April 8, 2022

028 Is It Time to Stop Promoting Social Promotion?

Hey, it’s Anne here to introduce today’s episode all about social promotion, you know that practice where schools promote student…

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Jan. 3, 2022

027 You're Not the Boss of Me...or Are You? Parent Power's influence …

Happy 2022! Let's hope this year makes up for the last two! It's always good to be hopeful. And on that note, I hope public educa…

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Nov. 1, 2021

026 We Are Not Ok: Teachers Struggle to Cope, Too!

I'll be honest, in 35 years of teaching, this has been the hardest year so far. And that's not just because I'm old and kind of w…

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Sept. 18, 2021

025 Why Teachers Quit 2.0: Find out why Carolyn quit the classroom.

The very first episode we produced remains one of our most popular. Why teachers quit should be something every would-be teacher …

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Aug. 16, 2021

024 When Did Public Schools become Public Enemy #1?

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become the latest way to demonize public schools. I admit when I first heard CRT I thought it was …

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July 29, 2021

(Rebroadcast) Tricks for Cost-Free Travel (or almost free) – With Jac…

My husfriend and I just got back from a trip to Hawaii. It was his birthday gift to me. Nice huh! We had to jump through a few ho…

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July 4, 2021

023 What Makes an Effective Teacher Effective?

What makes an effective teacher effective? That's a pretty subjective question, isn't it? I'm beginning to believe that so much o…

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June 12, 2021

022 New Teachers, This One's for You!

This school year is FINALLY ending (thank god for small favors) and we are packing up our minimally used classrooms. For many tea…

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April 26, 2021

021 What does a Teaching Credential Really Prove?

The National Center for Education Statistics reported that in the 2017-18 school year there were 3.3 million full and part-time t…

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April 14, 2021

Minimum Day #4 : Back in the Classroom

Here's how the school year progressed. It started as "We won't likely be returning to campus this year." Then it changed to "I d…

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April 2, 2021

020. Tackling Teacher Tenure

In 2005 then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to make changes to California's teacher tenure, increasing the time to achieve…

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March 6, 2021

019 Going Back to School (for real this time)

We are rapidly approaching the end of our 3rd quarter and it looks like a pretty done deal that after spring break, we will be go…

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Feb. 6, 2021

018 Difficult Discussions Don't Have to be Hard

It should have been expected that the attack on the Capitol last month (has it been that long already?😳) would prompt controversi…

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Jan. 3, 2021

017 Forget Covid -- There's a Teacher Depression Pandemic Killing Us

So it's Winter Break and we've had a little time to collect ourselves and get refreshed for round two of Online Learning. I wish.…

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Nov. 22, 2020

016 Bye Bye Betsy - Who Will Be Biden's Pick for Secretary of Educati…

So the election is over (or is at least supposed to be over...) and Biden has a lot of work to do to help put the country back to…

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Nov. 1, 2020

015 The Value of Teacher Evaluations

Hello Faithful Listeners! So, yeah, this episode is a bit late, (or a bit early if you want to pretend last week didn’t happen). …

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Oct. 5, 2020

014 Minimum Day #3 with Angel

Our guest co-host, fellow co-worker and single parent, Angel, joins us today to share her unique (or not so unique, depending on …

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Sept. 18, 2020

013 Minimum Day #2

I think distance learning is finally getting to us. We're tired. We're punchy, We talk about alcohol more than usual. Today we g…

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Sept. 5, 2020

012 Back to School Interlude -- Minimum Day Episode #1

We are feeling swamped with back to school Covid Style. Planning lessons for 2 1/2 hour synchronous classes and 150 minutes of we…

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Aug. 21, 2020

011 Classrooms, and Covid, and Kids, Oh My! with special guest Travel…

There's no more waiting for it to arrive. It's here! School has started and teachers are in a frenzy to get on board the Distanc…

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Aug. 7, 2020

010 Travel Ideas for Teachers (One can dream, can't they?)

Today we get into ways teachers can save money on travel (once travel is a "thing" again!) Never too soon to start planning! We d…

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July 24, 2020

009 Restorative Practices in the Classroom with Middle School Princip…

(My sound engineering still sucks, as you'll hear in the beginning. I need a tutor! Any volunteers? See how transparent I am!) In…

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July 10, 2020

008 Going Back to School Safely? Truth or Dare?

We are a bit concerned about what August might entail as pediatricians and the president push to reopen schools, but at whose exp…

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June 26, 2020

To be Sick or Not to be Sick? The Sub's the Question!

In Episode 007 you'll hear: Discussion about what we think this next school year will be like Two new education laws that were p…

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