Professional Development for Teachers on the Go
Updated: Mar 17, 2019
As teachers, it seems like there is never enough time. Even teachers who excitedly text other teachers about new curricular ideas (guilty!) often don’t want to spend time reading articles about the latest tech tools and research-based strategies at the end of an exhausting day in the classroom. That’s okay! There are people that do that for you.
I cannot understate the positive impact podcasts have had on my teaching (and coaching) practice. They stimulate my creativity and generate excitement for lesson development when I think all of my energy is gone for good. Surely articles and videos have this ability, but the beauty of podcasts is I don’t lose a moment from my busy day. I only listen when I’m commuting or running or doing something that would make it impossible to do anything else—except listen to music, which can do wonders for one’s mood. However, getting really excited going to work is also pretty great for a person’s mood!
Without further ado, here are the educational podcasts that I find inspirational. Maybe you will too:
The Cult of Pedagogy podcast (45-minute dives into specific topics/strategies)
Well Played (about integrating play in the classroom, lots of gamification ideas)
EdTech Confessions (15 min or less episodes, practical strategies, no distracting extras)
House of EdTech (I fast-forward to Featured Content or Edtech Recommendation)
EdTech Shorts (2-5 minute introductions to tech tools)
Transformative Principal (school-level ideas, good for administrators or teachers in a shared leadership school)
Here are some amazing, content-specific podcasts:
Code Switch (culturally responsive teaching, current events)
Stuff Mom Never Told You (feminism, current events)
More Perfect (government, specifically the Constitution)
Which podcasts inspire you?
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