Beginning Teacher Talk

Beginning Teacher Talk

Welcome to Beginning Teacher Talk, the weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Lori Friesen, where we talk about all of the stuff you wish you learned in college about teaching elementary school. Each week, we feature ideas and topics that have been classroom-tested and actually work, including amazing classroom management techniques, organizational tips and strategies, creative ways to motivate your students, how to work with colleagues successfully, seasonal gems, and how to de-stress and eliminate the overwhelm that too often accompanies your first years of teaching.... Show More

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September 30, 2020 22 min

September is already the most challenging month of the school year, but Covid and teaching online are extra layers that are pushing teachers to question if they can even do this. If you're exhausted and maybe even questioning your choice of career right now, this is for you. 💛

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/a-gentle-reminder-for-exhausted-teachers 

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With Halloween coming up, it can become increasingly difficult to keep your students engaged in learning. Check out these 5 fun tricks to use both in the classroom and online!

Get the complete show notes here: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/5-ways-to-keep-students-engaged-in-october 

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September 16, 2020 25 min

How do you handle critical, angry parents? That nasty email or comment in the chat box during a whole-class meeting can leave you completely reeling... here's what I've learned about handling these very real and challenging moments in our teaching lives.

Get the Show Notes here: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-handle-critical-angry-parents-when-teaching-online

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September 9, 2020 27 min

Children are listening: they are listening when we talk about the Black Lives Matter movement when we think they are playing in the other room. They come to school and hear their friends talk about fear and death. So how do we begin these conversations with young children? How do we build classroom communities that feel safe and inclusive for children of all colors and backgrounds? Let's talk about it. 

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September 2, 2020 24 min

If you're a new teacher who is teaching online this year, creating a feeling of community with your grade level team can be a real challenge. Let's talk about 7 things you can do to help create that feeling of community with your peers, even when you aren't able to meet face-to-face. 

Get the Show Notes here: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/7-ways-to-create-community-among-peers-in-a-virtual-learning-environment 

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With everything involved in teaching online, sometimes it's hard to think of fun and creative rewards for students - especially when kids come from such different socio-economic backgrounds. Let's talk about 20 awesome class rewards to help build classroom community, even when your students are learning online!

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August 19, 2020 25 min

We all have them - it might be a parent who just sent you a nasty email, a principal who gave you a review that's really hard to recover from, or in my case - anonymous reviewers of my podcast who leave a one-star rating. Find out what made me cry (in frustration & in joy) & learn what you can do to get relief from haters now!

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August 12, 2020 23 min

We have talked a lot about how to support children's social and emotional needs as they make this transition to online learning, but what about teachers? How are you coping with the stress and overwhelm that often comes with change? Get comfy & let's talk about 3 simple things you can do right now to get some relief.

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-manage-stress-uncertainty 

 

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Let's take a break from COVID talk this week to chat about alllll those things that your parents taught you when you were growing up that you didn't even realize you were learning... and how they might impact your teaching and interactions with students in your own classroom!

Get the Show Notes here: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/4-things-my-mom-taught-me-about-working-with-children

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Are you thinking about teaching a small group of students at home instead of contracting with a school this next school year? In this episode, we'll talk about what this might look like, who this might be a good alternative for, the pros and cons of doing something like this (including special legal considerations you may need to think about), and finally, we’ll talk about how I would do this if I were a new teacher considering...

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If your school is considering starting the year online (or you are concerned that you may need to make this transition to teaching online quickly), learn 5 things you can do to build connection and community with your students - even if you've never met them!

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-start-the-school-year-online 

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You’ve probably been dreaming about teaching your first day of school in your very own classroom for years – but never, in your wildest dreams, did you think that you would have to consider things like “How do I keep students from touching each other?” Let's talk about 8 ways you can create a caring classroom community while keeping your kiddos safe, even during COVID.

Episode #72 Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog...

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You may be asked to step outside of your comfort zone in more ways than one this next school year as districts determine the safest ways to bring kids back to school. But what do you do when you HATE seeing yourself on video? Let's talk about 4 ways you can gain confidence on video - and why it's so important that we do.

Episode #71 Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-feel-confident-on-video-when-teaching...

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One of the things I keep hearing from teachers is how concerned teachers are that students won't be able to do group work in classrooms because of social distancing. I get it - it's really hard to re-think how we do things because of social distancing restrictions. So, let's talk about 10 alternatives to small-group work that your students are going to love!

Episode #70 Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/so...

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If you're a new elementary teacher and your school is considering bringing students back for in-person classes even part-time when kids go back to school in the late summer or fall, let's talk about 9 practical considerations when it comes to classroom management and following the CDC Guidelines.

Get the complete show notes here: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/classroom-management-in-a-covid-classroom

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As countries begin to make plans to re-open schools, things will likely look quite different than we are used to. Let's talk about some of the very practical ways that you and your school might consider setting up schools and classrooms differently in a COVID-19 world.

Complete Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/re-opening-schools-in-a-covid-world 

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If you're a new elementary teacher and your school is thinking of starting the new school year via distance learning in the fall, let's talk about the first 8 steps to take to get ready for a new school year! Get the complete Show Notes here: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-prepare-for-a-new-school-year-with-distance-learning 

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Hindsight is 20-20, right? Let's talk about 10 things that I really wish somebody had told me in my first year of teaching to ensure that you don't make the same (many) mistakes that I did - and so you can know that you are not alone in your experience! 

Access the Show Notes here: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/10-things-i-wish-somebody-told-me-in-my-first-year-of-teaching 

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If you're a new teacher and you've just accepted your first teaching position (or you're interviewing for positions and plan to teach your first year in the fall), you're probably feeling a little bit of anxiety around what you can be doing now to start preparing for a successful year - especially when you can't even get into your new school!  Let's talk about 8 things you can do right now, even without gett...

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One of the most challenging parts of being a new teacher is trying to figure out how to feel confident when communicating with parents - especially when in reality, we feel like we don't know what we're doing half of the time. Let's talk about five things I wish somebody would have told me about communicating with parents as a new teacher!

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