Teach Better Talk

Teach Better Talk

www.teachbetter.com/podcast
Featuring expert educators ready to share progressive tactics to reach more students. Teach Better Talk is created by teachers, and fueled by passion! Every week, Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas, of the Teach Better Team and www.teachbetter.com, chat with educators from all around the world, discussing failures, successes, exciting new tactics, and dishing out loads of tips, tricks, and advice for teachers of all levels.


118: Listen. Reflect. Personalize. - Charles Randolph and Steve Jones chat with us about listening to your students, putting your ego aside, and personalizing learning for everyone.
Nov 7 • 37 min
ISTE STEM Co-Chairs, Charles Randolph and Steven Jones, chat with us about listening to your students, putting your ego aside, and personalizing learning for everyone. We talk about connecting content to real world solutions, exploring artificial…
117: ASPIRE To Lead - Joshua Stamper chats with us about relationships, passion projects, and going further to be a leader.
Nov 3 • 32 min
Assistant Principal, and host of the ASPIRE Leadership Podcast, Joshua Stamper, chats with us about relationships, passion projects, and going further to be a leader. Joshua talks about changing the structure of education, looking at what you’re doing to…
116: The Future Is Now - James DiDonato chats with us about preparing students for the future, connecting with your community, and being an educational geek.
Oct 30 • 34 min
Superintendent, James DiDonato, chats with us about preparing students for the future, connecting with your community, and being an educational geek. James talks about keeping our passion and excitement for learning, bringing students into the real world…
115: Belief formation on steroids. - Michael Rousell chats with us about how we can use surprise to change the way our students think about education and themselves.
Oct 28 • 40 min
Teacher, psychologist, and author, Michael Rousell, chats with us about how we can use surprise to change the way our students think about education and themselves. Michael delves into the science of surprise, shares a story of how he became “the master…
AUDIO BLOG - Waiting to Have “Those Conversations” Is Hurting Students.
Oct 25 • 5 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “Waiting to Have Those Conversations is Hurting Students” Written by Rae Hughart (@RaeHughart). Read by Jeff Gargas (@jeffgargas). Read the post at…
114: Be unapologetically you. - Becky Schnekser chats with us about teaching science the way it is meant to be taught, have phalange wars with her students, and being unapologetically you.
Oct 23 • 41 min
Educator and explorer, Becky Schnekser, chats with us about teaching science the way it is meant to be taught, have phalange wars with her students, and being unapologetically you. Becky shares why you need to get connected, the fact that she has probably…
113: You are enough. - Angela Maiers chats with us about changing the world, chasing big dreams, and understanding that you are enough.
Oct 20 • 41 min
Angela Maiers chats with us about changing the world, chasing big dreams, and understanding that you are enough. Angela shares how we can have an impact even if we aren’t perfect, the power of daily affirmations, and why the same thing has kept her…
AUDIO BLOG - 5 Characteristics of Strong School Leaders
Oct 19 • 5 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “5 Characteristics of Strong School Leaders” Written by Chad Ostrowski (@ChadOstrowski). Read by Jeff Gargas (@jeffgargas). Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/5-characteristics-of-strong-school-leaders. In…
112: Good stress. - Mike Washburn chats with us about appreciating people, being fearless, and having “good stress.”
Oct 16 • 47 min
Mike Washburn chats with us about appreciating people, being fearless, and having “good stress.” Mike shares why it’s critical to have realistic expectations, the importance of learning to reflect and grow, and why we need to go after those big ideas.…
111: Being “The Loud One” - Delaney Brummel chats with us about being cool with being “the loud one” in her school, and focusing on keeping things student-centered.
Oct 13 • 35 min
First year teacher, Delaney Brummel, chats with us about being cool with being “the loud one” in her school, helping kids get comfortable sharing failures with each other, and focusing on keeping things student-centered. Delaney shares how she keeps a…
110: It’s not what you know. - Jason Habisch chats with us about taking care of yourself, being a part of a championship team, and recruiting your own board of advisors.
Oct 10 • 43 min
Jason Habisch chats with us about taking care of yourself, being a part of a championship team, and recruiting your own board of advisors. Jason talks about the power of reflection, leaning into a challenge and learning from it, and explains why it’s not…
109: Lifelong Learning. - Jorge Valenzuela chats with us about how a lot of failures equate to small successes, but a lot of little successes lead to bigger successes.
Oct 7 • 41 min
Jorge Valenzuela chats with us about how a lot of failures equate to small successes, but a lot of little successes lead to bigger successes. Jorge shares who you should look to in order to be successful, where true happiness comes from, and lays out his…
Strategies to Increase Critical Thinking Skills in students
Oct 4 • 7 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “Strategies to Increase Critical Thinking Skills in Students” Written by Dr. Matthew X Joseph (@MatthewXJoseph). Read by Jeff Gargas (@jeffgargas). Read the post at…
108: Get comfortable being uncomfortable. - Dan Kreiness chats with us about staying true to your why, rolling with the punches, and finding the positive in every failure.
Oct 2 • 36 min
Instructional coach, and host of the Leader Of Learning Podcast, Dan Kreiness, chats with us about staying true to your why, rolling with the punches, and finding the positive in every failure. Dan talks about the power of getting connected, how we need…
107: Adjust Your Mindset - Nick Mann chats with us about why personal wellness is so important for teachers, how he learned to fail forward, and how you can take small steps to be healthier every day.
Sep 29 • 38 min
Fitness expert, Marine Corp Veteran, and founder of TeacherFit, Nick Man, chats with us about why personal wellness is so important for teachers, how he learned to fail forward, and how you can take small steps to be healthier every day. Nick shares how a…
106: Empower Students as Creators - Monica Burns chats with us about empowering students as creators, and the power of purposefully checking in with others every day.
