy, which does happen. And often bring this idea to other teachers and say, Hey, what do you guys think about this? And maybe you guys could put together a committee and come to your principal and say, I think we should start this. Cause I do think that having lots of people in your classroom, I had so many people in my classroom all the time that I, it didn't, I didn't even flinch when people walked into my room. And I'm just going to keep on teaching. Caitlin (16:50): And what's great is if you're constantly having other people's ideas, you know, in your brainstorming with other people, you are going to grow. And then when you do get feedback that's not so great. It makes it a lot easier to be receptive to that feedback and be like, okay, you know, I'm not perfect. Some people have other better ideas that I could be taking into my classroom. And so I think just kind of changing that perspective allows you to just grow and be a better teacher. Carrie (17:18): Yes. And you have to take those things that kinda hurt. Like when you hear a feedback I think, and you kind of flinch to it. Yeah. We're going to talk about your mindset as a teacher in a second. I think sit on that for a few days before you do any kind of reacting to it and say, and I talked about this in one of our previous podcasts. If you're having that much of a gut reaction, you really need to look hard at it and say, is there some truth to this? Right? Know this about myself and I'm working on it or I've buried it deep inside and I don't want to think about why it hurts so much. I'm like, thinking back to my black ink comment, like I knew I wasn't doing a good job on that attendance book cause I thought it was the most ridiculous thing. Caitlin (18:06): Right. So if you released that way that you should have been using the black ink, the, I wish the 42 year old and me could go back to the 27 year old woman and say, just sit on it for a couple of days and your realize that this is actually a good thing. Like maybe you wouldn't think of anything else to say. Caitlin (18:27): You know what, I was really focused on that one little blacking talk about our mindset and yes, I'm going to change our mindset. Yes, they're able to handle this. So, so often, you know, we talk about our students like you're not going to get it perfect the first time, right? It's all about failing. It's not about succeeding and we learn from our failures. And so we, we tell our students that, well how much of that are we really taking? You know, if we sat back and are like, okay, am I okay with failures? Am I learning from my failures? And I think more often than not, the answer isn't yes for a lot of us, you know? I know it wasn't for me, especially my first year of teaching, if I failed at something, it was like the end of the world, I would cry as opposed to seeing it as a learning opportunity. Caitlin (19:11): And what you just said, if you're 42 year old self could go back to your 26 year old self. I mean I'm 33 I think I sometimes forget how old I am. I'm 33 and you know, I, I just realized that I'm not 42 sorry to interrupt you. I'll give you 42 in a couple of weeks. So I gosh, well happy early birthday. That's hilarious. Now that we have determined how old both of us are, let's talk about how we can change our mindset when it comes to hearing constructive criticism as a teacher. Yeah, absolutely. And so I think that this is something that's really difficult for a lot of teachers. I know it was difficult for me in the very beginning of teaching and you know, you want to be good at everything that you do. But I think it's important to really remember that with every failure is going to come and learning opportunity with every problem is going to come a solution. Caitlin (20:01): And so it really is that this thing exists in this binary, right? Whenever you have a failure in your life, regardless of whether or not you can see the outcome, the positive outcome, the success in that moment, which most likely you can't because you're upset and your emotions are really getting the best of you. But just knowing that there is going to be something positive that comes out at the end of that. And so if we're able to separate our emotional state from justice critique that we're getting of this one, quote unquote failure that we might be having or seeing in our classroom, we ultimately are going to have a huge success as a result of that. And so an eight in order to be able to do that, I think it takes a lot of just self-awareness. And I like to think of professional athletes. Caitlin (20:43): Kind of going back to that analogy that we talked about in the very beginning, that all athletes have one person in common. They all have a coach, right? Tom Brady has a coach. Tiger woods has a coach. Regardless of whether or not you hate tiger woods or not, he has a coach. Steph Curry has a coach. All of these amazing athletes all have coaches that are sitting there critiquing them about something in their craft and their skill that they can get better at. Why is teaching any difference? Right? Why is a principal coming into our classroom coaching us on something that we can improve upon any different than what these professional athletes are doing? So if we're able to look at it through that lens, like, Oh, even Steph Curry has a coach, like I can have a coach and I can be okay with that constructive criticism. And at the end of the day, being receptive to that constructive criticism I truly believe is the single best thing that you can possibly do for your students and for your students' success because you ultimately are going to become a better teacher as a result of being receptive to that