Substitute Teachers Lounge

Substitute Teachers Lounge

There are LOTS of podcasts for teachers, but Substitute Teachers Lounge is the first podcast ever that also highlights substitute teachers. This podcast is aimed at giving ALL types of teachers the tools you need to teach in K-12 (elementary school, middle school, and high school), including administrative aspects as well as helping students receive everything they need to learn and feel special. We interview teachers, subs and students to make sure we have the information we need in order to "get it right". And, since it is a "lounge", you will have plenty of opportunities to share your stories too!

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July 2, 2024 26 mins

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Have you ever thought Instagram could be your secret weapon in the classroom? Learn how this social media platform can transform your role as a substitute teacher, helping you earn the respect and admiration of your students. From my personal journey of building an engaged Instagram following, I'll share practical tips on setting up a public account and crafting posts that make your teaching presence unf...

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Ever wondered how the role of a substitute teacher is perceived through the eyes of today's high schoolers? Join me as I sit with Mya and Reese, two sophomores with plenty to say about the post-pandemic shifts in their academic world. They'll take you behind the scenes of classroom walls, revealing how the lingering effects of COVID-19 have not only modified their learning experience but also altere...

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As the school bells chime for the final time this academic year, I'm pausing to reflect on a rollercoaster ride of triumphs and trials from the substitute teacher's perspective. Wrapping up before our well-earned summer hiatus, I'm bringing you a candid ranking of the five most testing disciplinary issues in the classroom—from the mildly frustrating to the downright exhausting. Expect heart-to-...

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Remember the last time the classroom Wi-Fi went out, leaving you in a tech-free panic? I've been there, and in this episode, I'm sharing the teacher-tested tactics that saved the day. We're talking no-fail strategies for substitute teachers to keep the learning engine running, even when digital lesson plans are a no-go. You'll get a peek at how a stack of index cards can transform into an ...

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Have you ever considered the impact of truly listening, not just hearing, on your life and the lives of others? Today's conversation with Christine Miles, author of "What Is it Costing You Not To Listen?", promises to unravel the often-overlooked power of listening in shaping education and personal growth. From the echoes of her mother's mental health journey to her own professional triump...

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Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a classroom, attempting to navigate the stormy seas of student behavior? I'm Greg Collins, and in this candid conversation, I'll open up about my own journey through the challenges that every substitute teacher faces. From understanding the nuanced contexts of student language to managing physical confrontations, I share the strategies that have helped m...

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April 16, 2024 13 mins

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As we count down the days to summer, the importance of communication and planning cannot be overstated. I'll guide you through the do's and don'ts of securing our future roles as substitute teachers, alongside the pragmatic steps to ensure we're top of the list for the coming academic year. But it's not all logistics; the soul of the school is its people. I delve into the art of rebui...

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The landscape of teaching is one of constant evolution, and nowhere is this more evident than in my own experiences as a substitute teacher. My journey through the educational system has led me to a crossroads: to maintain an approachable, friendly persona, or to adopt a sterner, more formal demeanor in the face of shifting student behaviors. It's a candid exploration of how the subtleties of respect and...

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Ever wonder what an exchange student thinks about their time in American high schools compared to their education back home? Grab your earbuds and join me, Greg Collins, as I sit down with Romy, a vibrant German exchange student who's navigating the halls of high school on this side of the Atlantic.

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Navigating the controversial arena of smartphones in academic settings, we dissect the myriad teacher responses to these pocket-sized disruptors. Can texting and tweets find harmony with the age-old mission of education? I argue that the answer isn't as straightforward as a blanket ban. By exploring the nuanced issue of individual student behavior and responsible device usage, the conversation shifts—fro...

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Ever found yourself caught between the heart and the head when making a decision? This episode wanders through the labyrinth of emotional versus rational choices, particularly in the often unpredictable realm of substitute teaching and the wild west of online social spaces. We dissect the Substitute Teacher's Lounge Facebook group's penchant for anonymity and its impact on shared stories. I don&apos...

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When a retired teacher dubbed me "the cancel sub" at a high school basketball game, it hit me—our choices as substitute teachers echo louder than we sometimes realize. This playful yet piercing nickname sparked a cascade of thoughts about the intricate dance between personal and professional life. You're about to join me on a candid journey where I'll share my story of blending coaching wi...

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 I'm sharing insights into the importance of being a steady figure in the lives of students—popularity aside—and how that bridges gaps and fosters meaningful connections. Whether they view me as a stand-in parent or just that cool sub, my quest to be the most effective educator during these fluid times remains at the heart of every lesson plan. Join me in the Substitute Teachers Lounge for stories, refle...

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The journey toward personal growth often means confronting and releasing the bitterness that clings to our spirits. In an open reflection, I recount my evolution from a younger self who clung to resentment, to now empowering players on the field and fostering forgiveness. It's a trek through the trials of perceived slights, from the sports field to the classroom, and the realization that sometimes even t...

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February 20, 2024 18 mins

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Have you ever been haunted by a decision you made years ago?  Join me in the Substitute Teacher's Lounge where, amidst the chuckles and sighs, we unravel the complex feelings of remorse that accompany the teaching journey. This isn't just another series of classroom anecdotes; it's an honest confession booth where I confront my past in the hopes of guiding fellow educators toward a future free ...

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As a substitute teacher who's navigated the turbulent waters of the classroom since the onset of COVID-19, I've witnessed firsthand the seismic shifts in student behavior and engagement. This podcast episode is an intimate reflection on these changes, spiced with personal anecdotes and input from fellow educators. We're peering into the heart of the classroom where the lingering effects of the ...

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February 6, 2024 16 mins

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Every educator has a day that tests their limits, and I faced mine head-on in what became 'The Worst Substitute Teacher Day.' It's the raw and unfiltered account of a day that shook my foundations, challenging the idealism I've cherished throughout my six years on the frontline of teaching. This episode isn't your typical narrative; it's an emotional journey through the moments t...

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Ever wondered about the hidden gems in the world of substitute teaching? Join me, Greg Collins, from the Substitute Teacher's Lounge as I unpack the treasures that come with being a seasoned sub. As I return to the bustling hallways post-vacation and snow days, I find myself reflecting on the privileges that come with a respected reputation – like the unexpected joy of getting paid for having "nothi...

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January 23, 2024 17 mins

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Let’s highlight the times when children are the ones leading by example.   Amidst tales from the gift shop to the pickleball courts, I uncover a parallel universe to school where the expected roles of decorum are often flipped. 

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This episode is packed with the wisdom of the classroom trenches as I share the arsenal every educator should have at their fingertips—from the humble pencil to the game-changing whistle. Discover not only my personal recommendations for a seamless teaching experience but also the health essentials vital for keeping you at the top of your game. And, while I sprinkle in some heartfelt tales and useful tips, I ...

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