Sep 25 • 35 min
Speaker, author, and consultant, Monica Burns, chats with us about empowering students as creators, giving kids opportunities to work on projects big and small, and the power of purposefully checking in with others every day. More at…
105: Be Consistent. Be flexible. - Barbara Mascareno chats with us about teaching content in a context that helps students retain it better, the power of flexibility, and how we can work to incorporat
Sep 22 • 34 min
Science teacher, writer, and owner of Spanish4Kiddos, Barbara Mascareno, chats with us about teaching content in a context that helps students retain it better, the power of flexibility, and how we can work to incorporate language in all content areas.…
AUDIO BLOG - 5 Out of the Box Ways to Engage TEACHERS in Professional Development
Sep 21 • 4 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “5 Out of the Box Ways to Engage TEACHERS in Professional Development” Written by Lauren Salsinger (@diaryofa21stcenturyteacher). Read by Jeff Gargas (@jeffgargas). Read the post at…
104: Do Your New Best - Jake Miller chats with us about sharing more in order to help more teachers help more students, finding what best fits your style, and being the best teacher you’ve ever been.
Sep 19 • 37 min
Educational Duct Tape Podcast host, Jake Miller, chats with us about sharing more in order to help more teachers help more students, finding what best fits your style, and being the best teacher you’ve ever been. Jake chats about figuring out what the…
103: Through A Culturally Diverse Lens. - Sheldon Eakins chats with us about learning as much as we can about our students’ cultures, and how to address issues of equity.
Sep 16 • 38 min
<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Director of Special Education, and Director of the Leading Equity Center, Sheldon Eakins, chats with us about…
AUDIO BLOG - 9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans - Connect your Content
Sep 13 • 4 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “9 Ways to Fix Your Lesson Plans - Connect your Content” Written by Rae Hughart (@raehughart). Read by Rae Hughart Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/connect-your-content-to-fix-your-lesson-plans —- Send…
102: Motivate, educate, and differentiate. - Pam Olivieri chats with us about focusing on more than a test score, letting our students see that we’re excited about the content, and the importance of n
Sep 12 • 32 min
Pam Olivieri chats with us about focusing on more than a test score, letting our students see that we’re excited about the content, and the importance of not just building relationships, but also having a plan. More at…
101: Finding The “Why” Before the “What” - Stephanie Howell chats with us about focusing on the “why” in education and then finding the “what” that aligns with it.
Sep 9 • 31 min
Instructional Technology Coordinator, Stephanie Howell, chats with us about focusing on the “why” in education and then finding the “what” that aligns with it. Stephanie shares the challenges she’s faced as a younger teacher in a leadership role, the…
AUDIO BLOG - Setting the Bar – 3 Tips to Help Our Students Meet and Exceed Our Expectations
Sep 7 • 7 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “Setting the Bar – 3 Tips to Help Our Students Meet and Exceed Our Expectations” Written by Michael Jennings (@THEschmike). Read by Rae Hughart (@RaeHughart) Read the post at…
100: Tim Cavey Takes Over Teach Better Talk - The Teachers On Fire host flips the mic on Jeff and Rae for our 100th episode.
Sep 4 • 34 min
Tim Cavey, host of the Teachers On Fire Podcast, flips the mic on Jeff and Rae for our 100th episode. Tim chats with us about the journey to 100, what we love about producing the podcast, how the show has grown, and the challenges we’ve faced along the…
99: Fail. Reflect. Move Forward. - Amber Heffner chats with us about learning from failures, reflecting in order to grow, and rethinking the way we facilitate education.
Sep 2 • 38 min
IDEA Executive Director, Amber Heffner, chats with us about learning from failures, reflecting in order to grow, and rethinking the way we facilitate education. Amber shares her journey to becoming Executive Director of IDEA, why she credits a failure for…
BONUS EPISODE - Rae’s Keynote Talk at the Hot Springs Tech Institute - June 2019
Aug 31 • 61 min
This is the audio from Rae’s keynote talk at the Hot Springs Technology Institute in June, 2019. Rae shares insight into how teachers and IT leaders can work together so that technology is used effectively and efficiently to reach more students. For more…
98: Learn to Love Failure - Meghan Deegan chats with us about the power of reflection, getting over the fear of failure, and surrounding yourself with the right people.
Aug 29 • 35 min
Meghan Deegan chats with us about the power of reflection, getting over the fear of failure, and surrounding yourself with the right people. Meghan shares how she learned to love failure, why we need to instill that same love in our students, and how we…
97: Start A Revolution - Derek McCoy chats with us about loving what we do and who we do it with, bringing the excitement and joy, and how magic can take place if we embrace it.
Aug 25 • 40 min
Director of Learning and Innovation, and author of “The Revolution,” Derek McCoy, chats with us about loving what we do and who we do it with, bringing the excitement and joy, and how magic can take place if we embrace it. Derek talks about doing better…
AUDIO BLOG - Integrating Technology in Education: Are You Making These Top 5 Mistakes?
Aug 23 • 12 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “Integrating Technology in Education: Are You Making These Top 5 Mistakes?” Written by Tiffany Ott (@TechieTeachOtt). Read by Rae Hughart (@RaeHughart) Read the post at…
96: AR/VR in EDU - Jaime Donally chats with us about AR and VR in education, how we need to adjust technology to fit our classrooms, and why we need to let our students be partners in the experiences
Aug 22 • 35 min
Jaime Donally chats with us about AR and VR in education, how we need to adjust technology to fit our classrooms, and why we need to let our students be partners in the experiences. Jaime shares why you don’t need to be the most tech savvy person to use…
95: A Team Approach - Nick Sutton, chats with us about getting back to good instruction, working as a team, and why you shouldn’t be afraid of your evaluations.
