Teachers Need Teachers Podcast https://teachersneedteachers.com/episode-archives/ the podcast for new teachers Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:11:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 the podcast for new teachers Kim Lepre clean episodic Kim Lepre kimberly.lepre@gmail.com kimberly.lepre@gmail.com (Kim Lepre) the podcast for new teachers Teachers Need Teachers Podcast https://teachersneedteachers.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg https://teachersneedteachers.com/episode-archives/ TnT 99 I’m Back! Updates On Teaching and The Future Of This Podcast https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-99-im-back-updates-on-teaching-the-future-of-this-podcast/ Mon, 09 Nov 2020 08:00:11 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2209 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-99-im-back-updates-on-teaching-the-future-of-this-podcast/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-99-im-back-updates-on-teaching-the-future-of-this-podcast/feed/ 0 It's been months since my last episode, but I'm back. In today's episode, I discuss where I've been, my thoughts and experiences on distance learning, and the future of the podcast. Check out my new YouTube Channel! Your Own Damn Way Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group Message me through Instagram or Twitter Today on episode 99, I’m giving you an update on where I’ve been since February, as well as an update on the future of the podcast. Thanks for hanging out with me today, I really appreciate it! If you’re new to the podcast, welcome! You’re coming in at a good time! And if you’re one of my loyal listeners, welcome back! I know that it’s been such a long time since my last episode, and many of you have reached out to me and asked, When are you coming back? I’ve had a lot on my plate and was going through some changes, which I’ll discuss in this episode, and I just couldn’t find the motivation to keep recording. In the podcast world, we call this podfading.   In any case, I thought that you all deserved an update, as well as my thoughts on how teaching has been this past year. So be sure to stick around all the way to the end because there’s a lot packed in this episode!   Can you guys believe that this is episode 99? When I really entertained the idea of coming back, I was like. Wow, this is pretty cool! Episode 99! Ok, what do I do again? I literally had to listen to one of my episodes because I didn’t even remember how I started it. Even now I’m trying to remember all of the things that I have to do to get the episode out as well as promoting it on social media.   Some of you may have heard my special episode that I deleted where I discussed hitting the pause button. I had just filed for divorce and had a million things on my mind to worry about.    I just didn’t have the mental or emotional bandwidth to produce anything for you guys, especially since I give so much in these episodes. I really research and think about them, and try to be mindful of what new teachers need at different points in the year. And at that point, I was just in survival mode.   Perhaps you can relate because you’ve had some sort of trauma in your life, whether it’s a divorce or death in the family. It was hard enough being a good parent and still being there for my students, but giving you guys the type of support that you deserve was just too much for me.   I put my house up for sale in February and promptly moved out. We closed escrow the Wednesday before the lockdown on March 13 happened, which I think was no coincidence. While it was a strange transition and time in my life, the solitude was definitely welcomed. I really needed that time to process my feelings and figure out who I was.   I know that sounds strange since I’m 42 and I should know who I am, but I think that when we’re with someone for a long time, we sort of become a mishmash of who we are and who the other person needs us to be. And as a wife, mother, and educator, those roles really defined me, but deep down inside I didn’t really know who Kim was.   Distance learning was probably the best thing that happened to me - both personally and professionally. I know that sounds strange since it’s not nearly as effective as being in person, but it really helped me reframe my priorities, both as a person and a teacher.   You see, once upon a time, I had to do everything as perfect as possible in my classroom. I had high expectations for myself as well as others. There were standards that had to be covered and material that I wanted to get through, and I assessed my effectiveness as a teacher based on that.   I managed just about every minute of my workday so that I wouldn’t have to sacrifice too much time at home, It's been months since my last episode, but I'm back. In today's episode, I discuss where I've been, my thoughts and experiences on distance learning, and the future of the podcast. Check out my new YouTube Channel! Your Own Damn Way Got questions, It's been months since my last episode, but I'm back. In today's episode, I discuss where I've been, my thoughts and experiences on distance learning, and the future of the podcast.<br /> Check out my new YouTube Channel!<br /> Your Own Damn Way<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Today on episode 99, I’m giving you an update on where I’ve been since February, as well as an update on the future of the podcast.