Latest Podcast Episodes

TT025 How to make a free teacher website in 5 minutes (Put It Online)

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You can quickly and easily make a free teacher website in less than 5 minutes. Colin and Michelle talk about the usefulness of a teacher website, and a couple of options for making one (no coding required!)

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:09]
  • What to include on your teacher website [2:00]
  • Our favourite options: Weebly, www.weebly.com, Wix, www.wix.com, Google Sites, http://sites.google.com, WordPress, www.wordpress.com [2:45]
  • Segment: Your Homework [6:03]
  • How to use your students to make it easier to keep your website up to date! [6:40]
  • Segment: Listener Question [8:06]
  • Lots of great ideas for how to get the attention of your class (even when they’re all over the place) [8:20]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [12:17]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [13:27]

TTT024 How to pick a Learning Management System (Your Online Assistant)

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Looking for a Learning Management System like Edmodo or Google Classroom but don’t know where to start? Michelle and Colin go over popular LMS options and the reasons why you should try one.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:11]
  • A run-down of the popular learning management systems [1:36]
  • The value of using a learning management system – and how it can save you lots of time [1:52]
  • How an LMS can help you complete multiple teaching tasks at the same time [2:55]
  • Using an LMS to easily communicate to parents[3:50]
  • Our suggested LMS’: Edmodo www.edmodo.com, Google Classroom http://classroom.google.com, Schoology www.schoology.com, Freshgrade www.freshgrade.com [5:49]
  • Honorable mention: open-source and customizable Moodle [7:40]
  • Segment: Your Homework [9:30]
  • Segment: Listener Question [10:35]
  • How to decide what district to work in [11:26]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [14:30]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [15:30]

TT023 How to get the most out of these 3 teacher apps (The Future is Bright)

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In this episode, Michelle and Colin go over three educational apps that can make your lessons easier and more exciting.

Show Notes:

TT022 How to find specific and relevant lesson ideas online (Something Borrowed)

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There are so many wonderful teaching resources online, but with so much stuff out there, it’s difficult to find what speaks to your teaching style and fits with your curriculum. Michelle and Colin give suggestions for where to look to find relevant, useful material to get inspired and save time planning your lessons.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:10]
  • How these tips will work for you no matter your subject, teaching standards, or learning outcomes [1:33]
  • Check your standards or curriculum documents and websites for lesson ideas [2:15]
  • Ask helping teachers or support teachers in your district [3:10]
  • Get lesson ideas from other teacher websites for lesson ideas, unit timing ideas, and more [4:58]
  • Search “subject name + your city + classroom” to find teacher websites [5:53]
  • Check teacher website directories on school websites [7:38]
  • (Obviously, don’t steal material – give attribution or use it as inspiration) [8:18]
  • Segment: Your Homework [9:22]
  • Segment: Listener Question [10:13]
  • What to include on your teacher resume – and what kind of language to use [10:20]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [12:42]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [13:33]

TT021 How to use mentorship to improve your teaching practice (Ask an Expert)

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Teacher mentors are incredibly valuable – they can offer classroom-tested ideas to improve your teaching practice, and emotional support as you begin your teaching career. In this episode, Michelle and Colin talk about more of the benefits of a mentor, and where to find one.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:09]
  • Michelle’s story about the amazing mentors at her school [1:26]
  • The many helpful things a mentor can give you [2:46]
  • The importance of getting feedback and help from someone else [3:15]
  • Why your mentor doesn’t need to be in your subject area [5:47]
  • Why friendship and support at school is important [6:45]
  • Check with your union or district for mentorship programs [7:35]
  • You can have more than one mentor! [9:12]
  • Suggestions for finding mentor teachers and friends at school [9:53]
  • Segment: Your Homework [13:22]
  • Segment: Listener Question [14:31]
  • Strategies to help support students with negative self-talk [14:40]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [17:11]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [18:20]

