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[S2E9] Teaching in the Dominican Republic to Practice Self-Care

October 2nd, 2016

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During this episode, Franchesca Warren talks with The Educator's Room writer, Whitney Kaulbach as she discusses how her journey to self-care took her to teaching in The Dominican Republic. For the past couple of weeks, we've discussed the need for teachers to not only advocate for self-care but to understand that teachers must be taken care of as a whole. The Whole Teacher Movement is defined as the need for every teacher, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

The Whole Teacher Movement is defined as the need for every teacher, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

So Whitney followed her heart and in August she began her journey of teaching overseas. In this interview you will learn about:

-the need to practice teacher self-care -how her family of three transitioned to the Dominican Republic -why it took her two years to find the right school -the main difference between education in the United States to the Caribbean -how she "tied up loose ends" with her home district of twenty years

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[S2E8] The Whole Teacher Belief System And Why Schools Should Use It

September 25th, 2016

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In episode 8 of season two, Franchesca Warren discusses why schools need to embrace a Whole Teacher focus in building the culture in their school. She not only discusses what the whole teacher movement looks like, but she discusses how focusing on teacher happiness will help teachers stay in the profession.

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[S2E7] Are Our First Amendment Rights Coming in Second?

September 17th, 2016

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In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews 7th-grade History Teacher and Writer, Mr. Jake Miller about our first amendment rights. During this conversation we discuss Colin Kaepernick, the National Anthem, the 2016 Presidential Election among other things all while asking the question- are our first amendment rights coming in second?

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[S2E6] How to Create a Growth Mindset School

September 9th, 2016

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In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Dee Priester from Mid-Pacific Institute from the island of Hawaii about how he has created a growth mindset school for his K-12 school. During this podcast, we will discuss the following:

- advice for administrators to empower teachers and students as partners in learning. - strategies they use to instill a growth mindset in all partners of the school. - the need for meaningful technology to engage everyone in the school.

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[S2E5] Five Affirmations Teachers Need for The New School Year

September 5th, 2016

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Welcome to Episode 5 Season two of The Educator's Room podcast! Have you ever felt like "something" is missing but you can't put your finger on it? Well in this episode, Franchesca discusses five affirmations teachers need as they start the school year.

These affirmations are simple and if used effectively (posting them around the house, saying them everyday, can help you maneuver through the school year.

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[S2E3] Why I Left Teaching to Poop in a Bucket

August 21st, 2016

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Welcome to Episode 2 Season two of The Educator's Room podcast! In this episode, Franchesca interviews Christina Gil, former seventeen-year public school veteran about why she decided to use her mid-life crisis to leave teaching and go and live on a homestead community in rural Missouri.

Every teacher has gone through it- days where you wonder if the kids are becoming more difficult or if it's time for you to try something new. Well, our guest tonight, Christina Gil did that she's here to discuss teacher self-care and her experiences. Tonight we will talk about implementing the Genius Hour in middle and high school.

During this podcast we will discuss:

-why she left teaching in New Hampshire to live in a rural community. -how she was able to financially afford to leave teaching and she manages her budget. -how she homeschools her two small children and how that's totally different from teaching high school English. -advice for teachers who are looking for something "new"..

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[S2E2] What is the Genius Hour in Schools?

August 15th, 2016

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Welcome to Episode 2 Season two of The Educator's Room podcast! In this episode, Franchesca interviews, Jennifer White from Teaching Teens in the 21st Century, blogger, English/Language Arts teacher, and Genius Hour expert!

Engaging students during school is a hot topic in all schools, regardless of the school's community or socioeconomic background. Within the last couple of years, many schools have started to use the premise from Google to allow students and/or teachers to implement 20% of their time for something they're passionate about. Tonight we will talk about implementing the Genius Hour in middle and high school.

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[S2:E1] Building Classroom Libraries for Independent Reading and Student Choice

August 7th, 2016

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Introduction

Welcome to Episode 1 Season two of The Educator's Room podcast! In this episode, Franchesca interviews, Colette Bennett, Literacy Teacher Extraordinaire and proponent of choice in reading.

This year we are going around the world to talk to educators who are doing awesome things- just like you. Starting the school year is always tough for teachers as we try to balance what the pacing guide says and what we know our kids need.

During this podcast we will discuss:

strategies to encourage teachers to allow students to have a choice in what they read for class. possible roadblocks for teachers and students in choosing books for their readings. strategies to encourage independent reading in the classroom. advice for administrators to understand the shift in practices with independent reading and choice in reading selection. Resources discussed in the podcast

Colette's blog: www.usedbookclassroom.wordpress.com

Colette's articles on The Educator's Room

Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It--Order here.

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[Episode 29] Special Education: A Conversation with a Mom of An Autistic Mom and Special Education Teacher

April 24th, 2016

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In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network reported that approximately 1 in 68 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. So what happens if you're a special educaiton teacher and your son is diagnosed with autism?

In this episode we talk with Teresa C. from Embracing the Spectrum where we discuss autism, special education, and everything in between. Please take me a moment and visit her blog www.embracingthespectrum.com and leave her a message.

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[Episode 27] An Interview with John Thomas, Musician, Educator, Activist

April 5th, 2016

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In this episode, Franchesca Warren has a spirited conversation with TER Writer, John Thomas, about everything about the current Presidential candidates, his job as a college professor vs. high school English teacher, his life as a musician, and everything in between. Learn how to manage your time for you to not only teach but to live your dreams. Also, he tells us unequivocally who would be the BEST President for public education. Hint: It's not who you think.

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