066: Iron Sharpens Iron… There is POWER in the Process

Welcome to Episode 66 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast. In this episode I talk about the saying “Iron Sharpens Iron” and discuss the deeper meaning behind it so that, as teachers, we can do our best to sharpen each other day by day. The goal is to challenge you, make you think, and inspire you to be the Iron that Sharpens Iron.

064: Teaching In The Rain

Facing the drizzle and downpour head on!

Welcome to Episode 64 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast. In today’s episode I talk about the drizzle and the steady downpour that we all experience in teaching. The goal is to reflect on, and remember, the powerful lesson that comes at the end.

Learn and grow from the drizzle, surround yourself with a support system to help you through the downpour, and remember that there is beauty to be found once the rain has passed.

062: The Impact of YOUR Teaching Shadow

Welcome to Episode 62 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast. In this episode I talk about the impact of your Teaching Shadow, and how positioning yourself correctly can help you grow.


The Impact of YOUR Teaching Shadow

If you choose to walk away from the light, your shadow will be cast in front of you. If you choose to walk toward the light, your shadow will be cast behind you.

Where does YOUR shadow lie?

Teaching on the Island of Misfit Toys

Watching the 1964 TV special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas tradition for many people around the world.

It is the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who is bullied for being different. He teams up with a toy-making elf who wants to be a dentist, and they set out on an adventure to find a place that will accept them. On their journey, they discover an island of misfit toys that have been tossed aside due to the slight ‘defects’ they possess. Unwanted and rejected, the toys live in sadness on the island waiting for the day that someone will want them as their own. Rudolph and Hermey (the elf dentist) understand the plight of the toys and promise to return and save them all. In the end, Rudolph learns that greatness can be achieved by anyone, even those that are least expected to succeed, and he saves the day by finding a home for each misfit toy.

Watching it now as a teacher reminds me of the importance of creating a home for the students we teach who feel as though they are misfits.

056: Three Ways Teachers Are Like Streetlights

Welcome to Episode 56 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  In this episode I focus on Three Ways Teachers are like Streetlights. The GOAL of this episode is to ENCOURAGE YOU to continue to be the light so many of your students need every day.

Teach FIT: How ‘In Shape’ are YOU as a Teacher?

The most successful people in the world are FIT.  They have the ability to Focus, take Initiative, and be Tenacious in order to accomplish their goals.  People who have a FIT mentality will rise above the rest.

When it comes to teaching, this same rule applies.  If you want to lead your students down a successful path, you must be able to focus on a plan, take the initiative to move things forward, and be tenacious in living out your purpose. 

In order to be an unforgettable teacher and to rise above the obstacles you face daily, you must take the time to get FIT.

054: The ‘One More Step’ Mentality: Overcome Overwhelm

Welcome to Episode 54 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  In this episode I talk about the ‘One more step’ mentality to encourage you during times when you face overwhelm, frustration or stress as a teacher.  Learn three strategies you can use to help you through the tough times you face as a teacher.

Three Inspiring Costumes Great Teachers Wear

When kids (and adults alike) dress up on Halloween, they are taking advantage of an opportunity to become someone else and hide their identity for a night.

As teachers, you have the opportunity to ‘dress up’ as many things throughout the year.  The difference between you, and those on Halloween, is that your ‘disguises’ display your identify rather than hide it. The power of who you represent to your students each day can make all the difference.  Make sure to wear your ‘costumes’ well.

The POWER of a Teacher’s Presence

The power of your presence in the lives of others can leave a remarkable impact.  Depending on how you wield that power will determine the influence you have each day.

It is crucial to understand that in a fast paced world, filled with people who equate value with action, the power of your presence can often be overlooked.   The message you send to others without saying a word can be even more powerful than you imagine. 

What’s In Your Teacher Carry-on?

5 Essentials We All Must Pack Daily

When we travel on a plane we are allowed to bring a carry-on.  Within it we often place the essentials, the things we need most, just in case our luggage gets lost along the way.

As teachers, we must be prepared with a ‘teacher carry-on’ of our own that is filled with the essentials we need each day.  When lessons don’t go well, when technology goes haywire or when things seem so bad we question our calling as a teacher, we will rely on the items in our carry-on to get us through. 

The following five ‘essentials’ are crucial to have with us every day in order to impact students on a much deeper level.  Carry them with you and create an unforgettable experience for every student you teach.