TT020 How to fit in volunteering, coaching, and extracurriculars (Extra Credit)

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Volunteering your time outside of class is a rewarding and enjoyable experience – but it also takes a lot of time. Colin and Michelle discuss some unique ways you can give back to your school community, and offer four suggestions for how you can get involved without taking up all of your personal time.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:16]
  • Michelle and Colin’s first volunteer experience – and why yours was probably the same too! [1:32]
  • The expectation is often that new teachers volunteer lots of their time [3:38]
  • Five different ways to get involved at your school [4:12]
  • Four ways to get involved that don’t require a ton of time [5:57]
  • Split responsibilities to take part without as big of a commitment [8:00]
  • Why it’s important (and okay) to say no [9:10]
  • Segment: Your Homework [9:45]
  • Segment: Listener Question [10:18]
  • Be authentic with your choices of extracurricular activities – what can you do that others can’t? [11:14]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [13:18]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [14:22]

TT019 Four ways to survive staff politics at school (Political Science)

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Staff politics can be tricky to navigate – Michelle and Colin go over four suggestions for getting along with your co-workers and remaining professional (even when it isn’t easy to do so).

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:16]
  • Tip #1: Seek permission [2:17]
  • The importance of understanding the culture of your school [4:34]
  • Tip #2: How to deal with interpersonal conflict with another staff member [5:16]
  • Why you should check with your union before escalating complaints about other staff [6:59]
  • Tip #3: Avoid gossip [8:59]
  • Tip #4: Tune it out [10:14]
  • With whom and where to do you spend your time at school? [10:47]
  • Segment: Your Homework [12:21]
  • Reflect on you patterns and routines at school [12:46]
  • Segment: Listener Question [13:24]
  • Review podcast 14 and 15 for ways to start your lessons off well [13:50]
  • How to take attendance quickly [14:53]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [16:18]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [19:35]

TT018 Successful parent-teacher interviews (Meet the Parents)

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Meeting the parents (of your students) doesn’t need to be nerve-wracking! Michelle and Colin discuss all the positive aspects of parent-teacher interviews, and talk about what you should prepare beforehand and how you can make the most of the meeting.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:15]
  • Why parent-teacher interviews are (almost) always good) [1:29]
  • Michelle’s first parent-teacher interview experience [2:08]
  • The four things to bring to parent-teacher conference [3:00]
  • How to work with marks-focused parents [4:30]
  • Why math teachers have a tough time at parent-teacher conferences [6:13]
  • The importance of knowing each student’s name before meeting parents [6:47]
  • The two things to know about each student before the interview [8:20]
  • How to work with concerned parents and get them on your side [8:38]
  • The importance of positivity when talking to parents [9:37]
  • Don’t forget the student volunteers at parent-teacher night! [13:00]
  • Always be selling! Tell parents about other courses in your department [13:20]
  • Segment: Your Homework [14:24]
  • Put together your parent-teacher package! [14:30]
  • Segment: Listener Question [14:59]
  • How to handle a parent who questions your teaching ability [15:35]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [18:45]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [19:35]

TT017 Four Review Games (Brush Up)

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Make review engaging and enjoyable with one of the four review games that Michelle and Colin discuss in this episode. We discuss some mistakes we made running these games the first time, and go over some specific instructions to make sure you can run these activities successfully in your classroom.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:04]
  • Game #1: Guess What I Am [1:25]
  • Game #2: Ball of Knowledge [3:30]
  • Ice-breaker variations on Ball of Knowledge [5:05]
  • Game #3: Four Corners [6:37]
  • Game #4: Jeopardy! [8:46]
  • Avoid these mistakes Colin made when playing Jeopardy! for the first time [9:12]
  • Jeopardy! PowerPoint downloads: simple version and an advanced version (with Daily Doubles!) [11:35]
  • The importance of getting students to come up with their own review questions [12:00]
  • Segment: Your Homework [13:36]
  • Send us your favorite review games to hello@teachertactics.com [13:44]
  • Segment: Listener Question [14:34]
  • Suggestions and encouragement for getting a teaching contract mid-year [15:12]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [20:02]
  • Get your 5×5 Starter Kit at www.teachertactics.com, and send your teaching questions to hello@teachertactics.com [20:40]

