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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.


078: Pinterest vs. Practical Classrooms: Which is Better?
Jul 7 • 19 min
Alright teacher friend, answer the question. Which is better? A Pinterest classroom or a practical classroom? I know what you are thinking “practical, duh!” But if that’s true, why do we spend so much time pinning those Pinterest classrooms…
077: Quiz: Do you Have these Components of an Organized Classroom?
Jun 30 • 19 min
There are four components when it comes to creating an organized classroom. I want you to think of these components as a wedding or tiered cake- you have the plate that it sits on, then the layers going up. I specifically structure the components, and…
076: 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Your Classroom
Jun 23 • 17 min
Do you ever feel like you just need to take everything you can see and stow it away in a plastic tub and deal with at a later date? That all has to do with how you prioritize setting up your classroom. In today’s episode, I am sharing 7 common…
075: How to Continue Growing as an Educator
Jun 16 • 18 min
Whether you are a brand new teacher or have been in the profession for fifteen years, it’s important to continue growing as an educator. Learn why you should find mentors and helpers as well as how to grow as a teacher even after your first few years…
074: Handy Tips from Bridget Spackman to Establish Daily Routines
Jun 9 • 53 min
I brought Bridget on to talk about daily teacher routines. Like I just said, she teaches grades 4 through 6. She has a YouTube channel, a podcast, a membership site, shes in Graduate School earning her Masters Degree, she has a husband and children. I…
073: YOUR Classroom Organization Questions Answered!
Jun 2 • 15 min
Do any of these questions sound familiar? “How do I keep up with everything?” “I struggle with throwing things away- what do I keep and get rid of?” “What do I do with all the papers?” These are questions I get most frequently which means you have…
072: A Guide to Small Group Teaching Organization
May 26 • 19 min
Small group teaching is a great way to meet your kids at the level they are on and give them the instruction they need. But first you need to get your resources and materials in place. Typically, a small group lesson is only 15 to 20 minutes. That…
071: Secrets to Elementary Station Organization
May 19 • 26 min
Today I am going to share some practical ways you can organize stations in general as well as how to organize your math and literacy stations. Links from show: This episodes notes »> Classrooms that Spark Joy…
070: Elementary Classroom Library Organization Tips
May 12 • 18 min
An organized classroom library makes it easy for the students to access, pleasing to the eye, and ultimately- it entices your little readers to devour books on books on books! We are going to talk through four steps today. How to fill your classroom…
069: Why Organized Packing is SO Important
May 5 • 15 min
Another year has flown by and it is time to start thinking about packing up your classroom. As important as it is to ensure that your classroom is organized all year long, I think it is equally important to ensure that your classroom is organized…
068: Getting Organized for Guided Reading
Apr 28 • 18 min
When it comes to getting organized for guided reading you need three key things. You need your guided reading planning materials, your materials or tools to use with your kids, and your structure. This episode will show you how to do that with…
067: Ways to Stay Productive While Teaching from Home
Apr 21 • 16 min
April 2020 is a crazy time, y’all! Who thought 2020 would be the year of a global pandemic, social distancing, and canceling school?!? All of us are teaching from home right now and it can be a little difficult to find the motivation to do more than…
Simply Teach and TSOT 2020 Update!
Jan 14 • 5 min
1. Follow me and connect with me 1:1 @thesimplyorganizedteacher 2. Fill out the survey ()and tell me exactly what Classroom Organization help you want in 2020 3. Join my and stay up to date with all things TSOT
066: Why it’s Okay to Change Things Mid-Year
Dec 10, 2019 • 16 min
Don’t be afraid to change things like your classroom arrangement or even behavior management plan mid-year. As long as you have a plan to implement the changes in your class, you will be golden! ⁠ This week’s episode (and final episode of Season 5)…
065: The Importance of Honoring Student Names with Tania Davis
Dec 3, 2019 • 50 min
In this week’s podcast, we talk about honoring students’ names. In full honesty, I have had some students with really difficult names for me to pronounce. Tania and I discuss the importance of figuring out ways to remember how to say those challenging…
064: Social Emotional Learning with Carolyn
Nov 26, 2019 • 55 min
Today I am talking to Carolyn, a former kindergarten teacher, who is passionate about social emotional learning and educating her students (and own child!) in a way that honors them but also holds them accountable for their actions….
