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Always A Lesson's Empowering Educators Podcast

Gretchen (Schultek) Bridgers

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Always A Lesson's Empowering Educators Podcast

Gretchen (Schultek) Bridgers

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Educators! Is your passion tank running on empty? Look no further. Gretchen of Always A Lesson has a double dose of just what you need. Come fill yourself up with an Empowering Educators podcast to start your day feeling… EMPOWERED! Includes empowering messages weekly with new episodes released early Monday morning just in time for your commute. Excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Listeners include new teachers, teachers in distress or transition and teacher leaders. #education

Latest Episodes

195: Bonus Edition- Interview with Nick Tokman

Nick Tokman, also known as “Sunshine” on Discovery Channel’sDeadliest Catch,empowers others to overcome all of the distractions and obstacles that get in the way of owning who they are so they achieve THEIR definition of success. An engaging and animated professional speaker, he directs his audiences to focus their attention on what’s important for them in their lives so they reach their highest potential.Nick has been seen on the show for the past four seasons entertaining more than one million viewers each week. He is recognized for his constant, upbeat attitude, his unwavering focus on achieving his goals, and his determination in the face of adversity. Nick’s grandfather introduced him to Deadliest Catch for the first time at a point in his life where he felt unfulfilled. After seeing the show, Nick decided he HAD to go crab fishing! Although his family did not want him pursuing a career in one of the most dangerous professions, he realized this was HIS life; he had to live...

43 MIN1 w ago
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195: Bonus Edition- Interview with Nick Tokman

194: Being a Knowledge Hoarder is Holding you Back

We often overly consume and under-implement. I call this practice “knowledge hoarding” and it isn’t helpful in getting us to reach our goals or potential. We need to implement what we are learning instead of overloading our brains with knowledge time and time again. Tune in to hear 5 tips to making sense of our knowledge hoarding in our mind and in our physical spaces so that we can take action plus gain 3 tips to develop new habit cycles to avoid knowledge hoarding. Quotables * We have created a new problem where you have all the knowledge and zero application, making the time suck for getting that knowledge an absolute waste * You’re not as great as you should be for someone who has all of that knowledge at their fingertips * [Knowledge] hoarding is unhealthy and counterproductive * You are not on vacation with time to waste. You are a person on a mission. You are bettering yourself so that you can better serve your students. Don’t let a single thing derail you on your mission. * We are serious about upping our game so that we have a longer lasting impact on generations of kids that will become our future leaders. We take care of [our students] because one day they will take care of us. Participate in the 200th Episode Fun Option 1: If you have enjoyed the podcast, leave me a quick audio comment telling me what your favorite thing about the Empowering Educators podcast is. Don’t forget to say your name and where you’re from so I can give you the proper shout out. You can use Voxer (my handle is gschultek). You can also use a voice recorder app on your phone and email it to me: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Option 2: If you have a favorite Empowering Educators episode, email me at gretchen@alwaysalesson.com to cast your vote! Enter the Amazon GC contest: All you have to do is leave a rating and review on iTunes, screenshot it, and email that to me at gretchen@alwaysalesson.com. I’ll be picking a winner in September! Join the New(er) Teacher Mentorship Program * https://alwaysalesson.teachable.com/p/new-er-teacher-mentorship-program/ Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter * http://eepurl.com/lJKNn Join the New Teacher Support Facebook Group * https://www.facebook.com/groups/1872455209751203 Shop AAL Swag * https://alwaysalesson.com/product-category/swag/ Connect with Gretchen * Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com * Blog: Always A Lesson * Facebook: Always A Lesson * Twitter: @gschultek * Instagram: Always.A.Lesson * Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers * Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers * Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn't Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 * Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. * Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ * Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” * Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info * Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best)

20 MIN3 w ago
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194: Being a Knowledge Hoarder is Holding you Back

193: When You Can’t Find the Answer

No matter how much experience we have as educators, there are moments in our career where we have no answers. Our heads are banging against the wall and our brains are overworked trying to figure out solutions to the obstacles we are facing without any relief in sight. Luckily, our experiences help us recognize these obstacles faster in the future and overtime we figure out a system for working through hard times to find answers. Tune in to hear a 4 part system that continues to work for me to find clarity in my edu-situations. Quotables * Sometimes I feel like I can’t help anyone if I’m trying to help everyone. * My past experiences told me that when I am in the weeds, if I look at the facts, it becomes clear. * Data doesn’t lie. * I admire mentors who roll up their sleeves and help someone else do their work. * Like most life lessons, you come out on the other side a better person. * Don’t underestimate little solutions you uncover. * Not every problem is solved with a magic w...