TT016 Three Quiet Games (Quiet Time)

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Students like games, and teachers like quiet: quiet games are a win-win, a fun way to calm your classes. Michelle and Colin talk about their three favourite quiet games in case you need a break from a noisy classroom. They also go through extensions to each game so you can play them multiple times throughout the year.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:08]
  • Game #1: Picnic [1:44]
  • Game #2: Silent Corners [4:45]
  • Game #3: In a Minute [6:53]
  • Segment: Your Homework [9:18]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [9:46]
  • Why it’s a good thing if students find out your first name [10:40]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [11:14]

TT015 Four bellwork ideas (Ring the Bell)

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Giving students an activity that they can start before the bell goes is a game-changer: it re-focuses student attention to your class, gives you a bit of breathing room, and immediately gets your students engaged. In this episode, Michelle and Colin go over four examples of bellwork that are effective in any high school classroom.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:03]
  • What is bellwork, and why should you try it? [1:23]
  • Bellwork idea #1 [2:45]
  • Bellwork idea #2 [4:43]
  • Bellwork idea #3 [7:43]
  • Bellwork idea #4 [9:00]
  • Segment: Your Homework [10:48]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [12:08]
  • Why Socrates’ quote about youth is still relevant today [12:39]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [13:40]

TT014 Five Customizable Lesson Hooks (Off the Hooks)

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A hook (or “anticipatory set”) is a great way to get students engaged…but it’s tough to keep coming up with new, creative ideas for hooks. Michelle and Colin go over five creative and customizable ways to start your classes to get your students curious, interested, and excited about your lesson material.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:10]
  • Why you should be using lesson hooks [1:33]
  • Hook idea #1 [2:22]
  • Hook idea #2 [5:30]
  • Hook idea #3 [6:50]
  • Hook idea #4 [9:07]
  • Colin’s YouTube channel with funny educational music videos: www.youtube.com/mrcolindodds [10:08]
  • Hook idea #5 [11:42]
  • Segment: Your Homework [13:10]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [14:14]
  • Robert Frost, quail shot, and teaching [14:30]
  • Send us your favourite lesson hooks! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [15:25]

TT013 Seven things Star Wars taught us about teaching (Use the Force)

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With the upcoming release of the newest Star Wars movie, Michelle and Colin go over seven things that Star Wars has taught them about teaching (after all, Yoda was a master teacher!) This episode contains no spoilers for The Force Awakens.

Show Notes:

  • Warning: Spoilers from the original trilogy follow (no spoilers for The Force Awakens) [1:11]
  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:27]
  • All students have the potential to be successful [1:48]
  • The classic 1964 teaching study about the Expectancy Effect [2:39]
  • Be open to multiple perspectives [3:45]
  • Four ways to multiply numbers: Vedic math, using lines, using your hands, mental math [4:51]
  • Mindfulness is important [5:46]
  • Involve multiple senses [7:00]
  • Mentorship is valuable [8:57]
  • Keep your anger in check [10:10]
  • Parental support is key [11:06]
  • Segment: Your Homework [12:39]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [13:41]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at hello@teachertactics.com) [14:28]

TT012 Why you should be using rubrics (Mark by Numbers)

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This week is all about rubrics. Colin and Michelle take a closer look into rubrics: why they’re so useful as an evaluation tool for your assignments or projects, how you can make them quickly, and examples of rubrics in action.

