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Toxic Teacher Environments
Last week we chatted about how to handle it when you’re struggling with one specific coworker or team member.
|Dec 04, 2022|
Dealing with Challenging Team Members at School
Do you have a coworker at your school that just really irritates or bothers you? I’m not talking about the coworkers that are outright mean or offensive, but the sort of coworker that just gets under your skin.
|Nov 27, 2022|
My Hardest Year Yet
I’m doing things a bit differently this episode, and I’m opening up about the hardest teaching year I’ve had so far in my career.
|Nov 20, 2022|
We aaaaaaaall have them in our classes. THOSE parents. You know exactly which parents I’m talking about.
|Nov 13, 2022|
Make Parent Volunteers Work for You
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by parents or caregivers offering to volunteer in your classroom?
|Nov 06, 2022|
How to Use Data to Improve your Classroom with Dr. Matthew Courtney
As a teacher, have you ever asked (or been tempted to ask) WHY are we doing this?!
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Dr. Matthew Courtney to discuss all things data! We chat about how to use data to solve problems in our classrooms, how to use the data you’re already collecting, and the mindset shift that needs to happen around data collection in education as a whole. We also discuss realistic ways for classroom teachers to get involved in policy change!
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|Oct 30, 2022|
Streamlining the data collection process with Rebekah Poe
Data collection is a super important part of teaching, but so many teachers dread it! I promise you don’t have to.
|Oct 23, 2022|
Successful Parent or Caregiver Conferences
If the thought of parent or caregiver conferences makes you feel a little sweaty, you’re not alone! What is it about talking to other adults that can be so scary?
I learned a lot during my time in the classroom, mostly from making my own mistakes.
|Oct 16, 2022|
Quiet Quitting isn't happening, but this is...
Have you heard the phrase “quiet quitting” and wondered how it related to teaching?
Quiet quitting is a hot topic right now. It’s the idea that people are “giving up” or “quitting” on their jobs without actually resigning.
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I tackle this topic and whether or not I think it actually relates to teachers! I discuss what quiet quitting is, how to do more than the bare minimum and only work your contract hours, and how to set up systems to set yourself up for success!
|Oct 09, 2022|
Creating a Classroom Environment where All Students Thrive with Johnny Tiersma
Do you ever wonder how you can create a positive classroom environment and still get everything done that needs to get done?
If so, you’re in good company. But trust me, it’s possible!
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Mr. Johnny Tiersma, a fellow San Diego area teacher, to talk about how to create a classroom environment where all students can thrive! We discuss what stops teachers from having fun, how to use humor to create a positive classroom environment, and why this type of environment is so important!
Johnny Tiersma has been involved in education for over 16 years, primarily as a classroom teacher in grades 6 to 8. He has also been a middle school interim principal, an instructional designer for higher education, and an adjunct professor of educational technology. Currently, he is teaching sixth grade in the Cardiff School District in San Diego. Johnny has a passion for students and has spent his career pursuing a classroom environment where students are able to flourish. His goal is to use his connection with students to help them feel safe, valuable, and ready to learn.
If you loved Johnny’s tips and want to support him by purchasing his book, make sure to head to his website for more!
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|Oct 02, 2022|
3 Tips for a Successful Sub Day with Kelsey Sorenson
Does the mere thought of preparing to have a substitute in your classroom make you feel sick to your stomach?
If so, you aren’t alone!
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Kelsey Sorenson of Wife, Teacher, Mommy to talk about how to successfully prepare for a sub day! We discuss what stops teachers from planning ahead for inevitable sub days, how to realistically take the time to plan ahead, and what exactly needs to be included to make your day away a success.
Kelsey Sorenson is a former third-grade teacher and substitute teacher. She is now a homeschool mom to 3 kids and owner of Wife Teacher Mommy, where she and her team serve Pre-K through 6th-grade teachers. Wife Teacher Mommy has been featured on We are Teachers, Teachers pay Teachers, Jane, Etsy, Food Network, CBC, Fox, and NBC. Kelsey and her team have helped hundreds of thousands of educators cut down planning time and balance the many roles in their lives with her time-saving resources, blogs, teacher life coaching program, Educate & Rejuvenate events, and Wife Teacher Mommy: The Podcast. Kelsey is addicted to Coke Zero and loves reading and listening to audiobooks.