Aug 18 • 28 min
Superintendent, Nick Sutton, chats with us about getting back to good instruction, working as a team, and why you shouldn’t be afraid of your evaluations. Nick shares why he thinks we’re in such a cool time as educators right now, what leads to a…
AUDIO BLOG - Student Teacher Mentoring 101
Aug 17 • 5 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “Student Teacher Mentoring 101” Written by Rae Hughart(@RaeHughart). Read by Rae Hughart Read the post at www.eachbetter.com/blog/student-teacher-mentoring-101/ In This Post: Student teacher mentoring is an ART…
94: A Two-Way Conversation - Christine Witcher chats with us about the importance of feedback, and how to make sure our students are emotionally ready for it, and prepared to learn from it.
Aug 15 • 36 min
Christine Witcher chats with us about the importance of feedback, and how to make sure our students are emotionally ready for it, and prepared to learn from it. Christine shares how fixing a problem in her classroom lead to creating an app to help others…
93: Practice What You Preach - Robert Breyer chats with us about setting the tone, leading by example, and practicing what you preach.
Aug 12 • 32 min
Elementary Principal, Rob Breyer, chats with us about setting the tone, leading by example, and practicing what you preach. Rob shares why he loves classrooms that are never quiet, the reason he has the best kids in all of North Carolina, and what you…
AUDIO BLOG - How to Fight Mental Illness Through Authenticity
Aug 10 • 9 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “How to Fight Mental Illness Through Authenticity” Written by Christine Ravesi-Weinstein (@RavesiWeinstein). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart) Read the post at…
92: Mic Drop Moments - Brianna Shaner chats with us about staying true to yourself, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and looking for your “mic drop moments.”
Aug 7 • 34 min
Brianna Shaner chats with us about staying true to yourself, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and looking for your “mic drop moments.” Brianna talks about trying new things, the importance of focusing on your strengths, and why we all need to…
91: Just A Dreamer - Amanda Fox shares how we need to really think through the problems we’re trying to solve, and why you should surround yourself with dreamers.
Aug 5 • 32 min
Author, speaker, and dreamer, Amanda Fox, chats with us about the importance of recalibrating after a failure, building relationships for the foundation of how we help students, and how to make sure technology is for our students, not just us. Amanda…
AUDIO BLOG - Breaking Down Why District Initiatives Break Down
Aug 3 • 7 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “Breaking Down Why District Initiatives Break Down” Written by Chad Ostrowski (@chadostrowski). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart) Read the post at…
90: Rethink Everything - Stefanie Crawford chats about gamification, knowing you’re good enough, and rethinking everything about education.
Jul 31 • 43 min
Stefanie Crawford chats with us about gamification, knowing that you’re good enough, and being okay with asking for help. Stefanie discusses the importance of building a PLN and actually utilizing it, how your role is bigger than your title, and why she…
89: Just Learning Every Day- Rachelle Dene Poth shares her love of learning, and why she feels like her job is relaxing
Jul 29 • 36 min
Teacher, author, consultant, and ISTE Making IT Happen Award winner, Rachelle Dene Poth, chats with us about exploring AR/VR, why she feels like her job is relaxing, and how she sees Artificial Intelligence potentially impacting education. Rachelle shares…
88: A Work in Progress - Lori McEwen chats with us about focusing on best practices for all students, bringing everything back to deep and joyful learning for kids.
Jul 24 • 36 min
Dr. Lori McEwen chats with us about focusing on best practices for all students, bringing everything back to deep and joyful learning for kids, and how we’re all just works in progress, learning every day. Lori chats about her excitement around mastery…
AUDIO BLOG - Getting The Most Out Of Collaboration Time - Audio Blog
Jul 24 • 5 min
This is an audio version of the blog post, “Getting The Most Out Of Collaboration Time.” Written by Bryan Zwemke (@BryanZwemke). Read by Rae Hughart (@raehughart) Read the post at www.teachbetter.com/blog/getting-the-most-out-of-collaboration-time In This…
87: Principal On A Skateboard – Michael Earnshaw chats with us about getting back the real you, the importance of modeling what you expect from others, and why he doesn’t care about test scores.
Jul 22 • 42 min
The Principal on a Skateboard, Michael Earnshaw, chats with us about getting back the real you, the importance of modeling what you expect from others, and why he doesn’t care about test scores. Michale shares why we need to get out of our comfort zones,…
BONUS EPISODE - Jeff featured on the “How to Be Awesome at Your Job” podcast with Pete Mockaitis.
Jul 20 • 56 min
Jeff was featured on the “How to Be Awesome at Your Job” podcast with Pete Mockaitis. For more episodes, visit www.awesomeatyourjob.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/teach-better-talk/message
86: Let Them Own It - Maryanne Cullinan and Ellen Kidd chat about giving students ownership, the power of building community, and why we sometimes need to get out of the way.
Jul 18 • 35 min
Our dynamic duo, Maryanne Cullinan and Ellen Kidd, chat about giving students ownership, the power of building community, and why we sometimes need to get out of the way. Ellen and Maryanne share how we can work to give kids the capacity to solve their…
85: Change Their Mood - Jeremy Rinkel chats with us about being student focused and allowing student creativity to grow, and why we sometimes need to do whatever it takes to “change their mood.”
Jul 14 • 35 min
High school English teacher, Jeremy Rinkel, chats with us about being student focused and allowing student creativity to grow, and why we sometimes need to do whatever it takes to “change their mood.” Jeremy shares the power of sharing what you’re doing…
84: Hello Mrs. Harwick - Haylee Harwick chats with us about investing the things that will actually help your students, utilizing a failure to fuel success, and why she is obsessed with podcasts.