Show Notes:

  • Download our new PDF: 44 Ways to Check for Understanding at www.teachertactics.com/understand [0:56]
  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:31]
  • What is a rubric and what is it good for? [1:47]
  • What should you include in a rubric? [2:08]
  • Why rubrics are so useful for you and your students [3:08]
  • How to save time when making rubrics [4:45]
  • Create free rubrics at rubistar.4teachers.org or rubrics4teachers.com [4:49]
  • Why leaving personal comments are still important – refer to TT011 for suggestions for giving feedback [5:49]
  • Michelle’s 3 Ps strategy for giving feedback on rubrics [06:24]
  • The value of a “catch-all” category in your rubrics [06:49]
  • The ideal alternative to rubrics [8:03]
  • How to make your rubric as clear as possible for your students [8:55]
  • Rubric resources: www.teachertactics.com/rubrics [9:32]
  • Segment: Your Homework (how to apply this week’s tactic) [9:41]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [10:23]
  • Colin’s recent huge mistake when scheduling projects (try to avoid this!) [11:09]
  • Like what you heard? Leave us a review on iTunes, or send a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [12:11]

TT011 The 3 elements of effective feedback (Food for Thought)

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What’s the best way to give feedback? Colin and Michelle talk about a framework for delivering feedback to your students that communicates strengths and weaknesses in a way that students are receptive to hearing.

Show Notes:

  • Download our new PDF: 44 Ways to Check for Understanding at www.teachertactics.com/understand [0:56]
  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:29]
  • What exactly is feedback and how does it relate to formative assessment? [1:50]
  • Looking to give behavioural feedback? Check podcasts TT005-008 [2:55]
  • The three elements of effective feedback [03:18]
  • An example of this feedback framework in use for a creative writing assignment [3:32]
  • Another example of this feedback framework with an elective course [4:50]
  • How to use this framework to give negative or constructive feedback [6:00]
  • Teaching students to effectively give feedback to their classmates [6:57]
  • Segment: Your Homework (how to apply this week’s tactic) [8:07]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [8:52]
  • Teachers as mentors to students vs. mentors to other teachers [9:15]
  • Like what you heard? Leave us a review on iTunes, or send a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [10:08]

TT010 6 Ways to Check for Understanding (Progress Check)

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Frequent checks for understanding can make learning a lot easier for you and your students. Colin and Michelle outline six simple ways to assess learning, including a few ways to check for understanding instantly, and strategies that provide feedback for your students.

Show Notes:

  • Download our new PDF: 44 Ways to Check for Understanding at www.teachertactics.com/understand [1:35]
  • Segment: Tactic Time [2:16]
  • Instant progress checks [2:41]
    • How to use “thumbs up thumbs down” [3:31]
    • How to use “five fingers” [5:14]
  • Detailed progress checks [6:31]
    • How to use a “cue card study guide” [6:34]
    • How to use a “paper slip/exit slip” [6:34]
  • How to phrase questions that check for understanding to get more honest responses [08:10]
  • The benefits (and drawbacks) of anonymous feedback from students [08:57]
  • Checks with feedback [9:12]
    • How to set up a “review race” [9:21]
    • How to set up a “stress free pop quiz” [10:55]
  • Segment: Your Homework (how to apply this week’s tactic) [12:11]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [13:25]
  • Like what you heard? Leave us a review on iTunes, or send a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [14:40]

TT009 How to quickly make a useful unit plan (Create Your Blueprint)

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What’s in your unit plan? Colin and Michelle outline the four essentials of a useful unit plan, and give three tips for how to best take advantage of your well-laid plans.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:51]
  • How to create a unit plan can be a quick and effective way to guide your courses [1:37]
  • Unit plan element #1, especially important if you’re creating your own course content [1:46]
  • Unit plan element #2, and why this is the hardest part for newer teachers [2:40]
  • Unit plan element #3, with some examples [3:53]
  • Unit plan element #4, with an important distinction [4:30]
  • Why it’s helpful to keep your unit plan brief [5:47]
  • How to keep your unit plan fluid and flexible [6:42]
  • Why it’s important to stick to your unit plan (and when you should improvise) [7:12]
  • The advantages of sharing your unit plan with your students [8:04]
  • The big re-cap of our unit plan tips from this podcast [8:57]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [9:20]
  • Have Colin and Michelle actually never laminated anything?! [10:21]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [10:42]

