Teachers Need Teachers
By Kim Lepre
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Teachers Need Teachers is the podcast for new and beginning teachers. It's inspired by the questions beginning teachers are asking around the web, plus the questions that you didn’t know you should ask! I'll help you clear the confusion and figure out what to focus on so that you’ll have the most positive impact in your classrooms without losing your freaking mind. I want to help you navigate through those crazy first years of teaching while maintaining your sanity AND personal life!
||CleanTnT 31 Ray Steinmetz reveals how to personalize math and make it meaningful to students||Math teachers are tasked with teaching students concepts that they'll use for life while also getting past students' fixed mindset of, "I hate math, and I suck at it." How can teachers keep students motivated and engaged in a Common Core world? Ray...||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 30 Here's what to do when your lessons just aren't working||Regardless of how long you've been teaching, there will be many moments when your lessons just don't seem to be working. This is especially frustrating when you've taken time to plan the "perfect" lesson or unit, and the students still can't...||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 29 How to best handle an angry parent email||Every teacher will receive at least one (if not more) emailed from disgruntled parents. Regardless of who's at fault, it can be a nerve-wracking experience and have lasting negative effects if not handled properly. How can we address the email in a...||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 28 How to maximize the impact of your lesson planning||Many teachers come into the profession with one of two extremes - they have no idea what they're supposed to teach and have to plan everything themselves, or they're given a completely scripted and planned curriculum and have no autonomy. Both of...||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 27 Laura Kebart reassures us that differentiation doesn't have to be difficult||All teachers know that they need to differentiate, but what does that look like in a classroom? During the planning stages? In real time? How can a teacher be expected to plan for students performing two grades below and those performing two...||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 26 Erin Sadler helps science teachers make sense of NGSS||The Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, have been rolled out the past few years with much confusion and anxiety. Veteran science teachers have been grappling with how to shift their way of teaching while new teachers are still attempting to...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 25 How preassessment data and Lexile scores will change the way you teach||In this final installment of my series on examining student data, we look at how preassessment data and Lexile scores can really illuminate gaps in learning for students in any subject area. Getting baseline data in the form a preassessment can help...||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 24 Latisha Chisholm, LICSW explains how you can best serve your students with IEPs||Students with disabilities that are mainstreamed have unique educational struggles that all teachers must address. New teachers often wonder what they're required to do with students with IEPs, and how to balance that with the million other things...||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 23 What to look for and notice when examining student demographics||On the first day of school, neither you nor your students know much about each other. However, looking at their demographic data prior to that initial meeting can help you get a clearer picture of their particular circumstances. From their...||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 22 Five types of data you must collect at the beginning of the school year||At the beginning of the school year, many teachers prioritize tasks such as setting up their classroom, going over the curriculum, working on their syllabus, and ironing out classroom procedures and policies. But do they spend the same amount of...||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 21 Sam Fecich delivers her tips on how preservice teachers can make the most of their education||Preservice teachers have a unique task of cramming as much information and experience on pedagogy, classroom management, educational technology, and much more. How can they leverage what they learn in their credentialing programs so that they have a...||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 20 Mindset matters - how your mindset becomes your reality in the classroom||It's no secret that teaching is a rewarding but difficult job. Many teachers go into the career only to become overwhelmed, disillusioned, disheartened, and lost. Could have this been prevented? Possibly, but only if they had examined their own...||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 19 Mari Venturino takes on Twitter as a teacher||Most new teachers have experience using social media, but are they taking advantage of the on-demand professional development and support? Mari Venturino dives into how Twitter can be the PD you're looking for to grow and become confident as an...||8/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 18 Carolyn Gardner helps elementary teachers get ready for back to school||It's back-to-school...elementary style! Elementary school teachers know too well the stresses of preparing for multiple subjects, classroom decor, routines, and systems. Carolyn Gardner tells us what to focus on so that we can truly be prepared...||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 17 How I use my syllabus to communicate with parents||It's back-to-school time! There's always so much to prepare for your first teaching position, one thing that you definitely want to plan ahead is your syllabus. Use this document as a communication tool with your students' parents so that you can all...||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 16 Tenisha Tate dispels common new teacher myths||New teachers have a seemingly endless amount of things to prepare for their first day, but often they worry about back-to-school the most. Tenisha Tate explains how to handle it while keeping control of your class, how to spot a student in need, and...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 15 The only advice you'll need on how to nail that next teaching interview||Now that I've interviewed seven administrators and answered their top job interview questions, it's time to take all of that valuable information and put it to good use. Here are my key takeaways that you can use to nail your next teaching interview...