<br /> <br /> Thanks for hanging out with me today, I really appreciate it! If you’re new to the podcast, welcome! You’re coming in at a good time! And if you’re one of my loyal listeners, welcome back! I know that it’s been such a long time since my last episode, and many of you have reached out to me and asked, When are you coming back? I’ve had a lot on my plate and was going through some changes, which I’ll discuss in this episode, and I just couldn’t find the motivation to keep recording. In the podcast world, we call this podfading.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> In any case, I thought that you all deserved an update, as well as my thoughts on how teaching has been this past year. So be sure to stick around all the way to the end because there’s a lot packed in this episode!<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Can you guys believe that this is episode 99? When I really entertained the idea of coming back, I was like. Wow, this is pretty cool! Episode 99! Ok, what do I do again? I literally had to listen to one of my episodes because I didn’t even remember how I started it. Even now I’m trying to remember all of the things that I have to do to get the episode out as well as promoting it on social media.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Some of you may have heard my special episode that I deleted where I discussed hitting the pause button. I had just filed for divorce and had a million things on my mind to worry about. <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I just didn’t have the mental or emotional bandwidth to produce anything for you guys, especially since I give so much in these episodes. I really research and think about them, and try to be mindful of what new teachers need at different points in the year. And at that point, I was just in survival mode.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Perhaps you can relate because you’ve had some sort of trauma in your life, whether it’s a divorce or death in the family. It was hard enough being a good parent and still being there for my students, but giving you guys the type of support that you deserve was just too much for me.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I put my house up for sale in February and promptly moved out. We closed escrow the Wednesday before the lockdown on March 13 happened, which I think was no coincidence. While it was a strange transition and time in my life, the solitude was definitely welcomed. I really needed that time to process my feelings and figure out who I was.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I know that sounds strange since I’m 42 and I should know who I am, but I think that when we’re with someone for a long time, we sort of become a mishmash of who we are and who the other person needs us to be. And as a wife, mother, and educator, those roles really defined me, but deep down inside I didn’t really know who Kim was.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Distance learning was probably the best thing that happened to me - both personally and professionally. I know that sounds strange since it’s not nearly as effective as being in person, but it really helped me reframe my priorities, both as a person and a teacher.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> You see, once upon a time, I had to do everything as perfect as possible in my classroom. Kim Lepre clean 25:17 TnT 98 Actionable strategies for new special education teachers https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-98-actionable-strategies-for-new-special-education-teachers/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 08:00:51 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2198 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-98-actionable-strategies-for-new-special-education-teachers/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-98-actionable-strategies-for-new-special-education-teachers/feed/ 0 Being a new teacher is difficult for everyone, but SPED teachers have a unique set of challenges that most of us gen ed teachers never realize. Part teacher, part curriculum writer, and part parent liaison (among other things), SPED teachers wear many hats. In this episode, Brandie Rosen and I discuss not only the challenges but how to attack these without losing your mind.  How to reach Brandie: Her website Instagram Facebook Grab your free resources: SPED classroom toolkit: https://brandierosenconsulting.activehosted.com/f/50 IEP agenda for teachers: https://brandierosenconsulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/IEPAgendaTeachers.pdf Brandie's resources: https://brandierosenconsulting.com/resources-teachers/ Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Love this show? SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast? Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question! Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live Message me through Instagram or Twitter Being a new teacher is difficult for everyone, but SPED teachers have a unique set of challenges that most of us gen ed teachers never realize. Part teacher, part curriculum writer, and part parent liaison (among other things), Being a new teacher is difficult for everyone, but SPED teachers have a unique set of challenges that most of us gen ed teachers never realize. Part teacher, part curriculum writer, and part parent liaison (among other things), SPED teachers wear many hats. In this episode, Brandie Rosen and I discuss not only the challenges but how to attack these without losing your mind. <br /> How to reach Brandie:<br /> <br /> Her website<br /> Instagram<br /> Facebook<br /> <br /> Grab your free resources:<br /> <br /> SPED classroom toolkit: https://brandierosenconsulting.activehosted.com/f/50<br /> IEP agenda for teachers: https://brandierosenconsulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/IEPAgendaTeachers.pdf<br /> Brandie's resources: https://brandierosenconsulting.com/resources-teachers/<br /> <br /> Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA!