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.

049: Two Minute Timeout For Teachers… Embrace Failure!

Welcome to Episode 49 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  This is a Two Minute Timeout for Teachers!  In this episode, I share a quote from Michael Jordan that will inspire and encourage you to EMBRACE FAILURE!

Today’s episode features a quote from Michael Jordan that says, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.”

Take a few minutes to listen in and be encouraged and inspired today!

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.

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.