feedback. Carrie (21:40): I don't know how I could even add to that because it was so amazing. I love when you start getting into it in your passion because you can tell you are very passionate about this. I would have loved to put you in Dan Jones, who was on one of our previous podcasts together in a room. He talked about how professional athletes learn that each time they go out on the field. So every time a major league baseball player goes and plays a game, that is one performance. That is not who he or she is as an app, as a person that doesn't define them. It's one performance. And so I, he was talking about as teachers, it's hard cause we grew up thinking maybe, Oh, I'm going to be just teacher and make all these waves and changes in the world. And so where our heart is in it a lot more than our brains sometimes. As far as like our emotional reaction to things. And so if we can think of your observations as being one performance and you're getting feedback about that one performance, it's not who you are as a teacher. It's not who you are as a human being. So I think you and Dan Jones, we get along really well. We'll have to set up the meeting so we can talk. That would be amazing. Uman I be in a fly on the wall in that meeting? Caitlin (22:51): Yes, absolutely. Well thank you so much for joining us to talk about this. Carrie (22:56): What I really want you to do now is to tell everyone what you've been working on with your partner at Eve academics, where you're headed and where we can all find you. Caitlin (23:04): Yes. Well, first of all, I want to say thank you for allowing me the opportunity to come on the podcast and talk about something that I'm super passionate about because at the end of the day, this is going to be the thing that makes waves for our students is when we can be okay with constructive criticism and perfect our craft. So AB academics is a company that I co-founded with my partner Jessica, my business partner, Jessica, who I mentioned earlier in this episode and she and I actually taught at that school together where our principal set up the whole fabulous observations for all of us and Eb Academics supports middle school English language arts teachers. Caitlin (23:35): We sell teaching resources on teachers, pay teachers, but we also have a monthly membership as well as an online professional development course for teachers. So our goal is really to support and a much deeper, more meaningful way to really create a partnership with them in a support group with them and walk them through, you know, everything that comes along with being a middle school ELA teacher from writing to reading to creating engaging lessons. Because we really want students to love learning and we want to help our teachers fall in love with teaching. Again. So many of the teachers in our community have said, you know, I've been teaching for 25 years and now I finally love teaching again. I found that spark, that enjoyment, that inspiration to go to class every single day because of what our community has been providing for them. So it's just been a really incredibly moving experience to have an impact on teachers ultimately having an impact on thousands of students across the country and even the world. Carrie (24:31): Amazing. So where can we find you if we want to learn more? Caitlin (24:34): Yeah, so the best place to find us is on Instagram at Eb Academics. You can also find us on Facebook at EB Academics kind of anywhere EB academics is. And then we also have a podcast that we would love to have you come be a listener. We are that a teaching middle school ELA podcast. If you just type in teaching middle school will be like the only one that pops up so you can find us there. Carrie (24:54): That's amazing. Also if you are an e2e member and you are inside of our site there's quite a few presentations. Two of them that come to the top of my mind are the one that you did. Maybe you're not an ELA middle school teacher but you are thinking about going, starting your own business. You did a really great presentation about like working with a partner in a business situation and then the one that you did for the new year reboot a conference around narrative writing. I think any teacher really can get a lot from that, not just middle school ELA. Caitlin (25:27): Yeah, absolutely. Thank you for mentioning those. I had actually forgotten that I did the other one about having a business partner and so you are thinking about going into business. Go watch that because it's very important when you go to create a business partnership because you want to make sure that you create a strong foundation for what you're doing. Cause a lot of things can STEM from having a business partner. It can be very challenging but also fabulous and wonderful. Yes. Well, thank you so much for joining us on the podcast. I do think that this is going to happen again. Carrie (25:56): So yes, let's do it. A long friendship and partnership with you. So thanks for coming and spending your time and talents with us. Caitlin (26:03): Thank you so much for having me. Carrie (26:05): Thank you so much. Carrie (26:06): Also to our sponsors, eSpark Learning and Hand to Mind. Thank you for sponsoring everything we do here at [inaudible] and for all of you, stay strong out there. I know this is a rough time of year with everything going on with the Coronavirus and getting through all of this stressful time. Some of us aren't, you know, at school right now, or we're waiting to see if our schools are going to be shut down. I'm sending love and peace and happiness to all of you. We will get through this and until next time, my friends keep on teaching on.