<br /> Love this show?<br /> SUPPORT THE PODCAST!<br /> Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast?<br /> Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question!<br /> <br /> Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more!<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter Kim Lepre clean 41:09 TnT 97 How gen ed teachers can support SPED students https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-97-how-gen-ed-teachers-can-support-sped-students/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:00:59 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2194 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-97-how-gen-ed-teachers-can-support-sped-students/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-97-how-gen-ed-teachers-can-support-sped-students/feed/ 0 We will all have special ed, or SPED students at some point in our classrooms, and we often feel lost in terms of how to support them. New teachers especially struggle since they struggle to know things like accommodations and IEPs. So I brought on special education expert, Brandie Rosen, and we discussed all things SPED.  How to reach Brandie: Her website Instagram Facebook Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Love this show? SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast? Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question! Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live Message me through Instagram or Twitter We will all have special ed, or SPED students at some point in our classrooms, and we often feel lost in terms of how to support them. New teachers especially struggle since they struggle to know things like accommodations and IEPs. We will all have special ed, or SPED students at some point in our classrooms, and we often feel lost in terms of how to support them. New teachers especially struggle since they struggle to know things like accommodations and IEPs. So I brought on special education expert, Brandie Rosen, and we discussed all things SPED. <br /> How to reach Brandie:<br /> <br /> Her website<br /> Instagram<br /> Facebook<br /> <br /> Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA!<br /> Love this show?<br /> SUPPORT THE PODCAST!<br /> Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast?<br /> Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question!<br /> <br /> Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more!<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter Kim Lepre clean 35:32 TnT 96 How to create a self-running classroom using a classroom economy https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-96-how-to-create-a-self-running-classroom-using-a-classroom-economy/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:00:43 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2187 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-96-how-to-create-a-self-running-classroom-using-a-classroom-economy/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-96-how-to-create-a-self-running-classroom-using-a-classroom-economy/feed/ 0 As a new teacher, can you imagine how awesome it would be if your classroom basically ran itself so that you could focus on small group and individual instruction? There are obviously a ton of ways to get a classroom to run smoothly and to keep students engaged, but what if you could do it while teaching them about personal and fiscal responsibility? In this episode, Thom Gibson describes just how he accomplishes this through a system he tweaked and innovated over the years and that he keeps on perfecting. Click here to sign up for Thom's course on running a classroom economy How to reach Thom: His website Instagram Twitter Youtube Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Love this show? SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast? Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question! Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live Message me through Instagram or Twitter As a new teacher, can you imagine how awesome it would be if your classroom basically ran itself so that you could focus on small group and individual instruction? There are obviously a ton of ways to get a classroom to run smoothly and to keep student... As a new teacher, can you imagine how awesome it would be if your classroom basically ran itself so that you could focus on small group and individual instruction? There are obviously a ton of ways to get a classroom to run smoothly and to keep students engaged, but what if you could do it while teaching them about personal and fiscal responsibility? In this episode, Thom Gibson describes just how he accomplishes this through a system he tweaked and innovated over the years and that he keeps on perfecting.<br /> Click here to sign up for Thom's course on running a classroom economy<br /> How to reach Thom:<br /> <br /> His website<br /> Instagram<br /> Twitter<br /> Youtube<br /> <br /> Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA!<br /> Love this show?<br /> SUPPORT THE PODCAST!<br /> Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast?<br /> Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question!<br /> <br /> Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more!