Jul 10 • 37 min
5th grade teacher, Haylee Harwick, chats with us about investing the things that will actually help your students, utilizing a failure to fuel success, and why she is obsessed with podcasts in her classroom. Haylee shares what it’s like being from a…
83: Wannabe Teacher - Kathleen Trace chats with us about motivating new teachers, changing the narrative around teaching, and pushing through fear.
Jul 7 • 35 min
High School English teacher, and author, Kathleen Trace, chats with us about motivating new teachers, changing the narrative around teaching, and pushing through fear. Kathleen talks about the importance of changing the perception of being a teacher, the…
82: Driving a positive culture - Daniel Finn chats with us about earning respect, building relationships, and driving a positive culture in your school.
Jul 3 • 38 min
Vice Principal, Dan Finn, chats with us about earning respect, building relationships, and driving a positive culture in your school, and shares how he views the potential impact we all have when it comes to helping each other impact students Dan talks…
81: Empower Everyone - Lynn Colon and Adam Welcome talk about being intentional, why you need to tell your story, and the importance of believing students CAN succeed.
Jul 1 • 42 min
“Empower Our Girls” co-authors, Lynn Colón and Adam Welcome, chat with us about their journey to writing the book, and why it’s not just about empowering girls, but empowering everyone. Adam and Lynn talk about the power of mentors and connections,…
80: Mo Physics. Mo Problems. - Mike Mohammad (Live from Summer Spark 2019)
Jun 27 • 18 min
Mike Mohammad chats with us live at Summer Spark (#USMspark) in Milwaukee, WI, sharing stories and lessons learned throughout his 19 year career. Mike talks about the power of sharing what you’re doing, why communication is so important, and allowing…
79: Just A Teacher From Akron - Chelsea Nicolino (Live from the 2019 Akron Public Schools APS3T Conference)
Jun 24 • 26 min
8th grade science teacher, Chelsea Nicolino, chats with us live from Akron Public Schools APS3T Conference in Akron, OH. Chelsea discusses teaching the whole student, getting over a lack of confidence, and embracing social media. Chelsea shares the…
78: Addicted to Learning - Jacie Maslyk shares how she always finds her way back to the students, the power of collaboration, and why it’s so important to let kids see that as teachers and leaders, we
Jun 20 • 34 min
Assistant Superintendent, author, and 22-year veteran teacher, Jacie Maslyk, chats with us about being addicted to learning, remembering what we’re really here for, and when she realized how important it is for kids to develop literacy skills. Jacie…
77: Pour Yourself Into Others - Kim Darche chats with us about why you should have tea with everyone, be prepared to change, and look to always pour yourself into others so they flourish.
Jun 17 • 38 min
Instructional coach, and adjunct professor, Kim Darche, chats with us about why you should have tea with everyone, be prepared to change, and look to always pour yourself into others so they flourish. Kim talks about the power of challenging your beliefs,…
76: As “Extra” as Possible - Michelle Weiss chats with us about being as “extra” as possible, learning to listen, and working through changes and challenges to have her best year ever.
Jun 13 • 29 min
2nd grade teacher, Michelle Weiss, chats with us about being as “extra” as possible, learning to listen, and working through changes and challenges to have her best year ever. Michelle talks about being focused on self care, the importance of being…
75: Make It Matter - Bradford Hubbard shares the early lesson he learned about relationships, why we need to celebrate all wins, and the event that changed the way he looks at his responsibilities.
Jun 9 • 42 min
Assistant superintendent, Bradford Hubbard, talks with us about the importance of focusing on equity and social emotional learning, his mission to ignite passion and discovery in every student, and embracing the idea of creating an environment where all…
74: Take a Breath - Mandy Froehlich chats with us about taking leaps of faith, recovering from embarrassing failures, and the importance of taking care of yourself.
Jun 6 • 34 min
Author, speaker, and Director of Author Success at EduMatch, Mandy Froehlich, chats with us about taking leaps of faith, recovering from embarrassing failures, and the importance of taking care of yourself. Mandy shares the inspiration behind her books,…
73: Award Winning Culture - Hans Appel chats with us about amplifying student voices, creating an exceptional school culture, and helping others find their joy.
Jun 3 • 38 min
Educator working as counselor, Hans Appel, talks with us about the importance of authenticity, what your school brand really is, and how the simplest things can completely “flip” someone’s day. Hans chats with us about amplifying student voices, creating…
72: Master The Purpose - Michael Cohen chats with us about teaching students how to create, helping them to struggle, and guiding them to build out creative solutions.
May 30 • 43 min
The Tech Rabbi, Michael Cohen, chats with us about teaching students how to create, helping them to struggle, and guiding them to build out creative solutions. Michael talks about instilling entrepreneurial thinking so that our students can be proficient…
71: Be You. - Matthew Joseph talks about the power of asking for honest feedback, providing value to others through relationships, and being yourself to bring your unique gifts to the classroom.
May 27 • 38 min
Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Author, Matthew Joseph, chats with us about being inspired by collaboration, doing what’s in the best interest of students, and being true to yourself. Matt talks about the power of asking for honest feedback,…
70: Writer. Teacher. Mom. - Jennifer Wolfe chats about teaching the whole student, making purposeful connections, and helping students grow.
May 23 • 34 min
Writer, teacher, and mom, Jennifer Wolfe, chats with us about teaching the whole student, making purposeful connections, and helping students grow through the relationships we build with them. Jennifer dives into her work with AVID, incorporating…
69: Building Heroes- Bruce and Erin Umpstead chat with us about helping students see that . they’re on a hero’s journey, and working together to find The Great American Epic.
May 20 • 41 min
Brother/Sister duo, Bruce and Erin Umpstead, join us to chat about blending the classics with progressive movements, allowing students to experience life through reflection, and showing kids that they are each on a hero’s journey. Erin and Bruce share a…
68: Conductors of Our Classrooms - Jeff Bradbury chats about listening to our audience to understand their needs, and how you can teach like a WWE Superstar.
