Join us as I share lessons and insights from my time back in the classroom this past month.
Keeping an appropriate noise level during independent and group work can be a huge challenge. In this episode, we discuss seven tips to keep kids quiet and focused during these times.
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Some teachers tend to embrace new ideas and strategies while others cling to old ones. But the truth is that we shouldn’t judge a strategy based on its age – and the most effective classrooms are a wonderful combination of the best new ideas and the most effective old ones.
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Have you ever considered flipping your classroom – where instead of teaching during class and sending practice home for homework, you flip it and ask students to watch a lesson at home and then practice or do an activity together in class?
Here’s ten reasons you should definitely try a flipped classroom – at least once or twice.
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The Supreme Court recently ruled on the case Janus v. AFSCME, determining that teachers (and all public employees) can no longer be forced to join the union. David Schmus, director of Christian Educators Association, joins us to explain the case and the new rights it gives public school teachers regarding union membership.
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We can all think back on some bad teachers we’ve sat under – teachers whose bad habits make us cringe with the memory.
But rather than criticize or point fingers, let’s examine some of these bad habits to ensure we don’t fall into them ourselves.
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The first day of school will be here before we know it. Here’s ten things we as teachers should do before that first bell rings.
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Students face so many challenges today, and we as teachers often feel inadequate to truly help. Sometimes our efforts seem like a drop in the bucket compared to what they need.
But as we discuss today with Ashley Ogal of We Teach Joy, God is more than able, and He has placed us in those students’ lives for a reason. We are called to be an example, to plant seeds in their hearts, and to intercede for them in prayer.
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My first year of teaching I made a tiny mistake that had HUGE consequences – both for me and my students.
In this episode, we discuss the tiny back-to-school mistake that could ruin your whole year – and how to avoid it.
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When a good question in our Christian teachers' Facebook group started garnering comments about religious tolerance and how we are all worshipping the same God, I figured it was time we talked "face-to-face."
This special edition of the Teach 4 the Heart podcast includes the audio from a Facebook live we recently did where we discussion why Jesus is the only way to God, whether or not “tolerance” should be a priority for followers of Christ, a what all this means for us as Christian teachers. Hope you’ll find it helpful.
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Ever wish someone else could take over at least some of your responsibilities!? Well, maybe your students can!
Listen as Angela Watson (creator of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek) shares how to use meaningful classroom jobs to not only save you time and energy but also give ownership & responsibility back to your students (yes, even in secondary!)
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Have you ever arrived at the end of the summer and felt that you’d wasted way too much of it?
In this week’s episode, Elizabeth Chapman joins us to discuss how to create a summer of rest, memories and (at least some) productivity. You’ll love these practical tips – specifically designed for teacher moms, but certainly applicable to anyone.
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Find out more about Angela Watson’s 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club at www.teach4theheart.com/40hourteacher
Did you spend the whole year feeling tired and exhausted? Wishing you had more energy?
Join us to discover 5 Biblical truths that will help you not only prevent burnout but also teach with energy & passion all year long.
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We all want to be good teachers, but does that mean we have to work crazy hours to make that happen?
If being a good teacher requires “putting in the time,” how much time is that exactly? And is there a place for balance?
We answer these questions – and more – in this week’s episode.
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Just because stress, anxiety, and worry are super common amongst teachers doesn't mean they should be the norm in our lives. God desires something radically different for His children.
Join us as we discuss a simple, but uncommon, solution to your teacher stress and anxiety – one that isn’t at all about how we can fix the problem – but about the freedom we find in trusting God through it all.
Get notes & links at www.teach4theheart.com/trust.
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As teachers are so busy, with so much on our plates, that it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day craziness and lose sight of the big picture.
That’s why it’s so helpful to stop and reflect – to clarify where you’re at, where you want to change, and next steps for continued growth.
Get our free guided self-reflection at www.teach4theheart.com/reflect
Ever thought about trying project based learning but didn’t know where to start – or whether it was worth the time & effort?
Join us as Vicki Davis (aka the Cool Cat Teacher) shares why project based learning is so powerful, how to get started, and tips to do so effectively.
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Prayer is truly the most important work we can do as Christian teachers.
Join us as we pray together through 30 prayer requests for our students, our schools, and ourselves as their teachers.
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Do you love teaching but hate all the struggles that come with it? Could you use some encouragement, new ideas, and a fresh perspective?
Join us as we take heart, renew our minds, and discover how to truly thrive in this adventure we call teaching.
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Whether we’re making big decisions like where to teach next year or everyday decisions like how to handle a rude coworker, we need God to guide us in them.
Join us as we discover how to discern God’s plan and follow His leading in both big and everyday decisions.
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Sometimes the student who doesn’t seem to care is actually just frustrated.
This is one of my favorite takeaways from my interview with my brother-in-law Jon Kardamis, a student who struggled in high school but went on to earn a bachelors’ degree and establish his own business as a professional portrait artist.
Join us as we look at school from a different point of view and discuss six ways you can build rapport with those students who, like Jon, are struggling in your classroom.
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Check out Jon’s work at www.jonkardamisfineart.com
It was a great day when I discovered four magic words that just seem to dissolve tension and eliminate at least half of the arguments in my classroom. I share them in this week’s episode.
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Wondering how you, as a overwhelmed, overworked teacher, are supposed to meet the needs of your struggling students?
Alexx Seipp joins us to discuss five easy accommodations for special ed students or struggling learners – these are easy ways to differentiate learning and help those who are struggling in your classroom.
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Come 4th quarter of the school year, you might wonder if it’s too late to improve your classroom management. Should you just survive this year and try again next fall?
The answer is an emphatic NO. Listen to discover why now is the best time to work on improving your classroom management.
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Ever struggle to find the right balance between grace and consequences?
In this episode, we discuss four questions to help you know, as a Christian teacher, when to give grace in your classroom.
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