TT008 How to discipline or persuade students without power struggles (The House Always Wins)

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Do you give your students options? Colin and Michelle explain why giving choices can be a win-win for you and your students, and how it can avoid complaints, power struggles, and stand-offs.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:47]
  • Colin convinces Michelle that the house, indeed, always wins [1:00]
  • The tactic explained [1:41]
  • The classic “house always wins” choices [2:37]
  • Why this is a win-win strategy for teacher and student [2:04]
  • How to use this tactic beyond discipline [3:13]
  • Framing your request to make it more likely for a student to say yes [4:20]
  • More real-world examples of this tactic at work [5:22]
  • How this tactic avoids power struggles, stonewalling, and Wild West stand-offs with students [6:01]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [7:08]
  • Using tension to find the perfect balance in your lessons [7:34]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [8:33]

TT007 How to use engaging assignments to eliminate behavior issues (A Very Long Engagement)

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The best defence is a good offence: Colin and Michelle discuss three simple ways to increase student engagement in your class, which improves motivation and reduces the need to resort to negative discipline.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:47]
  • The simple twelve-word sentence that encapsulates this tactic [1:28]
  • Why the strength of this tactic has been right in front of your nose this whole time [1:41]
  • Our first strategy for getting student engagement [2:36]
  • Why high stakes assignments work so well for engagement [3:39]
  • How to raise the stakes with your assignments [4:31]
  • Our second strategy for getting student engagement [5:43]
  • The maximum amount of time you should spend lecturing [5:49]
  • Head to www.teachertactics.com to get our Starter Kit, with examples of brain breaks [7:16]
  • Our third strategy for getting student engagement [7:30]
  • Examples of student-centered activity variety [7:54]
  • Tactic re-cap (and an attempted rhyme that…almost works!) [8:33]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [9:03]
  • Why to avoid the “expert gap” when teaching [9:44]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [11:03]

TT006 Why compassion is the best way to deal with behavior issues (Love Is All You Need)

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Try a different approach. Colin and Michelle explain why it’s best to approach behavior issues with love and compassion, how it can strengthen relationships with your students, and how it can reduce the amount of times you need to resort to discipline.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:49]
  • Why compassion is Michelle’s favourite way to deal with behavior issues in her classroom [2:10]
  • The specific words Michelle says when dealing with difficult students [3:14]
  • Why lecturing and getting angry at students doesn’t work [4:14]
  • Why love and compassion is disarming [4:42]
  • When to escalate behavior issues to the student’s counsellor [5:20]
  • A real-world example of the ‘Love Is All You Need’ tactic [5:40]
  • Why it’s important to remember who your students are [7:00]
  • Working with students who know how to push your buttons – and why you shouldn’t give up on them [7:43]
  • How to reduce defensiveness when speaking to a student [9:22]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [10:42]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [13:05]

TT005 The best desk placements for classroom management (The Danger Zone)

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Are you taking full advantage of your classroom layout? Colin and Michelle talk about the benefits and drawbacks of different styles of desk placement, and then explain why different types of teacher movement are so important for classroom management.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:56]
  • The goal of desk placement in your room [1:52, 5:46]
  • Check the Teacher Tactics website for images of desktop placement [3:21]
  • Why not to use a row placement [3:29]
  • The drawbacks but occasional value of single desk placement [4:11]
  • The great aspects of the ‘Split C’ or ‘cut up banana’ placement [5:58]
  • When to use the radial pods placement [6:20]
  • What to do if your desks are bolted to the ground [8:28]
  • Why standing up can be a great way to do groupwork [9:18]
  • Why it’s valuable for you as the teacher to move around (no matter your desk placement) [10:11]
  • Story time: Michelle’s high school teacher’s unique movement pattern [11:22]
  • Story time: Psychological conditioning and teacher position [11:53]
  • The value of variety with your desk placements[12:30]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [13:58]
  • Why student-focused lessons beat teacher-focused lessons [14:52]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [17:42]