18 MINSEP 9
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193: When You Can’t Find the Answer

192: 5 Secrets to Success in the Classroom

New teachers struggle to hone in on the most important factors to ensure a strong start and finish to their very first school year due to all the distractions of shiny objects on social media. Tune in to hear 5 secrets to success that help any new teacher achieve veteran status in no time. You’ll unlock the strategies to lay a strong foundation while upping your technique and finesse game. Quotables * Its simple. But it is also simply overlooked. * That is what makes teachers great… they get past the barriers kids put up, and they use that in as a way to convey expectations encouragement and content. * Getting clear on what you envision your space to look, feel and sound like well before that first day will help you make it a reality. * Boundaries are a way of letting kids know that you are willing to give some rope but they don’t get to be in control of the lasso. * [Kids] might not outwardly thank you for setting boundaries but it lets them know you love and care for them bc yo...

23 MINAUG 26
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192: 5 Secrets to Success in the Classroom

191: Making an Impact Day One

There is no question whether or not teachers want to make an impact in their classrooms. But oftentimes there are two factors that come into play that could make or break that very first day of school for both teachers and students. Tune in to hear what those are and how to prepare so that day 1 is a winner for everyone! Quotables * A lot of teachers and students are excited to head back to school, but for some it brings anxiety and overwhelm. Step back and meet them where they are.Tweet This * just want you to know their name, love and support them unconditionally and pull out their best qualities and gifts so they can begin to see their future."] * How you start day 1 limits or enhances your impact.Tweet This * Protect your students from experiencing adult stressors.Tweet This * Stay present and positive in what you see for yourself and that will become what students see for themselves.Tweet This * The more we equip others with the tools that helped us overcome, the better off we ...

18 MINAUG 12
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191: Making an Impact Day One

190: Bonus Edition- Interview with Jahkari “JT” Taylor

Jahkari “JT” Taylor was born to be a Purpose Pusher. His life’s work demonstrates his passion for cultivating, motivating, and inspiring people from all walks of life. Yet, JT's life story may not fit the mold of an ideal Purpose Pusher. When he was just a child he went from living in a 1987 Ford Fairmont, to a packed homeless shelter. Then, after his mother applied for Section 8 housing, they soon relocated to a tough neighborhood in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake, Virginia. He attended Title 1 schools as a struggling student who failed to realize his academic potential. Yet, in spite of the adversities he encountered as a youth, JT emerged out of an impoverished, single-parent upbringing with a desire to push others into their divine purpose in life. JT is now a transformational educator who has three earned degrees (magna cum laude) and he is the 2017 City-wide Teacher of the Year for Chesapeake Public Schools in Virginia. JT is also the founder of Purpose Pushers LLC wh...

51 MINJUL 29
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190: Bonus Edition- Interview with Jahkari “JT” Taylor

189: Do you Push, Pull or Guide?

Instructional coaching and teacher leadership are essential for moving the needle in student achievement and teacher proficiency. But the way coaches are leading teachers ends up landing flat because they are either pushing too hard or pulling too far. The secret to great teacher leadership is being a guide on the side- not pushing or pulling too much. Tune in to hear 3 steps to ensure you pass the ownership baton to teachers so that the improvement is long term. Quotables * When we make decisions under pressure, on a short time frame, we lack the intention and insight necessary for that decision to ever truly become effective. * Great Teachers don’t equal great leaders. * We gotta stop panicking and jumping on the latest bandwagon. * Because growth pain is ordinary and expected and the pain makes the results that much more worth it. * It might be faster to push or pull, but it’s never effective. * [Teachers] are invested in the process when they know you are invested in them as p...