February 27, 2020
Sensory Processing Disorder is a personal topic for Heather Campbell, who is a 4th-grade veteran teacher and coach. In addition to being a coach, Heather is a mom of 4 children, one of which has Sensory Processing Disorder.   Heather is passionate about sharing about SPD to help parents and teachers identify and support students who face the disorder. SPD is a neurological condition where a child’s body and brain misread signals they are receiving. As a result,  children will either overreact or under-react to their surroundings.    There are seven different categories within Sensory Processing Disorder. It is important for educators to understand the differences between the seven categories and how we can provide comfort and support for students within each category. Sometimes, the most simple things can smooth the senses or stimulate the senses of a student with SPD.   While supporting students with SPD can seem intimidating, the first and most important step is understanding the child’s needs. Join us as Heather breaks down SPD in a very understandable and actionable way for educators.   Enter to Win $50 Everyday Educate Gift Card:   Today you will hear: [00:50] Announcement: New e2e Module on Membership Site [05:00] Heather’s Background and Intro [08:09] What is Sensory Processing Disorder [13:00] Behavior Issues and Developmental Delays with SPD [15:20] Strategies to help students with SPD [18:40] What parents can do to help teachers [21:00] Giving the responsibility to the child [24:00] Heather’s Favorite Resources The Sensory Spectrum Facebook Group Everyday Educate
February 13, 2020
Black history month is celebrated in the month of February and is a fabulous time to take a moment to check in with yourself and your classroom to ensure that people of color are not only celebrated and centered in the month of February but year-round. In this episode of e2e podcast, our guest Aundrea Tabbs-Smith talks about small steps teachers can take to make sure marginalized people are represented within your classroom, no matter the makeup of your student population.   I was thrilled to sit down with Aundrea, a future e2e module author (launching April 1st) to discuss this important topic. Aundrea starts off by telling us why as educators we must read and listen to books written by Black/Indigenous/People of color. She then explains the importance of critically looking at the books on our classroom shelves and wraps up the episode discussing why we should Identify authors and educators of color that have created resources on the content we are teaching.   Download the book list here:
February 6, 2020
Kelly Coker, Vice President of Programs at School on Wheels in Indianapolis, joins the podcast to discuss 3 important topics for educators on the topic of students experiencing homelessness: Who Is homeless, Understanding the impact of homelessness and what you can do as an educator to support students who are experiences homelessness. FREE Webinar: e2e Presents: Supporting Every Student in Your K-5 Classroom Educators know that every student in their classroom is important, but how do we go about making sure each student’s social-emotional and academic needs are met? Join us for this live webinar with educators 2 educators and eSpark Learning as we share FREE resources you can use to support you as you support every student in your classroom. When: Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 pm CSTRegister Here -OR- Tuesday, February 25 at 7 pm CSTRegister Here
January 23, 2020
The One Word Difference: Imagine having the power to create the teaching job of your dreams. Guess what? You already have that power. In this session, educators will learn how to pursue their passions in teaching to make their jobs more fulfilling. Educators will learn the power of saying no, so they can enjoy the power of saying yes to the things that fit their best teacher-life vision. Your passion for teaching brought you into the classroom--let’s find that excitement again and find time for the things that really matter. Download the session worksheet here.   Are you an e2e Member? Watch this video here.   Emily Aierstok is a 7th grade ELA teacher in Upstate New York. After working as a curriculum ambassador both in her district and the surrounding Capital District region, she decided to start creating engaging ELA curriculum that was standards and researched based and would also lead students to love reading and writing. She founded her business Read it. Write it. Learn it. in 2017 with the mission of helping other teachers to spark that love of learning in their students while also saving lots of time. Emily shares her passion on her blog, her Instagram, and through the curriculum she writes for her Teachers Pay Teachers store. Teachers Pay Teachers Store: Blog: Instagram: Facebook:
January 16, 2020
Teacher self-care looks different than self-care in other professions. Teachers need to be creative and find small chunks of time throughout the day to plug in self-care. Join Carrie as she explores ways you can fit it all in and get creative with your teacher self-care. Download the FREE teacher self-care toolkit here. Become an e2e Member at
January 9, 2020
Limbo is a difficult state for humans and especially educators. Depending on the situation, limbo can go on for days, weeks or even months and cause us to feel stress, anxiety and even depression. In this episode, Carrie discusses the two types of limbo we may experience as well as ways to work through limbo and move forward.