||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 14 Ross Cooper emphasizes the importance of growing as an educator||Even though they will vary, most interview panels ask similar questions. Ross Cooper gives us one of the best ways to stand out in an interview and discusses the importance of always growing and learning as an educator. To access the show notes and...||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 13 Rick Mohrien's reassuring interview advice for new teachers||One of the biggest fears that many brand new teachers have is that they won’t be hired due to their lack of experience. Rick Mohrien tells us what’s REALLY important to most principals and what beginning teachers should focus on for the interview...||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 12 Rob Fulk gets real about being honest in job interviews||When preparing for an interview, we’re often faced with the fear of the unknown. What if we don’t have an answer or know what the interviewer is talking about? Rob Fulk gives new teachers valuable and honest tips about how to handle these common...||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 11 Scott Schwartz explains the advantages of using data for hiring||Hiring new teachers based on a resume and a gut feeling during an interview can sometimes result in someone who is a wrong fit for the school. Scott Schwartz describes the meticulous process his district uses to hire a great teacher every time, as...||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 10 Asia Cunningham gives epic job interview tips||As a new teacher, your advisors in your credentialing program probably gave you some interviewing advice and practice questions. While these are helpful, it’s definitely even more valuable to hear from someone on a hiring committee and know exactly...||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 9 James Moffett tells us how a teacher's approach to classroom management can make or break an interview||A topic that many job-seeking teachers are asked about is classroom management. Every school has its own philosophy and mission in terms of behavior, but some take it a step further. James Moffett dives deep into how being a trauma-informed school is...||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 8 6 revealing reasons why you didn't get that teaching job||As a new teacher, you’ve probably been on many, many interviews without any luck. While it’s awful to be rejected, the best thing you can do is use it as a learning experience. Here are some reasons why you may not have been hired for that...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 7 Why close reading is the first tool new teachers should have under their belt with Brooklyn Khan||Teaching literacy is a responsibility for all teachers of all subjects, but what if you don’t know how to teach reading? Brooklyn Khan dives into a simple but powerful strategy that every new teacher should have readily available. To access the show..||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 6 Classroom management doesn't have to suck||Thinking about and dealing with classroom management is often a beginning teachers’ nightmare. Taking the time to have a crystal clear picture of your rules and consequences will help to improve student behaviors with each coming year. To...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 5 Expecting your students to be mind-readers is a waste of time||Properly communicated classroom policies and procedures ensure that you can maximize the learning time in a safe and productive environment. When we start out teaching, it’s a time of experimentation to see what works. Here are four important points..||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 4 It's time to grade your grading policies||As a newer teacher, you probably used the grading system from student teaching or a haphazard combination of what you “heard” you should do. By taking the time to closely examine your grading policies, you can ensure that your gradebook clearly...||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 3 Why you need to rethink your classroom set up to maximize learning||When was the last time you examined your classroom setup? Your classroom needs to be set up to maximize student learning while also reducing traffic and chaos. Here’s what to consider when considering a new setup. To access the resource, go to...||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 2: Which grade is the easiest to teach, and other questions from the web||Today's questions: - How to keep it together during unannounced observations. - Which grade is the easiest to teach - Whether or not you should go straight into teaching after getting your credential Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?..||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTnT 1: Using end-of-the-year student feedback to guide your teaching||Do you collect student feedback? If not, you should! It's a great way to know how students perceive your effectiveness, and whether or not you're creating relationships and connecting with them. It's also a quick and easy way for students to feel that..||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy me? Why this podcast? Why now?||Being a new teacher is tough as it is, especially if you don't have a mentor and have to go at it alone. There are so many questions you want to ask but feel stupid doing so. There are situations in which you SHOULD ask questions, but you're so...||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Teachers Need Teachers||What is the Teachers Need Teachers podcast about and who is it for? Why should you subscribe? What makes this different from other teaching podcasts? How will this change your teaching? Listen in and get all of the details in 106 second flat. Got...||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Realistic and actionable!
Highly recommended! The bite-sized nuggets Kim provides for teachers are so actionable and can be easily implemented right away. This podcast is a win if you’re a teacher wanting to make quick improvements in the classroom!
I am LOVING your podcast!! I couldn’t have found it at a better time!! I’m moving to Texas and working on getting my certification this summer...kinda freaking out that there won’t be any jobs out there when I’m looking. Any advice on how to prepare my class if I do get an offer with such a short amount of time?!
Future Middle School Teacher
You are so down to earth to listen too!
Your podcasts are lots of fun to listen too! I like the reasonings you gave for why you love teaching 7th grade! I love your dedication to helping beginner teachers, keep up the great work and I can’t wait for the next podcast!