May 16 • 44 min
Jeffrey Bradbury, educational podcaster and founder of TeacherCast, chats with us about podcasting to help give educators a voice, why he loves using the medium to connect educators and grow together, and how you can start podcasting, too. Jeffrey shares…
67: Physical Literacy - Michael Jennings chats with us about giving our students more movement tools in their movement toolbox.
May 12 • 44 min
Physical education teacher, Michael Jennings chats with us about giving our students more movement tools in their movement toolbox, teaching the whole child, and the importance of truly loving what you do. Michael shares why he believes physical literacy…
66: Culture and Creativity - Kelly Croy discusses why we need to focus on creation over consumption, and how good and bad days all come down to a cultural experience.
May 9 • 41 min
Director of Innovation and Instruction, Author, and the host of the Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly Croy, chats with us about his 28 years in education, why he believes in inspiration, and how good days and bad days all come down to a cultural experience.…
65: Relationships Over Content - Wilkie Law chats with us about his unique journey to becoming a teacher, and why we need to cherish the human side of people.
May 6 • 40 min
Math skills specialist, and c0-founder of the LED Project, Wilkie Law III, chats with us about his unique journey to becoming a teacher, the importance of understanding a person before we judge, and how his struggles in school taught him a valuable…
64: We all have to shine. - Jeffrey Austin shares why he had to completely ditch everything he was doing, how powerful really meaningful, personalized, timely feedback can be to a student, and why we
May 1 • 35 min
World Humanities teach, Writing Center Director, and English Department Chair, Jeffrey Austin, chats with us about getting students passionate about reading and writing, building the Skyline Writing Center, and why equity and inclusion are his biggest…
63: Find Your Frosty Moment - Don Epps chats about building a connection with your community, and why you need to find your “Frosty Moment.”
Apr 29 • 31 min
Middle school principal, Don Epps, chats with us about building a connection with your community, getting uncomfortable in order to grow, and why you need to find your “Frosty Moment.” Don shares his journey into creating morning videos to spread…
62: Improvise, adapt, and overcome - Seamus O’hara talks about never being satisfied, not being afraid to fail, and how we can be better.
Apr 25 • 34 min
14 year veteran teacher, and host of the EdPop Podcast, Seamus O’Hara, chats with us about his unique podcast format, why he believes we get stuck in being afraid to change, and the power of appreciation. Seamus talks about never being satisfied, not…
61: Create More. - Tim Cavey shares why he is focused on creating content, learning, and relationships.
Apr 22 • 37 min
18 year veteran teacher, and host of the Teachers On Fire Podcast, Tim Cavey, chats with us about his journey to podcasting, why you should have an “education only” Twitter account, and how his district has implemented gradeless assessments. Tim shares…
60: Go Change The World. - Tamara Letter shares how to create opportunities for students to become kindness cultivators in their communities.
Apr 18 • 42 min
Kindness cultivator and author, Tamara Letter, chats with us about her journey teaching in multiple states, circling back home, and becoming a published author. We chat about how she supports teachers, students, and admins, and what her greatest success…
59: Taking Risks - Jason Reagin chats with us about taking risks, working with drones, and his experience teaching around the world.
Apr 14 • 30 min
Jason Reagin chats with us about taking risks, working with drones, and his experience traveling the world and teaching in the U.S., Bermuda, China, and South Korea. Jason shares a story of a personal failure that lead to a professional lesson, why he is…
58: Learning Opportunities - Chris Chappotin talks with us about growing as learners and servants so we can turn it toward our students.
Apr 11 • 38 min
Chris Chappotin chats with us about growing as learners and servants so we can turn it toward our students. He breaks down his district’s 3 components for creating engaging learning, and why he tries to be a person of high energy who tries to pour that…
57: Ignite Your Fire - Annick Rauch answers the question, “How do you do it?” and shares how her passion drives her.
Apr 8 • 34 min
10 year veteran, and mom of 4, Annick Rauch answers the question, “How do you do it?” and shares how her passion drives her. Annick dives into how she embraces the spark of learning to ignite her fire of passion, tells the story of how she got to her…
56: Legit Leadership - Joe Sanfelippo shares the components of building an amazing school culture, how they have transformed their professional development, and the power of empowering your team.
Apr 3 • 37 min
Superintendent, author, and keynote speaker, Joe Sanfelippo, chats with us about being a part of an environment and a community that you can be proud of, serving that community, and the importance of listening. Joe shares the components of building an…
55: Take The L.E.A.P. - Elisabeth Bostwick chats about why we need to re-imagine learning, and how she learns something new every time she walks into another teacher’s classroom.
Apr 1 • 38 min
Instructional coach, and author of “Take The L.E.A.P.,” Elisabeth Bostwick chats with us about fostering culture, encouraging students to take ownership over their learning, sparking curiosity, and inspiring creativity in our students. Elisabeth shares…
54: Creative Voices. - High school students DJ and Noah share how creativity and freedom are helping to shape their future.
Mar 28 • 36 min
In this episode, we chat with Alex Oris, Joe Nowak, and two awesome high school students at Cuyahoga Falls High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. We chat about the broadcasting program they have started at their school, how it’s helping to shape their…
53: Serve to lead. - Chris McGraw chats about having swagger while staying humble.
Mar 25 • 41 min
Middle school principal (Rae’s principal!), Chris McGraw, chats about having swagger while staying humble, making sure you’re filling yourself up in order to give to others, and all the bumps and bruises he’s learned from along the way. Chris shares…
52: One Drop Of Kindness - Jeffrey Kubiak talks with us about adapting, crushing it, and how one drop of kindness can be a win for everyone.
