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Now displaying: May, 2022
May 15, 2022
LAST EP OF SEASON 15! We're wrapping up with thoughts on processing, healing, dreaming, and rebuilding as we find our path  toward whatever is next for schools.

So in this unscripted episode, I share my broad observations, loosely-held conclusions, and partially-formulated ideas about what might be possible.
  • What is the future of public education?
  • How do we keep the dream alive with so many forces undermining, privatizing, and monetizing it?
  • In the midst of culture wars and opposing demands, can schools please all stakeholders?
  • How do we ensure that the responsibility for personalizing education for the preferences of each child/family does not fall solely on classroom teachers?

I’m talking from the heart about what I’m hopeful for right now, and why I’m choosing an optimistic take on the future of schools. I believe in public education, and the importance of not growing apathetic or hopeless about the state of education, our country, or our world.

I’ll end the episode by sharing a bit about my summer plans and how I’m creating space for dreaming and vision-building … and encourage you to do the same.

The Truth for Teachers podcast will be back in August. In the meantime, check out the summer blog post articles from our writer’s collective, our weekly email, and our posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

And, if you’ve enjoyed this season of the podcast, leave us a review on iTunes! Your feedback is so, so important. 

Click here to read the transcript and participate in the discussion or, join our podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.

May 8, 2022
The job of a teacher is not designed to be completed within 40 hours a week. It’s assumed that teachers will provide additional labor by coming in early, staying late, and bringing work home on a regular basis….all without compensation.

So, how can we change this norm?

One way is to amplify the work of teachers who have resisted that pressure to be the last person out of the building each evening, and who are willing to talk openly about how they have streamlined and reduced extraneous expectations.

You can hear this in a secondary teacher’s story in episode 250 (about lesson planning), in episode 256 from four different educators, and now in this elementary teacher’s story.

To be clear: you may not be able to work exactly your contractual hours (depending on your personal teaching context and workload. This does NOT mean you’re doing something wrong: it means systemic change is needed. A realistic goal for you might be to reduce the amount of time you spend working on nights and weekends as a starting point.

Listen to Samantha’s story here for some hope + inspiration that it IS possible to do a great job for kids without working endlessly for free. She shares:

  • How she tracked her work hours, and what she learned from doing it
  • If Samantha never takes work home, when does the work get done?
  • Samantha's lesson planning and material prep process — how she walks out every single day with the next day's lessons and materials set out and ready to go
  • Why people are always curious about the logistics of streamlining, but the mindset behind the actions has been Samantha’s most powerful shift
  • How she stopped worrying about being perceived as someone who doesn’t really care or isn’t truly dedicated to kids (and how her colleague’s perceptions of her changed)

Click here to read the transcript and participate in the discussion or, join our podcast Facebook group here to connect with other teachers and discuss the Truth for Teachers' podcast episodes.

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