043: A Teacher’s Playlist: Beyonce… Leave Your Mark!

Welcome to Episode 43 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast.  In this episode, I will be focusing on a compelling song from Beyonce, entitled ‘I Was Here,” and unpack the crucial lyrical lessons found inside to empower you, encourage you, and remind you of just how impactful you are by being HERE everyday.

This is our 3rd installment of our ‘Teacher’s Summer Playlist’ series.  By the end of this episode, my hope is that you are filled with inspiration, motivation, and power.  So as you listen to these three ways teachers leave their mark, listen carefully to the lyrics Beyonce shares, let them sink in to encourage you, and relate them to your not only your teaching but also your life.

There are so many ‘Lyrical Life Lessons’ found within Beyonce’s hit song “I Was Here.”

Listen to this episode to delve into these three ways YOU can leave your mark today!


Leave Your Mark by Teaching with No Regrets

Leave Your Mark by Teaching with Love

Leave Your Mark by Teaching with Excellence

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Spider-Man: 4 POWERS Teachers Possess

Summer Superhero Series: Volume Three

Spiderman is an ‘accidental’ superhero.  He has powers bestowed upon him that he never intended to have, and he never knew existed.

Spider-Man: 4 POWERS Teacher's Possess

In teaching we often face situations that we never expected would happen.  Just like Spider-Man, however, we have been gifted with powers that we never knew existed or we often take for granted.  All we have to do is look within to find them, and learn to wield them well.

042: A Teacher’s Playlist: Tim McGraw… 3 Forgotten Lessons

Welcome to Episode 42 of the Teachonomy Talks podcast. In this episode, I focus on three lyrical life lessons found within the words of Tim McGraw’s award winning hit… ‘Humble and Kind’ that can truly change the world.

This is a powerful song, filled with timeless lessons that I feel the students we teach and the adults we encounter, can learn from as we navigate a world that is constantly changing. If we simply remember these lessons, and the underlying theme found within each one, we can truly change the world around us for the better.

There are so many ‘Lyrical Life Lessons’ found within Tim McGraw’s hit song “Humble and Kind.”

Listen to this episode to delve into these three lyrical lessons and be encouraged!


Let Yourself Feel Pride

Erase Bitterness From Your Life

Remember Your Roots

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GROOT: 3 Lessons to Learn as Leaders

Summer Superhero Series: Volume Two

Groot is a superhero who does not need words to define his leadership.  He uses his actions and his example to demonstrate his strength, and others take notice.

GROOT: 3 Lessons to Learn as Leaders

Leadership is tough. It is not something that can be mastered by following a formula or a framework.  It is something that is learned over time, through years of observation and mentorship.  Groot is a perfect example of selfless leadership in action.

Lead like Groot and take these lessons to heart as you tackle the task of leadership.

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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