22 MINJUL 15
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189: Do you Push, Pull or Guide?

188: Turn your Whelm Upside Down

Overwhelm can get the best of us. In fact, too many teachers are leaving the profession due to their plates being full for far too long. When you learn how to recognize overwhelm before it overcomes you, you can begin to hack away at your schedule so that you conserve energy and happiness for what matters most- teaching. Tune in to hear 5 tips and get access to an amazing opportunity for teachers struggling to beat the overwhelm. Quotables * Reflection and evaluation are powerful tools we often overlook because we think we don’t have time. * You can only carry so much folks. It doesn’t mean you are less of a person or teacher because you have to dump the non-essentials. * Skim the fat and oil the machine. * It’s a temporary shut-down to conserve your time and energy. Join the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club * https://40htw.com/join/ * Type in 'gretchen@alwaysalesson.com' as your referral Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter * http://eepurl.com/lJKNn Shop AAL Swag * https://alwaysale...

11 MINJUL 1
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188: Turn your Whelm Upside Down

187: Permission to Fill Your Cup

Sometimes you can be so tuned in that you don’t realize your candle is burning out. For teachers, summer is a great time to unplug by becoming a learner in something new. You have permission to fill your cup in another passion so that you can be great at your main passion as an educator. Tune in to learn how to best utilize your summer break so that you are a lifelong learner but also a well-rested, rejuvenated teacher Quotables * Don’t feel bad about needing a break. Everyone has their limit and it doesn’t mean you’re a bad teacher or that you can’t hack a life-long career as an educator. * It is time to switch gears so your body can rest, your mind can declutter and your spirit can get ignited again. * Be a better teacher through … a creative outlet to unplug. * Experts can do other things… and new teachers are no exception. * Become a well-rounded human because that serves your kids best. Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter * http://eepurl.com/lJKNn Shop AAL Swag * https:/...

11 MINJUN 17
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187: Permission to Fill Your Cup

186: Amplify your Impact

It’s time we take what is working in our own classrooms and share it with other educators so that they can replicate our success. To truly amplify our impact in our classroom, school buildings, and community we need to figure out where we excel and make it accessible to others so that they can repeat our success. Follow the four-step proven method shared in this episode to amplify your impact by increasing teacher proficiency and student achievement in the classroom. Quotables: * Why do we have to contain our impact? * If we are able to find success in the classroom, we should be able to take that success and multiply it in a way so that more students can be positively impacted. * No child should be at an advantage or disadvantage depending on what teacher they are assigned. * If one teacher is doing great, we must dissect that success and replicate it so all students can benefit. * When we better ourselves, we better others. * If we want to have an impact, we have to think beyond ...

16 MINJUN 3
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186: Amplify your Impact

Latest Episodes

195: Bonus Edition- Interview with Nick Tokman

Nick Tokman, also known as “Sunshine” on Discovery Channel’sDeadliest Catch,empowers others to overcome all of the distractions and obstacles that get in the way of owning who they are so they achieve THEIR definition of success. An engaging and animated professional speaker, he directs his audiences to focus their attention on what’s important for them in their lives so they reach their highest potential.Nick has been seen on the show for the past four seasons entertaining more than one million viewers each week. He is recognized for his constant, upbeat attitude, his unwavering focus on achieving his goals, and his determination in the face of adversity. Nick’s grandfather introduced him to Deadliest Catch for the first time at a point in his life where he felt unfulfilled. After seeing the show, Nick decided he HAD to go crab fishing! Although his family did not want him pursuing a career in one of the most dangerous professions, he realized this was HIS life; he had to live...