063: 5 Ways to Incorporate Hygge in the Classroom
Nov 19, 2019 • 25 min
Hygge is a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture). This podcast is inspired by my recent trip to Denmark and all that I learned…
062: Lesson Planning Live Coaching Session
Nov 12, 2019 • 24 min
You are listening to the final installment of the live coaching session with Jordan. Jordan is well into her second year of teaching and was a lucky winner of the free coaching session after purchasing the Kickstart Your School Year Course. We talked…
061: The How and Why to Implement a Classroom Economy with Thom Gibson
Nov 5, 2019 • 61 min
Today I am chatting with Thom, who is a secondary teacher at a private school in downtown Austin, Texas. He teaches some seriously cool classes. Even though I don’t teach in the setting he teaches in (and I’m assuming a lot of you don’t either)…
060: My Top 10 Favorites for Teachers
Oct 29, 2019 • 32 min
I’m excited about today’s podcast, it’s a bit different than my regularly scheduled episodes but I think it will be fun. This episode I am going to talk about some things I am loving that help me with my self-care and might be able to help you…
059: Classroom Management Live Coaching Session
Oct 22, 2019 • 28 min
You are in for a treat today. We are sharing the second portion of my live coaching session with Jordan. Just as a quick refresher, Jordan is going into her second year of teaching and was a lucky winner of the free coaching session after purchasing…
058: Tips for Pre-Service Teachers (and for working with them!) with Dr. Sam Fecich
Oct 15, 2019 • 35 min
Before you can step out into the world of education, you have to spend time as a Pre-Service teacher learning from those ahead of you. Today on the podcast I am talking with Dr. Sam Fecich, a college professor for Pre-Service teachers. We talk about…
057: Top 3 Areas to Organize in Your Classroom
Oct 8, 2019 • 20 min
I always ask teachers what their biggest pain points are when it comes to teaching and more specifically, organization. There are overarching themes I see day in and day out. One of the biggest being “where do I start?!?” I always recommend…
056: Classroom Organization Live Coaching Session
Oct 1, 2019 • 43 min
Welcome to episode number 56! I am super pumped to share with you my live coaching session with Jordan. Jordan is going into her second year of teaching and was a lucky winner of the free coaching session after purchasing the Kickstart Your School…
055: Virtual Learning for Teachers with Edverything Education
Sep 24, 2019 • 69 min
The ladies, Nicole and Danielle , from Edverything Education are the real deal when it comes to teachers! They are so kind and compassionate and they are doing amazing things in the education world to help teachers just like you and me grow and…
054: 5 Things to do to Avoid Teacher Burnout
Sep 17, 2019 • 19 min
Today I am going to give you an excerpt from my course, Kickstart Your School Year. Now I know the school year has already started and yes, the course is designed to help you kick-start your year. But the things I talk about in the course are valuable…
053: Season 4 Wrap Up + A Free Virtual Training
Aug 20, 2019 • 17 min
It’s been a while since you have heard from me and that is because Season 4 officially wrapped up with episode number 52. I am knee deep in prepping for Season 5 so I wanted to take a minute to share with you a few highlights from season 4 and let…
052: Ways to Prevent Burnout as a Teacher
Jul 23, 2019 • 56 min
The excitement the new school year brings, especially for a first year teacher, can cause her to work long hours, go up on weekends, and work during breaks. All of those are fun things, but can quickly lead to burn out. Learn some of the signs of…
051: Tips on Unpacking a Classroom
Jul 16, 2019 • 15 min
An organized classroom is the base for a well managed and functional classroom. In this episode I will share with you how you can unpack your classroom in an organized and methodical way so you can create that positive (and organized!) environment for…
050: Advice for Student Teachers and New Teachers with Simply Emily E
Jul 9, 2019 • 68 min
This week on the podcast we are talking to all those first year teachers and new student teachers! I am so excited to have Emily on the podcast today who just completed her first year of teaching, so y’all, she knows exactly what new teachers and…
049: 10 Things You can do Right Now to Prep for The New School Year
Jul 2, 2019 • 20 min
Does the unfamiliarity of a new school year stress you out? Do you feel so overwhelmed with all there is to do a the start of a new year? Are you a first year teacher who doesn’t even know where to begin?!? This podcast is for you! Today I will share…
Simply Teach #48: Ashley Bible
Jun 25, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode Ashley and I talk about her workshop- Keeping the Wonder- for high school English teachers, the importance of Teacher Sabbaticals and how to engage and manage behavior in the secondary classroom. Read the full shownotes here: …
Simply Teach #47: How to Handle Consequences as a Classroom Teacher
Jun 18, 2019 • 23 min
Students need positive reinforcement for their behavior and I will always advocate for positive reinforcement. However, there are times when students need consequences but the consequences must relate to the offense. Today’s show will share some…
Simply Teach #46: Cody Jackson
Jun 11, 2019 • 45 min
Today is a fun episode and a little off the norm of what I talk about here on the podcast. I am bringing on my husband to chat about budgeting. It’s no secret teachers don’t make a ton of money but that doesn’t mean you can’t live comfortably! Cody…
Simply Teach #45: Summer Professional Development for Teachers
Jun 4, 2019 • 27 min
This episode shares 5 online courses that teachers can take this summer as professional development. There are virtual trainings on classroom management, time management, classroom setup and organization, as well as free virtual trainings featuring…
Simply Teach #44: Marie Morris
May 28, 2019 • 57 min
Marie and I start out by talking about the act of being present at school and present at home, but how difficult it is to be mentally present to both. We also chat best practices for engaging students in a high school classroom and how to deal with…
Simply Teach #43: Classroom Pack Up Tips
May 21, 2019 • 12 min
It’s never too early to start getting ready for the end of the year. Today’s show will cover things you can be doing right now to get ready for summer break. I will also share a workflow for how to pack up your classroom at the end of the year in…
Simply Teach #42: Jennifer Holt
May 14, 2019 • 71 min
Today Jennifer and I talk about a wide range of things- from her time as a public school teacher, her job now as a homeschooling mom and VIPKid teacher. Jennifer is also a TPT author and is getting ready to launch her course “Setting Up Shop: From…
Simply Teach #41: Group Work vs. Cooperative Learning
May 7, 2019 • 19 min
Are you looking for fun and different ways to engage your students and keep them motivated throughout the day? In this show I will talk about the difference of group work and cooperative learning. I will also share 6 different ways you can group your…
Simply Teach #40: Season 3 Wrap Up
Apr 2, 2019 • 15 min
This week we wrap up the past season of the podcast and look forward to the future for the podcast and The Simply Organized Teacher.