Mar 20 • 30 min
Elementary principal, and author of “One Drop Of Kindness,” Jeffrey Kubiak, chats about supporting his teachers no matter what, always reflecting and adjusting to adapt to what the world is doing to our kids, and how one drop of kindness can change…
51: Students First. - Lauren Salsinger chats with us about keeping students in the forefront of every decision we make, and the crucial promise she made to herself.
Mar 18 • 31 min
Elementary teacher turned Student Learning Coach, Lauren Salsinger, chats with us about keeping students in the forefront of every decision we make, stepping out of your comfort zone, and the crucial promise she made to herself. Lauren shares the power of…
50: The Journey So Far. - Jeff and Rae look back at the first 49 episodes of Teach Better Talk.
Mar 13 • 44 min
Jeff and Rae recap the journey of Teach Better Talk so far. We share our favorite pieces of advice, the bloopers along the way, and of course…we make fun of each other and laugh a lot, too. We also recap our favorite parts of hosting teach better talk,…
49: Make Connections - Frank Bellomo chats with us about the power of relationships, and why you don’t need to be the smartest person in the room.
Mar 10 • 27 min
Elementary principal, Frank Bellomo, chats with us about being on a mission with his team to improve the lives of kids. Frank talks about the power of relationships, why you don’t need to be the smartest person in the room, and the importance of not…
48: In AWE - Sarah Johnson shares her journey of creating In AWE, amplifying women, and the importance of taking care of yourself.
Mar 6 • 27 min
Educator, consultant, entrepreneur, and co-author of “Balance Like A Pirate,” Sarah Johnson, shares her passion for amplifying women, the importance of taking care of yourself, and the power of listening, learning, and focusing on your personal routine.…
47: Being Coachable - Steve Diveley chats with us about his work with the AIMS Network, how we can question ourselves for the purpose of improvement, and the importance of being coachable.
Mar 3 • 27 min
Junior high principal, and AIMS Network President, Steve Diveley, talks with us about finding positive people to be your lifeline and asking for help when you need it. Steve chats with us about his work with the AIMS Network, how we can question ourselves…
46: Be Open - Monica Burns chats with us about the importance of having a community and conversations.
Feb 26 • 28 min
Educator, author, and national speaker, Monica Burns, talks with us about focusing on thoughtful, strategic tech integration, and how sometimes a barrier just looks like a barrier. Monica chats with us about the importance of having a community and having…
45: Get Weird - Noah Geisel challenges us all to get weird and notice new things.
Feb 24 • 33 min
Noah Geisel is a digital badges consultant, a national speaker, and the Education Director at StackUp.net. Noah shares his journey of being a learner, sharer, traveler, and giver of high-fives. Noah talks with us about staying humble, understanding that…
44: Girl Boss - Dr. Rena Hawkins chats with us about the current opportunities for student leadership and student voice, and why we’re not here to compete with each other.
Feb 20 • 26 min
22 year veteran, and co-host of the ShareMOedu Podcast, Dr. Rena Hawkins, chats with us about the current opportunities for student leadership and student voice, and why we’re not here to compete with each other. Rena talks about her “Girl Boss”…
43: From Consumers to Creators - Alex Oris talks about transforming students from consumers to creators, and where our future leaders are.
Feb 17 • 30 min
Alex Oris is a Technology Integration Specialist at Cuyahoga Falls City Schools in Ohio. He chats with us about using technology in schools, adjusting the way we think about our approach to PD and teaching, and how things changed when he decided to give…
42: Pamper Triggers - Dan Tricarico chats with us about finding the things that make you zen.
Feb 13 • 25 min
25+ year veteran teacher, and author of “The Zen Teacher,” Dan Tricarico, chats with us about working with teachers to reduce stress and increase their self care to avoid burn out. Dan talks about when he knew he had found something that teachers needed,…
41: Heart of a Marshmallow - Neil Gupta chats with us about being responsive, reflective, and vulnerable.
Feb 10 • 31 min
Dr. Neil Gupta is the Director of Secondary Education for Worthington City Schools, a national speaker, and a consultant with ASCD. Neil chats with us about why we need to remember that there is a human side to what we do. Neil shares the power of…
40: Walk with them - Kyle Krueger talks about being authentic and transparent with our students.
Feb 7 • 28 min
LED Project Podcast co-host, and co-founder of the Lighthouse Educator Development non-profit, Kyle Krueger, chats with us about helping teachers build better relationships, his journey to personal development, and his goal of ensuring every kid will have…
39: The S.H.G. Principle - Chip Baker talks about leaving a positive impact on the world.
Feb 3 • 29 min
20+ year veteran teacher, and host of “The Success Chronicles” on YouTube, Chip Baker, chats with us about being a 4th generation educator, wanting to do his part in creating a positive ripple in the world, and how we can maximize our students’ potential…
38: EduMagic - A chat with Sam Fecich and some amazing pre-service teachers.
Jan 30 • 34 min
Professor Sam Fecich and an amazing group of pre-service teachers chat with us about why they got into teaching, what’s got them excited about the field, and how they hope to impact lives. These future teachers share the best advice they’ve received, what…
37: Why does it matter? - Chuck Taft chats about why we need to start looking for the learning
Jan 27 • 29 min
Middle school social studies teacher, Chuck Taft, chats with us about teaching America’s story, making authentic connections, and how the world is handing us our curriculum. Chuck shares how social studies is the “O Blood Type” of education, why hew feels…
36: Building a Support System - Erin Hall chats with us about finding a way to connect the social an
Jan 24 • 25 min
9th grade english teacher, and founder of YES RI, Erin Hall, chats with us about finding a way to connect the social and professional experiences for educators, keeping teachers supported and motivated, and reflecting on everything you do. Erin shares why…
35: What we’re doing matters.- Joel Hawbaker talks about being deliberate about how we spend our tim
Jan 21 • 29 min
Best-selling author, high school history teacher, and soccer coach, Joel Hawbaker, talks about being deliberate about how we spend our time, why he’s excited about teaching this generation of kids, and what good leadership really is. Joel shares the ways…
34: Reflect and Readjust - Susan Jachymiak chats about her 1st year as a teacher.