If you loved Kelsey’s tips and want to learn more from her, make sure to head to her website for more! You can also follow her on Instagram to stay up to date with all of her tips and tricks!
|Sep 25, 2022|
Can We Bring Fun Back Into the Classroom? with Matt Halpern
Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to have fun in the classroom anymore? There are often so many “other” things to care about, that fun can be the last thing on our minds.
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Matt Halpern to talk about why it’s a challenge to have fun in the classroom, why fun in the classroom is important, and how to bring fun back!
Matt is a joyful educator who draws on almost two decades of experience as a classroom teacher and literacy coach. He is passionate about making classrooms child-centered and putting the effort and work of students at the forefront. His love for teaching social-emotional skills and literacy often combines as he is always looking for new ways to help others become the best versions of themselves. A fierce advocate for social justice and equity in classrooms, Matt leverages the power of literacy and community to empower children. Matt is the author of the forthcoming A Teacher's Guide to Interactive Writing.
If you loved Matt’s tips and want to learn more from him, make sure to head to his website for more! You can also follow him on Instagram to stay up to date with all of his tips and tricks!
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|Sep 18, 2022|
Simplifying your Centers with Farrah Henley
Have you ever felt like your centers are a little overwhelming?
Sometimes the systems in our classroom are way more complicated than they need to be, and we need to take a step back and simplify so that we can do our jobs more efficiently.
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Farrah Henley to talk about the number one mistake that teachers make when it comes to their centers and the steps they can take to start simplifying.
Farrah is a veteran preschool and elementary educator with a love for simple systems that make teaching easier for educators. Farrah has been in the education field since 1997 and has served as a classroom teacher, homeschooling mom, teacher mentor, and coach and has even taught online classes for students.
Currently, she helps K-5 teachers master their math and literacy centers with her Easy Centers Framework™ and Learning Centers Made Easy™ system.
Tune in to hear the common struggles that teachers have with their centers and Farrah’s top three tips for simplifying your centers today.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode21
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|Sep 11, 2022|
Why Every Teacher Needs a Timer for Themselves
Do you have any specific tools that you use in the classroom to help you stay organized?
As teachers, there’s so much to get done each day. It can get overwhelming fast if you don’t have a good classroom system in place that will help you stay organized and on task.
Today on Real Teacher Talk, I am sharing one of my favorite tools that I used in the classroom that really helped me get things done.
If you’re in Easy Organization Tools or you took my 3 P.M. Teacher training, you probably already know what I’m talking about- the Time Timer! I know we have access to timers already on our phones and things, but this one is my absolute favorite to use in the classroom.
This timer is a fabulous visual for you and your students because it counts backward. You can set it up for a certain amount of time and it helps you and your students stay on task and get things done.
Tune in to this episode to learn more about why this timer is perfect for teachers and the four ways to use it with your students so that you can stay on task and start checking things off of your to-do list.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode20
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|Sep 04, 2022|
Classroom Management without a Clip Chart with Allie Szczecinski from Miss Behavior
Are you worried about classroom management this year?
I have heard from a lot of teachers that they are a bit worried about heading back to the classroom because of how rough the last couple of years were with all of the classroom behavior issues.
There have been a lot of questions about how to manage behavior using the latest best practices so I invited my friend Allie Szczecinski from Miss Behavior onto the show to share some of her best tips for effectively managing behavior in your classroom.
Allie is a wife, mom, special educator, children's book author, and social-emotional learning coach. She creates resources with social-emotional learning and behavior focus on Teachers Pay Teachers and runs The Social Script Library, a monthly membership. With a master's degree and over 12 years of professional experience, she is a go-to resource for educators everywhere!
