Simply Teach

By Kelly Jackson

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The Simply Teach Podcast is a podcast by teachers for teachers. The goal of Simply Teach is to encourage classroom teachers right where they are with practical and simple tools to use in your classroom.

Episode Date
Simply Teach #14: Wrap up Season 1

Episode 14 is the last episode of Season 1!!! What a fun season it has been full of interviews with great guests and a couple of "minisodes" with strategies and insight as you begin to prepare for the upcoming school year. In this episode I recap what happened in Season 1 and what I will be doing to prepare for Season 2!

Jul 10, 2018
Simply Teach #13: 4 Steps to Classroom Management


When preparing for a class, new school year, or just looking to improve your management plans for you class, you can use these 4 steps to help implement effective classroom management routines in your classroom.

Jul 03, 2018
Simply Teach #12: Carrie Conover

In this episode Carrie and I talk about building and maintaining relationships in the classroom between teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

Jun 26, 2018
Simply Teach #11: 4 Must Have Behavior Management Plans

There are four types of classroom behavior management plans you need to have in place going into any school year. The four classroom behavior management plans I talk about in this video are a whole group management plan, a small group plan, an individual plan, and an individual plan for the challenging student.

Jun 19, 2018
Simply Teach #10: Michelle Ferre

Michelle, of Pocketful of Primary, and I talk about classroom organization, behavior management strategies, packing up a classroom at the end of the year, and fun activities for the end of the year.


May 22, 2018
Simply Teach #9: Operation Organization

My guest on today’s show is Emma Cramer. Emma is a first year teacher seeking support in classroom management plans. Today I coach Emma on how to create whole group and individual behavior plans as well as ways to work with those specific challenging students.

May 15, 2018
Simply Teach #8: Shelly and Janell

My guest on today’s show is Shelly White and Janell Puckett. Shelly, Janell, and I do a round table conversation about end of year activities for elementary students. We also share our tips for packing up a classroom at the end of the year.

May 08, 2018
Simply Teach #7: Sarah Spears

My guest on today’s show is Sarah Spears. Sarah is a 1st grade teacher in Tennessee who loves classroom organization as much as I do! We talk about classroom organization- ways to organize teacher materials, community vs. individual supplies, and the dreaded student desks. Because let's be honest, those can be a hot mess!.Today we share our organization, decoration, and management thoughts.

Apr 24, 2018
Simply Teach #06: Kristina Grant

My guest on today’s show is Kristina Grant. Kristina is currently a creator and developer of curriculum for grades K-4 and she travels the country presenting on Classroom Management, Basically..she has my dream job! Today we share our organization, decoration, and management thoughts.

Apr 10, 2018
Simply Teach: Dr. Kagan: Kagan Cooperative Learning

My guest on today’s show is Dr. Spencer Kagan. Dr. Kagan is the founder and co-director of Kagan Cooperative Learning and is known for his extensive research in cooperative learning as well as the structures he has developed to promote engagement and learning from students of all ages.


Dr. Kagan and I talk about his start in cooperative learning and he shares some of the structures we can use in our classroom. He also shares a bit about his passion for photography and traveling. You are sure to be encouraged and motivated with this week’s episode. Thanks for following along!

Mar 08, 2018
Simply Teach #5: Courtney Talley

My guest on today’s show is Courtney Talley. Courtney is an Exchange Teacher for the Teacher Fellows Program at Texas State University. She has taught 4th and 5th grade for the past 6 years.


Courtney and I talk about finding something you love and doing it to the best of your ability. Courtney shares about using “The Google” in her classroom and gives us some ideas of how we can do it too! Courtney reminds us that we need to give ourselves the same grace we give our students- we can make mistakes and don’t have to be perfect all the time. You are sure to be encouraged and motivated with this week’s episode. Thanks for following along!

Mar 06, 2018
Simply Teach #4: Tiffany Shim

My guest on today’s show is Tiffany Shim. Tiffany is a Math Intervention aid outside of Austin, Texas. She has taught 4th and 5th grade for the past 4 years.


Tiffany and I talk about her new role as a math intervention aid and why she had to take a year off from teaching due to health concerns. Tiffany shares how easily it is to get our identity wrapped up in teaching and we talk about how dangerous that can be. We talk about establishing boundaries for our time. Tiffany also shares about keeping a fast paced classroom and using chants and hand signals to facilitate learning. You are sure to be encouraged and motivated with this week’s episode. Thanks for following along!

Feb 20, 2018
Simply Teach #3: Kaylee Keuthan

Kaylee and I chat about her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer as well has what she is currently studying in grad school at the University of Denver. Kaylee tells us all about Humane Education and gives us practical steps on how to integrate it into our classroom. Oh! And she talks about the first few times chickens walked in her kindergarten classroom in the middle of her teaching! 

Feb 06, 2018
Simply Teach #02: Holly Sadler

Holly and I chat about our fun memories teaching 2nd and 3rd grade together the past four years. This year Holly has transitioned to school counselor at a charter school. We talk about the challenges of being the new teacher on campus, how to cope through difficult seasons of teaching, and she even shares about the dog she is currently fostering!  

Jan 23, 2018
Simply Teach #01: Elmer Nealy

In the very first episode of Simply Teach, Elmer and I talk about his four years of teaching in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and a 2nd/3rd grade split class. We share stories about struggling with difficult students and teaching what we have to teach even if that means going back to the very basics of how to count and write their name. We talk about teacher burn out and how Elmer makes a daily choice to be positive each morning. We wrap up talking about some of our favorite Netflix shows and how going out to eat at the end of a long week is just what every teacher needs! 

Jan 16, 2018
Simply Teach: An Introduction with Kelly

A brief intro into the heart of the Simply Teach podcast- how it came to be and what to expect each week from the podcast. 

Dec 20, 2017