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Become a better high school teacher with strategies to stress less, save time, be creative, and feel more confident in your classroom. Teachers Colin Dodds and Michelle Davis take you through quick, impactful tactics, including getting started in September, classroom management, games, activities, lesson planning, assessment, evaluation, tests, dealing with difficult students, working with colleagues and parents, and self-care.

Become a better high school teacher with strategies to stress less, save time, be creative, and feel more confident in your classroom. Teachers Colin Dodds and Michelle Davis take you through quick, impactful tactics, including getting started in September, classroom management, games, activities, lesson planning, assessment, evaluation, tests, dealing with difficult students, working with colleagues and parents, and self-care.
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Become a better high school teacher with strategies to stress less, save time, be creative, and feel more confident in your classroom. Teachers Colin Dodds and Michelle Davis take you through quick, impactful tactics, including getting started in September, classroom management, games, activities, lesson planning, assessment, evaluation, tests, dealing with difficult students, working with colleagues and parents, and self-care.

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Episodes

TT033 How to ask for teacher feedback (Grade the Grader)

5/4/2016
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In this minisode, Colin discusses a few ways to get valuable feedback about your teaching practice, including a few ways to get useful feedback from your students. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed: http://teachertactics.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:06:34

TT032 Why 100% is important for classroom management (Unanimous)

4/27/2016
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In this minisode, Colin reviews the importance of “all-in” compliance with classroom management, and a few examples where it’s particularly important. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed: http://teachertactics.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:04:30

TT031 The power of a critical viewing journal (Everyone’s a Critic)

4/20/2016
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In this minisode, Colin talks about the value of critique-based journaling, and how it can be an easy and effective way to get your students to exercise higher-level thinking skills about your subject. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed:...

Duration:00:04:40

TT030 How to set up individualized assessment with no prep (Question Period)

4/13/2016
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In this minisode, Colin goes over a super-simple way to set up a way to do individualized assessment or review for your students. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed: http://teachertactics.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:03:26

TT029 Two name games to improve class cohesion (Name of the Game)

4/6/2016
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You might be surprised to know that your students might not know each other's names. In this minisode, Colin discusses two fun name games to improve class community and cohesion. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed:...

Duration:00:05:25

TT028 How to encourage student questions (Flip the Script)

3/30/2016
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In this minisode, Colin discusses a way to flip the script and put the responsibility of a lesson on the teacher, making students more comfortable asking for help. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed: http://teachertactics.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:04:14

TT027 How to get an extra burst of motivation (10 Minute Miracle)

3/23/2016
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In this minisode, Colin discusses a simple and easy technique that you can use for your students (or your own) motivation. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed: http://teachertactics.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:04:02

TT026 How to deal with phones in the classroom (Phony Problems)

3/16/2016
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In this week's minisode, Colin discusses the pros and cons of dealing with phone distractions - and his favourite response that's quick, simple, and even kind of fun. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed: http://teachertactics.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:05:06

TT025 How to make a free teacher website in 5 minutes (Put It Online)

3/9/2016
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You can quickly and easily make a free teacher website in less than 5 minutes. Colin and Michelle talk about the usefulness of a teacher website, and a couple of options for making one (no coding required!) Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed:...

Duration:00:14:27

TT024 How to pick a Learning Management System (Your Online Assistant)

3/2/2016
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Looking for a Learning Management System like Edmodo or Google Classroom but don’t know where to start? Michelle and Colin go over popular LMS options and the reasons why you should try one. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed:...

Duration:00:16:13

TT023 How to get the most out of these 3 teacher apps (The Future is Bright)

2/24/2016
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In this episode, Michelle and Colin go over three educational apps that can make your lessons easier and more exciting. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed: http://teachertactics.libsyn.com/rss

Duration:00:13:45

TT022 How to find specific and relevant lesson ideas online (Something Borrowed)

2/17/2016
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There are so many wonderful teaching resources online, but with so much stuff out there, it’s difficult to find what speaks to your teaching style and fits with your curriculum. Michelle and Colin give suggestions for where to look to find relevant, useful material to get inspired and save time planning your lessons. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes:...

Duration:00:14:22

TT021 How to use mentorship to improve your teaching practice (Ask an Expert)

2/10/2016
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Teacher mentors are incredibly valuable – they can offer classroom-tested ideas to improve your teaching practice, and emotional support as you begin your teaching career. In this episode, Michelle and Colin talk about more of the benefits of a mentor, and where to find one. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on...

Duration:00:18:53

TT020 How to fit in volunteering, coaching, and extracurriculars (Extra Credit)

2/3/2016
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Volunteering your time outside of class is a rewarding and enjoyable experience – but it also takes a lot of time. Colin and Michelle discuss some unique ways you can give back to your school community, and offer four suggestions for how you can get involved without taking up all of your personal time. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes:...

Duration:00:15:06

TT019 Four ways to survive staff politics at school (Political Science)

1/27/2016
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Staff politics can be tricky to navigate – Michelle and Colin go over four suggestions for getting along with your co-workers and remaining professional (even when it isn’t easy to do so). Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher: https://www.teachertactics.com/stitcher Podcast RSS Feed:...

Duration:00:18:20

TT018 Successful parent-teacher interviews (Meet the Parents)

1/20/2016
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Meeting the parents (of your students) doesn’t need to be nerve-wracking! Michelle and Colin discuss all the positive aspects of parent-teacher interviews, and talk about what you should prepare beforehand and how you can make the most of the meeting. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes: https://www.teachertactics.com/itunes Subscribe on Stitcher:...

Duration:00:20:19

TT017 Four review games (Brush Up)

1/13/2016
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Make review engaging and enjoyable with one of the four review games that Michelle and Colin discuss in this episode. We discuss some mistakes we made running these games the first time, and go over some specific instructions to make sure you can run these activities successfully in your classroom. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes:...

Duration:00:21:49

TT016 Three Quiet Games (Quiet Time)

1/6/2016
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Students like games, and teachers like quiet: quiet games are a win-win, a fun way to calm your classes. Michelle and Colin talk about their three favourite quiet games in case you need a break from a noisy classroom. They also go through extensions to each game so you can play them multiple times throughout the year. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes:...

Duration:00:11:45

TT015 Four Bellwork Ideas (Ring the Bell)

12/30/2015
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Giving students an activity that they can start before the bell goes is a game-changer: it re-focuses student attention to your class, gives you a bit of breathing room, and immediately gets your students engaged. In this episode, Michelle and Colin go over four examples of bellwork that are great for any high school classroom. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on...

Duration:00:14:09

TT014 Five Customizable Lesson Hooks (Off the Hooks)

12/23/2015
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A hook (or “anticipatory set”) is a great way to get students engaged…but it’s tough to keep coming up with new, creative ideas for hooks. Michelle and Colin go over five creative and customizable ways to start your classes to get your students curious, interested, and excited about your lesson material. Read the show notes and join our mailing list: https://www.teachertactics.com Send us your questions or suggestions: hello@teachertactics.com Subscribe on iTunes:...

Duration:00:16:01