21st Century Skills for Success – Ep. 004

Did your education prepare you for life in the 21st century? If I asked you to come up with a list of “things I didn’t learn in school,” I bet you’d have no problem running off a number of essential life-skills you had to learn on your own. Meanwhile, you spent four years in high school reading Shakespeare and practicing Calculus… If you want to make sure your students learn stuff they actually will use in their lives, this podcast is for you!  When you were in grade school (or even college), how much time did teachers spend explaining practical, useful, every-day topics? How much time … Read More

How to Build a Growth Mindset Culture – Ep. 003

In our class, everyone knew to always “do your best.”  These three magic words changed everything. In this episode, get all the tools and mindsets to build a classroom culture around effort and growth. It really is amazing… when you praise kids for their hard work and self-betterment, kids will work really hard to make themselves better!  This idea of praising the process — giving students credit for their hard work rather than their intelligence, was developed by Carol Dweck as part of her Growth Mindset Theory.  If you’re unfamiliar with the work of Carol Dweck and her Growth Mindset Theory, … Read More

Inspire the Future Leaders of the World – Ep. 002

Before you teach a topic, always ask yourself: “Will this make my students fall in love with learning?” As preschool teachers, we shouldn’t obsess over repeating the calendar and weather every morning because this sends the wrong kind of messages to kids: Learning is routine. Learning is the same thing every day. Learning is repetition whether you know it or not. Is that really the first impression we want kids to have of school? Routine, boring, repetition? No way! Kids should be coming to school excited and anticipating what they will learn next! And to do this, we need to … Read More

Creating the Classroom of Your Dreams – Ep. 001

It’s your classroom and you’re in total control!  You can teach what makes you happy.  If for some reason things aren’t going the way you planned or the way you like, all you have to do is make a change. It’s that simple!  Nothing can stop you from having the classroom of your dreams.  In the very first episode of the Punk Rock Preschool podcast, find out how to bring your passions, excitement, and enthusiasm to school every day and teach what you love! What makes you tick?  What are your favorite interests that energize and excite you? What topics get you animated … Read More