Education & Television: How to Make it Work! – Interview with Linda Simensky, VP of Children’s Programming at PBS – Ep. 025

Welcome back! I know it’s been a long time since our last episode but the Punk Rock Preschool Podcast is returning in spectacular fashion! This week, I am thrilled to share with you my interview with Linda Simensky, the VP of Children’s Programming at PBS. Linda is one of the most impressive human beings on the planet — not only is she in charge of children’s programming at PBS, she is also responsible for green-lighting and developing some of the most iconic and memorable children’s television shows of the past 20 years! In the 90s, Linda was the second employee … Read More

First-Year Teacher Tips: How to Plan the Perfect First Week of School – Ep. 024

For a first-year teacher, your first week of school can be a doozy! Even though you may have tons of experience student-teaching, I don’t know any programs that let you walk into a classroom and student-teach on the first day of school. Therefore, this entirely different (and very important) world of teaching remains foreign to you until it is your own classroom and the first day of school is upon you! Then, with no practice, you are expected to explain and enforce classroom rules and procedures, establish a classroom culture, ween kids into challenging content and centers, communicate and coordinate … Read More

How to Teach Computer Science in Early Childhood – Interview with Kiki Prottsman of – Ep. 023

If you want to bring the skills of the 21st century into your classroom but don’t know where to start, drop what you’re doing and listen to this episode right now! This week, we have a special guest – Kiki Prottsman – who is the Curriculum Development Manager for Elementary Curriculum at ¬†Kiki has an incredible story and an even more incredible mindset! This interview is guaranteed to inspire and empower you to bring computational thinking and computer science into your classroom! No matter where you are in terms of starting knowledge, even if you’ve never seen a computer … Read More

31 Classroom Jobs for ALL Your Student Helpers – Ep. 022

The best way to learn about personal responsibility is to live it! With this long list of classroom jobs, every student will have an opportunity to contribute to your classroom’s success! To choose jobs each week, I would write each student’s name on a popsicle stick and place a piece of velcro on the back and pull a name out for each job. This process was quick, simple, random, and fair, but you can hand out the jobs any way you see fit! The important thing is that your students are learning all about personal responsibility! Listen to this week’s … Read More

24 Inspiring Classroom Themes Your Students Will Love – Ep. 021

If you’re looking for the perfect themes to plan in your classroom, look no further! Bring a new theme to the classroom each week and help your students find their passions! Expose kids to the most interesting, fascinating topics that exist and let them discover the topics and ideas that capture their imaginations! In this episode, teach everything from Astronomy to Zoology and get the full run-down of the 24 themes you MUST teach in your classroom next year!¬† [01:55] – Introduction [04:57] – Mindset Shift [06:58] – The World of People All About School Teamwork Confidence & Leadership Geography … Read More