We all know that clip charts aren’t really recommended anymore, but there are things that you can do with your students to steer them away from behavior issues and encourage them to make the right decisions with positive reinforcement.
Tune in to hear Allie’s advice on what to expect with behavior this year, classroom management strategies, making time for social-emotional learning, and so much more.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode19
Free Emotional and Behavioral resources: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5f04ae5eba80b7002607331a
Check out Allie’s website: https://www.missbehaviorblog.com/
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|Aug 28, 2022|
5 Tips to Start the School Year Organized with Michelle Emerson from Pocketful of Primary
Are you feeling stressed out at the thought of heading back to school?
Many teachers are feeling even more overwhelmed about heading back to the classroom than normal this year. There is just so much to do and they are already tired. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone.
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with my friend Michelle Emerson from Pocketful of Primary to talk about five easy tips that you can use to start the new school year off organized.
Michelle Emerson taught 2nd grade and 4th grade for seven years and now supports teachers around the world by creating digital teacher resources, producing educational videos for teachers on her YouTube channel, Pocketful of Primary, and sharing productivity tips on her podcast, Teaching to the TOP.
She believes all teachers should feel empowered by their profession instead of overwhelmed and seeks to help educators create a work-life balance through her tips and strategies.
Michelle has so many amazing ideas for getting organized and making things much easier on yourself when you head back to the classroom. Make sure to tune in to hear her five tips including why checklists are so important, low-prep activities to have on hand, why less is more, the benefits of planning ahead, and so much more!
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode18
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|Aug 21, 2022|
Thrive Not Survive with Katie Knight
Are you looking forward to the new school year?
This is a topic that so many teachers are struggling with right now. School is starting back up and teachers just aren’t looking forward to it because they’re still trying to recover from last year.
If this sounds like you, you’re going to love this episode of Real Teacher Talk. I sat down with my good friend Katie Knight from Teacher To The Core to talk about some things that you can do if you’re feeling like this so you can go from just surviving your job as a teacher to actually thriving.
Teaching has always been hard, but it feels like it has been a whole new level of hard lately. We have had to learn entirely new ways of teaching, face more demands than ever, handle mean teachers, and so much more. It’s natural that teachers aren’t eager to dive back in.
It doesn’t have to be that way though. There are things that you can do to bring the joy back in teaching so that you can start thriving in the classroom and in your personal life. You are more than just a teacher and you deserve to embrace all those other parts of you, too.
Tune in to learn Katie’s best tips and strategies for how to make it happen.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode17
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Check out Katie’s website: https://www.teachertothecore.blogspot.com/
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|Aug 14, 2022|
Teachers Have Lives Too
Have you ever felt like we are held to higher expectations than others as teachers?
This is a common issue among teachers because guess what? We have lives too! I have taught for years and talked to teachers all around the world. There seems to be a consensus on the fact that teachers just aren’t respected the way that they should be. Not only are they feeling like they aren’t respected, but they also don’t feel valued, and it feels like they are being taken advantage of.
We are expected to give our entire lives over for the outcome. But we are more than just teachers. We are human beings with goals, hobbies, families, and lives outside of the classroom. We should be able to live and enjoy our lives outside of the classroom without all the judgment about what we do.
The higher standard that teachers are held to is quite baffling at times. It differs from state to state, but some are so strict that it's just not fair to those teachers at all.
Tune in to this episode to hear more of my thoughts on the expectations that are placed on teachers and my thoughts on things we can do to push back against these unrealistic and unfair standards.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode16
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|Aug 07, 2022|
Maximize Your Work Day
Are you making the most of your workday? There are so many things to get done each day that it can feel impossible to get it all done and leave on time.
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, we are discussing how to maximize your time so that you are more efficient and effective.
There are five things that I used to do every day inside my classroom that helped me make the most of my day. These tips are things that I teach inside of my program Easy Organization Tools so teachers can prioritize what’s really important, not do everything themselves. This helps them to get the important things done and not stay past contract time.
You don’t have a lot of time during the day to get things done, but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your free time to do it all after your students go home for the day.