<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter Kim Lepre clean 33:27 TnT 95 How new teachers can invest in their future now and have big wins in retirement https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-95-how-new-teachers-can-invest-in-their-future-now-and-have-big-wins-in-retirement/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:00:41 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2177 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-95-how-new-teachers-can-invest-in-their-future-now-and-have-big-wins-in-retirement/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-95-how-new-teachers-can-invest-in-their-future-now-and-have-big-wins-in-retirement/feed/ 0 In the last episode, we discuss how to pay off debt and save for an emergency fund, as well as the need for a budget, and today we discuss our financial future - which can be difficult for some to consider when they’ve got another 30 years of teaching to go! But it’s so important that we start early because when it comes to retirement savings, time is your friend! So Rob discusses how to plan so that you can have the lifestyle you want when you retire, how you can retire earlier than planned, and how the financial independence movement that’s taking storm can benefit you. The Simple StartUp: A Beginner’s Guide To Starting Your Own Business  ChooseFI K-12 Financial Literacy Curriculum  Rob's TpT store Pinterest Rob's new blog (coming Feb 2020) Recommended Podcasts for learning how to manage your money: ChooseFI Afford Anything Stacking Benjamins Teach and Retire Rich (teacher-specific) One Million Apples (teacher-specific) Facebook Group ChooseFI Educators - has lots of great financial tips for teachers who are looking to improve their financial situation as well as a community for encouragement! Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Love this show? SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast? Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question! Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live Message me through Instagram or Twitter In the last episode, we discuss how to pay off debt and save for an emergency fund, as well as the need for a budget, and today we discuss our financial future - which can be difficult for some to consider when they’ve got another 30 years of teaching ... In the last episode, we discuss how to pay off debt and save for an emergency fund, as well as the need for a budget, and today we discuss our financial future - which can be difficult for some to consider when they’ve got another 30 years of teaching to go! But it’s so important that we start early because when it comes to retirement savings, time is your friend! So Rob discusses how to plan so that you can have the lifestyle you want when you retire, how you can retire earlier than planned, and how the financial independence movement that’s taking storm can benefit you.<br /> <br /> The Simple StartUp: A Beginner’s Guide To Starting Your Own Business <br /> ChooseFI K-12 Financial Literacy Curriculum <br /> Rob's TpT store<br /> Pinterest<br /> Rob's new blog (coming Feb 2020)<br /> <br /> Recommended Podcasts for learning how to manage your money:<br /> <br /> ChooseFI<br /> Afford Anything<br /> Stacking Benjamins<br /> Teach and Retire Rich (teacher-specific)<br /> One Million Apples (teacher-specific)<br /> <br /> Facebook Group<br /> ChooseFI Educators - has lots of great financial tips for teachers who are looking to improve their financial situation as well as a community for encouragement!<br /> <br /> <br /> Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA!<br /> Love this show?<br /> SUPPORT THE PODCAST!<br /> Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast?<br /> Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question!<br /> <br /> Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more!<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter Kim Lepre clean 40:39 TnT 94 Common financial pitfalls that new teachers make https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-94-common-financial-pitfalls-that-new-teachers-make/ Mon, 06 Jan 2020 08:00:05 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2176 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-94-common-financial-pitfalls-that-new-teachers-make/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-94-common-financial-pitfalls-that-new-teachers-make/feed/ 0 A lot of college graduates find themselves entering the professional world without a solid financial base. They have this newfound money that they’re working their butts off to earn, and they want to live it up and have fun. This is exactly what I did, and luckily, I managed to start saving for retirement. However, a lot of financial pitfalls that come with this type of lifestyle such as consumer debt really caught up with me and so many others. So today, I’m having a conversation with Rob Phelan, who’s a high school personal finance and math teacher from Maryland, and we’re going to dive into a conversation about the traps that newer and younger teachers tend to get caught up in. We also discuss the steps to get out of that when you’re finally ready to get serious about getting your finances on track. Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Love this show? SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast? Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question! Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live Message me through Instagram or Twitter A lot of college graduates find themselves entering the professional world without a solid financial base. They have this newfound money that they’re working their butts off to earn, and they want to live it up and have fun. A lot of college graduates find themselves entering the professional world without a solid financial base. They have this newfound money that they’re working their butts off to earn, and they want to live it up and have fun. This is exactly what I did, and luckily, I managed to start saving for retirement. However, a lot of financial pitfalls that come with this type of lifestyle such as consumer debt really caught up with me and so many others.<br /> <br /> So today, I’m having a conversation with Rob Phelan, who’s a high school personal finance and math teacher from Maryland, and we’re going to dive into a conversation about the traps that newer and younger teachers tend to get caught up in. We also discuss the steps to get out of that when you’re finally ready to get serious about getting your finances on track.<br /> <br /> Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA!<br /> Love this show?<br /> SUPPORT THE PODCAST!<br /> Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast?<br /> Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question!<br /> <br /> Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more!<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter Kim Lepre clean 36:06 TnT 93 Ways to reignite your passion for teaching when you want to quit https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-93-ways-to-reignite-your-passion-for-teaching-when-you-want-to-quit/ Mon, 30 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2167 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-93-ways-to-reignite-your-passion-for-teaching-when-you-want-to-quit/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-93-ways-to-reignite-your-passion-for-teaching-when-you-want-to-quit/feed/ 0 Many new teachers get to the point where they're just DONE with their teaching situation, or maybe just teaching in general. While most of you are still excited about teaching since you've just started, there are still some of you that are already overwhelmed and just over it all and are wondering what to do next. You may be wondering if teaching is still right for you. You may have hated the first semester for a variety of reasons that seem beyond your control. Maybe you still love teaching but there’s just something that’s making it less enjoyable or less fulfilling. In today's episode, I give you some options aside from quitting teaching altogether that may make teaching more enjoyable and keep you in the field.  Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Love this show? SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast? Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question! Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live Message me through Instagram or Twitter At the time of this recording, most of us have just survived one semester and finished one week of winter break. During this past week, you may have been lamenting about going back to school even though you have another week left. This is pretty much how 99.9% of teachers feel. But there may be something more lurking there. You may be wondering if teaching is still right for you. You may have hated the first semester for a variety of reasons that seem beyond your control. Maybe you still love teaching but there’s just something that’s making it less enjoyable or less fulfilling. And you can’t figure out what to do. In all transparency, I have had these thoughts and gone through this questioning process quite a few times in my career. It’s completely normal! The problem is when these thoughts lead us down the path of quitting teaching. Now, you may know a lot of people who have quit teaching and are quite happy. But I bet you know more people that are stuck in teaching for whatever reason and are miserable. AND perhaps at this moment, you don’t want to quit but you don’t know if you want to stay. So what do you do? So I want to discuss the different times I’ve felt stuck in teaching and what I did to get out of my rut. After my first two years of teaching, I moved to San Diego to be with my husband. My first job here was the EXACT JOB that I told myself I never, ever wanted to have - high school marching band. I’d taught it in my second student-teaching experience, and HATED it. I knew I wasn’t cut out for it, but it was honestly the only way to get my foot in the door in my district. There weren’t a lot of other options around me, and it was getting dangerously close to the beginning of the school year. So when I got the call to interview for a high school band job, I put on my big girl pants, sucked it up, and went for it.  I was surprised that I even got the job because I could tell that the principal interviewing knew that I really didn’t want to teach it. But they were desperate, and the school year was about to start, so I got the job. During my two years at the high school, I learned a LOT about myself and my abilities as a teacher. I learned that I could connect with pretty much any age, but I was also really immature. I got stuck in that mindset of wanting to be friends with my students, and it didn’t pan out for me. Yes, they liked me, but they didn’t really respect me. I also knew that I was a terrible high school band teacher. I really didn’t know what I was doing, Many new teachers get to the point where they're just DONE with their teaching situation, or maybe just teaching in general. While most of you are still excited about teaching since you've just started, there are still some of you that are already over... Many new teachers get to the point where they're just DONE with their teaching situation, or maybe just teaching in general. While most of you are still excited about teaching since you've just started, there are still some of you that are already overwhelmed and just over it all and are wondering what to do next. You may be wondering if teaching is still right for you. You may have hated the first semester for a variety of reasons that seem beyond your control. Maybe you still love teaching but there’s just something that’s making it less enjoyable or less fulfilling. In today's episode, I give you some options aside from quitting teaching altogether that may make teaching more enjoyable and keep you in the field. <br /> Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA!<br /> Love this show?<br /> SUPPORT THE PODCAST!<br /> Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast?<br /> Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question!<br /> <br /> Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more!<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> At the time of this recording, most of us have just survived one semester and finished one week of winter break. During this past week, you may have been lamenting about going back to school even though you have another week left. This is pretty much how 99.9% of teachers feel.<br /> <br /> But there may be something more lurking there. You may be wondering if teaching is still right for you. You may have hated the first semester for a variety of reasons that seem beyond your control. Maybe you still love teaching but there’s just something that’s making it less enjoyable or less fulfilling. And you can’t figure out what to do.<br /> <br /> In all transparency, I have had these thoughts and gone through this questioning process quite a few times in my career. It’s completely normal! The problem is when these thoughts lead us down the path of quitting teaching.<br /> <br /> Now, you may know a lot of people who have quit teaching and are quite happy. But I bet you know more people that are stuck in teaching for whatever reason and are miserable. AND perhaps at this moment, you don’t want to quit but you don’t know if you want to stay. So what do you do?<br /> <br /> So I want to discuss the different times I’ve felt stuck in teaching and what I did to get out of my rut.<br /> <br /> After my first two years of teaching, I moved to San Diego to be with my husband. My first job here was the EXACT JOB that I told myself I never, ever wanted to have - high school marching band. I’d taught it in my second student-teaching experience, and HATED it. I knew I wasn’t cut out for it, but it was honestly the only way to get my foot in the door in my district.<br /> <br /> There weren’t a lot of other options around me, and it was getting dangerously close to the beginning of the school year. So when I got the call to interview for a high school band job, I put on my big girl pants, sucked it up, and went for it. <br /> <br /> I was surprised that I even got the job because I could tell that the principal interviewing knew that I really didn’t want to teach it. But they were desperate, and the school year was about to start, so I got the job.<br /> <br /> During my two years at the high school, I learned a LOT about myself and my abilities as a teacher. I learned that I could connect with pretty much any age, but I was also really immature. I got stuck in that mindset of wanting to be friends with my students, Kim Lepre clean 19:47 TnT 92 Common first-year struggles we all have https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-92-common-first-year-struggles-we-all-have/ Mon, 23 Dec 2019 08:00:08 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2156 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-92-common-first-year-struggles-we-all-have/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-92-common-first-year-struggles-we-all-have/feed/ 0 For new teachers, it can seem like they’re the ONLY ones having a tough time with a certain aspect of their teaching, and they’re often too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about it. These frustrations can really weigh on them and make them feel like failures. In this episode, I discuss the common struggles I hear about AND have experienced so that you can end 2019 knowing that you’re not alone and that NEXT year, you’re going to kill it! Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Love this show? SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast? Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question! Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live Message me through Instagram or Twitter For new teachers, it can seem like they’re the ONLY ones having a tough time with a certain aspect of their teaching, and they’re often too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about it. These frustrations can really weigh on them and make them feel like fai... For new teachers, it can seem like they’re the ONLY ones having a tough time with a certain aspect of their teaching, and they’re often too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about it. These frustrations can really weigh on them and make them feel like failures. In this episode, I discuss the common struggles I hear about AND have experienced so that you can end 2019 knowing that you’re not alone and that NEXT year, you’re going to kill it!<br /> <br /> Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA!<br /> Love this show?<br /> SUPPORT THE PODCAST!<br /> Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast?<br /> Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question!<br /> <br /> Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more!