041: A Teacher’s Playlist: Vanilla Ice… Eliminate Mediocrity

Welcome to Episode 41 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast. In this kickoff episode of our summer series, I focus on 3 ways to eliminate mediocrity in our lives so that we don’t commit the ‘felony’ of giving less than our best each day.

This episode will be the first in our Teacher’s Summer Playlist series.  This summer I will be taking one powerful line from songs we all know and cherish, and hopefully inspire and encourage you with the lyrical lesson found deep inside. The format for the  summer will be a new episode every other week so make sure to subscribe so you can catch them all.

I kick off the series with a lyric from a 90’s classic by Vanilla Ice, ‘Ice Ice Baby.’  “Anything less than the best is a felony…”

Eliminate Mediocrity

Take Ownership

Don’t Follow the Majority

Leave Your Comfort Zone

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Wonder Woman: 4 Lessons to Empower the Girls We Teach

Summer Superhero Series: Volume One

Wonder Woman is not simply a ‘female’ superhero, but rather she is a superhero who happens to be a female. There is a big difference.

When young girls in classrooms around the world understand this difference, they become empowered. They truly believe that they have the strength and fortitude to change the world. They become fierce.

We must teach our girls to ‘embrace the wonder,’ and internalize the lessons they can learn from Wonder Woman.

040: After the Last Bell: 4 Steps Teachers Forget to Take

Welcome to Episode 40 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast. In this episode, I talk about 4 steps that teachers often forget to take after the last bell rings.  These steps are so crucial to include while you plan if you want to enjoy your well deserved summer break even more!

Teachers are planners.  Whether you teach in the classroom full time or you lead others in their educational careers, the fact is that in order to be successful and impactful in this profession, or even in life, you must have a plan.

Once the last bell rings, we often become filled with emotions and excitement.  Many times we already begin laying out our plans for the summer or we begin to anticipate the great things we plan to accomplish.  This is natural, and really is a great thing to do, but don’t forget to take these simple four simple steps as well.

STEP ONE: Just breathe and take a moment to relax, reflect, and rest

STEP TWO: Plan in “Me Moments” and schedule in a little time for YOU weekly.

STEP THREE: “Snub the Screen’ and set aside 30 mins to an hour to disconnect your devices and reconnect to what matters most

STEP FOUR: Make a difference and be intentional to help someone else’s day shine a little brighter each week.

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Two Minute Timeout For Teachers… Give Gratitude

Cynthia Ozick is a well known and highly celebrated short story writer, novelist, and Pulitzer prize finalist. She once said “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”  In this Two Minute Timeout for Teachers, I want to encourage you to look around you and find your closest support system.  Take the time to thank them and show your appreciation for their support today!

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039: TEACH UP: 3 Strategies to Increase Impact

Welcome to Episode 39 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  In this episode, I focus on three quick ways to ‘TEACH UP’ and delve into specific ways to make them happen.

In order to reach our students where they are, we must be able to TEACH UP and adopt a child like mentality.  We must do our best to think like our students do and create what is needed to teach them where they are each day.  Simply remember these three TEACH UP strategies to begin your journey.

TEACH UP by taking the positive path and transform your impact.

TEACH UP by embracing your imagination and find your inner creativity.

TEACH UP by losing your limits and be fearless in your approach each day.

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Two Minute Timeout for Teachers… Don’t Worry!

Inspired by the words of Leo Buscaglia

Leo Buscaglia has helped so many people around the world through his message of love and kindness. He once said “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”  In this Two Minute Timeout for Teachers, I want to encourage you to refrain from worrying and focus on the positive moments we have each and every day.

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Teaching the ‘Chipotle’ Way… Turn up the Heat!

I am not a big fan of fast food. Every time I take a moment to indulge, it costs me a pound or two! This may not sound like much, but it adds up over time and it just isn’t worth it.

If I do decide that I need a quick meal however, one place I like to frequent is Chipotle.  Although they provide a meal that I can get quickly, they do not offer the low quality of other fast food chains.  In my opinion, they provide food fast, NOT fast food!

As teachers, we can learn from how Chipotle has changed the face of fast food forever, and steal a few key ideas that have been the secret to their success to implement into our teaching.

038: Fixer Upper: A Teacher’s ‘Reno’ Story

Welcome to Episode 38 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  In this episode I talk about how teaching can often be a Fixer Upper and how teachers are constantly involved in the best ‘reno’ story of all.

In teaching, you will have students every year that come into your classroom in need of renovation. Whether it is a full makeover, or a slight fix, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the end. Focus on adding the ‘secret sauce,’  the three elements that Chip and Joanna Gaines have mastered, in order to make your ‘Reno’ story one for the ages.

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Two Minute Timeout for Teachers… Be Kind!

Inspired by the words of Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres has helped so many people around the world simply by being kind.  Her impact on the lives of so many has come from her desire to spread joy to others.  In this Two Minute Timeout for Teachers, I want to encourage you to be kind each day and create the chain reaction that is so needed in our world today.

I am a Teacher and I am Proud

When it comes to making a difference in this world, teachers are on the top of the list.

 If you’ve ever had the benefit of a making a student smile, seeing the ‘aha’ moment in a child’s eye or being the difference maker in the life of a student, then you know just how powerful teaching can be.  Although it can be a difficult road, there is nothing quite like being a teacher.