Jan 16 • 25 min
4th grade math teacher, Susan Jachymiak, chats with us about her passion for growth mindset, reflecting to find what works best for her students, and the challenges she’s overcome as a 1st year teacher. Susan talks about why it’s important to be willing…
33: Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. - LaVonna Roth chats with us about recognizing your greatness.
Jan 12 • 31 min
Author, speaker, and creator of the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® initiative, LaVonna Roth, chats with us about how we can all shine through our mindset. LaVonna shares how we can recognize our own greatness and become the exceptional person you were meant to…
32: Allow yourself permission. - Jessie Lynch chats with us about taking the time to do what you nee
Jan 10 • 26 min
6th grade math and language arts teacher, Jessie Lynch, chats with us about allowing yourself permission to make mistakes, try something new, and taking the time to do what you need to do. Jessie shares why it’s important to remember you don’t need to be…
31: Stay true to who you are. - Barb Baker shares stories from her 20+ years of teaching.
Jan 9 • 30 min
20 year veteran, Barb Baker, chats with us about giving ownership back to our students, why we must never stop learning, and why she feels truly blessed to do what she does every day. Barb shares how she has built a culture in her class that embraces…
30: Make it happen. - Adam Welcome chats about living life to the complete fullest.
Jan 2 • 33 min
Author, speaker, and “Truth Teller,” Adam Welcome chats with us about living life to the complete fullest, why we need to give our schools back to our kids, and why you need to find your side hustle. Adam shares how teachers are more important than ever,…
29: You’re not alone. - Brian Costello shares his journey, and why your network is so important.
Dec 30, 2018 • 31 min
Brian Costello has been teaching for more than 13 years, with a variety of roles, including primary education, digital integration specialist, and others. He currently teachers robotics. Or, as he describes it, Brian “teaches middle school kids to…
27: Stay Authentic - Sarah Thomas chats with us about why authenticity is so important, and your ‘se
Dec 23, 2018 • 25 min
Speaker, author, Google Certified Innovator, and EduMatch founder, Sarah Thomas, talks with us about how we can be authentic with our students and why it is so important. Sarah shares how she loves creating spaces where conversations and growth can occur,…
26: Teach Better - Chad Ostrowski shares his relentless pursuit of Better.
Dec 19, 2018 • 32 min
Teach Better Team co-founder, and creator of The Grid Method, Chad Ostrowski, chats with us about the relentless pursuit of Better. Chad tells us the story of the worst year of his life and how it changed everything, explains why we thinks we have the…
25: Shift This - Joy Kirr chats with us about why she loves her job.
Dec 16, 2018 • 27 min
24 year veteran teacher, speaker, and author of “Shift This,” Joy Kirr, chats with us about why she loves her job. Joy digs into what Genius Hour has done for her students, the importance of involving parents in your classroom, and why you need to first…
24: From average to AWESOME - Monica Genta shares how we can transform and celebrate education
Dec 12, 2018 • 27 min
Author, TedX speaker, and middle school science teacher, Monica Genta, chats with us about helping students and teachers transform education from average to awesome. Monica shares how she feels when people tell her a goal is a bad idea, why she loves that…
23: Connected Change - Brianna Hodges talks about the power of connection and shared learning.
Dec 8, 2018 • 32 min
#FutureReadyCoach, Champion For Change, and Coordinator of Educational Technology and Innovative Instruction, Brianna Hodges, chats with us about finding ways to tap into that excitement, energy, and engagement that keep curiosity moving forward, for both…
22: Take the risk - Kristen Nan talks with us about taking chances and how to have TRUE GRIT.
Dec 5, 2018 • 36 min
21 year veteran teacher, Kristen Nan, chats with us about taking risks, being willing to fail, and igniting the fire inside our students. Kristen discusses “Mystery Skypes,” and breaks down her L.E.G.I.T. Learning and T.R.U.E. G.R.I.T. We chat about how…
21: Making Tomorrow A Little Brighter - Phil Strunk shares how he tries to bring hope and inspiratio
Dec 1, 2018 • 26 min
Middle school history teacher and Edusations creator, Phil Strunk, talks with us about making sure tomorrow is a little brighter for our students. Phil shares his excitement for the transformation education is going through, why clear expectations are so…
20: Be R.E.A.L. - Tara Martin encourages us to always be ourselves.
Nov 28, 2018 • 29 min
Author, speaker, teacher, COACH, and Director of Media and Communication for Dave Burgess Consulting, Tara Martin, chats with us about what it means to be R.E.A.L. and teach from the heart, why it’s okay to expose vulnerabilities, and what we need to do…
19: Collecting the Dots - Jimmy Casas chats about building a strong community.
Nov 24, 2018 • 35 min
Author, speaker, and 26 year veteran teacher, Jimmy Casas, shares what being a champion for our students really means, and why we must first “collect the dots” in order to build a strong community. Jimmy tells us the story that “changed everything,” talks…
18: Write Your Own Story - Dave Burgess shares his story and encourages us to embrace our own.
Nov 17, 2018 • 33 min
Motivational speaker, educational publisher, and best-selling author of “Teach Like A Pirate,” Dave Burgess chats with us about finding our own story, and why he won’t do a “part 2” of his book. Dave encourages us all to focus on getting better, not being…
Episode 17: Joyful Leader - Bethany Hill chats with us about building a culture of family.