Tune in to hear my top tips for things like organization, grading, administrative tasks, getting student help, and so much more so that you can maximize your time during the day and have more time to enjoy your life outside the classroom.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode15
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|Jul 31, 2022|
How Do You Go Back to Teach When You Don’t Want To? with Dr. Christine Li
Are you feeling stressed or burned out?
I have heard from so many teachers that even though it’s summertime right now, they don’t have the energy for anything because they are just so burned out. This makes sense because unfortunately, so many teachers aren’t being supported or respected right now, so they don’t even want to go back to teaching in the fall.
I hear you. I know it’s hard, so in this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Dr. Christine Li to talk about how you can get inspired to go back to teaching.
Dr. Christine Li has been working as a New York-based clinical psychologist for the past 20 years. More recently, she has taken her work online as the “Procrastination Coach.” She helps people who are struggling with underperforming at work and at home to work smoothly and with high levels of productivity.
Her unique coaching process is a blend of mindset strategy, time and emotion management tips, and a deep belief in the power we each have when we treat ourselves with love and good self-care. Dr. Li is the author of the book “5-Minute Self-Discipline Exercises: Stay Motivated, Cultivate Good Habits, and Achieve Your Goals” and the host of the podcast “Make Time for Success.”
Tune in to learn more about how you can incorporate things like self-care and meditation into your life, ditch the guilt, and remember your “why” so you can get your inspiration to teach back.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode14
Check out Dr. Li’s website: https://www.procrastinationcoach.com
Access Dr. Li’s resource library: https://procrastinationcoach.mykajabi.com/freelibrary
Listen to the Make Time For Success podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1548504774
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|Jul 24, 2022|
How to Get Planned Before the Weekend
Do you spend your weekends prepping for the next week of school?
So many teachers spend Sunday night planning for the following week and then running to the copy machine early Monday morning to make copies for the day. If you're guilty of this, this episode of Real Teacher Talk is for you because I’m sharing my top tips for getting planned before the weekend so you can actually enjoy your days off.
This topic is a pretty big deal for teachers, so it’s something that I go into more detail on in my Easy Organization Tools program. However, I grabbed the most important tips from there to share with you so that you can get out of this rut.
I know what it feels like to spend hours planning and prepping. I didn’t want to use my weekend planning for the following week either, and when I learned that other teachers do that, I wanted to be able to help and make it a little easier for them.
Tune in to hear my top organization tips that will help you plan for the following week without cutting into your well-deserved weekend.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode13
|Jul 17, 2022|
The Funny Parts of Teaching with Mr. D
It’s no secret that teaching has been hard the last couple of years.
Of course, it was challenging before then, but it’s been especially tough lately. Teachers are stressed out and sadly, struggling to smile through it all and focus on the parts of teaching that they love.
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Joe Dombrowski, also known as Mr. D, to talk about the funny parts of teaching that bring us joy as well as how he’s using his platform to bring awareness to issues that teachers face.
Joe Dombrowski took the world by storm in 2017 with a viral April Fools’ Day spelling test prank that landed him multiple appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
Don't get it twisted though! It takes at least 20 years to be an overnight sensation! Joe has been doing stand-up comedy since he was eight years old in his third-grade talent show. He's never stopped! Since Joe's rise to fame, he has been traveling the globe with his stand-up comedy which often highlights his crazy life as an elementary school teacher.
Tune in to this inspiring conversation to learn more about Mr. D’s experience teaching, teacher burnout, the future of education, challenges he’s faced as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and even some funny teaching stories!
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode12
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|Jul 10, 2022|
Is It Possible to Become a 3 PM Teacher? with Melissa Whitlock
The last couple of years has been a challenge for teachers, to say the least. So many things have been thrown on our plate and it’s…overwhelming. We have been asked to do so many things, and teachers are starting to leave in droves.
But what if you don’t want to leave the profession because you really do love teaching? The trick is to get organized so that you can actually enjoy teaching again. In today’s episode of Real Teacher Talk, I am joined by Melissa Whitlock, a teacher who took my program, Easy Organization Tools, and is now able to leave the classroom at contract time more consistently.
