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!
Overcoming Bitterness: The Journey of a Substitute Teacher
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17:56The 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 the most stoic teachers can acknowledge our worth. Listeners are invited on this path of self-improvement, learning that letting go of grudges is not just a release, but a gateway to inner peace and more meaningful relationships. Join me as we uncover the wisdom in choosing forgiveness over festering wounds.
Substitute Teacher Regrets
18:04Have 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 of such heavy-hearted reflections.
Two Years After COVID Shutdown: Changes in Student Behavior
17:30As 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 pandemic are as palpable as the chalk dust in the air, exploring how the mental health of our students has been rattled and the new hurdles we, as educators, must clear.
My Worst Substitute Teacher Day Ever
16:45Every 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 that led me to a crossroads, deliberating if my passion for connecting with students is enough to weather the storm of disrespect and turmoil in the classroom.
Hidden Perks of Substitute Teaching: From Reputation to Engagement
17:16Ever 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 "nothing to do," and the sweet flexibility of swapped teaching assignments. It's a quirky adventure that goes beyond lesson plans, where even the spelling of "perks" can become a topic of conversation!
A Glimpse Inside the Must-Haves for Educators
30:01This 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 also tease a controversial teaching tactic that's bound to spark some lively debate. So, tune in and be equipped not only with the tools but the tricks of the trade that will transform your educational journey.
Turning That Troublemaker Around
24:27Ever found yourself stepping into a room, heart pounding with the weight of past judgments about the group you're about to meet? That's the pulse of this 10th episode of Substitute Teacher's Lounge, where we celebrate the connections we've forged and the shared journey through the ups and downs of substitute teaching. Join me as we journey back to an episode that has especially resonated with listeners and explore the transformation that unfolds when you set the bar high for students who've been branded troublesome. My story paints a vivid picture of how nurturing a supportive atmosphere can lead to remarkable shifts in a classroom.
Embracing the Chaos of Long-Term Substitute Teaching
24:13Embarking on a new chapter in my educational journey, I found myself transitioning from a day-to-day substitute teacher to a long-term mentor for a lively sixth-grade math class. The emotional rollercoaster and the rich tapestry of experiences that ensued are tales I'm thrilled to share with you. From the strategic deployment of a seating chart that became my compass in navigating student connections, to the integration of technology and game-based learning that revolutionized my teaching approach, this episode is a deep dive into the real-world classroom dynamics. Revel in the anecdotes of my adventures, where a simple math equation blossomed into engaging debates and the occasional serenading of tunes with my students.
Paddle? No-Paddle? Evolution of Classroom Discipline
27:45Step back in time with me to an era when the sharp crack of a paddle echoed through school corridors. We're exploring the seismic shift from such historical classroom discipline to the empathetic and creative strategies I use today as a substitute teacher. Remember the days when a teacher's stern gaze was enough to silence a room? I'll regale you with stories from the trenches, contrasting the old-school methods with my personal touch—think less drill sergeant, more mindful mentor.