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TT004 What your first assignment of the year should include (Chalk & Awe)

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Your first assignment sets the tone for the rest of the school year. Colin and Michelle talk about the importance of starting with an assignment that is engaging, fun, and challenging, and give examples of what that could look like for your class.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:43]
  • How to start your lessons in the first week of school [1:20]
  • Examples of “chalk and awe” activities and assignments [1:32]
  • How to reduce assignment anxiety at the start of the year [2:23]
  • How to make your first assignment act as a “diagnostic” pre-assessment [3:50]
  • Why it’s valuable to have an individual and group component to the assignment [4:28]
  • Using the first assignment to assess content knowledge [5:52]
  • Why you should take your time with the first assignment [6:56]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [7:56]
  • Why teaching is the best form of learning [8:56]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [9:39]

TT003 How to set your rules and seating plan in September (Your Golden Rules)

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What classroom rules are the most important? Colin and Michelle debate the effectiveness of different ways to set up your seating plan and classroom rules at the start of the year – including the specific rules you should be setting on the very first day.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:45]
  • The two reasons why you should create a seating plan on the first day [1:04]
  • Should you make the seating plan, or should your students? [1:48]
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different ways to set the seating plan [2:35]
  • How to create a win-win situation with seating plans, and still maintain control [4:22]
  • How to move students who chat too much with friends – without them getting upset [5:13]
  • Should you set your own rules, or co-create them with students? [5:58]
  • The specific rules you should set on the first day [7:23]
  • The most important part about setting rules [9:42]
  • Summary of your action plan for first-day rules [10:24]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [10:44]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [17:42]

TT002 How to decide what to wear to school (Dress to Impress)

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How much attention do you give to your teacher clothes? Colin and Michelle discuss advantages and disadvantages of what to wear to school, and talk about subtle, positive changes you can make to your visual appearance.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:42]
  • What Michelle wears to school [1:22]
  • What Colin wears to school [2:36]
  • Why what you wear is like a costume [3:35]
  • How your clothing relates to your teaching persona [4:20]
  • The benefits and drawbacks of casual vs. formal clothing [4:42]
  • Clothing suggestions for young teachers [5:22]
  • How to use your colleagues and students to decide how to dress [6:27]
  • Why you should be genuine with your clothing [7:12]
  • Other aspects of your visual appearance to review [7:27]
  • How your posture can make you more confident [8:48]
  • Story: One teacher’s fashion fan club [9:27]
  • Story: A word of caution for biking to school “European style” [10:35]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [11:44]
  • The connection between teaching and show business [11:57]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [12:36]

TT001 How to set the right tone with your classes in September (Your Home Tour)

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In the first session of the Teacher Tactics podcast, Colin and Michelle discuss ways to set the right tone with your classes as you start the year in September.

Show Notes:

  • What are Colin and Michelle’s teaching backgrounds? [0:48]
  • Why we started this podcast [2:01]
  • Why your first year of teaching is more difficult than your practicum [2:46]
  • Segment: Tactic Time [3:26]
  • Why students in your classroom are like guests in your home [4:21]
  • The two ways to start the school year successfully with your students [4:44]
  • How to be authoritative in the classroom [5:04, 6:09, 7:15]
  • How to be caring towards your students [7:40, 8:06, 8:49, 10:03, 10:57]
  • Why it’s important to introduce yourself to your students [13:47]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [15:58]
  • How this week’s quote has multiple connections to education [16:40]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [17:42]

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