Melissa is a first-grade teacher and grade chair in Johns Creek, Georgia. She’s been teaching for 9 years. She’s a mom of 2 (an almost 4-year-old daughter and a 3-month-old son). She is also a part-time worship director at her church.
By implementing the simple strategies she learned in the program, Melissa was able to walk out of the classroom at the end of the day at a much earlier time feeling like she did her best.
Life’s too short just to sleep, work, and not be happy. Tune in to hear how Melissa got proactive and changed her teaching life around to make more time for what really matters.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode11
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|Jul 03, 2022|
How to Get Your Life Back with Sabrena Brooks
Are you ready to get your life back?
In our very first interview on Real Teacher Talk, I sat down with Sabrena Brooks, a busy teacher and mama to talk about how she balances school with her life and the tools she uses to make it happen.
Sabrena Brooks is a mom of two active boys with a baby girl on the way. She is a lover of camping and music, and wife to a special education para-educator by day and chef by night. Her teaching career includes kindergarten for one year, 1st grade for five years, and kindergarten ESL for one year. She has a master's degree in Teaching and Learning and was the distance learning teacher for 1st grade during the 2020-2021 school year.
Sabrena realized she needed help when she was staying at school every night until 6:30 and showing back up by 7 in the morning. She had no semblance of balance in her life. That’s when she joined my program Easy Organization Tools where I show teachers how to consistently leave school prepared at contract time so that they can be more fully present in their life.
The organization tools Sabrena learned made all of the difference. Tune in to learn more about how the program transformed her teaching life and how she now uses these tools in her home too!
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode10
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|Jun 26, 2022|
3 Tips to Actually Enjoying your Teacher Summer
If you are still in a coma from the school year and wondering how you can make the most of this summer, you’re in the right place!
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I’ve got three simple tips to help you breathe, relax, and celebrate the fact that you made it. So many teachers have told me that the last school year was the hardest in their careers, but the tips in this episode will help you get recharged and refreshed.
I know life is busy. You have so many things pulling you in a million different directions, especially in the summer because many of us try to cram in all of the activities that we couldn’t do during the school year. But you deserve the time to relax and focus on yourself, too. Put it in your schedule and make it a non-negotiable!
As teachers, and for many of us women, we put ourselves last. We are always thinking of our students, our kids, our family, or our spouses, and we end up at the bottom of your priority list. In order to get the rest and refresh that you need, you have to change that.
Tune in to learn more about how you can use this summer to do some relaxing activities, define your core values, establish boundaries going forward, and make “me time” a non-negotiable in your life.
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|Jun 19, 2022|
The 5 Types of Teachers
What type of teacher are you?
After working with thousands of teachers inside my program, Easy Organization Tools, my free training 3 PM Teacher, and teaching for 13 years, I have finally discovered the five types of teachers. And I know what you may be thinking, why does this matter?
In this week’s episode of Real Teacher Talk, I’m going to help you discover what type of teacher you are and why it’s actually holding you back from leaving at contract time and living a life you love.
I need to start by saying that through my years of teaching, I have been each type of teacher! There is no right or wrong. The cool thing is that wherever you are right now, isn’t where you have to stay. No matter your circumstance, there is hope!
My ultimate goal for you is to help you with organizational tips so that you can start leaving school at contract time and achieve more work-life balance. No matter what kind of teacher you are or what your responsibilities are.
Tune in to learn about the five types of teachers and tips for how you can shift into becoming the 3 PM teacher so that you can start leaving school on time and enjoying your life outside of the classroom.
Join the 3 PM Teacher Waitlist: https://easyteachingtools.com/podcastwaitlist
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode8
|Jun 12, 2022|
Easily Close Out the School Year
We are so close to the end of the school year! Can you smell the sunscreen and freedom?
If you’re counting down the days and ready to close out the school year easily so that you can kick back, relax, and recharge this summer, you’re going to love this episode of Real Teacher Talk!