January 2, 2020
There are so many opportunities for an incredible near year and a new decade. How are you going to make sure you that you make the most of the next 365 days? 3,650 days? In this episode, Carrie shares her presentation from the 2019 New Year Reboot Conference. She shares 10 tips and tricks to make sure you make the most out of this year.
December 20, 2019
Today, Ashely Bible (@keepingthewonder and @buildingbooklove) to discuss her journey from superstar high school teacher to the leader of Keeping the Wonder Workshop.  Learn more about Keeping the Wonder at Membership:
December 13, 2019
In this episode, we are talking to Dr. Edward Tse, VP of Strategy and Content at NUITEQ about how we can prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow. We discuss the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the 6C 21st Century Skills and what is currently working in education. links: Bio: Dr Edward Tse’s passion is using Research to Make Education Fun. He holds over 50 Utility and Design Patent Filings and is the primary inventor of the first MultiTouch Table Product for Education: The SMART Table. He uses research to apply emerging technology trends to education so teachers can spend more time connecting with students and less time on content delivery. There are so many opinions about Education on the web. Dr. Edward Tse believes that first-hand experiences are the best way to learn about Education. He seeks a broad range of opinions from around the world and his vlog recognizes the impact of video on education. Thought leaders share stories about collaboration in the classroom, how they encouraged critical thinking skills and helped students harness their creative potential. His channel was awarded the 2018 Global EdTech Leader from the Edvocate. As VP of Strategy and Content at NUITEQ Dr Tse focuses on making it easy for teachers to engage in active learning and enabling creative expression using lightweight tools on mobile devices.
December 5, 2019
Dustin Staats from Board Gaming in Education joins the podcast to talk about how games and game mechanics help mold a more positive learning environment, how games help to motivate and engage students and how lesson planning is like game design. You can find Dustin at: Reach us at
November 21, 2019
Take a quick peek behind the scenes to hear all the reasons you should attend this year's e2e New Year Reboot conference. Also, be the first to know a HUGE announcement about the conference and the 2020 e2e Membership Site! Register for the conference at
November 11, 2019
It is a very common time of year for teachers to feel the teacher blues. The back-to-school energy has died down, there is a lot of change in the air and germs and viruses are slowly creeping their way into classrooms.  In this episode, we discuss signs that you could be in a bit of a funk and small suggestions on how to pick yourself back up.
November 3, 2019
We sit down with Nate Conroy, the founder and CEO of STEMhero, as he explains how he went from teacher to entrepreneur and launched STEMhero. Nate talks about how his passion for the outdoors inspired him to bring STEMhero to teachers across the nation. Learn more about STEMhero. Register for the e2e New Year Reboot Conference. Become an e2e Member.
October 30, 2019
Free classroom escape rooms bring magic and engagement to any classroom. Creating an escape room may seem intimidating, however, this episode's guest Shelly Rees is teaching us just how simple it can truly be to create. Sign up for this year's New Year Reboot Conference at
September 5, 2019
It is that time of year again - it is time to prepare for conferences. Join Carrie and Heather as they discuss why they switched to student-led conferences and how it made their life so much easier leading up to and during conference time. Check out Heather's new Student-Led Conference kit to help you get prepared for conferences NOW! The kit includes weekly reflections, student data tracking sheets, student-led conference forms for 1st grade through 6th grade. All e2e Members get the kit for FREE in October! You can become a member at this link.
August 29, 2019
Sit down with Carrie and her husband Brian as they reflect on the past two years of building educators 2 educators. Carrie and Brian answer listener questions and talk about the future of e2e.