<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter Kim Lepre clean 30:27 TnT 91 The right and wrong way to deal with angry parent emails https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-91-the-right-and-wrong-way-to-deal-with-angry-parent-emails/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 08:00:58 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2153 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-91-the-right-and-wrong-way-to-deal-with-angry-parent-emails/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-91-the-right-and-wrong-way-to-deal-with-angry-parent-emails/feed/ 0 There isn't ONE TEACHER who hasn’t received an email, phone call, or message from a parent who is concerned or upset about something that a teacher did. For new teachers (and veterans, too), this can be really intimidating or worrisome because not handling it correctly can make the problem worse. How can you respond without losing face? In today’s episode, I’m covering the steps that you should take so that you don’t further anger the parent and save face in front of your administration. Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Love this show? SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast? Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question! Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live Message me through Instagram or Twitter There isn't ONE TEACHER who hasn’t received an email, phone call, or message from a parent who is concerned or upset about something that a teacher did. For new teachers (and veterans, too), this can be really intimidating or worrisome because not hand... There isn't ONE TEACHER who hasn’t received an email, phone call, or message from a parent who is concerned or upset about something that a teacher did. For new teachers (and veterans, too), this can be really intimidating or worrisome because not handling it correctly can make the problem worse. How can you respond without losing face? In today’s episode, I’m covering the steps that you should take so that you don’t further anger the parent and save face in front of your administration.<br /> <br /> Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA!<br /> Love this show?<br /> SUPPORT THE PODCAST!<br /> Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast?<br /> Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question!<br /> <br /> Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more!<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter Kim Lepre clean 35:47 TnT 90 What to do when you’re seriously behind on grading https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-90-what-to-do-when-youre-seriously-behind-on-grading/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 07:00:30 +0000 https://teachersneedteachers.com/?p=2144 https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-90-what-to-do-when-youre-seriously-behind-on-grading/#respond https://teachersneedteachers.com/tnt-90-what-to-do-when-youre-seriously-behind-on-grading/feed/ 0 As much as I’d like to think that I have my systems down pat after 18 years, there are STILL times when I get behind on my grading. This can be really overwhelming because it just piles on and it seems like you’re never going to get out from under it. New teachers find this especially stressful because they're also trying to figure out everything else that has to do with teaching! On this episode, I’m going to give you actionable steps that you’re going to want to take so that you can just finally get this DONE and end the semester right. Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Love this show? SUPPORT THE PODCAST! Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast? Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question! Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more! Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show? You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com Connect with me Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live Message me through Instagram or Twitter As much as I’d like to think that I have my systems down pat after 18 years, there are STILL times when I get behind on my grading. This can be really overwhelming because it just piles on and it seems like you’re never going to get out from under it. As much as I’d like to think that I have my systems down pat after 18 years, there are STILL times when I get behind on my grading. This can be really overwhelming because it just piles on and it seems like you’re never going to get out from under it. New teachers find this especially stressful because they're also trying to figure out everything else that has to do with teaching! On this episode, I’m going to give you actionable steps that you’re going to want to take so that you can just finally get this DONE and end the semester right.<br /> <br /> Sign up for the New Educator Conference in Santa Clara, CA!<br /> Love this show?<br /> SUPPORT THE PODCAST!<br /> Want to ask a question and be featured on the podcast?<br /> Let your voice be heard! Click here to find out how you can be a part of the podcast by asking a question!<br /> <br /> Listeners who leave a voicemail will be eligible to receive a FREE Teachers Need Teachers sticker! Click HERE to find out more!<br /> Got questions, feedback, or want to be on the show?<br /> You can email me at kim@teachersneedteachers.com<br /> Connect with me<br /> <br /> Subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Stitcher<br /> Join my Facebook Group where I occasionally podcast live<br /> Message me through Instagram or Twitter Kim Lepre clean 25:28