Simply Teach #39: Sarah Hakim
Mar 26, 2019 • 53 min
This week’s episode is all about best practices when it comes to using cooperative learning vs. group work in the elementary classroom. We also talk about practical things a teacher can do to take care of themselves. www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com…
Simply Teach #38: Organize Your Inbox
Mar 19, 2019 • 16 min
Classroom Organization extends beyond just your physical classroom but also to the online world. In today’s show I will share with you how I organized my email inbox and maintained it with as little as 3 to 4 emails in it at any given time!…
Simply Teach #37: Amanda Bisbey
Mar 12, 2019 • 72 min
Amanda and I talk all about the importance of Social Emotional Learning. We talk about how important it is to implement Class Meetings and opportunities for students to build each other up. We also spend some time talking about how important it is to feel…
Simply Teach #36: Behavior Management Economic System
Mar 5, 2019 • 15 min
Are you looking for a way to spruce up your Behavior Management System? Or teach personal financial literacy? How about doing both at the same time? My Behavior Management Economic System has been researched and proven to not only improve behavior but…
Simply Teach #35: Educalme: Kailey & Josianne
Feb 26, 2019 • 44 min
Today on the show I invited on Kailey and Josianne from Educalme and The Balanced Educators Podcast. We talk all about practicing mindfulness in the classroom both as teachers and for our students. Don’t worry, they share with us what exactly that is and…
Simply Teach #34: Classroom Organization Challenge
Feb 19, 2019 • 19 min
Classroom Organization isn’t about perfect, but instead about creating rhythms and routines to allow for flow, ease, and less stress! This episode shares why organizing in the classroom is important as well as the Classroom Organization Challenge you can…
Simply Teach #33: Linda Kardamis
Feb 12, 2019 • 40 min
Linda shares her path to learning about the importance of implementing classroom management from day one. She gives some ideas for how you can move past the basic classroom management strategies and seek to build a culture and community in your classroom.…
Simply Teach #32: Practicing Self Care
Feb 5, 2019 • 14 min
In this quick, yet honest podcast episode, I share with you what it took me 6 years to learn about teacher self care, and how it may have been too late. After listening to this episode you will be encouraged to find some time for yourself in the coming…
Simply Teach #31: A to B Podcast
Jan 29, 2019 • 66 min
In today’s episode we talk about organizing in the classroom. Autumn and Bethany share practical tips for classroom organization tips. We also talk about ways to start the organization process when maybe it feels a bit overwhelming. The advice Autumn and…
Simply Teach #30: Organize Your Utable
Jan 22, 2019 • 15 min
The dreaded Utable can be a sore spot for teachers because it is so easy to get messy, overcrowded, and disorganized! This episode shares the importance of organizing your utable, how to start on the process, and how you can get your own copy of The…
Simply Teach #29: Katherine Aguirre
Jan 15, 2019 • 56 min
This week I am talking to Katherine Aguirre- my friend and former teaching partner. Katherine and I are talking about all things related to working with ELL students. Regardless of where you teach, we are all teaching students whose native language is…
Simply Teach #28: 5 Ways You Might Be Failing at Classroom Organization
Jan 8, 2019 • 19 min
Looking to improve your classroom organization? This blog shares 5 ways you might be failing at classroom organization and how you can improve in those areas! www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/1966093613630476…
Simply Teach #27: Angela Watson
Jan 1, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode we talk about time management as a teacher. Angela shares with us practical tips for returning to the classroom after Christmas break and all about the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com…
Simply Teach #26: Heather Avis
Nov 27, 2018 • 38 min
This week on the podcast Heather and I chat about best practices for teaching students with different abilities. Heather, a parent of 2 kiddos with Down Syndrome, shares her experience in the education system and what she would like to see change. Heather…
Simply Teach #25: A to Z Classroom Organization Hacks Pt. 2
Nov 20, 2018 • 23 min
Today we talk through the last 13 classroom organization hacks in our series A to Z Classroom Organization Hacks. We talk about getting ready for a new year, routines to plan for, classroom tours, classroom makeovers and so much more!…
Simply Teach #24: Ginger Bordeau
Nov 13, 2018 • 52 min
Higher Level Questioning, Asking the right questions, first year teacher interview tips, the importance of routines in your classroom, celebrating holidays in your classroom. This just scratches the surface of all the things we talked about on today’s…