The end of the year is an incredibly busy time between all of the cleaning, report cards, filing, reminders, and everything else going on. It can feel a little chaotic. Luckily there are some simple and easy things you can do now that will make those last couple of days of school as laid back as possible.
The end of the school year is supposed to be fun for students. It should be about themed days, popsicle parties, fun activities, movie days, and just relaxing after all of our hard work. You should be able to enjoy that with your students without the stress of your enormous to-do list lingering over your head.
These simple tips will help you get a head start on your to-do list so you are not left scrambling at the last minute to get ready for the end of the year. Tune in to hear my top cleaning tips, organization ideas, and my favorite resources for making it all as smooth as possible.
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Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode7
|Jun 05, 2022|
How to Easily Set Up Next School Year... Now
It’s almost the end of the year!
At this point, you may just be counting down the days until you are floating on a flamingo with a piña colada in your hand and eating warm meals in peace. I get that! What if I told you that you could do all that and easily prepare a few simple things for the next school year?
In this week’s episode of Real Teacher Talk, I am sharing my top time-savers that you can do now so that you can enjoy your summer break without worrying about preparing for the next school year.
Trust me, these things are so simple. When it comes time to head back to the classroom and you’re trying to keep up with your massive list of things to get done, you’re going to be so grateful that you planned ahead. I promise they will make your life so much easier come August when you’re in back-to-school mode.
One of the best reasons to start now? You still have helpers! Put your current students or parent helpers to work getting your class prepped. You already have so much on your plate, so there’s no shame in getting help when you need it.
Tune in to learn more of my top tips for getting your classroom ready for next year now so that you can relax this summer and have a more easy-going back-to-school experience in August.
Check out The Great Pencil Challenge: https://easyteachingtools.com/thegreatpencilchallenge.html
Memory Book blog post: https://easyteachingtools.com/memory-book.html
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4 Teacher-Approved Strategies from K-5 Teachers: https://easyteachingtools.com/3PMPodcast
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode6
|May 29, 2022|
Clearing the Clutter for Good
Are you ready to finally clear classroom clutter?
We are almost to summer break, so it’s time to start thinking about clearing all that clutter so you can start the summer knowing you’ll have a fresh and clean classroom to come back to. I know many teachers are in survival mode this time of year and lots of things are piling up. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and ready to clear the clutter for good, this episode is for you.
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I am diving deep into 5 simple things that you can do to declutter your classroom or your home so that you can ditch all of your overwhelm and get ready for a fresh start.
I know how hard it can be when there’s so much clutter around. For me, I feel like I am suffocating in my own space, and I just can’t do my best work. This simple process for clearing the clutter is what I use anytime I start to feel anxiety.
The best way to do this is by simply getting started. Put it on your calendar with a due date and stick to it! You will feel so much better and lighter without all of that stress weighing you down. You have enough to worry about with work, you don’t need to add the stress of a cluttered classroom to the list.
Tune in to learn more about my simple steps to start organizing your classroom and clearing all that clutter for good!
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|May 22, 2022|
5 Simple Secrets to Enjoy Teaching Again
It’s no surprise that so many amazing teachers are experiencing burnout. Here’s the honest truth about that: it’s not their fault!
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I am going to be sharing five simple secrets that your principal won’t tell you, and these secrets will help you fall in love with teaching again.
When I first began teaching, I absolutely loved it. I signed up for everything I could and spent all my time thinking about it. By the time I reached 8 years in, I realized that my health was suffering and I had no social life or hobbies to speak of. I realized I just couldn’t keep going at that pace for another 30 years until I retired.
If you are experiencing that, you may be dreading work or counting down until the end of the day or the school year. It doesn’t have to be that way though. You don’t have to only live for summer breaks or the weekends! You can enjoy your life for the present.
Tune in to hear all about five easy things that you can do to bring that joy and inspiration back into teaching today. I cover things like boundaries, making time for fun, systems, and so much more.
You don’t want to miss this episode!
