Catholic Teachers' Lounge

Catholic Teachers' Lounge

Each episode of Catholic Teacher’s Lounge features ideas for your classroom that we gather from all over the country.


May 29, 2024
Seeing and hearing an unborn baby impacts pro-life beliefs and advocacy. Jill shares a story about an elementary school having live ultrasounds for the student body to experience life in the womb.
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Interviews can be used as a flexible teaching, learning, and assessment tool in many classes and at any grade level. This episode highlights ways to integrate interviews to create perspective, teach critical thinking, and more.
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May 23, 2024 12 mins
The methods of qualitative research apply to grading papers, too. When grading a stack of papers, how do you categorize them by what you notice? Using codes to create different learning paths based on how students responded to particular quiz questions will help to improve your instruction for the next year. Connections to standardized test data is also discussed.
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May 22, 2024 13 mins
Learning to write is a long process with milestones at each grade level. In this episode Colleen and Jill discuss the fundamentals of learning to write in the lower grades using graphic organizers and having realistic expectations for idea development and grammatical and structural skills.
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May 21, 2024 12 mins
Which is better, Advanced Placement or Dual Credit? This episode debates the merit of offering these types of courses in high schools.
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May 16, 2024 12 mins
It's important for teachers to remember that student behaviors are not personal. This episode reveals 5 reasons why students misbehave and detach in school.
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May 15, 2024 11 mins
In this episode, Colleen and Jill discuss ways to get kids to read over the summer, specifically through trickery.
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May 14, 2024 12 mins
A recent study has shown a drastic drop in risk taking behaviors among teens. This episode unpacks why this is NOT a good thing for kids, and how risk taking in the classroom is still important.
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May 9, 2024 13 mins
After experiencing "Italian for Survivors" in a high school in Perugia, Italy, Jill realizes that our students back here in the US do not have much exposure to other languages. Even students who study Spanish for their whole lives have not had enough language hours to have conversational Spanish when abroad. We discuss passion for language and the desire for language to expand our moments of ministry in the global Church.
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In many schools data walls are used to show student progress and achievement. In this episode Colleen and Jill explore the idea of using data walls to show alignment of curriculum standards to help teachers plan instruction. Also discussed is the importance of connecting topics taught in different subject areas for depth of learning and remembering information.
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May 7, 2024 12 mins
Have you ever been surprised by a saint? In this episode we discuss St. Anthony of Padua and Blessed Carlo. Those who pray for their intercessions drop them notes in Churches. Teachers can do the same, dropping letters in the mail to these places of worship.
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May 2, 2024 12 mins
Motivation, resources, and inspiration come to life with whatever you place on the walls of the classroom. The same goes for teachers' lounge and the school in general. Bring your mission to life on the walls of the school.
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May 1, 2024 12 mins
Regular rules go out the window in the month of May for behavior rules and classroom management policies, but that doesn't mean we can't plan accordingly. How to make the most of the final weeks together to finish the year strong.
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April 30, 2024 12 mins
Keeping kids engaged during spring fever with the end of the year in sight is especially challenging. Explore several fun and easy suggestions from creative teachers.
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April 25, 2024 13 mins
There is no such thing as parent norms. Every family and home situation is unique, making it complicated to assume what every student should or shouldn't do. How to work together to focus on the child's success instead of parents' failures and challenges.
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April 24, 2024 11 mins
Scavenger hunts can be fun learning tools for students, staff and even parents. It integrates movement, purpose, and a sense of adventure to share ideas and concepts in a very practical sense.
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April 23, 2024 11 mins
Mid-year conversations open up all sorts of new ideas and tips -- especially talking to teachers who taught your students last year and teachers who will teach your kids next year. It naturally creates a two way conversation about realities and expectations.
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April 18, 2024 11 mins
Middle school students buddy up with younger grades all the time for prayer and camaraderie, but teachers are experimenting with literature connections as well -- developing modified flip books to share stories.
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April 17, 2024 15 mins
Our greatest resource is also our biggest crutch. The final result of extended screen time is yet to be determined, but everyone recognizes the challenge at hand -- mental health challenges, shorter attention spans, inability to work well with others, etc. Awareness is step number one.
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April 16, 2024 11 mins
At this stage of the year, everyone can use a refresh. This is a perfect time of year to redecorate classroom walls, declutter desks and shelves and rotate classroom resources to keep the kids interested and surprised. Lean into peers and what they learned at spring PD for new ideas.
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