Simply Teach #23: A to Z Classroom Organization Hacks Pt. 1
Nov 6, 2018 • 32 min
A to M Classroom Organization Hacks to help you organize and manage your classroom efficiently! www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/1966093613630476 https://www.instagram.com/thesimplyorganizedteacher
Simply Teach #22: Ashley Ogal
Oct 23, 2018 • 41 min
Ashley is the founder of We Teach Joy- a Non Profit Organization aimed at encouraging teachers of faith. We talk about how to love our students like Jesus does, verses we can use to encourage ourselves, and ways to practice self care…
Simply Teach #21: Teacher Routines for Self Care
Oct 16, 2018 • 32 min
It is critical that we practice self care as teachers. In today’s episode I share with you 10 practical routines you can implement into your day to help you manage your time more effectively. We also talk about fun ways to practice self care as a teacher.…
Simply Teach #20: Julie Bridges
Oct 9, 2018 • 65 min
Julie is the Writing Queen and I know you are going to get SO many ideas from our conversation. Julie walks us through her process of becoming incredibly passionate about teaching writing. She also talks us through the Writing Workshop process.…
Simply Teach #19: How to Organize Student Papers
Oct 2, 2018 • 13 min
Our students have a lot to keep up with, and their papers can get so disorganized and overwhelming. These steps will walk you through how to organize routines to manage all their paperwork. www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com…
Simply Teach #18: Sarah Forst
Sep 25, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode we talk about self care for teachers. Wel also talk about ways to stay organized as a teacher in the special education field. www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/1966093613630476…
Simply Teach #17: Parent Conferences
Sep 18, 2018 • 21 min
With parent teacher conferences right around the corner, let’s talk about 5 steps to make them go smoothly. Hint! A lot of them you can be doing right now! I also share numerous other tips for parent teacher conferences I learned during my time in the…
Simply Teach #16: Brittany Cox
Sep 11, 2018 • 49 min
Today I chat with my friend Brittany all about being a first year teacher. Brittany shares about her struggles during her first year and some things she was not anticipating during year one. We talk about Kagan Cooperative Learning, class meetings,…
Simply Teach #15: 5 Tips to Organize Your Classroom
Sep 4, 2018 • 15 min
Many teachers know how to get organized, but it’s the staying organized part that is hard. This post shares 5 useful tips to stay organized as a teacher. www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/1966093613630476…
Simply Teach #14: Wrap up Season 1
Jul 10, 2018 • 9 min
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…
Simply Teach #13: 4 Steps to Classroom Management
Jul 3, 2018 • 19 min
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. www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com…
Simply Teach #12: Carrie Conover
Jun 26, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode Carrie and I talk about building and maintaining relationships in the classroom between teachers, students, parents, and administrators. www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/1966093613630476…
Simply Teach #11: 4 Must Have Behavior Management Plans
Jun 19, 2018 • 35 min
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…
Simply Teach #10: Michelle Ferre
May 22, 2018 • 53 min
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. www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com…
Simply Teach #09: Operation Organization
May 15, 2018 • 41 min
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…
Simply Teach #08: Shelly and Janell
May 8, 2018 • 53 min
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.…
Simply Teach #07: Sarah Spears
Apr 24, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Simply Teach #06: Kristina Grant
Apr 10, 2018 • 57 min
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,…
Simply Teach: Dr. Kagan: Kagan Cooperative Learning
Mar 8, 2018 • 29 min
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…
Simply Teach #05: Courtney Talley
Mar 6, 2018 • 60 min
My guest on today’s show is Courtney Talley. Courtney shares about using “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…
Simply Teach #04: Tiffany Shim
Feb 20, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Simply Teach #03: Kaylee Keuthan
Feb 6, 2018 • 54 min
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…
Simply Teach #02: Holly Sadler
Jan 23, 2018 • 49 min
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…
Simply Teach #01: Elmer Nealy
Jan 16, 2018 • 42 min
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…
Simply Teach: An Introduction with Kelly
Dec 20, 2017 • 4 min
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.