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Three middle school teachers and their guests share what it’s really like to be in a classroom today, how policies affect teaching and students, and what teachers actually think would work better. Listen in to their off the cuff, unscripted discussions, debates, and sometimes, plain silliness as they discuss today’s biggest issues facing schools. Here’s a look at some of the topics to be covered

  • Why do teachers quit and how this affects the classroom and quality of our schools
  • What do grades really mean? What should parents know about how their children are graded?
  • Should special education students be integrated in mainstream classrooms? What does that look like and what are some of the benefits and issues.
  • How do schools handle issues with discipline? What does it look and feel like from a teacher’s perspective. What does a Vice Principal do anyway?
  • Do universities really prepare teachers for the classroom? What a prospective teacher should know before sinking money into a college loan.
  • What’s the deal with state testing? Does it serve a purpose? Who writes those test questions anyway?
  • Catch up on all of the Transparency in Teaching Episodes!
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010 Travel Savings for Teachers

Today we get into ways teachers can save money on travel (once travel is a "thing" again!) Never too soon to start planning! We discuss ideas for social distancing conscious travel and how to make your "safer at home" quarantine seem more vacation...

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006 Racism in the Classroom?

We talk about the importance of having those difficult, but frank, conversations about bias out in the open instead of behind closed doors. and about holding each other accountable when things are done or said. We also discussed the idea of...

005 Those That Can’t Do, Teach

Today we focus on all the little and not so little things teachers deal with in the classroom, which those who haven’t spent much time in a classroom may not realize. Little things like, having time to go to the bathroom, or deciding to go to work...

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003 Teaching in the Time of Corona

"It's really nothing different than what parents were doing before. They're not "homeschooling" their kids. The kids are getting their learning from teachers. The only thing that's happening is [parents] are home ...keeping them accountable, what...

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002 Grade This!

Show Notes In this episode we start with a little about the history, the how and the why, of grading. (Did you know that grades were originally A, B, C, D and E?? Where did F come in?).  Then we talk about grading practices used today and how...

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Why Teachers Quit

Why do teachers quit? According to some statistics over 200,000 teachers leave the profession each year with ⅔  giving reasons other than retirement. Jen, Sharyn and Anne talk about what made them become teachers and why they haven’t quit. They...

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