August 20, 2019
In this episode, Carrie focuses in on setting healthy boundaries as a teacher. We go over the What, Why and How of boundary setting and why it is so important for teacher happiness. Interested in becoming an e2e Member? Learn more at
August 8, 2019
Jeanne Wolz from Teacher Off Duty joins the podcast to discuss the importance of finding your happiness outside the four classroom walls. What hobbies and passions can you lean into after school hours to help you stay a teacher for the long-run? Hear Jeanne's story and the tools she has in place to help teachers find balance.
July 23, 2019
Join some of e2e's brightest stars as they remind us of the importance of routines in the classroom. Hear from Meredith Newlin, Ashley Ramirez, Erin Bracco, Kristen Walker, Erica Aguirre, Matt Halpern, James Hunt, Amanda Cardenas and Beth Pittman as they share their favorite classroom routine for the beginning of the year!
July 2, 2019
David Vinca, founder and CEO of eSpark Learning, joins us for our first Fireside Chat! Over the next few months, we will sit down with various education CEOs to chat mission, vision and all things leadership. In this episode, learn how David came up with the idea for eSpark Learning, how the product has changed over the years and how David keeps himself grounded in what is going on in the classroom.  Learn more about eSpark at Sign up to become an e2e Member at Ask Carrie Questions for the 2-year reflection episode at
May 21, 2019
The second part of this series focuses on the important work of supporting a teacher-colleague after a loss. Carrie breaks down 8 Dos and Dont's of supporting a teacher who is grieving and returning to work.
May 9, 2019
In this episode, The Grieving Teacher, Carrie talks about how you can get through loss and grief when you are a teacher - because being a teacher adds an extra layer of difficulty when you are going through grief.  Going back to the classroom after you have a loss is difficult for many reasons but the fact that you have to head back to one of the most highly stressful jobs and then face, every single day, a room full of children….it can be challenging. Carrie has lived through the loss of both of her brothers while being an educator. She shares real-world advice on how to live through grief as a teacher. Even if you have not experienced a loss yourself, this is a great episode to listen to in order to help a fellow teacher or colleague.   Interested in becoming an e2e Member? You can learn more at:   Visit our website at to read our blog and register for our free conferences!
May 6, 2019
In this episode, Carrie shares 3 End-of-Year tips and tricks from her 10 years in the classroom. This episode is short and sweet and includes a VERY special announcement about the future of educators 2 educators! membership information:
April 24, 2019
The majority of parents are supportive and positive when it comes to their child's teacher(s), but every year teachers have a parent or two that can make their jobs significantly more difficult.  Tough parents can cause teachers to experience a higher level of stress, self-doubt and can significantly lower job satisfaction. It is also a leading cause in teacher burnout.  In this episode, Carrie looks at difficult parent relationships through the lens of control. How can you maintain control and power over your own thoughts, feelings, and actions when dealing with tough parent situations? Interested in joining us for an e2e course or conference? Learn more at Learn more about e2e at
April 17, 2019
Join me as I interview Sara Bunker about her transition INTO the teaching world from the corporate world! She has so much great insight to share with both current teachers future teachers!
March 18, 2019
Jennifer Heymoss is the Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences at Western Michigan University. Jen sits down with e2e to discuss her journey from classroom teacher to teacher leader.
March 4, 2019
Monica Genta is a speaker, author, teacher and motivator who sits down with Carrie to chat all things career. Learn how she had the courage to step outside her school walls to share her energy and passion with teachers nation-wide.
February 22, 2019
Looking to write or update your resume? Carrie gives 3 tips/tricks to make sure your resume makes it to the top of the pile. Career Conference Information
February 14, 2019
The dreaded cover letter. No one likes to write them and frankly, no one really loves to read them. Do they matter? Yes, they do. In the latest e2e Podcast episode, I'm going to tell you why and give you a few tips and tricks to make your cover letter worth reading.
February 7, 2019
It is so easy to slip into a work rut and feel like your job is weighing you down. This episode is a gentle reminder for what you already know - How Your Thoughts Control Your Work Day. If you really think about it, no matter what it is, work, home, relationships, your thoughts control your feelings, your feelings control your actions and your actions control your results over time. Join me for this quick episode to see if you can turn around a tough morning or day!