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Full show notes are available at easyteachingtools.com/episode1.
|May 15, 2022|
Dealing with Teacher Guilt
Have you ever experienced teacher guilt?
Chances are that you have because it is very real and very common. The truth is, teachers have such big hearts! We want to help everyone. Whether that’s our team, our admin, our students, or their families, we are always there, even if it’s at the expense of our own happiness or our time with our family.
Teacher guilt is often the result of things like the pressure to not let anyone down, not wanting our team to think we are lazy, or not wanting to add on any work for anyone else. Sound familiar? We are so worried about everyone else, but what about us?
What can we do to overcome that? In this episode of Real Teach Talk, I’m sharing how you can conquer teacher guilt for good.
You can choose teacher guilt or you can choose family guilt because by saying yes to everything the admin asks of you, you are saying no to your family and mental health. Do you really want to do all those extra tasks? You might be surprised about what actually happens when you start prioritizing yourself.
Tune into this episode to learn more about why it’s time to start prioritizing yourself, setting boundaries, and why saying no to extra tasks may actually pay off in the long run.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode2
|May 15, 2022|
How to Say "No"
Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to catch up in your classroom?
It can be overwhelming to try to stay on top of everything, and in the rare instances that you do, you have laundry piled up at home and dirty dishes overflowing in the sink. We’ve all been there! It’s a never-ending cycle.
So how can you finally get off the hamster wheel? The answer is simpler than you think. All you have to do is learn to say no.
In this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I am sharing five simple steps to use when making decisions about whether to take on time-consuming classes, before and after school care, or other extra responsibilities.
It all starts with you asking yourself the simple question- is this something that you want to do? And I don’t mean do you feel obligated to do it, I mean is it something you want to do? It’s a simple yes or no question.
If you do decide to say no, it can be a no with a period. You don’t need an explanation. You are the one who decides what to take on. You don’t need to feel guilty for setting healthy boundaries with your time and energy and sticking to them.
It’s time to start putting your needs first! Make sure to tune in to hear the top things you need to keep in mind when deciding what to take on, and how to finally start saying no without teacher guilt.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode3
|May 15, 2022|
I'm Burned Out, Now What?
Have you noticed how many teachers are leaving the profession lately?
It’s incredibly disheartening to see how many are leaving, but I don’t blame them! They are burned out and demoralized. If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place.
I know many of us are just counting down until break or may not even want to go back next year, so in this episode of Real Teacher Talk, I am sharing six steps that you can use in your life right now if you are dealing with burnout.
To understand this issue, we have to get clear on what burnout is and what demoralization is. They are two different things, but they both have to do with work dissatisfaction and are very real issues that need to be addressed.
I know you’re doing your very, very best and you deserve to be treated with respect and paid appropriately for all of your hard work. The goal of this episode is to help you feel powerful and like you have a voice when things feel out of control. I want you to be supported and heard and feel like you have some semblance of work-life balance.
Make sure to tune in to learn more about why teachers are leaving, what has changed in the teaching profession in recent years, and six tips to battle teacher burnout.
Show notes available at easyteachingtools.com/episode4
|May 15, 2022|
Welcome to Real Teacher Talk!
Do you feel like you are being pulled in a dozen different directions as an elementary school teacher? Are you constantly overwhelmed because you can’t get caught up? Do you ever get the feeling that no matter how hard you work, you still aren't doing enough for your students or for your family at home?
If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions, you need a better way. You simply can't go on like this.
Join Kristen Donegan of Easy Teaching Tools and The 3 PM Teacher as she talks about how to make teaching sustainable so you can finally say goodbye to grading papers after-hours and missing out on time with family and friends.
While she can't fix the education crisis, each week Kristen will help you work smarter, not harder, have time to focus on the curriculum, enjoy teaching again, and still have plenty of time outside of the classroom to do what you love.
Tune in to Real Teacher Talk and listen closely because it’s time to take back your power, finally leave school at 3PM, and enjoy your life!
To find out more, visit www.easyteachingtools.com!
|May 08, 2022|