050: 3 ‘Growth Milestones’ of the Students We Teach

Welcome to Episode 50 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  In this episode I talk about three growth milestones that our students go through in their learning process and just how important it is for us, as teachers, to recognize them.

In life we all go through growth stages, and with each stage we reach milestones that mark some of our most cherished memories.  For many of us, three big milestones as we go through life are learning to walk, learning to ride a bike and learning to drive.

In today’s episode, I focus on these three stages, how they relate to student growth and the important job that a teacher has in all of them!

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.

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.