Nov 14, 2018 • 33 min
Lead Learner, Chief Energy Officer, and Chief Story Teller, Bethany Hill chats with us about building a culture of family, honoring diversity, and why we can’t let fear stop us from giving our kids what they need. Bethany shares the importance of letting…
16: You are enough. - Chuck Poole shares stories from his 19 years of experience as a teacher.
Nov 11, 2018 • 29 min
Middle school language arts teach, and founder of Teachonomy, Chuck poole, shares stories from his 19 years of experience. Chuck talks about how a failure as a coach lead him to make invaluable changes in his classroom, instilling a mindset of family and…
15: Developing Melodies - Music Therapist, Meryl Brown leads us as we explore the power of music and
Nov 7, 2018 • 28 min
Music therapist and owner of Developing Melodies, Meryl Brown, gives us a lesson on how music can truly change lives, helping us learn how to speak, how to walk, and maintain emotional function. Meryl educates us on an incredible tool that is underused in…
14: Totally Awesome - Tiffany Ott encourages us to stand up and fight for what we believe is right f
Nov 4, 2018 • 32 min
High school math teacher, and Teach Better Team’s Director of Curriculum Design, Tiffany Ott, shares how her shift to working with teachers has changed how she introduces herself, why she’s excited about where education is heading, and how you can affect…
13: Completely Flipped - Raymond Steinmetz shares his journey to flipping his classroom to a blended
Oct 28, 2018 • 24 min
K-8 Math Instructional Coach, and co-host of the Instant Relevance Podcast, Raymond Steinmetz shares his journey to blended learning, the failures he’s overcome along the way, and why he’s proud to say, “I’m a teacher.” Raymond reminds us to always…
12: Perfectly Imperfect - Marlena Gross-Taylor helps us see the beauty in “letting plates fall” and
Oct 24, 2018 • 32 min
EduGladiator, Marlena Gross-Taylor, looks to inspire all of us in “the arena” of education. She helps us to see the beauty in “letting plates fall” and being perfectly imperfect. No matter what leadership title she may have or have had, Marlena is a…
11: Break the script - Adam Dovico encourages us all to take risks and try something new.
Oct 21, 2018 • 29 min
Principal, author, Ron Clark Academy Alum, and “chameleon,” Adam Dovico, talks to us about thinking on your feet, doing whatever is needed, and why he’s excited for the movement toward student-centered learning. Adam discusses why you need to come to…
10: Don’t be afraid - Roman Nowak urges us to go against the grain and try things.
Oct 14, 2018 • 28 min
Roman Nowak is a High School Teacher, a Student Success Leader, and an Agent of Transformation. He shares with us why he wears all 3 title proudly. Roman talks with us about how his failures have led him to where he is today. He also explains why you need…
09: Passion-Based Learning - Tal Thompson shares the power of PBL and why he doesn’t really like the
Oct 7, 2018 • 30 min
In this episode, “Tall Tal” Tal Thompson takes us into his classroom, the “Innovation HUB” and shares why he doesn’t really like the phrase “teacher.” Tal discusses his passion for PBL, and why creating authentic experiences is where our focus needs to…
08 - Amplifying The Voices of Others - Todd Nesloney shares the power of using your platform to ampl
Sep 30, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode, elementary principal, author, and international speaker, Todd Nesloney, talks about the power of amplifying the voices of others, eliminating excuses for kids, and not letting failures destroy you. Todd shares why we need to put our focus…
07 - Make Learning Sparkle - Kim Snodgrass shares her unique journey, and how you can make learning sparkle for you and your students.
Sep 23, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode, Kim Snodgrass shares her unique journey to being a teacher, why you need to be on Twitter, and how she makes learning sparkle with her love of EduGIFs. Kim touches on why she always looks forward to building relationships, and points us…
06: A Team Effort - Bryan Zwemke talks about the power of collaboration and teamwork, and finding your balance.
Sep 16, 2018 • 20 min
In this episode, middle school principal, and Vice President of the AIMS Network, Bryan Zwemke, talks with us about the power of teachers collaborating, and how working with his teams have lead to success for him. Bryan touches on what the core of any…
05: Serendipity in Education - Allyson Apsey shares her story and how we can find the beautiful lessons that are embedded in our experiences.
Sep 9, 2018 • 22 min
Elementary principal, and author, Allyson Apsey, shares her story, gives us a look into her book, and let’s us know how we can find the beautiful lessons that are embedded in our experiences. Allyson also gives us a sneak peek into one of her upcoming…
04: Transforming Education - Thomas C. Murray discusses the future of education and what our number one job is.
Sep 2, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode, best-selling author, speaker, and education consultant, Thomas C. Murray shares how we need to transform education, what drives him every day, and an important reminder of what our #1 job is. More at…
03: A “Grown-up Middle Schooler” - Josie Bensko shares her excitement for moving to a new school, and what makes her feel successful as a teacher.
Aug 24, 2018 • 21 min
In this episode, we have a blast with middle school science teacher, Josie Bensko, who describes herself as a “grown-up middle schooler.” Josie shares a big failure from her first year of teaching, what she considers a “success,” and some really awesome…
02: Relationship! Relationships! Relationships! - Ryan Sheehy bares his soul and shares his journey.
Aug 22, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode, Ryan Sheehy, elementary principal and author, bares his soul as he shares the ups and downs of his journey to writing “Be The One For Kids” and what comes next. Ryan shares what “failing harder” means to him, the story of signing Eddie’s…
01: Teaching Teachers - Adam Peterson chats about transitioning to teaching teachers.
Aug 21, 2018 • 22 min
In our first episode, Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas chat with Adam Peterson, of www.adampetersoneducation.com, about his recent transition from 13+ years in the classroom, to now working with teachers all over the country. Adam discusses some of the…