43 MIN1 w ago
Comments
195: Bonus Edition- Interview with Nick Tokman

194: Being a Knowledge Hoarder is Holding you Back

We often overly consume and under-implement. I call this practice “knowledge hoarding” and it isn’t helpful in getting us to reach our goals or potential. We need to implement what we are learning instead of overloading our brains with knowledge time and time again. Tune in to hear 5 tips to making sense of our knowledge hoarding in our mind and in our physical spaces so that we can take action plus gain 3 tips to develop new habit cycles to avoid knowledge hoarding. Quotables * We have created a new problem where you have all the knowledge and zero application, making the time suck for getting that knowledge an absolute waste * You’re not as great as you should be for someone who has all of that knowledge at their fingertips * [Knowledge] hoarding is unhealthy and counterproductive * You are not on vacation with time to waste. You are a person on a mission. You are bettering yourself so that you can better serve your students. Don’t let a single thing derail you on your mission. * We are serious about upping our game so that we have a longer lasting impact on generations of kids that will become our future leaders. We take care of [our students] because one day they will take care of us. Participate in the 200th Episode Fun Option 1: If you have enjoyed the podcast, leave me a quick audio comment telling me what your favorite thing about the Empowering Educators podcast is. Don’t forget to say your name and where you’re from so I can give you the proper shout out. You can use Voxer (my handle is gschultek). You can also use a voice recorder app on your phone and email it to me: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Option 2: If you have a favorite Empowering Educators episode, email me at gretchen@alwaysalesson.com to cast your vote! Enter the Amazon GC contest: All you have to do is leave a rating and review on iTunes, screenshot it, and email that to me at gretchen@alwaysalesson.com. I’ll be picking a winner in September! Join the New(er) Teacher Mentorship Program * https://alwaysalesson.teachable.com/p/new-er-teacher-mentorship-program/ Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter * http://eepurl.com/lJKNn Join the New Teacher Support Facebook Group * https://www.facebook.com/groups/1872455209751203 Shop AAL Swag * https://alwaysalesson.com/product-category/swag/ Connect with Gretchen * Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com * Blog: Always A Lesson * Facebook: Always A Lesson * Twitter: @gschultek * Instagram: Always.A.Lesson * Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers * Google+: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers * Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn't Teach You in College Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-lessons-empowering/id1006433135?mt=2 * Search for my show in iTunes or Stitcher. * Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ * Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” * Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info * Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best)

20 MIN3 w ago
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194: Being a Knowledge Hoarder is Holding you Back

193: When You Can’t Find the Answer

No matter how much experience we have as educators, there are moments in our career where we have no answers. Our heads are banging against the wall and our brains are overworked trying to figure out solutions to the obstacles we are facing without any relief in sight. Luckily, our experiences help us recognize these obstacles faster in the future and overtime we figure out a system for working through hard times to find answers. Tune in to hear a 4 part system that continues to work for me to find clarity in my edu-situations. Quotables * Sometimes I feel like I can’t help anyone if I’m trying to help everyone. * My past experiences told me that when I am in the weeds, if I look at the facts, it becomes clear. * Data doesn’t lie. * I admire mentors who roll up their sleeves and help someone else do their work. * Like most life lessons, you come out on the other side a better person. * Don’t underestimate little solutions you uncover. * Not every problem is solved with a magic w...

18 MINSEP 9
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193: When You Can’t Find the Answer

192: 5 Secrets to Success in the Classroom

New teachers struggle to hone in on the most important factors to ensure a strong start and finish to their very first school year due to all the distractions of shiny objects on social media. Tune in to hear 5 secrets to success that help any new teacher achieve veteran status in no time. You’ll unlock the strategies to lay a strong foundation while upping your technique and finesse game. Quotables * Its simple. But it is also simply overlooked. * That is what makes teachers great… they get past the barriers kids put up, and they use that in as a way to convey expectations encouragement and content. * Getting clear on what you envision your space to look, feel and sound like well before that first day will help you make it a reality. * Boundaries are a way of letting kids know that you are willing to give some rope but they don’t get to be in control of the lasso. * [Kids] might not outwardly thank you for setting boundaries but it lets them know you love and care for them bc yo...

23 MINAUG 26
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192: 5 Secrets to Success in the Classroom

191: Making an Impact Day One

There is no question whether or not teachers want to make an impact in their classrooms. But oftentimes there are two factors that come into play that could make or break that very first day of school for both teachers and students. Tune in to hear what those are and how to prepare so that day 1 is a winner for everyone! Quotables * A lot of teachers and students are excited to head back to school, but for some it brings anxiety and overwhelm. Step back and meet them where they are.Tweet This * just want you to know their name, love and support them unconditionally and pull out their best qualities and gifts so they can begin to see their future."] * How you start day 1 limits or enhances your impact.Tweet This * Protect your students from experiencing adult stressors.Tweet This * Stay present and positive in what you see for yourself and that will become what students see for themselves.Tweet This * The more we equip others with the tools that helped us overcome, the better off we ...

