Teacher Saves World!

Teacher Saves World!

Laurie & Matt Jones are trying to save the world, one teenager at a time! Drawing on decades of teaching and parenting experience and study, their weekly conversations address topics of interest to teachers AND parents that are trying to navigate the turbulent seas of adolescence. The episodes are informative, passionate, and funny. Regular episodes drop every Monday, and bonus content (usually)on alternating Thursdays. Started in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter in place orders, the show has evolved from a hobby into a passion project with a worldwide audience. Helping teens navigate high school and become confident, capable adults is one of life's greater challenges. We all need help, a community, and the occasional fit of laughter to keep our sanity and be effective. Teacher Saves World! aims to provide just that. Subscribe, review, send us a line, and join the community! website: TeacherSavesWorld.com email: info@teachersavesworld.com twitter: twitter.com/teachrsaveswrld instagram: instagram.com/teachersavesworld facebook: facebook.com/teachersavesworld All show music courtesy of Brian Karmelich and VirtualCampfire.net

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May 3, 2021 54 min
Wendy & David are parents of a blended family, each with three children from previous relationships. They are neighbors of Laurie & Matt in Tulare, California, and Wendy and Matt worked together for a couple years at a school in Strathmore. Wendy is an elementary teacher in nearby Porterville and a mother of three, one in college, a recent high school grad in the military, and a pre-teen. David works in the grocery industry...
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Dawn is a mother of two boys, one in college and one a senior in high school. She works in the medical field, and lives in Visalia, California. Conversation centers around the impact of distance learning on teens, particularly boys that are athletes. Conversation was recorded on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 11:30 AM in Laurie & Matt's backyard in Tulare, California, United States of America. Laurie & Matt are taking Tea...
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Laurie & Matt invite their school's psychologist, Gretchen VanderTuig, to provide some guidance on how teachers and parents can support their teens as they transition back to on campus instruction after a year away. Recorded on the eve of Laurie & Matt inviting students back into their classrooms, Gretchen gives three tips for teachers and parents, one per week over three weeks. This week they talk about extending grace...
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Laurie & Matt invite their school's psychologist, Gretchen VanderTuig, to provide some guidance on how teachers and parents can support their teens as they transition back to on campus instruction after a year away. Recorded on the eve of Laurie & Matt inviting students back into their classrooms, Gretchen gives three tips for teachers and parents, one per week over three weeks. This week they talk about personal grace ...
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Laurie & Matt invite their school's psychologist, Gretchen VanderTuig, to provide some guidance on how teachers and parents can support their teens as they transition back to on campus instruction after a year away. Recorded on the eve of Laurie & Matt inviting students back into their classrooms, Gretchen gives three tips for teachers and parents, one per week over three weeks. This week they talk about being trauma in...
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Laurie & Matt use this episode to explain how they followed up the writing of their Sourcebook (which continues to be grown) with a daily journaling practice that puts the ideas crafted and stored there into practice. Developing a routine that finds middle ground between the sometimes anxiety producing blank page and the overly restrictive fill-in-the-blank journals du jour, their practice is structured but flexible. It's ...
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For the last 10 weeks, Laurie & Matt have been sharing the lists they've curated in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. This week they do a recap of the entire process, briefly going over each list and how to set up your own Sourcebook, e...
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Laurie & Matt share the 10th and final list they've started curating in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. Our memories are more than a record of our past; they are medicine for the present. In particular, our favorite, positive recollec...
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Laurie & Matt share the 9th list they've started curating in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. This episode's list reminds us of all of things in our lives that make us feel good, and also how we often sacrifice so many of them when...
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Laurie & Matt share the 8th list they've started curating in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. This week the idea of triggers is explored, those cues in the environment that routinely set-off behaviors that we're not proud of and ma...
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Laurie & Matt share the 7th list they've started curating in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. This week they explore the sources of negative emotions that can turn a good day upside down, and as teachers and parents of teens, we're...
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Laurie & Matt share the 6th list they've started curating in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. Becoming an adult is the act of becoming responsible. We accumulate items, relationships, and responsibilities that we need to maintain in or...
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Laurie & Matt share the 5th list they've started curating in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. Goals get a lot of attention in our productivity and success obsessed world, but parents and teachers sometimes lose sight of their own as th...
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Laurie & Matt share the 4th list they've started curating in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. This week the focus turns towards character, and the collection of traits and qualities that we assemble, purposefully or not, that determine...
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Laurie & Matt share the 3rd list they've started curating in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. This week they explore the role models that have been inspiration for actions, decisions, and development of character, and how important it ...
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Laurie & Matt share the 2nd list they've started curating in their Sourcebook, a journal of ideas, concepts, and information that defines who they are and what their life stands for. We each have a Sourcebook, and you either write and live your own, or allow it to be written for you. The 2nd entry in the Sourcebook is a compilation of the wise quotes, phrases, and sayings that provide us with guidance and motivation, a few...
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Laurie & Matt begin a 10 week journey they're calling the Sourcebook Series, a collection of journal entries that they started to collect, evaluate, generate, and refine over the last six months that represent the most important ideas and principles of who they are, that represent what their life stands for. It's been some of the most important work they've done for themselves, which in turn is good for the teens th...
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Laurie & Matt pivot to a health and wellness focus for 2021, adhering to the familiar advice of securing their own oxygen masks before helping the child in the seat next to them in the great airplane of life. They start by focusing on ATTENTION, and how our brains are shaped by what we choose to feed it. The algorithms have their own agenda for what we should pay attention to, but are their suggestions really crafting the perso...
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January 1, 2021 2 min
Laurie & Matt are married high school teachers and parents of two teenagers, and they're trying to save the world, one teenager at a time. After starting their podcast in 2020 and recording 59 episodes in 8 months, covering territory from the unique challenges teenage boys present to classroom grading policies and everything in between, they've decided to pivot in 2021. 2020 taught us a lot about the need for heroes, a...
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December 28, 2020 37 min
Laurie & Matt, in their final episode of 2020, take a moment to establish some goals for the coming year. With a mix of personal and professional goals, and some questioning of whether there's any real separation between the two, they look forward to a year of growth and wellness, and putting the current one to rest. Finally. Matt references the SchoolRubric livestream event he is moderating with Matt Rhoads, Serena Parise...
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