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The Amazing Teacher Podcast – Mark Your Calendar

Hello amazing teachers,

I was sitting with one of the most amazing teachers I have ever known, after listening to her share her ideas and seeing her love for kids in her words, I wanted to bottle up her “amazingness” and distribute it to every new teacher I knew.

I even wanted to sprinkle some of this bottled “amazingness” into the coffee cups of some of the veteran teachers I know.

What I quickly realized, however, was that there really isn’t a good way to share what amazing teachers do with new teachers. New teachers, for the most part, have to rely on a mentor or a team member for help with lesson planning, classroom management, parent communication, etc.

Wouldn’t it be great if new teachers could go to a location and just sit and listen to amazing teachers share their ideas and insights that they’ve learned from years of being in the classroom?

That’s when the podcast idea came to me.

What’s a podcast, Sam?The Amazing Teacher Podcast

A podcast is “a multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player, computer, etc.”
If you don’t know what a podcast is, head on over to iTunes and do a search for “podcasts.” These are like the old time radio shows that our parents used to listen to. There are podcasts for every topic from mountain climbing to scrapbooking.
I listen to podcasts on my way to work every day.

After sitting with this amazing teacher, I thought, wouldn’t it be great if I could sit down with amazing teachers and pick their brains for tips, strategies and ideas that new teachers and soon-to-be teachers could use in their classroom – and then share it on a podcast?

Well, I did some research, learned about podcasting, bought some equipment, and I am excited to announce that Friday, November 1, 2013 will be the airing of the first episode of the Amazing Teacher Podcast.

Very cool!

I sent an email to one of my all time favorite teacher bloggers – Pernille Ripp of Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension – and she agreed to be one of my guests on the podcast. Yes!

I sat down with her over Skype and asked her questions about her teaching career and about what advice she would offer new teachers. It was amazing!

I was so inspired by listening to Pernille. She is truly a teacher doing amazing and revolutionary things in her classroom. She made the radical decision to get rid of consequences and rewards and homework in her class, which really blew me away. What’s amazing is that it’s working for her. She is making an impact on her students every day, and I know that new teachers will find great value in listening to Pernille as she shares her thoughts on teaching. I know I did.

I would encourage you to mark your calendar for November 1st, 2013. Click on over to and take a listen.

The Amazing Teacher Podcast will be on iTunes soon, so you can listen while you’re heading to work or jogging around town.

I’ve already started interviewing other amazing teachers, and it’s been inspiring.

Again, please check out to listen to the podcast on Friday!

Until next time,


Here’s to your Success in the Classroom!









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