January 31, 2019
Interested in a career at an education company? Learn about 4 Roles that are perfect for teachers looking for a career change! Register for the Teacher Career Conference at
January 23, 2019
Carrie discusses six possible career paths for teachers from spending your entire career in the classroom to transition into a role in corporate education.
January 15, 2019
Do you have a teacher in your school that is constantly trying to compete with you? Are you a competitive teacher who likes to be one of the "best" teachers in your building? This episode will you give you 5 ways to deal with competitive people in the workplace AND help competitive people think about ways they might be sucking the joy out of teaching for the teacher next door. Interested in registering for the e2e Teacher Career Conference? Learn more about the conference here.
December 6, 2018
Beth Pittman joins the podcast to discuss how she keeps her students engaged during flexible seating in her classroom. You can visit her website at and follow her on Instagram @flexibleinfirst.
November 1, 2018
Imagine a world in which you get to school early and feel completely calm and centered. A world in which you start every morning putting yourself FIRST and leaving the house with a positive and grateful heart. As a teacher, you can easily feel drained, sleep too late and rush through the morning in order to get to school on time. We collaborated with Erin Bracco from Buddha Belly Kids Yoga to create a super simple teacher morning challenge that promises to leave you feeling positive and grateful every morning. Get the free downloadable at
October 18, 2018
Fletcher Nelson shares his love for his pontoon boat and his love for building a community of readers in his classroom. Follow Fletcher on Instagram: @_thirdgradeswag
October 11, 2018
One of the leading causes of teacher burnout is challenging interactions with parents. In part two of the teacher-parent series, Carrie focuses on focusing on the good and positive parents.
October 9, 2018
Have you ever dreamed of publishing a children's book? This episode is for you! Hear from Paul Rodeen, president of Rodeen Literary Agency, as he explains what it takes to be a children's author. Paul represents artists Peter Brown, Ryan Higgins and Victoria Jamieson and many more! Learn more about Rodeen Literary Management at
October 4, 2018
As a teacher, you make over 1,500 educational decisions every single day. By the time 9 pm rolls around, you are exhausted and ready to enjoy a restful night’s sleep. If you fall asleep immediately (hello, sleep deprivation) or you toss and turn into the wee hours of the night, you are not alone. Many teachers struggle to get the night’s rest they need and deserve. Get started down the right path by forming a bedtime self-care routine and sticking to it. Here are a few ideas to get you on your way to a great night’s sleep.
September 27, 2018
One of the leading causes of teacher burnout is challenging interactions with parents. In part one of the teacher-parent series, Carrie focuses on building healthy boundaries with parents when it comes to email.
September 13, 2018
Dan Jones, a Fearless Mind Coach and entrepreneur, joins educators 2 educators podcast to discuss football, farming and teaching. Dan has coached professional athletes and business leaders and recently sold his company Vanilla. Join Dan and Carrie as they discuss three topics: Controlling the Controllable Avoiding Energy Vampires Focusing on What's Going Well You can learn more at
September 6, 2018
Join Carrie as she reflects on the first year of educators 2 educators and learn where she plans to that educators 2 educators in year 2.
June 25, 2018
Learn tips for classroom organization from one of the best, The Simply Organized Teacher, Kelly Jackson. Teacher Summer Reboot
May 9, 2018
Seven Instagram Teacher Superstars join the podcast to give advice on how to create and grow a teacher Instagram account. Learn how Instagram creates a community of learners for teachers from around the country and the world! To Register for Teacher Summer Reboot, visit   Follow the teachers on Instagram: Fletcher Jessica Beth Whitney Diane Jill Heather Carrie
April 26, 2018
Kelly Coker, Vice President of Programs at School on Wheels in Indianapolis, join the podcast to discuss 3 important topics for educators on the topic of students experiencing homelessness: Who Is homeless, Understanding the impact of homelessness and what you can do as an educator to support students who are experiences homelessness.
April 16, 2018
Kristine Garcia joins the podcast to discuss our years of co-teaching together. We discuss how to start the year off strong, building trust and various models you can use in a co-teaching environment. Join us as I share out the proudest moment of my 10 years in the classroom!
