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.

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May 5, 2021 33 min

If you're a new teacher and you're thinking about how to create a fantastic community inside your new elementary classroom, you're going to love these five heart-centered, classroom-tested strategies to build relationships with (and among) your students in the first weeks of school!

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/student-relationships

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If you're a new teacher and you're concerned about how to develop positive relationships with parents (even when you're struggling with imposter syndrome - like I did), you're going to love these 5 simple things you can set up from the start of the school year to make a great first impression with parents!

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/parent-relationships 

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April 21, 2021 44 min

If you're feeling exhausted and overwhelmed and you're having a hard time being creative and finding ways to get and keep your students engaged, grab your favorite sparkly gel pen and get ready to take loads of notes. I'm going to share all the goodies - practical, time-and-classroom-tested tips, tricks, and strategies that have worked in my own classroom and that I've gathered over the past 20 years of being in the...

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If you're a student teacher or an elementary teacher in your first years of teaching and you're struggling with classroom management, let's talk about the common mistakes so many of us make when it comes to managing our classrooms in the first few years and how you can prevent them!

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/classroom-management-mistakes 

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If you're a new teacher in your first years of teaching (or if you're a student teacher) who's struggling with confidence, you're in for such a treat! Inside this episode, you'll learn game-changing strategies that have made a world of difference in boosting my own confidence that you can apply to your life right away.

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-feel-more-confident-as-a-new-teacher 

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If you're a new teacher who's in the midst of the job search process or you are already teaching and you really want to know how to get a permanent contract at your school, you're going to love this show! Inside this episode, learn 5 things your principal is (really) looking for when they hire and how you can stand out from the crowd while staying true to yourself.

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/what-yo...

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If you're in the midst of your teacher job search, this is for you! Learn 3 mistakes teachers often make with their portfolios and 3 secrets to using your portfolio most effectively during your teacher interviews.

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/3-secrets-to-using-your-portfolio 

Get your FREE copy of The Complete Interview Guide for New Elementary Teachers: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/interview-guide 

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If you're a new teacher who's getting ready to start your teacher job search, this is for you. Whether you're looking to land your very first position or are maybe thinking of changing schools, I'll share 3 questions that often trip new teachers up during their interviews and how to answer them so you can feel fully confident.

Show notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/3-teacher-interview-questions-that-might-t...

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March 10, 2021 38 min

If you're a new teacher who's had to deal with switching from in-person to online teaching and back again, all while dealing with the "I'm not doing enough" voices in your head, you're going to love this honest conversation with Julianna about what her first full year of teaching has been like with Covid.

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/1st-year-teacher-interview-with-julianna-morell 

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If you're a new teacher and you've been struggling with how to collect and organize student data, you're going to love this episode with Dawn Ellis. Let's talk about 5 ways you can set up your IEP data collection efficiently and effectively, whether you're teaching in-person or online. 

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/exceptional-data-framework

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If you're a substitute or supply teacher and you're looking for some great ideas for how to keep the students engaged and manage the class more effectively, you're going to love this! Let's go for a walk and talk about my top 11 tips for substitute and supply teachers.

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/my-top-11-tips-for-substitute-or-supply-teachers

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February 17, 2021 28 min

Whether you're student teaching in-person or online, there's a lot to think about and to learn as you learn the skills you need to become the teacher you've always dreamed of being. Inside this episode, I share the 4 keys to success as a student teacher based on supporting (and evaluating) hundreds of student teachers!

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/student-teacher-success

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February 10, 2021 32 min

You might be surprised to learn that the level of success of our classroom management system is directly tied to how we use our voice inside our classroom. Learn what my students taught me over 10 years of classroom teaching about how to use my voice powerfully and effectively to help manage my classroom peacefully and positively!

Show notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/your-voice-is-the-secret 

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February 3, 2021 27 min

When I tutored an adorable, 6-year-old student named Doris in Hong Kong more than 20 years ago, I never could have imagined that we would still be connected on FB all these years later - but even more so, what she would teach me about becoming a teacher (long before I earned my degree).

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/she-was-featured-in-forbes 

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January 27, 2021 24 min

What better way to celebrate our 100th episode than with my favorite 100th Day of School ideas? I'll walk you through an entire day of fun ways that you can celebrate with your students - and share with you how you can get my day plans and all the activity templates to go with them!

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/my-favorite-100th-day-of-school-ideas 

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The world watched thousands of Trump supporters storm the U.S. capitol building on January 6, 2021, and the very next day, you were expected to help your students process all that they were seeing and hearing about on the news. You are a beginning teacher, and there is no right way to handle any of this. This week's show is my gentle offer of support during what I know is yet another very challenging time in the time of Covid.

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If you struggled with your classroom management during your student teaching placement (or in your first few years of teaching), know that you're not alone. Inside this episode, learn my secrets for developing my very own bag of classroom management teacher tricks over 10 years of teaching!

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/your-bag-of-classroom-management-tricks

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If you've had a student who has experienced a death in their family due to Covid (or even the death of a pet), let's talk about how children process grief and 12 practical strategies you can use with kids to help them deal with trauma and grief.

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/how-to-help-students-deal-with-trauma-and-grief 

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If you've never created vision boards with your elementary students, you're in for a real treat! Let's talk about why vision boards are the perfect way to help students create crystal clear goals and imagine possibilities for their futures that they could never have imagined. 

Show Notes: https://www.drlorifriesen.com/blog/why-vision-boards-are-especially-meaningful-this-year-for-your-students 

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If you're a new teacher and you're looking for an effective classroom management strategy that also helps you to develop fantastic relationships with the parents of the students you teach, you are going to love learning about class auctions! Find out how I set these up inside my classroom and how Parent Communication Books worked in partnership with auctions to get parents on my side. 

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