18 MINAUG 12
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191: Making an Impact Day One

190: Bonus Edition- Interview with Jahkari “JT” Taylor

Jahkari “JT” Taylor was born to be a Purpose Pusher. His life’s work demonstrates his passion for cultivating, motivating, and inspiring people from all walks of life. Yet, JT's life story may not fit the mold of an ideal Purpose Pusher. When he was just a child he went from living in a 1987 Ford Fairmont, to a packed homeless shelter. Then, after his mother applied for Section 8 housing, they soon relocated to a tough neighborhood in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake, Virginia. He attended Title 1 schools as a struggling student who failed to realize his academic potential. Yet, in spite of the adversities he encountered as a youth, JT emerged out of an impoverished, single-parent upbringing with a desire to push others into their divine purpose in life. JT is now a transformational educator who has three earned degrees (magna cum laude) and he is the 2017 City-wide Teacher of the Year for Chesapeake Public Schools in Virginia. JT is also the founder of Purpose Pushers LLC wh...

51 MINJUL 29
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190: Bonus Edition- Interview with Jahkari “JT” Taylor

189: Do you Push, Pull or Guide?

Instructional coaching and teacher leadership are essential for moving the needle in student achievement and teacher proficiency. But the way coaches are leading teachers ends up landing flat because they are either pushing too hard or pulling too far. The secret to great teacher leadership is being a guide on the side- not pushing or pulling too much. Tune in to hear 3 steps to ensure you pass the ownership baton to teachers so that the improvement is long term. Quotables * When we make decisions under pressure, on a short time frame, we lack the intention and insight necessary for that decision to ever truly become effective. * Great Teachers don’t equal great leaders. * We gotta stop panicking and jumping on the latest bandwagon. * Because growth pain is ordinary and expected and the pain makes the results that much more worth it. * It might be faster to push or pull, but it’s never effective. * [Teachers] are invested in the process when they know you are invested in them as p...

22 MINJUL 15
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189: Do you Push, Pull or Guide?

188: Turn your Whelm Upside Down

Overwhelm can get the best of us. In fact, too many teachers are leaving the profession due to their plates being full for far too long. When you learn how to recognize overwhelm before it overcomes you, you can begin to hack away at your schedule so that you conserve energy and happiness for what matters most- teaching. Tune in to hear 5 tips and get access to an amazing opportunity for teachers struggling to beat the overwhelm. Quotables * Reflection and evaluation are powerful tools we often overlook because we think we don’t have time. * You can only carry so much folks. It doesn’t mean you are less of a person or teacher because you have to dump the non-essentials. * Skim the fat and oil the machine. * It’s a temporary shut-down to conserve your time and energy. Join the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club * https://40htw.com/join/ * Type in 'gretchen@alwaysalesson.com' as your referral Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter * http://eepurl.com/lJKNn Shop AAL Swag * https://alwaysale...

11 MINJUL 1
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188: Turn your Whelm Upside Down

187: Permission to Fill Your Cup

Sometimes you can be so tuned in that you don’t realize your candle is burning out. For teachers, summer is a great time to unplug by becoming a learner in something new. You have permission to fill your cup in another passion so that you can be great at your main passion as an educator. Tune in to learn how to best utilize your summer break so that you are a lifelong learner but also a well-rested, rejuvenated teacher Quotables * Don’t feel bad about needing a break. Everyone has their limit and it doesn’t mean you’re a bad teacher or that you can’t hack a life-long career as an educator. * It is time to switch gears so your body can rest, your mind can declutter and your spirit can get ignited again. * Be a better teacher through … a creative outlet to unplug. * Experts can do other things… and new teachers are no exception. * Become a well-rounded human because that serves your kids best. Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter * http://eepurl.com/lJKNn Shop AAL Swag * https:/...

11 MINJUN 17
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187: Permission to Fill Your Cup

186: Amplify your Impact

It’s time we take what is working in our own classrooms and share it with other educators so that they can replicate our success. To truly amplify our impact in our classroom, school buildings, and community we need to figure out where we excel and make it accessible to others so that they can repeat our success. Follow the four-step proven method shared in this episode to amplify your impact by increasing teacher proficiency and student achievement in the classroom. Quotables: * Why do we have to contain our impact? * If we are able to find success in the classroom, we should be able to take that success and multiply it in a way so that more students can be positively impacted. * No child should be at an advantage or disadvantage depending on what teacher they are assigned. * If one teacher is doing great, we must dissect that success and replicate it so all students can benefit. * When we better ourselves, we better others. * If we want to have an impact, we have to think beyond ...

16 MINJUN 3
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186: Amplify your Impact