March 15, 2018
Mary Jo Madda, creative strategy manager at Google, joins Educators 2 Educators podcast to discuss practical tips and tools to bring digital citizenship lessons into the classroom.  Mary Jo Linked In Educators 2 Educators Instagram Google Edu Traning Center Common Sense Media PBS Kids
March 5, 2018
Lorie Lamb, a veteran teacher from Ohio, discusses her love of project-based and museum learning.
February 23, 2018
Heather Campbell, 4th Grade Teacher, from Utah, discusses the power of Student-Led Conferences in her classroom. Sign Up to be an e2e Insider: Follow Us on Instagram:  Educators 2 Educators: Heather Campbell:
February 13, 2018
Meet Kevin Cornell, aka "Mister C", an Educational Consultant, Ohio PBS Digital Innovator, Creator and Host of Full STEAM Ahead (presenting station: ThinkTV - PBS), and CEO Mister C as he discussed creating media in the classroom. Become an e2e Insider: Register for Webinars and Upcoming Events: ____________________________________ Join Mister C for fun and exciting songs and videos! ► Click HERE to download Mister C's Music: ► VISIT Mister C's Store: ► JOIN the Mister C NEWSLETTER - ►Facebook: ►Website: ►Twitter: ►Instagram: ►Mister C music:
December 19, 2017
Dr. Monica Burns joins e2e to discuss her new book, Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom. We chat about creation, curiosity, and collaboration.
December 4, 2017
Nikki Nigl, Accountability Coach, joins e2e to discuss the ABC's in which Woman and Girls are Socialized. This episode will help you create a classroom which encourages girls to speak up and act with confidence. Visit Nikki's website at to learn more about the work she does including One-on-One coaching, corporate and school workshops.
November 16, 2017
Dr. Sarita Bhakuni, psychologist, joins e2e to discuss Resilience in Children. We cover the topics of reality testing, stress management and the importance of social networks.
November 9, 2017
Gwyn Kram, a principal, joins me to discuss her research on building trust in schools. We discuss building trust with student, teachers, and parents.
November 2, 2017
Katy Lynch, Co-Founder, and Chief Marketing Officer, Codeverse, joins me to discuss Entrepreneurship in the Classroom. Katy shares three skills of entrepreneurship that we can bring to the classroom: not being afraid to fail, taking risks/trusting your gut, and being open to learning new things.  How can we push our classrooms and teaching from a traditional space to a place where kids can be creative and take risks?
October 27, 2017
Apryl Riley, Program Director, Mentoring and Induction, at Illinois State University's Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline joins e2e to discuss Empathy and Sympathy in the classroom. We discuss three concepts within the topic: putting a story to each face in your classroom, being a community teacher, and bringing the community into your school.
October 16, 2017
Are you thinking of creating flexible learning spaces in your classroom? Take a listen to Ms. Good discuss her transformation from traditional seating to flexible learning spaces. Also, Carrie reflects on the early success of e2e and her goal for shining a spotlight on incredible educators throughout the nation. Ms. Good's favorite blogs on Flexible Seating:
August 29, 2017
Lesley has taught English Learners in the Elementary Classroom for over 10 years in both Chicago Public Schools and Metro Nashville Public Schools. In this episode, we discuss 3 ways to help English Learners feel confident in the classroom including using morning meeting to build a comfortable learning environment, academic conversations to build language skills, and vocabulary overload for EL students in the classroom.  Listen Here RSS
August 21, 2017
On this episode we discuss classroom discipline, keeping classroom interaction exciting, and homework assignments with Cameryn. Cameryn is a sophomore in college studying to be a special education student. She is excited but nervous and has many lingering questions as she learns to be a top-notch educator.
August 21, 2017
Carrie welcomes Kelly, her mentor teacher, to discuss getting the year off the right start. Maria, her  sister and brand new teacher, joins us to ask pressing questions following her first week in the classroom. We cover classroom management, taking things slow, wait time and the difference between discipline and management.
August 8, 2017
The pilot episode discusses WHO I am and WHY I'm starting this podcast. e2e is a podcast with the purpose of connecting educators from across the nation to improve their teaching practice through 3 concepts per episode. Whether you are studying to be a teacher or a veteran, you'll walk away with innovative ideas to improve your craft. In this episode, learn 3 tips to start the year off right!
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