048: First Year Teacher Truths: 3 Lessons Every Teacher Must Remember

Welcome to Episode 48 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  It is essential to never forget or lose the passion and enthusiasm we all had as new teachers.  In this episode, I talk about THREE truths we can learn from a first year teacher and the importance of remembering to live them out each day.

Whether you’ve been in the classroom a few years, you’re a veteran teacher,  or even if you are an administrator,  we can all benefit from these simple reminders from a First Year Teacher.

Take a minute today and reflect on them to help you become even more unforgettable.

Wisdom for Teachers from a Hot Dog Vendor

There is so much wisdom to be found in our world.  Sometimes all we have to do is pay close attention and take it all in.

In my town we have a quaint ‘main street’ that is filled with small independent shops, trendy cafes and unique restaurants.   One person, however, that has made himself a much needed staple in the community is our local hot dog vendor.  He provides a service that many business people in the area just couldn’t live without…. a quick, cheap lunch.  He started a few years ago, and despite the intense competition he faces,  he has continued to flourish year after year. 

As teachers, I think we can glean some wisdom from the success of this hot dog vendor by leaning in and paying close attention to some simple secrets he possesses.

047: Two Minute Timeout For Teachers… Be Good!

Welcome to Episode 47 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  This is a Two Minute Timeout for Teachers!  In this episode, I share a quote from Dr. Minor Myers Jr. that will inspire and encourage you to BE GOOD!

This year I will be implementing a quick bi-weekly Two Minute Timeout for Teachers between our regular episodes for the month.  The goal is to provide you with a dose of inspiration that you can take with you into your day.

Today’s episode features a quote from Dr. Minor Myers Jr. that says, “Go into the world and do well, but more importantly go into the world and do good.”

046: Teaching at the Chef’s Counter: 3 Ingredients Every Teacher Should Use

Welcome to Episode 46 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  In this episode I talk about 3 powerful elements of this Chef’s Counter that every teacher can implement right away, so they can make their classroom an experience that students will never forget.

There is so much power that can be found when we teach our classes the way a master chef handles their most valuable table.  If we took on the mindset of looking at our student as honored guests, it could make all the difference in the world.

How to Strive Through the Storms of Leadership

The strength of a storm must be respected.  However, when we take the time to step outside, once it has passed, we will be given the opportunity to smell the fresh new air it has left behind and work together like never before.

Great leaders will face storms, yet it is often through the fury that we find fortitude.  Whether the storms we face totally destroy the foundation of our vision or they try to simply hinder our progress, it is crucial to approach them with a plan.  When a leader is prepared before the storm hits, they will be able to emerge even stronger than before.  The key is in how you handle the storms that come your way.

Dear Student of Mine…

The POWER of a Simple Letter

Emotions. Our students are filled with them when they walk into our lives for the first time.   A mix of excitement, nerves and a touch of fear will consume them as they slowly enter the classroom.

As a teacher, your response to their emotions may be one of the most impactful steps you take all year.  Tread lightly and know that one of the greatest things you can do to calm their nerves is to be transparent.  Build relationships from day one, and alleviate their fears by setting a stage of trust.

One thing I find to be so helpful is to greet new students with a simple letter.  A letter that lays out what they can expect from me, and explains my goals as their teacher and mentor this year.

045: A Teacher’s Summer Playlist: The Final Note… 3 Lessons Every Teacher Must Learn

Welcome to Episode 45 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  In this final episode of this Summer Playlist Series, I am going to talk about 3 Lessons every teacher must learn that we can take from music.

The Justice League: Teach as One

Superhero Summer Series: Final Chapter

The Justice League is compiled of some of the most powerful superheroes of all time.   Alone, each hero is POWERFUL, yet together they are an UNSTOPPABLE force to be reckoned with.

As a teacher, you bring your own unique skill set into the profession.  The different abilities and skills that you possess could be considered your very own superpowers.  Alone, you are powerful, yet imagine if we attempted to ‘save the world’ together instead of going at it alone.

Just like the most powerful superheroes of our time, when we work together we can change the world.

044: A Teacher’s Summer Playlist: Taylor Swift… Ignore the Naysayers!

Welcome to Episode 44 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  In this episode, I will be focusing on a message that Taylor Swift often sends to her millions of fans in order to uplift and inspire them!

So many times as teachers we face negativity and push back from people who are the naysayers in our lives. Be inspired today by Taylor’s message to Shake it off and Shine!

Hermione: 3 Spells to Cast as a Leader

Summer Superhero Series: Volume Four

Hermione wields the wand of change.  By casting her spell through her adventures, she changes the narrative and gives us the realization of a female hero that girls look up to and boys revere.

As leaders, we can learn a lot through taking a closer look at Hermione.  She demonstrates so many qualities that are found within great leadership, and her actions speak louder than her words.  With each spell she casts, she teaches us how to be the kind of leader others want to follow.