Teaching Keating with Weston and Molly Kieschnick

By Weston and Molly Kieschnick

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Join Weston, Molly, and a bottle of wine as we use iconic teaching moments from movies and television as a vehicle to reflect on instructional practice. We invite you to laugh, agree or disagree, and work toward discovering exactly who you are and where you stand as an educator. Weston is a former high school teacher and administrator who now works as a Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education. His work as a keynoter and instructional coach has afforded him the opportunity to learn alongside teachers and administrators from all 50 states and more than 30 countries around the world. Molly is a former elementary and middle school teacher who now works with teens and young adults in parochial education programs around Colorado. She and Weston are the parents of two elementary aged children who provide additional fodder for an ed-centric podcast. Cheers!

Episode Date
E55: Opening Scenes
Molly, Weston, and two VERY special guests discuss the best opening movie scenes of all time and what teachers can do to make this year’s first day of school the best ever!
Aug 18, 2019
E54: Sesame Street
Live from Washington DC! Molly and Weston talk Sesame St and making sure all children see themselves and are seen by their teachers in today’s classrooms!
Jun 30, 2019
E53: Dumb and Dumber
Molly and Weston tackle the dumbest things we do in schools. Dumb and Dumber is the jumping off point on this week’s episode! Enjoy!
Jun 23, 2019
E52: Aladdin
Aladdin, the Genie, Molly, and Weston collaborate to discuss our three wishes for teachers and kids this summer!
Jun 16, 2019
E51: Saving Private Ryan
Molly and Weston make the case for social studies on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Listen NOW!
Jun 09, 2019
E50: Back to the Future
Are the kids okay? Battling Biff Tannen and bully culture on this week’s episode!
Jun 02, 2019
E49: MacGyver
Providing kids the space and time to channel their inner MacGyver on this week’s episode!
May 26, 2019
E48: Bridesmaids
Are you setting the wrong goals for the wrong reasons? Bridesmaids and the value of measuring yourself against yourself on this week’s episode!
May 19, 2019
E47: Crazy,Stupid, Love.

What message does your attire send to kids? Believe it or not, much more than you might think. Crazy, Stupid, Love and crushing the culture of the sloppy professional on this week’s episode. 

May 12, 2019
E46: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Did you experience a math trauma as a student? Most of us did! Getting to the root of math traumas and how to avoid creating them for kids. 
May 05, 2019
E45: School of Rock
Rock out with Wes and Molly as we talk School of Rock and the research behind art in education. 
Apr 28, 2019
E44: Old School

Molly and Weston go hard in the paint on the college admissions scandal, lawnmower parenting/educating, and the messages we send kids around post-secondary education. 

Apr 21, 2019
E43: Tommy Boy
Tommy Boy teaches us the three biggest challenges faced by new teachers. How do we cope? How can we support?
Feb 23, 2019
E42: Juno

Juno teaches us parenting and teaching lessons in social/emotional awareness on this episode!

Feb 01, 2019
E41: Mad Men
Why does receiving coaching sometimes make us Mad Men (and Mad Women)? See what we did there. 😉
Jan 17, 2019
E40: Top Gun

Is competition healthy for kids? Is Top Gun an incredible movie? Yes and yes. Exploring both answers and what one has to do with the other in this episode of Teaching Keating. 

Jan 15, 2019
E39: Bad Moms

Teachers will consistently struggle to educate kids who aren’t supported at home. Here’s what Bad Moms can teach parents and teachers alike to help kids be their best!

Oct 18, 2018
E38: The Usual Suspects

Keyser Soze, The Usual Suspects, and the science of storytelling in this week’s episode!

Sep 19, 2018
E37: The Sandlot

The Sandlot teaches us how to allow kids the space and time they need to develop essential life skills through play. 

Sep 14, 2018
E36: Modern Family

Phil Dunphy shows us why working to be the effective teacher is a much better idea than trying to be the "cool" teacher.  

Mar 06, 2018
E35: Olympics

Molly and Weston chat about what Olympians can teach us about developing grit and harnessing the intensity of some of our most challenging kids. 

Feb 28, 2018
E34: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

What are you doing in your classroom/school to cultivate social emotional health? Taking tips from Mr. Rogers. 

Jan 17, 2018
E33: Friends

Are you the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with most? Find out who your FRIENDS are with Molly and Weston!

Jan 17, 2018
E32: Kindergarten Cop

Kindergarten Cop is drowning in rules and starving for consequences on this week’s episode!

Jan 12, 2018
E31: Parenthood

Molly and Weston talk about Parenthood and what they look for in their own kids’ school. This episode is not to be missed!

Nov 13, 2017
E30: Stranger Things

Stranger Things shows us how to get kids to board the curiosity train! Nothing to fear with this week's podcast. We promise.

Nov 08, 2017
E29: Game of Thrones

YES WE DID! Game of Thrones and Education! A perfect pair right? What can the battle for the iron throne teach us about school leadership? Turns out...plenty! Join Molly and Weston and play along as we build the perfect school leader using Game of Thrones characters.

Sep 27, 2017
E28: 30 Rock

Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock helps us understand the importance of metacognition, the "Think Aloud", and finding more teachable moments within our content objectives. It's after six and Molly and I are in our tuxedos! I mean, what are we, farmers?

Sep 20, 2017
E27: Scrubs

The art of self-evaluation courtesy of Scrubs! With a challenge for listeners!


Jul 14, 2017
E26: The Breakfast Club

Using the Breakfast Club to help kids peel back the layers and evolve beyond their labels. 

Jul 07, 2017
E25: The Lord of the Rings

Gandalf, love, and the law of source and resource on this week's episode!

Apr 19, 2017
E24: The Goonies
Remembering it's their time and teaching our little Goonies with love and logic on this week's episode! 


Apr 12, 2017
E23: Finding Forrester
Finding Forester gives us insight into peer tutoring and maintaining our focus on the main event in our lessons. 
Mar 31, 2017
E22: The Karate Kid
The power of repetition and the need to teach the whole child on this week's episode!


Mar 22, 2017
E21: Star Wars [Yoda]

Who's your Yoda? Learn you will! Yoda schools Molly and Weston on giving full effort, relinquishing control, and spreading knowledge on this week's episode!

Mar 15, 2017
E20: Legally Blonde

Can we avoid labeling kids? How much is too much to know about kids before they walk into our classrooms? Legally Blonde provides a few answers. 

Mar 08, 2017
E19: The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz shows teachers three things they need to be successful: Heart, Brains, and Courage!

Feb 22, 2017
E18: Braveheart

Leaders are not born they are made! Talking formal and informal leadership with William Wallace and Braveheart.

Feb 16, 2017
E17: Zoolander
Derek and Hansel give us insight into digital citizenship, kids as digital natives, and ghost apps on this week's episode!


Feb 10, 2017
E16: The Shawshank Redemption

Andy Dufresne gives us a lesson in persistence. Anything worth having (i.e. knowledge & wisdom) is worth the hard work it takes to attain it. We'd never let students try something challenging and then quit if it doesn't go well the first time. Why should we allow it for ourselves?

Feb 01, 2017