How to Keep Kids Safe

(and prevent problems online)

Welcome to episode 296 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Shannon Mclintock-Miller and I discuss current best practices about digital citizenship and online safety for kids. If you’ve ever taught kids who have their own smartphones, you know how quickly social media problems can escalate at school. Understandably, schools that don’t open lines […]

4 Ways to Teach With Play

(and captivate your bored students)

Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show. If you’ve taught for very long, you’ve struggled with the “bored student.” These students might […]

4 Ways to Cultivate Motivation in Your Students

How to Become a Master at Student Motivation

student self motivation

Student self-motivation is, perhaps, the Holy Grail of teaching.  In fact, the hardest days of teaching are when your students don’t care. In those circumstances, we start to wonder if we should care either. For example, have you heard some teachers complaining when student motivation is missing: “My students never study.” “My students just don’t […]

How to Assign Homework without Wasting Everybody’s time

Answer the question "Why does my child have to do this homework?"

teacher podcast homework

If you ever assign homework, you have likely dealt with the “Why does my child have to do this homework?” question from parents. In my experience, these complaints are often from parents who have different expectations about learning and the role of home and school than you do. Furthermore, parents now question teachers about homework […]

4 Key Factors for Fantastic Formative Assessment

Practical Advice from Research to Classroom

Too many times the research is completely disconnected from the classroom. But in today’s show, we talk about some very practical issues for teachers. First of all, we talk about the characteristics that make effective formative assessment. This includes some important tips for adjusting your instruction based upon formative assessment. Secondly, we also discussed standards […]

How Do I Help My Substitute Teacher Make Progress with My Students?

Spotlight on Practical Everyday Teaching Problems

As a teacher, there are times many of us will substitute for our peers. Substitutes are fantastic professionals who do a tremendous service for schools. If you have some great substitute teachers, treat them well. But there are things you can do to help good substitute teachers be even better. Some teachers just leave short […]

How to Understand Cyberbullying: From a Teen’s Experience

Are You a Teacher Kids Can Tell?

what cyberbullying looks like from a teen's perspective

When bad things happen – do kids have someone they trust? Are you that someone? It breaks my heart when today’s brave teenager Sarah Beeghley speaks out about her bouts with bullying. Now a high school senior, Sarah talks about the heartbreaking journey she experienced. For this reason, I’m asking that you listen and discuss […]

How Do We Teach Kids to Use Smartphones Safely?

Digital Citizenship Spotlight

Most students use smartphones with unfiltered access to the Internet. Even worse, many students have no filter when they consider what they should share. Schools and parents need to get smart about how they talk to kids about smartphones. In today’s show, we talk with digital citizenship pioneer, Dr. Mike Ribble, about a cutting-edge issue: […]

How to Teach Students Who Struggle with Self Control

Research Spotlight

how to teach students who struggle with self control

Misbehavior happens in the classroom. From time to time, it happens to every teacher or principal. You can get angry, or you can make progress. With this in mind, Dr. Reggie Melrose explains a reason for some of the most difficult behavior. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, emotional dysregulation occurs in around […]

What Does Supportive Teacher Centered Professional Development Look Like?

Research Spotlight with Dr. Matthew Kraft

When a teacher first starts teaching, we know that their learning improves dramatically. Learning to be a good teacher will happen in just about any school during those first few years. But, over time there are schools where teachers keep learning. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen in most schools. In this episode, we will study some […]